Palms Institute of Osteopathic Medicine


endorsed by the


Osteopathic College of Ontario

Diplomate in Osteopathic Manipulative Theory Practice Program






Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American medical care that was developed by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. Dr. Still was dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th century medicine. He believed that many of the medications of his day were useless or even harmful. Dr. Still was one of the first in his time to study the attributes of good health so that he could better understand the process of disease.


In response Dr. Still founded a drugless method of manipulation and philosophy based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts. He identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventative medicine, eating properly, and keeping fit.


Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness over 100 years ago. Osteopathy has provided the pathway toward healing many types of illnesses that have failed other treatments through restoring blood flow and lymphatic flow and enhancing respiration through the relaxation of body tissues. Sports medicine is also a natural outgrowth of Osteopathic practice because of its focus on the musculoskeletal system, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, diet, exercise, and fitness.

Dr. Steven Sanet, D.O. - Physician & Founder

 The Osteopathic College of Ontario (OCO) was founded by Steven Sanet, D.O. as an alternative for those suffering from pain and illness within the current health system, and as an educational center devoted to teaching gentle, osteopathic techniques that allow the body to heal itself.


 Dr. Steve Sanet, D.O, is an Internationally acclaimed American Osteopathic physician, lecturer, and founder of the Osteopathic Health and Wellness Institute (OHWI) in the United States and the Osteopathic College of Ontario (OCO) in Canada.


 Dr. Sanet distinguished himself as a Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the PennsylvaniaStateUniversity and then completed his Osteopathic Medical degree from NOVA- SECOM.


 Dr. Sanet has established many Osteopathic programs around the world and has been the Keynote speaker for the British Osteopathic Association, The Finish Federation of Osteopaths, The Brazilian Congress of Osteopathy, and the Australian Osteopathic Association.

He is a frequent lecturer at many prestigious medical colleges and universities around the world and on every continent.

Diplomate Program Curricula - Quanta

Quantum Assessment
This three day tour explores the osteopathic approach to treatment and of course the assessment necessary to engage. It will explore the “find it, fix it and leave it” concepts so commonly referred to in osteopathy by its founder, Andrew Taylor Still.

This quantum will broaden your clinical horizon and initiate the thought pattern required to master the osteopathic approach to treatment. 

A complete review of biomechanical assessment as well as techniques to incorporate assessment into treatment will guide you to success in your therapeutic sessions.


  • Osteopathic History
  • Osteopathic Philosophy
  • Osteopathic Nomenclature
  • Biomechanical Diagnosis

Quantum Muscle Energy

Elements of MET have been described and documented for many years. Fred Mitchell Sr. D.O., F.A.A.O. is generally given credit for developing the MET system in its modern day form.

Muscle Energy offers a complete approach to diagnosis and treating somatic dysfunction with an arsenal of both direct and indirect techniques. 

With MET, the patient performs an isometric contraction wherein the following physiologic changes occur:
Golgi tendon organ activation results in direct inhibition of agonist muscles.
A reflexive reciprocal inhibition occurs with respect to the antagonistic muscles
As the patient relaxes, agonist and antagonist muscles remain inhibited allowing the joint to be moved further into the restricted range of motion.

Muscle Energy Technique can be used whenever somatic dysfunction is present and/or whenever there is a need to normalize abnormal neuromuscular relationships; improve local circulation and respiratory function; lengthen restricted muscles and or mobilize restricted joints.

In this course you will be introduced to history, application, theory and technique of Muscle Energy. The application will be demonstrated and applied in class to all areas of the body. You will be taught proper technique and then guided through practical application with a high teacher to student ratio to promote the full understanding of the material in action.


