Wholistic Manual Medicine
Meet Dr. Keith Barbour
Dr. Barbour was born in Toronto and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan at an early age. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University, he attended Michigan State University‘s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, he interned at the Michigan Osteopathic Medical Center in Detroit and then did a residency at the Detroit Rehabilitation Institute. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.
“With Wholistic Manual Medicine, I can help almost anyone in any condition at any time without needing anything but my mind and my hands,” he says. “I really enjoy the amazement I feel, as well as my patients‘ amazement, when the body begins to heal itself and the patient starts to overcome the obstacles that were holding them back in life.”
After completing his residency, he moved to Monroe, Michigan where he opened his own practice in 1988. Based largely on the word of mouth from patients, the practice has grown to where he now has a 7500 sq. ft. facility that includes manual medicine, physical therapy, aqua therapy and other services.
While Dr. Barbour was routinely able to facilitate healing that had failed to respond to conventional medical treatment, there was a limit to how many patients he could personally treat. To help bring those results to a much wider group, in 1991 he started teaching the Wholistic Manual Medicine Course, training hundreds of other practitioners to apply manual medicine.
“Physical therapists and massage therapists are always looking for something that will make them better at what they do,” he says. “Once they understand the underlying principles, they can get far better results in their own fields.”
In addition to treating his own patients and teaching manual medicine courses, Dr. Barbour has presented his research at meetings of the American Assn. of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the Michigan Osteopathic Assn., serves as an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State, and is president of the Southeastern Michigan Osteopathic Assn. He also volunteers as the team physician for the U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team.
Monroe Cable TV interview with Dr. Barbour, D.O.
Meet the Staff
Karren Glass, LMT, NCTMB
Karren Glass is a Senior Bodywork Professional and member of AMTA .She graduated in 1992 from the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Michigan with post graduate training from a variety of sources including John Barnes & the Upledger Institute. In 1994 she began studying under Dr. Barbour and became a certified Wholistic Manual Medicine Technician. For over ten years she was Supervisor of the Manual Medicine Department for Rehabilitation Specialist of Monroe and is current Director of the Academy of Wholistic Manual Medicine. She has been educating massage therapists and other bodywork professionals for more than eleven years and specializes in acute and chronic pain relief. Karren likes to spend time with grandchildren, travel and explore new adventures.
Rebecca Cook OTR, HPCS, LMT
Rebecca has been active in therapy since 1988 and in private practice since 1993. She is the owner of The Right Step Therapy Services, specializing in a unique combination for wellness with emotional freedom techniques, wholistic manual medicine, medical massage using doTERRA essential oils, and movement evaluation, mobilization and neuromuscular re-education in partnership with horses. She is a published author, speaker at multiple national conferences, and has taught courses for Michigan State University Extension and Western Michigan University.
Kimberly Wise MMT, LMT, RMT
Rooted in the medicine of tradition, Kimberly began her studies in 2005 with energy healing through Usui Reiki Ryoho, completing her Master/Teacher certificate in 2008. Massage therapy evolved from the “hands on” work with Reiki, uniting the natural flow of healing from the subtle energy anatomy to the physical energy anatomy. Certification in Wholistic Manual Medicine, Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Massage, Advanced Aqua Healing, Usui Reiki Ryoho, Pranic Healing, and Healing with Essential Oils, Kimberly facilitates whole healing as a traditional therapist and teaches Reiki levels I & II in Monroe, MI.
Christy Smalla BS, LMT
Christy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2003 with an Exercise Health Specialty. She began her career as a Fitness Specialist for Chrysler in Toledo Ohio when the idea of Massage Therapy presented itself as an interesting addition to her education. As her love and interest for human anatomy and physiology grew, she found it difficult to leave the classroom after completing the massage program at Statutzenberger College. She began teaching Anatomy and Physiology in 2006 as her practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist also grew. Having studied such techniques as Michael Young’s Repetitive Use Injury Therapy, Scott Barnes’ Myofascial Release and other Deep Tissue for Relaxation and Sports Massage Techniques along the way, the introduction of Dr. Barbour’s Wholistic Manual Medicine Principles in 2013 were life changing! Christy has been working at a chronic pain facility for the last five years, continues to teach and has recently opened her own business. She is excited and honored to grow and improve her WMM abilities working with Dr. Barbour in the Healing Circles.
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