Clinical Rotations

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic

With the development of the Baptist Health Sciences University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (BUCOM) comes a new clinical service to the medical group, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. John C. Biery, Jr, DO, CAQSM is the chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the proposed BUCOM.  Dr. Biery served 20 years in the United States Navy as a Family and Sports medicine physician in clinical, academic and administrative roles including as the Specialty Leader for Sports Medicine for the US Navy. Upon retiring from the US Navy, he joined the academic community full time teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  He joined the Baptist team in September 2022 and worked with BMG to develop a clinical practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine co-located with the new family medicine residency in Southaven, MS at Southaven Family Practice Clinic.

Dr. Biery is Board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM), the newest ACGME approved specialty focusing primarily on treating musculoskeletal conditions and the musculoskeletal manifestation of systemic disease utilizing Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.  In our contemporary medical model, both DO’s and MD’s practice of medicine looks very much the same.  Osteopathic Medicine was founded in a time when the practice of medicine was heroic and often had no answers for the conditions of the day.  It grew into a philosophy based practice using the tri-union of man (mind, body, spirit), the interrelatedness of structure and function, and the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate as a structure to base treatment decisions.  In an effort to aid diagnosis and treatment, patterns of palpatory findings in the musculoskeletal system began to emerge and seemed to correlate with both musculoskeletal and systemic conditions.  Then with the application of gentle pressure or accentuated range of motion, these findings would improve or resolve and so would the condition that brought the patient to the physician in the first place.  This was the beginning of the practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. 

Today, Osteopathic Medicine is a complete school of medicine incorporating all contemporary practices of medicine using all of the best evidence to guide treatment decisions just like everyone practicing medicine does.  Osteopathic Medicine continues to teach the correlation of musculoskeletal manifestation of systemic disease and thus teach manipulative medicine as a general educational requirement, but as all things in medicine seem to do, this too has evolved into a specialty practice.  The practice we have in Southaven is a specialty practice of manipulative medicine that is aimed at the care of complex patients who, despite the application of the best evidence still seem to need or want more.  

We are happy to assist with adults and teen patients with chronic pain, often musculoskeletal such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, post-operative residual pain.  Newborns with suck and latch issues, older infants with torticollis and positional plagiocephaly and older children and teens with acute musculoskeletal injuries and apparent leg length inequality. 

Our goal is to work with the referring physician to ensure the whole person is evaluated and treated primarily with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, but should the need arise we also do joint and soft tissue injections, and as our practice grows we will utilize musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and for guided injections.  Future offerings may include medical acupuncture, regenerative medicine and lifestyle medicine.

If you would like to schedule a time for Dr. Biery to visit your office to talk more about Osteopathic Medicine, demonstrate Osteopathic Manipulative medicine and discuss appropriate consultation requests, please contact him at [email protected].

Clinical Rotations 3rd Year

  • Community-Based Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine 1 and 2
  • OB/GYN/Women’s Health
  • Osteopathic Neuromuscular Medicine (ONMM)
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Health
  • Underserved Care
  • Med-Surg Selective

Clinical Rotations 4th Year

  • Community-Based Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine 1 and 2
  • OB/GYN/Women’s Health
  • Osteopathic Neuromuscular Medicine (ONMM)
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry/Behavioral Health
  • Underserved Care
  • Med-Surg Selective

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