September 25, 2020

Ask the Doctor: D. Todd Detar, DO, Answers Questions about Osteopathic Medicine and His Role in the Community

D. Todd Detar, DO

D. Todd Detar, DO

Q. What attracted you to medicine?

A. While studying health education at the University of Delaware, a college sports injury ended my life’s dream of becoming an NFL player. One of my coaches saw an opportunity for me to work as a trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies, and over time, I decided to become a physician.

Q. What’s your education?

A. I’m a doctor of osteopathic medicine. I earned my health education degree from the University of Delaware and medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians and focus on family practice, sports medicine, chronic disease management, pain management and mental health.

Q. What’s the difference between a DO and an MD?

A. All doctors go to medical school, take exams to be licensed and become board certified in their specialty. The biggest difference between MDs and DOs is their training and philosophy of treatment. Osteopaths focus on the whole person, ensuring both structure and function are aligned. We learn about osteopathic treatments, including manipulations to correct the structure so blood flow and function are better. We are also trained in community settings by qualified trainers rather than in hospital systems.

Q. What’s your passion?

A. My passion is getting to know my patients to better understand their needs. My motto is, “We’re going to take care of you.” I am also interested in mental well-being, because it’s not really talked about, and yet, mental wellness is such a big part of overall health.

Q. What attracted you to the Cashiers community?

A. Cashiers is a community of people from diverse backgrounds. I want to bring evidence-based practices to improve the healthcare of this area. The team I’m working with is dedicated, and we’re all focused on improving the health of the individuals who live here.

D. Todd Detar, DO, practices at Mission Community Primary Care – Cashiers, located at 57 White Owl Lane in Cashiers. You can reach his practice at 828-743-2491.
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, a member of Mission Health, an operating division of HCA Healthcare, is a community hospital serving Macon, Jackson and the surrounding counties. For more information, visit