Jane Gatanis, MS, OTR/L, CST-T

Jane Gatanis, MS, OTR/L, CST-T

Jane Gatanis has a Masters in Science in Occupational Therapy and is a certified CranioSacral Therapist. She has been employed in many New York City hospitals and practices including Beth Israel Medical Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and NYU Rusk Institute and Integrative Pediatrics.

Since 1991 Jane has intensively studied CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release with Dr. John Upledger and the Upledger Institute, Visceral Manipulation with Jean-Pierre Barral, Lymphatic Drainage with Bruno Chikly and other modalities with the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners. She has studied with Dr. Michael Shea, Sheila Frick and is a graduate of the IM School of Healing Arts in New York City.

Jane has an extensive medical background in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, a specialty in unresolved injuries and complex pain, and combines her knowledge and skills in infant and pediatric Occupational Therapy in her CranioSacral Therapy and Manual Therapy practice.

Jane provides lectures and services for outreach programs throughout New York City at major hospitals, community based programs and medical practices including Cornell-Weill Hospital, Soho Parenting and Integrative Pediatrics.

Work Highlights

  • N.Y.U. Rusk Institute, NYC: Clinician in adult physical rehabilitation for both neurological and orthopedic clients

  • Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC, orthopedic and hand therapy 

  • Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC,  developed an outpatient Hand Therapy department

  • Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, BIMC, NYC, designed and managed the new outpatient Physical Rehabilitation clinic at Union Square

  • Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC: Liaison to Pain and Palliative Care Department: provided manual therapy for clients with chronic and unresolved pain

  • American Refugee Committee, Evaluated and treated disabled children in Thai Refugee Camp. 1986-1987

Volunteer Work & Recent Education

  • Trauma Relief 9/11: International CST volunteers providing multiple hands treatment in NYC for victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Intensive CST Program: New Mexico: Support therapist

  • Presented on CST to the NY American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Introduced Upledger "Healing Hands"  to students at the United Nations International School

  • Published an article for the Journal of Occupational Therapy: Experienced a year abroad providing OT to children with disabilities in a refugee camp in Thailand

CranioSacral therapy used on canines and cats

CranioSacral therapy used on canines and cats

Therapy for Canines

  • Woodstock NY Animal Sanctuary: Volunteer healing animals

  • Best Friends Animal Shelter, NYC: CST with canines and cats

Dolphins used to assist client sessions

Dolphins used to assist client sessions

Dolphin Assisted Therapy


  • Licensed Occupational Therapist in N.Y.

  • Certified in CranioSacral Therapy Techniques by the Upledger Institute

  • Certified by the National Certification Board of Occupational Therapy

  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

  • Member of the American Holistic Health Association