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Cathleen Bender, PT

Cathleen Bender, PT

Cathleen is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University School of
Medicine earning a BS degree in Physical Therapy. She has
completed level 1 and 2 certifications with the International School of
Detoxification with Dr. Robert Morse in Florida. She also completed
her BA at Augustana College with majors in Biology and pre-Physical
Therapy.

Cathleen has been a successful business owner for over 20 years.
During the course of her 33-year career, she has worked in various
settings including the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and
Neuroresearch, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Cancer
Treatment Centers of America. She spent 10 years in Northern
California doing manual therapy for the Kaiser Permanente facilities
along with a Sacramento Sports medicine clinic. Cathleen is a certified
Lymphedema therapist with Advanced Head and Neck Lymphedema
Certifications. She has over 20 years of experience as a Neurolink
practitioner in addition to advanced Craniosacral, Myofascial Release,
and Visceral Manipulation training.

  • Traveled to Australia to become Academy Level Certified with Dr.
    Allan Phillips
  • Completed Advanced Visceral manipulation program with Jean-
    Pierre Barral
  • Lymphatic drainage technique with Bruno Chikly and the Norton
    School
  • Trained with the original founder of the Craniosacral Method John
    Upledger completing advanced level training
  • Myofascial Release training with the John Barnes Institute in Sedona
  • Completed a one year program in Australian Manual Therapy
  • Completed Level I and II Herbal Detoxification with Dr. Robert Morse
    in Punta Gorda FL including iridology
  • Went on a Spiritual journey to visit world-renowned spiritual healer
    John of God in Abadiania, Brazil
  • Certified yoga instructor
  • Completed training in Brain Integration technique in Boulder Colorado
    with Susan McCrossin
  • Completed studies with the Emotional Melt Technique with Randall
    Robirds, DC
  • Attended numerous alternative bodywork and personal development
    classes at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA


Her dedication to finding answers to her own health issues began after
she suffered from toxic shock in 1985. She continued her quest to find
relief from symptoms after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr and
Chronic Fatigue. She was introduced to alternative therapies and
treatments in her early 20’s and continues to study alternative
methods of healing the body and mind in the pursuit of finding the path
to true wellness.

In her personal life, Cathleen has traveled throughout Europe, Japan,
Australia and the United States. She lived and worked in Northern CA
for 10 years prior to relocating back to the Chicago area. She has two
children. Her daughter is presently living and working abroad in
Seville, Spain and her son is in his freshman year of college.