Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Message from the Chair
Our department is dedicated to educating our students in the philosophy and practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). We foster an environment of hands-on learning and encourage our students to utilize their osteopathic skills in the care of their patients. The department provides osteopathic care to the community through NYITCOM’s clinical sites, including :
- Adele Smither's Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center
- Center for Sports Medicine
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Treatment Center
- Central Islip Family Health Center
- W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Center
Our faculty also conduct research to further the understanding of osteopathic medicine through technology and research. The department has been making great strides in osteopathic educational research, including the application of ultrasound imaging, and clinical research, especially in the fields of Parkinson’s disease and sports concussion injuries. We have dedicated faculty and staff committed to promoting student success in osteopathic medical care.
Sheldon Yao, D.O.
Chair, Department of OMM
By cultivating scholarly exploration, we empower our students to develop the tools they need—using their hands, minds, and hearts to promote optimal health and to set the highest standards for the integration of osteopathic manipulative principles into the practice of medicine.
The OMM department upholds the following core values:
- Cutting-edge discovery and scholarship with support and motivation of student excellence.
- Innovative and outcomes-based education and training.
- Emphasis on primary care with family-centered and culturally competent health care.
- The rights of all patients to high-quality health care and optimum health outcomes.
- Professionalism with one another, colleagues, trainees, and staff.
- Lifelong learning and professional development.
- Advocacy on behalf of patients and the public.
- Collaborative relationships with other organizations and fields of study.
Our faculty members conduct research examining the best practices and utilization of technology in osteopathic manipulative medicine across several areas, including:
- Cervical dystonia
- Medical education
- Motor function
- Nervous system
- Parkinson's disease
- Pre- and postnatal health
- Sports medicine
Long Island (Old Westbury)
Sheldon Yao, Department Chair
Serota, room 127
Helen Graneto, Administrative Assistant
Barbara Nelson, Administrative Assistant