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.
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 7; we suggest submitting by email to email@example.com. The Foundation will make scholarship decisions by January 20 2022. If you are applying for a scholarship, register under the scholarship version of the course to make your $900 deposit.
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
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
|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|
|9:40||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|
|1:10||The Base – Bones & SBS Motion||45||Lecture||Pelkey|
|3:15||CSF & Fluid Movement||30||Lecture||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|
Day Two – Sunday, March 20
|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|
|10:25||Temporal Palpation Lab||40||Lab||Goldman|
|11:05||Vault 1. Vault||25||Lecture||Timoshkin|
|11:30||Vault 2. Bone anatomy||45||Lecture||Timoshkin|
|1:25||Vault Bone Lab||30||Lab||Timoshkin|
|1:55||Vault Palpation Lab||35||Lab||Timoshkin|
|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|
Day Three – Monday, March 21
|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|
|9:50||Pattern Lab Vertical & Lateral Strain Palpation||40||Lab||Binkerd|
|10:55||Sacral Bone lab||20||Lab||Highland|
|11:45||Principles of Treatment||30||Lecture||Pelkey|
|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|
|3:40||Sacral & Core Link Dx & Tx||15||Lecture||Highland|
|3:55||Sacral & Core Link Dx & Tx||40||Lab||Highland|
|5:35||Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam||25||Faculty|
Day Four – Tuesday, March 22
|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|
|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|
|1:20||Treatment of the Face||60||Lab||Dolgin|
|2:40||Temporal Treatment, Direction of the Tide||45||Lab||Goldman|
|4:05||Observe TM function||5||Lab||Hulse|
|4:35||Fluid Diagnosis & Treatment||15||Lecture||Higgins|
|5:30||Faculty Q & A, Check Students, Take Home Exam||30|
Day Five – Wednesday, March 23
|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|
|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|
|1:25||Head Model Lab: 3D Perspective, CN review||60||Lab||Pelkey|
|2:25||Clinical Correlations / Q & A||30||Senior faculty|
- 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
- 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
- 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.