About John

John van Dorp The foundation of my work is my belief that every “body” is designed to be well. I also believe in the body’s natural ability to heal, and that it “knows” what to do.

John van Dorp
The foundation of my work is my belief that every “body” is designed to be well. I also believe in the body’s natural ability to heal, and that it “knows” what to do.

It was my good fortune to grow up in a family that valued health and taught me to take responsibility for keeping and maintaining it. Our home was infused with the teachings of health pioneers who taught and practiced natural healing.

Holistic health became my passion. My career began in psychology spurred by my curiosity about the “body-mind-spirit” connection. As a psychotherapist, I became keenly aware of the impact of stress on the mind and body. My fascination with bodywork led me to become trained as a massage therapist, eventually focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine disciplines. The power of touch, I learned, can bypass the mind, reduce stress and promote healing at an energetic level.

Meanwhile, my lifelong interest in nutrition deepened, convincing me that, of all factors, diet has the most profound and lasting effect on our health. I began to embrace the possibility of optimum  health for anyone who wanted to achieve it. I turned my attention to studying nutrition to fill in this important piece of my holistic education. In my work today, I integrate my knowledge of psychology, bodywork and nutrition, as well as my personal healing experiences. Each discipline has taught me that optimum health does not just happen on its own. Instead, it is a manifestation of our belief system and our conscious effort to be well.

My journey has taken me from North Carolina to San Francisco via Atlanta and Chicago. For 25 years my wife, Margery, and I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, in my Santa Rosa practice, I work as a health practitioner focusing on Asian bodywork addressing pain and stress. To my clients I offer my experience, my education, my insights, and my hope.

 
MISSION 

My mission is to partner with my clients, addressing their symptoms and supporting them in their quest for healthy bodies and fulfilled  lives.

EDUCATION

  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA – M.Ed. (psychology)
  • Bauman College, Penngrove, CA – Nutrition Consultant Certificate, NC
  • Adena De Joya Center for Spiritual Education – Santa Rosa, CA – Intuitive Listening
  • Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA – Asian Bodywork Certificate, CMT

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • National Association of Nutritional Professionals, NANP
  • American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, AOBTA
  • California Massage Therapy Council, CAMT
  • Weston A. Price Foundation, WAPF