OUR INSTRUCTORS

Our instructors are masters in the healing art and science of Bowen Therapy. They are practicing and teaching across the country and around the world. Becoming an Instructor at Bowen College requires dedication, passion and a truly holistic, flexible approach to education! 

Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND

Location: 3335 W.4th Ave
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Contact: [email protected]

“The art of Bowen is evident in its skillful application, comprehensive understanding of the body’s path to healing, and the integrity and intuitive mindfulness of its therapists”    – Dr. Manon Bolliger

Dr. Manon Bolliger helps her patients discover that health is freedom, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional, mental and spiritual level as well. Recognized for her level of expertise, and passion for healing, she has become one of Canada’s leading classical homeopaths and BowenFirst™ practitioners. During the past two decades, Dr. Bolliger has helped thousands of patients, from all walks of life to heal themselves, ranging from rural farmers in Nova Scotia, corporate CEOs in Toronto to Tri-Athletes in BC.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bolliger has honed and diversified her skills, teaching and training students in health care and pain relief, while creating a healing movement that embraces symptoms, as opposed to fighting them. A collaborative doctor-patient relationship is key to her healing approach. She helps each patient understand the vital role they have to play in their own unique healing process, so they can go beyond the diagnosis, to experience true health. “BowenFirst Therapy serves as a vehicle to empower people in their own experiences through their bodies and their limitless capacity to transform and heal – all the while acknowledging their own contexts, their experiences and exploring their mindsets for health.”    

In 2007, she founded Bowen College, the first Canadian college of its type to embrace and enhance the legacy of Tom Bowen, offering Bowen therapy courses and certification, around the world. Bowen College is the only college to incorporate the art and science of Bowen therapy and Dr. Bolliger’s unique L.I.S.T.E.N methodology into its curriculum. “Our purpose is to inspire and educate practitioners and the general public to trust in the wisdom of the body by offering an approach that is gentle, effective, and safe for pain and stress elimination.”

In addition to being director of Bowen College and the Cornerstone Health Centre, in Vancouver, BC, Dr. Bolliger, still finds time to capture audiences as an inspirational author and speaker — sharing her revolutionary insights into healing and the mind, body relationship.

 

Wanda Parks

Location: 6010-90 Ave
City: Edmonton
Province: Alberta
Contact: [email protected]

Wanda Parks is a Senior Bowen Instructor with Bowen College. She has 30 years experience of working with the body, where she has accumulated in-depth knowledge of the human body from the cellular level to the manipulation of body tissue. As well she has studied with leading experts in the field of FASCIA. Wanda was a Cytotechnologist for 18 years where she taught in the Cytotechnology Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, along with Histopathology and Hematology Laboratory classes. She set up and ran the Cytology Department at one of Edmonton’s main hospitals.

Wanda instructed for 5 years Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology in the Massage Therapy Program at Metro Community College in Edmonton. Where she also did curriculum development and taught in the Acupressure Certification Program combined with managing the holistic Therapy Program. Wanda’s career path shows the breadth of her education. Wanda used her deep intrinsic knowledge of the human body to develop the Anatomy and Physiology, Palpations and Fascial Connection courses for Bowen College. Wanda is founder of Insight Holistic Health in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a Bowen Therapist, Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Nutritional Consultant and has completed training in Somatoemotional Release, Pediatric Craniosacral, Visceral Manipulation and Myofascial Release Techniques. Her teaching and practitioner experience positions Wanda to teach Bowen students to facilitate their clients to wholeness on all levels – emotional, mental, spiritual and physical.

Student Testimonials

“I enjoyed her friendly openness, enthusiasm, and her passion for the material.”...Sandeep Vaid

“Excellent knowledge, clear instruction, relaxed and humorous.”...Monica Robinson

“No dull moments! Wanda is a skilled teacher and therapist. I was pleased to be able to take the course with her.” ...Christine Rickard

 

Dr. Connie Pugliese

Location: 106 Eleanor Circle
City: Richmond Hill
Province: Ontario
Contact: [email protected]

Dr. Connie Pugliese received her BA in Kinesiology at York University in 1998.  Since then she has had a passion for health and wellness.  That is why she continued her education to receive her diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2002. In her 4th year of naturopathic studies Connie was introduced to the Bowen technique and felt that it was a perfect therapy to compliment her skills for helping people with all sorts of pain.

Dr. Connie completed her Bowen Technique training in 2002 and became a teaching assistant with Dr. Manon Bolliger ND at CCNM.  She continued training to the advanced practitioner level and now shares her knowledge and experience with the many students and graduates in BCI’s mentoring program and as an Instructor.

Dr. Connie is thrilled to be able to teach this wonderful technique to interested people.  She has a private practice in Richmond Hill and treats all ages and all conditions with both naturopathic and Bowen techniques.

