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Meet Dr. Pearson

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Family Medicine

Sports Medicine

Industrial Medicine

Family Medicine

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 Patient Care magazine coverSociety 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.

An accomplished close-up magician, he is a member of the pretigious Academy of Magical Arts a.k.a. The Magic Castle, in Hollywood. He has also participated in Fechter's Finger Flinging Frolics (a.k.a. 4F), in Batavia, NY. Most Tuesday evenings, you can find him behind the bar at the Grand Avenue Bar & Grill, in Carlsbad, entertaining patrons with fun close-up bar magic. The fun begins at 8 PM! 

[Hey - have you watched the local Fox 5 News special feature about Dr. Pearson? Watch it here! The web article is here.]

Important note:  see FAQ here.

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Sports Medicine

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 (F.A.O.A.S.M.) in 1998.

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.

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Industrial Medicine

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 conditions. 

[Note: Effective August 2005, we no longer treat occupational injuries under the Workers Compensation system. Please refer to "Latest News"  (Sept 2005) for full details.]

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