Deborah Schmidt, D.O.

Deborah Schmidt, DO

Deborah Schmidt, D.O.
Associate Professor, WVSOM, Department of Osteopathic Principles & Practice Practicing OMM and Medical Acupuncture at Robert C. Byrd Clinic Consult privileges for NMM/OMM at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center

Phone: (304) 647-6247


  • Board Certified – Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Board Certified – Family Practice, ACOFP
  • Physician Acupuncturist
  • Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Education and Training

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research; National Institute of Health Clinical Center, April 2015
  • Medical Acupuncture: Helms Institute – completed 300 hours; 1998
  • Family Practice Internship/Residency – Community Hospital of Lancaster, PA; completed 1991
  • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Doctor of Osteopathy, 1988; Honors Graduate
  • WVSOM Graduate Teaching Fellow – Anatomy 1985-87
    • Independent dissections of cadavers studying counterstrain points/myofasical planes and anatomy of pelvic autonomic plexus.
    • Co-authorized text on Surface Anatomy/OMM Techniques and Biomechanics for use by 1st and 2nd year medical students with Drs. N. Laura Liles, DO and Dr. Richard Van Buskirk, DO, PhD (never published)
    • Independent research in use of thermography in manual medicine/acupuncture
  • The Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio, 1976 Bachelor of Science, Psychology/Pre-Med/Chemistry

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Female reproductive health and Somatic Dysfunction
  • Compensatory patterns of posture in health and disease
  • Cost effectiveness of OMM within clinical practice
  • Physiologic monitoring methods for OMM

Selected Scholarly Activity

  • The Impact of Pelvic Somatic Dysfunction on Female Reproductive Health; Komar, C. and Schmidt, D. –in progress
  • Quantifying Changes in Venous Return Following Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Lymphatic Techniques; Brown, S; Nackashi, A., Moore, J., Moccia, D., Schmidt, D. – completed, submitted for publication, 2015

Recent Conference Abstracts

Timothy Bikman OMS-4, John Ford, OMS-3, Deborah Schmidt DO. Experiential Learning: An Irreplaceable Tool in Osteopathic Student Education. AOA OMED 14, Seattle WA; 2nd place poster; 2014.

Recent Honors

  • OPP Integration Teaching Award, Physician Off-Campus, May, 2007
  • President's Outstanding Faculty Award – Clinician, May 2014

Advanced Training

  • The Next Step Course – Paul Dart, MD, The Cranial Academy; Portland, Oregon; Sept. 2013 Facial Techniques – Cranial Conference/ The Cranial Academy; June 2009
  • Ophthalmologic Principles and their relationship to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field with Paul Dart, MD; February 2007
  • Workshop on Osteopathy in the Care of Common Clinical Syndromes in the Child and Adult – Viola Frymann, DO; WVSOM; November 11-12, 2006
  • Muscle Energy Technique Update – Fred Mitchell Jr. DO, Lewisburg, WV; April 2002, April 2015
  • Ligamentous Articular Strain – Thomas Crow, DO, Lewisburg, WV; December 2011
  • Functional Methods – William Johnston, DO, Lewisburg, WV; March 2001
  • Osteopathy in the Cranial Field: Basic Cranial courses/The Cranial Academy: Michigan State 12/85, Arizona 2/01
  • Counterstrain Techniques – Lawrence Jones, DO, Lewisburg, WV; April 1984
  • Muscle Energy Techniques – Robert Ward, DO, Lewisburg, WV; February 1984
  • Cranial Techniques in Trauma – Viola Frymann, DO/MD, Lewisburg, WV; September 1984

Research publications, peer reviewed:

  • Acupuncture as Adjunct to OMM: WVSOM Summer Seminar; June 2015
  • Acupuncture and Chronic Pain: WVSOM Primary Care Seminar on Medication and Substance Misuse Among Older Adults; Dec. 13, 2013 •
  • Medical Acupuncture - WVSOM Mid-Winter Seminar December 2012 • Highmark BCBS Physical Medicine Management Program Update - WVSOM Fall Conference 11/12
  • An Integrative Model for Approaching Myofascial Patterns - WVSOM visiting lecture 7/10
  • Taking a Sexual History - WVSOM Endocrine system - Guest Lecturer 2/10 • Easy (but often forgotten) OMT Treatments for Common Primary Care Conditions - WVSOM Annual Fall Conference 11/09
  • Access to the Autonomic Nervous System - Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association - Fall Conference 07
  • Myofascial Point Systems - An Introduction to Medical Acupuncture and Comparison to Counterstrain, Trigger Points, and Chapman's Reflex Points - WVSOM OMM Department lecture to 1st year medical students, yearly from 00-05
  • Introduction to Medical Acupuncture - WVSOM Summer Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC 6/00 - WVSOM Fall Conference at The Greenbrier 11/03
  • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: WV Nurses Association; November 2000 • Office OMT Techniques - South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association - Fall Conference 9/95