Welcome to the practice of Richard L Van Buskirk, DO

Richard Van Buskirk, DO is an osteopathic physician who treats problems of muscles, tendons, joints, bones & nervous system. 

About Us

Our offices have moved

Beginning June 12, 2018 our new offices are at the Midtown Medical Offices at 1217 S. East 

Avenue, Suite 310, Sarasota, FL, 34239

Restoring balance

We continue to offer skilled and compassionate medical care at our new location.

We offer expert diagnosis and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints and the related nervous system. We use Osteopathic manipulative treatment, injections and prolotherapy to help you achieve the goals of balance, improved mobility and reduction of the discomfort that comes from musculoskeletal restriction.

About Us

Our Health Mission

Our practice focuses on restoring balance to the muscles, joints, bones and the nervous system. Whether the imbalance has developed because of trauma or the simple accumulation of small restrictions the result can be restricted motion, abnormal function and pain. We facilitate the bodies' natural healing using osteopathic manipulative treatment, injections where appropriate, and encouraging healthy lifestyles including exercise and stretching. 


With 35 years of training and experience and an international reputation Dr. Van Buskirk will focus on providing a diagnosis of your musculoskeletal problem and facilitating the best treatment possible. His background in Neuroscience and Family Medicine compliments his specialty of Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine allowing for accurate analysis of the effects of other organ systems on the function of your nerves, muscles, tendons, joints and bone. He is the re-discoverer and developer of the Still Technique, a unique and internationally recognized osteopathic manipulative method that has proven effective in dealing with patients' neural and musculoskeletal problems for over 25 years.

Physician Who Cares

Our motto is healing the Body. Not only do we treat your existing conditions, we also help you prevent pain and illness from occurring. We strive to help you improve your quality of life, achieve your wellness goals, and heal your body to live your best life possible.  


About the Osteopathic Practice

What is Osteopathic medicine

Osteopathic medicine is an American medical practice licensed in all 50 states and 65 other countries. It was first developed by Andrew Taylor Still, MD.  Osteopathic medicine is a patient-focused approach to medical care that  looks at every aspect of the patient, including physical, personal, and spiritual well-being. An osteopathic physician (DO) understands that the  body is more than just a sum of its parts. The focus of an osteopathic medical practice is to assist the patient’s innate capacity to heal. Traditionally that has included addressing the  interrelationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs.  Osteopathic physicians are licensed to prescribe medicine and practice  in all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. 

Richard L. Van Buskirk, DO, PhD, FAAO

Dr. Van Buskirk is an internationally recognized osteopathic physician who has been in private practice in Sarasota, Florida for over 28 years. He is Board Certified in and has practiced Family Medicine and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. Before attending the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine he was an Associate Professor in Physiology and Neuroscience, having earned his PhD from Duke University. Dr. Van Buskirk is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and has served for 21 years on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is responsible for the rediscovery of and redevelopment of one of Dr. Still’s primary manipulative methods, the Still Technique. He is the published author of books, medical and scientific articles and has given lectures and courses in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan.  

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

The muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and connective tissue (fascia) make up 80% of the body's mass and volume. Restrictions in the ability to use any part of the body because of injuries, disuse, disease or trauma can have profound effects on our ability to function as well as the functioning of our internal organs. These restrictions may or may not be visible to an outsider and may or may not be seen on x-rays and other radiological studies. Even so we clearly experience them, sometimes even with pain. Using his or her hands the trained osteopathic physician examines your body and determines where these restrictions are and what movement is still present. Diagnosis and treatment will be based on knowledge of both the normal and potential abnormalities as well as the relationships of all the parts of this complex system to each other, the nervous system and the other organs of the body. Treatment always includes some form of manual medicine but may also include injections.

Osteopathic manipulative methods used by Dr. Van Buskirk

The primary manipulative method used by Dr. Van Buskirk is the Still Technique. It involves induction of motion by the physician in the restricted tissue without force. It is generally pain-free.

