Upledger Institute International
Upledger Institute International (UI) is a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives.
Over 100,000 therapists have benefited from the training they've achieved through The Upledger Institute. And with new programs and new opportunities to come, tens of thousands of new therapists and millions of more patients will benefit as well.
The Upledger Clinic provides intensive therapy for extreme ailments involving brain and spinal cord dysfunction such as: traumatic injury, vertigo, chronic pain, autism and many more.
Community outreach initiatives include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy for Vietnam Veterans
- Compassionate Touch for Children
- Ruth M. Smith Dolphin Assisted Therapy Program
- Survivors of 9/11 Trauma Relief Effort
The discovery of the Dural Pulse by Dr. John E. Upledger was the foundation for the groundbreaking work that he would later coin as CranioSacral Therapy. The development of this therapeutic approach earned Dr. Upledger recognition in TIME magazine as one of America's "Next Wave of Innovators" for his proven clinical applications of this therapy.
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 CranioSacral Therapy.
In 1985, after decades of research, Dr. Upledger founded Upledger Institute International to teach people worldwide about the value of this effective approach. Today, the Institute is one of the most respected training venues in the world, with more than 100,000 alumni. 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.
Few, if any, light-touch-therapy training venues have received as much critical acclaim as that received by Upledger Institute International. The reason is clear - it's where practitioners can gain effective instruction on non-invasive bodywork direct from the source. Since 1985 Dr. John E. Upledger, his curriculum developers and his staff have been training many of the most highly regarded light-touch therapists in the world.
Compelling Curriculum Choices
Upledger Institute International offers an ever expanding range of light-touch-training workshops. Students can choose from hallmark courses of study such as CranioSacral Therapy to some of the more recently released course of studies such as programs catering to the needs of Pediatrics and our one-of-a-kind Dolphin-Assisted CranioSacral Therapy program.
Upledger's CranioSacral Ombudsmen and Project Ambassadors
These exceptional and seasoned practitioners take an active role in monitoring and enhancing the Upledger Institute's educational initiatives, as well as creating and developing new applications for CranioSacral Therapy and materials and support thereof.
Melinda Naye CMT, CST
ShareCare (SC) and CranioSacral Therapy Introduction (CSTI) Ombudsman
Susan Cotta PT, ATC, MSPT, CST
CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) Ombudsman
Frederick Stahlman PT, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) Ombudsman
Avadhan Larson, LMT, LAc, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1) Ombudsman
The Brain Speaks Classes (TBS) Ombudsman
Chas Perry, PhD, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release 2 (SER2) Ombudsman
Advanced CST Classes (ADV-ADV3) Ombudsman
Stan Gerome, LMT, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release Techniques (SERT) Ombudsman
Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
CS Applications for Conception, Pregnancy and Birth (CCPB1) Ombudsman
Rebecca Flowers, OTR, BCP, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy and Pediatrics (CSP) Ombudsman
Tim Hutton, PhD, LMP, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response (CSIR) Ombudsman
Signy Erickson, DC, LMT, CST-D
CranioSacral Dissection (CSD) Ombudsman
Mable Sharp, MS, PT, CM, CST
CST Certification Program Ombudsman
Kat Perry, NCTMB, CST
BioAquatic and Dolphin Assisted Therapy (BA/DAT) Ombudsman
Ken Koles, PhD, LAc, DSc
Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST (UMAC) Ombudsman
Melinda Roland, MAPT, LAc, OMD, CST
CranioSacral Therapy Listening (CSTL) Ombudsman
Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D
CST Applications for Longevity (CSLRAP) Ombudsman
Gail Wetzler, RPT, EDO, CVMI, BI-D
Equine CranioSacral Therapy (ECS) Ombudsman
Rebecca Ridge, PhD, LMT, CST-D
Clinical Case Studies Project Ambassador
Articles Project Ambassador
On-going Research Tracking and Development
Judy Blix, PT, CST-D
Published Literature Review Project Ambassador
Clinical Case Studies Project Ambassador
Eric Moya, LMT, CST-D
Social Media Project Ambassador
Mentor Program Ambassador
DOs, MDs, DCs, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Licensed Massage Therapists comprise the teaching faculty of Upledger Institute International. Each has been chosen for their academic and professional achievements, as well as for the advanced skill sets they demonstrate and their commitment to sharing the gift of health.
Click here for a list of Upledger Certified Instructors.
Administration / Staff
First Row: Chase Brown, Erika Merante, Kristen Bloom, Tracey Etelson, Mysti Newton, Taylor Shear, Debbie Silverman, Michelle Manners
Second Row: Lynn Mabry, Rebecca Mickley, Tara Keller, Lincie McGuire, Steve Keller, Stephanie Haas, Tory Brush, Colleen Russell, Jackie Halderman, Alex Jozefyk, Dawn Langes
Third Row: Fabiana Ospina, John Matthew Upledger, CEO, Donna Upledger, Terri Feaster, JR Oson, Kathy Woll, JoAnn Hambuechen