Osteopathic Medicine in Missoula | Surgical Arts Centre


I focus my practice on treating the whole person – their body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle – not just one symptom or one health issue. I also believe strongly in combining evidence-based alternative treatments with evidence-based traditional treatments in order to give my patients the best, most complete, and most thoughtful care possible.

- Dr. Pacheco -

Living Your Healthiest Life: Wellness Consultations

Everyone wants to look and feel their best. But how can you accomplish and maintain that goal? Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Lisa Pacheco believes that the comprehensive treatment of the whole person is vital to getting and staying healthy, vital, active, and well. With a focus on integrative medicine and osteopathic manual medicine (OMM), Dr. Pacheco approaches medicine with a blend of scientifically sound traditional and alternative treatments, all of which take into account both the internal and external factors that affect our health. She believes that every patient’s overall health is a reflection of his or her:

  • Body
  • Mind
  • Spirit
  • Lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Hormonal balance
  • Metabolism
  • Social life and community

During an initial wellness consultation, patients will discuss all of the above aspects of their lives, undergo a medical exam, and receive a comprehensive treatment plan that is focused on the individual, not an isolated symptom or complaint.

Osteopathic Manual Medicine

Osteopathic manual medicine is a non-invasive medical treatment offered exclusively by trained doctors of osteopathic medicine. OMM involves the skillful use of hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent health complaints, from chronic pain and back injuries to asthma and migraines. OMM techniques, which include stretching, resistance, and pressure, are used to heal the musculoskeletal system, relieve pain, and restore balance throughout the body.

Osteopathic medicine is based on four principles:

1. There is a relationship between the body’s structure (anatomy) and function (physiology)

2. The patient is a whole person that includes body, mind, and spirit

3. The body has an innate ability to heal itself

4. A diagnosis and treatment plan should be based on the first three principles

In some cases, OMM can replace more drastic or invasive treatments, such as prescription medications or surgical procedures. More often, OMM is used as a supplemental or complementary treatment in conjunction with other therapies or methods.

OMM should not be confused with manual therapy, which is utilized by non-physicians such as physical therapists and bodywork practitioners.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine emphasizes the health and healing of the entire person using a combination of all appropriate and proven treatments, often including  a blend of conventional medicine and alternative therapies. The central tenets of integrative medicine include:

  • The use of more effective, more natural, less invasive, and less disruptive treatments whenever possible.
  • The comprehensive consideration of all methods of proven treatments, often including both traditional and nontraditional therapies.
  • The recognition of all factors that affect health and wellness, including mind, body, spirit, and outside influences.
  • A strong partnership and mutual understanding between the patient and physician.
  • A belief that all medicine should be research-based and inquiry driven, and that all paradigms should be considered with both an open mind and critical thinking.
  • An emphasis on the prevention of illness as well as the ongoing maintenance and promotion of health.
  • A focus on practitioner health and wellness, including constant self-improvement, exploration, and self-reflection in relation to their life and profession as a D.O.

Meet Dr. Pacheco

Lisa Pacheco, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, has been practicing osteopathic manual medicine and integrative medicine for more than 20 years. After graduating from The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991, Pacheco began her career practicing primary medicine and integrative medicine in Portland, Maine. She was also the founder and director of the Portland Osteopathic Clinic for Children, a non-profit clinic for disadvantaged children. She moved to Missoula in 2009, where she continues to practice medicine at the Surgical Arts Centre.

In addition to restoring her patients’ health and vitality through OMM, Pacheco is also the director of the Surgical Arts Centre’s Wellness Spa, where she offers a wide selection of non-surgical skincare and bodycare treatments, all designed to safely and effectively renew and rejuvenate.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Pacheco

Whether you would like to treat an illness, promote healing, or prevent future health issues, osteopathic manual medicine may be beneficial to your wellness plan.