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WesternU Adds Faculty Member to Family Medicine Department

by Rodney Tanaka

April 9, 1999

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Michael Seffinger, DO, has joined Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU) as assistant professor of family medicine and osteopathic

manipulative medicine in the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

of the Pacific (COMP).

“”I chose to come to WesternU because the school is willing to be a beacon

and a resource for family practice residency programs throughout the

western United States,”” Dr. Seffinger said.

He currently is focusing on integrating osteopathic philosophy and

principles into COMP’s core curriculum.

“”My goal is to enable the physician of the future to integrate osteopathic

principles in clinical practice, utilizing osteopathic palpitory diagnosis

and osteopathic manipulative treatment in patient care,”” he said.

Dr. Seffinger has been working with third- and fourth-year students during

their rotations at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, assisting them in

developing skills in osteopathic integrative history and physical exams,

practical application of osteopathic palpitory diagnosis and manipulative

treatment and osteopathic presentation of case studies. As a clinical

instructor at the hospital last year, Dr. Seffinger was honored with an

excellence in teaching award.

Prior to his arrival at WesternU, Dr. Seffinger was a regional lead

physician at Healthcare Partners Medical Group, Inc. in Gardena.

He currently serves as Manual Medicine Program Director for the Annual

Scientific Convention of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),

and as an instructor and translator (Japanese) for the Osteopathic

Physicians and Surgeons of California. He earned his doctor of osteopathic

medicine degree (DO) from Michigan State University. He is board certified

in family medicine, is a fellow of the AAFP, and is board eligible in

osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

Dr. Seffinger was the associate editor of Foundations of Osteopathic

Medicine, a 1,200-page book published in 1997 that is now a standard

textbook used internationally.

A resident of Torrance, Dr. Seffinger is fluent in Japanese and Spanish.

He and his wife, Kumiko, have three daughters.


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