2021 Annual Conference – Lectures and Discussion Groups


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Hybrid Annual Conference 2021

Dr. Viola M. Frymann – Inspiration, Research and Practice

Educational Lectures and Discussion Groups June 9-20. 

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Hybrid Annual Conference 2021

Dr. Viola M. Frymann – Inspiration, Research and Practice

Lectures and Discussion Groups
(Click here to choose conference option that includes Practicums)

Celebrate and gain insights into the work of osteopathic legend Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAO, FCA (1921-2016) at the Osteopathic Cranial Academy Annual Conference to be held virtually in June 2021.

Includes Educational Lectures and Discussions (Virtual)

  • Available for viewing ON DEMAND starting June 9 through July 30. See “Lectures” tab below for a list of lectures.
  • Live discussion groups following the lectures will be available on Thursday evening, June 17, and Saturday, June 19. See “Discussions” tab below for details.

Conference Director: Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO, FCA
Assistant Conference Director: Deborah M. Heath, DO


Members: $595

Non-Members:  $695

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 11.75 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME. Approval is currently pending.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for this course and do not meet the eligibility requirements for it, your tuition payment will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the OCA office before registering.

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Successful completion of an Osteopathic Cranial Academy Approved 40-hour Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.


Educational Lectures (Virtual) (Available ON DEMAND starting June 9)

Best and Latest Evidence Base for Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine (OCMM)
Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO, FCA 

Viola M. Frymann: Contributions to Osteopathy
Lorane M. Dick, DO 

Pearls and Treatment of TMJ Conditions
Raymond J. Hruby, DO, FAAO

TBI – Concussion – Research, Assessment and Screening
Joshua Alexander, DO

Trigeminal Nerve: New Research
Deborah M. Heath, DO 

Assessment of Newborns and Treatment of Plagiocephaly
Kimberly Wolf, DO 

Osteopathic Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Tongue-tie, and Suckling Dysfunction
Kathryn E. Gill, MD

Frymann Favorites: Neidner Technique
Brett Thomas, DO, and Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, DO, FCA

Frymann Favorites: Total Body Unwinding
Brett Thomas, DO

Practical Pearls From Working With Dr. Frymann at the Osteopathic Center for Children
Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, DO, FCA

Viola M. Frymann and Spirituality: Encountering the Human Biofield
Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO, FCA


Live Zoom Discussions

Research Panel – A Review of Research Presentations and Discussion with Audience on Future Directions for Cranial Research
Thursday, June 17, 8:00 p.m. Eastern/ 5:00 p.m. Pacific
Hollis H. King, DO, PhD, FAAO, FCA, and Deborah Heath, DO – Chairpersons

Live interaction with OCA Conference Lecture Presenters – Question and Answer Session
Saturday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. Eastern/ 8:00 a.m. Pacific
OCA Conference lecture presenters

Conference Faculty

Conference Faculty

Conference Director Hollis H. King DO PhD FAAO FCA, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX. DO, 1983 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1971 Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. MS in Psychology, 1967 Duke University, Durham, NC. BA in Psychology, 1965. Dr. King holds these Board Certifications: American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, 1992, Family Practice, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, 1995, Founding Diplomate, American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine, 2001, Re-Certified 2008.

Dr. King is currently the Medical Director of the Osteopathic Center for Children and is one of osteopaths “Continuing the Legacy and Advancing the Dream” of Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAO in San Diego, CA. He has conducted and published research on cranial osteopathy and plagiocephaly. He is also a Professor of Family Medicine at UCSD School of medicine, and staff physician in the OMT Service in the Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Osteopathic Center for Children. Prior to coming to UCSD, Dr. King served as Director of the Statewide Osteopathic Residency Program for the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. King has served on the faculties of ATSU-SOMA, UNTHSC-TCOM, and WUHS-COMP. He is a Past President and Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is the author of the chapter on “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field” in the past three editions of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine.

