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Ann L. Habenicht, DO, F.A.A.O., F.A.C.O.F.P

Chair and Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)


Habenicht (2)Dr. Habenicht has been teaching osteopathic medical students for the over thirty years. Since 1983, she has held a faculty appointment in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), where she served as program director for both the first and second years of the OMM curriculum over the course of her career.

She earned her D.O. degree at CCOM in 1982 and completed her internship at Lakeview General Hospital in Battle Creek, MI the following year. Dr. Habenicht is a Costin Scholar, completing the prestigious program designed to enhance teaching skills of faculty members in osteopathic medical schools. She holds certification in family medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and in OMM from the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in OMM. She is one of just a handful of DOs that have earned both Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) and Fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP).

Dr. Habenicht has given back to the profession extensively throughout her career. She has served as 1990-1991 President of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society; the 1997-1998 President of the American Academy of Osteopathy, where she continues as a member of the Board of Governors; and President of the Illinois Division of ACOFP. She also served in leadership positions on two American Osteopathic Association certifying boards - Secretary-Treasurer of the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in OMM and currently an examining board member of the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. From 1988 - 2015, she represented Illinois as a delegate to the AOA's House of Delegates, the national governing body of the osteopathic medical association.

She has lectured extensively on OMM topics at local, state and national programs sponsored by various osteopathic medical associations. She also has served as program director for national conferences of both the AOA and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).

Among her honors and awards, Dr. Habenicht received the AAO's A. T. Still Medallion of Honor in 2007, the highest award presented by this specialty society. She also delivered the Academy's prestigious T. L. Northup Lecture at the AOA Annual Convention in 2001.

Clinical/Research Interests

Dr. Habenicht has served as a leader within the osteopathic medical profession in her contributions to standardized textbooks, in addition to contributions to the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

Peer Reviewer- Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine 1996-1997, Robert Ward, D.O., Editor, Williams & Wilkins.

Iwata JL, Rodos JJ, Glonek T, Habenicht AL; “Psychotic And Affective Disorders Compared by Musculoskeletal Structural Examination, JAOA 97:715-721.

Iwata JL, Rodos JJ, Habenicht AL (1993) Psychotic and Affective Disorders Compared by Osteopathic Structural Examination. JAOA 93:950 (Abs. #P09).

Nelson KE and Glonek, T., Editors., Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine, LWW, Baltimore, 2007 - Chapters 12 and 20

Section Editor- Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Ed 2007-2010, Anthony Chila, D.O., Editor, LWW, Baltimore

Section Editor- Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine, 2011-2013, 2nd ed.,KE Nelson DO and T Glonek, PhD, Editors, LWW, Baltimore

Nelson KE and Glonek, T,ed., Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine, 2nd ed., LWW, Baltimore, 2013, Chapters- 3 TBD


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