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Melita Marcial-Schuster, DO

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine



Melita Marcial-Schuster, DO joined the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 as an assistant professor of family medicine.    

She graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, in 1996. She completed an Osteopathic Rotating Internship at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio in 1997.  She completed her Family Medicine residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo Ohio in 1999.  She worked for a year at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center with the Family Medicine Residency program. She completed a fellowship in academic leadership medicine from Ohio University in 1999. 

She was in private practice with her husband for eight years in Huron, Ohio. She precepted students in both her office and in the family medicine residency program at Firelands Regional Medical Center. 

She relocated to Des Moines University where she served as assistant professor in family medicine 2008-13. She is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s two-year fellowship program in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in December 2012.

Her medical interests include integrative medicine and promoting health and wellness through proper nutrition and exercise, Osteopathic manual medicine, and women’s health. She is passionate about teaching medical students the art of listening, which was a promise that she made to her grandmother upon entering medical school. 

Her outside interests include running, strength training, playing with her two children and two dogs (English Setters), spending time with her husband, family, and friends with a good meal and laughter. 

Clinical/Research Interests

  • Integrative medicine
  • Osteopathic manual medicine
  • Nutrition and exercise

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