The American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy (AAPO) is a component society of the American Academy of Osteopathy, and is committed to expanding the practice of osteopathic medicine in the field of pediatrics.
The AAPO strives to foster a greater understanding of Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) and its subset, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), in the field of pediatrics; to gather and disseminate resources and knowledge concerning OPP in the field of pediatrics; to develop educational programs for members; to promote research regarding OPP in the field of pediatrics; and to create a place where all interested in applying OPP to the care of pediatric patients can come together cooperatively.
To develop a clearer understanding, a wider knowledge and a deeper vision for the application of osteopathic principles and practice in the area of pediatrics. To arrange programs to improve the osteopathic manipulative skills of our members in the field of pediatrics. To seek out those members of the profession who have developed original manipulative techniques of newborns, infants, and children and to analyze these methods for teaching purposes. To aid in publishing of original scholarly works elucidating the principles and techniques of Osteopathic Principles and Practice in the field of pediatrics. To assist, when possible, all members of our profession in developing their skills and comprehensive knowledge of Osteopathic Principles and Practice in the treatment of their pediatric patients. AAPO Fiscal Sponsor is Osteopathy’s Promise to Children which provides fiduciary and administrative services.
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THE HISTORY OF AAPO
The American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy is dedicated to the application of osteopathic principles and practice in the area of pediatrics.
In 2010, Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAO, FCA, was speaking with the President of the American Academy of Osteopathy, and she renewed a long time concern she had about the osteopathic profession straying away from the fundamental teachings of Andrew Taylor Still, and William G. Sutherland, particularly as they relate to the complicated and crucial area of pediatric osteopathic manipulation.
This was something Dr. Frymann had spent a lifetime developing and perfecting. She was concerned that some of the plain and precious teachings and techniques of Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Still were being diluted and in some cases lost completely.
In that conversation with the American Academy of Osteopathy, the idea for a new component society representing the needs of Osteopathic Physicians who were endeavoring to refine their skills in the treatment of children was born. And in 2012, a proposal was accepted for a new Component society to be named the American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy (AAPO).
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All members receive these outstanding benefits:
Subscription to the AAPO News
Discounts on AAPO sponsored courses and educational content
Networking with other physicians interested in pediatric osteopathic manipulation at AAO Convocation and in CME
Connecting with a mentor or mentee
Inclusion in our member directory
Becoming a Member is Easy!
All applicants must be a current member in good standing of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) AND must be a U.S. or internationally-trained DO, MD, DDS, Resident, or medical student enrolled in an accredited program. Once your application is received and approved, you’ll receive a notification of membership fees due.
AAPO Board of Directors
A. Hope Tobey, DO, FAAP, FACOP, C-NMM/OMM
Dr Tobey graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005, completed a traditional osteopathic internship at Heart Of Lancaster in Litiz PA in 2006, followed by her Pediatric Residency at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in 2009.
She practiced General Pediatrics including OMT for seven years before returning to complete a plus one residency in Osteopathic Manual Medicine with VCOM Virginia in 2017. She is board certified in pediatrics and board certified in Osteopathic Manual Medicine and now focuses her clinical practice on pediatric OMT. She is the current president of the American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics and Osteopathic Manual Medicine at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Kimberly Wolf, DO, FACOP
She is a board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Wolf practiced at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a general pediatrician and also ran a pediatric OMT clinic from 2013-2017. She was also the Co-Program Director of the Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Residency Osteopathic Track. This program was the first pediatric program in the country to receive this designation under the new ACGME Single Accreditation. She is the current vice president of the American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy and Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Director of Pediatric Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Fellowship Director, supervisor of pediatric OMT Lab in H89 at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Mark M. Morris, DO, FACOP
Secretary & Treasurer
He graduated in 2005. He is board certified in Pediatrics, and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. In 2005, he established his solo specialty practice in Traditional Osteopathic Medicine for all ages, New Jersey Osteopathic Medicine, in Springfield, NJ, where he joyfully practices ‘Not Just Ordinary Medicine.’ He was also on staff in Inpatient pediatrics at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ from 2005 through 2007. He has been active with the Osteopathic Center for Children in San Diego,California since his first OCA Basic Cranial Course there in 1998, and his first SCTF Basic Cranial Course there in 1999. He has been Co-Course Director for Pediatric Intermediate Intensive Courses at the Osteopathic Center for Children, and has served at a number of OCC, OCA, SCTF, and University courses. Recently, he has taught on one of his modes of Osteopathic Manual Medicine, which he calls, ‘Neurosyntonic Osteopathic Treatment.’ He was Founding Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatric Osteopathy, and currently serves as its Treasurer and Secretary.