Dr. Micale was raised in Monmouth County. As a child and adolescent she attended public grammar school in West Long Branch and attended high school at Red Bank Catholic. Dr. Micale received her undergraduate degree from The University of Notre Dame before attending medical school at The College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Micale returned to Monmouth County after medical school to complete her training. She attended Monmouth Medical Center’s pediatric residency program and also served as their chief pediatric resident.
Dr. Micale was able to achieve her lifetime dream of running her own medical practice when she opened Stepping Stone Pediatrics in January 2004. She also runs a busy household with her husband , Vinnie, and their three grammar school aged children and two dogs.
A common question that Dr. Micale is asked is “What do the letters after your name mean?”
The “FAAP” means “Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics”. This designates that I have completed the appropriate training and passed the board of pediatrics examinations.
The “DO” stands for doctor of osteopathic medicine. A DO is a fully qualified physician licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication in all 50 states. DO’s complete four years of basic medical education as well as a residency in the specialty of their choice. DO’s and MD’s must also pass the same state licensing examinations. DO’s, however, do bring something extra special to medicine:
Osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to be primary care physicians, such as pediatricians, family practitioners, and Ob/Gyn’s.
DO’s practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they assess the overall health of their patients including home and work environments. Osteopathic physicians also focus on preventive health care.