  • Muscle Energy I - Introduction & Cervical Spine
  • Muscle Energy II - Thoracic Spine
  • Muscle Energy III — Ribcage
  • Muscle Energy IV - Abdomen, Lumbar, Sacrum & Pelvis
  • Muscle Energy V - Oculocephalogyric Reflex
  • Upper & Lower Extremities, Isotonic & Isolytic Applications
  • Spinal Mechanics I — Cervical
  • Spinal Mechanics II — Thoracic
  • Spinal Mechanics III - Mechanics of Harrison Fryette, D.O.
  • Spinal Mechanics IV — Lumbar
  • Spinal Mechanics V — Sacrum

Quantum Visceral:

"Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism." J.P. Barral DO

In this first encounter of Visceral Manipulation the college will cover the concepts of mobility and motility of the viscera. The organs studied in this quantum include: the liver, gall bladder, esophagus stomach, and the small and large intestines and their respective fixations. Completion of this course is required prior to enrolling in the Quantum Visceral Advanced course.


  • Visceral Manipulation - Abdomen, Part I (liver and gall bladder)
  • Visceral Manipulation - Abdomen, Part II (esophagus stomach)
  • Visceral Manipulation — Small and Large Intestines
  • Visceral Manipulation — “Sphincter Like Areas”
  • Disc Pathology (Degeneration & Herniation)
  • Lumbar Pain & Sciatica
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Quantum Visceral Advanced:

The quanta focuses on manipulation of the viscera of the thorax and pelvis. Global diagnosis of the viscera and inhibition are taught as an expansion of the local and regional diagnostic tools already acquired from the previous visceral quanta.

The thorax is unique in that it must provide protection to the vital organs while at the same time allowing for reasonable movement and protection of highly vascular organs. 

The course material will cover the thorax using long bone compression, recoil technique, and exploring pulmonary fissures and the axis of the lungs utilizing a motility focus. The focus of treatment will be all structures which pertain to the movement of the thorax and the underlying viscera of life, lungs, trachea, bronchi, mediastinum, heart, pericardium, and diaphragm. 

The pelvis is explored using both motility and mobility focusing on diagnosis and treatment of the ligamentous support structures as they relate to the uterus, bladder, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vas deferens, ureters, kidney, adrenal glands and more. This course is a wonderful extension of the skill set obtained from the first visceral course and a step closer to the full osteopathic approach to treatment. 

Quantum Visceral is a mandatory prerequisite to enrolling in this course.


  • Visceral Manipulation IV (Thorax)
  • Visceral Manipulation V (Global Diagnosis)
  • Visceral Manipulation VI (Thermal Diagnosis)
  • Hua Shan Pa Chi Gung & Visceral Osteopathy
  • Visceral Manipulation III (Pelvis)
  • Thoracic Cage Compliance
  • Sports & Performing Arts Manipulation
  • Neuropathy & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Cervical Radiculopathy & Brachioplexopathy
  • Fertility, Infertility & Dysparunia
  • Menstruation & Pre Menstrual Syndrome
  • Incontinence of the Bowel & Bladder


Quantum Cranial:

The Vault — this course is the foundation of cranial osteopathy. As an area of significant focus it will begin with the history of the modality from Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Weaver. The course covers the five phenomena, of which The Primary Respiratory Mechanism is derived. As the PRM fuels the focus of cranial it will be heavily emphasized as well as all structures involved in the vault and the diaphragms that follow. 

The course will explore anatomy and theories of causation of the primary respiratory mechanism, the physiology of the PRM as well as contraindications and a protocol for treatment of the vault, diaphragms and sacrum.


  • Craniosacral Manipulation - Theory
  • Craniosacral Manipulation - The Vault
  • Craniosacral Manipulation - Sphenobasilar Diagnoses
  • Diaphragm diagnoses and treatment
  • Cranial Vault Protocol
  • Pharmacologic Implications
  • Temporal Dysfunction, Dizziness,
  • Vertigo & Tinnitus
  • Seizure Disorder


Quantum Cranial Advanced

Intraoral, the face, dorsum sellae and specialty techniques will continue our journey through the osteopathic cranial approach. Intraoral techniques will unlock physical maladies such as TMJ and cervical pain as well as emotional lesions via the “avenue of expression.”

We will explore the effect of the PRM on the facial bones as well as discuss and demonstrate advanced cranial theories such as “anterior midline and embryologic unfolding” and the role of the dorsum sellae, theories advanced by Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Weaver.

Quantum Cranial is a mandatory prerequisite to enrolling in this course.


