Dr. Guy Garman, D.O., F.A.O.C.O. , is a Doctor of Osteopathy with extensive experience in Otolaryngology particularly in ear, nose and throat care as well as head, neck, and facial plastic surgery in Tennessee, California, and the US Virgin Islands.
Born in California yet raised in the jungles of Peru and educated on the mainland, the life of Dr. Guy Garman is a study in extreme contrasts. The son of medical missionaries who dedicated their lives to caring for the needs of the Aguraruna Indians in Peru, the doctor spent much of his early years hunting and fishing in the Amazon jungle. This early exposure to a world where venomous snake bites were commonplace influenced the doctor to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California and later, Master of Science degree in Herpetology at the National Institute of Public Health in Lima, Peru.
Fluent in three languages, he taught Spanish, Chemistry and Physics on a high school level. After making the decision to follow in his father’s footsteps, he opted to enrol in medical school. He pursued his Doctorate Degree in Osteopathy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
Dr. Garman completed his residency in otolaryngology — head, neck, and facial plastic surgery — at Kirksville Osteopathic Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri. He then completed his fellowship in head and neck skull base reconstructive surgery at Rush University in Chicago.
After his residency and fellowship, Dr. Guy Garrman started his private practice at the Otolaryngology Center of East Tennessee, P.C. until November 2009. With his previous teaching experience, it was natural for him to share his new knowledge and wide expertise to the academe. He became a clinical professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and at the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The highly skilled ear, nose and throat specialist then relocated to St. Croix in 2010 after maintaining a successful private practice in Maryville, Tennessee for 13 years. The doctor arrived in the territory with a wealth of education, training and unique experiences dating back to a childhood filled with unimaginable fascinations — and challenges.
For the last two and a half years, Dr. Guy Garrman’s practice has been headquartered in handsomely appointed offices in Beeston Hill Medical Center. He offers treatment and surgery for thyroid and parathyroid disease and cancers of the head and neck. He also is board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology.
“Being on St. Croix is such a great fit for me. With its wonderful people, the culture, the large Spanish – speaking population, I feel completely at home, and I have found that my patients prefer to try natural remedies rather than just taking pills,” said Dr. Garman. He added, knowingly, “All medications have side effects.” He explained that in cases of acid reflux, patients might be encouraged to avoid spicy food, late night eating and to rise up the height of their bed pillows.
Since arriving in the territory, Dr. Guy Garman has served a very loyal patient base, and it is not at all unusual for him to find cards and letters of appreciation in his daily mail.