What kinds of medicine have you practiced since graduating?
I have been practicing Internal Medicine and OMT since graduating from my residency program at Henry Ford / Bi-county in 2002. I also worked in urgent care and at Martha T. Berry Nursing home (long-term care facility) for 2 years as well as at St. Joseph, St John, and Henry Ford hospitals for 4 years while establishing my outpatient practice. I have been in practice for a total of 13 years. I have specialized in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and do mostly musculoskeletal pain management thru OMT to reduce and permanently eliminate acute and chronic pain due to multiple different forms of injuries and disabilities. I provide thorough and complete medical care and education for all forms of ailments, not solely pain complaints. As a Board Certified Internist and an adherent to the Osteopathic Philosophy, I treat the whole patient, mentally, spiritually and physically. I am here to educate the person, identify the cause of their symptoms and treat them using individualized approaches that suit the person and not just statistics to help improve your life and prevent future problems. I believe in integrating proven medicinal treatments with hands-on manipulation and nutritional therapies to improve a person’s overall health and long-term well being.
I have always wanted to be a physician since the earliest days I can recall. I remember having a bicycle and Big Wheel in the garage when I was 6 years old and would wait for the siren from “Emergency 51” TV SHOW to sound so I could go and rescue the person in trouble. I specifically chose Osteopathy because of it’s unique philosophy and ability to treat the whole person and better identify the real cause of problems, not just the symptoms.
My grandfather was a D.O. Family Practice doc in a small town (1500 people) in Iowa for his entire life, he died at age 102 and practiced for 51 years. I spent a summer there working with him and his nurse, my grandma, and knew that was the kind of medical care I wanted to deliver. His patients all knew him, he was both their neighbor as well as their doctor. He knew all of them and had delivered a good portion of the towns children. My uncle was a D.O. family practice doc at the University of Wisconsin for his entire career until his untimely death 2 years ago. He practiced mostly pain management in his primary care population and was president of the Hemwell-Hackett Prolotherapy foundation. My father is currently retired from his academic career of teaching OMT, Physiology, and doing extensive research involving mapping the neural system of the spine and brain. He has hundreds of publications and NIH grants to his name. He still actively edits for the Journal of the Osteopathic Association. All these people have significantly affected my career and desire to become a physician in multiple ways. From the simple hometown doc to the academic physician and the academic educational elite, I have been shown all sides of the medical profession and what it means to be a great physician, person, and thinker to properly evaluate and treat the individual patient while taking into account both their needs combined with the most accurate studies available to guide my decisions.
What do you like to do when you are not at the office?
Camping, woodworking, enjoying my 2 incredible children, reviewing research papers, remodeling my house, mountain biking, bbq’ing with friends, golf, and watching the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings win.
How do you stay involved in your community?
Working with boy scouts, lions club, involved with my childrens’ elementary school,
Why did you decide to become a concierge physician?
I have been thinking and evaluating the concierge model for the past 3-4 years and have seen the benefits it offers both me as a physician, and more importantly my patients. As primary care continues to be plagued by bureaucracy and more non medical demands on my time, I find myself with less and less time to spend teaching and educating patients about proper lifestyles and preventative care necessary to their good health. By joining with Cypress I hope to be able to more deeply focus on the patient’s true problems and to prevent problems from occurring and ensure a more healthy life for those who choose to seek out my services, experience and knowledge. After all, in latin Physician means “teacher”.
“Seek health, anyone can find disease.” Dr. AT Still
New Doctor – 2017 – Dr. Ryan Christensen, DO
Dr. Ryan Christensen, DO, is thrilled to be joining OHCM as a full-time physician with Dr. Patterson. Originally hailing from Montana, Dr. Christensen attended A.T. Still University- School of Medicine in Arizona graduating in 2012 and completed his clinical training in Seattle, WA. He came to Michigan, and completed a combined residency in osteopathic family and emergency medicine at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Christensen serves on the board of the Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association and is the past chair of Michigan Osteopathic Association Council of Interns and Residents and served as Chief Resident in Family Medicine at McLaren Oakland Hospital. His clinical interests include full-spectrum family medicine and osteopathic manipulation for all ages, including infants. He enjoys treating complex musculoskeletal syndromes and myofascial pain and is especially proficient in cranial osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Christensen in board-certified in Family Medicine and OMT and board-eligible in Emergency Medicine. He enjoys playing music, his two cats & corgi, technology, and travel.
Dr. Ryan Christensen completed a ﬁve year dual residency in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI. He is board-certiﬁed in Family Medicine and OMT with a special focus on cranial manipulation and is board-eligible in emergency medicine.
Dr. Christensen will provide primary care and osteopathic manipulation for all ages, and has a passion for treating musculoskeletal complaints and diﬃcult pain syndromes. He is honored to join the OHCM Family!
Dr. Christensen is passionate about helping you find health. Call now to schedule your appointment! Now accepting new patients!
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