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Physician Focus: Dr. Sandra Arango-Fahmy

Jersey Girl Sandra Arango-Fahmy, D.O. always valued what was close to home and in her heart. She grew up nearby, in Sayreville, and from an early age wanted to be a dancer, or maybe a pediatrician.
Dr. Arango-Fahmy achieved her goals, majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish at Rutgers, while earning the spotlight as captain of Rutgers’ national championship- winning 1998 Dance Team. She left New Jersey to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and received her Doctor of Osteopathic degree in June 2003. Returning to New Jersey, Dr. Arango-Fahmy completed her internship and residency in the Family Medicine program at St. Barnabas’ Union Hospital in 2006.

“I was always interested in medicine. I just realized along the way that I liked the family aspect of medicine a little more than focusing just on pediatrics. I enjoy treating all the members of a family, and I am happy to be practicing in a community where I feel a sense of belonging,” says Dr. Arango-Fahmy, who lives in Morganville with her husband and two children, with a new baby on the way. Once Dr. Arango-Fahmy knew she wanted to become a family medicine practitioner, she also chose to become an osteopath. Everyone knows that the initials M.D. after a person’s name indicates that he or she is a medical doctor, but fewer people encounter the initials D.O. and understand the basic principles of osteopathy.

Equal Training, With an Added Focus on Wellness

Osteopathic medicine is a holistic system of medical care that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine and surgery, but also places a strong emphasis on the inter-relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or D.O.s, look at the whole person in order to prevent, diagnose or treat an illness, disease or  injury. It is their guiding philosophy.

Dr. Arango-Fahmy believes her education as an osteopathic physician enhances her expertise as a family medicine practitioner. “My training helps me to assess each patient I see as a whole person, not just as an isolated ailment or disease,” she says. “Each person’s entire physical and psycho-social condition are aspects I consider in deciding how to treat the patient. From babies to geriatric adults, I care for the whole person. Osteopathy was definitely the route for me.”

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