Healing From the Core®

Certified Instructors

Meet our Instructors

Interested in a one-on-one session? See our Certified Practitioners & Master Practitioners

All HFC Certified Instructors are authorized to teach:

– Full Body Presence®: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries
– Full Body Presence®: Skills to Energize Your Life
– Full Body Presence® Overview One-Day Workshops
– Ethics in Action

Advanced level courses are currently taught by Suzanne Scurlock or Lori Chinitz (with Dr. Joel Ying joining Suzanne to teach Release & Renewal). To bring one of these Healing From the Core workshops to your area, contact the HFC office at office@healingfromthecore.com or call (703) 620-4509.

Instructors are also qualified to lead local study groups, and offer private sessions.


Suzanne Scurlock

Suzanne Scurlock, CMT, CST-D (Reston, VA)

Suzanne Scurlock

Healing From the Core®

Suzanne is one of the world’s leading authorities on conscious awareness and its transformational impact on the healing process.

For more than 30 years she has empowered people with practical tools that enable them to experience joy in each moment without burning out. These skills help improve every aspect of their lives, from their health and well-being to their relationships, their careers, their creativity, even the growth of their businesses.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate … Read more

Lori Chinitz, PT, CST-D (Long Island, NY)

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Certified Master Practitioner
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Lori is a Healing from the Core® Certified Instructor, and physical therapist with over 30 years of experience. Lori’s strengths as an instructor and clinician flow out of her capacity to witness and support each person’s unique journey. Her gentle, down to earth style has been a key to helping others unlock deeper doorways towards healing. Creating a space of safety and connection allows her clients to feel recognized and heard. Lori combines her keen integration and synthesis of body, mind and spirit to assist each person in their healing process.

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“Thank you so much for the privilege of being able to have one the best experiences of my life. Besides all of the amazing information, it was just so wonderful to experience Lori as an instructor. It was my first time having someone else other than Suzanne, and I have to say I was blown away! Lori is an amazing gift to the HFC community, and a real gem as a person and instructor. She has a way of making the information so easy and attainable. There was a part of me when looking for classes that was like, ‘No way! I am only taking classes from Suzanne!’ But I no longer feel that way. You have certainly prepared your instructors!

Lori handled all questions with such ease and openness. She truly modeled what it means to be present. I can’t even imagine all that she is going through with her dad, but I feel really blessed to have experienced what being grounded through adversity means. I learned so much just by her modeling presence. It is such a testament to all the work that she has done. She showed me my next few steps.”

Erica in Seattle, WA, June 2016

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“It was as though Lori spoke directly to my inner critic. She got me in touch with parts of myself I have never been able to bring to conscious awareness before.”

“Lori’s quiet, powerful presence created a sense of safety that allowed me to explore and heal memories I could not touch before today.”

When Lori is not teaching, she maintains a private practice in Syosset, New York and is the director/owner of A Step Ahead Therapy Services, a multidisciplinary Early Intervention Agency. In her practice, she uses CranioSacral therapy, Visceral Manipulation, TAMO movement strategy, as well as various other manual modalities. In addition, she is techniques certified in Craniosacral Therapy and Neurodevelopmental Therapy for pediatrics. Her practice includes working with adults, infants, and children. Lori is certified to teach Advanced Energy Dynamics and Applications I (HFAE1), Advanced Energy Dynamics and Applications II (HFAE2), Developing and Deepening Craniosacral Presence (DDCSP), Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries (HFFBP), and Skills to Energize Your Life (HFSEL). Email Lori or visit her IAHP profile.

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Joanna Haymore, MS, OTR/L, CST-D (Durham, NC)

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Certified Master Practitioner
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Joanna is a Healing From the Core® Certified Instructor who believes in the human potential to live lovingly with oneself, other beings, and the planet. Joanna’s background in somatic movement and bodywork, and her lifelong devotion to growth and discovery, enables participants in her classes to find the doorway into healing for themselves. She brings compassion, warmth and ease to the experience of coming into full body presence. Joanna’s roots in the rural South add a depth and richness from her own personal experience that assists others to feel safe to explore new boundaries and develop life-enhancing skills.

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“Joanna is a wonderful presence in every way; she embodies the principles of Healing from the Core with such grace.”

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“Joanna creates an extremely safe space that allows participants to open up, go deep, share and bond. She is superb at sensing when each person is at their edge – and where they need to be working – as she assists them to move forward in their own way, at their own pace.”

When she is not teaching, Joanna maintains a private practice as an occupational therapist using CranioSacral therapy, Lymph Drainage therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Sensory Integration, and Body-Mind Centering(SM) to work with children and adults. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 1994 and from the School of Body-Mind Centering, founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 1989. She is a Registered Movement Therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association and a licensed massage therapist. For more information and to contact her, please visit her website at Body Map Skills. Email Joanna or visit her IAHP profile.