Instructors
 

ORSOLYA GÁBRIEL, CST-D, MT, NP
Biatorbágy, Hungary

Head of Upledger Institute Hungary, craniosacral therapist and international instructor

Orsolya was born in 1974, in Budapest, Hungary as a daughter of an ophthalmologist, eye-surgeon father and a radiologist mother. She was raised together with her brother, who became a pharmacologist, and her sister, who works in a Children’s Hospital as an assistant. Due to her background it was not a question for her that she also will study and work on the medical field. After graduating as a conductor-teacher in the International Pető András Institute of Conductive Education for the Motor Disabled and Conductor-Teacher Training College, Budapest, Hungary in 1996, she has been working with disabled children all around the world. She has spent 6-8 months a year in different countries, such as Ireland, the USA, Australia, Vietnam, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden.

While working with CE (Conductive Education) in Denmark in 2002, she simply fell in love with CranioSacral therapy when she has discovered the wonderful effect the modality had for one of her favorite patients’ health and well being. Eventually, she decided that she also wanted to learn that method.

In 2003 she traveled to Singapore to participate in CSTI from the Upledger Institute. She completed CSTII in Australia in 2004, then SERI (SomatoEmotional Release) in Singapore in 2005. She has become and worked as a TA (teacher assistant) in Hong Kong. In 2007 she completed SER II in Madrid, ADVI in New Jersey, USA, and ADVII in Ireland. Additionally, Orsolya participated in a Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapy Course in Co. Donegal, Ireland in 2003, and she also completed a course of sign language for hearing-impaired people.

In 2010 she became the director of the Upledger Institute Hungary. She has been a certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy 1 and 2. She teaches seminars not only in Hungary, but in Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Latvia, and Hong Kong.

In 2011 she attended the Bio-Aquatic Dolphin Assisted CranioSacral Therapy program in the Bahamas. She has been organizing trips for students and patients to the Bahamas since, where she participates as a lead-therapist in the Dolphin-Assisted Intensive Programs as well as she works as a translator for the Hungarian group. She also has been a visiting therapist at the Upledger Institute's Intensive Programs in Florida, such as the Ricky Williams Concussion Program in 2015.

She has become interested and trained in Visceral Manipulation at the Barral Institute, and soon became the director of the Hungarian Barral Branch.

In 2011 she completed her Naturopath Certification Program at ETI, Hungary and earned a degree in Alternative Movement and Massage Therapy.

Her original degrees, besides Conductive Education, are in Marketing and Promotion Management and Communication at Vitéz János College in Esztergom, Hungary where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Currently she is participating in a 2-year master degree (M.Sc) program in Human Kinesiology at Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science.

Since 2006 she has been working as a certified CranioSacral therapist in her home in Biatorbágy, Hungary. In 2010 she has opened her second private clinic in Budapest, where she leads a group of excellent, well trained CranioSacral therapists. Her patients like her not only for her expertise, professional calling and outmost thoroughness, but for her kindness, above-average activity and enthusiasm.

 

CHAS PERRY, Ph.D., CST-D
TorC, NM, USA

Dr. Chas Perry earned a Ph.D. in psychology from International College in Los Angeles in 1983. Both his dissertation, "An Anatomy of Self-Perception," and clinical practice place particular emphasis on sensations and emotions as they contribute to the functioning of the body's systems and constitute the dynamics of awareness and self-image.

First introduced to CranioSacral Therapy in 1972, Dr. Perry has remained a focused on this modality in his studies and practice. For 10 years he maintained a private clinical practice that addressed broad spectrum of needs, from therapy for life enhancement to treating clients affected by traumatic life experiences. His studies have included Visceral Manipulation, Reichian Therapy, Somato-Sensory Awareness, Dolphin and Equine Assisted Therapy, and World Integrative Therapy. He has also worked in a psychiatric halfway house, and taught, organized and facilitated numerous support groups.

In 1994 Dr. Perry joined HealthPlex Clinical Services as a staff therapist, where he uses CranioSacral Therapy and related modalities to facilitate health and well-being. He is an instructor for several Upledger Institute courses, including SomatoEmotional Release 2, Advanced CranioSacral Therapy and BioAquatic Explorations. He was also active in The Upledger Foundation's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder intensive therapy program for Vietnam veterans.

