Welcome to the official site for the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society (DSOMS). The DSOMS is a non-profit professional organization comprised of osteopathic physicians, residents, interns, and medical students who meet the membership requirements of the DSOMS Constitution and Bylaws. We are affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

News, Business & CME Meetings

 The DSOMS Fall Dinner and CME Course

was held on November 9th 
at the
Ammon Center, Christiana Hospital.
Topics and Speakers:
James Ziccardi, DO - Physician Burnout - An Epidemic?
Victor Rendon, DO - American Opiod Crisis
Sean Neal, VP- AOA & Julie Sees, DO, Advocacy & Political Action: Making an Osteopathic Impact
Michael Vest, DO - Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV)
Caitlin Halbert, DO - Bariatric Updates and Care for the Post Bariatric Patient
Coming soon:
The DSOMS Instagram website.
Watch this space for more information
Watch this space for information on our future CME and meeting events.
The DSOMS congratulates 
Andrea DeSimone, DO 
for being named Delaware's State Emerging Leader
by the
American Osteopathic Foundation's Board of Directors
as a new physician who leads her peers through exceptional service to others and an ongoing commitment to patient-centered care.   Dr. DeSimone has been recognized as fully embodying Osteopathic tenets and principles and dedicated to community service
and a deeply philanthropic spirit. 
More Information or to Join the DSOMS,
Contact our Executive Secretary,
 Jeni @228-547-3412

A Look Back

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still is credited with starting the Osteopathic medical profession when he founded the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University) in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892.

Dr. Still was born in Virginia in 1828, the son of a Methodist minister and physician. At an early age he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a physician. After studying medicine and serving an apprenticeship under his father, he became a licensed MD in the state of Missouri. In the early 1860s, he completed additional coursework at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Kansas City, MO and went on to serve as a surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War.

After the Civil War and following the death of three of his children from spinal meningitis in 1864, Dr. Still concluded that the orthodox medical practices of his day were frequently ineffective, and sometimes harmful. He devoted the next ten years of his life to studying the human body and finding better ways to treat disease.

His research and clinical observations led him to believe that the musculoskeletal system played a vital role in health and disease. He concluded that the body contained all of the elements needed to maintain health, if properly stimulated. Dr. Still believed that by correcting problems in the body's structure, through the use of manual techniques now known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), the body's ability to function and to heal itself could be greatly improved. He also promoted the idea of preventive medicine and endorsed the philosophy that physicians should focus on treating the whole patient, rather than just the disease. 

Learn more about Osteopathic Medicine by clicking on the Osteopathic Medicine tab on this page.


Raising healthy children in today’s supersized and super busy world can be quite the challenge. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast food and sedentary lifestyles, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity affects 1 out of 6 children and teens in the United States, putting them at risk for serious health problems like Type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Organizing active family outings and providing healthy snacks are two ways to model healthy choices for kids.

Stanley E. Grogg, DO, an osteopathic pediatrician from Tulsa, Oklahoma, shares easy tips for parents to help their children make healthier choices, lead healthier lives and combat childhood obesity.

Focusing on preventive care, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to consider how environmental and lifestyle factors impact your health. DOs can partner with you to help you not only get healthy, but to set appropriate goals by taking your health history into account.

5 Ways to Be Healthier

    • Approach healthy eating the right way.

“When talking about nutrition, explain to kids that healthy foods make their mind and body strong,” says Dr. Grogg. “Kids tend to respond to that competitive edge.” He suggests that you let children choose healthy foods during trips to the grocery store because it gives them a sense of ownership in the process.

    • Stay on track with healthy snacks.

It’s not just about healthy options at breakfast, lunch and dinner but everything in between meals. Dr. Grogg recommends fruits, low-sugar cereals, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, grains, and lean, unprocessed meats as snacks. “Cut up fruit and veggies and store them in containers on a low shelf in the fridge so kids can easily see them and reach them,” Dr. Grogg suggests. 

    • Get the whole family moving.

“Children and teens need 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day, if possible,” says Dr. Grogg. “Physical activity strengthens bones, decreases blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety, and increases confidence and self-esteem.” Dr. Grogg recommends scheduling family physical activity time such as hikes, bike rides and even walking on a regular basis. He also advises families to start in moderation so children see the activities as fun rather than punishment.

    • Rethink that drink.

Dr. Grogg recommends limiting your intake of sugary drinks, including fruit juices, which can to significantly reduce caloric intake and risk of tooth decay.

    • Limit the tech time.

“All that inactive time spent texting and playing video games is a huge risk factor for obesity,” says Dr. Grogg. Encourage children to find fun activities to do with family, pets, friends, or on their own that involve more physical activity and less screen time. You’ll also help them avoid mindless snacking. He advises no screen time for kids under 2 years old and no more than two hours per day of screen time, which includes the internet and video games, for older children.

Points of Contact

Our Contact Info is new as of 7/19/22:

Delaware State
Osteopathic Medical Society
4142 Ogletown-Stanton Rd. #127
Newark, DE 19713-4169
Phone:  228.547.3412
Email: dsomsoc@gmail.com

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