Dorothee Heidinger, Alternative Practitioner and Fully-Qualified Osteopath
In the first act of my professional life, I graduated in economics and worked for many years in a management position for a major German corporation, coordinating the privatization process as well as numerous infrastructure projects. Yet my passion for medicine never left me.
Several years ago, I began training full-time as an osteopath at the German College of Osteopathic Medicine at Schlangenbad, initiating the second act of my professional life with this 5-year full-time training program. Osteopathy fascinates me as a form of therapy that combines cognitive knowledge and intellect with tactile understanding and manual treatment.
To practice osteopathy in Germany, the practitioner must be either a trained physician or a registered alternative practitioner. Having completed my osteopathic training, I therefore took the German alternative practitioner examination. Osteopathy for children is a specialisation on babies and children within the discipline of osteopathy. The certification requires an advanced education of 2 years which I have completed successfully in September 2017. On the website of the VOD – Federation of Osteopaths Germany – you can find my certification for the osteopathy for children. As a matter of course, I always keep my know-how up-to-date: You find the list of my trainings and advanced education here.
How I work
As an osteopath, I see myself as an advisor and companion to my patients. From the insights gained during anamnesis, the patient’s symptoms, and the results of my examination I form an understanding of the best treatment. It is a bit like combining the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
My work is a reflection of my personality. I listen to my patients and take their individual symptoms seriously. Empathy and intuition guide all my actions. I strongly believe that a process that combines the practitioner’s and the patient’s expertise and perceptions will lead to better overall success. That is why I analyze carefully and value an open dialogue in which my patients share their observations and reflections.
Whenever patients report an improvement, I am particularly happy as the treatment thus serves both parties as a lesson in health and its processes.