Archived Q&A and Reviews

Osteopathic Medicine is a branch of the medical profession in the United States. Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are equivalent to Doctors of Medicine (M.D.s) and are considered fully licensed physicians (medical doctors) to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states and are recognized in 65 other countries, including all Canadian provinces. (From Wikipedia)

2011 - 2012 Reviews

Osteopath for new born and new mom

Feb 2012

Hello, Do you have a recommendation for a good osteopathic doctor (OD) who will be able to care for my new born (working on his skull and skeleton, colic if any). Also, if you have any OD recommendations for me, post-labor, to help with my sacral region, that would be helpful. El Cerrito/Berkeley/Oakland region. Thank you.

I enthusiastically recommend Holly Edson. She worked on both myself and my newborn daughter. I had a separated pubic symphysis and my baby had uncomfortable gas, and she did wonders for both of us and was very gentle. I was amazed at her subtlety and effectiveness. I remember that she is very committed to mothers and babies, and was also willing to come to my home, which was hugely helpful. Here is her website: http://www.iahp.com/holly--edson/ Congratulations and Happy Healing~ Laura from Berkeley

I highly recommend Catherine Henderson on Solano Ave. She was educated in Great Britain, but not all credentials are accepted here. She is, however, very skilled and gentle with babies. Took my baby to her after a traumatic birth and long hospital stay, and prior to surgeries. Made a huge difference.

[Editor Note Nov 2017: Catherine Henderson has notified us that she is no longer practicing in California.]

I highly recommend Catherine Henderson in Berkeley or Brian Esty in San Francisco. Years of experience, an amazing touch,successful outcomes.They are simply the best. What more can I say? orchardann

2007-2010 Reviews

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2005 - 2006 Reviews

Osteopath for chronic neck and shoulder pain

Nov 2006

I have chronic neck and shoulder pain and am looking for an osteopathic doctor, preferably in Berkeley or Oakland. Thanks! anon

I've been seeing Michelle Veneziano, D.O. with good results. She is very skillful and nurturing. She just closed her Berkeley practice, but is still seeing patients in Mill Valley: (415) 924-7604. She is referring her Berkeley patients to Carmen Herring: (510) 526-5256, who I believe has an office on Solano Avenue. I haven't yet seen her, but I intend to Good luck to you

I see a wonderful Berkeley osteopath named Dr Runa Basu. She is in practice with Katherine Henderson on Solano Ave. Dr. Basu is very skilled and very intuitive about how to fix problems that other doctors cannot. She is also great with kids. Her office is on Solano Ave. at Ensenada, around the corner from the Thai restaurant. I;ve been to other osteopaths, and she's one of the best. Call her today (526-5256) - she is popular and it can take a few weeks to get an appt. Good luck!!! Happy Patient

Aug 2006

Re: Alternative Treatment for Separated Shoulder
I'm not sure if your condition is the same but I injured both shoulders, where the joints were not moving smoothly, such that it was painful to raise my arms. The joints would also 'click' as I moved them. I had an Osteopathic manipulation done by Dr. Basu and the pain went away and the freedom of movement returned. My understanding is that once you injure the joint, it is more susceptible to re-injury. This was true in my case and the second time I had to seek treatment, the improvement was not as dramatic. Best of luck. Runa Basu, DO (510) 549-3636

March 2005

I have been breastfeeding for 7 months and have recently started to feel pain in my right shoulder joint. At first, it only hurt when I bent my shoulder a certain way - now it seems to hurt all the time, even when I am trying to sleep. I read the posts about tendonitis and several people recommended seeing an osteopath. But the osteopath recommendations section only focus on osteopaths for babies or children. Have any mothers had good experiences with an osteopath for themselves? It would be nice to find someone who is particularly knowledgeable about the kind of strain a breastfeeding mother's body faces. Preferably someone in the Berkeley area. Thanks! cc

I'll be interested to see who people recommend in the East Bay - - in fact, if you've gotten any recommendations offline, I'd appreciate it if you could forward them to me. Having said that, if you can't find anyone in the East Bay, I would highly recommend Hennie Sholars over in SF (29 29th Street). I went to her for severe back pain and she was absolutely wonderful! Her work is both subtle and powerful -- she'd do these very gentle manipulations which somehow seemed to realign my whole body -- I could almost feel everything settling back where it belonged! Unfortunately, her location is inconvenient for those who live in the East Bay, but I've found her to be well worth the trip! Diane

We've used an osteopath in San Francisco for a bunch of adult things as well as for our kids. Theresa Hong is FANTASTIC-- people fly in to see her... She has cured my husband's 15-year battle with repetitive stress in his arm, I had a bunch of post- partum things, including nursing shoulder that are totally fixed, she has fixed our neighbors repetitive motion strains from sewing, I had a fall and had a damaged ACL (?) in my knee that is now totally better... Love this woman. Theresa Hong, (415) 673-2771, 2041 Polk Street, 1/2 block south of Broadway. nancy

Hi, Dr. Stephanie Nani is a great osteopath. After my sessions with her, I feel like I understand my body in a different and more relaxed way. I highly recommend calling her and seeing what she has to say about your shoulder. Her number is (925)253-4956. Susan

2004 & Earlier

June 2004

Re: Where can I get craniosacral massage?
You can't beat Catherine Henderson --she's an osteopath, but I understand that it's similar to Craeo-sacral work--for infants. She helped our (then 2 month old) son out immesurably after a fall. I understand she has a huge waiting list, but I also know she will see infants fairly quickly if there has been a birth (or other) trauma. Good luck! Abby

[Editor Note Nov 2017: Catherine Henderson notified us that she is no longer practicing in California.]

