Merkaba Center for Healing, LLC is about grounding, growth and creating a space for clients to initiate their own body's healing process. 

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Kendra Bratherton, OTA, PBP, Reiki Master, 

Owner of Merkaba Center for Healing, LLC


Occupational Therapy Assistant License: OR 1008792 

Kendra has an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, a B.A. in Psychology, is a Certified Practitioner in  Bowenwork®, Tensegrity Medicine™ , Shamanism and Reiki.  and 

soon to be a nationally Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)


Kendra has accumulated 257 + hours in her ongoing training in Tensegrity Medicine™  with Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT, LMP , Founder of the Northwest School of Structural Therapy and Developer of the Tensegrity Medicine™ Methodology.

Kendra's specialties have been physical rehabilitation, neurological disorders and hand therapy. She has worked for Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, greater Detroit hospitals, Astoria Physical Therapy and the former Pacific NW Occupational Therapy Clinic.

 She serves as a Faculty member for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Linn-Benton Community College where she is an instructor for OTA students.  

Kendra is the Founder/Leader of the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group (Astoria, OR) which meets the 2nd Monday of the month (check our Facebook Page). She serves on the Board of Directors, as Secretary, for the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) and is a presenter at the Annual PNW Head Injury Conference. 

To learn more about meetings, email us:  Head Injury Support Group.

From a very young age Kendra was taught the meaning of the Finnish word -  SISU.

 " SISU begins where perseverance ends " 

 Kendra has had numerous empirical experiences with both brain injury and spinal cord trauma. When the last brain injury occurred in November of 2005, fruitless years followed as she spent trying to recover without much success. Conventional medicine had plateaued. This experience inspired her to continue her healing journey through avenues outside of conventional medicine. Through her tumultuous and lengthy recovery, using alternative and holistic treatment, she was able to find employment and worked her way back into the Occupational Therapy field. After a few years of being back to work, Kendra was then able to return back to school. This time for Reiki, Shamanism,  Tensegrity Medicine™ and Bowenwork®. In February 2018 she opened her own holistic practice in Astoria, OR. 

Tensegrity Medicine™ assess the three-dimensional balance of the human body, through orthopedic, postural, and myofascial assessments. Targeted and specific cutting-edge manual therapy techniques are incorporated based on a biotensegrity framework. Movement, lifestyle management training, and client dialogue are utilized to facilitate global change and overall adaptability within the individual.

Bowenwork® is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the human body. Practitioners perform sequences of small stimulations, called moves, on specific points on the body, interspersed with rest periods.

Mind/Body Bowen  uses Bowen as a means of processing, in structured, safe, quiet, supportive atmosphere, helps the client, wether child or adult, connect to the sensations in the body. Touch can bring up a memory, the memory will bring up a repressed emotion, repressed emotions can often be detected under body aches and pains. What we don’t let ourselves feel or express becomes stuck and causes muscular tension rather like body armor, which over the years can become chronic, even permanent. Only when our tensions finally release can a state of well-being and relaxation follow.

‘Repressed emotions constantly strive to come to consciousness- that is, escape from the unconscious and become overt and concisely manifest.’ John Sarno ‘The Mind Body Prescription’

‘The body remembers what the mind forgets’ J.L. Moreno

Energy Work includes Integrative Spiritual Enrichment which is a combination of traditional Usui/Tibetan Reiki training, along with Universal Shamanism and vibrational healing concepts. My Reiki instruction took approximately two and a half years to attain Master level and was done in Portland, Oregon. I continue my education in Energy Medicine and embarking now in Ancestral Medicine.

I am a certified Reiki Master and Medicine For The Earth Practitioner.

Intuitive sessions are unique to each client. Every session will be different and completely guided by using intuition from source, spirit and guides (mine and yours) to allow a one of a kind, personalized therapeutic session which might include Reiki, Shamanic healing, sound healing, crystal healing, resonance frequencies, Chakra balancing , aromatherapy, mind/body reconnection, Bowenwork , dialogue around core belief patterns that may no longer be serving you, and homework exercises that will continue supporting your healing journey.

 Through her journey and experiences she dedicates her life to helping others through their healing journey and continues to seek out new methods of therapeutic interventions. In regards to taking control of one's health, she encourages 'THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX'.  The MIND/BODY/SPIRIT approach to health and wellness has been the key to her own success and she is excited to bring her personal and professional knowledge to those ready to heal themselves.