Winter 2022 Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (for Student/Resident Scholarship Applicants)


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Expand your osteopathic skills with a deeper understanding of the central nervous system through Introduction to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of the cranium and its inter-relationship with the body as a whole, and how this method may be applied for the prevention and treatment of disease and enhancement of health.

March 19-23, 2022 (In Person) in conjunction with the AAO Convocation
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida

Registration Deposit for Scholarship Applicants: $900.00.  Up to 20 scholarships are available from the Cranial Foundation for students and residents.  You must register and make a $900 deposit in conjunction with your scholarship application.  On the scholarship application, you will be given the option for a refund if you are not awarded a scholarship.

If you are not eligible for a scholarship, you must register at the $1,795 price here.


What You Will Learn

  • Explore the five components of the primary respiratory mechanism, including articular, cerebrospinal fluid, fascial/membranous and nervous system anatomy.
  • Deepen your understanding of the body as a dynamic unit with a capacity for self-healing.
  • Establish the basis for palpatory diagnosis and treatment.

Course Director: Zinaida Pelkey, DO, FCA
Associate Director: Shawn Higgins, DO

Scroll down for more information including course details, liability release, schedule, who can attend and more.

To register, please complete the liability release checkbox below and other optional fields that apply to you. Then click “add to cart.”  Make sure to fill out and submit your scholarship application.


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Liability Release

Liability Release: Participation in this program will involve physical activity, including contact by and with instructors and other participants. This, and particularly activity involving physical diagnostics and manual therapeutics, could possibly entail risks for participants of new injury or aggravation of pre-existing conditions.
By applying to participate, the applicant acknowledges and assumes the risk associated with participating in the laboratory sessions and agrees to hold The Osteopathic Cranial Academy and fellow participants harmless indemnify, defend and free of liability from and against any damage or personal injury that might occur during or as a result of participation in this program. Furthermore, the applicant covenants to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend The Osteopathic Cranial Academy from and against any use or misuse that applicant may make at any time of any knowledge or information that applicant derives from participation in this program. The applicant should carry adequate liability insurance which would be activated in the instance of the use or misuse of this knowledge or information. Participants in the course are examined and treated by instructors following the course in case any problems arise from treatment by fellow students.

I acknowledge that I have read the Liability Release and agree to the statement. It is the responsibility of ALL participants to use the information provided within the scope of their professional license or practice.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be in writing.  Cancellations more than 30 days prior to the course will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations less than 30 days in advance will be credited towards a future course.


This course will be given as a pre-Convocation course in coordination with the AAO at Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819.  Reservations can be made via this link.  You can also make your reservations by phone by calling 1-866-996-6338, use booking code 35809.

Note that, at the time of booking, the hotel will charge a one-day booking for each room reserved that is non-refundable even if the reservation is canceled.


Scholarships (for half of the course tuition = $895) for students and residents are available from the Cranial Academy Foundation.  Scholarship applications can be downloaded here and are due by January 7th;  we suggest submitting by email to  The Foundation will make scholarship decisions by January 20 2022.

Schedule & Faculty


Lecturing Faculty
Zina Pelkey, DO, FCA,* Director
Shawn Higgins DO, Associate Director
Annette Hulse DO*, Director in Training, Day 3-5
Jim Binkerd DO*
Arlene Dijamco MD
Eric Dolgin DO, FCA*
Hugh Ettlinger DO, FAAO, FCA*
Andy Goldman DO, FCA
Jenny Highland DO
Michael Porvaznik DO, FCA*
Elena Timoshkin DO

*OCA Proficiency Recognition + NMM/OMM

Table Trainers
Tamzon (Rachel) Feeney DO
Bill Lemley DO, FAAO*
Melissa Ventimiglia DO* Day 1-2
Ruba Katrajian DO