Assistant Conference Director Deborah M. Heath DO, CSPOMM, is currently Associate Dean for Curricular Integration and  professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU- SOMA). Dr. Heath joined ATSU-SOMA faculty for the inaugural class in 2007. Her interest is developing the use of “magnet” topics (eg. fascia) that integrate biomedical sciences with clinical presentations and osteopathic tenets to illustrate the dynamic and reciprocal nature of the whole person for optimum healing.   Additionally, Dr. Heath has had a clinical practice since 1987 in both hospital and outpatient settings. She has also mentored many students in osteopathic research and has contributed to osteopathic research literature during this time.  She has been active  in health policy at the AZ and national levels since 1987.  She completed the AOA Health Policy Fellowship in 2000 and was President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association in 2004.  She was closely mentored by Dr. Frymann and served as her core faculty in osteopathic cranial concepts for over twenty years.

Joshua Alexander DO, is a board-certified neurologist with special interest in the application of osteopathic manipulation for neurological disease. Dr. Alexander assists patients with conditions such as concussion, tinnitus, headache, movement disorders, stroke, neuromuscular disease and neurodegenerative diseases.  He started his clinical practice at UC San Diego where developed a clinical and research program in osteopathy and neurology. He also served assistant director of the UC San Diego Neurology Residency Program.  He is currently a neurologist with Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Alexander completed his residency training at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and his internship at University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, California.

Dr. Alexander is a two-time, back-to-back winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation award for humanism in medicine, and was the House Officer of the Year during his residency at UC San Diego. He has also won several awards for being an outstanding resident and teacher.

Lorane M. Dick DO, I wanted to be a doctor ever since I was 6 years old, inspired by medical missionaries and reading the stories of Albert Schweitzer.  These were good role models for me up to the limitation of growing a Schweitzer mustache.  I was redirected from seeking to be an MD by meeting Viola Frymann, DO on a European Holistic Medicine Tour. On the last day of the trip, I met with Dr. Frymann who introduced me to Osteopathy and becoming an osteopathic physician.  I learned the most from observing her practice in La Jolla for one week prior to matriculating into the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  My experiences included practicing osteopathic manipulation every lunch hour with Margaret Sorrel and serving as a teaching/student instructor in the osteopathic manipulative medicine curriculum.  I was graced by the teaching of the MSU professors including Fred Mitchell, Jr., Robert Ward, Myron Beal, William Johnston, John Upledger, and Phil Greenman.

After graduation and a Family Medicine Residency in Trenton Michigan, I was hired by the hospital to serve as an attending physician in the Service of Osteopathic Medicine.  My responsibilities included patient consults and osteopathic treatments of in-patients and out-patients to offer proof to the State of Michigan that our hospital offered unique services beneficial to our patients and deserved to retain our quotas for patient beds to serve our community.  This served as my post-graduate fellowship prior to being hired by Dr. Frymann to join the Dept. of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.  Joining this faculty gave me opportunities to design curriculum, teach physical examination procedures, and incorporate new techniques gifted to us such as Strain/Counterstrain or Still techniques.

Teaching abroad offered new opportunities as Dr. Frymann recommended me to teach Muscle Energy to the heads of the European Osteopathic Schools in the place of Fred Mitchell, Jr. due to his illness. My introduction was a surprise to everyone.  Luckily, the course went well.  Since then I’ve taught in 6 different schools and countries in Europe, now teaching a week-long seminar for the graduating class of Ecole Supérieure d’Ostéopathie.

My life energy is sustained by prayer, solitude, hiking, bird watching, reading, pastoring, and teaching a course “Creating a Life That Matters”.  I enjoy the support, love, and companionship of my spouse, our two daughters, friends and colleagues.  I am grateful to be with you, my osteopathic community.

Our dedication, best support, and love for Dr. Frymann and all she’s done for our profession, for each of us, and our patients, is committing to carrying on in her stead.  For me teaching our students and offering shadowing opportunities as experience for new applicants is our best support for the osteopathic medical profession.  We promote patient self-care by teaching osteopathic treatments they can use at home which allows patients to be able to help themselves.

We show gratitude to all those who went before us by creating, building, and strengthening osteopathic education and patient care around the world.  We stand on the shoulders of giants.  We are grateful to Viola Frymann, D.O. for her dedication, perseverance, strong leadership, and for her unique stature and her huge thumbs, still giving us guidance for the future of our profession.

