Convocation Information:

View all the recorded sessions for 2021 Convocation. Earn up to 34 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credit.

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) were not intended to be relegated only to a specialty niche, but practiced by all physicians who are willing to learn and apply these principles. Every physician can easily incorporate the philosophy and principles of osteopathic medicine into patient care.

This convocation will showcase physicians from various medical specialties and demonstrate their approach to utilizing osteopathic manipulative medicine and treatment in patient care. 

Dermatology, neurology, cardiology, psychiatry, radiology, sports medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology are just a few of the specialties that will be represented in this year’s presentations and workshops. 

Each physician will discuss how they incorporate the philosophy of OMM into their practice. Workshops will be focused on OMT techniques they incorporate into their busy practices.

View the 2021 Convocation program.

Occurs from 08:00 AM on 3/17/2021 until 12:00 PM on 3/21/2024

Friday morning lectures

Max CME Credits: 0

Course Description

8:00-9:00 a.m.    "OMM and Surgery," Janet M. Krettek, DO: This lecture will explore the use of osteopathic principles and practices in a surgical practice to improve diagnosis and healing. 

9:00-9:45 a.m.    "Applying Osteopathic Philosophy to the Care of OB/GYN Patients," Anita L. Showalter, DO: This presentation will encourage physicians to think about the normal process of pregnancy and childbirth with osteopathic principles in mind, and to approach abnormal conditions of the obstetric and gynecology patient with consideration of somatic dysfunction diagnoses and osteopathic treatment options.

10:15-11:00 a.m.    "Osteopathic Care for Newborns and Infants," Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, DO, FACOP, FCA: Relieving the strains of birth with osteopathic manipulative medicine has the potential to help infants reach their optimum potential by releasing structural and membranous imbalances allowing more efficient function. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”. Many of the common issues in newborns are structural including difficulty sucking, colic, poor sleep, vomiting, irregular respiration, irritability, forceful arching, torticollis and misshapen heads.

11:00-11:45 a.m.    "OMM for the Busy Practice," Ann L. Habenicht, DO, FAAO, FACOFP, CS

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    "OMM on the Front Lines: Osteopathic Approach to our Military Warriors," Ralph C. Walsh Jr., DO, Col, TXANG, MC, CFS: This informal presentation will explore simple ways OMT may be easily integrated in the treatment of our military members and, many times, their unique dysfunctions. Dr. Walsh will discuss his experiences in using OMM principles while In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait to treat and improve the lives of our deployed troops.

Janet M. Krettek, DO, has practiced as a broad spectrum general surgeon for 25 years. She uses osteopathic medicine and integrative medicine in her practice, which has included both small town and suburban practices.

Anita Showalter, DO, FACOOG (Dist), serves as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Chair of Clinical Medicine, and Professor and Chief of Women’s Health at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington. A graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), she completed OB/GYN residency at Cuyahoga Falls Community Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG) and has served on the Board of Trustees and the Ad Hoc Task Force for Curriculum in Osteopathic Manipulation. She has been named ACOOG Mentor of the Year and Outstanding Osteopathic Mentor by OU-HCOM. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and Washington Osteopathic Medical Association CME Committee. It is her passion to teach sensitive care and proficient use of osteopathic principles in women’s health.

Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, DO, FACOP, FCA, is a 1988 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. After a general medicine internship, she completed her pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Haskell practiced with Dr. Viola Frymann at the Osteopathic Center for Children for 13 years. She currently has a private practice in Coronado, CA and at the OCC. She has lectured nationally and internationally in the field of pediatric osteopathy. An avid student of osteopathy, homeopathy and integrative medicine, Dr. Haskell creates a unique blend of integrative osteopathic pediatrics.

Ann L. Habenicht, DO, FAAO, FACOAP, CS, a 1982 graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM). She is a Professor of Osteopathic manipulative medicine at CCOM and Assistant Professor of Osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Habenicht is past president of the AAO. She is currently a member of the AAO Board of Governors and a former advisor for the CCOM chapter of the Student American Academy of Osteopathy. She is a member of AOBNMM and currently serves as vice-chair. Dr. Habenicht is in private practice with Dr. Judith O’Connell at Pain Alternatives in Beavercreek, Ohio. 

Ralph C. Walsh Jr., DO, Col, TXANG, MC, CFS, TCOM ’92, accomplished his Internship and Family Medicine Residency in Ohio and a 1 OMM Residency in Texas. From 1996 to 2009, he practiced in Ohio specializing in integrative medicine and OMM in both the clinical and hospital setting. In 2009 thru 2011, as a member of the Ohio Air National Guard, he took a leave of absence from private practice to perform Flight Surgeon duties in the war on terror with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. From April 2011 to April 2015, Dr. Walsh was a member the OMM Department at UNTHSC-TCOM. In addition to providing hospital and clinical OMM, he was the Year III Core OMM Course Director, provided monthly lectures for hospital Residents, and was the faculty advisor for the SAAO. He is an active member of the AAO and has been a member of the OES since 2005 and Chairman since 2011. Since 2015, Col Walsh has continued working with the USAF full time and is currently the Full-time Medical Provider for the 136th AW and Texas Deputy State Air Surgeon. Dr. Walsh recently returned from his 4th Middle East tour as a Flight Surgeon.

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