 

SUZANNE SCURLOCK-DURANA, CST-D, CMT
Reston, VA, USA

For more than twenty five years Suzanne has taught and mentored in the area of conscious awareness and its relationship to healing, leadership and coaching. She has developed a uniquely creative approach to energy, presence, grounding and integrative exercises taught beautifully in the Healing From the Core program. She is passionate about teaching people practical skills that allow them to feel the joy of being present in each moment of their lives, without burning out. To that end, she is the noted author of the book and companion audio Full-Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom.

Since 1986 she has been a certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release with The Upledger Institute, teaching both nationally and internationally. She is also on the faculty at The Esalen Institute, and provides ongoing staff development training there. For almost two decades, Suzanne collaborated annually with Emilie Conrad, integrating Continuum movement and healing presence.

A sought-after speaker, Suzanne inspires healthcare practitioners, coaches, leaders, teachers and care-givers all over the world to stay energized using her life-changing tools for stress management and full-body presence. She also has authored numerous articles, and thousands visit her popular blog, Presence Matters: Reflection on Body, Mind, and Spirit. She has a private practice in Reston, VA where her clients also benefit from the techniques she teaches.

Known for her honest, grounded, nurturing manner, Suzanne assists others in going to the heart of their healing process. She is adept at weaving together mind, body, and spirit to create a unique environment where profound healing can occur. To accomplish this, she draws on her wealth of experience as a professional, teacher and therapist, a wife and mother, and generously shares from all areas of her life.

“The way Suzanne teaches and conveys presence is masterful.” – Eric Cornell, IAHE Teaching Assistant

“Suzanne’s gift is in translating the unspoken, energetic principles that are the foundation for being an excellent therapist, into practical, learnable steps - critical for all of us in today’s world.” – John E. Upledger, DO, OMM

 

RITA BENAMOR, CST-D, BI-D, DO
Lisbon, Portugal

Rita Benamor took her degree in Osteopathy at the Oxford Brookes University, UK. She studied CranialSacral therapy at the Upledger Institute and Visceral, Neural and Manual Articular Manipulation at the Barral Institute, in Europe and USA. She works at her private clinic in Lisbon, Portugal, and teaches Anatomophysiology at the Osteopathy University IMT in Lisbon.

Rita Benamor is a certified instructor of Visceral Manipulation 1 and 2 for the Barral Institute International and of CST1 for Upledger Institute International. She teaches these seminars in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

 
 
 
 
HANS HUIKESHOVEN
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 

Hans graduated as a physiotherapist in 1971 at the age of 21. He has done several additional training courses, such as Manual therapy (1976, Manual Therapy Training School Foundation, Utrecht); CranioSacral Therapy (1994, Upledger Institute Netherland, Doorn, Netherlands); Arthropraxie (1997 with Henk Quaadvliet in Sittard).

After graduation he worked full time as a physiotherapist in Mary Foundation Hospital in Haarlem, then for almost 20 years as a part time physiotherapist in the St. Lucas Andreas Hospital in Amsterdam. Since 1979 he has been working in his private clinic as a manual therapist and CranioSacral therapist.

Since 1996 he has been a certified instructor for the Upledger Institute for many years, qualified to teach classes as all level, including Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, and also teaches Psychopathology, Visceral Manipulation, Embryosophy, CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics 1, 2 nationally and worldwide.

He is very interested in the systemic work of Bert Hellinger and his development of family constellations workshops.

 

SANDRA J. HOWLETT,  DC, CST-D, EFLC
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Sandi Howlett is a 1987 graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, and spent the first 18 years of her professional career in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. She relocated to Peterborough, Ontario in September 2005.

Sandi brings to the treatment table 18 years of CranioSacral Therapy experience. She has completed her Advanced II training, and often volunteers as a teaching assistant from the introductory to advanced levels. In addition to CST/SER, Brain Curriculum, HCT,& LDT, she practices diversified chiropractic technique and is a formerly certified Active Release Techniques provider. This allows her maximum flexibility in what she can offer to her patients, allowing safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages – from newborn to the aged. She is also a certified Animal Chiropractor. In addition to this skill set, Sandi is certified in EFLC (Equine Facilitated Learning & Coaching With Horses), where the horses are co-facilitators in the therapy session. This modality blends and melds beautifully with SER and HCT. In giving back to the horses, Sandi has also developed a class she teaches, Eco-Somatics Equine.

