Saundra Holseth, DO, first experienced osteopathic manipulative medicine as a patient. A college athlete, she had an injury on the rugby field, and the on-call physician just happened to be a DO. It was this doctor's approach of manipulative and nonsurgical interventions that awakened her interest in osteopathic medicine. She went on to shadow a DO after college, and when she decided to pursue medicine "it was osteopathic all the way."
Dr. Holseth earned her DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus in 2015. Deciding to pursue an OMM combined residency allowed Holseth to unite her passions for sports medicine, family medicine, direct patient care and hands-on interventions. "It's a very rewarding field because it gives me an opportunity to form a deeper bond with my patients; they can feel it through my hands. I get to see them relax and feel better by the end of a treatment."
Now entering her third year at Larkin Community Hospital's FM/NMM residency program, Dr. Holseth was elected Chief Resident by her peers and Program Director. "She is not just a leader; she is a physician who cares deeply for her patients. It is refreshing to have a resident go the extra step to ensure exemplary care, says Scott Spagnolo-Hye, DO, former associate program director of Larkin's OMM residency."
Of this achievement, Dr. Holseth is modest. "The program needed somebody to step up and help out. I just did what needed to be done, I strived for what is best for the residents" she says.
Ivan D. Rodriguez, DO, Director of GME at Larkin Community Hospital, calls Dr. Holseth a "great problem solver who is able to address complex issues with strategy and confidence. She is inspired by challenges and never intimidated by them, and is an absolute joy to work with. "
The AOF and the American Academy of Osteopathy are proud to name Saundra Holseth, DO, as the 2017 Osteopathic Resident of the Year in OMM.