About Dr. Porvaznik

Dr. Michael Porvaznik has been practicing hands-on osteopathic manipulative medicine in the Greater Washington Metro area for over 25 years. He loves his work and he loves his patients!

A true osteopath, Dr. Porvaznik is interested in the “whole person”, not just their presenting symptoms. He evaluates every patient, makes a diagnosis and develops a treatment plan. His plan for a patient often includes the use of many techniques, most of which are non-forceful. Every technique is applied with the intention of working with the body’s own inherent tendency of health (versus the intention of manipulating a body part back into place). Dr. Porvaznik uses the following techniques in his practice:

  • Articulatory Techniques
  • Biodynamics
  • Balanced Membranous and Ligamentous Techniques
  • Cranial Osteopathy
  • Lymphatic Techniques
  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Strain – Counterstrain Techniques
  • Visceral Techniques

Utilizing the primary respiratory mechanism to ‘adjust’ the bones, fluids, membranes, tissues, including the brain, towards normal function.

Dr. Porvaznik has actively served on the Board of Directors of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy. He has been the Director of The Cranial Academy‘s renowned 40-hour Introductory Cranial Course for physicians since June of 2005. He teaches the principles and practice of osteopathic manipulative medicine to physicians, dentists and medical students across the United States and Europe. In March of 2011,  he lectured at the American Academy of Osteopathy’s annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Porvaznik graduated with honors from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. He was the recipient of The Osteopathic Heritage Award which is an honor given to one student in each graduating class for demonstrating outstanding skill in osteopathic manipulative medicine.  

From 1984 to 1989 he was Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in California.

He is married and has two wonderful adult children, and a wire-fox terrier, named Kyi, who regularly teaches him the lessons of unconditional love and devotion.