Faculty & Staff at TUC

Melissa G. Pearce, D.O.

Melissa G. Pearce, D.O.

College: COM

Department: OMM

Title: Associate Professor

Phone: (707) 638-5207

Fax: (707) 638-5946

E-Mail: mpearce@touro.edu

Office: Administration and Faculty 1, Rm. 222

Dr. Pearce is delighted to be working with an amazing team teaching our osteopathic medical students at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California.  She is a Touro alumnus, trained in Family Medicine through the UC Davis-affiliated residency program in Modesto, CA and with specialty training in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) through an additional year of residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY.  She is Board Certified through both the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBME) in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) in NMM/OMM.

Dr. Pearce is dedicated to being a model for both osteopathic medicine as a specialty practice and how a Family Medicine physician can incorporate osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) into typical patient care encounters.

Treating pregnant women and newborns to support a healthy pregnancy and provide a structural and functional advantage at the beginning of life is a special area of interest.  She also appreciates the particular benefits of OMT for hospitalized patients, acute illness, and surgical preparation and recovery.

In addition to teaching Osteopathic Medicine on-campus, Dr. Pearce relishes the myriad opportunities to teach students and treat patients in hands-on clinical situations.

Dr. Pearce is the Principal Investigator for the Reducing Inflammation with Osteopathic Treatment (RIOT) clinical trial. This exciting avenue of research, investigating the effects of OMT on inflammation has received funding from the American Osteopathic Association, and enrollment of participants is currently ongoing. With her background as a Clinical Research Associate and interest in osteopathically-oriented research projects, Dr. Pearce is the Director of OMM Research and her role as co-Medical Director of the TUC Student-Run Free Clinic is in Community Outreach, Research, and Project Continuity. She supports student research interests and efforts and enjoys seeing their success in presenting and/or publishing.

Her interest in supporting our osteopathic profession extends to development of curriculum for conferences of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) and exam content for the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners (NBOME). As an OPSC Board member, she appreciates the opportunity to participate in legislative advocacy and support of our profession at the State level.

Last Updated: 11/29/21