Other methods commonly used by Dr. Van Buskirk include Muscle Energy, Counterstrain, Balanced Ligamentous Tension and Cranial Osteopathy


Contact Us

Visit or Call to Schedule an Appointment

Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have at 941-924-1729

Email Contacts:

for new patient inquiries and downloads contact mandy@vanbuskirkosteopathic.com

for existing patient medical questions contact nursing@vanbuskirkosteopathic.com

Van Buskirk Osteopathic

1217 S. East Avenue, Suite 310, Sarasota, FL 34239, US

(941) 924-1729



8:45 am – 5:00 pm


8:45 am – 5:00 pm


8:45 am – 5:00 pm


8:45 am – 5:00 pm


8:45 am – 1:00 pm





Send email message to mandy@vanbuskirkosteopathic.com


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Practice Services

Diagnosis of problems relating to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones.

Diagnosis of rheumatological problems.

Evaluation of role of the brain, spinal cord and nerves as they relate to the musculoskeletal system. 

Diagnosis and treatment of headaches, sciatica, head injuries, arthritis, spinal disc disease and spinal stenosis and involvement in the diagnosis of neurological disorders such as myasthenia gravis and multiple sclerosis.

Evaluation of the role of other organ systems like the thyroid, cardiovascular and respiratory systems in musculoskeletal complaints.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) using Still Technique, Muscle Energy, Counterstrain and

Cranial osteopathy.

Joint, tendon and ligament injections.

Peripheral nerve blocks.


Basic exercise and stretch prescription

Self treatments.

Fixed prices for cash-paying patients

Non-Medicare Cash prices for an office visit and treatment*

New Patient:           $425.00

Returning Patient:   $299.00

      * Does not include injections.

Practice News

6/18/2018: After more than 9 years at the Tamiami Trail location our office has moved. Our new medical office is at 1217 S. East Avenue, Suite 310, Sarasota.

03/20/2009:   For those Patients who were last seen when the practice was on Bee Ridge Road please note that our new address is 2900 S. Tamiami Trail


Question: Do you bill my insurance company even when I pay cash?

VBOsteo: Yes, if you ask us to. Remember that just because we bill them doesn't mean they will pay.

Question: Do you take Medicare?

VBOsteo: We are non-participating providers for Medicare. This means that we do not accept assignment. We expect to be paid up front. Our charges are what Medicare allows for non-participating providers. We do bill Medicare for you and Medicare will reimburse you part of your expense. Your secondary most likely will also reimburse you their part. Typically a small portion of what you paid us will not be reimbursed. This is generally less than 10% of what you paid us.

Questiion: Do you take Medicare Replacement or Medicare Advantage Plans?

VBOsteo: We require payment at the time of service. We use the same charge structure used for regular Medicare patients. We do not participate in any of these Medicare replacement plans. Some of them may reimburse you but unfortunately many of them chose not to reimburse for this practice's services.

Question: Do you take any regular medical insurance?

VBOsteo: We are participating providers for a limited number of Insurers through the Sarasota Memorial PHO. The primary insurance we currently take is Aetna. There are a couple of other medical plans through SMH that we also participate in. We are not participating providers with Blue Cross, United Healthcare or Cigna at this time. Feel free to contact us to determine whether we participate with your insurer,

Question: What is your policy of missed office visits?

VBOsteo: If you know you are not going to be able to come at the scheduled time we ask that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance. We will offer a reschedule at that time. If a medical emergency prevents you from coming in for a scheduled office visit please let us know as soon as possible. In all other cases we may bill you $75 for the missed office visit.

Patient Education Downloads

Four Quadrant Neck Exercises (pdf)




The Statins and Coenzyme Q10 (pdf)


Osteoporosis (pdf)


Omega 3 Fish Oil (pdf)


Jammed sacrum 2017 (pdf)


Natural Anti-inflammatories (pdf)


Mistracking knee cap (pdf)