Upledger Institute International

About UI

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.

Education Programs

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.

Clinic Applications

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.

Outreach Initiatives

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

UII Credo


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.

Meet Dr. John E. Upledger

Upledger Foundation

Educational Programs

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

Tracey Etelson
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

Renowned Faculty

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