About Dr. Lee

Dr. Robert Paul Lee


Doctor Lee has not always been an advocate of alternative medicine. Upon finishing his internship and preparing to start his medical career, Dr. Lee spent two years in the National Health Service Corps in Oskaloosa, Kansas as a general practitioner. Then he opened a new general practice in Sandy, Oregon that he continued for six more years. During these early years of his career, Dr Lee worked in the conventional medical model, but he realized that it was an inadequate model for healing patients. He performed surgery, delivered babies, and cared for emergencies in his office unlike his present practice in which he utilizes mostly alternative methods, mostly osteopathic manipulative medicine. He continues to rely on the foundation offered by his conventional medical education, but he comments that most of what he does today he learned after osteopathic medical school.

Recognizing the need to tap the body’s ability to heal itself, he began a residency in 1985 in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the A.T.Still University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. He also trained with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture in 1986. In 1987, he joined the Department of Osteopathic Services at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland, Oregon, becoming its Director in 1990. This department provided osteopathic manipulative treatment at a high level to inpatients and outpatients at the hospital. He also was in charge of educational activities in osteopathic principles and practice for the interns and residents that received their training there. He developed and directed educational programs for practicing physicians who came to seminars held at the hospital. In 1991, he moved to his present location in Durango, Colorado to open a private practice in osteopathic manipulative medicine, nutritional counseling, homotoxicology, and medical acupuncture. He uses a system he developed, similar to applied kinesiology, to read the body for diagnostic and treatment strategies.  since semi-retirement in 2010, Dr. Lee has emphasized osteopathic manipulation as the primary modality in his practice.

Dr Lee has served in various capacities in his professional organizations, on boards, foundations, and research committees. While on the faculty of the Introductory Course of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy he taught physicians and osteopathic students for several years serving as the director of the midwinter course for three years. In 1989, he was awarded the Certificate of Competency in Cranial Osteopathy from the Cranial Academy. He was certified by the American Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in 1991 and by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture in 2000. He also was awarded Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy, FAAO, in 2000. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Fellow of the Cranial Academy, FCA.

He has published several articles in professional journals and has lectured before his peers. In November 2006, he presented the Rollin Becker Memorial Lecture before the Sutherland Cranial College in London, England. He also was guest faculty for the Canadian College of Osteopathy both in Toronto, Canada in 2006 and Frauenchiemsee, Germany in 2007. He has also taught to European osteopaths in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain. More recently, he has taught in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.He continues to teach with the Osteopathic Cranial academy in the USA. In 2005 he published a book, Interface: Mechanisms of Spirit in Osteopathy about the spiritual basis of osteopathic philosophy and a theoretical physiological model of the primary respiratory mechanism.