Meet Suzanne

(Reston, VA) Suzanne Scurlock, CST-D, 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 wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core® training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.

In 2020 with the onset of the pandemic and the subsequent isolation of that time, she took her curriculum online and has pioneered innovative methods for effectively reaching those in need from a distance. Her entire curriculum is now available online for caregivers and therapists internationally.

Suzanne is one of the original instructors personally mentored by the late Dr. John E. Upledger. She also collaborated with the late Emilie Conrad for almost two decades. Together they integrated Emilie’s Continuum Movement with Suzanne’s Full Body Presence® to teach other practitioners how to accelerate and deepen the healing process.

Known for her honest, grounded, nurturing manner, Suzanne is adept at weaving together mind, body and spirit to create a unique and safe environment that encourages profound healing.

She is a sought-after speaker who inspires healthcare providers, coaches, executives, parents, clergy and others to stay relaxed and energized using her life-changing tools for dissolving stress, pain, overwhelm and confusion. She also provides ongoing staff development training at the Esalen Institute.

Suzanne has authored hundreds of articles, and thousands visit her website, YouTube Channel and attend her Tuesdays with Suzanne on Facebook Live.

Plus, she works with clients online - at a distance. and in person at her office in Reston, Virginia. Her clients benefit from the innovative techniques she teaches in her books, Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom and Full-Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom.

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“The way Suzanne teaches and conveys presence is masterful.” – Eric Cornell, IAHE Teaching Assistant

Since 1986, she has been a certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release training with The Upledger Institute, nationally and internationally. 

Suzanne is certified to teach: 

  • DDCSP - Developing and Deepening CranioSacral Presence (Developed by Suzanne for the Upledger Institute)
  • EIA - Ethics in Action (Developed by Suzanne for the Upledger Institute)
  • CAAD - Clinical Application of Advanced CranioSacral Therapy
  • CACS - Clinical Application of CranioSacral Therapy
  • CASR - Clinical Application of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release
  • CS1 - CranioSacral Therapy 1
  • CS2 - CranioSacral Therapy 2
  • CSIR - CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response
  • SER1 - SomatoEmotional Release 1. 

Learn about our Healing From the Core® Instructors, as well as our Certified Practitioners.


Click on the Speaker One Sheet image above to download it as a PDF.

Please contact the Healing From the Core® office to inquire about Suzanne’s availability to speak for your group.

Additionally, more than thirty Healing From the Core® Instructors and Practitioners are available worldwide to speak with your group about our core curriculum.

Learn more about our Instructors and Practitioners.

You may get in touch with our Instructors and Presenters individually using the information provided, or contact the Healing From the Core office for further information.

"Suzanne's gift is in translating the unspoken, energetic principles that are the foundation for being an excellent therapist, into practical, learnable steps - critical for all of us in today's world."

John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.

"Suzanne's gift is in translating the unspoken, energetic principles that are the foundation for being an excellent therapist, into practical, learnable steps - critical for all of us in today's world."

John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M.

Newsletter & Articles

In addition to her books, Suzanne has written hundreds of articles, including numerous columns and features for Massage Magazine and Massage Today.

Thousands visited her blog Presence Matters. Today, Suzanne's monthly Newsletter articles inspire thousands with tips to get present, get connected with their inner wisdom, and get on the path to healing and/or helping others do the same.

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Meet Lori.

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.

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. Email Lori or visit her IAHP profile.

Photo: Headshot of Lori Chinitz, smiling, wearing a white top with a blue pendant necklace, medium length wavy hair parted to one side.

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

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Meet Joanna.

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.

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.

Photo: Headshot of Joanna Haymore, smiling,  wearing black over an aqua blouse with matching earrings and medium length way hair parted to one side.

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

Meet Joel.

Dr. Joel Ying, MD, is a physician that integrates the embodiment of Healing from the Core® into his practice of traditional and alternative medicine, craniosacral therapy, and healing sessions.

He lives and works in Naples, Florida, and offers in-person and TeleHealth distance sessions.

As a Storytelling Artist, he brings the healing art of storytelling into his teachings and sessions. In a world of touch-deficit, stories touch us. When we transform our stories, we transform our lives.

Every January, Dr. Joel Ying and Suzanne Scurlock co-teach the Healing From the Core®: Release & Renewal workshop using embodiment, storytelling, and Native American teachings to connect to and manifest intentions for the New Year. (Release & Renewal is part of the Self Healing From the Core® curriculum.)

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Photo: Joel Ying, hair pulled back and in a teal polo shirt, smiles on a sunny day outdoors.

Dr. Joel Ying, MD (Naples, FL)

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