About Us

The Home of CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician featured in TIME magazine as one of America’s next wave of innovators.

From 1975 to 1983, Dr. Upledger was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. While he was there he led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the approach he named CranioSacral Therapy.

In 1985, Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. More than 90,000 therapists have since been trained in CranioSacral Therapy. Dr. Upledger also founded the Upledger Clinic the same year to provide treatment to individuals suffering from pain and dysfunction, and to continue his groundbreaking research in a clinical setting.

Your Personal Team of Healthcare Professionals

The Upledger Institute Clinic is staffed by physicians and therapists educated in a wide range of conventional and complementary methods of healing. Among our qualified staff are osteopathic physicians, occupational and physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractic physicians, and psychotherapists. Each professional is trained in CranioSacral Therapy and all are personally selected for their expertise and commitment to whole-body health.

 


John E. Upledger, DO

  • Modality Developer
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • SomatoEmotional Release
  • The Brain Speaks
  • Upledger Intensive Therapy Programs
  • CranioSacral - Dolphin Integrative Therapy Programs
  • CranioSacral - Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Programs
  • Achievement Honors:
  • Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
  • TIME Magazine, one of America's "Next Wave of Innovators" for his proven clinical applications of CranioSacral Therapy.

Inventor: Still Point Inducer

Author: Cell Talk, CranioSacral Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy II: Beyond The Dura, SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond, Your Inner Physician and You, A Brain is Born: Exploring the Birth and Development of the Central Nervous System, CranioSacral Therapy: Touchstone for Natural Healing, SomatoEmotional Release: Deciphering the Language of Life, and Lessons Out of School

In Memoriam
Born on February 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Upledger passed away on October 26, 2012 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For manual therapists and other healthcare practitioners worldwide, his legacy is his generosity of spirit in sharing his discoveries and knowledge and ensuring their right to practice, For his patients and the patients of his students, his legacy is an open mind and heart to the validity of non-traditional medical approaches. For his family and good friends everywhere, his legacy is to stay with your journey despite the obstacles. He has proudly passed the torch From His Hands to Ours.

Throughout his career as an osteopathic physician, Dr. Upledger was recognized as an innovator and leading proponent in the investigation of new therapies. His development of CranioSacral Therapy in particular earned him an international reputation. He also served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.

Although much of his experience was garnered through private clinical practice, Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University. During those years he supervised a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers in experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.

The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through The Upledger Institute's educational programs. He also wrote numerous textbooks and study guides, and more than two dozen research articles.

The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation was formed to honor his life and work by reaching out to those less fortunate and help improve their life experiences. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the ongoing research and development of new therapeutic applications, and the establishment of community-outreach programs that enhance total health.


Michelle Narson, DC, CCSP

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Florida License #CH6663
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • Functional Medicine Nutrition
  • Acupuncture Certification
  • Member, Florida Chiropractic Association (F.C.A.)
  • Member, Martin County Business Exchange

Dr. Narson brings a new dimension of care to our patients offering Functional Medicine Nutrition. Evaluation focuses on getting to the source of her patientís symptoms and making recommendations to help them feel and function at their very best. Dr. Narson works with our patients providing nutritional guidance based on scientific testing, including blood work, hormone profiling, and more.

Some Functional Medicine courses taken by Dr. Narson include Mastering Brain and Neurotransmitters, Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry analysis, gluten and leaky gut, Sleep cycles, Mastering the thyroid, Degenerative conditions, Neuroendocrine Immunology, and Science based nutrition.

Dr. Narson has honed her medical skills as a Chiropractic Physician with post-graduate certification in sports injuries and physical fitness. She shares a private chiropractic practice in Stuart, Florida with her husband, David Kassay, a Chiropractic Physician on the exclusive PGA Tour medical team for over 12 years.

Sharing her knowledge with the professional community, Dr. Narson co-authored the cranial nerve chapter of the Impairment Rating for Disability Evaluation workbook, revised edition, November 1993, by Stanley Kaplan, D.C., D.A.B.C.O., and was the co-editorof the Florida Impairment Guideorthopedic and neurological section revision by Stanley Kaplan, D.C., D.A.B.C.O., 1993.

