“Understanding how God made the body helps in figuring out how to put it in the best position to heal. I believe in educating and partnering with my patients to help them reach their health goals. A pill is sometimes necessary as part of a treatment, but a pill alone doesn’t fix everything. Healthy habits make all the difference. I do hold patients accountable for their health and expect them to avoid illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs and most of all, to give me effort. I encourage questions. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try my best to help patients find it. They can expect from me compassion, competence and a strong advocate in their corner. “

Board Certification

  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP)

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Medicine
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine



Family Medicine Residency at the Carilion Clinic
Family practice
Roanoke, VA


Samaritan Medical Center
Watertown, NY

Medical School

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV

Undergraduate School

Marshall University
Bachelor of Science – Biology
Huntington, WV

Professional Associations

American Osteopathic Association

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
Member, Delegate, Family Medicine Chairs Committee, Ethics Committee, Preceptorship Committee

Christian Medical and Dental Association

Association:Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association


Habits for a Healthy Life-Westbow Press-2013.

Your Health: An Owner’s Manual-Westbow Press-2011.

Academic Appointments

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Preceptor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
LACE and 3rd year Clinical Preceptor

Personal Interests

International Medical Missions, Sports, Fitness, Travel, Working on Inventions.


The wonder of God’s creation led Dr. Dickens to love the outdoors, travel and ultimately, medicine. He completed medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. He then did an Internship at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY. The ideal training for medical missions and the ability to care for all types of patients led him to Family Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. He has a passion for teaching not only students, but also his patients and strives to help them reach and exceed their health goals. His interests in medicine include lifestyle modification, dermatology, pediatric and adolescent medicine, travel medicine, sports medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He’s also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise with specialty certifications in Sports Nutrition, Youth Fitness and Weight Management. He lives in Salem with his wife and four children.