John Matthew Upledger was the CEO of Upledger Institute International until he passed away on May 21, 2017. For 25 years, he was actively engaged in all aspects of the organization — from education to clinical services. His strict adherence to delivering high-quality continuing education has solidly positioned UII as the leading provider in manual therapy education. His efforts to maintain the authenticity of CranioSacral Therapy and secure his father's legacy prompted John Matthew to pledge $1 million in funding and services over the next ten years to the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation... this pledge is to help insure that 100% of all donated funds go to the direct beneficiaries of the Foundation and it's philanthropic programs.
Donna graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management. She met her future husband, John Matthew Upledger, while attending college. Since 1987, Donna has worked with all aspects of The Upledger Institute, from meeting planning and facilitating, to team building and product development.
Alex Jozefyk has been part of the Upledger team since 2000. He began working in the Upledger Clinic part time while attending high school. After earning his B.S. from the University of Florida in 2007, he continued his journey with the Institute throughout the years and as of 2014 holds the position of Chief Financial Officer. Alex has been an integral part of the leadership team and works closely with all departments to assist with company growth and financial stability. Alex is also part of the Upledger family, as he is the second cousin to John Matthew Upledger and great nephew to Dr. John E. Upledger.
Kathy Woll has been a part of the Upledger team since 1987. After earning her B.S. from Michigan State University in 1986, she relocated to Florida and embarked on learning the continuing education industry for healthcare professionals. While becoming more intricately involved in day to day operations at Upledger, she earned her M.B.A. in 1996 from Florida Atlantic University. She continues to create and direct initiatives to further the credibility and accessibility of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy and related modalities.
Dawn Langnes Shear is the Chief Development Officer of Upledger Institute International (UII). She began with the institute in the early 1990's and has served in various capacities since then. She is directly responsible for the international development and expansion of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy. UII holds seminars in over 40 countries around the globe and has trained healthcare professionals in over 110 countries. Dawn also oversees the development of educational products to assist therapists in learning CranioSacral Therapy, as well as to help educate their clients and the general public.
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.
Carol McLellan has been providing holistic health education and therapy for over 25 years. She is the owner of Meridian Center for Wellness in Visalia, CA, where she practices Advanced CranioSacral Therapy (CST), Advanced Visceral Manipulation, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Matrix Energetics and Intrinsic Awareness Modalities. Her training includes Diplomat Certification, CST (CranioSacral Therapy). She teaches internationally and domestically for the Upledger Institute. Carol teaches CranioSacral Therapy 1, CST for Pregnancy and Childbirth 1 and 2, CST for Pediatrics 1 and 2, CST for Sensory Integration, Clinical Applications, Clinical Apps for OB, Clinical Apps for Peds and Introductory courses. She also runs tutorials, teaching future instructors and presenters. Carol is an Upledger Institute national Examiner for CST Techniques Certification. She previously served as the CS1 Ombudsman and is the U.I. ombudsman for CranioSacral Therapy for Obstetrics.
Prior to opening Meridian, she worked with an OB/GYN as a Doula, as well as a Doula Instructor and Childbirth educator. She also has taught for the American College of Nurse Midwives National Conference. While integrating her CranioSacral work, she was able to introduce and collect data in hospitals for her development of the OB curriculum. She is the co-founder of H.E.AL.(Holistic Empowerment Alliance), a non-profit organization which includes a foundation dedicated to enabling children, families and veterans to get the therapy they need regardless of financial constraints. H.E.AL. offers a monthly low-cost kids clinic at Meridian.
One of the powerful applications of CST lies in the area of releasing functional and debilitating emotional wounds. With that in mind, Carol was able to facilitate two intensives for Warrior Stress at NAS Lemoore. As a result of that experience, she created a clinic for Veterans.
When Carol opened Meridian in 2003, she was inspired by the philosophy of service to humanity through the work of CST and other transformative tools for self health care. This idea continues to drive all aspects of Carol's work. As a licensed Life Mastery Consultant and Coach for LifeSoulutions with Mary Morrissey, and a Life Success Coach with Bob Proctor, she adds this philosophy, along with the teaching of positive - constructive thought, with health care in workshops, offering tools to facilitate optimum health, helping children and adults to realize their unique potential.
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.
Judith Leader Blix, PT, CST-D is a Physical Therapist, earning her Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1984, and practicing Upledger CranioSacral Therapy since 1987. She is CranioSacral Therapy Certified at the Diplomate Level (CST-D). Since 1993, Judith has been an instructor, teaching multiple levels of seminars, for the Upledger Institute International. Judith is also the Executive Director of the American CranioSacral Therapy Association (ACSTA).