  • Craniosacral Manipulation - Intraoral Technique
  • Craniosacral Manipulation - The Face
  • Craniosacral Manipulation - Anterior Midline
  • Craniosacral Manipulation - Global Diagnosis
  • Craniovisceral Integration
  • Pediatric Integration
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Craniosynostosis & Plagiocephaly
  • Minimal Brain Injury
  • Trauma, Force Vectors, and the Emotional Component


Quantum Lymphatic Activation

The lymphatic system is a vital system of the body that must not be neglected, emphasized Dr Still, who wrote, "We lay much stress on the uses of blood and the powers of the nerves, but have we any evidence that they are of more vital importance than the lymphatic’s?”

Lymphatic distribution is ubiquitous throughout the body. You will learn original and advanced theories of this low-pressure pervasive system and evaluation and treatment for congestive conditions such as edema and respiratory restrictions including asthma, bronchitis, and the common cold.


  • Lymphatic activation technique
  • Cross fiber lymphatic technique
  • Liver & Splenic pumping techniques
  • Recoil application for the lymphatic system
  • Lymphatic composition and hydration
  • Dr. Millard’s observations of the lymphatic system


Quanta Ligamentous Articular Strain 1 & 2

LAS is a body of soft tissue techniques that has been preserved by the Dallas Osteopathic Study Group. The study group, at one time organized by Dr. Robert Fulford, Rollin Becker and Allen Becker, described these LAS techniques as “how Dr. Sutherland (known for Cranial osteopathy) treated the rest of the body.

It is the believed, by some, that Ligamentous Articular Strain, are the actual techniques used by Dr. Still in the origins of osteopathy. Classical techniques such as the “Bootjack technique” will be introduced and perfected. LAS is taught in two quanta which may be taken in any order.


  • History of LAS
  • LAS theory of injury exaggeration
  • Classical techniques
  • Disengagement
  • Tissue balancing


Quantum Myofasical Techniques:

Myofascial techniques provide the handshake of interaction and the hands on for insight into somatic dysfunction. You will learn the indication and application of direct and indirect technique as well as its application to release physical and emotional traumas. 

Fascia is a structure with an incredible tensile strength and piezoelectric properties. This integumentary system is contiguous throughout the body covering muscles, nerves, and separating body cavities and even integral to the immune system.


  • Biomechanical Whole Body Diagnosis & 10 Step Exam
  • Dr. Zink's Common Compensatory Pattern - Fascial Patterns
  • Myofascial Release - Cervical, Thorax & Ribcage
  • Myofascial Release - Lumbar, Sacrum, Pelvis & Lower Extremity
  • Myofascial Release - Shoulder, Upper Extremity, Face & Scars
  • The Importance of Fascia
  • Gravity & Fascial Compensation
  • Travel's Trigger Points
  • Homunculi, Dermatomes, Myotomes, & Sclerotomes


Quantum Counterstrain:

In this quantum you will learn counterstrain technique, developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones, and its application to the entire body. This body of work is indirect and patient passive, and as such, is particularly useful for patients in acute pain.
Facilitated Positional Release developed by Dr. Stanley Schiowitz and Dr. Eileen DiGiovanna will enhance skills learned in counterstrain to make an improved armamentarium of soft techniques applicable in nearly any situation.
Lastly, we will incorporate Functional Technique, developed by Dr. William Johnston, which will give the operator the ability to balance motor units using subtle motions and breath.


  • Counterstrain I - Cervical, Thorax, Lumbar & Sacrum
  • Counterstrain II - Ribcage, Abdomen & Pelvis
  • Counterstrain III - Shoulder, Upper & Lower Extremities
  • Facilitated Positional Release - Whole Body
  • Functional Technique I - Cervical Spine
  • Functional Technique II - Thorax, Lumbar, Sacrum & Ribcage
  • Functional Technique III - Upper & Lower Extremities


Quantum Integration:

This quantum will help the student to integrate the many modalities of osteopathy. Dr. Sanet will provide lecture and practical application of the physical, emotional, and energetic components of osteopathic manipulation, as well as provide much insight into the successful thought processes of osteopathic practitioners and much more. 

Advanced Cranial and Advanced Visceral quanta are prerequisites to this quanta.