March 2004

My family will be moving to the Wanut Creek area from out of state in a few months and I am hoping to find a good osteopath for my family in the general area. I have read the posts but wanted to see if there were other recommendations. Ideally, I would love to find an osteopath covered by health insurance. I am not sure what insurance we will have, but this would definitely sway my decision if I knew it had osteopaths in it's policy. I would also like to hear any recommendations for rolfers in the area as well. thank you, Courtney

There are several osteopaths around; the only one I know is Theresa Hong on Polk Street in SF 415 - 673 - 2771. Bonnie

March 2002

I'm looking for a recommendation for an osteopathic doctor and/or physiotrist to help me with my chronic back pain and numbess. I'm running out of people/methods to try and getting exhasperated witht the chronic pain and tingling in my upper back and arms. I don't know how it originated several years ago, but it is uncomfortable to hold my 10 month old daughter, which saddens me. I've tried accupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractors. If you know of anyone in the Berkeley area, the recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Hi there, I have had chronic pain for 3 yrs. I have fibromyalgia. I sympathize greatly. There is a oestopath named Micheal Salveson who my father uses regulary and I tried a physiatrist at Alta Bates who helped not at all. I do believe in Orthobionomy, there are a few on Solano Ave in Berkeley. I think it is time for me to go again. I have never been to them personally, the ortho's but I trained in it and know how well it works and a friend went to one of them and was impressed. Good luck. Have you tried a rhuemitologist for a dio? Lucinda

I just received a referral to Dr. Maude Nermann, an Osteopath who is located at Larkspur Landing, just over the Richmond/San Rafael bridge. I haven't seen her yet, but Christine Ciaravella, a homeopath in Albany, speaks very highly of her. Dr. Nermann's phone number is 415-924-7604. Another option for chronic back pain is seeing a Rolffer, if you can handle deep tissue massage. I see a Rolffer who is also a licensed physical therapist. He does wonders for my chronic upper back and neck pain, and because he is a physical therapist you may be able to get some insurance coverage. His name is Patrick Hannum, his number is 524-6422, and he is located at 4th and Gilman in Berkeley. If East Oakland is more convenient for you (out 580), you might be able to get an appointment with Art Riggs. He is one of the top Rolffers around, and is Patrick's mentor. I saw Art a few times, and he referred me to Patrick because of the better location for me and because of insurance coverage. Art's number is 482-9427. Maria

Re: Craniosacral for fibromyalgia
Cranialosacral bodywork has helped my mother with her fibromyalgia tremendously. Most chronic illnesses respond to more than one type of treatment at the same time. If you can find an osteopath in your hmo, that might be worth looking into. Osteopath's are Md's that also include alternative medicine/practices in their work. You get the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, even in the East Bay, finding an osteopath that is covered by health insurance isn't easy. There is a good osteopath on Telegraph and Prince (I think). Her office is parallel to the Blue Oak Therapy center. You could call or stop by and ask them what health insurance they take. Beth


Does anyone have experience, positive or negative with: Osteopath Catherine Henderson especially dealing with children's issues? Thanks very much.

[Editor Note Nov 2017: Catherine Henderson notified us that she is no longer practicing in California.]

Is her name spelled Katherine? I am quite sure I know who you are referring too. She is from England. If so, I had a marvelous experience with her. My son was born on 12-11-98, he had a difficult delivery, his Agpar score was 1. They used suction on him 7 times, they would have done a C section on me if he hadn't come out on the 7th try. Anyway he had a large contusion on his head, was on an IV and was pretty quiet. My doula recommended Katherine. She came to the ICU unit at Alta Bates on Saturday evening (he was born early Friday mornnig), and probably spent 15-30 minutes with him. It was interesting! I had to hold him (the nurses were very leary of anyone else holding him) and she placed her hands under his belly for a couple of minutes and then did the same on his head. She said that she could feel alot of the stress/energy being held in his stomach area and was able to release that. Anyway there was a remarkable difference in his movement the next morning. He was not as listless, his eyes were much more alert and on Sunday evening they took the IV out and I was able to start breastfeeding. She gave him one more session about 3-4 days later before we left the hospital. Krystyn

We took our daughter to Catherine Henderson after getting her recommended highly from several people--one who said that her baby's blocked tear duct problem went away after one visit. We went for both a blocked tear duct as well as to help our daughter's flat head problem. Indeed, my daughter's blocked tear duct did seem to disappear after 2 visits--it's hard to say whether or not this was directly from Catherine, but we're still taking our daughter to her and it seems to be a good thing. Her flat head is still somewhat flat, but so it goes. . .We like Catherine and more importantly our daughter seems to respond well. Leslie

[Editor Note Nov 2017: Catherine Henderson has notified us that she is no longer practicing in California.]

I used her for both my children in their early years, and highly recommend her. the first time was for some mild birth trauma my older daughter suffered from a c-section birth, and I felt her treatment made a real difference. the second time was when my 2nd daughter was getting ear infections with every cold. I took her to Catherine for 4 treatments, and she never got another ear infection, now 7 years later! She was great to deal with and wonderful with both my girls. Lucia

I brought my 2 year old to Catherine for cranial sacral work related to ear infections and had a positive experience with her and good results over time. She's got good hands and training. Miriam


Has had anyone had any experience with an osteopath, Katherine Henderson, and the use of cranial therapy to treat recurrent ear infections in an infant? This was recommended to me by Christine at the Hahnemann Clinic. Claudia

[Editor Note Nov 2017: Catherine Henderson has notified us that she is no longer practicing in California.]

I can highly recommend Catherine Henderson. My 8 year old son who had cronic ear infections and short term partial hearing loss has gotten alot of help from Catherine. -Wilma