In over 17 years as a practitioner, Debbie has sought a variety of settings in which to hone her manual Physical Therapy skills. Some highlights include a post-graduate residency at the world-renowned Kaiser Vallejo Rehabilitation Hospital in California, advancement to the role of Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s exceptional outpatient rehab department, and the rare opportunity to treat Broadway performers and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes as a member of the Physioarts staff. Debbie blends her vast traditional Physical Therapy skill base with other advanced manual therapy skills, including Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, to bring about transformative healing experiences for her patients.
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 became certified in this powerful treatment approach by the Upledger Institute, and have used it for years to help others restore balance, recover from injury and illness, and release pain. It brings me great joy to learn from every client – 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.