About Dr. Paulus . . .


My practice is devoted to integrating the best of western medicine with the art and science of Osteopathy. I have over 30 years of clinical experience that includes residency training in Family Medicine, small town hospital practice, and office based Osteopathic and medical care.

After graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1978 with a BA in Biology I earned my MS in Physiology at Ohio State University in Ohio. I performed research in muscle physiology, completed and defended my thesis, and published the results of my research in the journal Diabetes in 1982.

I attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa graduating in 1985. I then completed a one-year Osteopathic internship at Heights General Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following internship, I completed an allopathic Family Medicine residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, Nevada in 1988.

After residency, I became Board Certified in Family Medicine and later earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Family Physicians. Following residency, I worked as a Family Physician in Watsonville, California and practiced the full spectrum of primary care medicine including newborn care, pediatrics, and adult medicine. I practiced both ambulatory care and hospital-based medicine. 

In 1993 I took over the office of the retiring Osteopath and physician Fritz Smith, MD—the founder of Zero Balancing. In 1994, I became Board Certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine through the American Academy of Osteopathy. Since the mid-1990s I have combined outpatient Osteopathic Manipulation with Family Medicine and integrative medicine. 

While in California I became a yoga instructor completing both beginner and advanced yoga teacher training. I also extensively studied Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine and Homeopathy gaining greater insight into the complexities of the alternative medicine world.

I have had a dedicated meditation practice since 1978 and I am trained as a meditation teacher through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) system. 

I have a special interest in the philosophy of Osteopathy and medicine. Since 2008 I have taught Osteopathic philosophy and manipulative medicine in France, Germany, Austria, England, Canada, Finland, and the United States.

While in California I practiced Osteopathic Medicine with my wife Bonnie Gintis, DO. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2009 and has retired from her Osteopathic  practice. Bonnie is now devoted to writing and part-time teaching of the movement system called Continuum. She teaches locally in Burlington, at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, and at the Omega Institute in New York.

I am the father of two adult children. Being a parent has been one of the great joys in my life and I am proud of my boys who have become loving and respectful men.

In the fall of 2011, we moved to Vermont. My move to Vermont allows me to more fully participate in my love of cross-country skiing, hiking, paddle boarding on Lake Champlain, and mountain biking. As someone who appreciates four seasons, I enjoy the diverse activities that living in New England have to offer. I love being with family and friends engaging in either indoor or outdoor activities depending upon the season. I enjoy dinner parties with friends, cooking, pasta making, home coffee roasting, indie movies, quirky British TV, live music, theater, dancing Argentine Tango, and playing board games. Moving to Vermont has been wonderful and I enjoy the more relaxed pace of life that living in Burlington has to offer.


Osteopath, Physician, and Physiologist . . .