Nicole Pena, DO

Associate Professor, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)


Dr. Nicole Peña was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout her life she has found meaning and purpose in caring for others. She chose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine because of its foundation in the body’s innate ability to heal itself and the holistic approach to healthcare (not sick-care). She is a graduate of the University of San Diego and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She completed her internship and residency training in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) at St. Barnabas Hospital, in the Bronx, where she also served as Chief Resident. Her residency program is renowned as one of the premier training programs in the U.S. for her specialty. She has completed hundreds of additional hours of training in Osteopathic Cranial Manipulative Medicine, as well as extensive study with her mentors, though she views her patients as her greatest teachers.

After residency, Dr. Peña returned to her home state and joined the faculty at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCCOM) in the OMM department as an assistant professor. Currently, she teaches OMM to medical students, develops curriculum, and serves as the Director of Distance Learning and the Director of OMM Clinical Integration. She enjoys teaching and being in service to the community at TUCCOM’s Student Run Free Clinic where she volunteers her time to precept students.

Dr. Peña has extensive experience treating newborns, children, and adults with a wide-range of conditions, including critically ill patients. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and treats a broad spectrum of medical conditions. Having experienced it herself, Dr. Peña values treating pregnant and postpartum women as their bodies adapt to natural physical and physiological changes. She aims to meet each person where they are, facilitate their inherent healing capacity and guide them to their optimal state of health.