ABOUT DR. THOM
I was born and raised in Derby, KS. After years of wonderful experiences, I returned to Wichita in 2017.
I was an exchange student in Germany for a year, then returned to earn my undergraduate degree at the University of Denver, with a major in chemistry and minors in biology and German. After traveling extensively in South America, I took a job in a biomedical corporation in the Boston area. I realized I really wanted to help people in a direct way, so I chose to go into medicine itself.
While interviewing at Boston University Medical School, I explained that my career dream was to go to medical school, then go to chiropractic school, and take extra courses in nutrition and lifestyle. That is when I was told, “You don’t want to be an MD, you want to be a DO!” And with that, I sought out as much information as possible about this type of medicine…. I began medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995, and I was delighted to discover that Osteopathy is much more than a combination of western medicine and chiropractic. The hallmarks of Osteopathy are really listening and getting to know an individual, and treating them as a whole person. Osteopathy seeks to find and treat the causes of health problems, not just treat the symptoms.
I completed my 3-year residency in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in Augusta, Maine, then stayed in that beautiful state practicing full-scope primary care with OMT for another 15 years. I was in a small practice at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital for 10 years before joining Faculty at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manual Medicine Residency Program. I was a clinical faculty member for University of New England and Dartmouth Medical School.
I continued outpatient Family Medicine and OMT on my return to Wichita, and I am now excited to be starting my own Osteopathic Manual Medicine practice.
I have maintained extensive continuing education in family medicine and osteopathic manual medicine, including training in the Biodynamic View of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field under Jim Jealous and other Biodynamics Faculty since 2008.
I am nearly fluent in German and proficient in Spanish.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey toward Health!