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Kendra, who holds a B.A. in Psychology, an Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, is an Ordained Minister, and holds a multitude of holistic healing certifications, brings together a wide range of expertise.

With an Occupational Therapy career spanning 1996 to 2017, Kendra worked in acute care hospitals, home care, and outpatient clinics, specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation from 2011 to 2016. At Linn-Benton Community College, she taught Occupational Therapy from 2013 to 2020 and occasionally serves as a guest lecturer.

Kendra's impact extends beyond clinical settings. She founded the PNW Head Injury support group in Astoria, Oregon, in 2012 and served on the Board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) from 2013 to 2021, including roles as secretary and president. She played an instrumental role in the Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference, sharing her insights as an annual speaker and facilitator.

In 2017, Kendra launched her Holistic Healing practice, blending modalities like Tensegrity Medicine, Bowenwork, Reiki, sound therapy, Ancestral restoration, somatic awareness, and Quantum Consciousness Facilitation. Her approach focuses on mind, body, and spirit alignment, guiding clients toward holistic wellness and personal growth.

 
Kendra's Philosophy

Kendra firmly embraces the innate wholeness and healing potential within each person. Her own life journey, marked by triumph over childhood trauma, numerous traumatic injuries, and experience of death and loss, fuels her unwavering passion to guide others toward self-healing. She emphasizes that the answers lie within and that the realm of possibilities is boundless.

A Glimpse into Kendra's World

Kendra's essence lies in her connection to people, nature, and animals. As a teacher, traveler, and inspirational speaker, she radiates enthusiasm and loves to spread joy and hope everywhere she goes. With three grown daughters, two dogs, and one cat, cherished moments with loved ones are her priority. Kendra has a 'thing' for Vintage trailers and currently owns and cares for Millie, a 1955 Beemer built in her home state of Michigan, and Mabel, a 1959 Kurmann Fireball built in California.

Kendra's lineage spans Finland, the British Isles, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway, and Scotland. Her journey began on Potawatomi land in West Michigan, and today, she resides on Clatsop land in Astoria, Oregon, acknowledging and being grateful for the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territory of the Chinook Peoples and the Chinook Indian Nation.

 

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SISU

SISU begins when perseverance ends.

SISU is a Finnish word to describe a mindset that enables individuals to reach beyond their present limitations, take action against all odds, and transform barriers into frontiers.


 

Tensegrity Medicine as my overall approach

 

How this approach differs from traditional methods?

  • No longer relies on outdated biomechanics model for assessment, instead looking at 3-dimensional balance.

  • Is not trying to find symmetry but explores the unique expression of the client.

  • No longer depending upon the approach that the therapist is the 'fixer', however, facilitates the client's own self-healing mechanisms to guide the session. The system knows how to heal itself, given the optimal causes and conditions.

  • Is not operating from a disease model, but a wholeness paradigm.

  • Is not about treating the 'site of pain' but the system as a whole.

  • The sense of safety creates the opportunity for change to occur.

  • The inner 'ecosystem' is reflected in the physical form. Our perceptions, beliefs, and states are driving our behaviors and our physical tension patterns and morphogenic expression.

  • Minimal therapeutic input has a maximal clinical output. Targeted accurate interventions will allow the system to shift on its own.

  • A systematic superficial to deep treatment approach is most effective. If compensations are taken away before there is safety and resourcing, the change will never be integrated.
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