HOW IT STARTED

As many of us realize, traumatic stress is a real and present issue among our military and first responder communities. We recognized the major impact that Counterstrain had in helping people who were suffering from traumatic stress. We met and discussed the various ways in which Counterstrain may have a positive effect in the public sector, as well as in the medical community. With the Bridge Back Project we can train more practitioners and make Counterstrain a widely available treatment option.

THE GOALS WE HAVE

  • To help First Responders, Veterans, and Active Duty Military with Post Traumatic Stress Injuries with Counterstrain
  • To provide the first full scale study proving how and why Counterstrain is an effective treatment for Traumatic Stress.
  • To disseminate information about the efficacy of Counterstrain in the medical community and to train those who may want to learn.

WHAT A TREATMENT LOOKS LIKE


Treatments are given while you are lying on a comfortable massage table. Typical treatments last 90 minutes. You may need three sessions to finish the protocol of treatment. We ask that you wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, such as a t-shirt and shorts or sweats. Females should avoid underwire bras as they can be uncomfortable during treatment.

You will be lying or sitting while your cranial (skull) bones are motion tested, which will reveal where your body is “holding” in response to trauma. After the assessment, your practitioner will find tender points correlating to these areas and then gently treat them by relaxing the tension in the fascia with a 30 second glide, hold or position. The treatment is painless. There is no need for reiteration of trauma or symptoms. However, some patients have experienced flashbacks of trauma during or after sessions. These are usually short-lived and are followed by a sense of ease or release from the associated emotional/mental/physical symptoms associated with the event.

Because of this, we advise that you do not plan activities/work directly following treatment. We also advise that you rest for 1-2 days and only perform mild exercise such as walking. It is also advisable to have a psychologist/therapist to work with after the session to help with any remembered trauma or flashbacks that may occur.

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CONTACT US

HOLLY CHRISTY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR  
  Dr. Holly Christy co-founded The Bridge Back Project with Ben De...

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HOLLY CHRISTY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR  
  Dr. Holly Christy co-founded The Bridge Back Project with Ben Dennis, PhD and Kevin Ellison in October of 2017. She is the Medical Director and founder of Element 7 Wellness and Integrative Medical Services. As a Washington State Licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist, she helps her patients optimize their personal health by using counterstrain, naturopathic medicine and acupuncture modalities. She is passionate about working with each patient on a highly individualized plan to reach their optimal wellness.  
   
  Dr. Holly Christy is the Medical Director and founder of Element 7 Wellness. A Washington State Licensed Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist, she helps her patients optimize their personal health by using Counterstrain, naturopathic medicine and acupuncture modalities. She is passionate about working with each patient on a highly individualized plan to reach their optimal wellness.  
   
 Dr. Christy is trained in the highly specialized technique of Fascial Counterstrain. She has been trained by Tim Hodges, LMP, JSCCI, CACI and Brian Tuckey, PT, OCS, JSCCI, both of whom have been pioneering an effort to expand the methodology of Counterstrain to effectively restore function to the fascial systems of the body: Visceral, Neural, Cranial/Dural, Musculoskeletal, Arterial, Venous and Lymphatic.  
   
  EDUCATION  
  A graduate and adjunct faculty member of Bastyr University, she is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians,Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  
   
  Along with co-founding The Bridge Back Project, Dr. Holly Christy is the Medical Director and founder of Element 7 Wellness and Integrative Medical Services. She is passionate about working with each patient on a highly individualized plan to reach their optimal wellness.  
   
  Dr. Christy is a graduate and instructor for the Counterstrain Academy and also assists in teaching Counterstrain with Brian Tuckey, PT for the Jones Institute.  
   
 
“Of all the modalities I’ve been exposed to in my career, Counterstrain is the most evolved and astoundingly powerful. Counterstrain is based in science and applied anatomy, and through it, we are able to reach inside the body and restore function with very little effort. One patient described it as ‘invisible surgery’ – an apt description for this outstanding technique.”
 
   
  A lifelong Washingtonian, Dr. Christy earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, a Master of Acupuncture from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has been in practice since 2000.  
   
  PERSONAL  
  Holly lives in Poulsbo with her family and thoroughly enjoys the myriad of outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest. Her favorite thing to do is play with her kids, and she cannot wait until they get old enough to share in her love of mountain biking and skiing.  
   
  Before medical school, Holly was a professional soccer player in Sweden, and played Division I soccer in college. She coached soccer throughout college, medical school and for the first few years of her practice. She earned a black belt in Tao-Zen Ryu Shindo in 2007.

CINDY HENRY-YOUNG

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT  
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RACHEL HARMON

RESEARCH ASSISTANT  
  Rachel received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr...

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RACHEL HARMON

RESEARCH ASSISTANT  
  Rachel received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University in June 2020. She studies fascial counterstrain through the Jones Institute and Counterstrain Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Human Biology. Passionate about treating the whole person and the root cause of illness, Rachel is honored to be working with fellow practitioners and participants on the cutting edge of chronic pain and PTSD research.

WILLY CHERRY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST  
  Willy Cherry has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 30 years. His search for ways to over...

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WILLY CHERRY

PHYSICAL THERAPIST  
  Willy Cherry has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 30 years. His search for ways to overcome personal injuries and trauma has resulted in an educational path covering many disciplines. Counterstrain has been the most useful and effective tool he has found, creating positive changes in patients and himself not afforded with any other form of treatment. He co-founded of Function & Action Physical Therapy in 1993 and recently joined the Counterstrain Academy’s Instructor Training Program . Joining the Bridge Back Project to help all survivors of trauma is an honor and responsibility he is committed to.

SHANNON ARNDT

PHYSICAL THERAPIST  
  Shannon Arndt founded Lone Lake Physical Therapy in 2011, and is opening the Soundview Cent...

