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Touro University Nevada DO student Riutzel aims to heal patients before they get sick

August 24, 2015
Kevin Riutzel
Kevin Riutzel

 As a third year student who will graduate in 2016, Riutzel is busy with clerkships in a variety of medical specialties, among them, family medicine and infectious diseases. He chose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine after spending two years in the real world as an Emergency Medical Technician in San Diego, California. He understood the need for emergency medications, but wanted to practice the kind of medicine that included a heavy dose of holistic health.

The clincher came when Riutzel attended a medical conference, which included an osteopathic workshop. He was hooked personally and professionally. Turns out, he had been suffering for a year with severe pain from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). From an osteopathic physician, he learned how to perform manipulations on his jaw for relief. “A few days later, my pain was resolved and I’ve never had it since,” he says. “I knew this was the path for me."

Riutzel's passion is preventative medicine. “I would love to end up in a place in this profession where I can render one-on-one patient care while at the same time develop policies that will affect thousands of people, saving our healthcare system billions of dollars and saving families a lot of suffering,” he says.