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Empowering the body’s natural ability to heal itself

Editors note: Dr. Chris Montanaro owns an osteopathy practice in Nevada City.

I am a holistic primary care physician, using traditional osteopathy, allopathic and natural medicine to treat the whole person.

My practice involves medical evaluation and individualized, holistic treatment for all ages.

Allopathic, or standard Western medicine, treats disease usually with chemical manipulation based on laboratory testing and a large body of established practices.

Osteopathic medicine is a detailed, hands-on approach that assists with freedom of motion, breath, circulation and higher nervous system function to empower the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Natural medicine is the application of the principles of physiology, hygiene, exercise and diet to maintain health in the simplest possible way.

I combine all of these methods to create specialized programs for each of my patients.

I moved my practice from Sebastopol to Nevada County two years ago.

I know that a symptom is not a nuisance to be suppressed, but a communication waiting to be heard. Dis-ease is an opportunity to engage in a more meaningful relationship with self.

I take lots of time with each patient, so as to see the big picture. Since my expertise spans the fields of Western medicine and the more holistic approaches of osteopathic and natural medicine, I can use the best from both worlds to synthesize a treatment plan for each person.

I also have many years of experience as a professor teaching in the field of health education. I am adept at communicating complicated medical ideas and terminology to the layperson in a simple and easily understood manner. I put my patients at ease, rather than leaving them in confusion and fear.


I accept many types of insurance, including Medicare.

I was a science and math whiz in high school, winning numerous local, state and national awards and affording special opportunities for extended education in these fields.

After undergraduate studies at Brown University, my interest in the function of the human being both scientifically and spiritually left me frustrated with the typical Western thinking in science and medicine. I was led to osteopathy and alternative healing modalities, and I attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by an internship in Pittsfield, Mass., and a residency in the Bronx, N.Y.

My understanding that freedom of breath and movement is paramount to health led to my completion of the Spatial Dynamics Institute’s five-year training program.

Although my education is extensive and covers a wide range of modalities, I consider myself a life-long student. I love learning about true health in collaboration with my patients and colleagues.

Chris Montanaro, DO

• 206 Providence Mine Road, Suite 216, Nevada City, CA 95959

• (530) 265-4515, fax (530) 265-3515

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