Since 2009, Dr. Narson has served as Vice President and Director of the Lt. Bart Fletcher Memorial Foundation, which provides support to help children and teens heal from traumatic life events.

In addition to raising three children and spending time with family as a “hockey mom,” Dr. Narson enjoys kayaking, exercise and gardening — growing orchids, herbs and vegetables.


Carrie Fisher, BS, LMT, CST

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Florida MA8067
  • Bachelor of Science, Alternative Medicine
  • National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)
  • Certified, CranioSacral Therapy
  • Certified UII Presenter for Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy, Overview of CranioSacral Therapy and ShareCare Workshops
  • Certified, Prenatal Massage Therapy
  • Certified, St John Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Bach Flower Essence Practitioner
  • Member, American CranioSacral Therapy Association
  • Member, American Massage Therapy Association
  • Medallion Member, Upledgerís International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
  • Member, Palm Beach State College, Business Partnership/Program Advisory Counsil
  • Member, Everglades University, Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee

Carrie Fisher, BS, LMT, CST is an educator and intuitive practitioner specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. Carrie is committed to supporting each personís individual healing process, be it emotional, physical, spiritual or a combination thereof. She understands the importance of looking beyond the symptoms of dysfunction to the health of the whole person. She is passionate about resolving core issues rather than merely chasing symptoms. She uses her abilities with a balance between sensitive skill and emotional resonance to initiate and facilitate true and profound healing.

She has been a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist since 1987. Ms. Fisher received her Bachelor's Degree in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University and serves on the Universityís Alternative Medicine Advisory Committee. She completed her massage studies at the American Institute of Massage Therapy and interned at the Sports Massage Program, University of Florida. She later pursued certification in St. John Neuromuscular Therapy and Prenatal Massage Therapy.

After practicing various massage modalities, Ms. Fisherís career path changed when she received her own life-altering CranioSacral Therapy session. In 1990 she pursued extensive training in CST and, in 1995, joined industry pioneer Dr John E. Upledger in his private practice at the Upledger Clinic and worked by his side co-treating patients. This eventually led to a position as Visiting Therapist at the Upledger Clinicís Intensive Program and inclusion in the Vietnam Vet Program for PTSD, the Dolphin Assisted Therapy Program, and with the team assigned to the Egyptian conjoined twins prior to their successful separation.

Ms. Fisher is a Certified Presenter for Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy, Overview of CranioSacral Therapy and ShareCare Workshops at local and national venues. She is also a Teaching Assistant for CST workshops through the Advanced level.

Ms. Fisher has provided CST in medical, resort, fitness, and private settings to clients presenting with a wide range of conditions, from infants to the elderly, as well as those simply seeking higher levels of health and wellbeing. She is devoted in sharing her passion, knowledge and healing touch with her clients, who experience a greater sense of wholeness, inner peace and personal empowerment.


Dr. Keith Cini, AP, DOM

  • Licensed Acupuncture Physician
  • Doctor of Oriental Medicine
  • Chi Nei Tsang practitioner
  • Certified, Tai Chi Instructor
  • Certified, Qigong Instructor
  • MBSR Mediation Instructor
  • Registered Yoga Teacher
  • International Tai Chi Champion
  • Member, International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

Keith Cini's extensive training in athletics and martial arts lead to his interest in meditation, dietary therapies, and the healing arts. As early as his high school wrestling and football days, he understood the importance of integrating different healing modalities to help his body recover from sports injuries.

At the Upledger Clinic, he combines his skills in Acupuncture, Chi Nei Tsang, Visceral Manipulation, and CranioSacral Therapy with his knowledge on healthy diet choices to address a wide range of patient needs. In particular, he focuses on stress reduction as he believes it is a contributing factor for nearly all sickness and disease.

A graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, Keith had the honor of attending many lectures and workshops with Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute. Post graduation, he practiced and participated in research with the University of Michigan on the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture.