 

RAGNAR AUGUST AXELSSON, CST-D, MT
Sorø, Denmark

Gusti came to CranioSacral Therapy from a massage therapy background.  He attended his first CranioSacral course in 1999, completed the core curriculum in about 3 years and is a certified CranioSacral therapist at diplomate level.

Since 2004 Gusti has become a certified instructor in Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy, currently teaching the first three levels of the curriculum.  He has since then taught courses in the Scandinavian countries, but also internationally for the Upledger Institute International (UII).

In addition to regularly attending courses and seminars related to the CranioSacral curriculum, Gusti has also taken post-graduate courses in Visceral and Neural Manipulation.

 
 
 
NIKKI KENWARD
London, UK

Nikki Kenward (formerly Campbell) comes from a background in dance and dance therapy before discovering Upledger CranioSacral Therapy.

She has been an Upledger therapist for over 15 years as well as teaching and examining for the Upledger Institute internationally.

She is a paediatric specialist with particular interest and training in sensory processing issues, autism, ADD, speech and learning and supporting families.

In her adult practice Nikki treats many people with MS, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

She is writing her book bringing together new science around the enteric nervous system in our gut and how to apply this to bodywork for the UII to be used for professional learning.

 
 
ALISON HARVEY
Ayr, Scotland

Alison trained as a chiropractor following her own chiropractic treatment. She was impressed by the natural, holistic methods employed by chiropractic and the focus on the prevention of further health problems.

After 5 years of study at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, Alison graduated with a BSc and MSc chiropractic. Alison was also awarded the Holm Award for the female with the most holistic approach to patient care. After her studies, she decided to work in Surrey and West Sussex in natural health centres, to widen her knowledge of complementary medicine, before returning to her Scottish homeland to start her own practice in Ayr in 2002.

Alison has also trained in Applied Kinesiology, and in the Sunflower Method, a training in the treatment of children with learning difficulties. During her time in Surrey, Alison was one of five practitioners involved in treating children who were patients on a research project into the effectiveness of the Sunflower Method. She has also worked with brain damaged and physically disabled children.

Since graduation, she has become interested and trained in CranioSacral Therapy. She finds this a very useful tool for treating certain conditions and also when working with pregnant women and children. She is an instructor for the Upledger Institute in CST and teaches classes internationally on a regular basis.

Since 2002 she has also been training in Visceral Manipulation through the Barral Institute, and is increasingly using this with her patients. She finds this further increases her scope of practice and means she can work with people with conditions that do not usually resolve with chiropractic care. She is the only UK instructor for the Barral Institute and runs the UK branch of the Barral Institute, bringing visceral manipulation to the UK.

 

SHAMALA STRACK, OTR/L, CST-D
Atlanta, GA, USA

Shyamala Strack is a licensed Occupational Therapist, a certified CranioSacral Therapy instructor and certified advanced practitioner, advanced level. She holds Occupational Therapy licenses in MA, AZ, and GA and is a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

In 1983, Shyamala graduated from Boston University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds specialty certification in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests by Sensory Integration International. It was while taking graduate courses at BU that she learned about CST which dramatically changed the focus of her education and her life's direction.

Although she has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions during her initial OT career, CranioSacral Therapy has been the one modality that has helped the most people in the least amount of time.

She has been a visiting therapist at the Upledger Institute's Intensive Programs in Florida and its Dolphin Assisted Therapy programs in Freeport, Bahamas. Her private therapy practice is very eclectic, treating a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions in individuals of all ages from newborns to the very old.

The work that Shyamala does touches people's lives by bringing together the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life. She specializes in helping people reconnect with their own true essence. One way that she does this is through CranioSacral Therapy.

CranioSacral Therapy is her life's passion. She loves teaching the work as much as doing the therapy. There is a balance that occurs which is very fulfilling and rewarding. She truly loves bringing what she knows to those that she serves.