Susan Vaughan Kratz OTR, CST-D

About Me

I have an Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana University, and 39 years of experience in a wide variety of settings. I have practiced and expanded my manual therapy competencies for the past 22 years. I have specialized in neurology, pediatrics and sensory integration, though in the past decade I have returned to my roots as a generalist. 

I am honored to witness and assist so many clients' recoveries and discoveries into health and wellness. I work with infants for feeding, colic, plagiocephaly, and torticollis. I have long worked with the complications of concussions and head injuries, as well as autism, seizures, learning problems, and other neurological challenges. I also work with orthopedic issues such as athletic injuries, carpal tunnel, back and neck pain, and sprains. Many clients dealing with effects of chronic auto-immune, Lyme, and PANS have found positive results with these various forms of body work. I have success working with scars and adhesion of all types and locations. Along with my background in sensory integration and neurological rehab, psychiatry, burns, post-surgical management and even cardiac rehab has prepared me to feel confident to work with nearly any condition, any age.  

In addition to owning & managing staff in a private clinic for 28 years, I enjoy a position of invited lecturer, author, consultant, and researcher.

My Skills

Diplomate - CranioSacral Therapy

Brain work (CST, Chikly, Wanveer) 

Lymphatic Drainage (Chikly method)

Visceral Manipulation (Barral method)

Interstitial integration with above methods

Certified in Sensory Integration (Ayres' Fidelity)

Qualified in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment (Bobath methods)


Articles & Books Written

  • Kratz, S. V. (2022). "Bodywork for Babies". Waukesha, Wisconsin:Orange Hat Publishing
  • Kratz, S. V., & Kratz, D. J. (2021). Effects of CranioSacral Therapy upon Symptoms of Post-Acute Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome: A Pilot Study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
  • Kratz, S. V. (2021). Case report: Manual therapies promote resolution of persistent post-concussion symptoms in a 24-year-old athlete. SAGE Open Medical Case Reports9, 2050313X20952224.
  • Kratz, S. V. (2020). Case Report: Lymphatic Drainage Resolves Toe Walking Gait in a Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Int J Foot Ankle4, 039.
  • Breman, G.M. and Kratz, S.V. (2020). “A Touch Better: Two Therapists’ Journeys and the  Lessons They Learned from Dr. John E. Upledger about CranioSacral Therapy”. In Press.
  • Kratz, S. V. (2017). Manual Therapies Reduce Pain Associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia. Journal of Pain1(1), 5.
  • Kratz, S. V. (2016). Manual Therapies Promote Continence and Mobility in a Patient with Cerebellar Agenesis. Int J Phys Med Rehabil, 4(345),2.
  • Kratz, S. V., Kerr, J., & Porter, L. (2016). The use of CranioSacral therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Benefits from the viewpoints of parents, clients, and therapists. Journal of bodywork and movement therapies21(1), 19-29.
  • 2 Case Studies: Upledger, J. E. (2005). Working Wonders: Changing Lives with CranioSacral Therapy. North Atlantic Books.
  • "CST: Are We Helping the Brain Heal?" Autism File magazine - December 2009 issue
  • "Historical Perspectives on Sensory Integration and its effect with Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease. Journal of Inherited Diseases August 2008.

  • Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • International Association of Healthcare Practitioners I.A.H.P.