Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of six members of DO-Touch.NET and four members of the Coordinating Center Team. This committee is tasked with the governance, research integrity, and review of all publications and presentations of and by the Network.

Our Executive Committee consists of administrative representatives from each network member. This committee meets to guide the direction of the network, offer ongoing monitoring of the protocol and process, share ideas for future developments, and provide direction to the administrative team.

William Brooks, DO

I received my Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) in 1980, completed my rotating internship at Tucson General Hospital in 1981 subsequent to which I entered the private practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). From 1979 through 1985 I was closely mentored by Robert Fulford, DO in OMM and became Board Certified OMM in 1991. In 2013 Earlham College awarded me a BA in Philosophy. I have practiced both privately and as a Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Park Nicollet Medical Center 1986-1988, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Section of Orthopedic Surgery University of Arizona COM 1989-1996, and an Associate Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine University of Health Sciences COM 1996-1999. Since 2016 I continue to serve as an Adjunct Research Scientist with the A.T. Still Research Institute. My clinical focus has been on caring primarily for patients with multiregional, chronic, tertiary musculoskeletal pain syndromes and secondarily for pediatric patients with developmental delays as well as patients of all ages with persistent post-concussion syndrome. My creative, academic focus has been on objectification of palpatory diagnosis of somatic dysfunction: The Functional Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System Paradigm.

Eileen Conaway, DO

Dr. Conaway is the Associate Program Director for the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  She graduated from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and completed an Integrated Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Florida Hospital East Orlando. She is board-certified in Family Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and an International Board-Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC).  Dr. Conaway is committed to primary osteopathic manipulation research and is currently studying the effects of osteopathic manipulation on low milk supply in lactating women.

Amy L. Dean, DO

Dr. Dean is an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal hospitalist at Mercy Health Muskegon, Michigan and serves as core faculty for the ONMM post-residency training program there. She is adjunct faculty for Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dean completed her medical education at ATSU-KCOM, Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. John’s Detroit Riverview Hospital and her ONMM residency at Mercy Health Muskegon. Her clinical and research interests include OMM treatment of adults and newborns in the inpatient setting, using OMT to improve stroke patient outcomes in the inpatient setting and cranial osteopathy.

Regina Fleming, DO

Regina Fleming, DO graduated from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. She completed her residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) at Northeast Regional Medical Center located in Kirksville, MO. She is board certified in ONMM. She has been a DO-Touch.NET member since 2015. She is the Chairwoman of the Department of OMM at NYITCOM-AR in Jonesboro, AR. She is working with Jennifer Xie, PhD on a NIH R15 funded research project: Mechanistic Assessment of Osteopathic Manipulation in Relieving Migraine Headache Using a Novel Translational Rodent Model. Dr. Fleming jokes that she treats more rats than humans these days. She is a national faculty member for the NBOME in the clinical department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and a member of the COMAT Osteopathic Principles and Practice subcommittee for the NBOME. She is working on establishing an inpatient OMM consultation service at one of the local hospitals in Jonesboro, AR to then be followed by establishing an ONMM residency program.

Cheryl B. Schwartz, DO, PhD

I am a physician who specializes in IM (AOBIM Board Certified) and OMM since 2012. I started my career in the world of Psychology (after completing my MA and PhD in General Experimental Psychology at DePaul University) and taught undergraduates statistics and research methods for 7 years at Northeastern IL University prior to beginning my medical career. I specifically chose to become a DO because the tenet of treating the whole person melded medicine with psychology. When I met the DO-Touch.net folks, I saw a wonderful opportunity to use my skills to further the knowledge base on OMT, its utility, and safety. In my free time I like to garden, craft, attend local summer art “fests”, and spend time with family. I also enjoy surfing the web for anything having to do with cute pets (dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses).

Rafael Zegarra-Parodi, DO (UK), MEd

Rafael is a registered osteopath in France and the UK practicing in Paris, France since 1999. He completed his Diploma in Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, UK (1997) and gained a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Tours, France (2008). Following this he has also completed diploma courses in Clinical Research Methodology (2009), Statistics (2010) and Epidemiology (2011) from the University of Bordeaux 2, France. Rafael has also been heavily involved in osteopathic education and research. He previously held a 2-year full-time position as Research Assistant Professor at the A.T. Still Research Institute in Kirksville, MO (USA) and was a unit leader at the University College of Osteopathy in London, UK. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Non-profit Foundation COME Collaboration. As an osteopath, Rafael has an expertise in the management of chronic and acute neuromusculoskeletal conditions and sport injuries. He has also developed a professional interest in describing and evaluating clinical skills associated with the body-mind-spirit osteopathic tenet and provides continuing education on those topics with BMS Formation.

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