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Vanessa Newman, D.O.

with Acorn Community Clinic

Dr. Vanessa Newman (she/her) is a CA licensed medical physician board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (OMM/NMM). Dr. Newman has experience treating patients from every age group including term and premature babies beginning hours after birth, pregnant and postpartum parents, growing children, adults and those transitioning at the end of their lives. She treats a wide range of developmental, neurologic, rheumatologic, gastrointestinal, respiratory, orthopedic, infectious disease, and musculoskeletal concerns. Dr. Newman loves helping patients to realize the unity of their body, mind and spirit, and the interrelationship of structure and function (anatomy and physiology) as a framework for understanding health and addressing complicated disease processes. In 2022, Dr. Newman co-founded Acorn Community Clinic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with Dr. Carmen Hering, in order to increase access to osteopathy for all, with a particular interest in supporting infants, children and parents. Dr. Newman dreams of a world where all infants have access to osteopathic treatment to optimize their growth and development. 

Dr. Newman earned her medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) and completed a three-year OMM/NMM residency program at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY. As chief resident at the onset of the 2020 COVID surge in NYC, she led her department through an unprecedented time for our healthcare system, treating acutely ill hospitalized COVID patients using OMM alongside conventional medicine in the hardest hit borough in NYC. There are few physicians with this type of front-line hands-on experience using OMM during the beginning of the pandemic and it has certainly shaped Dr. Newman’s practice.

More recently, Dr. Newman served as an assistant professor in the OMM department at TUCOM where she coordinated the first year OMM curriculum, mentored first through fourth year medical students and sat on the admissions committee. Dr. Newman was named OMM teacher of the year in 2021-2022. During her tenure at TUCOM, Dr. Newman served patients and taught osteopathic students at Solano County family health services clinic. She also helped establish an OMM clinic and served as teaching faculty for family medicine resident physicians at Lifelong Medical Center in Richmond, CA. Dr. Newman is passionate about educating the next generation of osteopathic physicians and continues to serve as adjunct faculty at TUCOM. You may be given the opportunity to have a medical student or resident physician sit in on your visit.

Dr. Newman grew up in the Washington D.C. area before attending Colorado College, where she majored in neuroscience while competing as a NCAA Division 1 soccer player. A career-altering knee injury provided Dr. Newman with a personal understanding of the potency of hands-on medicine and what she would later discover to be osteopathic principles regarding health and healing. Prior to medical school, Dr. Newman conducted neurophysiology research at NYU and lived in Guatemala where she studied Spanish, central american history and traditional Mayan healing through USC Keck School of Medicine’s language and cultural immersion program.

When Dr. Newman is not seeing patients, teaching or studying she recharges by spending time in nature with her husband, baby and dog, cooking nutritious meals, practicing yoga, contact improvisation dancing, running, climbing, singing, and backcountry skiing.