Advocates for the POMA

Who We Are


The Advocates are diverse in membership and tied together with the purpose of promoting osteopathic medicine to the public and strengthening the osteopathic family. We reach out to physicians (active and retired), spouses/significant others, widows, family members, friends and supporters of osteopathic medicine to support and promote the osteopathic profession, learn about issues facing the osteopath in your life and build a network of people sharing similar concerns and life experiences.


President: Sally Ann Rex, DO, Bethlehem
Vice President: Lori Hildebrand, Northampton
Secretary: Elizabeth Swallow, Lewistown
Treasurer: Caryn Helhowski, Huntingdon Valley

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Mail: APOMA, 1330 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111-2395
Email: [email protected]

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Mission Statement

The Advocates for the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (APOMA) shall promote and support the osteopathic profession through education, osteopathic profession through education, advocacy and collaboration.  In furtherance of its mission, APOMA shall: (i) promote and support public health and educational activities of the osteopathic profession; (ii) render service in national, state and community health endeavors; (iii) function as an affiliate of the Adovcates for the American Osteopathic Association ("AAOA"); and (iv) assist and work with POMA in achieving their charitable objectives.  APOMA is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").  The assets of APOMA are to be used to the attainment of its purposes as set forth in this Section 1.2 and shall not inure to the benefit of any person or organization.

Please Join Us During the POMA 111th Annual Clinical Assembly and Scientific Seminar

APOMA invites anyone interested in promoting the osteopathic profession to join us at an open meeting on the morning of May 3, 2019, during the POMA Clinical Assembly and Scientific Seminar in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Officer Christopher Dolga, Community Oriented Policing Division, Upper Merion Police Department will speak about Personal Safety and Defense; this audience-driven interaction is intended to relate practical ways to recognize suspicious or dangerous behavior along with basic principles for attack prevention and survival. This program is for teenagers and adults.

There will be a cooking demonstration during the meeting also. More details to follow.

A few other events planned:

  • May 2, 10-2pm Make it workshop (wood/paint project) in the exhibit hall by the silent auction area
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Something NEW – hula hoop contest.
  • AOA and POMA Leadership to stop by at the APOMA meeting.

The Advocates for the POMA are diverse in membership and tied together with the purpose of promoting osteopathic medicine to the public and strengthening the osteopathic family. We are reaching out to physicians, active and retired, spouses and significant others, widows, family members and friends, and anyone interested in promoting osteopathic medicine.

We will be holding our Annual Silent Auction during the Clinical Assembly on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and Thursday, May 2, 2019, to raise funds for osteopathic medical students. Last year, we were able to donate $13,000 to help defray the cost of stethoscopes given to each first-year student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.


  • Please support us by bidding at the auction.
  • Please donate something to be auctioned: tickets to events, jewelry, artwork, gift certificates, etc.

Everything is tax-deductible, so it not only helps a student, but also benefits you.

Contact: Sally Ann Rex, APOMA President at [email protected]