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Biography

Phyllis Gordon obtained her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University in 1981. A specialist in manual therapy, Phyllis began her career at Jacobi Hospital, where she worked in adolescent and adult psychiatric units,before moving on practice hospital and school-based pediatric occupational therapy.

Her career path next revealed the unique benefits made possible by combining manual therapy techniques with traditional therapeutic activities and exercise. While exploring her aptitude for manual therapies, Phyllis expanded her expertise by studying at the Upledger Institute with former Michigan State Professor of Biomechanics and craniosacral pioneer Dr. John Upledger, lymphatic drainage and brain curriculum developer Bruno Chikly, MD, and Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral,  noted for his visceral manipulation techniques.  

As her education continued, Phyllis incorporated insights drawn from her extensive coursework in sensory integration and related treatment philosophies including DIR:Floortime and Brain Gym.

Testimonials

"My name is Livnat Hai-Choron and I brought my newborn to Phyllis Gordon because he failed two hearing tests. First hearing test took place when my son was two days old, he failed the test on the left ear. Second hearing test took place when my son was three weeks old and again he failed the test on the left ear. The Audiologist said there could be trapped amniotic fluid in the ears. At that point I decided not to wait for miracles and simply go to Phyllis, who also resolved my daughter's colic and acid reflux issues when she was four months old. When my son was four weeks old I took him to Phyllis. During the same treatment we both clearly heard fluid going down my son's tiny body from the face area to the bladder area. We saw Phyllis again a week later, when my son was five weeks old. She did another treatment on him. By the end of the second treatment his face completely changed. It turned very symmetrical, as I have noticed in before treatment and post treatment photos Phyllis and I took. The next morning my son had his third hearing test. My son passed the test on both ears and that was the end of this ordeal. Thank you Phyllis Gordon from sparing my son from continuous, more intervening hearing tests."

~Livnat Hai-Choron

"Phyllis has gifted hands and great insight into her patients. She is skilled in a wide ranger of manual therapy techniques and is able to titrate her treatment to the unique needs of each patient."

 ~Chaye Lamm Warburg, Teaneck, NJ, Director at Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

"I have had neck and upper back pain since being in a car accident when I was 6, and craniosacral therapy was the most effective pain management therapy I found. I started seeing Phyllis Gorden when I moved to New Jersey and needed to find a new therapist. Phyllis had an excellent blend of professional detail and personal attention.  She used a holistic approach that addressed both what was going well and what needed tweaking in all areas of my health, not just physical.  Her craniosacral sessions effectively kept my pain at bay, and her perceptive questions during therapy were always right on target.  She taught me more about how my body holds emotions, allowing me to read my physical signals better.  I have moved out of the local area now, but I still think of her warmly and appreciate the influence she has had in my life!"

~Karin Reese, California

“It's a shame that LinkedIn doesn't include a category for "Healers," because that's the category I would need to describe Phyllis. A few years ago, I was facing a challenging procedure and turned to Phyllis. Using a combination of profound expertise in her field of work, and something I can only describe as pure magic, Phyllis gently and painlessly realigned not only my neck and jaw, but also my energies. Her touch is informed, expert, and sure, and she brings the highest level of skill and integrity to her work.It is my pleasure to write this recommendation on her behalf."

~Charlotte Chandler Stone, CYT, E-RYT500   Founder & Director, Stone Center for Yoga & Health

“I have been a patient of Phyllis' for over 15 years.She is unlike any practitioner I have seen.She is an extremely knowledgeable and intuitive therapist.She works very quietly and methodically to figure your body out. She is often able to tell me what is wrong before I even speak!She takes the time to explain what she finds and provides exercises to do at home. I have NEVER left Phyllis' office without feeling better.I would highly recommend her to anyone needing an occupational therapist!”

~Jennifer Gonzales, Educational Consultant at Pearson Digital Learning, Hoboken,NJ

"I went to Phyllis for help with the tendonitis in my left arm/elbow, brought about (most likely) by playing my instrument. She zeroed in immediately on the spots that needed work with precision and an intuitive "radar", and I left feeling better than I had in weeks. Phyllis also gave me some stretches that have continued to improve the stiffness."

~Jacqueline Stern, Cellist, Tenafly, NJ

"I suffered a severe brain injury and was fortunate to have Phyllis treat my symptoms with brain curriculum and cranial sacral techniques.I have known Phyllis to be an extremely caring, compassionate and thoughtful person. And through her treatment during this extremely stressful time, I have experienced the talent, professionalism and knowledgeable that have made her renowned in her field.I have made significant improvement under Phyllis’s  thorough care, and am so grateful for the continuous support she has blessed me with."

~Nancy Vorbach, Sales Representative,  Leonia, NJ

"Phyllis is a gifted healer. I have gone to her with ailments and I don't even have to tell her where the pain is---she finds it. Through her gentle manipulation, she is able to get at the root of the discomfort & alleviate it. have taken my children to see her as well and she was able to help my son, who has asthma and my daughter, who had neck pain.Phyllis doesn't just treat your symptoms--she gets to know you as a person, and the healing becomes a natural progression.I wholeheartedly recommend Phyllis if you want a caring professional who gets results after the first treatment."

~Karen Letterman

"Our family has been treated by Phyllis for a variety of reasons, from mild traumatic brain injury, to TMJ, to herniated disks, to anxiety.During our search for improving our well-being with these issues, we had finally found success with Phyllis, and balance has been restored in our lives.

Phyllis has become essential for our healthcare needs.Her extensive knowledge, coupled with her gentle manner and compassion, makes her the ideal healer.She truly understands our individual needs and we are fortunate to have found her."

~M.E.B., NJ

"As an Occupational Therapist who has had training in a variety of manual therapy approaches, I can say with confidence that Phyllis Gordon has remarkable skills.Part of my initial impetus to seek some of that training was the experience of seeing Phyllis do a demonstration of craniosacral treatment at a program sponsored by the NJ Occupational Therapy Association.

To the untrained eye, she seemed to do nothing but hold her fingers in the ears of the volunteer patient but, to my amazement, one of the patient's hips (which had been in a somewhat abnormal position) slowly moved into perfect alignment... and the patient walked more comfortably.I have been treated by Phyllis, have had her treat family members and clients, and have participated in advanced training seminars which she has taught.I have seen her successfully address a wide range of problems including musculoskeletal, visceral, and even orthodontic issues.Great hands and a caring heart."

~Rochelle Bukatman Tropp

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