Patrick D. O’Meara, D.O.
Dr. O’Meara earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1992 and has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice since then. An active staff member of Montrose Memorial Hospital since 1997, he is currently certified with the American Board of Family Practice and holds Level II Accredited status with the Colorado Department of Labor, Division of Workman’s Compensation.
Dr. O’Meara is involved locally at the Montrose Memorial Hospital as a member of the Continuing Medical Educational Committee and as a member of the Fall Clinics Committee. To help serve the community, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Mental Health and volunteers with the Montrose Medical Mission and the Montrose Health Fair.
His interests include photography, backpacking, cross-country skiing, bicycling, recycling, renewable and sustainable energy, and traveling with his family.
What is a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)?
A D.O. and an M.D. are alike in these ways:
- Both complete four years of basic medical education.
- After medical school, both typically complete two to six years of specialized training (family practice, surgery, etc.) and a residency program.
- Both must pass a comparable state exam.
- Both practice in licensed health care facilities.
However, the difference between a D.O. and an M.D. can bring an additional level of care to your and your family. A D.O. approaches medicine from a whole person standpoint. Rather than only treating symptoms or ailments, a D.O. treats your body as an integrated whole, a concept known as “wellness.” Pioneered in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathic Medicine, this approach focuses on the unity of all body systems. Dr. Still identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. This philosophy focuses on your body’s ability to heal itself, with a focus in preventative medicine, eating properly, and keeping fit.