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.

The foundation of my work is my belief that every “body” is designed to be well.

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, could 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 a 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 an in-depth study of nutrition to round out my 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 happen without our input. In fact, I eventually came to realize that health is a combined result of our beliefs, our attitude, and our consciousness.

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 to address pain and stress. To my clients I offer my experience, my education, my insights, and my hope.

My mission is to empower each client  to listen to their body, to balance their energy, and to take charge of their life. 


  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA – M.Ed. (psychology)
  • Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA – Asian Bodywork Certificate, CMT
  • Bauman College, Penngrove, CA – Nutrition Consultant Certificate, NC


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