Faculty In Training:
Kendi Hensel DO


Day One – Saturday, March 19

Time Title Min. Lect./Lab Presenter
8:00 Intro – Announcements 20 Lecture Pelkey
8:20 Find seats & fill out health forms 10
8:30 History of Osteopathy and OCF 20 Lecture Porvaznik
8:50 Skull Landmarks – Guided Lab 35 Lab Timoshkin
9:25 DSG 15
9:40 Philosophy & Principles of the PRM 25 Lecture Ettlinger
10:05 How Do You Palpate 15 Lecture Goldman
10:20 How Do You Palpate – 3 Heads 40 Lab Goldman
11:00 Embryology 60 Lecture Goldman
12:00 Lunch 70
1:10 The Base – Bones & SBS Motion 45 Lecture Pelkey
1:55 Base Bones 25 Lab Pelkey
2:20 Base Palpation 40 Lab Pelkey
3:00 DSG 15
3:15 CSF & Fluid Movement 30 Lecture Higgins
3:45 Sensing Fluid 30 Lab Higgins
4:15 CCJ / OA 30 Lecture Ettlinger
4:45 OA Treatment Lab 40 Lab Ettlinger
5:25 Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam 20 Faculty
6:00 Staff Meeting 20


Day Two – Sunday, March 20

Time Title Min. Lect./Lab Presenter
8:00 Review of day 1. 20 Lecture Pelkey
8:20 Temporal Part 1. & 2. 2 min stretch 60 Lecture Goldman
9:20 Temporal Bone Lab 45 Lab Goldman
10:05 DSG 20
10:25 Temporal Palpation Lab 40 Lab Goldman
11:05 Vault 1. Vault 25 Lecture Timoshkin
11:30 Vault 2. Bone anatomy 45 Lecture Timoshkin
12:15 LUNCH 70
1:25 Vault Bone Lab 30 Lab Timoshkin
1:55 Vault Palpation Lab 35 Lab Timoshkin
2:30 RTM 45 Lecture Ettlinger
3:15 DSG 15
3:30 RTM Palpation Vault & A/P Contact 40 Lab Ettlinger
4:10 Layer Palpation – Membrane, Bone, Fluid 40 Lab Pelkey
4:50 Venous Sinus Drainage 15 Lecture Ettlinger
5:05 Venous Sinus Drainage 40 Lab Ettlinger
5:45 Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam 20 Faculty
6:10 ADJOURN  


Day Three – Monday, March 21

Time Title Min. Lect./Lab Presenter
8:00 Review of day 2. 20 Lecture Pelkey
8:20 Patterns Sidebending/Rotations, Torsions 25 Lecture Binkerd
8:45 Pattern Lab SB/R & Torsion Palpation 20 Lab Binkerd
9:05 Patterns Vertical & Lateral Strains 30 Lecture Binkerd
9:35 DSG 15
9:50 Pattern Lab Vertical & Lateral Strain Palpation 40 Lab Binkerd
10:35 Sacrum 20 Lecture Highland
10:55 Sacral Bone lab 20 Lab Highland
11:15 Sacral Palpation 30 Lab Highland
11:45 Principles of Treatment 30 Lecture Pelkey
12:15 LUNCH 70
1:25 BLT – Limb (Forearm) Set up 10 Lecture Pelkey
1:35 BLT – Limb (Forearm) 30 Lab Pelkey
2:05 Cranial Strains Dx w/ Motion, 20 Lecture Pelkey
2:25 Cranial Strains: Dx with Motion Testing, Tx w/ BMT 60 Lab Pelkey
3:25 DSG 15
3:40 Sacral & Core Link Dx & Tx 15 Lecture Highland
3:55 Sacral & Core Link Dx & Tx 40 Lab Highland
4:35 CV4 20 Lecture Ettlinger
4:55 CV4 40 Lab
5:35 Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam 25 Faculty
6:00 ADJOURN  


