About Cherie Busenbark, MSPT

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Movement and Sport Science from Purdue University in 1994.  I went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1998.  I worked in a variety of clinical settings before starting Busenbark Health Services, P.C. in 2003 that specialized in pediatric physical therapy.  I moved to Minnesota from Indiana with my 3 children in August 2009 for my husband's promotion.

I developed pain in my right jaw, which has always been a weak area for me, but it became highly painful and the pain radiated into my right ear.  I signed up for Dr. Upledger's second craniosacral class that taught mouth work and was determined to help myself.  I ended up meeting a staff member that worked at BodyWorks Physical Therapy at the course.  She told me about the clinic she worked at and how they are trained in mouth work while also treating the entire body.  This resonated with me as a person who believes in treating the entire body because I felt intuitively I needed this to heal.  I humbled myself and became a patient.  Me, a patient for the first time!

Some past childhood trauma that I felt I had dealt with on a mental level was released from my body during my treatment sessions.  I became very fascinated with how craniosacral and myofascial techniques work on the body.  I  gave the owner, Keith Sullivan,  my resume and became a staff physical therapist there.   I learned so much from him, the staff, the patients, and the many Upledger Craniosacral and Barnes Myofascial Release courses I attended through the years.

My invaluable experience as a patient with jaw pain at BodyWorks has helped me to grow in all aspects of my life.  Sometimes pain is screaming at you to listen to your body. I feel Anais Nin said it best, "And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  My philosophy of care is to help my patients take the risk to blossom to their full potential.