Deborah Schmidt, D.O.

Deborah Schmidt, D.O.
Associate Professor, WVSOM, Department of Osteopathic Principles & Practice Practicing OMM and Medical Acupuncture at Robert C. Byrd Clinic Consult privileges for NMM/OMM at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Phone: (304) 647-6247



Board Certified – Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Board Certified – Family Practice, ACOFP

Physician Acupuncturist

Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Education / Training

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research; National Institute of Health Clinical Center, April 2015

Medical Acupuncture: Helms Institute – completed 300 hours; 1998

Family Practice Internship/Residency – Community Hospital of Lancaster, PA; completed 1991

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Doctor of Osteopathy, 1988; Honors Graduate

WVSOM Graduate Teaching Fellow – Anatomy 1985-87

  • Independent dissections of cadavers studying counterstrain points/myofasical planes and anatomy of pelvic autonomic plexus.
  • Co-authorized text on Surface Anatomy/OMM Techniques and Biomechanics for use by 1st and 2nd year medical students with Drs. N. Laura Liles, DO and Dr. Richard Van Buskirk, DO, PhD (never published)
  • Independent research in use of thermography in manual medicine/acupuncture

The Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio, 1976 Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Pre-Med/Chemistry

Clinical and Research Interests

Female reproductive health and Somatic Dysfunction

Compensatory patterns of posture in health and disease

Cost effectiveness of OMM within clinical practice

Physiologic monitoring methods for OMM

Selected Scholarly Activity

The Impact of Pelvic Somatic Dysfunction on Female Reproductive Health; Komar, C. and Schmidt, D. –in progress

Quantifying Changes in Venous Return Following Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Lymphatic Techniques; Brown, S; Nackashi, A., Moore, J., Moccia, D., Schmidt, D. – completed, submitted for publication, 2015

Recent Conference Abstracts

Timothy Bikman OMS-4, John Ford, OMS-3, Deborah Schmidt DO. Experiential Learning: An Irreplaceable Tool in Osteopathic Student Education. AOA OMED 14, Seattle WA; 2nd place poster; 2014.

Recent Honors

OPP Integration Teaching Award, Physician Off-Campus, May, 2007

President's Outstanding Faculty Award – Clinician, May 2014

Advanced Training

The Next Step Course – Paul Dart, MD, The Cranial Academy; Portland, Oregon; Sept. 2013 Facial Techniques – Cranial Conference/ The Cranial Academy; June 2009

Ophthalmologic Principles and their relationship to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field with Paul Dart, MD; February 2007

Workshop on Osteopathy in the Care of Common Clinical Syndromes in the Child and Adult – Viola Frymann, DO; WVSOM; November 11-12, 2006

Muscle Energy Technique Update – Fred Mitchell Jr. DO, Lewisburg, WV; April 2002, April 2015

Ligamentous Articular Strain – Thomas Crow, DO, Lewisburg, WV; December 2011

Functional Methods – William Johnston, DO, Lewisburg, WV; March 2001

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field: Basic Cranial courses/The Cranial Academy: Michigan State 12/85, Arizona 2/01

Counterstrain Techniques – Lawrence Jones, DO, Lewisburg, WV; April 1984

Muscle Energy Techniques – Robert Ward, DO, Lewisburg, WV; February 1984

Cranial Techniques in Trauma – Viola Frymann, DO/MD, Lewisburg, WV; September 1984

Research publications, peer reviewed:

  • Acupuncture as Adjunct to OMM: WVSOM Summer Seminar; June 2015
  • Acupuncture and Chronic Pain: WVSOM Primary Care Seminar on Medication and Substance Misuse Among Older Adults; Dec. 13, 2013 •
  • Medical Acupuncture - WVSOM Mid-Winter Seminar December 2012 • Highmark BCBS Physical Medicine Management Program Update - WVSOM Fall Conference 11/12 •
  • An Integrative Model for Approaching Myofascial Patterns - WVSOM visiting lecture 7/10
  • Taking a Sexual History - WVSOM Endocrine system - Guest Lecturer 2/10 • Easy (but often forgotten) OMT Treatments for Common Primary Care Conditions - WVSOM Annual Fall Conference 11/09
  • Access to the Autonomic Nervous System - Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association - Fall Conference 07
  • Myofascial Point Systems - An Introduction to Medical Acupuncture and Comparison to Counterstrain, Trigger Points, and Chapman's Reflex Points - WVSOM OMM Department lecture to 1st year medical students, yearly from 00-05
  • Introduction to Medical Acupuncture - WVSOM Summer Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC 6/00 - WVSOM Fall Conference at The Greenbrier 11/03
  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: WV Nurses Association; November 2000 • Office OMT Techniques - South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association - Fall Conference 9/95