Melinda Roland MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D, Director of The Institute of Integral Therapies, received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Stanford University, Summa Cum Laude. Receiving her B.A. in Psychology from UCSB with Highest Honors, Dr. Roland was given the honor of Outstanding Graduating Senior as well as Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture from the California Acupuncture College (now Pacific College of Oriental Medicine), again graduating at the top of her class, and her doctorate from SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine. The subject of her doctoral thesis was the application of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to Craniosacral Therapy. The late Dr. John Upledger was her thesis advisor.
Trained and mentored personally by Dr. John E Upledger, Dr. Roland was asked to join the faculty of the Upledger Institute International in 1987, and is a full instructor of Craniosacral Therapy, Somatoemotional Release, all levels of Clinical Applications, and Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy, teaching both nationally and internationally since 1988.
Dr. Roland developed Applying Acupuncture Principles to CranioSacral Therapy in 1987, a curriculum co-created with Dr. John Upledger.
In addition, she studied extensively with the internationally known homeopath, Ananda Zaren.
Her personal body of work, Focal Energetics (R), is a culmination of discoveries of over 40 years of patient care. Dr. Roland has been in private practice since 1977, and is board certified in both physical therapy and acupuncture.
With a unique approach to patient care , Dr. Melinda Roland combines her extensive background in orthopedic and manual therapy, Traditional Oriental Medicine and acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, homeopathy, neuro- muscular re-education, and her own system of complementary healing techniques, Focal Energetics (R). Over the past 40 years, she has developed innovative and effective methods for structural, emotional and energetic transformation, providing significant depth and the foundation for significant change . Melinda's exceptional intuitive abilities deepen her expertise in "hearing" what the body is saying at all levels.
Dr. Roland's goal is to facilitate healing at the deepest level with attention to and balancing of body, mind and spirit. In addition to assisting physical and emotional change and pain relief, she describes her work and the teaching of Craniosacral Therapy and Focal Energetics (sm) as her contribution toward a peaceful and loving world. "Each person we treat, teach, or touch in turn touches another. As we achieve peace and balance within ourselves, our outer world will reflect that peace."