The Board has nominated the following physicians for 2-year terms as officers of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

For President-Elect:  Ali Carine DO 

Dr. Carine has served on the OCA Board of Directors since 2015 and currently is chair of the OCA Publications Committee. She has been particularly active in the creation and oversight of OCA Annual Conferences. In addition to being a member of the Annual Conference Committeefor many years, Dr. Carine served as director or associate director of the 2012, 2015 and 2019 conferences. Dr. Carine’s medical practice provides osteopathic primary care in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is on the clinical adjunct faculty. She is on the OCA teaching faculty. She is a Fellow of the College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and is Board certified in NMM/OMM.

For Secretary:  Julie Mai DO

Dr. Mai has served on the OCA Board of Directors since 2019 and is currently chair of the Membership Committee, where she created and initiated the popular Learn-and-Share sessions to provide community and professional development during the pandemic lockdown. Dr. Mai graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she currently is a clinical adjunct faculty member. She worked closely with Dr. Viola Frymann for several years and is currently on the board of directors for the Osteopathic Center for Children, in which she is serving as their president. Dr. Mai has been recognized by the OCA for Proficiency in OCF. She is part of the teaching faculty for the OCA and for Osteopathy’s Promise to Children. She has two OMM practice locations in Fountain Valley (Orange County) and Encinitas (San Diego). Dr. Mai is the founder and medical director of the Center for Synergistic Healing since 2019. Through her various experiences in business and leadership roles in other organizations, she looks forward to contributing to the forward growth of OCA and its members.

The Board has nominated the following physicians for Board seats.  The top 2 vote recipients will each be elected for a 3-years term on the Board of Directors.

Maria Coffman DO

Dr. Coffman currently serves as co-chair of the International Subcommittee of the OCA Membership Committee. She has served as a board member for Boone County Medical Society in Missouri and is an active member of the AAO as well as the OCA. She is founder of Focus Osteopathic Study Group, a teaching and community resource for physicians. She is affiliated with Boone Hospital in Columbia, Mo., and is adjunct clinical faculty for A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Coffman has been recognized by the OCA for Proficiency in OCF.

Shawn Marie Higgins DO

Dr. Higgins served on the OCA Board of Directors from 2019-2020 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.

R. Mitchell Hiserote DO

A member of the OCA Board of Directors since 2014, Dr. Hiserote is stepping down from his position as secretary, an office he has filled since 2015. Dr. Hiserote maintains a traditional OMM practice in Sebastopol, Calif. Dr. Hiserote holds Board certification in NMM/OMM, and he has been recognized by the OCA for Proficiency in OCF. He previously was a professor in the OMM Department at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM), where he also served as chair of the department. In addition to continuing as clinical adjunct professor with TUCOM, he is on the teaching faculty for the Osteopathic Center for Children, where he directs the annual Introductory course. He is on the OCA teaching faculty. He previously served as president of the Osteopathic Center for Children in San Diego, Calif., and remains on their Board of Directors. He graduated from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, Calif., in 1998, where he also completed an OPP undergraduate teaching Fellowship.