What’s the Difference Between a DO and an MD?

Female Plastic Surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma Also Serving Jenks, Broken Arrow, Owasso & Nearby Areas

Posted: November 1, 2019

Word cloud describes difference between MD and DO A Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) have similar educations and certifications, but a DO has completed additional training and has a different approach to patient care than your average MD. Osteopathic medicine is a distinct branch of medicine that focuses on the unity of the body's systems, which are all interrelated. 

Dr. Brenda Schiesel is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a board-certified plastic surgeon. Her training as a DO gives her a unique perspective when it comes to plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, as DOs typically have a "whole body" approach and a better understanding of anatomy and physiology than an MD, or allopathic physician. 

The Philosophy and Patient Approach of a DO

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine takes a holistic approach to patients—mind, body, and spirit—and has musculoskeletal training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). OMT involves physical manipulation of the body, which applies a hands-on method of healing to address muscle pain and health concerns, including migraine headaches and asthma. DOs typically prescribe fewer medications and focus more on the body's natural healing abilities. Treating the whole person is an important aspect when it comes to plastic surgery

When someone is interested in enhancing or restoring an aspect of their appearance, it's essential to consider the entire body. For example, breast augmentation with breast implants or fat transfer should complement, not overpower, your frame. A DO instinctively strives for beautiful, well-balanced results due to their background. 

Dr. Schiesel has an excellent reputation in the Tulsa area for her surgical skill and whole-body approach, which has helped countless patients reach their breast and body goals at South Tulsa Plastic Surgery. She is also one of the few female plastic surgeons in the area. Her dedication to patients is evident from your initial, one-on-one consultation to your final follow-up. 

Both MDs and DOs are licensed to practice in the U.S. and go into a variety of medical specialties. An estimated nine in 10 licensed doctors across the country are MDs. Most plastic surgeons are MDs as well, but the right doctor for you and your plastic surgery depends on several factors. You want a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and trust to deliver your desired results. It's also crucial to make sure your chosen plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). 

Make sure to do your research before your initial consultation by looking at patient reviews, before and after photos, and coming up with a list of questions to ask during your appointment. 

Schedule Your Consultation with Brenda Schiesel, DO

If you're interested in plastic surgery, contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery today at (918) 518-5144 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Brenda Schiesel, DO. Dr. Schiesel and our experienced staff serve patients in nearby areas of Tulsa, Oklahoma, including Jenks, Broken Arrow, and Owasso.  

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