Read about our Founder's Vision and Our Mission
Osteopathy as a form of manual therapy is new and growing in popularity and demand in Ontario. With this nascent popularity comes a shortage of continuing education for qualified Osteopaths who wish to update or expand their clinical skills. Other Allied Health Care Professionals adept at Manual Therapy may also wish to advance their learning by following continuing education seminars in the field of Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
The Institute for Continuing Education of Osteopathy (ICEO) was founded by Maureen Norah Maher, Internationally Accredited Osteopath Practitioner, in order to address the shortage off Osteopathic Continuing Education. As Alternative Medicine therapies grow in popularity in Ontario, so do the various Associations who represent these Practitioners. Increasingly, these Associations are creating Continuing Education requirements for their members, yet the number of Continuing Education courses available within the field of Osteopathy are very few in Ontario. We at the ICEO strive to change all that. To read more about the Biography and Credentials of our Founder, please scroll down and read the section entitled "Our Team".
What Participants are Saying About Us:
"Maureen is one of the best instructors in this art form that I have ever had! Her knowledge and hands on are great. Maureen brings a great deal of needed substance to this powerful form of treatment. Anyone wanting to improve their cranial skill set should study with Maureen." Jan Murray, DO(MP) Dec 2014
Meet our Team
Maureen currently practice in Ontario under the legislated title of Manual Osteopath Practitioner. Unlike abbreviate Osteopathy courses than are currently offered in Ontario, Maureen has met all requirements for becoming a Primary Care Practitioner of Osteopathy according to international standards. This includes a university degree in the health sciences, 3-6 years of intensive study within the field of Osteopathy, the completion of a thesis, accreditation evaluation as a primary care practitioner, writing and publication of dozens of case studies. Maureen is trained in medical imaging including radiology and MRIs according to international Osteopathic standards, but cannot legally requisition such imaging in Ontario.
Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas. She is currently a member in good standing with the Society of Osteopaths of Canada (SOC), was an accredited member the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals (OFOP) from 2012 to 2015, has been a member of the Corporation des Praticiens en Medecine Douces du Quebec since 2002, is a former member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy in British Columbia, as well as being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.
In 2008 she underwent accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, Western Australia. This led to an offer to practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice in South East Asia. She also completed partial accreditation with the General Osteopathic Council in the United Kingdom (GOSC, UK) but due to the prevailing economic conditions in Europe, chose not to complete this accreditation . She completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University with a major in Psychology in 1989. She then completed her Osteopathic training in 2003 with the College d'osteopathie du Quebec a Montreal where she was awarded the title Doctor of Osteopathy. Maureen chose the COQM for its curriculum emphasis on Cranial Osteopathy and studied under French Cranial Osteopath Jean Lemoyne for a full year, as well as an additional 2-3 years of complete Osteopathic training under other great European Osteopaths and Medical Professionals. Her thesis was within the field of Cranial Osteopathy, examining the connection between Temporal Lobe Disorders and Myofascial and Muscular Chain Links. Maureen's interest in healthcare has taken her from the east coast to the west coast of Canada to Europe, Australia, as well as Southeast Asia where she worked in Singapore alongside a fully international team of health care practitioners.
For eight years Maureen was the owner and director of Centre Osteopathie Plus, a multi-disciplinary clinic on the north shore of Montreal, where she successfully treated hundreds of patients each year. Many of her patients came to her via word-of-mouth, but increasingly patients were also referred by family physicians, specialists, and other health care practitioners. To date, Maureen has treated over three thousand patients.
Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design of a new Osteopathic College here in Ontario, and has taught continuing education seminars at the Ontario College of Osteopathy in Markham, Ontario as well as in Quebec, and Singapore. She has written many articles that were published in various community newspapers and magazines across Canada, and is currently writing a professional autobiography that will be entitled "Confessions of an Osteopath". Students of Osteopathy continuing education say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative. Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies. Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them. Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions. As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.
Maureen is fluent in English, French, and Spanish and offers osteopathic educational seminars in English and French. She currently practices Osteopathy in Toronto. To learn more about her practice, please visit www.osteomaureen.webs.com .
Ashley Loarcina, RMT
On-Site Seminar Coordinator
Ashley is an RMT who practices Massage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy in the Barrie region. She is a member in good standing with the CMTO. Ashley has several years of experience treating musculo-skeletal conditions and recently trained with the ICEOO in Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy for adults.
Ashley is the ICEOO's on-site "Go-To" person at any one of our courses or seminars. She assists our Instructors in classroom set up, audio-visual equipment, and can address any Registration questions you might have during break time or after a seminar.
When arriving at a Seminar, Ashley will greet you with your nametag and Workbook. Feel free to speak with her about any questions or concerns you might have.
Saradha is our online Registration Coordinator. She is the contact person when submitting your Registration Forms and/or payment information via email. Saradha processes and tracks all course and seminar registrations, prepares Certificates of Completion and payment receipts and is the online point of contact with Participants regarding any questions you might have about seminar dates, location, ect. If you have any questions regarding the above subjects, please send Saradha an email at [email protected] If your question is of a more technical nature, she will forward your email to our Educational Director or the appropriate Instructor.