Family Hope Center to bring HOPE to Special Needs Families in South Africa!

 All staff at Family Hope Center are trained in CFT - Craniosacral Fascial Therapy 


Barry R. Gillespie, D.M.D., M.S.D., L.M.T. 
Director, The Gillespie Approach

In 1975 Dr. Gillespie began his professional career as a periodontist. Because of his own headaches and sinus infections that his medical doctors could not resolve, he began his own research into integrative approaches. This led him to cranial sacral therapy and fascial therapy, which provided an excellent therapeutic combination for him. He applied these modalities with success to his patients suffering from headaches and TMJ.  In 2003 he joined the medical staff at The Family Hope Center and has trained the FHC team in Cranial Sacral Fascia Therapy. While evaluating and helping children through the FHC from Mexico, America, and Canada over the next 6 years, he published his third book, The Brain Score Approach, in 2010.


Brain Score Introduction  

We at the Family Hope Center believe that the trauma of birth can cause many common chronic diseases. 

Our article about the brain score was published in "The Internet Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology 2010: Volume 11 Number 2," a peer-reviewed journal. 

You can read the article here

The article is "A Research Proposal Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Brain Score and Craniosacral Fascial Therapy for Neonates."

The effects of a difficult pregnancy, a long hard labor, the use of forceps/vacuum suction, a caesarian section, the umbilical cord wrapped around the throat/body, and other traumas can impair he function of the newborn's brain and spinal cord. 

The following fifteen pediatric conditions that we are involved with span from the outer range of serious brain injury including autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy, to less severe nervous system diseases such as ADHD, strabismus, and reading (dyslexia) and speech disorders, to the more common pediatric illnesses of asthma, earache, colic, esophageal reflux, headache, rhinitis, neck ache, and scoliosis.

Today children with these diseases are falling through the cracks of the health care system because of the lack of central nervous system assessment at birth. Since prevention at birth is far superior to treatment later in life, we are presenting the Brain Score as a screening tool to measure neonatal neurophysiology. 

Our goal is to eventually have the Brain Score in use worldwide for every newborn.

Presently, birthing professionals perform the Apgar Score to check the critical vital signs of the newborn. These professionals can now augment this with the Brain Score by ensuring that the brain and spinal cord are functioning effectively. If not, they can perform craniosacral fascial therapy to mitigate the effects of birth trauma. 

We also foresee the mother-to-be having craniosacral fascial therapy before conception to ensure better hormonal function, less strain in pregnancy, an easier birth, and better overall health for the newborn.

We believe that just as vaccines changed the face of medicine in the twentieth century, the Brain Score will dramatically improve health care in this century. 

If you would like to read the published article about the Brain Score in "The Internet Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology 2010," please click here

We hope that you will share our excitement, and we would love to hear your comments.


 Barry Gillespie Dr. Barry Gillespie -  Caroll Newell  Carol Newell -  Mathew Newell  Matthew Newell



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