Biography's - Get to know our team

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DAVID GRIMSHAW
Osteopathic Physician - Yoga Instructor

I graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986.  I have practiced in Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in a variety of settings.  I am at a place where the cumulative effects of all the things I have learned are allowing me to create a space that reflects this experience and gives me a chance to be my authentic integrated self. I am board certified in family practice, neuromusculokeletal medicine, and cranial osteopathy.

My vocational imperative has been a quest to understand healing. I look at health and illness in a broad context, forming partnerships to facilitate healing. I see my role as one who listens with head, heart, and hands. I regularly utilize practices that exercise the mind, body, and spirit because that is how i deepen my ability to hear and be aware.  This type of experience counsels us to bring ourselves into attunement rather than to pursue achievement.

I work with Sarah and Kelsey to create an environment that intentionally cultivates community, space, and time for people to find ways to heal and live healthier lives. We are excited to be coming to Old Town, where we have already felt the openness of the community to these common ideals.

 
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SARAH RAHME
Office Manager


I learned my way around a medical office functioning as a medical transcriptionist for 21 years. When technical advancements in medical documentation ended my job, I figured out that I really enjoy more interaction with the patients.

I met Dr. Grimshaw and Beth through his affiliation with Mindful Movement and Physical Therapy. How
lucky am I to have landed here as the new Office Manager. It is a delightful place to be and the patients
are amazing. My desire is to make the patients comfortable and at ease during their appointment.

I enjoy my family, gardening, camping and dancing. I spend as much time with my family as possible. I look forward to many years of service with Dr. Grimshaw.

 

KELSEY GRIMSHAW
Media Coordinator 


I love having the opportunity to work with my father to share the important work that he does. My hope is that this website can help educate people to discover and understand the Old Town Doc holistic way of looking at health. 

Since graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 with a BA in Film Editing and Post Production I have explored work in several of my creative passions.

These include but are not limited to shooting and editing videos and photos, drawing, painting, 
design, creating logos, websites, and social media pages.


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Beth Jones Grimshaw, my wife of 38 years, Pastor, Mom, Bubbie, Counsellor, and Friend to many, died May 26, 2019.  I am back to working regularly in my practice and finding new ways to fill the places where she enriched the life of this practice, as well as all the other parts of our life together.  It is a transition unlike any other I have made.  Together, she and I made many bold leaps of faith through our life together and helped each other along the way in all the different aspects of our life.  She was my partner in all things.

From our life, I have learned that when we make a leap of faith, the universe responds and carries us into the next steps of our journey.  We act, and the creation responds. May her love, generosity, faith, kindness, and courage carry me forward in this new chapter.  If you didn’t know her and you would like to know more, please read her obituary.

Words cannot explain the gift her life was to this world.  I can only say thank you, and I promise to carry the good work forward.

-David

 
 
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Patient Feedback

When our daughter was two months old, our pediatrician pointed out that she has the beginnings of a misshapen head. My wife and I had both noticed that she preferred to look to the left, spending as much as 80-90% of her time facing in that direction, and that combined with her spending 16-18 hours on her back was having an Impact. We had never really noticed the shape of her head before, but a quick measurement showed us that the distance between her left eye and left ear was noticeably shorter than the distance between her right eye and right ear. She was developing asymmetrically, and the diagnosis was Infant torticollis (a tightening of the neck muscles, common in naturally delivered infants) and plagiocephaly. The recommendation was to wait and see how things developed, but that a helmet was probably in the future.

We'd had an extremely difficult pregnancy with our daughter, filled with visits to over half a dozen doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists, and we'd been given more than our fair share of contradictory pieces of advice. That experience left us with two things: an Instinctive skepticism to believing the first piece of medical advice we heard, and an unwillingness to wait for anything. We made an appointment with a helmet specialist immediately; they confirmed the asymmetry, said it would take about a month for a helmet to be made, that our daughter would be wearing it 22 hours a day for approximately four months, and that it would correct the asymmetry without too much difficulty. It would not do anything for th.e torticollis, but since multiple sources had told us that would go away on its own at around a year old, we weren't especially concerned. Or more accurately, we didn't think there was anything we could do about it, although we did begin seeing a physical therapist to see if there were any exercises we could do to help our daughter.

