Who We Are

Advanced Alternative Healthcare Staff

Edward R. Douglas, DO C-NMM&OMM

Dr. Douglas is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He has also studied and extensively trained in medical acupuncture through the Helms Medical Institute and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His primary interests are pain disorders and holistic health and healing.

Dr. Douglas began his medical training at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. He participated in an undergraduate teaching fellowship between his third and fourth year of medical school that focused on osteopathic manipulation training. After graduating in 2001, he began a one-year traditional internship at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO. A two-year residency in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine followed.

Dr. Douglas joined KCOM as an assistant professor in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine department in 2004. During this time, he assisted in training first and second year medical students in osteopathic manipulation. He also developed an osteopathic manipulation clinical training program for third and forth year medical students as well as interns and residents. Additionally, he was active in patient care in the clinic, hospital, newborn nursery, and nursing homes.

In 2005, Dr. Douglas opened Advanced Alternative HealthCare in Springfield, Missouri. He is the only osteopathic physician that specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in the area. The practice grew and moved to its current Jefferson Ave location in 2011.

Jeanie V. Douglas, M.A., Certified Hypnotherapist

Ms. Douglas is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotherapy in 1997 and the Wellness Center – Heart Centered Hypnotherapy (2005). She completed her Masters degree in Human Resource Development and Management from Webster University and her B.A. in Sociology – Psychology from the University of New Mexico.

After completing a first career in the Air Force in Personnel Management and Training, Ms. Douglas became a counselor for transitioning military personnel at Fort Leonard Wood. After 3 years she became the Manager of the ACAP Center there and resigned her position after 7 years in 2005 to begin her own full time business. She opened the Isaiah Center at Laquey, MO in March of 2005, offering individual hypnotherapy and personal counseling and development training for life management.

In July 2005 she joined Advanced Alternative Healthcare to offer hypnosis for Springfield clientele. She is able to assist those who are ready to stop smoking, lose the weight once and for all, and deal with pain or other problematic issues.

A common thread runs through Ms. Douglas’ work. She offers a genuine contribution to the quality of life and individual happiness for each client. She aggressively continues her professional training by attending professional courses and learning innovative techniques to assist clients in improving their lives.

Shelly Sickler, Office Manager


Shelly joined AAHC in 2006 as a receptionist. She was new to medical office management but quickly learned to excel in her duties. Shelly attended night classes and other training courses to learn medical billing, coding, and other medical office management skills.  She quickly rose to the position of office manager. Shelly manages all scheduling, coding and billing, insurance matters, and general office management.

Shelly is happily married to her best friend, Tracy. They enjoy beach life and spending time with their families. In her free time, Shelly enjoys fishing, taking in God’s gift of nature, drives in the country, flower gardening, and has a special love for animals.

Our Logo

The staff with a single snake is known as the Staff of Asclepius. Asclepius is the Greek god of health and medicine. This is sometimes confused with a similar staff with two snakes and wings known as the Caduceus or Staff of Hermes. The Staff of Hermes traditionally represented merchants and bankers. Osteopathic medicine uses the Staff of Asclepius as a more accurate representation of our profession. 

The multi-line structures surrounding the Staff of Asclepius are known has Trigrams from the I Ching, a Chinese philosophy book. The eight trigrams are often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine in relation to the principles of Yin and Yang and balance. The symbols represent (clockwise from the top): Heaven, Wind, Water, Mountain, Earth, Thunder, Fire, and Valley. You can see how Heaven (the 12 o’clock position) is positioned opposite from Earth (the 6 o’clock position) to represent the balance between two related opposites. The principle of balance is very important in Chinese medicine and acupuncture. 

Our logo represents the blending of Eastern and Western medicine traditions in our service to our patients. We seek balance to manifest good health in all our work. 

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