Keith also was on staff as the Acupuncture Physician at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach where he has learned their wellness protocol based on detoxification, raw living foods, wheatgrass, juicing, and healthy lifestyle transformation.

He is the sole practitioner in the state of Florida of Chi Nei Tsang, (pronounced chee nay song), which translates as 'vitalize internal organs', a therapeutic massage of the viscera. This technique compliments healthy dietary habits to increase metabolism, lose weight, stimulate digestion, increase circulation, activate the lymphatic system and release old habits and patterns.


Lynn K. Mabry, DC

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Florida License CH9797
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • Graduate of Central Florida School of Massage
  • Member, Florida Chiropractic Society
  • Member, Florida Chiropractic Association
  • Medallion Member, Upledger's International Association of HealthCare Practitioners

As the newest addition to the Upledger Clinic staff, Dr. Mabry's extensive experience in Chiropractic, CranioSacral therapy and Massage therapy brings a unique blend of healing manual therapies to patients suffering from pain and dysfunction.

Prior to joining Upledger, she had Chiropractic practices in California, Louisiana and Florida. Dr. Mabry practiced massage therapy and herself is a graduate of the Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy curriculum. Her study of the human body began in 1993, when she attended her first Upledger Institute course, ShareCare. Dr. Mabry graduated Summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she completed her undergraduate studies.

Dr. Lynn Mabry has contributed to the publication of two papers in the Clinical Chiropractic journal: "A 24-year-old man with neck pain: case presentation" and "A 24-year-old man with neck pain: case discussion."

She fully believes that every human being has an innate intelligence within them that maintains the material of the body in active organization. She understands that the body is programmed to heal itself and that the innate intelligence in each of us needs no help, just no interference. The application of Chiropractic and CranioSacral Therapy removes interferences from the body to allow the innate intelligence to more effectively adapt, organize and co-ordinate the many self-healing properties of the body, which in turn allows the individual the opportunity to express life, health, healing and well being to their fullest potential.

She is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in her community through safe and effective Chiropractic care and CranioSacral Therapy. She has created her own unique blend of bodywork, which incorporates many different aspects of her years of study and practice and loves how beautifully chiropractic and CranioSacral Therapy go hand in hand.


Gayle Mya Breman, LCSW, LMT, CST-D

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Florida (#MA 0014761)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida (#SW 7389)
  • Master’s Degree, Social Work
  • Diplomate Certified, CranioSacral Therapy
  • Presenter, CranioSacral Therapy Intro and Overview
  • Presenter, Lymph Drainage Therapy Overview
  • Presenter, Subtle Energy
  • Member, American Massage Therapy Association
  • Member, Fla. State Massage Therapy Association
  • Member, Nat’l. Association of Social Workers
  • Member, Fla. Association of Social Workers
  • Medallion Member, Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

An Upedger Clinic staff therapist since 1994, Mya Breman is a licensed clinical social worker who blends psychotherapy with CranioSacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy and other holistic approaches to address the particular needs of each client she serves. In addition to the successful private practice she maintains here, she also assists in our world-renowned intensive therapy programs.

Formerly a broadcasting executive in TV and radio, Mya originally joined The Upledger Institute as its marketing director in 1989. Impressed by the results she saw patients attain here, she decided to shift her focus and study manual therapy. She went on to earn her state massage therapy license, as well as a master’s degree in clinical social work from Barry University.

Today Mya specializes in working with infants and other individuals experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional trauma. She also teaches a series of continuing-education workshops in CranioSacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, subtle energy and other innovative healthcare topics. And she is a highly sought after presenter, lecturing and demonstrating her techniques at schools and conventions around the world.

When she’s not practicing or teaching, you can often find Mya pursuing another passion of hers: applying her hands-on skills to cats, dogs, horses and other animals who can use some healthy support.


