| 175 Meadowbrook Lane Duncansville, PA 16635
Altoona Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
Arthritis & Osteoporosis

Medical Professionals

The physicians at AAOC have over 50 years experience in the field of Rheumatology and have participated in over 300 clinical research studies.
AAOC understands the fear and anxiety that often accompany the pain of a rheumatic disease. You will find the staff truly enjoys helping patients achieve a higher quality of living through treatment. You will receive the most advanced rheumatology care available anywhere, because the physicians and staff are exposed to the latest advances in care through extensive clinical study participation and attendance and contribution to medical conferences and seminars throughout the country.

Our Mission Statement

  • Provide the highest standard of care.
  • To hold ourselves to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

This experienced team of doctors, headed by Dr. Alan Kivitz, is complemented by a growing staff of professionals dedicated to meet the needs of our patients.


Dr. Kivitz is the founder of AAOC and has been practicing in the Altoona area for more than 33 years. Dr. Kivitz is affiliated with UPMC Altoona and Health South Altoona Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Kivitz received his medical degree from Albany Medical College Albany, New York. He completed training in Internal Medicine at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York and Memorial ... Read more
Dr. Murphy attended Villanova University, where he recieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. As a Health Professions Scholarship recipient, Dr. Murphy received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed a categorical internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ... Read more
Dr. Lavelle received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Fellowship Training in Rheumatology at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

Physician Assistants

Angela Zumer Braatz, PA-C
Michael Zumer, PA-C