By Meredith Knight | Photos by Jacquelynn.L and Kelley Sweet Photography
Do you know the difference between an MD and a DO and which is right for you? In the US, physicians obtaining a medical degree can choose between becoming a Doctor of Medicine (MD) practicing allopathic medicine or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). While both DOs and MDs receive extensive medical training, pass examinations and boards, and are qualified to practice medicine, prescribe medication, and perform surgery, DOs must complete an additional 200 hours of medical training focusing on the musculoskeletal system, the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones.
For Board-Certified Family Practice Physician Dr. Quyen Trinh, the choice was obvious. After personally witnessing the ravages of cancer on those closest to him, he knew he would choose the path of an osteopathic physician. Now as managing physician of Mason Park Medical Clinic, he partners with patients, empowering them to live better and healthier lives. Every day, he sees the positive impact that a more holistic and comprehensive approach can have on his patients’ overall well-being. Rather than immediately prescribing medication, Dr. Trinh works hand-in-hand with his patients to identify underlying problems and develop a customized treatment plan unique to each patient.
“While a traditional MD focuses on treating illnesses with medication or surgery to help alleviate symptoms, a DO takes a more comprehensive, holistic, patient-centered approach focusing on treating the whole patient and the root cause of their illnesses,” Dr. Trinh said. “DOs also devote a large portion of their care to prevention and patient education to avert chronic conditions from developing in the first place.”
DOs understand that conditions in one area of the body can arise from other areas of the body, as well as from lifestyles or diet. “A patient who visits an MD for migraines, for instance, will likely undergo tests to determine what medical conditions are causing the migraines then receive medicine to treat the pain,” Dr. Trinh said. “When that same patient visits a DO for migraines, the DO will evaluate the entire body, the patient’s environment, diet, and overall lifestyle realizing that medical issues often result from other risk factors.”
While DOs believe in the power of medicine, testing, and other parts of traditional medicine, they also recognize that a patient’s experience and situation impact their physical and mental condition, which strongly affects overall health. “DOs practice a patient-focused approach to medical care striving to build strong doctor-patient relationships and develop a customized treatment plan for each patient,” Dr. Trinh said.
Meet the Mason Park Medical Clinic Team
Board Certified Family Physician Dr. Quyen Trinh, DO
Dr. Quyen Trinh is a compassionate board-certified family medicine physician practicing accountable and evidence-based care since 1996. He provides acute and chronic care for patients ages seven years and older. His numerous awards and recognition include:
- Recognized by NCQA for Diabetes and Heart/Stroke Management and Care
- TX Top Docs Award for 2020, 2021 and 2022
- Voted Best Family Practice in Living Magazine’s Best of Reader’s Choice 2022
- Voted Best Sleep Doctor in Living Magazine’s Best of Reader’s Choice 2021 and 2022
- America’s Best Doctor in 2021
- Texas Magazine’s Top Doctor 2021
To his patients, Dr. Trinh is a provider who always puts them first, takes the time to get to know them, and eagerly partners with them to realize their health goals and enjoy a better quality of life.
Dr. Trinh graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed a family practice residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Before accepting the role of managing physician at Mason Park Medical Clinic in Katy, he was a practicing physician and partner with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic for almost 20 years. Dr. Trinh is fluent in English and Vietnamese, enjoys playing golf, traveling, dabbling in gastronomy, and watching movies from the Marvel Universe. He and his wife, Angela, have three children, Ashley, Brandon, and Ryan.
Certified Physician Assistant Jenny Phan, PA-C
Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the Texas Medical Board, Jenny completed her undergraduate studies in nutrition at the University of Houston and received her Master of Science in physician assistant studies at Alderson Broaddus University which included clinical rotations in multiple specialties as well as primary care. Jenny finds joy in really listening to her patients and helping them live better lives. Fluent in English and Vietnamese, she cares for patients seven years and older. When Jenny isn’t donning her Superwoman cape at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Certified Physician Assistant Rumesa Majid, PA-C
Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the Texas Medical Board, Rumesa completed her undergraduate studies in finance at Houston Baptist University and received her Master of Science in physician assistant studies at Western University of Health Sciences. Rumesa completed clinical rotations in multiple specialties as well as primary care and has worked in primary care and wound care. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Urdu, Rumesa loves spending free time family
Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Alexandria Enoch, FNP-C
Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and licensed by the Texas Medical Board, Alexandria completed her undergraduate studies as an exercise specialist and received her Master of Science in nursing at the University of Colorado. Alexandria brings specialized training as a forensic nurse in child abuse and sexual assault and experience in urgent care to the practice. Allie enjoys spending quality time with her family and practicing yoga.
Learn more about the team and schedule an appointment at MasonParkMedical.com.
21770 Kingsland Boulevard
Katy, Texas 77450