Cloe Couturier, LMT/CO, CST-D

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Florida (#MA 9662)
  • Certified French Osteopath
  • Certified Instructor, Qigong T'chings 1, The Upledger Institute
  • Diplomate Certified, CranioSacral Therapy
  • Course Developer, Qigong T’Chings, The International Alliance of Healthcare Educators
  • Instructor, 5 Elements Tai Ji Qi Gong
  • Certified, National Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Board
  • Member, American Massage Therapy Association
  • Member, American, National and World Qi Gong Federations
  • Medallion Member, Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

An Upledger Clinic staff therapist since 1996, Cloé Couturier brings decades of experience to every client she serves. Fascinated by the field of medicine from the time she was a child, she was inspired to study alternative approaches when she had a spontaneous awakening to one’s own ability to heal more than 25 years ago.

Cloé spent many years exploring the healing process from the inside out before earning her massage therapy certificate in 1989. She was in the process of studying Neuromuscular Therapy when her son was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a neuromuscular illness considered incurable.

Driven by an insatiable quest to help her child, she attended the British College of Osteopathy and Alternative Therapeutics in France, where she became certified in European osteopathy in 1993. Her education encompassed the classical study and practice of osteopathic manual medicine, including visceral, cranial and structural osteopathic methods along with other modalities such as Lymph Drainage and Muscle Energy Techniques.

Cloé was running a successful private practice and teaching massage therapy in the U.S. and France when she was invited to join The Upledger Institute Clinic by its founder, Dr. John Upledger. Now she specializes in blending CranioSacral Therapy, touch and intention with other powerful approaches to address issues of chronic pain with a broad spectrum of private patients. She also assists in our world-renowned intensive therapy programs, and she was one of a select team of therapists to participate in The Upledger Foundation’s landmark program for Vietnam veterans

In addition to her advanced education in CranioSacral Therapy, Cloé has studied and taught Medical Qigong for many years, training under some of the world’s preeminent Qigong masters in the U.S. and China. For the past decade she has been passionately spreading the word about the benefits of combining Medical Qigong with CranioSacral Therapy. She has been a featured speaker on the topic at Beyond the Dura and other prestigious international healthcare conferences.


Rebecca Flowers, OTR, SCP, CST-D

  • Registered Occupational Therapist, National (#576314) and Florida (#OT 8679)
  • Certified Instructor, The Upledger Institute
  • Diplomate Certified, CranioSacral Therapy
  • Certified in Pediatrics, AOTA Specialty
  • S.I.P.T. Certified, Sensory Integration International
  • Ombudsperson, CranioSacral Therapy Pediatric Curriculum
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Fla. Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Sensory Integration International
  • Medallion Member, Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

Rebecca Flowers joined The Upledger Institute Clinic in 1998 as a staff clinician with more than 20 years of experience in occupational therapy, CranioSacral Therapy and Sensory Integration.

After earning her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy summa cum laude from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1986, she went on to establish the pediatric occupational therapy outpatient rehabilitation program at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. Later, in her groundbreaking work as a school occupational therapist, she established the first alternative occupational therapy clinic in Indiana, where she utilized both CranioSacral Therapy and Sensory Integration as well as other complementary approaches.

Rebecca holds three specialty certifications: in CranioSacral Therapy at the Diplomate level by The Upledger Institute, in the administration and interpretation of Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests by Sensory Integration International, and in the Treatment of Pediatrics by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

She also has advanced training in CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. In addition she has studied Lymph Drainage Therapy, Therapeutic Listening (an auditory training program), and she has extensive training in Healing Touch, Esoteric Healing, Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques and Myofascial Release.

Along with her clinical practice focusing on adults and children, Rebecca is actively involved in clinical outcome studies and research. She directs The Upledger Institute’s pediatric curriculum and instructors worldwide, and she is an examiner for the CranioSacral Therapy Certification program.

Rebecca teaches a number of Upledger Institute workshops, including CranioSacral Therapy I and Clinical Application of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release classes focusing on pediatrics and adults. Widely considered an expert in her field, she teaches nationally on a wide range of subjects, and she has published articles on CranioSacral Therapy as well as Sensory Integration.