 

Student Testimonials

“The clarity of the course material and hands-on quality was immediately useful.”
Delwyn Higgens

“Connie really knows what she is doing and gives me confidence to perform the moves and be effective.”
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“Lots of time for practice, and great feedback- Top notch!”  ...T. Allen

“This was my first contact with Bowen and I love it! Connie has a lot of patience. I am impressed- I would love this course to be longer!”...Joana Gyorgy

 

Amber Korobkina

Location: 3031 Dundas Street
City: Burlington
Province: Ontario
Email – [email protected]

Everything changed for Amber Korobkina when she injured herself at work several years ago. What she thought was a pulled muscle progressed to be the most excruciating pain she had ever endured, leading her down the path of every type of therapy imaginable.
Despite her quest for relief, the condition continued to worsen and Amber was told by her doctor that her only hope would be to undergo spinal surgery.


Amber’s life took a turn for the better when a co-worker recommended Bowen Therapy. Just a few treatments of this Australian technique proved to be the turning point for Amber, and her back problem is now a distant memory.

After a heartfelt decision to go back to school and become a professional Bowen practitioner, Amber has mastered the Bowen Technique, providing treatments to thousands of others in pain. A certified iridologist with her degree in nutrition, she now owns a chain of natural health clinics offering Bowen treatments along with other natural modalities. Trained by Bowtech’s senior instructors as well as Ossie and Elaine Rentsch, Amber embraces the opportunity to share her passion for the Bowen technique with the
students of Bowen College.

 

 

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Cathy Sevcik

Location: 3335 W. 4th Ave
City: Vancouver
Province: British Columbia
Contact: [email protected]

Dr Cathy Sevcik, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practising at Cornerstone Health Centre in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. She is a graduate of Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) and is a member of British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She is a BowenFirst™ therapist and has completed further training in NST and Smart Bowen. Cathy studied Nutrition at the University of Alberta prior to becoming an ND.

After spending 20 years as a Chartered Accountant, Cathy was inspired to become an ND as a result of her own personal health journey. With natural medicine, she was able to overcome significant digestive issues and then later was able to eliminate her body pain when she discovered Bowen therapy. Naturally as a result, Cathy serves many patients with similar issues to those she has overcome. In addition to her clinical practice, Cathy leads the Introductory Reboot Your Body Workshops at Bowen College in Vancouver in order to spread the knowledge of the amazing practice of Bowen.

 

Diane Fownes

Location: 3161 Mountain Road
City: Moncton
Province: New Brunswick
Contact: [email protected]

Diane graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelorʼs Degree in Sport Science, concentration in Kinesiology in 1984. Her desire to continue in the medical Field lead to a two year continuation of her studies to become a Registered Nurse in 1986. After extensive travel experiences throughout Europe and the US for 18 years, practicing nursing as well as teaching in areas of fitness and health, she decided to become a Bowen Practitioner in 2004.

Diane has continued to further her studies in Bowen Therapy. The last few years she has returned to California and most recently to Vancouver learning advancements to add to her existing experience and knowledge.The last three years have found Diane back in her hometown of Moncton, NB, where her business Body by Bowen, specializes in treatments focusing on Alternative Therapies utilizing Bowen Therapy, NST, Advanced treatment of TMJ disorders, as well as Essential Oil therapy and Massage Therapy. Her designation as a Naturopath allows for Insurance Coverage for most health insurance companies in the Maritimes.

 

Denise Rochon

Location: Sequoia Naturopathic Centre, 8442 Redrooffs Road,
City: Halfmoon Bay
Province: British Columbia
Contact: [email protected]

I first graduated as a Registered Nurse in Quebec City in 1979. For the next five years, I worked as a nurse in an Inuit community in the Arctic and in Montreal with children suffering from cancer and other degenerative and chronic conditions. In 1985, I graduated from the Nurse‑Midwifery Program at St‑John’s University, Newfoundland, and subsequently worked at a high-risk maternity hospital in Montreal. Seven years of nursing and caring for those involved in the passages of birth and death played a determining role in my professional development. More than ever, I was convinced that there were certainly in nature some other approaches or methods that could prevent and alleviate the suffering of so many, and help in the cure of their chronic ailments.

This belief led me to a search for alternatives and eventually, to naturopathic medicine, homeopathy and to Bowen therapy. Although they are gentle in approach, these methods are of a preventative and healing nature while being safe and empowering.

For me, naturopathic medicine has become more than a medical system. It is an art of living where there is harmony with the laws of nature, the self, others and the surrounding world. My work is my life. My life thrives through my work.

Since offering my services on the Sunshine Coast and opening the Sequoia Naturopathic Health Centre in 2011, I have supported hundreds of clients to restore their health, build strength and create freedom in their lives.

It is for me a real privilege, honour and joy to be working with you.

