Merkaba Center for Healing, LLC

Integration of Mind. Body. Spirit.

Kendra Bratherton, OTA/L, PBP, CBIS 

Owner of Merkaba Center for Healing, LLC


Occupational Therapy Assistant License: OR 1008792 

Associate’s in Occupational Therapy,  B.A. in Psychology.

Certified Practitioner in Bowenwork®, Tensegrity Medicine™ , Shamanism, & Reiki.

Certified Brain Injury Specialist.


 Instructor for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at Linn-Benton Community College.  

Founder/Facilitator of the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group

 Head Injury Support Group.

President of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) and presenter at the Annual PNW Head Injury Conference in Portland, Oregon. 

 Kendra has had numerous 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 holistic practice in Astoria, OR. 

Tensegrity Medicine™ as my overall approach

How this approach differs from traditional methods ?

  • No longer relies on outdated biomechanics model for assessment, instead looking at 3 dimensional balance.
  • Is not trying to find symmetry but explores the unique expression of the client.
  • No longer depending upon the approach that the therapist is the 'fixer', however, facilitates the clients own self healing mechanisms.
  • Is not operating from a disease model, but a wholeness paradigm.
  • Is not about treating the 'site of pain' but the system as a whole.
  • Is not therapist driven, instead utilizes the client's 'body wisdom' to guide each unique session.