Marianne T. Longacre, D.O. 

Board Certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group, INC

Our Practice: I am committed to providing excellent primary care and service to the community. And I will be providing access to integrated, high-value care in collaboration with others who share the Yale New Haven Health values. I am accepting new patients from age twelve years and older for Primary Care. I am also accepting new patients of all ages for Osteopathic Manipulation. Osteopathic Manipulation will be offered after an appropriate evaluation determines it to be medically necessary.  Osteopathic Manipulation will be continued as long as, after evaluation, it is deemed necessary and that your functional capacity is improving and that you are reaching your expected goals. 


   Frequently Asked Questions regarding Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

How long are appointments with you?
Is there anything I need to do before or after my appointments?
What can I expect when I visit you?
What should I wear for treatment?
How much does a visit with you cost?
What insurances do you accept?
Does your office have a cancellation policy?
Does Dr. Longacre do cranial sacral work?
Are there any side effects after treatment?
Will I notice a difference right away?
What is the difference between a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) and an M.D.?
Can I see a chiropractor and an osteopath?
What are the origins of osteopathy?
How many years of education must an osteopath complete?
 

How long are appointments with you?

    Your initial visit will be a one hour appointment, follow up visits are a half hour.

Is there anything I need to do before or after my appointments?

    After a treatment, it is important not to have any other body work, especially for new patients. The reason is that someone else may undo what I am trying to achieve. No strenuous working out (running, weight lifting, landscaping) for about 2-3 days post treatment. Again, the reason is I don’t want you to undo what we are trying to achieve. Drinking more water is always a good thing to do after a visit. The body, including the bones, has a significant percentage of water in it; and we need to stay hydrated.

What can I expect when I visit you?

    I am a licensed physician; expect to give a detailed history of your health, including the particular reason for your visit. Expect a focused or comprehensive physical and an osteopathic treatment plan based on my findings. Expect to be treated at your first visit and wear comfortable clothing.  

What should I wear for a treatment?

    You do not need to undress for your visit, so you should wear comfortable clothes. You should not wear tight fitting jeans. Women should not wear girdles. Also, please do not wear perfume.

How much does a visit with you cost?

    The cost of a visit varies. It depending on the complexity of the problem and on how many regions of your body are addressed.

What insurances do you accept?

    We accept:
    • Aetna
    • Anthem
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Classic
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Direct Blue
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Mate Coast-to-Coast
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield Life Span
    • Medicare
    • United Health Care

    Your particular insurance plan may vary with respect to initial deductibles for care. the osteopathic manipulation and in some cases, your insurance plan may not reimburse for the osteopathic manipulation.

Does your office have a cancellation policy?

    Yes, if you plan on canceling an appointment please make sure you give us 24 hour notice, otherwise there is a $50 fee for first time offenders and $100 for missed appointments there after.

Does Dr. Longacre do cranial sacral work?

    Yes, as a matter of fact, Dr. Longacre’s foundation of training of was in osteopathy in the cranial field.

    Are there any side effects after treatment?

    For children, a good side effect is that they may sleep better. In a trained physicians hands, there are no unwanted side effects. For an adult, one may feel achy, sore, tired, or energized. 
     
    Will I notice a difference right away?
    The goal is to notice a positive difference in your symptoms as soon as possible. Usually the shorter the duration of your symptoms, the sooner you notice improvement. Some chronic conditions may take longer to be relieved, so do not get discouraged. The bottom line is that as each person is unique, each problem is unique. The ability to feel better may depend on how well your body responds to osteopathic manipulation.  

What is the difference between a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) and an M.D.?

    A D.O. goes to a four year osteopathic medical school and an M.D. attends a four year allopathic medical school. During specialty training, many M.D.s and D.O.s are working side by side in their residency programs.

    What is the difference between D.O. s and chiropractors or massage therapists? D.O. s have medical school training. Then we have a minimum of three year medical residency training. We can write prescriptions, order tests and blood work, and can make referrals. D.O. s have an incredible wealth of education, knowledge, and understanding of the human body. Our training programs are designed to provide excellent hands-on training. I trained on the hospital floors, the nursery, the neonatal intensive care, and the adult intensive care units. We are trained with masters in the osteopathic manipulation medicine field-one on one, day in and out, during our years of training. Chiropractors have a chiropractic school training where they are doctors of chiropracty, not medicine. Massage Therapists do not need a college education. They attend a specific program where they learn anatomy and various massage modalities. 

Can I see a chiropractor and an osteopath?

    Too many cooks spoil the soup, so to speak. If you are seeking care for the first time, absolutely do not start with both styles of treatment. It is important to follow through with one modality so you know what is or isn’t working for you. If you have been seeing a chiropractor on and off for years, it may be alright. We can discuss this issue at your visit.  

What are the origins of osteopathy?

    The first Osteopathic medical school was established in 1874 by an MD named Dr. Still.  Some twenty years before, three of his children died from meningitis.  He was dissatisfied with the medical practices and thinking of his day.  Through years of study, he came to the conclusion that people got better from disease, illness, and trauma when dysfunctions in their musculoskeletal system were corrected.  He named this holistic approach to medical care Osteopathy.  

How many years of education must an osteopath complete?

    After attending college, an osteopath must complete four years of medical school. From there it is required that he/she must complete a residency program, in their specialty of interest.

Who can be treated?

Newborn through elderly.


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Dr. Marianne T Longacre
  45 Wells Street, suite 1
Westerly, RI 02891
401.637.7200
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