About Upledger Institute International

About Upledger Institute International

Upledger Institute International (UII) is a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Upledger Institute International is to provide world-class CranioSacral Therapy (CST) education while supporting the overall therapeutic philosophies of CST developer, Dr. John E. Upledger.

Education Programs

Over 125,000 therapists in 110 countries have benefited from the training they've achieved through Upledger Institute International. 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 Institute Clinic is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1985 by Dr. John E. Upledger, who is celebrated for his development of CranioSacral Therapy. Clinicians here are carefully selected for their advanced skills in CranioSacral Therapy and maintain the authenticity of Dr. John E. Upledger's orginal therapeutic approach. Individual sessions and intensive therapy programs are offered.

The clinic also offers other holistic approaches that activate your own remarkable healing capabilities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, lymph drainage, massage therapy, neural manipulation, total body balancing, qigong, and visceral manipulation.

On-going CranioSacral Research

Under the direction of Thomas Rasmussen, Ph.D, MCS, CST-D, Director of Research, Upledger Institute International seeks to conduct research and collaborate with other research teams to forward CST research, as well as condense research down to what could be relevant in the Upledger curriculum.

Outreach Initiatives

Community outreach initiatives include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy for Vietnam Veterans
  • Concussion Intensive Therapy Programs and Research Studies
  • Dolphin Assisted Therapy Programs
  • 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 Institute Clinic the same year to provide treatment to individuals suffering from pain and dysfunction, and to continue his groundbreaking research in a clinical setting.

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

These exceptional and seasoned practitioners take an active role in monitoring and enhancing Upledger Institute International's educational initiatives, as well as creating and developing new applications for CranioSacral Therapy and materials and support thereof.

Avadhan Larson, LMT, LAc, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1) Ombudsman
The Brain Speaks Classes (TBS) Ombudsman

Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
CS Applications for Conception, Pregnancy and Birth (CCPB) Ombudsman
CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics (CSP) Co-Ombudsman

Chas Perry, PhD, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release 2 (SER2) Ombudsman
Advanced CST Classes (ADV-ADV3) Ombudsman

Eric Moya, LMT, CST-D
Social Media Project Ambassador
Mentor Program Ombudsman
CST and Working with Chronic Depletion (CSWCD) Ombudsman

Frederick Stahlman PT, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) Ombudsman

Gail Wetzler, RPT, EDO, CVMI, BI-D
Equine CranioSacral Therapy (ECS) Ombudsman

Kat Perry, NCTMB, CST-D
BioAquatic and Dolphin Assisted Therapy (BA/DAT) Ombudsman

Ken Koles, PhD, LAc, DSc CST-D
Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST (UMAC) Ombudsman

Mable Sharp, MS, PT, CM, CST
CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) Ombudsman
CST Technique Certification Program Ombudsman

Melinda Naye CMT, CST-D
ShareCare (SC) and CranioSacral Therapy Introduction (CSTI) Ombudsman

Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D
CST Applications for Longevity (CSLRAP) Ombudsman

Rebecca Flowers, OTR, BCP, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy and Pediatrics (CSP) Co-Ombudsman

Sandra Howlett, DC, CST-D, CAC, EFLC

EcoSomatics Equine Ombudsman

Signy Erickson, DC, LMT, CST-D
CranioSacral Dissection (CSD) Ombudsman

Stan Gerome, LMT, CST-D
SomatoEmotional Release Techniques (SERTIP) Ombudsman

Susan Steiner OTR/L, CST-D

CST Diplomate Certification Program Ombudsman

Tad Wanveer LMBT, CST-D
CranioSacral Therapy Touching The Brain: Stimulating Self-Correction Through The Glial Interface (CTTB) Ombudsman

Thomas Rasmussen Ph.D, MCS, CST-D

Director of Research - PhD in medicine, MSc in chemistry, BSc in biochemistry, BSc in biology

Tim Hutton, PhD, LMP, CST-D

CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response (CSIR) Ombudsman

CST Clinical Applications Ombudsman

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.

View a list of Upledger Certified Instructors

Administration / Staff

First Row: Erica Merante, Jean Marie Winters, Becky Wilson, Taylor Shear, Dawn Langnes-Shear
Second Row: Jackie Halderman, Kat Perry, Debi Stetson, Kathy Woll, Mysti Newton, Vicki McCabe, Donna Upledger, Brianna Dickson
Third Row: Lincie McGuire, Marina Silva, Elise Dowler, Tammie Nemets, Tara Keller, Alex Jozefyk, Gary Beshel, Terri Feaster
Fourth Row: Justin Vogl, Nancy Saikley, Tory Brush, Stephanie Haas, Cory Reed, Steve Keller, Collen Russell, Zach Meece, Allen Merrell, JoAnn Hambuechen, Vanessa Martinez
Not Pictured: Angie McMenaman, Rebecca Mickley, Michele Metzger, Kristen Bloom, Don Hill, Debbie Silverman, Clinton Trotta

International Affiliates

  * Denotes Satellite
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