The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) are proud to recognize Matthew Barker, DO, as the 2018 AOF/AAO Outstanding Resident of the Year in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Dr. Barker earned his DO degree from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2015. He is currently completing an integrated family medicine/ neuromusculoskeletal medicine residency at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he is Chief Resident.
He is committed to giving back to his fellow physicians, students and community through education, tutoring and volunteerism. “It’s not only important that we serve by teaching others, but we too must seek out additional knowledge and be lifelong learners,” he says.
Dr. Barker’s dedication to osteopathic philosophy stems from his own experience as a patient, when OMM helped find the source and resolve lifelong back and neck pain. “I am a firm believer in all of the tenets of osteopathy and I try to keep them present in the care of all of my patients as I seek to find the cause of the problem instead of just chasing symptoms.” He also founded Mobile Osteopathy in 2017, a unique medical practice that brings access to OMT to people in their own homes via house-calls.
Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, and the Program Director of Dr. Barker’s residency, says he “embodies the combination of clinical promise, leadership, dedication and commitment to patient-centered osteopathic care.”