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The Introductory Seminar to the Functional Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System

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William James Brooks DO explaining hWilliam James Brooks DO explaining how to evaluate small movements on a patient's low back to his students at a seminar.

Instructor Profiles

William J Brooks, DO

is the principal author of the “Functional Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System” (FPMSS) paradigm.

Inspired by his principal mentor, Robert C. Fulford, DO and eager to contribute to scientific validation of manual medicine, he began his clinical practice alongside Dr Fulford in 1981. His patient population became patients with seemingly intractable, complex, multi-regional chronic pain syndromes along with those experiencing persistent post-concussion symptoms and pediatric developmental delays. Necessity is the mother of invention! He ended up creating an innovative diagnostic model to provide restorative care for patients with these challenging conditions. Four decades later, he has continued to develop the FPMSS paradigm—a holistic framework that revolutionizes biomechanical diagnosis and enhances the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques.

Throughout his career he has mentored numerous students and practitioners across various settings: from private practices to serving as a Consultant Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Park Nicolette Medical Center, MPLS, MN; Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Arizona Section of Orthopedic Surgery, Tucson, AZ; and Associate Professor Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice, University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO. He currently serves both as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine (Preceptor), Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Las Cruces, NM; and as Volunteer Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California Davis School of Medicine; Sacramento, CA. To learn the details of his career please see

William James Brooks DO teaching a seminar on Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Alan Yee DO

Alan Yee, DO

is an academic medicine luminary. Dr. Yee is a key member of the Functional Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System (FPMSS) team and will assist Dr Brooks this summer in the “Train the Trainer” sessions in Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Yee's osteopathic manipulative medicine odyssey began as a student under the guidance of Dr. Brooks as well as his mentors at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Through dedication and unwavering commitment, Dr. Yee has not only pursued mastery of the FPMSS diagnostic methodology but has also pioneered its application in critical care neurology. After receiving his DO degree in 2004, he completed prestigious residencies at The Cleveland Clinic, Internal Medicine 2007, Cleveland, OH and the Mayo Clinic Neurology 2010, Rochester, MN; culminating in a Neurocritical Care Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco; San Francisco, CA 2012.

Dr. Yee's journey is marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence, evident in his current role as a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. Here, he continues to inspire through his exceptional patient care and dedication to nurturing the next generation of physicians. But Dr. Yee's goals don't end with excellence in medical education and clinical practice. His quest for understanding extends to medical research, where he has garnered accolades for his groundbreaking work, including a recent research grant from the American Osteopathic Association. Through the SOMADC-AC Study, Dr. Yee is beginning to unravel the mysteries of somatic dysfunction following acute cerebrovascular disease, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of life of patients suffering from post-stroke hemiparesis by utilizing the innovative FPMSS osteopathic management paradigm. For more information about Dr. Yee see

M. Shane Patterson, DO

is an esteemed figure in the landscape of Osteopathic Internal Medicine. Dr. Patterson's practice, Osteopathic Health Care Associates (OHCA), stands as a beacon of innovation, by integrating primary care with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). His unique approach to patient care is grounded in the Functional Pathology of the Musculoskeletal System (FPMSS) paradigm. Since its inception in 2003, under Dr. Patterson's leadership as founder and CEO, OHCA has defied industry trends, by providing comprehensive Osteopathic care and delivering financial as well as patient care success, all while navigating the increasingly challenging terrain of private practice.


Extensively mentored in the FPMSS paradigm as an undergraduate OPP Fellow as well as during his Internal Medicine residency by William Brooks, DO, Dr. Patterson's expertise extends far beyond primary care, encompassing a nuanced understanding of complex musculoskeletal pain syndromes from chronic headaches to Long COVID and post-concussive syndrome. Employing the Osteopathic philosophy as per AT Still, MD, DO and utilizing the FPMSS concepts of Dr. Brooks, his unique approach elucidates the root cause of patient’s symptoms, providing them a pathway to lasting pain relief, improved quality of life, and reduced reliance on medications.


Dr. Patterson's legacy in Osteopathic Medicine runs deep and is rooted in a family tradition of community service and excellence in providing Osteopathic health care for their communities. His grandfather, Harvey M. Patterson, DO served as the sole physician in a small town in Iowa for 60 years. His uncle, Jeffery Patterson, DO practiced Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin College of Medicine and was a trail blazer in regenerative medicine whose impact still resonates today. Dr. Patterson's father, neuroscientist Michael M. Patterson, PhD, DO (HON) was a celebrated researcher for the Osteopathic profession as well as an international luminary who contributed his entire career to Osteopathic research and education.

Shane Patterson DO practicingOsteopathic Manipulative Medicine
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