The goal of Osteopathic treatment is to improve human health through the restoration of motion in all structures and systems of the human body, allowing each person to express optimal health and reach their highest potential in life.
My practice of Traditional Osteopathy.
Health is a very individualized experience that must extend beyond the absence of pain and disease. It must also share a universality that includes a sense of inherent joy, trust, faith, courage, hope, desire, and a deeply held belief of being free to live one’s life fully, with love, free expression, and a sense of well-being.
Originally focused on pre-med and Physical Therapy studies, I entered the Osteopathic field quite by fluke. In 1986 I observed an Osteopathic Physician named Gary F. Gordon relieve an injured patient in the most tender and effective way imaginable through the application of a very specific and gentle human touch. His explanation of how he’d relieved her pain interested me so much that I changed my academic direction, accepted a position in his clinic, and trained for three years as a student-intern until receiving the title of Osteopathic Aide in 1989.
Over the course of 11 years, I practiced under the direct supervision of Gordon D.O.,M.D., Carbone D.O., Patterson D.O. and ultimately, Dr. Gary Gramm D.O., the Executive Director and past President of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California. Under the exclusive direction of these four Osteopathic Physicians, I developed my manual skills and gained extensive clinical knowledge in the field of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Rehabilitation and how it can be best applied in conjunction with both Primary Care and Integrative Medicine.
In 2003, I completed 115 hours of advanced Cranial Protocol under Alain Gehin, author of the “Atlas of Manipulative Technique for the Cranium and Face,” furthering my understanding of complex cranial and neurological disorders stemming from the brain and spinal cord. In 2005 I completed Pediatrics training with Viola Frymann D.O., an Icon and innovator in the field of Pediatric care and early childhood development. Additional training provided by Robert Rouse D.O., addressed Functional Emergency Treatments, while specific Osteopathic Manual Medicine Technique rounded the core of my Osteopathic training. Encompassing over 2350 individual manipulative techniques, I have been trained to understand semiology and differential diagnosis, addressing the interactive aspects of structure and function, as well as the neurological and fluidic balance essential for auto-regulation and the restoration of health.
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, Embryology, and global concepts in Osteopathic Philosophy were obtained during the 5-years of studies under the direction of Philippe Druelle D.O., founder and CEO of the 6 Traditional Osteopathic Colleges located in Canada and Europe. Since completion of the core 5-year program in April of 2008, I invested 3 years into completing a clinical thesis, studying the effects of Osteopathic Manual Medicine on symptoms of Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE), a painful and disabling pelvic pain syndrome affecting both men and women. Following the successful defense of my thesis in June of 2011, I have continued post graduate studies, placing emphasis on better understanding endo-cranial spasms and trans-generational lesions, long considered a potential source of deep seated patterns of emotional, spiritual, neurological and vegetative dysfunction.
I came into my understanding in the practice of Osteopathy first as a practitioner, then later as a patient. At age 30, after nearly a decade of providing care as an Osteopathic Physician Aide, my life was permanently altered by a serious motor vehicle accident. Suffering multiple structural injuries to my head, neck and spine, I underwent four reconstructive surgeries, hundreds of hours of rehabilitation, and after a year in a body-brace, was told I would not return to a “normal” life again. Refusing to accept this, I fought my way through years of disabling pain, fatigue, worry, anxiety and depression. After 6 years of struggle, I had almost given up hope of recovering. It was not until I found an expert in the field of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) that I really began to recover my health.
Beyond receiving expert training in the field of Traditional Osteopathy myself, recovering from this injury added something unique to my skills as a practitioner; something far beyond empathy or clinical knowledge. I have learned how to manage the recovery process, rehabilitation and pain management as a patient and as a clinician. I’ve experienced how time effects muscle tone, posture, metabolism, chemistry, attitude, spirit and ultimately, self-esteem. More importantly, I’ve learned how to reverse the effects of injury and time upon physical health and human spirit. Now, as an Osteopath, bringing this knowledge to the patients I treat provides a cutting edge in restoring the health, hope and independence to some of the most complex and intractable cases imaginable.
Credentials & Experience
Seth studied Traditional Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and graduated from the prestigious Montreal-based College D’ Etudes Osteopathiques. Seth Currently practices Traditional Osteopathic Manual Medicine, Cranial Osteopathy, Visceral Normalization and Biodynamic Osteopathy in Mill Valley, CA.
•Member of the American Academy of Osteopathy •IAHP-International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
Skills and Qualifications
Osteopathic Manual Medicine, General Osteopathic Technique, Strain-Counterstrain, Muscle Energy, Bio-Dynamic Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Advanced Cranial Protocol & The New Medicine, Visceral Normalization, Mechanical Link and Neurolink. Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice, 2011
Articles and Books Written
The effects of Osteopathic Manual Treatment on symptoms of Pudendal Nerve Entrapment. A Chronological Quasi-Experimental study. June 2011. Honorable mention – Montreal Osteopathic International Jury.
Curriculum Vitae and History
Seth Linn; D.O.M.P. (CAN) Owner of Private Practitioning Business – Present- Mill Valley, CA
Clinic Director/Traditional Osteopath Present – Stillpoint Center for Functional Medicine Assessment and treatment of chronic and complex disorders related to bio-mechanical pain, inflammation, organic, and neurological disease processes.
Clear Center for Health – October 2012 – Present. Mill Valley, CA Splitting time between Sacramento and Mill Valley practices, Seth provided Traditional Osteopathic Manual Medicine services in coordination with Integrative Medicine Specialists, MD’s and ND’s, Biological Dentists and other specialty healthcare affiliates.
Osteopathic Student Practitioner/Osteopathic Aide, Jan 2003 – Dec 2009. 1722 J Street, Sacramento CA Assessment and treatment of chronic and complex disorders related to biomechanical pain, inflammation, organic and neurological disease processes. Here was the development of Thesis protocol and clinical case management Protocol for management of Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Syndrome.
Osteopathic Aide for Nita Patterson D.O., Gary Gramm D.O. Loomis Medical Clinic – Jun 1989 – May 1997. Loomis, CA Provided supervised Osteopathic Manipulative care in two large Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation settings. Became well versed in management of complex pain syndromes, Neuro-Vascular entrapment syndromes as well as bio-mechanical disorders as they related to injury and postural compensation.
Osteopathic Physician Aide for Gary F. Gordon D.O./M.D. Joseph Carbone D.O. December 1986 – June 1989. Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Preventive Medicine / Gordon Research Institute Internship and training as Osteopathic Physician Aide. Operated under direct supervision of two Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Preventive, Integrative and Functional Medicine, Chelation Therapy and the application of Osteopathic Principles in Practice, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Neuro-Muscular Medicine