Meet Dr. Pearson
Raised in New Jersey, Dr. Pearson graduated from Gettysburg College, in
Pennsylvania, and received his Osteopathic medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Missouri, in 1983. He
returned to the NYC metropolitan region to complete a rotating internship
and residency program. Dr. Pearson earned his board certification in 1986
from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice and practiced in
northern New Jersey until moving to San Diego in 1988.
In 1991, Dr. Pearson was honored to receive the Patient Care Award for
Excellence in Patient Education, sponsored by the American Academy of
Family Practice and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He joined
the Board of Editors of Patient Care magazine
in 1993, and it's sister publication, Medical Economics a little later, regularly contributing articles to these journals
devoted to primary care physicians. Dr. Pearson also holds the position of
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at several Osteopathic medical colleges including the Western
University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the
Pacific (Pomona, CA), Midwestern University, Michican State University, and Tuoro. He also trains medical students from the University of California at San Diego Medical School, as well as physician assistant and nurse practitioner students from Tuoro, Stanford and other schools. He is a popular and highly rated mentor for medical students, interns, residents, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from these and other national medical institutions.
With the exception of obstetrics, Dr. Pearson has practiced the full range of
family practice including minor office surgery and surgical assisting at
local hospitals and surgery centers. However, at this time, he has cut back on some of these activities (as he's now "more mature and seeking to simplify his life:). He tries to focus on preventive medicine/wellness and is a big proponent of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for both men and women in order to maintain quality of life in our senior years. In addition, he is skilled at Osteopathic manipulative techniques (OMT). He enjoys treating children of
all ages - even when they hit 104 years! He has served as medical director
for several nursing homes in the North County region. For many years, he was also a
volunteer speaker for the American Heart Association and the American
Cancer Society. In 2002, he accepted an invitation to sit on the Board
of Directors of The Elizabeth
Hospice, where, for seven years, he helped to steer the organization through it's rapid growth.
Treating all of his patients like family, Dr. Pearson is well known for
his caring manner, and his ability to keep patients relaxed and at ease
with his sense of humor. He believes in taking time with patients, rather than those typical 8 minute visits that everybody hates. He is also known for his ability to conduct honest/frank discussions about sensitive subjects such as medicinal cannabis and sexual issues - topics that many physicians feel uncomfortable discussing. Quite the contrary, his patients feel very comfortable broaching these subjects with him. [Be aware that he will bring up these issues during health maintenance visits (sex, after all, is a normal part of a healthy life). If you feel uncomfortable discussing these subjects, please do not be embarassed. Simply explain that you do not feel comfortable and he will move on to something else. On the other hand, you may pick up a tip or two...]
Through the years, Dr. Pearson has been a member in good standing of the many professional and sports medicine-related organizations including the San Diego
County Medical Society and California Medical
Association, as well as the San Diego Osteopathic Medical Association, Osteopathic Physicians &
Surgeons of California, American Osteopathic
Association and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Pearson enjoys writing/playing
music, magic, improv
comedy, clowning, outdoor activities (archery/3D Bow hunting, hiking/camping/fly-fishing), and pretending
to be an Iron Chef.
Important note: see FAQ here.
Taking care of active individuals of all ages and abilities has always
been a large part of Dr. Pearson’s practices. He is currently (or has been) a member of several
prominent sports medicine professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Medical Society
for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American Osteopathic Academy for
Sports Medicine (AOASM). Dr. Pearson successfully passed the examination
granting him the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
(1995), and was honored with the designation of Fellow in the AOASM in
Dr. Pearson has served as the team physician for several high schools over
the years and has been the Head Team Physician for Rancho Bernardo High
School since 1994. In addition to other area high schools, he also
provided volunteer sports medical services for the athletes at Palomar College and California
State University at San Marcos (CSUSM). Dr. Pearson wrote and edited The High School
Coaches Newsletter for five years, which he distributed freely to local
high school coaches. He has served as an event physician for the California
State Games, San Diego Rock ‘N Roll
Marathon, The Carlsbad 5000, Foot Locker National Cross
Country Championships, Senior Olympics and Buick PGA
Tour, just to mention a few. He served as the team physician for the San Diego Gulls minor league hockey team.
In August 2004, Dr. Pearson served as a volunteer staff physician at the United States Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, helping to prepare our paralympians for the Athens Summer Olympics (pictures on the "Fun Stuff" page).
Finally, Dr. Pearson had served as the Medical Consultant for the world
renowned Golden Door spa, in Escondido,for nearly 25 years.
For his own fitness, he
used to be found running the trails in the early morning haze
around Lake Hodges along with his dog, Apollo. Of late, you'll most likely find him riding beach cruisers with his wife along the Pacific Coast Highway. He works out at home with the Beachbody P90 system.
Treating injured workers like his athletes made sense to Dr. Pearson,
hence, when two of his colleagues decided to start up an industrial
clinic, he suggested this approach and the Industrial & Sports Medical
Center was created in 1990. He served as the primary care treating
physician (PCTP) for this San Marcos clinic until 1998.
Dr. Pearson has had the privilege of caring for over 1000 clients of all
sizes - from small mom ’n pop shops to large companies and local
municipalities. He has served as the PCTP for the following companies:
U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, and U.P.S.; San Marcos and Escondido Unified
School Districts; Palomar College; City of San Marcos; Palomar-Pomerado Health System;
Escondido Disposal; San Diego Wild Animal Park; Lawrence Welk Resort, Vallecitos Water District;
Costco; Home Depot; Osmonics/Desalination systems; Joseph Webb Foods;
Vons, Lucky, Ralph's & Albertsons supermarkets, Superior Ready Mix; San Diego Union-Tribune, North County Times; Remedy
Temps, and many others in diverse fields.
He has contributed articles on injury prevention for the San Diego
Business Journal and the San Diego Workers Compensation Forum Newsletter.
Dr. Pearson also speaks on the treatment and prevention of industrial
injuries for local companies. In order to help educate family physicians
and general internists how to approach industrial injuries and illnesses,
he co-edited a special issue of Patient Care magazine devoted solely to
occupational medicine. He also serves as the medical claims consultant for The Zenith Insurance Company, performing independent reviews of Workers’
Compensation claims. Dr. Pearson is very computer savvy. He has a great
deal of experience with ergonomic issues and repetitive motion syndromes.
He also served as the "Digital Doc" for the Microsoft Network (MSN) for five
years, educating internet surfers on a wide range of general medical
[Note: Effective August 2005, we no
longer treat occupational injuries under the Workers Compensation
system. Please refer to "Latest News" (Sept 2005) for full