Empowering clinicians to expand their knowledge and therapeutic skills beyond traditional manual therapy, thereby optimizing treatment for their clients.
Lead Instructors for Fascia Courses:
Doreen Killens Kinatex West Island
Betsy Ann Baron Kinatex Sports Physio Rockland
Assistants for Fascia Courses:
Nathalie Savard Apex Physio Québec
Instructors for Manual Therapy for the Cranium Level 1:
Myriam Hobbs Physio Élite
Lead Instructor for Manual Therapy for the Cranium Level 2:
Assistant for Manual Therapy for the Cranium Level 2:
Doreen Killens is a valued and well respected physiotherapist and educator. A graduate of McGill University, she specialized in the field of Orthopaedics to receive her FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) qualifications in 1991. She is also certified in Intramuscular Stimulation. Her career path led to becoming an instructor, examiner, and ultimately, a chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA’s fellowship examinations (CAMPT). She has extensive experience in curriculum development both for the CAMPT program and her own series of courses.
In the 1980s, the curriculum of courses for the Orthopedic Division was primarily focused on the articular system, as were most manual therapy programs world-wide. While the program is still strongly based in the articular system, it has evolved to include more neuromyofascial concepts for manual therapy as well as the pain sciences. However, what appears to still be missing is an evidence-informed, clinically reasoned approach for the assessment and treatment of fascial dysfunction, including the fascia inside the cranium.
For 25 years Doreen was a Clinical director and co-proprietor of a private practice in Montreal (with Elaine Maheu). She has continued to maintain an on-going clinical practice for over 40 years, with a particular interest in the field of headaches and myofascial dysfunction. She is the developer of a physiotherapy approach to treatment of the myofascial body called Mobilization of the Myofascial System (MMS)
- Upper Quadrant
- Lower Quadrant
- Advanced Course (Integration of Quadrants)
In addition, she teaches a two-level course system entitled
- Manual Therapy for the Cranium, Level 1
- Manual Therapy for the Cranium , Level 2
She is the author of a textbook called “Mobilizing the Myofascial System – A Clinical Guide to the Assessment and Treatment of Myofascial Dysfunctions”, published by Handspring Publishing (2018).
Betsy Ann Baron
Founder of Baron Bodyworks, BetsyAnn Baron is a valued and well-respected massage therapist and educator. She started her practice in 1991 and has been teaching since 2006.
Her early training consisted of Kinetic Swedish Massage and Masso-Kinesitherapy at Kine-Concept Institute, segueing almost immediately into Cranio-sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation through the Upledger Institute. In 2001 she became a certified CORE Myofascial Therapist, a technique taught by George Kousaleos, rapidly followed by an IASI recognized certification in CORE Structural Integration. Simultaneously, BetsyAnn studied with Stuart Taws in Soft Tissue Release and with Aaron Mattes in Active Isolated Stretch, adding therapeutic stretching techniques to her repertoire.
BetsyAnn’s cumulative experiences have resulted in the development of the 3-level course curriculum: Structural Myofascial Therapy (SMFT)®. She currently teaches courses in SMFT® throughout Canada and Europe, offering her expertise to colleagues interested in developing their practice with this particular philosophy.
In 2007, BetsyAnn Baron teamed up with Doreen Killens to co-teach a comprehensive education curriculum on the myofascial system for physiotherapists.
Myriam Hobbs graduated from McGill University in 1994.
She obtained her Fellowship from the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) in 2000 and since that time she has been teaching manual therapy in Quebec. In addition, she has been teaching manual therapy in France since 2012.
Myriam is co-owner of orthopedic physiotherapy clinics in the North Shore of Montreal and has a particular interest in dysfunctions of cranial system, dura and fascia. Myriam took her first craniosacral course with Doreen Killens in 2005 and became her assistant in 2014.
Nathalie graduated from Laval University in 1991. Since the beginning of her practice, she has shown great interest in orthopedic clients and, in particular, in headache and migraine cases. Today, she supports her interventions with training in manual therapy, dry needling techniques and global postural reeducation. She has been using the myofascial approach for over 15 years and has been assisting Doreen Killens in her MMS courses since 2012.
Nathalie is co-owner of physiotherapy clinics in the Quebec City area. She is an instructor in the continuing education program of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ), as well as a university teacher and lecturer in vestibular rehabilitation in Quebec and Europe.
Isabelle graduated from Laval University in 2001. She has always had a keen interest in manual orthopedic therapy, pediatric neuromotor development and treatment approaches that support the whole person. Since 2005, she has pursued a special interest in the myofascial and craniosacral approaches to treatment. These approaches are an integral part of her practice for both adult and pediatric patients. She has been assisting Doreen Killens in her MMS courses since 2014.
Isabelle works as a physiotherapist in a clinic located on the north shore of Quebec City. She is also the owner of a pediatric company where she is a trainer and lecturer in neuro-motor development. She is also a lecturer in the Physiotherapy Program at Laval University.
Liette Théroux graduated from the Université de Montréal in 1990. She worked in a hospital environment until 2002 and since then she has been practicing in a private clinic with an essentially orthopedic adult clientele. In 2005, she passed her intermediate exam in orthopedic manual therapy. She uses fascia techniques daily in her practice. She integrates them with her knowledge of manual orthopedic therapy, mobilization of the neuro-meningeal system and neuromuscular stabilization. In addition, she has assisted Doreen Killens in mobilization courses of the myo-fascial system since 2015. She is also co-author an article published in the journal Breastfeeding Medecine in 2019, outlining the musculoskeletal problems that contribute to pain in breastfeeding mothers. This article highlights the issues related to the control of the thoracic ring and myofascial tension.
Louise graduated from McGill in 1994. She began her career in the USA, where she was first introduced to the concept of the myofascial system (which had not been in the curriculum at that time) by John Barnes. On her return, she opened a clinic with two other therapists that they ran for five years. After this, the next challenge was to work at Physiothérapie Maheu-Killens. Working at this clinic allowed her to refine her clinical reasoning as well as beginning her exploration into Doreen’s approach to craniosacral therapy and myofascial release. She obtained her FCAMPT in 2008. She began teaching with Doreen in 2014 and has been teaching at the APQMO in Quebec as well as in France.
Her current focus of practise is within the persistant pain population, a group that is frequent in our practice but that is frequently misunderstood as well as a challenge to treat.
Claire has been working as a massage therapist since 1997, having graduated in Swedish Kinetics Massage® and Lymphatic Drainage at the Kiné-Concept Institute. It was in 2002 that Claire Barro began a specialization in myofascial therapy at the CORE Institute, a technique she now favors in her practice. She has also taken courses in massage therapy with Jacques Tétreault (study of pathologies, mobilization techniques and neuromuscular therapy) as well as other myofascial system mobilization courses, offered jointly by Doreen Killens and BetsyAnn Baron. In 2009 she enrolled in a professional course in Craniosacral balancing including somato-emotional liberation.
Claire Barro presently practices massage therapy at the Kinatex Rockland Physiotherapy Clinic. She is a teacher and co-teacher of Structural Myofascial Therapy® (SMFT) and has been assisting in the Myofascial Body Treatment courses which combine MMS techniques developed by Doreen Killens and BetsyAnn Baron’s SMFT® .