Dr. Dan Lefkowitz is an Internal Medicine physician who has been serving the Verde Valley Since 2018. He graduated cum laude with honors from the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. During medical school, he was Student Government President and was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi honors society.
Working in underserved and rural areas during medical school sparked Dr. Lefkowitz’s passion for rural medicine, and he completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, AZ.
Dr. Lefkowitz specializes in treating acute and chronic medical conditions in adults. He has special interests in rural medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and is passionate about providing personalized medicine and education to his patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Lefkowitz enjoys traveling with his wife, spending time with his children, and hiking and mountain biking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.
Dr. Lefkowitz believes in treating patients with care and respect and working collaboratively to optimize health.
What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?
According to the American Osteopathic Association, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, the body’s intricate system of muscles, nerves and bones. This advanced training provides DOs with a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others.
When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, DOs bring an important dimension to standard medical care.
What are the Benefits of OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. Although often used to treat muscle pain, the treatment can also help patients with a number of other health problems.
Through OMT, physicians manually apply a specific amount of pressure to different regions in the body. These techniques can help:
- Treat structural and tissue abnormalities
- Relieve joint restriction and misalignment
- Restore muscle and tissue balance
- Promote the overall movement of blood flow throughout the body
OMT for pain relief
- Just as there are multiple types of chronic pain, there are a wide variety of treatment options, from medication to hands-on techniques like OMT, which has been clinically proven to provide pain relief for low back pain.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Department: Family Medicine
Years at Community Health Center of Yavapai: 1
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine