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Marcel P. Fraix, DO, FAAPMR


Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: mfraix@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3902 | Fax: 909-469-5289

Education

  • Fellowship: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine / Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine; Downey Regional Medical Center / Western University of Health Sciences; Downey, CA, 2008
  • Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; University of California at Davis Medical Center; Sacramento, CA, 2007
  • Internship: Pacific Hospital of Long Beach / Western University of Health Sciences; Long Beach, CA, 2004
  • Western University of Health Sciences / College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP); Pomona, CA; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003
  • University of California at Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA; B.S., Physiological Science, 1996

Certification

  • Diplomate, American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, 2010
  • Diplomate, American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009
  • Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008

Work Site

  • Western University of Health Sciences - Patient Care Center (PCC); Pomona, CA
  • Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation; Pomona, CA

Courses

  •  Musculoskeletal Course
  •  Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Research Interest

  • Examining the efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in individuals with vertigo

Research Grant

  •  American Osteopathic Association Council on Research and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation grant for the study “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Alone or in Combination on Balance and Visual Function in Patients with Vertigo and Somatic Dysfunction.” This grant will allocate $99,790 over the span of two years to support the efforts of an interdisciplinary research team consisting of members from the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in COMP, Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Allied Health Professions and the College of Optometry. Research efforts will focus on examining the efficacy of OMT and VRT in individuals suffering from dizziness and vertigo.

Awards

  •  Outstanding Clinical Faculty for DO Class of 2014 and 2015
  •  Edward and Jacqueline Perris Award for Academic Excellence / COMP
  •  Joseph Weiss Memorial Scholarship for exemplifying tenets of Osteopathic Medicine / COMP
  •  UCLA Alumni Scholarship, Lew and Edie Wasserman Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa / UCLA

Organizations

  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine / Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
     

Committees

  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine / Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Clinical Sciences Department
  • Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership
  • OPTI - West OGME Committee

Publication

  • Fraix M, Gordon A, Graham V, et al. The Use of the SMART Balance Master to Quantify the Effects of OMT in Patients with Dizziness. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 113(5):394-403, 2013.
  • Fraix, M. Role of the Musculoskeletal System and the Prevention of Falls. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 112(1):17-21, 2012.
  • Fraix M, Seffinger M. Acute Low Back Pain. Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 1006-17, 2011.
  • Hruby R, Fraix M, Giusti R. Cervicogenic Headache. Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 939-944, 2011.
  • Seffinger M, Sanchez J, Fraix M. Acute Neck Pain. Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 979-988, 2011.
  • Fraix M. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Vertigo: A Pilot Study. PM&R 2:612-618, 2010.
     

Narrative

Dr. Marcel Fraix received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA.  He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA and fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at Downey Regional Medical Center in Downey, CA.


Dr. Fraix is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, specializes in musculoskeletal medicine, and incorporates osteopathic manipulative medicine into the treatment of sports-related and spine disorders.  He is an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and has published in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medicine and The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, as well as authored chapters in Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Ed.