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).

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Joseph Philip Olekszyk, DO


The DSOMS is sad to announce the passing of our member, Joseph Philip Olekszyk, DO of Seaford on March 9.   Dr. Olekszyk practiced Otolaryngology, after completing his residency, for many years.  The members of the DSOMS extend their sympathies and sorrow to the Olekszyk family on the passing of Dr. Joe.



Help end the Coronavirus pandemic by getting vaccinated when you are eligible.   

In the meantime, please follow the three "Ws"  to help curb the Corona-19 virus by:

1. Wearing a mask

2. Washing your hands

3. Watching your distance


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the DSOMS has deferred any in person meetings.    If you are interested in any information on the Osteopathic profession in Delaware, please contact us at the address on the website.



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.

Staying Well During Cold and Flu Season

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With coworkers sniffling at the office and passengers coughing during your morning commute, you might think that getting sick this winter is unavoidable. A recent survey from the American Osteopathic Association found that 42% of Americans believe they will get sick during cold and flu season, with the workplace (36%) and public transportation (24%) being the most likely places they expect to catch a bug.

While preventive measures won’t stop every illness, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, advise patients that there are multiple ways to help ward off sickness. DOs are trained to listen and partner with you to help you not only get healthy, but stay well.

Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, offers the following tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Get the flu shot.

The flu shot may not save your life, but it very well could save someone else’s. Dr. Danoff says children who receive the flu vaccine are far less likely to be hospitalized due to complications of the flu. The shot also helps protect those who cannot be vaccinated, as well as the elderly and those with preexisting conditions that make flu a greater threat.

Scrub your hands like a doctor.

The typical “wringing and rubbing” technique misses a myriad of germs, often leaving the insides of fingers unclean. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands and under the finger nails.

Eat your veggies and go to bed.

Better nutrition directly translates into better resilience and fewer illnesses, Dr. Danoff says. Add seven to nine hours of daily sleep and your body is primed to battle the pathogens that proliferate when people spend more time indoors.

Take sunshine walks.

Decreased levels of vitamin D can weaken your immune system. Take a morning or afternoon walk to soak up the sparse rays during the winter months to boost both your mood and your immunity.

Keep moving.

Adding exercise on top of a daily sunshine walk makes your immune system function more effectively. A bit of indoor cardio or strength training conditions your body to fight off illness—including the winter doldrums.

Points of Contact

Delaware State
Osteopathic Medical Society
P.O. Box 2693
Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: 302.543.4767
Email: dsomsoc@gmail.com

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