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Up Close with the NCOMA Board of Directors

Up Close with the NCOMA Board of Directors

Gibbs-Liza-2015 (2)Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne and Elizabeth “Liza” Gibbs both hold impactful positions on the 2015-2016 NCOMA Board of Directors and send very positive messages about their experiences in osteopathic medicine in the classroom and workplace.
Being involved in family medicine over the last couple years has brought both women to express the joy they share in helping patients. Dr. Lowe-Payne comments, “As a family doctor, over years you are not just seeing one patient you are seeing generations in the office.”
In a phone interview held on Monday May 16th, Dr. Lowe-Payne said, “ I really enjoy the continuity of the care I am able to provide and the ability to build lasting relationships with people.” Practicing for 15 years has opened numerous doors for Dr. Lowe-Payne. Previously, she has worked as the program director of the NJ Health Education Centers, done public speaking on health education in several minority communities, published a book called A Woman’s Guide to De-Stress for Success, and currently holds the position of assistant professor at Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. These achievements show the positive impact and well rounded achievements a degree in osteopathic medicine can humble one to do.
Dr. Lowe-Payne explained that her heart is with osteopathic medicine because she “truly believes in the holistic philosophy.” She explained, “I am a firm believer that healthy living is not just physical, it’s spiritual, it’s mental, and it’s emotional. We are whole bodies, we must individualize how we treat patients and look at the whole situation when we are trying to address and improve their health.“
Liza is currently doing her GI rotation in Salisbury, NC and just finished her third year of medical school at Campbell University. Over the past three years Liza has made a lasting impact through her involvement with DO Day on the Hill, the CU Chapter of SOMA, and the National Health Service Corps. She works very hard and loves to travel to put her knowledge of medicine to good use in the community. Liza commented on her work in St. Thomas, “I worked at a doctor’s office there. I think that will always be my home away from home and I’ll always love it there.” And when asked about her work in San Juan, Guatemala she exclaimed, “My best memories would be when I spent a summer living with a family in San Juan, Guatemala. I lived there for 7 weeks and I worked at the clinic, at a pharmacy, and learned, spoke, and translated Spanish.”
Similarly to Dr. Lowe-Payne, Liza decided to go with the osteopathic medical path because she agreed with the mind, body, and soul tenants. She explained, “I do believe the mind, body, and spirit are intertwined, so when I learned that this medicine’s tenants was an interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit it really interested me. I really like that they focus on treating the problem and curing the cause, not just treating the symptoms.”
Dr. Lowe- Payne and Liza’s practices of osteopathic medicine has led them toward numerous opportunities.
Osteopathic medicine and allopathic medicine both try to keep up with the latest and greatest scientific endeavors while staying in tune and empathetic to patient’s needs all over the globe. Osteopathic medicine holds firm tenants in the mind, body, and soul approach and speaks to the inner man of each individual while treating physical symptoms as well.
Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne and Elizabeth Gibbs display their personal and unique implementation of osteopathic medicine into our society.