August 7, 2015                        
Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment (MSAT)
Lecture and Presentation 

East Lansing - Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), in conjunction with the Michigan State University Institute of International Health (MSU IIH), held a presentation on Oriental Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. The event included Mary Goldman, D.O. and focused on the merging of western Osteopathy with Eastern Traditional Medicine.

Internationally renowned Korean physician Joon-shik Shin, PhD, K.M.D. (Korean Medicine Doctor), gave the first lecture on his specialized blend of Osteopathic Manipulation and Eastern Techniques, dubbed Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment or MSAT. Dr. Mary Goldman also presented on Western OMM and its techniques.  

The attendees ranged from local D.O.s to doctors at Dr. Shin's own hospital in Korea. Through the lectures, the doctors were able to learn not only about their own standard of manipulation, but a differing perspective. 

Dr. Shin will be speaking again to MOA members at the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention. To register for the event, click HERE.

To see a photo album of the event, with pictures of Dr. Shin and Dr. Goldman's techniques, click HERE.

Gibsons & Nicholoff spend time at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Detroit Tigers outing.

Providing Care for Generations

MOA CEO spends time with multigenerational caregivers


Cheryl Gibson Fountain, M.D., FACOG is part of legacy of care started by her father in his own practice over 30 years ago. Now retired, George Wesley Gibson, D.O. began medical school upon return from his service in the Korean War while Cheryl was in high school. The Gibson family took a brief hiatus from their hometown while George studied at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, returning for his internship at Art Center Hospital in Detroit.


George's private practice was opened after his residency at Detroit Macomb Hospital Corporation until he reached the age of 85. Taking an early interest in the medical field, Cheryl listened attentively to stories from her father, watched his interactions with patients and experienced working in his office while attending Wayne State University School of Medicine.


"It was in my blood," Cheryl says, "While working in my father's office I saw the impact he made on his patients - some of them young mothers. I saw how much they needed him and their gratitude for his care."


Cheryl has worked to continue this legacy of care, starting her career at Detroit Riverview Hospital upon its opening in 1987. During her time there she rose to Chief of Staff in the hospital's last three years before closing. She is currently employed at Beaumont Health System in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Cheryl also serves as Assistant Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine to train Resident OB/GYN family physicians.


Leadership rolls with both the American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Michigan State Medical Society have led Cheryl to work with Michigan Osteopathic Association's CEO Kris Nicholoff on a myriad of issues in the medical field. "The Gibsons are an amazing legacy story. "In my role I am honored to find myself in the presence of people who are able to make such a difference in their communities" said Nicholoff. The MOA is proud to build relationships and collaborate with all physicians as part of a model to improve practices and find the best health care solutions.


"It's not about D.O. verses M.D., its about both sides working together to care for each patient the best way possible," Cheryl states. Under her father's tutelage as an osteopathic physician, Cheryl saw the passion and hard work which she believes drives her as an allopath, and that is what is important. The family hopes to see another M.D. or D.O. carry on this tradition of care, as George's grandson, Wesley, has an interest in becoming a doctor.





This issue's strategic resource is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. The CMS is currently offering video tutorials and explanations on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). This complex system can often be confusing for physicians to navigate, but with the online tools from the CMS, you will be able to learn tips to use PQRS more effectively and ensure physicians are accurately applied to reimbursements in the future. The videos are designed to educate health care professionals on the following topics:

  • 2015 PQRS Updates
  • 2015 Incentive Payments and 2017 Payment Adjustments
  • 2015 PQRS Reporting
  • 2015 PQRS: Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)
  • 2015 Updates to the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM)
  • Quality-Tiering Approach for 2017
  • 2017 VM Policies for Shared Savings Program Participants, Pioneer ACOs, CPC Initiative, etc.
  • Informal Inquiry Process for the Value-Based Payment Modifier
  • Physician Compare 

To visit the CMS PQRS webpage, click HERE.


If you have a strategic resource MOA members would find valuable please contact: Todd Ross - - Ph: 517.827.0615

Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

The Michigan Osteopathic Association's (MOA) Fourth Annual Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition will be held November 7, 2015 in conjunction with the MOA 11th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids November 6-8.

The MOA recognizes that the advancement of scientific research plays a critical role in our mission to improve health care through osteopathic medicine. 

Every year, MOA hosts two SRE competitions at the Spring and Autumn Scientific Conventions. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending-level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms our commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.


For more information and to enter an abstract, click HERE.

MOA in the Community: Kelser Basketball Camp

Aug. 5 - Former Michigan State University basketball star and current Detroit Piston commentator, Gregory Kelser, has held basketball camps for an amazing 30 years. His camps attract kids from 7-17 years old from various cities in the Detroit area.
This year, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) was invited to participate. The unique aspect of the Gregory Kelser Basketball Camp is that while campers participate in drills and scrimmages they are also committing to sessions focusing on the importance of education. 

"We emphasize how extremely important the role education is and we challenge each child to pursue education with the same determination and energy used for sports," says Kelser. 

The MOA was there to present on the balance of education, athletics and health care. Campers were engaged and eager to receive information on the importance of nutrition, dental care and more. In terms of education, the message to the kids was "study hard!" and know the path to a career in healthcare begins early. And while predicting the next basketball star from the Detroit area might be difficult, we are pretty sure we spotted more than a few future D.O.'s. 

To visit the MOA Facebook photo album from the event, click HERE. 

This fall, the Michigan Osteopathic Association will return to beautiful Grand Rapids for the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention, at the Amway Grand Plaza. 

For more information click HERE

Exhibitor registration is open! For more information, click HERE.
In Memoriam 

February 1 of 2015 saw the passing of 
Richard O. Wagner, Jr., D.O.

May 1 of 2015 saw the passing of Sara Dora, D.O.

June 18 of 2015 saw the passing of Hugh L. Grover, D.O.

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click 
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) News!
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