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David Best, DO, named president of Michigan Osteopathic Association

Juliette Olejnik
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) announced on May 22, 2021, that David K. Best, DO (Roeper class of 1990), will serve as the organization’s president for a one-year term. Dr. Best will serve as the 122st president of the association after serving several years as a Board of Trustee.
“Dr. Best is well-positioned to serve as the MOA’s president during this pivotal time. He is committed to his peers, his field and his community, and his forward-thinking approach to leadership will help Michigan’s osteopaths adapt to the changing landscape of healthcare. Dr. Best understands the needs of physicians and their patients and will help shape the way in which our organization evolves to meet the needs of those we serve,” said Kris Nicholoff, Executive Director of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Best has practiced medicine since 2002, specializing in primary care and addiction medicine, and has served on the Michigan Osteopathic Association’s Board of Directors since 2014. In addition, he served on the board of the Michigan Osteopathic Family Physicians for eight years. He has spent the majority of his career in Northern Michigan, most recently serving as a hospice physician at Heartland Hospice and running Best Medical Services, PLLC in Traverse City. He holds a D.O. from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, an M.S. in Medical Sciences from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Kalamazoo college.

“I am honored to serve the Michigan Osteopathic Association as its president and look forward to meeting the unique challenges we face in 2021. One of the casualties of the pandemic was the drop in scheduled visits and exams and getting our patients back on track is among our highest priorities. Vaccinations, testing, elective surgeries and preventative medicine must resume, and it is our mission as physicians to lead these efforts and provide quality healthcare to our patients. I am eager to help find innovative ways for osteopathic physicians to meet these needs as our state recovers from unprecedented economic and health crises,” Dr. Best said.
Dr. Best was sworn in by the previous president, Jeff Postlewaite, DO, at the Michigan Osteopathic Association’s annual House of Delegates, held virtually on May 22.
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is the largest statewide osteopathic organization representing osteopathic physicians, interns, residents and medical students in Michigan. Since 1898, the MOA has been dedicated to the promotion of quality patient care and to the educational, informational and legislative needs of its members.

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