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Joy Palmer

Dr. Joy Palmer serves as the Program Director for the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) +1 Residency program and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).  When not at UNECOM, she has a private practice in Falmouth, Maine, Falmouth Osteopathy & Acupuncture, where she specializes in NMM/OMM.  She has been involved in teaching at various levels since completing her residency program in 2008 including Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Cranial Academy's introductory course offerings and Continuing Medical Education lectures sponsored by the University of New England and the Maine Osteopathic Association.  Dr. Palmer has a special interest in viscero-somatic reflex patterns, myofascial trigger points in the setting of osteoarthritis,  and in empowering her patients to augment their health through exercise prescription and postural changes.  Dr. Palmer has published in the JAOA and is working on designing outcomes based research in the out-patient setting.  


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Marquette University


Board Certifications and Licenses

Board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic Medical License - State of Maine


Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/ Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine



Clinical Affiliations

Clinic Name

Falmouth Osteopathy & Acupuncture, LLC



Clinic Name

VA-Maine, Saco-CBOC



Clinic Name

Maine Medical Center



Clinic Name

Mercy Hospital




Current Research

Assessment of pain management in VA-Maine system and the impact the NMM/OMM consult service has had on the effectiveness of care and cost of care in veterans with chronic pain.

Mental health in the veteran population and the impact Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine has when used as an adjunct to current standard of care.

Assessment of the NMM/OMM Plus One program curriculum in preparing graduates for academic careers.

Research Interests

Out-comes based research assessing symptom modification and functional changes after being treated with Osteopathic Manipulation in the chronic pain population.

Mental health outcomes with addition of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in the veteran population.

Impact utilization of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine has on cost of care.

Selected Publications


Liu, Y, Palmer, J.  Iliacus Tender Points in Young Adults: A Pilot Study;  J  Am Osteopath Assoc 2012;112(5):285-289.

Research Topics

Joy Palmer, DO

Joy Palmer



Program Director, NMM/OMM Plus One Residency

Assistant Clinical Professor

Biddeford Campus

Alfond Center

On Campus

Eligible for Student Opportunities