Brigette Bowler, D.C.
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Founder, Structural Hygiene for The Developing Human
Brigette Bowler, D.C. earned a B.A. and teaching certification from Rutgers University in 1983 and served as Chairman for the Board of NJ Public Interest Research Group. Following graduation, she taught Eighth Grade Science in a NJ public school.
In 1985 she entered Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she created a coalition of students that reinstituted the course work for the Blair technique, a specialized upper cervical chiropractic technique. She was awarded her Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1988.
Dr. Bowler established Essential Chiropractic in Ferndale, MI which has been caring for families in a subluxation based chiropractic model and has served three generations. Her cash practice has grown on word of mouth to more than 12,000 patients in 25 years. She attributes her personal and professional success to her sense of integrity and being able to enrich the lives of others by minimizing the need for office visits through effective chiropractic adjustment called Hole-in-One (HIO) and maximizing philosophical education.
Emily Towers, D.C
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
Emily Towers first met Brigette as a child, and has grown up with her head on straight. Before finding
Structural Hygiene, however, she suffered migraines at a very young age. This experience ignited a
passion to serve through true healthcare, and after graduating Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2004
she immediately enrolled in Upledger’s Craniosacral classes. In 2010, she shadowed Brigette’s practice for a life-changing year, only to find the missing piece she had not know she was looking for: upper cervical specific chiropractic is fundamental to lasting
improvements in health. This foundation allowed Emily to navigate Sherman College of Chiropractic,
with the end goal of practicing Structural Hygiene for the Developing Human®.
Brad Laufer graduated Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 1993. He joined the Essential Chiropractic team in 1999 the same year he received his black belt in aikido. Brad is certified in the bodywork called Zero Balancing developed by Fritz Smith DO and taught through the Upledger Crainiosacral Institute. It is a gentle technique surveying all the joints in the 206 bone unit using gentle fulcrum to help joint tissue reorganize. Brad is also trained in Upledger Crainiosacral, Biodynamic Crainial work, developed by Franklin Sill, D.O. , as well as visceral manipulation, developed by Barrall, D.O., and lymphatic drainage, developed by Chikly, M.D.
What is Zero Balancing? Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance, around which the body can relax and reorganize.
Zero Balancing offers many powerful benefits to people of all ages. Here are some of the compelling reasons why you should seek Increases feelings of health and well-being
- Releases stress and improves the flow of energy in our bodies
- Reduces pain and discomfort
- Enhances stability, balance and freedom
- Amplifies the sense of connection, peace and happiness
- Releases mental, emotional and physical tension
- Supports us through transitions and transformations
- Improves quality of life and increases capacity for enjoyment
Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps to clear blocks in the body's energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization.
Brad is married and has lived in Ferndale since 2004.
Carolyn Hayes Balow
Carolyn Hayes Balow joined the team after being referred to the office for her son to be evaluated in 1998. Carolyn is trained as an early childhood Waldorf teacher and her son was attending Oakland Steiner School. Soon after getting her own atlas adjusted she joined the team as a chiropractic assistant at the front desk.
Carolyn went above and beyond the call of duty in 2010 assisting in data entry necessary to complete the population study HIO in the 21st Century. Now Carolyn also has the title of Office manager and lives in Ferndale since 2011.
Jennifer Sandler Bowen
Jennifer Sandler Bowen has been a practice member since bringing her son to be evaluated in 2006. She and her husband shortly received their atlas adjustments and have been practice members since. Jennifer is a certified reflexologist specializing in reflexolo-chi. This is a way of addressing the entire body through the feet with special attention on the chi flowing through the meridians. Jennifer joined the team last year and also assists Carolyn with the front desk.
Jennifer and her family also reside in Ferndale.
Rosemarie Hughes completed her certification at the Austin School of Massage, in Texas, in 1993. She joined the Essential Chiropractic team in 2014 after completing her initial year of care with Dr. Bowler. Rosemarie facilitates the Young Living Raindrop massage and is currently completing her Upledger Crainiosacral therapy (CST) certification. She is available for CST sessions and is very competent with the maxilofacial bones.
Rosemarie earned an MFA from the University of Sunderland in England and maintains an Art Studio in Detroit. She is also a Ferndale resident.
Licensed massage therapist also trained in Zero Balancing
Timothy Towers was introduced to the practice when he was first adjusted. He experienced the HIO model to be most effective paired with bodywork, as he has been holding his adjustment since 2010. Because of this, Tim was interested in joining the practice as a body worker.
Tim attended Carolina School of Massage and is a licensed massage therapist, who practices zero balancing.