The Approach

Dr. Van Deven provides heartfelt, empowering medicine by offering a synergistic blend of Osteopathic, Functional and Energy Medicine.

His holistic approach includes allowing sufficient time to connect with you, hear your story, understand your challenges, and thoroughly evaluate your health. He will then map a comprehensive treatment plan at a pace that is realistic and effective.

Dr. Van Deven’s ultimate goal is to prime your body to self-heal as it was designed to do. He will work with your body’s natural resources to optimize healthy function. This includes treatments which address your physical structure with hands-on osteopathic manipulation to calm the nervous system, reduce pain, improve digestion and detoxification, and enhance your immune system. He will also focus on specific diet and lifestyle factors to support your life as a whole and minimize stress from various sources.

Know that…

We are Mind, Body and Spirit. Each effects the other and each requires loving attention.

Our physical, emotional, and mental health have a direct impact on our biochemistry, including our hormones, immune system, and genetic expression.

Osteopathic Medicine


  1. The body is a unit, comprised of Mind, Body, and Spirit
  2. Structure and function are interrelated
  3. The body is self-healing
  4. Diagnosis and treatment are based on the previous three tenents

Brief History:

Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, MD. Dr. Still was a frontier doctor from Kansas. He practiced general medicine and was both a soldier and surgeon in the Civil War.  After seeing many die from serious illness, including his own wife and three children, he was determined to find a more effective approach to medicine. After years of studying human anatomy and physiology, observing nature, and with a spiritual foundation, he found an incredible approach to supporting the body’s natural healing ability. Essentially, he took a hands-on approach to diagnosis and treatment, leveraging the musculoskeletal system to improve the function of all body systems. He saved countess individuals from infectious diseases of the time that were otherwise claiming lives, i.e. tuberculosis, measles, mumps, and rubella. Despite tremendous ridicule from those who did not understand his approach, he persisted and ultimately started the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892. Now, over 145 years later, with 34+ accredited osteopathic medical schools, and compromising approximately 25% of the physicians of the United States, the profession continues to follow his lead.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is the hands-on application of osteopathic principles. It is used to diagnose and treat many health-related issues. OMM identifies and addresses restrictions in all the tissues, fluids, organs, and physiologic systems of the body. The goal is to restore normal motion, which translates to normal function and health. There are a wide variety of techniques applied, from the very gentle to more direct, but all are applied with little force. Regardless of the technique, patients’ comfort and sense of wellbeing are the most important aspect of any treatment.

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine seeks to identify and treat the root cause of your symptoms and the disease itself.

Components of the Functional Medicine model:

Individualized and patient-centered.
Spending more time with patients, listening to their stories.

Requiring a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors.
Both conventional and specialty labs are used for identifying markers of health and areas requiring assistance.

Addresses the underlying causes of disease.
One condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment  targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

Personalized treatment plans that promote optimal health and wellness.
Taking all of the above into account, patients receive treatments specific to their individual needs.

Conditions Treated

Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, Temporal Mandibular Joint Disfunction (TMJ), Pain of the Neck, Back, Hip and Pelvis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Improving Athletic Performance

Neurologic: Headaches, Migraines, Dizziness, Vertigo, Seizures, Post Concussive Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Visual Disturbances, Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Mercury and other Heavy Metal Toxicity

Gastrointestinal: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Chron’s and Ulcerative Colitis), Leaky Gut

Immune: Long-Term Effects of COVID-19, Autoimmune Diseases (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Celiac Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis etc.), Allergies, Food Sensitivities, Chronic Infections

Hormones: Thyroid, Adrenal, Low Testosterone, PMS, Menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Sleep Disorders: Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome

Psychiatric: Depression and Anxiety

Respiratory: Chronic Cough, Sinusitis, Upper Respiratory Infections, Asthma, Bronchitis, Pneumonia

Metabolic: Obesity, Weight Gain, Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes

Skin Issues: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis

Genitourinary: Infertility, Frequent Urinary Tract Infections, Frequent Urination, Interstitial Cystitis, Pelvic Pain, Sexual Dysfunction, Prostatitis

Women During Pregnancy: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Back and Hip Pain, Reduce the Risk for Cesarean Section and other Complications, and supporting the Health of the Baby

Children: Difficult or Traumatic Birth, Spit Up, Difficulty Feeding, Failure to Thrive, Inconsolable, Otitis Media, Colic, Seizures, Bedwetting, Scoliosis, Falls and Head Injuries, Plagiocephaly, Torticollis, Orofacial Dysfunction, Learning Disorders, Speech Delay or Difficulty, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD

Preventative: General Wellness, Healthy Aging


What is a DO and what is their training?