Naomi Whelan

Location: 1810 8th Street East, Unit 3
City: Saskatoon
Province: Saskatchewan
Contact: [email protected]

Naomi Whelan, ND received her BSc (hon) in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with high honours in 2006. This background instilled a deep appreciation of nature and the complex ways in which organisms develop, adapt and heal. She continued her studies at the Boucher Institute Naturopathic Medicine and currently practices at True Potential Health in Saskatoon, SK.

Naomi discovered the healing potential of Bowen Therapy while seeking treatment for chronic neck pain. As a gentle treatment that stimulates the body’s innate healing response, it fit perfectly with the philosophies of Naturopathic Medicine. This inspired her to become a certified Bowen First therapist and finds it has been an excellent addition to her clinical practice. Naomi is a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

 

 

Advance Course Instructors

Ron Phelan


Location: 20 Bonnyvale Road
City: Ocean Grove. Victoria
Country: Australia.
Contact: [email protected]

Australian born and living in the Geelong area, Ron originally trained in remedial massage, Bowen technique in 1996 and since 1998 has been practicing predominantly with NST with his clients.
Working in the Geelong region, he has had the opportunity to treat many Tom Bowen’s original patients. This has given him an invaluable insight to the understanding, efficacy and history of both the man and the technique. He has also had exposure to the work of three of the original students of Tom Bowen’s in either workshop or in clinical practice. Ron brings to this workshop many years teaching combined with many hours of practical experience as a therapist.

Ron organised the official monument to Tom Bowen which now stands in the park across from the house the Tom originally started practice, in 1957. In 2003, he initiated the “Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund” in honour of Tom Bowen’s work in Geelong. The fund was setup to further the legacy of Tom’s work with children with disabilities. Ron is committed to the development and further understanding of this unique Australian mode of therapy. Ron Phelan has trained under three of Tom Bowenʼs original students, also having had treatment from four of the original six.

He practices in the Geelong region on many of Tomʼs past patients. He blends this rich experience with that of the knowledge gained from the work of Dr Stack in the USA and Dr Mahony in Australia to present this unique insight to the function of the TMJ. In 2011, Ron presented this work to group of Dentists in Sydney and plans in 2012 to continue spreading the knowledge of the TMJ to health practitioners around the world.

 

FRANK J. DIMAIO

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Location: Suite 207-1005 Elgin St. West
City: Cobourg, ON
Country: Canada
Contact: [email protected]


Frank holds a B.A. in Psychology, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1978 and obtained a Master of Science degree in International Relations in 2003.

He also did post graduate work as a candidate for a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology from 1989-1991 with Dr. Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, DACAN, DABCN, DACNB.. Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Parker College; Professor of Clinical Neurology, Carrick Institute.

Frank pursued his training in Bowen Technique from the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in an effort to find a less invasive therapy to address acute and chronic pain as a result of musculoskeletal imbalances and dis-ease of the human condition. He also provides this gentle and specialized technique of Fascia Bowen as a complimentary and palliative form of treatment for children with special needs. He also received certification from the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto and the HANDLE Institute to enhance his understanding of ASD. 

He teaches Fascia Bowen Technique, Clinical Assessment and Anatomy of Palpation for Bowen Practitioners and other health professionals. He also holds workshops for parents of special needs children and gives informative presentations to parent support groups; a frequent radio guest discussing a range of topics from autism, dietary needs of special needs children with GI tract imbalances and Fascia Bowen as a treatment protocol. He maintains a private practice in Cobourg, Ontario.

Frank is a member of Fascia Research Society, Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education Network (PEDCAM), Children's Complimentary Therapy Network (CCTN), Icare4autism, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices. 

Randy Barber

Country: Australia

Randy has trained in sports and remedial massage, tuina, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.

He holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage and has practitioner qualifications in Bowen Therapy from three internationally recognized schools. Randy holds a postgraduate qualification in vocational teaching and has run workshops in the treatment and prevention of common occupational soft tissue injuries.

He has recently been appointed UK and European instructor for an Australian Bowen Therapy Training academy and currently runs practitioner level for the school.

 

 

 

 

Graham Pennington

Location: 861 Raglan Pde 
City: Warrnambool, Victoria
Country: Australia
Contact: [email protected]

For more than two decades, Graham Pennington has been practicing Bowen therapy, naturopathy and acupuncture in his busy, multi-practitioner clinic in Warrnambool, Australia.

As a young naturopathic graduate, he was introduced to the Bowen technique when he took over the running of Ossie Rentsch’s clinic in Hamilton in 1989. This unique opportunity provided an intense exposure to the system of therapeutic bodywork that would become such an important component of his professional life.

In addition to his experience in Hamilton, Graham has also received extensive mentoring and invested many hours observing Dr. Romney Smeeton DC in his Geelong clinic.

He has spent the last twenty-three years practicing, teaching, and developing the Bowen technique. In this book he seeks to share his clinical knowledge and experience with the practicing Bowen therapist.

Check out Graham’s webpage here: www.bowenseminars.com.au