There are several special populations that require considerations in evaluation and treatment.  Culture includes the shared beliefs customs attitudes and environment that identifies a common population.  Although amorphous, these differences represent important therapeutic goals in addressing substances of abuse.

Anthony Dekker, DO, FAOAAM

Anthony Dekker, DO, FAOAAM

Tony is currently a member of the Primary Care Service Line at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in the Indian Health Service. He provides services in addiction and pain medicine, primary care and is part of the team working on the COVID epidemic. Previously he was at the Northern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System in Prescott, Arizona.  From 2010 to 2015, Tony was the director of the Department of Addiction Medicine at the Ft Belvoir Community Hospital, DoD.  He was also the Associate Director of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center 1998-2010.  

He completed his Osteopathic education at Michigan State University in 1978. He completed his internship and family medicine residency at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. As a Public Health Service Scholar he served Chicago’s South Side for fourteen years. He was Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Dr. Dekker is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Pain Medicine. 

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