Live Well: A chat with Amy Jo Davison, D.O.
By Tracey F. Johns | Photo by Stephen Walker
Dr. Amy Jo Davison in front of her office in Easton
The healing power of touch can work miracles. And examining and treating by touch is second nature for Amy Jo Davison, D.O. She says her sensitivity skills developed as a professional horseback rider and trainer before attending medical school at the age of 37, after the birth of her second child. Now she uses those skills and medical training to bring wellness to people, as part of her 19-year practice in osteopathic medicine.
“Palpatory medicine made sense,” said Davison. “Training and working with horses mean developing a sensitive touch, compassion and understanding, and a knowledge of structure that translates well to helping people.”
An osteopath receives all the training of a medical doctor, with additional specialization in musculoskeletal manipulation and its effects on all bodily systems. Davison completed medical school and a fellowship at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatrics and cranial osteopathy and served as a professor of osteopathic medicine for 13 years at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem and Middletown, N.Y.
She moved to Easton in 2004 after a three-year residency at NYU Winthrop Hospital and began her solo practice working from her home in 2005.
“We were looking to move the horse farm south after a particularly cold and snowy winter in New York,” said Davison.
She says another farm opportunity and a desire to be closer to family took her back to Germantown, New York, where she has begun her five-hour commute to Easton since 2006. It’s also where she continues to ride her English off the track thoroughbred Mary’s Guilt Trip, or Mary. Davison says she began riding horses at the age of seven as a spiritual outlet and to connect with the environment.
Davison has a loyal, longtime following of patients from throughout the Mid-Shore area, with her osteopath practice firmly based on excellent referrals and a reputation as a miracle worker to many.
“People often come to me for health maintenance, or as a last resort when living with daily pain,” Davison said. “I look at the whole person, including their social, mental, emotional, and physical well-being, along with diet, weight, exercise, and medical, social and family history. Then, I treat the person from an anatomy perspective. Structure is function.”
Davison says osteopathic medicine helps provide the building blocks to health and can address many health challenges, including Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, neuropathy, post-surgery scar tissue, scoliosis, anxiety, ADHD, and more. She says she counsels patients to coordinate other services if needed, including homeopathic herbal remedies, or referrals for Chinese medicine, for example.
“She works miracles,” said one patient who sees Davison to maintain good health, and whose 12-year old son receives treatments for scoliosis and ADHD.
“I guide and nudge the body’s innate ability to heal itself,” says Davison. “And it works. One of my patients is very happy to be baking cookies again. It’s something she loves to do around the holidays that chronic back pain had previously taken away.”
Davison’s commitment goes beyond her medical practice, having served as the American Academy of Osteopathy’s student advisors committee chair and as an education committee member. She is also active with local government in New York, appointed to work on local waterfront revitalization and comprehensive planning for the Hudson River.
Davison is now part of the Whole Being Health Group in Easton, Maryland, with holistic specialists offering a complementary approach to enhanced health and well-being.
“Everyone has a story and a desire to be well,” said Davison. “My goal is to help fulfill their journeys.”
“One of the reasons I love working with horses is that they are so grounded and peaceful,” reflected Davison. “What you give them is what they give back. There’s a parallel, in that the patients I now serve also give me that same sense of grounding and peace.”
Amy Jo Davison, D.O., Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, is located at Whole Being at 8737 Brooks Drive, Suite 103, Easton MD, 21601. The office is complying with all CDC procedures and precautions to address the health and safety concerns of COVID-19.