Lee Nugan, MA

  • Master’s Degree, Psychology
  • Certified Instructor, The Upledger Institute
  • Program Director, Spirituality and Healing
  • Medallion Member, Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

In 1984, Lee Nugan was personally tapped by Dr. John E. Upledger, developer of CranioSacral Therapy, to help him establish The Upledger Institute Clinic. Now more than 20 years later, she continues to treat adults, children and couples in her psychology practice here. She brings a wealth of specialized training in guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, sand-play therapy, play therapy and psychosynthesis.

Understanding the critical role of psychotherapy on even the little ones – ages 2 and up – Lee specializes in safe and compassionate approaches like sand-play therapy and play therapy that encourage children to open up so they can resolve their physical, mental and emotional issues more effectively.

In addition to maintaining her thriving clinical practice, Lee is the developer of Spirituality and Healing, a workshop she has taught in the U.S. and Europe based on principles from A Course in Miracles. She is the author of “Healing the Mind and Body Via the Spirit,” an article published in PT & OT Today. Plus, she is a certified instructor of SomatoEmotional Release II workshops. Lee has been deeply involved in The Upledger Institute Clinic’s intensive therapy programs, where she works closely with patients, family members and caregivers. She also played a pivotal role in The Upledger Foundation’s landmark intensive therapy programs that helped Vietnam veterans better cope with the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from the University of Sydney. Much of her early life was spent seriously studying piano and performing in concerts. She recently used her love of music to create a CD called Compassion for the Self. Intertwining music with guided imagery, she takes you on a journey that allows you to release your fears and open yourself to receive more love and compassion.


Mariann Sisco, PT, CST

  • Licensed Physical Therapist, Kentucky and Florida (#PT 13490)
  • Techniques Certified, CranioSacral Therapy
  • Certified Instructor, The Upledger Institute
  • Presenter, Visceral Manipulation
  • Medallion Member, Upledger’s International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

Mariann Sisco is passionate about helping people solve even the most puzzling health issues. A therapist in our intensive therapy programs since 2005, she once struggled with her own health challenges that didn’t respond well to conventional care. That’s when she discovered the guiding principles of CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary approaches – and finally experienced hope and healing.

Before joining The Upledger Institute Clinic, Mariann had a long and celebrated career in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and orthopedic clinics where she incorporated CranioSacral Therapy in her work to improve functional outcomes. In 1988 The University of New Mexico named her their first “Clinical Educator of the Year.”

Fueled by her personal belief that you cannot diagnose the power of the human spirit, Mariann now delights in sharing her skills with clinic patients and classroom students. She is an advanced practitioner who uses CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Mechanical Link in her practice with individual clients, and as a regular participant in The Upledger Institute Clinic’s 5- and 10-day intensive therapy programs.

Mariann is also a certified CranioSacral Therapy instructor and Visceral Manipulation presenter. Her work has also been featured in national publications, including the Physical Therapy Forum and the Occupational Therapy Forum.


Joy Becker, LMT

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Florida License MA43344
  • Graduate of The Swedish Institute of Massage and Allied Science, NYC
  • Licensed Facial Specialist, Alpha Institute, FL
  • Member, Association of Body Workers and Massage Therapists
  • Student of Radiological Sciences, Keiser University

Joy brings her own unique blend of hands- on healing techniques to the Upledger Clinic as she seamlessly combines western and eastern modalities to reduce pain and enhance relaxation and wellness. She integrates her background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, sports massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofacial Release with Five Element Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Reflexology, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage. Each session is intuitively guided by the individualís own healing needs.

Employed for 29 years in the healthcare field, Joy has worked with professional athletes/sports teams, chiropractic offices, healthcare facilities, and spas. Her diverse patient population includes stroke, Parkinson's and PTSD patients as well as pregnant women and infants. She is excited to join our team of master practitioners and participate in a truly integrative healthcare model.

Dedicated to humanitarian causes, Joy is passionate about her life's work. She is committed to a path of personal and professional growth and to bringing her best to each client, every session.

 
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