Kathryn E. Gill MD, graduated from Brown University Program in Medicine after spending her first 2 years at Dartmouth Medical School.  She has studied Osteopathy since 1985.Dr. Gill has been in private practice in Santa Monica, CA since 1992.  She is a regular lecturer for numerous organizations including the Traditional Osteopathic Studies Biodynamics Program, The Cranial Academy, the Swiss Osteopathic Clinic for Children,  The Massachusetts Osteopathic Society, the  the V.O.D. Osteopathic Association of Germany. She has also lectured for the A.A.O. Pediatric Society, U.C.S.D., U.C.L.A. and various Dental Associations.  She is Clinical Faculty for the Western University of Health Sciences and has worked on a number of educational videos, most recently for F.O.R.C.E., a research foundation of the American Academy of Osteopathy. Her passion is working with children and teaching about the clinical applications of Biodynamic perspectives in embryological development.

Raymond J. Hruby, DO, MS FAAO (Dist), graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1973.  He interned at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Portland, Maine, from 1973 to 1974.  After being in osteopathic family practice from 1974 to 1978, he became a member of the Service of Osteopathic Medicine at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine, and was director of this service from 1981 to 1985.  From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Hruby was in private practice in San Diego, California.  In 1990, he became an associate professor in the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine.  In 1993, he was appointed to the position of Director of Predoctoral Education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In 1995, he accepted the position of professor and chairperson of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan.  In 1999 he became professor and chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California.  He recently “retired” from this position, but continues his work at Western University as a consultant to the Department of NMM/OMM.  In this capacity he is involved with teaching, research, curriculum analysis and development, and mentoring of new faculty and Predoctoral OMM Fellows.  He is also involved with Western University’s Interprofessional Education program.

Dr. Hruby is certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine and in family practice, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).  He was President of the AAO from1990 to 1991. He is the recipient of the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor and the AAO’s Distinguished Fellow Award. He has taught osteopathic principles and techniques for many years, both nationally and internationally.  He is an avid jazz musician and lives in California with his wife Karen and two cats, Serena and Gemma.

R. Paul Lee DO FAAO FCA, received his DO degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City in 1976.  He completed a residency in OMM at the AT Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. He is in private general practice in Durango, CO specializing in OMM.

He is certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and holds the FAAO and FCA.  He served on the Board of Directors of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy and Board of Governors of the American Academy of Osteopathy.  He has been a faculty member for the Introductory Course, the Cranial Base Course as well as the Brain Parenchyma and Nuclei Course and the Next Step course offered by the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. He directed Introductory courses and Bensoussan courses for the OCA. He also served as the course director for the Rule of the Artery courses in Glendale, AZ (2017), Portland, OR (2018 and 2019), and San Diego, CA (2020). He teaches his discoveries in Traditional Osteopathy in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and Canada. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the AAO and the Cranial Letter. In 2005, Stillness Press published his book: Interface: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy in which he outlined a model explaining primary respiration in the tissues, based on spirit and matter.

Mary Anne Morelli Haskell DO FACOP FCA, graduated from COMP-WUHS in 1988.  After a rotating internship at Doctor’s Hospital, Montclair, she completed a pediatrics residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1992.  Her interest in Dr. Frymann’s work with children led her to the Osteopathic Center for Children in San Diego where she practiced for 13 years.  While at the OCC, she directed several intermediate courses on special issues with children and served as the president of OCC for several years before opening a private practice in 2005 in Coronado, CA.  Her work focuses on Osteopathy’s ability to support the body’s inherent healing ability for newborns, babies and children of all ages as well as their families.  Dr. Mary Anne also emphasizes nutrition and natural medicines for an integrative approach to pediatric care.  She has had extensive experience treating common pediatric issues such as colic, allergies, cerebral palsy, ADHD, asthma, autism and developmental issues as well as children with a wide variety of neurologic and genetic issues.

