About Dr. Yvonne Yang
Dr. Yvonne Yang is a licensed Osteopathic Physician. Her goal is to support each patient to find his/her health potential. She takes a holistic, sustainable and empowering approach to her practice of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Yang graduated medical school from Touro University, in Vallejo, California and completed her medical internship at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. She graduated Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine / Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMM/NMM) Residency at Pikeville Medical Center in Eastern Kentucky under the primary mentorship of Dr. Edward Stiles, D.O., FAAO Dist.
She is clinical faculty at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Medicine of the Pacific.
What We Do
What is Osteopathy or Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)?
OMM is the hands-on bodywork component to medicine aimed at addressing the 'host' component of a condition (impaired but modifiable physiology), as opposed to the 'disease' component (requiring exogenous medicine and procedures), and therefore works alongside other areas in healthcare (drugs, surgery, etc.), depending on where a person is at on that spectrum of health & disease. It is based on the inter-relationship between physiology (how your body functions) and anatomy (what your body is composed of). It seeks to optimize that relationship, by using hands-on manual therapies to diagnose and treat subtle, yet clinically significant hindrances to optimal functional physiology. OMM includes consideration of the bones, joints, muscles, fascia, lymphatics, and autonomic nervous system to improve the whole body, mind and spirit. Osteopathy relies on the inherent self healing capacity that we all have.
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Commonly Asked Q&A's
What is a D.O.?
A Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) is a fully licensed medical physician who may train in any of the 50 states and practice in any medical specialty from Pediatrics to Surgery. D.O.s receive the same medical training as M.D.s, however they are also taught Osteopathic Medicine and Manipulation, which enables them to provide additional hands-on diagnostic and treatment options for their patients.
Is osteopathy the study of bones?
Osteopathy addresses ALL body tissues including bone, ligaments, fascia, muscles, vasculature, nerves, lymphatics, etc. and how they work together to maintain health. Osteopathy is the study of the mesokinetic or neuromusculoskeletal system.
What is the difference between OMM and other bodywork therapies?
Osteopathy is western medicine's unique discovery of how health can be optimized with manual therapies, and shares some overlap with the intelligence of older medicinal traditions. In the West, many therapies have their roots in osteopathy!
Though there are many talented bodyworkers, physicians who practice OMM integrate a depth of knowledge in medicine (pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.) with guiding philosophical principles in order to diagnose and treat each individual uniquely with efficient precision.
Why should I see a DO for OMM?
Osteopathy looks for strain or restriction in the mesokinetic + neuromusculoskeletal system that may be playing a role in impairing health or function, and ultimately quality of life. Osteopathy treats the person, not the disease, and in doing so, can often help the person with his/her disease processes. Depending on where along the spectrum of health to disease someone is at, OMM may be all that is necessary, or it may be used in synergy with medicine, or it may serve a palliative rather than curative purpose.
Treatment is based on identifying these restrictions, called 'Somatic Dysfunction', along with the patient's story (including past medical history, medications, etc.). Somatic Dysfunction often represents a modifiable risk factor to disease, which only D.O.s are qualified to identify and treat. No two treatments are the same, just as no two people are the same.
Therefore, a DO's osteopathic manipulative treatment is not just an algorithmic protocol or isolated technique, but a highly individualized treatment that integrates manual therapy with the medical background of a physician - a potent combination!
Why have I never heard of this before?
OMM is one of the smallest fields in medicine. Even though all DO's learn basic OMM in medical school, not all continue to use it in practice. Only a small number choose to do specialized training, including Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) residencies and conferences.
What can I expect in a visit?
The initial visit will consist of detailed medical history, birth to present trauma history (including physical, emotional, and molecular-chemical trauma from accidents, abuse, or disease), and a physical exam with an osteopathic structural exam. Based on these, an individualized assessment of diagnoses and treatment plan will be implemented. Treatment is usually gentle, well tolerated, often with immediate improvements.
Depending on how a patient's body reintegrates these changes, he or she may return for a follow up visit for re-evaluation and treatment. Follow up visits are generally shorter, but not necessarily with treatment as less time is needed on subsequent history taking and diagnosing.
There is no way to predict how many treatments are needed as this is depends on what the doctor finds and how each patient responds. However, it is the goal of the doctor to find health and minimize unnecessary visits.
How much does this cost?
Please use Contact form to inquire for fees. Keep in mind this is a highly individualized treatment based on complex medical decision making, therefore the value of this service may be more than non-physician bodywork. Our goal is to find and access your health together in the most sustainable way.
Can I use my insurance?
In order to better care for patients, this practice does not take insurance. A superbill can be provided for you to submit to insurance. Thank you for understanding.