About Dr. Barbara J. Briner

Dr. Barbara Briner, D.O.  is an osteopathic physician specializing in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), Craniosacral Osteopathy and Energy Medicine.  She graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for over 35 years.

Since 1982, Dr. Briner has been teaching at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU-COM).  She is currently Clinical Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at MSU-COM.  She has taught the post-graduate Cranial Osteopathy Course for MSU-COM for over 25 years and has developed two additional advanced cranial courses.  Dr. Briner continues to be chairperson for those courses.

In addition to these many responsibilities, Dr. Briner has co-authored a research study at Michigan State University which documents the movement of the cranial bones.[1]

Dr. Briner has served on numerous professional committees as well as having served on the Board of Trustees and is past President of the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Dr. Briner began her study of Esoteric HealingSM in 1986 with Mrs. Brenda Johnston, who originates from England and is the developer of Esoteric HealingSM.  In 1989, Dr. Briner began teaching the Esoteric Healing courses.  She has been an INEH accredited teacher of Esoteric Healing for over 20 years.  She has taught hundreds of students throughout the U.S. including the majority of the International Network of Esoteric Healing (INEH) teachers in the U.S. and served as the official teacher-trainer for a large number of the current INEH teachers in the USA.

Dr. Briner is dedicated to the continued development of Esoteric HealingSM as an in-depth and potent means to understand and treat disease and emotional trauma, and to grow spiritually through one’s life challenges.  She has done research funded by Michigan State University on the use of energy work in the treatment of pain.[2] Effects of Bioenergy Healing -1991 Study

Dr. Briner has developed and authored four advanced-level courses in Esoteric Healing.  Most recently she has founded the National Association for Esoteric Healing, an organization in support of Esoteric Healing practitioners in North America.

Dr. Briner is recognized as one of the leaders in the field of Cranial Osteopathy and Esoteric Healing.  She has a full-time medical practice as well as a full teaching schedule of approximately 12-13 courses per year, each course having a 4 ½  day duration.  Her medical practice combines her 35 years of Osteopathic medicine with 20 years of research and treatment utilizing the principles and techniques of Esoteric Healing.

To schedule an appointment for Esoteric Healing with Dr. Briner, call 517.703.1800

Published Research Articles:


[1] Parietal bone mobility in the anesthetized cat, T. Adams, PhD, R. Heisey, PhD, M. Smith, PhD, B. Briner, D.O.,  Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), Vol. 92, No 5, p.599-622, May 1992.

[2] Effects of a bioenergy healing technique on chronic pain, R. Redman, PhD, B. Briner, D.O., L. Snellman, M.S., Subtle Energies, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1991.

Effects of Bioenergy Healing -1991 Study (click to print)

Printable documents –

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