2024 Annual Conference: Growth and Development


“Growth and Development”

Conference Director: Kathryn Gill MD
Assistant Conference Director:  Eric Dolgin DO

June 6-9 2024
San Diego CA


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The goals of this conference are to:

  1. Discover that using embryology can make a profound impact in form and function for your patient.
  2. Recognize the possibility to seamlessly move between “current form” and “embryological form”.
  3. Learn the principles of checking for an embryological or developmental component of your patient’s problems.
  4. Experience how a change in consciousness results in a different field of observation enabling different potential outcomes.
  5. Sense where arrests are tethering the organism as a whole.
  6. Have at least one “ah-ha” moment in a lab.

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 21.25 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME. Approval is currently pending.

Registration pricing AFTER April 20, 2024:

OCA Member $1200
Resident Member $800*
DO Student Member $800*
Retired Member $800
Qualified Nonmember $1600

Registration fee includes lectures, labs, Friday lunch, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner banquet.  If you cannot attend the Saturday night banquet, use coupon code NOBANQUET for a $50 reduction in price.

Registration closes on June 1.

* A limited number of partial reimbursement grants are available for medical students, residents, and young physicians from the OCA Foundation.  Apply on their website at https://osteopathiccaf.org/2024-conference-grant-application/  You should go ahead and register for the Conference at the regular price;  the grants will offer partial reimbursement if you are chosen.


Successful completion of an Osteopathic Cranial Academy Approved 40-hour Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for this course and do not meet the eligibility requirements for it, your tuition payment will be refunded. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the OCA office before registering.



Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego CA 92101



Unfortunately, the host hotel is sold out for Wednesday, June 5. However, an alternate option is available for attendees arriving on Wednesday at the nearby Courtyard Mission Valley at a rate of $199.  To reserve your room:

Email: Omar Sanchez, Sales Manager, omar.sanchez2@marriott.com.  Provide your first and last name, phone number, and email address and request a room for the June OCA Meeting.

Please Note: There are a handful of overnight rooms available through the discounted OCA block for Sunday, June 9 if you plan to extend your stay.




1:00 PM Registration Staff Other
2:30 PM Welcome – Intro to Conference President
2:40 PM Introduction and overview K. Gill MD
3:00 PMForces in Embryology Growth and Development: The Meeting Place K. Gill MD
3:30 PM The Jealous Odyssey A. Goldman DO
4:00 PM Small Group Discussion
4:15 PM Exploring Stillness O. Evans DO Intl
4:45 PM PRAC Treating in Stillness: Floating the Brain O. Evans DO Intl
6:00 PM Adjourn Day 1


Foundation Meeting & Reception
9:00 AM Neutral – Being and Becoming G. Yesensky DO
9:30 AM PRAC Neutral – Being and Becoming G. Yesensky DO
10:10 AM A Biodynamic View of Embryology in the Cranial Field – Part 1 M. Burruano DO
10:35 AM Small Group Discussion
10:50 AM A Biodynamic View of Embryology in the Cranial Field – Part 2 M. Burruano DO
11:15 AM Awareness of the Embryo – a Perceptual Shift G. Yesensky DO
11:50 AM LUNCH, Committee Meetings, Vendors
12:50 PM PRAC Awareness of the Embryo – a Perceptual Shift G. Yesensky DO
1:40 PM The Substance of Life – Embryonic Landscape of Fluid G. Yesensky DO
2:10 PM An Osteopathic View of GI Embryology W. Foley DO
2:40 PM Small Group Discussion
2:55 PM PRAC PRAC Synchronizing with the Inherent Power of the GI Tract   Fulcra W. Foley DO
3:55 PM The Anatomy and the Embryology: Embryology as a Therapeutic   Force O. Evans DO Intl
4:25 PM PRAC Approaching the Midline: The Notochord and the Vertebral   Column O. Evans DO Intl
5:00 PM Relational kinetics that affect growth, development and healing A. Goldman DO
5:35 PM Adjourn Day 2
5:35 PM Annual Membership Meeting


9:00 AM Creation of the Heart A. Goldman DO
9:30 AM PRAC Creation of the Heart A. Goldman DO
10:00 AM Embryological Development of the Body’s Energy Systems R. P. Lee DO
10:45 AM Small Group Discussion
11:00 AMPRAC Embryological Development of the Body’s Energy Systems R. P. Lee DO
11:35 AMThe Fluid Face and the ALF T. Turzo DO
12:15 PM LUNCH, Committee Meetings, Vendors
1:15 PM SML: On Becoming, Development as an Osteopath and Human Being M. Friedman DO
2:10 PM PRAC Sutherland Memorial Lecture Topic M. Friedman DO
3:10 PM Small Group Discussion
3:25 PM Before Conception: Parent Cause & The Living Human Organism D. Hankinson DO
4:00 PM PRAC Before Conception: Parent Cause & The Living Human   Organism D. Hankinson DO
5:00 PM Adjourn Day 3
6:30 PM President’s Reception
7:00 PM Recognition Banquet


9:00 AM ICSI and tethering K. Gill MD
9:40 AMPRAC Developmental Arrests from Tethering K. Gill MD
10:20 AM Small Group Discussion
10:35 AM Introduction to the 2025 Annual Conference E. Dolgin DO
10:50 AM The Spiritual Midline E. Blackman DO
11:20 AM PRAC The Spiritual Midline E. Blackman DO
12:20 PM Adjourn Conference


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