Meet Dr. Keith Barbour

DrBarbourDr. 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.”

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.”

Dr. Barbour is a true shaman. By definition a true shaman “tends to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of the beings in his charge”. Yet, Dr Barbour does not consider himself as a healer.. Dr. Barbour orchestrates the coming together of conditions that allow for the release of the root cause of the disease or discomfort. The body then heals itself.

Dr. Barbour simply considers himself a normal human being that has devoted his life to the mastery of his helping profession, osteopathy. He has been pushing the envelope of Osteopathic science and the science of wholistic manual medicine, for over twenty-five years. He optimizes both scientific knowledge with reasoning AND intuitive knowledge with awareness.

He is an innovator and teacher and has created rapid evaluation, treatment and training program for practitioners that allows them to rapidly aquire skills and knowledge in wholistic manual medicine.

His holistic and quantum training of manual medicine students is easily accomplished due to the holistic and quantum nature of the materiel. Students reach greater and greater results at a quantum pace that was previously un-obtainable. Mastering the lowest/easiest level first then prepares the student for the shifts that are on the horizon. Leaping in knowledge *(knowingness!), skills and awareness, all at once, to each successive level. Each new level the student is endowed with one: greater capacity to create greater outcomes with less work, time and energy; and two: the self healing necessary to reach that new level. It is a win win win solution: as the student grows, so do their results and their clients health, and so the advance of natural healing and wholistic Manual Medicine

Meet the Staff


Karren Glass, LMT, NCTMB   

KarrenGlassKarren 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

RebeccaCookRebecca 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

KimberlyWiseRooted 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

ChristySmallaChristy 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 so called “Healing Circles”.



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