Functional Medicine Therapy - Discover how your body speaks to you
Robin Corley, RD, CMT, RYT  
  Wellness and a movement toward understanding union of mind and body has been a thread throughout Robin's life.  A meditator since childhood, she began studying yoga at age 14.  Healing and understanding the body became a passion and she prepared for a career as a doctor.  It soon became clear that Western Medicine, with its focus on disease symptoms and drug treatment, was not in keeping with core beliefs that had become unshakable, namely the body's tendency to move toward wellness and balance when given the chance.  She explored Eastern philosophy while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Rutgers University in 1985 and began graduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Robin was accepted to the Dietetic Internship at the University of Miami Teaching Hospital, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where over the span of two years she worked in diverse clinical settings, becoming a Registered Dietitian in 1989.  Interestingly, a seed was planted at this time that propelled Robin to become a massage therapist many years later.  A study going on at the hospital involving infants with failure to thrive, ended with an understanding of the power of touch and its biological foundation (the Touch Research Institute was later founded in 1992 as a result of this impactful information).
    Early in her dietetics career, Robin specialized in wellness and maintenance of healthy body weight, later working for Abbott Laboratories as a Medical Nutritional Representative.  After marrying her husband, who serves in the Air Force, and having a son, she graduated from an 8-month course at the European Massage Therapy Institute in San Antonio, Texas in 1999.  Initially working for a chiropractor, she later moved into private practice, with a focus on modulating fibromyalgia through nutrition and impacting the cortisol response by accessing the parasympathetic nervous system. 
    Continuing her travels, living both overseas and stateside, Robin continued her practice and furthered her studies of healing philosophies and modalities.  To become Nationally Certified in Bodywork and Massage Therapy, she completed 600 more hours training at the Greater Washington Institute of Massage in Virginia and later, in 2006, became an instructor there, teaching Anatomy and Physiology.  Also licensed in other states, Robin is one of the first massage professionals to ever be certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (#24287).
     Yoga has been the beautiful thread throughout Robin's life that continues to inform her healing practices.  In an effort to share this practice in a more meaningful way, she completed  a one-year teacher training certification in Yoga Studies at Dragonfly Yoga in Fort Walton Beach, FL, and became a Registered Yoga Teacher, teaching public classes in a variety of settings, including Eglin Air Force Base, a chiropractor's office, and yoga studio.
    Now, living on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in CA, Robin continues to be dedicated to healing using the Functional Medicine approach that began to take shape for her in early childhood after being diagnosed with autoimmune disease.  With a keen understanding of chronic disease, pain modulation, physiology, and structural integrity, and how all of it hinges on how we feed ourselves (physically, spiritually, mentally), she  has healed herself and teaches others how to move toward true wellness and vitality instead of getting caught in the cycle of symptom management.
   Robin continues to study yoga philosophy and yoga therapy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  She maintains credentials in Dietetics and Nutrition, Yoga and Massage Therapy by attending professional seminars on a regular basis and is a member of  the practice group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine as well as The Institute for Functional Medicine and International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Optimistic and nonjudgmental, her focus is on teaching her clients to tune in to how their bodies speak to them...and to listen.
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