Day Four – Tuesday, March 22

Time Title Min. Lect./Lab Presenter
8:00 Review of day 3. 20 Lecture Pelkey
8:20 Frontal & Parietal Lift & Spread 20 Lecture Timoshkin
8:40 Frontal & Parietal Lift & Spread 45 Lab Timoshkin
9:25 Face Part 1. 25 Lecture Dolgin
9:50 DSG 15
10:05 The Face, Part 2. 25 Lecture Dolgin
10:30 The Face Bone Lab 50 Lab Dolgin
11:20 Palpation of Face 50 Lab Dolgin
12:10 LUNCH 70
1:20 Treatment of the Face 60 Lab Dolgin
2:20 Temporal Diagnosis 20 Lecture Goldman
2:40 Temporal Treatment, Direction of the Tide 45 Lab Goldman
3:25 DSG 15
3:40 Mandible/Mouth, 1. 25 Lecture Hulse
4:05 Observe TM function 5 Lab Hulse
4:10 Mandible/Mouth, 2. 25 Lecture Hulse
4:35 Fluid Diagnosis & Treatment 15 Lecture Higgins
4:50 Lateral Fluctuation 40 Lab Higgins
5:30 Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam 30
6:00 ADJOURN  


Day Five – Wednesday, March 23

Time Title Min. Lect./Lab Presenter
8:00 Review of Course 20 Lecture Pelkey
8:20 Mandible Mouth: 3. TMJ 25 Lecture Hulse
8:45 Treatment of the Mouth 60 Lab
9:45 DSG 15
10:00 Peds/OB: Part 1. Obstetric & Neonatal 25 Lecture DiJamco
10:25 Base Spread/Condylar decompression 10 Lecture
10:35 Base Spread/Condylar decompression 40 Lab
11:15 Peds Part 2. Pediatric Clinical 25 Lecture Pelkey
11:40 Principles of History and Diagnosis, Observational Clues 20 Lecture Binkerd
12:15 LUNCH 70
1:25 Head Model Lab: 3D Perspective, CN review 60 Lab Pelkey
2:25 Clinical Correlations / Q & A 30 Senior faculty
2:55 DSG 15
3:10 Practical Exam 60
4:10 Check Students 60
5:10 ADJOURN  


Who Can Attend


The $900 deposit option applies ONLY to students and residents who are applying for a scholarship

  • Resident physicians (DO or MD) who are under contract with an ACGME-accredited residency program
  • Currently enrolled students at a US AOA-approved college of osteopathic medicine

Others eligible for this course are described below and must register at the $1,795 price here

  • Medical physicians (DO or MD) with a current unrestricted license to practice medicine in the US
  • Dental physicians (DDS or DMD) with a current unrestricted license to practice dentistry in the US
  • Medical physicians (MD) who reside and actively practice internationally, under certain conditions
  • International osteopaths, under certain conditions.  International DOs must meet criteria for OCA membership including membership in an OCA-recognized affiliate society



Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy supports and encourages educating the health care community about the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine. The Introductory Course is a hands-on program that builds upon medical knowledge and clinical experience. In order for our students to learn the scope of practice of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF), in a comprehensive fashion and in order for them to apply this form of practice in a manner that is both safe and appropriate, it is crucial that they meet the necessary prerequisites for the Introductory Course.

I. Medical Physicians Licensed in the US

Osteopathy and OCF are part of the practice of medicine. The Osteopathic Cranial Academy’s Introductory Course is designed to teach the integration of OCF into the practice of medicine. This course assumes a strong background of education and training in the biomedical sciences and in the clinical observation and treatment of pathology in patients.

In order for students to learn this scope of practice in a comprehensive fashion and in order for them to apply this form of practice in a manner that is both safe and appropriate, it is crucial that they have received or be in an advanced stage of the process of acquiring a broad and comprehensive level of medical educational training. Such training should include two years of didactic training in the basic and clinical biomedical sciences as taught in accredited (AOA, COCA or LCME) medical and ADA-accredited dental schools. Such training should also include three years of intensive training in approved clinical teaching settings, including extensive training in hospital settings where students are exposed to addressing the diagnosis and treatment of patients who manifest a broad range both in type and severity of clinical pathology. This is the level of education and training which leads to a license for the unlimited scope and practice of medicine, as defined by medical licensing boards in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Medical Physicians trained outside the US who reside and practice outside the US must be eligible for unlimited licensure within the United States.