Neither of us were excited about putting our daughter in a helmet, despite multiple assurances that most babies adjust to them very quickly. Thankfully, my wife's lactation consultant had heard of Dr. Grimshaw, and we made an appointment to see him and get a second opinion.

Our visit with him was unlike any other doctor's visit we'd had up to that point. He was calm and relaxed, with no apparent need to hurry over to his next appointment. He said that he saw approximately 40 babies a year like our daughter, that his experience led him to believe we would need to have 3 or 4 appointments with him, that he could correct the torticollis, and that she wouldn't need a helmet. He wasn't arrogant about it, just very quietly confident that he knew what he was doing. He used a handful of classical medical terms but mostly spoke about 'membranes' and 'loosening areas of pressure' and things like that. It was a bit more New-Agey than either my wife or I were used to, and we weren't entirely certain what to make of it.

Then he spent about 20 minutes physically manipulating our daughter - touching her very gently on her back, neck, and head. For 15 of those minutes he had her in a front-facing carrier, walking slowly in circles around his office while he continued the manipulation. Quite frankly, we had no idea what he was doing.

When that was finished, he brought our daughter back and said that he had successfully loosened some of the tightness in our daughter's back and neck, and that once it had been loosened, it was effectively cured. He said we should expect to see her turning to the right now as often as to the left, and that her head would begin to assume a more symmetrical shape as it continued to grow. There was no medicine, no rigorous physical therapy schedule we were asked to follow. My wife and I left that appointment wondering if we had just wasted our time.

But It worked. By the next day both of us had noticed the change. Our daughter always slept facing to the left, and now she would turn in both directions, sometimes waking up facing to the right. A week or two after that first appointment, we met with the physical therapist again. At our Initial meeting, she had found a 10 millimeter asymmetry In our daughter's head. (Anything above 7 merits a helmet.) Now that asymmetry was down to 5 millimeters. She said she'd never seen a correction happen that quickly. It was incredible.

We went back for two more visits to Dr. Grimshaw, each about a month apart, to continue working on any residual tightness in our daughter's back and neck, which were (according to Dr. Grimshaw) the causes of the asymmetry. Each time he spent about 15-25 minutes physically manipulating our daughter, always very gently. She almost never cried; in fact, she seemed to like what he was doing. At our third visit, we mentioned to him that our daughter was having trouble bringing her hands close together when she was on her stomach; she couldn't really get her elbows underneath her to help proper her chest and head up. He had my wife breastfeed her (or hold her In the breastfeeding position) so that he could get at her from an angle he couldn't do while holding her In the carrier. After that session he told us that he had managed to loosen another source of tightness and that we should expect to see her more comfortably putting her hands closer to her body when she was on her stomach. No less than two days later, that Is exactly what we saw.

Our daughter is just over five months old now, and her asymmetry has all but disappeared. The distance between her eyes and ears is virtually identical now on both sides, and she shows almost no sign of any physical stiffness or tightness. My wife and I are both confident that we will not need to get our daughter a helmet, and we're equally convinced that a helmet would not have helped with the tortlcollls.

Dr. Grimshaw not only fixed our daughter's asymmetry, he fixed the underlying cause of It. I wish I could say that I knew how he did what he did. I really don't. But I know for certain that It worked for our girl. He managed In three 60-90 minute visits to accomplish more than we would have done by putting our daughter In a helmet 22 hours a day for four months.

In fact, this experience has changed how I think about medicine. Most doctors talk to you for a few minutes, check your heart/lungs/throat/ears, make an educated guess about what's wrong with you, then either tell you to go home and wait for It to go away or else give you a prescription for something that should take care of the issue. That's really all I've ever known medicine could be. But Dr. Grimshaw does something. He didn't just treat our daughter's symptoms; he treated the causes of those symptoms.

I left our first appointment with him wondering if we had wasted our money. I left our third appointment enormously indebted to him. His Is an impressive gift, and I would happily recommend him to anyone who might benefit from what he knows how to do.

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Videos

Creation of a Therapeutic Environment in Pediatric Practice

In this video I show and talk about what I do, especially how it is applied to the care of infants, children, and adolescents. For many people who come to see me, Osteopathy is mostly outside of their experience, an unknown. In this I share unifying concepts, methods, and practices that define my approach to treating patients.

