David A. Stuckey, DO
Putting into language the experience of receiving an Osteopathic treatment is practically an impossible task. When described by someone who has been treated by an Osteopath, the experience itself can sound poorly defined and mysterious. The treatment can be simultaneously subtle and dramatically life changing. From an outside perspective it can seem that very little, if anything at all, is actually taking place. And on the receiving end of such a treatment the individual may feel nothing at all, to some degree of relaxation, to the most profound adjustments in physical, mental, and emotional perspectives of existence. Experiencing this range of possibility with Osteopathic treatment myself, and witnessing the impact it has had on my patients has compelled me to pursue this work from my earliest exposure to it.
Over the past decade of training and practice, I have witnessed hundreds of patients relieved of bodily discomforts through the implementation of Osteopathic Manual Medicine. As a practitioner, my approach to caring for patients through the use of both Osteopathic and Functional Medicine directly incorporates the understanding that the body has an innate capacity to self-correct, and that my responsibility lies in helping to remove any impediments to the successful realization of this process.
In 2013, I graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. Following graduation, I pursued a residency in Family Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, Florida. As of 2017, I am currently pursuing a Fellowship in Metabolic, Nutritional, and Functional Medicine through the Metabolic Medical Institute.
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia in a warm and loving household with attentive grade school teachers who regularly advised their students to be both “scholars and gentlemen.” As an undergraduate, I attended Duke University where I studied Music and Psychology. In 2001, I moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Shortly thereafter, I first encountered Osteopathy via Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Colorado School of Energy Studies.
The decision to move to the Pioneer Valley and establish my Osteopathic practice was made incredibly easy after spending my third year of medical school stationed at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. There I undertook my first introduction to clinical training as a medical student, and I also came to meet my then girlfriend, Ruthie, in Northampton. When my residency in Florida wrapped up in the summer of 2017, I moved back to New England for good, married Ruthie, and opened PVO.