Dr. Mary Anne is board certified in pediatrics by the ACOP and in NMM/OMM by the AOBNMM.  She has served as faculty for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy, SCTF and Dr. Frymann’s courses, as well as teaching internationally.  She is an Associate Professor at COMP-WUHS and co-authored the General Pediatrics Chapter of the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd Ed. 2003.  She presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.  She is a member of ACOP, AOA, AAO and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

Brett P. Thomas DO, FAAO, worked with Dr Viola Frymann at the Osteopathic Center for Children (OCC) for 8 years and was an Associate professor in the dept OMM department with WUHS.  He taught at multiple Cranial courses and other medical courses with Dr Frymann. While at the OCC he work on patients on many patients with Dr Frymann learning her methodology and treatments.  Dr Frymann sponsored him for the FAAO. Prior to working in San Diego, he did an undergraduate fellowship in OMM and graduated from Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now Nova Southeastern). He went a residency in Family Medicine and is currently board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/ Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  Dr Brett Thomas practicing in Orlando Florida in a Osteopathic Manipulative practice.  He has been on faculty of the department of OMM of several Osteopathic colleges. He wrote an article Treating Atypical Tender Points using OMT that was published by the JAAO.

Veronica Vuksich DO, is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley and San Jose State University with degrees in genetics, chemistry and biology.  After working at Genentech, she pursued her original passion to be a physician.  She attended the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific from 1985-1991, including a 1 year OMM fellowship.  Treatments from, and personal experiences with Dr. Viola Frymann opened her eyes to the profound potential of osteopathy.  Since 1994 Dr. Vuksich has retuned annually to the Osteopathic Center for Children in San Diego to teach and table train at courses, including 20 basic and 7 intermediate cranial courses.

After medical school she completed a 3 year UCSF residency in Family Medicine and obtained board certification from the ABFM.  She has been an associate clinical professor in the department of family and community medicine (UCSF) since 1995 and integrates osteopathy in teaching both DO and MD residents.  In 2001 she received the residency Golden Can award for excellence in teaching.

She received cranial competency certification from the Cranial Academy in 1997.  She served on the Osteopathic Medical Board of California from 2007-2012.  Since 2000, she has maintained and osteopathic medical private practice in Santa Rosa.

Dr. Vuksich has had the honor of accompanying Dr. Frymann as a lecturer and/or table trainer at the Three Masters of Osteopathy course in Downers Grove, Illinois (2007), Intermediate Post Basic Cranial Course in Dublin, Ireland (2008) and Pediatric Cranial Course in Pescara, Italy (2012), her last trip abroad.

Kimberly Wolf DO, is the Director of Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Associate Professor of OMM at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California (TUCOM-CA). Prior to this role, Dr. Wolf served as the co-program director of the Osteopathic Recognition Track of the Pediatric Residency Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University, which was the first pediatric program to receive ACGME Osteopathic Recognition.

She received her medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 2010 and completed her internship and pediatrics residency training at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s dually accredited program in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating, Dr. Wolf began her practice at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a general pediatrician and also developed a pediatric OMM clinic where she trained medical students and residents.

She is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and American Academy of Pediatrics.  She has spoken nationally and regionally on osteopathic scholarly activity and pediatric OMM including at OMED, OPSC, AAO, ACOP, and AAP.  Dr. Wolf has served on numerous national committees for the AAO, AAP, ACGME, ACOP, and OPSC.

In addition to pediatric OMT, Dr. Wolf is passionate about osteopathic research.  She has done research on concussions, feeding dysfunction, asthma, constipation in chemotherapy and how all of these conditions can be helped with OMT.  Her current research in conjunction with UCSF looks at the role of OMT in patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

About Dr. Viola M. Frymann

During her nearly 70-year career, Dr. Viola M. Frymann was a renowned clinician, educator, researcher and steward of the osteopathic profession. Specializing in caring for children, she founded the Osteopathic Center for Children and Osteopathy’s Promise to Children of San Diego, Calif. She was a leader in achieving restoration of the osteopathic medical license in California in 1974 after it had been eliminated for 13 years and merged with the MD license. She was instrumental in establishing the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1975 at Western University of Health Sciences.


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