About Debbie Turczan

/About Debbie Turczan
About Debbie Turczan 2017-07-03T18:51:29+00:00
Debbie Turczan

Journey to CranioSacral Therapy

I learned about CranioSacral therapy while looking for relief from the symptoms of a 2-year struggle with Lyme disease. While undergoing months of intensive “western” and homeopathic medical treatments that would eventually cure the Lyme, I was flattened by the daily battle with headaches, joint and extremity pain, extreme fatigue, and severely limited mental focus. I was desperate for relief. Following the advice of a colleague, I tried CranioSacral Therapy at the hands of a very talented therapist, and was truly amazed by the experience. Within just a few sessions, my headaches lifted, my mental focus improved, and my energy levels increased. I found that while Cranio could not cure the Lyme, it could and did interrupt the symptomatic downward spiral I was stuck in, while it supported and accelerated my healing process.

As a patient, I was overjoyed. As a Physical Therapist, I was very curious…how could this gentle and seemingly simple technique make such a positive difference in how I felt? Since the early days of my Physical Therapy training, I have always been amazed and humbled by the complex nature of the human body; but undergoing CranioSacral therapy made me come to appreciate that there was so much more to health and healing than I had imagined. I needed to know more. So, to satisfy my professional and personal curiosity, I signed up for my first training course in CranioSacral Therapy…and found my view of healing and treatment completely transformed.

I am thrilled to say I am now certified in this powerful treatment approach by the Upledger Institute, and use it every day to help others restore balance, recover from injury and illness, and release pain. It brings me great joy to learn from every client I treat – to observe the innate capacity of the body to restore and reorganize itself in response to trauma, surgery, injury, or illness. I have come to learn that when I treat a client, I am a partner and facilitator in a healing process that is powerful and available to everyone.

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Training and Certifications

Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2016 – A.T. Still University, School of Health Sciences

Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 2001 – Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions

Continuing Education Courses


Upledger Institute

  • Craniosacral Therapy 1
  • Craniosacral Therapy 2
  • Craniosacral Therapy Techniques Certification
  • SomatoEmotional Release 1
  • Teaching Assistant for Craniosacral Therapy 1

Barral Institute

  • Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1
  • Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 2
  • Visceral Manipulation: Thorax
  • Visceral Manipulation: Pelvis
  • Visceral Listening Techniques
  • Neuromeningeal Manipulation: An Integrative Approach to Trauma (NM1)

Chickly Institute

  • Lymphatic Drainage: Level 1


  • 200 hour level certification in Vinyasa yoga (Sonic Yoga – Center for Yoga Studies)
  • Certification in Therapeutic Yoga (Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, Instructors)

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

  • Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment Level 1
  • Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction and Treatment Level 2A

Institute of Physical Art

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation 1
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Gait
  • Functional Mobilization of the Upper Quarter
  • Functional Mobilization of the Lower Quarter
  • Functional Orthopedics 1
  • Functional Orthopedics 2

Kaiser Vallejo Rehabilitation Hospital

  • 4-month residency in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

American Physical Rehabilitation Network

  • When the Feet Hit The Ground…Everything Changes

Vestibular Disorders Association

  • Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation