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Dr. Joseph Starkman – Family Medicine Physician

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Board Certified Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Starkman is a Board Certified Family Physician and a graduate of Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his post-graduate training at the University of Chicago (Northshore) Family Medicine Residency Program. His treatment approach is integrative; Dr. Starkman utilizes Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT), Nutrition and Functional Medicine to help patients recover from illness and optimize their health.  His western medical approach is based in conventional family medicine, but also incorporates hormone testing/balancing, the HCG weight-loss protocol and more. Dr. Starkman treats both children and adults with Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT).  He has been training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) since 2004 and primarily uses Cranial Osteopathy based in the Biodynamic model, along with myofascial release and balanced ligamentous tension techniques.


1997 – 1999

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors Program: Mentored Research in Molecular and Cell Biology

2009 – 2011

University of Chicago (Northshore) Family Medicine Residency Program

Committee Chair for Resident Wellness, 2010-2011

2008 – 2009

Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency Program


2004 – 2008

Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Doctor of Osteopathy, 2004-2008.
  • Sigma Sigma Phi National Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity, 2006-2008
  • Student D.O. of the Year nominee 2007, 2008

2002 – 2004

University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S. in Biological Sciences with departmental distinction and a graduate of the Honors College


Direct Primary Care Summit, Chicago, IL, 6/28/19-6/30/19

Fascial Distortion Model: Treating the Shoulder, Ankle & Knee, Indianapolis, IN, 11/30/18-12/2/18

Lyme Disease Fundamentals, Chicago, IL, 11/1/2018

Direct Primary Care Summit, Indianapolis, IN, 7/13/18-7/15/18

The Forum for Integrative Medicine: Unravelling Complex Chronic Illness, Chicago, IL, 4/5/2018-4/7/2018

The “Detour” of the Minnow: Integrating Osteopathic Evaluation and Management with Functional Medicine in Chronic Illness with a Special Emphasis on Lyme Disease, Jeff Greenfield DO, Neil Nathan MD, Biddeford, ME, 5/12/2017-5/14-2017

Direct Primary Care Summit, Kansas City, MO, 7/19/2016-7/20/2016

Nutritional IV Symposium, Chicago, IL, 6/17/2016-6/18/2016

ACOFP Intensive Update & Board Review in Family Medicine, Rosemont, IL, 8/20/2015-8/23/2015

Extraordinary Practice: Optimal Care, Optimal Income- Integrative, Functional, Nutritional, Botanical, Anti-Aging, & Holistic Medicine, Jim Roach MD, Midway, Ky, 11/21/2014-11/22/2014

Nutritional Relationships in Disease, Ron Grabowski DC, Rosemont, IL, 11/15/2014

Healing the Aging Metabolism: Breakthroughs in Anti-Aging Nutrition, Robert G. Silverman DC, 5/4/2014

Methylation Summit 2014, Ben Lynch MD, Lombard, IL, 4/12/2014

Nutrients & Disease Treatment, Jim Roach MD, LaGrange, IL, 3/19/2014

Integrating Nutrition Into Your Practice,Chad Guess DC, Schaumberg, IL, 8/3/2013

Integrating Nutrition Into Your Practice,Chad Guess DC, Brookfield, WI, 1/12/2013

The Expanded Seven Pillars of Health, Stuart White DC, Milwaukee, WI, 11/3/2012-11/4/2012

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Basic Regional Workshop, Oak Brook, IL, 9/6/2012-9/9/2012

Herbal Solutions for Common Conditions, Lee Carroll B Sc, Ithaca, IL 5/02/2012

Simplifying the Complexity: Attaining Hormonal Clarity, Michael Greer MD, Chicago, IL, 11/5/2011

Biodynamics of Osteopathy Phase I, Instructor: James Jealous DO, Ashland, OR, 3/1/10-3/4/10

Chicago Osteopathic Cranial Study Group Workshop with Herb Miller, Indianapolis, IN, 9/11/09-9/12/09

The Dynamics of the Fluid Body, weekend seminar, James Jealous DO, Indianapolis, IN, 8/28/09-8/30/09

Nutritional Response Testing, weekend seminar, Chicago, 11/08

Intermediate Cranial Course(40hr.), Osteopathic Center for Children and Families, Student Volunteer, San Diego 11/2007


Reiki Instructor, 2004-current

Over 10 courses taught or co-taught in Chicago and Phoenix, 2004-2007

Instructor training in both the Tera Mai and Traditional Usui lineage.

Tai Chi – Practitioner, 1998-current

Co-taught a 10 week course at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL, Winter 2005-2006

The Bodytalk System –Certified Practitioner, 2004

Sacred Sound Vibrational Healing – 2003


  • Maine, Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure, 2011 – 2015
  • Illinois, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2008 – current


  • American Academy of Osteopathy, 2018-2019
  • Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 2017-2018
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, 2015-2018
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 2012-2013
  • American Osteopathic Association, 2004-2008, 2014-2015
  • American Academy of Osteopathy, 2004-2008
  • The Cranial Academy, 2005-2006,2008-2012
  •  American Academy of Family Physicians, 2008-2012

Services Dr. Starkman Provides

Reviews of Dr. Joseph Starkman

MJ WilsonMJ Wilson
04:31 24 Mar 21
Dr. Starkman worked with me over the course of many months to improve my health and quality of life using natural methods. He's great at helping patients sort through symptoms to get to the bottom of their causes rather than just treating the symptoms themselves. I'm so grateful that I found a physician who helps people get well rather than one who is content with simply "managing" illnesses!
Dorine T.Dorine T.
07:32 08 Mar 19
Dr. Starkman is an excellent doctor. He will share natural options as well medication options. Will be respectful of your choices. Pays a lot of attention to nutrition. He actually cares for your health and is not there just to be a sales rep for the Pharma industry.
Alyssa BellAlyssa Bell
16:03 21 Dec 17
Awesome doctor! Natural minded won't throw rx down your throat... allows parents to do as they wish in regards to vaccines
Jerry WeberJerry Weber
20:23 25 Jun 17
Dr Starkman is an excellent physician. He started by taking a careful history of my health. We discussed my health goals, and he has worked with me to optimize my health. I am looking forward to my next comprehensive panel because I believe my indicators will be all looking better.

Contact Us

You can contact us in any way that is convenient for you. We are always happy to help every patient.

(224) 424-0168
114 W. Rockland Rd, Suite 202 Libertyville, IL 60048
Monday-Thursday, 9:30-4:30 and Friday, 9:30-3:30