Shawn K. Centers

Shawn K. Centers is an American osteopathic physician, pediatrician, herbalist, and integrative medicine specialist. Centers is one of many students of Viola M. Frymann. Frymann was an original student of William Garner Sutherland, the originator of cranial osteopathy. Frymann is credited with the development and application of osteopathic and craniosacral techniques in the pediatric age group.
Early life and education
Centers was born with a rare disorder known as Moebius Syndrome causing facial paralysis and credits cranial osteopathy and various alternative medicine techniques in overcoming health problems related to this disorder.
Centers trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey where he served as a pediatric chief resident. He attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. Centers completed an Undergraduate Clinical and Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.
Centers is most noted for his development of innovative osteopathic and integrative medical techniques in children with complex medical problems, especially children with autism. Centers studied herbal medicine under John R. Christopher of Springville, Utah. Centers is additionally known for his mind-body approaches in the treatment of children. He has extensively studied the techniques of John Grinder, Richard Bandler, and Thad Everet James. Centers utilizes the Time Line Therapy techniques developed by Tad James, PhD in many of his treatment approaches. Centers is a Master Trainer of Neurolinguistic Programming and Time Therapy and was certified by Tad James.
He is a clinical professor of pediatrics and osteopathic medicine at a number of osteopathic medical schools in this country and abroad including Touro University, A.T. Still University, and the Osteopathic College of Bologna, Italy (CIO). Centers was the lead author in the pediatrics chapter of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, the most widely used osteopathic textbook.
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