MSPT, CEMI, CST
I was introduced to CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in 2002 when struggling to figure out how to best help my own son. I had worked in the field of pediatrics for 12 years prior to this as a physical therapist specializing in children with autism and sensory processing disorders. It was not until my son introduced me to CST did I find my true passion. I have come to acknowledge that the CranioSacral system plays an integral part in the child’s ability to achieve maximum potential. The success I had not only with my son but also with my pediatric patients encouraged me when I transitioned into the NICU. To this day I continue to use my CST skills with this most fragile population. Most physical therapists, rather then taking the time to discover the source of a problem causing the symptoms, will treat the symptoms. CST allows me to treat the whole body, discovering the primary cause of the problem, thereby, allowing the symptoms to disappear. I am blessed to find my calling and be able to practice these skills daily. When not working I love to spend time with my family. We enjoy hiking, traveling and spending time with our many pets.
I have been a pediatric physical therapist for over 20 years and since 2006 I have worked in a level III NICU in Southern California. I am SIPT and NDT certified in pediatrics, a certified CranioSacral Therapist, and I received the Neonatal Touch and Massage Certification. I have also earned the Developmental Care Specialist Designation from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. I published a protocol for swaddle bathing and am currently working on a research project involving overriding cranial bones and birth. In my spare time I am the owner of The Body Network, a private practice in San Diego, dedicated to Craniosacral Therapy. I specialize in newborn infants with various concerns from a poor latch for the breastfeeding infant to a misshappen head.
Articles & Books Written
March 2014: March of Dimes 14th Annual Conference
Swaddle Bathing in the NICU
Feb 2013: Costal CANN’s 4th Annual Conference
The Elephant in the Room
Feb 2012: Costal CANN’s 3rd Annual Conference
CranioSacral Therapy in the NICU
A Protocol for Swaddled Bathing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
Karyn Quraishy, MSPT, CEMI, CST, Susan M. Bowles, DNP,RNC-NIC, James Moore, PhD, PT; NAINR. 2013;13(1):48-50.
Professional Associations / Memberships
NANT - National Association of Neonatal Therapists
NATA - National Athletic Trainers Association