Dr. Michelle Thompson-Olson, DO, ABOIM
INTEGRATIVE & LIFESTYLE FAMILY MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Michelle Thompson-Olson
Mindful Medicine, Integrative Wellness & Culinary Medicine Specialist
The American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) recognizes Dr. Thompson as an exemplary advocate of its goal of helping patients by treating the root causes of health problems and not the symptoms. CLICK HERE to read the American Board of Physician Specialties article on Dr. Thompson and how patients benefit from integrative medicine.
Integrative and lifestyle family medicine physician
Specializes in treating the root cause of health problems, not just the symptoms
Dual board certified physician in both Osteopathic Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine
Graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Former director of Great Lakes Institute of Technology massage therapy program, 1988
2003 Completed family medicine residency at UPMC Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Former trustee for Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association
Committee member for Complimentary and Integrative Medicine
Studied with the Neuromuscular Therapy Center in St. Petersburg, Florida
Active clinical teacher for medical students, interns, and residents
Associate medical professor for LECOM and PCOM, both osteopathic medical schools in Pennsylvania
Faculty for University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Chair of Family Medicine for UPMC Horizon
Physician advisor for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Holistic Healing Center in Farmington, Pennsylvania
Cultivator of life changing wellness retreats for relaxation and disease reversal
Wanderlust “Speakeasy” wellness ambassador
Born and raised in the Shenango Valley, Dr. Thompson has developed a Free Healthy Living Series, where she lectures and provides experiential opportunities to anyone in the community seeking knowledge in integrative modalities. Her programs are eligible to receive credit toward insurance deductible by showing the participant has "taken a healthy step." She has taken her unique medicine approach out of the office to share in efforts to reach more people, designing programs with no financial, physical, age, or gender barriers. By collaborating with fellow practitioners, community members have experienced yoga with live acoustic guitar, aromatherapy, sound therapy with crystal singing bowls, flutes, gongs, didgeridoo, art therapy, reiki, tai chi, qigong, energy modalities, dancing mindfulness, breath work, guided imagery, kids yoga, meditation, nutrition, and lifestyle modalities all free of charge.
She has been active in teaching the whole food plant based diet to people in her community, creating cooking programs with a local chef and dietician, for eating to reverse disease. By promoting "Doctors in the Kitchen-Food is Medicine," an approved continuing medical education event, she hopes her peers will implement the changes they learn into the way they practice medicine and will become models of health and healing for their patients.
Currently, Dr. Thompson is employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and has a full-time integrative family medicine practice, seeing infants through the end of life using a natural approach to health care. Her specialty is reversing disease through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes while empowering her patients to take charge of their health and work as a team with their physician. There are healing powers of proper nutrition in almost all disease processes, and she believes that eating for health can be pleasurable if we eat in a way that serves our body.