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SHANNON ARNDT

PHYSICAL THERAPIST  
  Shannon Arndt founded Lone Lake Physical Therapy in 2011, and is opening the Soundview Center for Wellbeing in Langley, WA in 2019. She has spent over a decade dedicating herself to mastering Counterstrain because of the profound impact it has had in improving the lives of her patients. In 2014, she became an officially certified Counterstrain practitioner through the Jones Institute, has completed the Mastery Program through the Counterstrain Academy, and is currently training to become an instructor with the Jones Institute. Shannon considers it an amazing honor to be a part of the Bridge Back Project and to give support to those who have experienced profound trauma in the course of their service to our community.

SHARON L. JOHNSON PH.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST  
  Dr. Sharon Johnson has been a safety personnel psychologist in private practice since 1991. She h...

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SHARON L. JOHNSON PH.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST  
  Dr. Sharon Johnson has been a safety personnel psychologist in private practice since 1991. She has presented nationally and internationally and has written numerous treatment books covering topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD), among others. Currently, Sharon is honored to participate in the Bridge Back Project research project to bring another evidenced based treatment of PTSD and pain alleviation to first responders and military personnel who have dedicated so much of themselves to the benefit of others.

Board Of Directors

SHARON L. JOHNSON PH.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST  
  Dr. Sharon Johnson has been a safety personnel psychologist in private practice since 1991. She h...

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SHARON L. JOHNSON PH.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST  
  Dr. Sharon Johnson has been a safety personnel psychologist in private practice since 1991. She has presented nationally and internationally and has written numerous treatment books covering topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD), among others. Currently, Sharon is honored to participate in the Bridge Back Project research project to bring another evidenced based treatment of PTSD and pain alleviation to first responders and military personnel who have dedicated so much of themselves to the benefit of others.

KEVIN J. ELLISON

CO-FOUNDER & TREASURER  
Kevin has always had a desire to help better other peoples’ lives. In 1978 he founded the F...

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KEVIN J. ELLISON

CO-FOUNDER & TREASURER  
Kevin has always had a desire to help better other peoples’ lives. In 1978 he founded the Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, a horseback riding center for the disabled, in Bainbridge, Ohio. It rides over 700 students a year. In October 2017, he worked with Holly and Ben to start the Bridge Back Project. Kevin has 40 years Medical Billing and Revenue Cycle Management experience. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1976 with a BBA degree in Accounting.

CAROLYN HARTNESS

BOARD MEMBER  
Carolyn, Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian, is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant c...

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CAROLYN HARTNESS

BOARD MEMBER  
Carolyn, Eastern Band Cherokee/Norwegian, is a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator and Consultant committed to a life of service assisting individuals, families and communities to create spiritually based wellness for themselves and future generations. She co-created and co-authored an award winning series of videos, CD-ROMS and books on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, “Journey Through the Healing Circle”, with Dr. Robin LaDue, which was nominated for an Emmy, has won many awards and is printed in several languages. The series has been used to help educate teachers, families and children and providers about the reality of having an F.A.S.D.

DWIGHT “IKE” ANUNCIADO

BOARD MEMBER, MSPT, JSCC  
As the founder of 360 Physical Therapy, it has been Ike’s purpose in life to provide healin...

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DWIGHT “IKE” ANUNCIADO

BOARD MEMBER, MSPT, JSCC  
As the founder of 360 Physical Therapy, it has been Ike’s purpose in life to provide healing care to those who have been injured and are in pain. He approaches physical therapy through the lens of fascia and seeks to restore mobility & reduce pain through Strain-Counterstrain techniques. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy & Physiology and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He has completed extensive training in both Jones Strain Counterstrain and Fascial Counterstrain techniques and is board certified in Strain Counterstrain Techniques by the Jones Institute.

THERESA MACMILLAN

Theresa is a firefighter with the Seattle fire department. She has hands on application in emergency trauma, first aid, and fire suppression. Theresa...

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THERESA MACMILLAN

Theresa is a firefighter with the Seattle fire department. She has hands on application in emergency trauma, first aid, and fire suppression. Theresa has been a member and trainer for the CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) or PEER support team for over five years. This program involves ongoing psychological and emotional support and first aid for firefighter personnel due to traumatic stress injuries in the field. She is also a member of the newly formed Health One Team, which is a community-based outreach program with case managers and specialty trained firefighters post emergency. This program provides a bridge of possible links to services available for emotionally, psychologically, and physically vulnerable people who require extensive management care. Theresa additionally is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist with experience in Counterstain.

HANNAH JOHNSON

From growing up in a family ranch in Laton, CA, Hannah’s work eventually blossomed into River Roots, a joint-venture between Hannah and her sister, ...

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HANNAH JOHNSON

From growing up in a family ranch in Laton, CA, Hannah’s work eventually blossomed into River Roots, a joint-venture between Hannah and her sister, through which they took the lessons learned from their dad and began planting their own legacies, using the same piece of land they loved. Unable to ignore a growing voice that would eventually guide her to her greatest passion: witnessing the power of philanthropy to create needed change, Hannah has spent the last 14 years connecting people and foundations to the needs of California’s Central Valley. She is currently the Director of Local Philanthropy at the Central Valley Community Foundation.

WHY GIVE TO THIS PROJECT?

1) We need help providing care to all First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military who are suffering from the impacts of trauma.

2) We want to include functional brain imaging in the study. To do this, we need your help.

3) We want more First Responders, Veterans and Active Duty Military to know about this therapy. We need to hire marketing professionals in order to reach them.

4) We need to hire and train more practitioners to learn the specific treatment protocol for helping those with traumatic stress injuries.