Patty Underwood OTR, LLCC, CST, GCFP

About Me

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Patty has been a CranioSacral Therapist for 21 years and can call on a wealth of expertise in three related health fields. She is an advanced licensed Feldenkrais Practitioner, Lymphedema/Lymph Drainage Therapist and has over 35 years of skill in Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation.

"My journey of self exploration and recovery from major injury led me to these areas of expertise," she says.

Qualifying as a Certified Teaching Assistant in both CranioSacral Therapy and Lymph Drainage Therapy, Patty studied under Dr. John Upledger, Dr. Chas Perry, Dr. Bruno Chikly and Renee Romero RN, LLCC. She also assists in Dr Chikly's Brain curriculum. CranioSacral experience has ranged from working with a broad client range (youngest 1 week old and oldest 99 years old), including individual and multi-hand sessions, mentoring, and treating clients with dolphin-assisted therapy.

Patty intertwines and integrates these skills in her private practice in San Rafael and at 9 Corners, an inter-disciplinary Center for Balanced Living in Novato.

"I get tremendous satisfaction when clients say that the work makes a difference in their lives. They experience greater awareness, improved function and movement."

Patty favors the hands-on nature of these approaches for their subtle, non-invasive methods. She has always been fascinated with finding the answers to the puzzles of neurology.

As an Occupational Therapist, she pioneered the development of the WFOT (World Federation of Occupational Therapy) approved Occupational Therapy training program in Zimbabwe and lectured part time at the University of Zimbabwe Rehabilitation Department.

MIND BODY STUDIES/FELDENKRAIS EXPERIENCE

A very important aspect to her Feldenkrais work is as a Trainer with MBS Academy. Patty is a graduate of the FGNA (Feldenkrais Guild of North America) Delman/Questel 1998 training. She has studied extensively with various trainers and been with Mia Segal and Leora Gaster at MBS Academy since 2005, completing the Master Practitioner Program in 2011 and then the Trainer's Training .

Since then she has joined the MBS Academy faculty.

Patty has assisted in or taught workshops and trainings in USA, Thailand, Singapore and Germany and Southern Africa

(For more information on Mind Body Studies/Feldenkrais, go to "http://www.mbsacademy.org")

My Skills

Certified Teaching Assistant CranioSacral Therapy

Certified Teaching Assistant Lymph Drainage

Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Trainer MBS Academy

Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Registered Occupational Therapist

Professional Associations / Memberships

Medallion Member International Alliance of HealthCare Practitioners

National Board of Occupational Therapy

California Board of Occupational Therapy

Feldenkrais Guild of North America

Available for patients

Case studies, easy to understand explanations about the CranioSacral System, Visceral Manipulation, products to use between sessions, and much more. More information