A D.O. is a doctor of Osteopathy.

In the United States, both DOs an MDs are the only two degrees that qualifies a person as a licensed physician. Both complete 4 years of medical school and then residency training in hospitals and clinics within their specialty.  Either degree can practice in any specialty – family medicine, oncology, neurology, general surgery, etc.  In other countries, a DO is not trained as a physician and their scope of practice is thus limited.

DOs have historically emphasized a holistic approach to medicine with an emphasis on supporting the patients health. They receive over 600 hours of additional training beyond the standard medical school curriculum to refine their manual diagnostic skill and provide a hands-on treatment to support the healing process, know as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

What is the difference between a DO and a chiropractor?

The greatest difference is the extend of training and scope of practice. Chiropractors are not physicians and do not complete residency training in a hospital. Their practice typically emphasizes working with the spine and spinal nerves to improve health. They are not licensed to prescribe medications, perform surgery, practice obstetrics or any other branch of medicine. In contrast, DOs have a full scope of practice as they work directly with the anatomy and physiology of the entire body.

Most chiropractors focus on high-velocity, low amplitude adjustments (“cracking”). DOs may also use this, but it is one of many possible techniques, many of which are very gentle.

Osteopathy focuses on finding and fixing the cause of the structural and functional problem. Thereby, osteopathic treatments tend to be much less frequent as the patient experiences improvement in their symptoms.

What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy?

Physicians who practice cranial osteopathy are fully licensed doctors who have completed extensive training in anatomy, physiology, neurology, orthopedics, and other aspects of medicine.  All DOs have completed 500+ hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), passed standardized licensing exams, completed internship and often finish residency training in any medical specialty and/or in OMM.  Cranial osteopaths then complete additional post-graduate training in this sub-specialty of the field.

In contrast, craniosacral therapy is a highly simplified approach derived from cranial osteopathic principles. There is no standardized training, certification, or licensure, and some programs require little to no medical knowledge. One 4 day course is required to start practicing and two 4 day courses are required for certification.

What is osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)?

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is the hands-on application of osteopathic principles. It is used to diagnose and treat many health-related issues. OMM identifies and addresses restrictions in all the tissues, fluids, organs, and physiologic systems of the body. The goal is to restore normal motion, which translates to normal function and health. There are a wide variety of techniques applied, from the very gentle to more direct, but all are applied with little force. Regardless of the technique, patients’ comfort and sense of wellbeing are the most important aspect of any treatment.

Do you take Insurance?

We do not accept insurance. You will be given an Insurance Invoice that may be submitted to insurance for reimbursement. There is no guarantee how much may be covered, as Dr. Van Deven is an out-of-network provider. He is also opted-out of Medicare, so no reimbursement will be made by Medicare or Medicaid for his services. HSA and FSA accounts are accepted

When is payment due?

Payment is due the day that you are seen. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. HSA and FSA accounts are also generally accepted. Checks are preferred.

Can Dr. Van Deven be my Primary Care Physician?

No, you must maintain your primary care at a different office. He is happy to communicate with them as needed.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is currently no fee for cancelling an appointment for Urgent Care or Directed Osteopathic Intervention.

A minimum of 2 weeks advanced notice is required for rescheduling or canceling a new patient Functional Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine appointment. Follow up appointments require a minimum 48 hours advanced notice for rescheduling or canceling. Without such notification, 50% of the appointment fee will apply for the first late cancellation and 100% of the appointment fee will apply for subsequent late cancellations.

Rates and Services

Tucson Introductory Rates
– New Patient Visit: 60 min, $375
– Follow Up Visits:   30 min, $150       45 min, $225        60 min, $300
– Newborn New Patient Visit: 30 min, complimentary, as gift to welcome them to the world.

You will have access to an invoice to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement for the office visit, osteopathic manipulative medicine, lab tests, and lab interpretation. Some labs may be billed directly to your insurance. See below for more information.

Telemedicine is available after an in-person New Patient Visit for those living in Washington, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and internationally.

Insurance Reimbursement:
To have an idea of what your insurance company may reimburse you, please speak with them before scheduling an appointment. Deductibles must be met before any reimbursement is awarded and each policy is unique. Inquire as to coverage for an Out-Of-Network Provider, Telemedicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), and an Out-Of- Network Laboratory. Typical office visit codes include: 99204 and 99205 for New Patient Visits, and 99213 and 99214 for Follow Up Visits. OMT codes often range from 98927, 98928 and 98929; all with a 25 modifier. Telemedicine is billed with the same codes as Follow Up Visits with a 95 modifier. Medicare, Medicaid, and some specific insurances such Kaiser Permanente will not provide reimbursement.