The Board has nominated the following two physicians for a 3-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Shawn Marie Higgins DO

Dr. Higgins served on the OCA Board of Directors from 2019-present and is an active member of the OCA Introductory Course Committee as well as teaching faculty for the OCA. Dr. Higgins is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Medicine Residency at Maine Dartmouth. She is Board Certified in NMM/OMM, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. In addition to a thriving private practice in osteopathic manipulation and integrative healing, she is a volunteer physician at the Portland Osteopathic Children’s Clinic in Portland, Maine.

Nicole Peña DO

Nicole Peña, DO has been an highly contributing member of the OCA Online Education Task Force and Continuing Studies Committee, and is on the teaching faculty for the OCA.  Dr. Peña is a graduate of the University of San Diego and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She completed her internship and residency training in OMM/NMM at St. Barnabas Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident.    Dr. Peña is an Associate Professor and Chair of the OMM department at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCCOM).  At Touro, she teaches OMM to medical students, develops curriculum, serves as the Directors of Distance Learning and Osteopathic Clinical Integration and is the Healer’s Art Elective Course Director. She enjoys teaching and being in service to the community at TUCCOM’s Student Run Free Clinic where she volunteers her time to precept students.