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Still Technique Course with Dr. Van Buskirk

  • Location Update

    This course will only take place in Dublin. The Cleveland course has been cancelled as of 4/16/24. 

Dates (May 17-19, 2024)

  • Friday, May 17: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19: 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


The course will be offered simultaneously from two locations:

  • Presented live with Dr. Van Buskirk and Dr. Cheryl Hammes: HCOM Dublin (6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016)
  • CANCELLED-Broadcasted live from HCOM Dublin, Dr. Katrina Rakowsky will be the on-site facilitator: HCOM Cleveland (4180 Warrensville Center Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122)


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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing education for physicians. The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine designates this program for a maximum of 20 hours of AOA Category 1A credit and will report the CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Primary Faculty (will be instructing from Dublin, OH)

Richard L. Van Buskirk, DO, PhD, FAAO, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine board certified, Private Practice, Sarasota, Florida  

Learn more about Dr. Van Buskirk

Additional Teaching Faculty 

  • Course Director: Cheryl Hammes, DO, FACOFP (Dublin)
  • Katrina Rakowsky, DO (Cleveland)

For more information on both additional teaching faculty, check out the CCF ONMM3 Faculty page

Drs. Rakowsky, Van Buskirk, and Hammes
Left to Right: Drs. Rakowsky, Van Buskirk, Hammes

Course Description  

Still Technique is an osteopathic manipulative medicine technique derived from the Indirect then Direct manipulative techniques first developed and utilized by Andrew Taylor Still, MD in the late 19th Century. After a 90-year hiatus in which the methodology was rarely used and when used was not recognized as that of Dr. Still, it was rediscovered and redeveloped by Richard Van Buskirk, DO and others in the late 20th Century.  

This course is focused on teaching this methodology to physicians and students of osteopathic medicine who are interested in learning and using a manipulative method that is relatively rapid, generally painless and quite effective. It requires a good working knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomy, which is also taught in the course. For those who already have a reasonable working knowledge of the methodology it should add to their technique base. After taking this course all should be able to use at least some of the techniques in their daily practice and will have developed a base on which they can grow their proficiency.

Course Objectives  

  • Participants will understand the principles and history of Still Technique.
  • Diagnosis and Still Technique treatment of the axial spine will be performed by the attendees.
  • Participants will diagnose and treat rib dysfunctions, and the upper and lower extremities with Still Technique.  
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the pelvis, hips and associated musculature with Still Technique will be completed by attendees.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunctions will be completed in the Still Technique model.  


Signing up before April 1 will lock in early registration costs. Payment information will be sent before April 15. 

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Registration Costs  

Type of ParticipantEarly Registration (before April 15)Late Registration (starting April 15)
OMM Faculty/ Instructor$500$550
HCOM Faculty/ Clinical Faculty/ Preceptors$650$750
Physician (DO/ MD)$800$1000
Osteopathic Medical Student$200$200

Hotel Information 


Email Maria Modayil, PhD, 


Friday, May 17

8:00 AM Registration

8:30 AM Introduction

8:50 AM History of Still Technique: Indirect then Direct

9:30 AM Methodology of Still Technique

9:50 AM Relationship of Still Technique to other current osteopathic manipulative methodologies

10:00 AM Diagnosis and treatment of First Rib Dysfunctions

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of Shoulders, Arms and Hands

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Resume diagnosis and treatment of the Upper Extremities

2:30 PM Spinal Mechanics as employed in Still Technique

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Key Dysfunctions

3:30 PM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of the Thoracic Spine  

4:30 PM Diagnosis and treatment of Rib Dysfunctions

6:00 PM End of Day 1

Saturday, May 18

8:00 AM Review of Still Technique Methods

8:30 AM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of the Lumbar Spine

9:15 AM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of the Sacrum 

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Diagnosis and treatment of Innominate Dysfunctions

12:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of the Hips and Pelvis

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Diagnosis and treatment of Dysfunctions of the Legs and Feet

5:30 PM End of Day 2

Sunday, May 19

8:00 AM Review of technique

8:30 AM Finish lower extremities

9:15 AM Diagnosis and treatment of Cervical Dysfunctions  

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Overview and demonstration of typical treatment by Dr. Van Buskirk

11:00 AM Introduction to Still-Laughlin Integrated treatment

12:15 PM End of Course