Meet Our Team

Joyce Frye, DO/MBA/MSCE


Special Interests: Homeopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Peri-operative care and nutrition: especially interested in conditions poorly treated by conventional medicine in obstetrics, women’s health, trauma recovery, and infectious disease.


Board certified Obstetrics and Gynecology and Holistic Medicine


Medical degree Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery


Residency Metropolitan Hospital (Philadelphia), Osteopathic Rotating Internship

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Fellowship Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Academic appointments Clinical Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology,

University of Maryland School of Medicine


Joyce Frye DO, MBA, MSCE attributes her zeal for holistic medicine to her dad; an osteopathic general practitioner in a rural Michigan village where the local MD called him a quack. Riding along on house calls with him revealed the social and environmental contributions to illness while dinner table conversations at home frequently focused on people’s neuroses and the role of attitudes and emotions. After an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Michigan and further graduate study at the University of Colorado, she finally yielded to the healers’ calling and attended his alma mater, the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine where, along with conventional medicine, she gained expertise in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy and, coincidentally, was introduced to Native American traditions and homeopathy, as well. Discovering a passion for being present for life transitions, she went on to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Caring for women in labor led her to study hypnosis for pain relief: this showed the way, also, to its use for healing after surgery and other challenges. Listening to patients and what else they were using raised the need for additional expertise in the use of herbs and supplements, which she gained initially with the first of Columbia University’s week-long courses in botanical medicine. Subsequently, she pursued an MBA degree in order to be able to speak the language of administrators and insurers concerned about the cost of healthcare and then a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania to learn to interpret and create the kinds of data needed to support integration of complementary therapies into Evidence Based Medicine.


Dr. Frye witnessed first hand the success that’s possible in caring for the whole person beginning outside, and then diverting, the mainstream. Osteopaths were not allowed to use allopathic hospitals in the 1950s when her dad started practicing: a group of them had to mortgage their houses to build a hospital. Several iterations later, it has become one of Michigan’s newest and most modern health care facilities. She is dedicated to being one of this generation’s healthcare change makers. Whether the patient is the individual or the health care system, she invites them to envision a new possibility for healing.


Date Published: 01/30/2008 Return to Top