II. Dental Physicians 

Our organization has a long-standing professional relationship with members of the dental profession. Dentists are licensed to treat dental and dental occlusal problems and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, using dental, orthopedic, orthodontic, and surgical treatments. The application of these forms of treatment have a direct and immediate impact upon the relationships between the cranial bones and related structures, and in younger individuals, can have a dramatic and long term impact upon craniofacial and postural development.

It is essential for the well-being of our patients that we continue to maintain communication and develop mutual understanding with members of the dental profession. Dentists are encouraged to attend our courses so that they can understand the affects of dental treatments on the cranial mechanisms of our mutual patients, and so that they can learn to recognize how cranial somatic dysfunction can effect both the development and treatment of dental orthopedic and orthodontic pathology. This learning process involves training in osteopathic concepts. It also requires hands-on training in the palpatory skills which are required both to diagnose cranial somatic dysfunction and to recognize the effects of appropriate treatment upon the cranial mechanism.

By encouraging dental participation in our courses, the Academy hopes to encourage the ongoing development of dental practice that recognizes and works in harmony with the Primary Respiratory Mechanism. The Academy recognizes that dentists are not fully licensed for the unlimited scope and practice of medicine. However, dentists are the most fully trained and fully licensed professionals for treatment of dental, dental orthopedic, and dental orthodontic problems. For these reasons, The Osteopathic Cranial Academy allows and encourages licensed dentists to attend our Introductory Course.

III. International Osteopathic Graduates

“International Osteopathic Graduates” refers to graduates of osteopathic educational programs outside the United States who practice and reside outside the United States.

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy is committed to advancing the teaching of cranial osteopathy throughout the world, and therefore welcomes qualified Diplomates of Osteopathy or Registered Practitioners of Osteopathy practicing in countries other than the United States into the Introductory Course. International osteopathic education does not follow the model used in the United States. While osteopaths trained in countries other than the United States may not receive the same basic science curriculum or level of clinical training required by colleges of osteopathic medicine, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, these individuals are educated in and practice the principles of osteopathy.

An individual’s qualifications for practice, and the scope of practice, are determined by each country’s laws of licensure. There is a great deal of variation in the licensure requirements of different nations. Admission into The Osteopathic Cranial Academy Introductory Course requires that individuals who complete an osteopathic educational program and practice and reside outside the United States either possess unlimited licensure for the practice of medicine or are members in good standing of a national osteopathic registry or the appropriate governmental licensing authority, the standards of which have been reviewed and approved by The Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy will evaluate applications from International Osteopathic Graduates on a case-by-case basis, which may require up to 6 months for review. The Osteopathic Cranial Academy reserves the right to request additional information about the education and training of any International Osteopathic Graduate who applies for admission to the Introductory Course.

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Expand Your Osteopathic Skills with a Deeper Understanding of the Central Nervous System

Highly regarded by its practitioners and patients, cranial osteopathy studies the anatomy and physiology of the cranium and its inter-relationship with the body as a whole. Find out how this method may be applied for the prevention and treatment of disease and enhancement of health.

When: March 19-23, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation

Where: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida

What You Will Learn:

  • Explore the five components of the primary respiratory mechanism, including articular, cerebrospinal fluid, fascial/membranous and nervous system anatomy.
  • Deepen your understanding of the body as a dynamic unit with a capacity for self-healing.
  • Establish the basis for palpatory diagnosis and treatment.

Course Director: Zinaida Pelkey DO FCA


The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 40 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME. Approval is currently pending.

PLEASE NOTE: If you register for this course and do not meet the eligibility requirements for it, your tuition payment will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the OCA office before registering.

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