Dr. Mary Beth Calor is an Osteopathic physician with over 30 years of experience. One of the distinctions between a D.O. (Osteopathic Physician) and an M.D. (allopathic physician) is their approach to medicine. The osteopathic physician believes in treating the body as a whole. D.O.s (Doctors of Osteopathy) provide care in a holistic manor; Dr. Calor recognizes the role of mind, body, and spirit in chronic pain and illness. In a D.O.'s training, they are taught to provide "hands-on" care, including performing manual therapy, an approach that can manipulate joints, the spine, and cranial sacral maneuvers.
Dr. Calor treats all types of chronic pain and is particularly passionate about treating headache, thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic pain. She understands the biomechanics and the importance of sacroiliac instability, lumbar spine, thoracic spine as well as scoliosis. Dr. Calor treats patients who have autoimmune disorders and cancer as she has a deep understanding of how these diagnoses affect these patients.
Dr. Calor grew up in Elkins, West Virginia where she graduated summa cum late from Davis and Elkins College. She completed her 4-year undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry in 3 years and then attended medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Next, Dr. Calor completed a general year of rotating Internship at Carson City Hospital Michigan. After internship, Dr. Calor attended the West Virginia University Anesthesiology program from 1993 to 1996 and became an Anesthesiologist. In her last year of residency, Dr. Calor elected to be trained in and practice Chronic Pain Management as a specialty. After successfully completing the residency program, she attended a Psychiatry residency for 6 months to further educate her in understanding the psychology of chronic pain.
Dr. Calor worked as an anesthesiologist and practiced pain management at Williamson Memorial Hospital in West Virginia and again when she moved to Kentucky. After giving birth to her daughter, she decided to work as a "locum tenens" anesthesiologist and pain specialist at multiple hospitals for several years.
In April 2011, Dr. Calor moved to Anchorage Alaska. She met then Captain Cook, now Dr. Nichelle Renk and the two of them started the Interventional Pain Management Clinic at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER). Dr. Calor and Dr. Renk worked closely together for four years prior to Dr. Renk’s military separation, while Dr. Calor remained at JBER for two more years. After JBER, Dr. Calor practiced for several years at two other Anchorage clinics, first at Algone Pain Clinic (where Dr. Renk was also practicing) and then recently at AA Spine and Pain Clinic.
Dr. Calor enjoys cooking, traveling, watching classic movies, walking and beach combing, spending time with her family and dogs when she is not providing patient care.