What is an Osteopathic Physician?

To become a DO, an individual must graduate from one of the nation’s osteopathic medical schools, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. This accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The curriculum at osteopathic medical schools consists of four years of academic study. Reflecting osteopathic philosophy, the curriculum emphasizes preventive medicine and comprehensive patient care. Throughout the curriculum, osteopathic medical students learn to use osteopathic principles and osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose illness and treat patients.

Dr. Levy-Gantt’s philosophy on caring for women and keeping them healthy: Health does not begin with the treatment of disease. Health begins with a lifestyle that includes proper diet, exercise, healthy sleep patterns, stress reduction, and life balance. Being and staying healthy requires mindfulness and a plan that works best for each individual. Taking care of women throughout the spectrum of their lives requires knowledge about the different stages of life, whether the emphasis is on family planning, fertility, reproductive health, peri-menopausal and menopausal management, or general health maintenance.

Dr. Levy-Gantt also teaches at our nearest medical school, Touro University California, which is in Vallejo on Mare Island. She is an adjunct faculty member, and sometimes takes students on rotation in her office to teach them about obstetrics and gynecology.