Dr Shana Shosky D. O.Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Specialist
Bachelors: I completed my Bachelors of Science degree at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2007. I majored in Biology but also took many classes in photography and creative writing, two of my other passions besides medicine! I also was a competitive long-distance runner for Pacific University, having qualified twice for the NCAA National Championships in Women’s Cross Country in addition to being the Northwest Conference Champion in the 5K and 10K in Track and Field. I was the Woman’s Cross-Country Team Captain for three out of my four years at Pacific. Go Boxers!
Medical School: I received my Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) in Mesa, Arizona in 2012. I traveled and trained in many different places during my time at ATSU-SOMA, including Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, California, and Arizona. My experiences in medical school gave me a well-rounded view of how medicine is practiced in many different environments, from urban downtown Phoenix to rural Kodiak Island, Alaska. While medical school is challenging for all Doctors, I am grateful for my experiences at ATSU-SOMA because it gave me a strong foundation in serving under-served communities and learning how to treat the Whole Patient.
Residency: I spent my three years of residency training in rural Kirksville, Missouri. There, I completed my residency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) in 2015. Kirksville, Missouri was where Andrew Taylor Still MD/DO founded the very first school of Osteopathy, the American School of Osteopathy, now known as A.T Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). The community in and around Kirksville has been heavily influenced by Osteopathic Medicine and therefore, was an amazing place to train. I had first-hand access to the Osteopathic Museum, Archives, and the living Osteopathic History that is still alive in Kirksville. Osteopathic Physicians had treated many of my patients for their entire lives! Northeast Regional Medical Center is one of the last D.O hospitals left in the country, so training there was a very special and unique opportunity. I was able to treat various medical conditions in the hospital, newborn nursery, and outpatient clinic using Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) as an adjunct to general medical therapies. I was also fortunate enough to spend elective time learning from distinguished Osteopaths all around the world, with a strong emphasis on the treatment of infants and children.
Special Training: Due to my residency specialty training, I am well versed in all modalities of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) from high velocity thrust techniques to the indirect methods of Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. I have spent extra time throughout my medical school and residency training focusing on Cranial Osteopathic Medicine and Biodynamics. These are very indirect and gentle approaches to Osteopathic treatment, which have especially powerful results in infants and children but also in adults of any age.
Teaching Experience: I am currently on the teaching faculty as an Assistant Professor at ATSU-SOMA. I also was an Assistant Teacher at ATSU-KCOM while in Kirksville. I have table trained at Viola Frymann’s basic 40hr cranial course (2013) and table trained and lectured at the ATSU-KCOM basic 40hr course (2014 & 2015). I also lead a Biodynamics study group for students at ATSU-KCOM during my residency.
Philosophy When choosing a physician, it is important that the two of you share a similar philosophy about how you would like to be treated as a patient. My goal is to be as transparent and honest as possible in regards to my beliefs and thoughts about medicine and patient care. The four key components of my philosophy are listening, honesty, equality, and empowerment. My most important job as an Osteopathic Physician is to listen. In my practice, listening takes many forms. First, I truly listen to what my patients have to say. I believe this is fundamental on building a trusting relationship. Secondly, I am also trained to listen with my hands. Your body tells a story far deeper and more complex than anything the mental mind can share. As I am treating a patient, I am listening to what the body is telling me with my hands. The body never lies. The truth is always there, as long as we take the time to listen. Honesty is paramount. You, the patient, are there to ask my professional advice about whatever brings you into the office. My job is to deliver advise to the best of my ability. Sometimes I know the answers to all of your questions. Sometimes, I do not know some of the answers and will say, “I am sorry, I do not know the answer to your question. Let me think about it and I will get back to you”. Once I figure out the answer, I will, as promised, get back to you. This also means that as a patient, you need to be receptive to honest answers to the questions you ask. While I practice on the more holistic side of medicine, there are times where general medical care is warranted. If I believe it is in your best interest to pursue another route of medical care, I will tell you. Sometimes the truth can hurt but it is in truth realizations that the most powerful transformations occur. I do my best to be honest with my patients so that he or she may live the healthiest, truest, authentic life to the fullest. Patients are changing. Gone are the days of “the Doctor is God”. People are becoming more aware of their bodies, information about health and disease is readily available online, and people are not afraid to take control of their own health. To me, this is great! I love patients who do research on themselves and care enough about their health to become informed. My job then, becomes more dynamic. I went to medical school to become a, “medical expert”. That means I should have well-rounded knowledge in most things in healthcare. In my own experience, not only am I knowledgeable about general allopathic medicine but also about many alternatives. In my mind, you are coming to me for my medical opinion and Osteopathic skills. I will treat you as I would like to be treated by someone whom I was seeking an expert opinion’s help. I would want to be treated as an equal, smart, capable individual. In truth, we are all the same inside. We all want to be loved, we all want to be happy, and we all are just trying to live our lives the best and healthiest way we can. Lets treat each other with respect. Last but not least is the idea of patient empowerment. I believe, as an Osteopathic Physician, we all have inside of ourselves, the innate capacity to heal. This is one of the key Tenants of Osteopathy. My job is so see the Health inside of you, the patient, and assist it. I ignite the transformation and the rest is up to you. You have the power to transmute disease into Health. I can support your healing process but if you sense the need to change things in your life to make your health stronger, you need to act on it. The power is within you! Sometimes, you just need assistance in realizing it.
Personal In my free time, I love being outside. I love hiking, running, camping, cross-country skiing, and swimming in the ocean, lakes, and rivers. I also practice yoga and meditation daily. I have traveled all around the world, having visited six out of the seven continents (Antarctica is a little hard to get to!). I support organizations that help preserve wildlife, the natural world, and non-GMO crops and companies. I spend my time reading about new advances in modern medicine, as well as nutrition, alternative modes of therapies and treatments, and spirituality. Like a true Osteopathic Physician, the mind-body-spirit connection is the root to all wellness!