I focus on Touch.  In our culture there is a wide spectrum of experience for its role in normal growth, development, family, and interpersonal relationships.  It has a powerful influence on us, but we don’t talk about it very much.

What is fundamental to the therapeutic use of the hands in the practice of medicine?  First, we use them to listen, just like we use our ears to hear and eyes to see.  They inform us about our patient.  Secondly, consider how important is it for patients to be touched as part of a therapeutic encounter. Sometimes seeing and hearing is not enough for the problem “at hand.”

The next step in the use of one’s hands is to facilitate harmony between structure and function in the patient’s body. This is a fundamental tenant in Osteopathic Philosophy and part of the art of Medicine.  It is a skill only a few choose to pursue; it takes years to learn and is never mastered.  For me, it is the heart of my work and the work of my heart.

I hope this video makes these concepts come to life for those of you who are interested.

 

Partnership for Health

Dr. Grimshaw’s insurance relationship and billing/fee policies may be different from what you are used to seeing at a doctor’s office, so we wanted to take a moment to discuss this with you, as well as give you helpful tips for talking with your insurance company about reimbursement.

If you are interested in checking with your insurance company about reimbursement for Dr. Grimshaw’s services, below we will list the insurance procedure codes used in normal appointments: 99205 – Comprehensive New Patient Office Visit Code 99214 – Extended Established Patient Office Visit Code (this would be used for follow-ups) 98926 – Osteopathic Manipulation, 3-4 Areas (this number will vary depending on how many areas of the body he treats per visit) *Each visit is a combination of an office visit and osteopathic manipulation codes*

Click on the pdf below to view all of Dr. Grimshaws' insurance information. If you still have questions after reading this, please let us know! We’d love to help answer any questions you may have.

Dr Grimshaw Insurance Information

 

Treatment for Plagiocephaly  

Among the many great things happening in this chapter of my life, I have been fortunate to have a dramatic influx of new patients that are babies, children, and youth.  This is something I have been intentionally cultivating, as I have skills that can be of great help to their growth and development and I particularly enjoy working with them.

I am particularly grateful to the pediatricians who have been making these referrals and to a mom who blogged about her child’s experience with me when I treated his Plagiocephaly.  Her blog has become extremely popular on Pintrest.
She graciously gave me permission to put the link to “How we squeezed my baby’s head to avoid a helmet” on my website. 

Since many parents and doctors are not familiar with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, they have many questions about what I do and what visits with me will be like for their children.  I asked my Media specialist who runs my website and has a bachelors degree in Film to make the following video that addresses many of the frequently asked questions parents ask when they call to schedule appointments for their children.

Thanks to Kelsey Grimshaw, who filmed and edited this video, and to the children and their parents who gave permission for me to use footage obtained during regular appointments this month.  Both of the children shown have seen me a number of times now and are nearing completion of their course of treatment. 

There is more information about my practice and methods in the FAQ section of the website.  You are always welcome to call our office at 517-492-4818 with questions too.

 

 Holistic Medical Practice Lifestyle Coaching

Here is a video about another vital part of our practice. Beth and I have been collaborating on this project since 2007. We were looking for a way to help patients who were not progressing despite good medical care. We realized that Lifestyle choices are a key element in whether or not people get better. It is the part of the equation that is up to the patient, but often needs support, Coaching, and encouragement from the doctor and his or her Lifestyle Educator to actually succeed at changing patterns of behavior and Lifestyle habits in order for the patient and their family to make a long term change toward better health. Since we began this, our practice has radically changed, because many of our chronic patients have gotten better and no longer need to keep coming back to see us.

We became Certified through the First Line Therapy Program sponsored by a leading Nutraceutical Company called Metagenics in 2007. First Line Therapies are what physicians are supposed to use before prescribing medications. They involve educating patients about Nutritional Therapies, Exercise, Stress Management strategies, and efforts to improve the patient’s ability to rest and experience restorative sleep. Through this program, we use Functional Medicine principles to support patients with chronic illnesses and persons who just haven’t gotten better with the typical approach used by medical specialists in various fields. We have also applied this approach to support families who have children with special needs.

As you will see in the video, we use a non-judgmental approach, we individualize our care for each patient and their family, and we apply what we have learned to help the patient and their family to have agency in helping support the healing process. The underlying theme for this program is Holistic Integrative Medical Care that looks at the context in which a person’s illness has occurred.