“As an osteopathic physician, I treat the patient as a whole person, rather than as a group of symptoms or a set of organs.
“My interest in the medical field has been a journey that started when I was 18 years old, as a yoga teacher in Israel. I always enjoyed working with people. I can remember the feelings of fulfillment I would get from massaging friends and students who had injured themselves, and then watching them get better. Though I had no formal education in massage, I had a feeling that helping people to heal with my hands was something I understood.
“At age 23, I arrived in California looking for new ways to pursue my interests in the healing arts. As a premed student, I was introduced to osteopathy by a physician who showed extraordinary compassion and care for his patients. He showed me how osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose an illness and to treat patients with structural problems. I knew I had found my lifelong work.
“I applied to osteopathic medical school because the humanistic philosophy of treating the whole person matched my own belief system. Combining medical knowledge with a hands-on approach to treatment would allow me the greatest opportunity in helping people with their healing processes.”
- Rimon Issac, D.O. …