img_2068Hello and welcome to the VM Study group. My name is Dr. Ron Mariotti and I am the founder of the VM Study group program.

A little bit about myself...

I am a board certified naturopathic physician who graduated from Bastyr University and a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the American Society for Nutrition.

I have over 17 years of clinical experience as a naturopathic physician. Prior to this I practiced as a massage therapist since 1990 and have studied extensively with J.P. Barral, the originator of Visceral Manipulation since 1992, and Dr. Upledger, the originator of CranioSacral Therapy. I am also a certified teacher for the Barral Institute  and hold a Barral Institute Diplomate certification.

I work with people of all ages, from newborn to the elderly and am recognized as an expert in visceral manipulation by other physicians and practitioners who routinely seek me out to study and enhance their own skills in this amazing discipline.

After 35 years living and working in the wonderful city of Seattle me and my husband have moved to a 6 acer piece of land in Ashalnd Oregon.  I return to Seattle every couple months to treat patients and am currently building a new practice in Ashland. I am keeping busy with my practice, VM teaching schedule, this online study group, and finishing my 4 volume set of books to aid the manual therapist practitioner in the integration of visceral manipulation into the manual therapy practice. The title of the series is "The Physiological and Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation". I a also working on the 3rd in my series of 4 DVDs on a Guided Layered Palpation of the organs. That should keep me busy for a while!

I am here to help you in your studies. Please reach out to me if you need any help. 

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Ron Mariotti, N.D, BI-D

Education: Degrees / Certifications:

BS (Zoology) from The University of Washington

BA (English Literature) from The University of Washington

ND (from Bastyr University)

BI-D (Diplomat certification from Barral Institute)

Naturopathic physicians are Licensed Primary Care Providers educated in diagnosis and evaluation of medical disorders using standard conventional diagnostic procedures, functional diagnostic tools, as well as other methods focusing on the evaluation of the whole person; physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic.

A naturopathic physician, after finishing an undergraduate degree and completing all pre-med requirements, must complete a four to six year post graduate medical degree as well as undergo basic and clinical science national board licensing exams.

Naturopathic physicians are trained in counseling, diet/nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, minor surgery and the use of prescriptive drugs.

Exciting new publications to be released soon. 

Physiological and Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation; Volume I (Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach, Duodenum, Jejunoileum, Sphincters, & Colon)

Physiological and Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation; Volume 2 (Kidney, Pancreas, Spleen, Peritoneum, & Greater Omentum)

Physiological and Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation; Volume 3 (Bladder, Male Urogenital & Female Urogenital)

Physiological and Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation; Volume 4 (Cervical Fascia, Thyroid, Hard Frame, Heart, Lung, Mediastinum, & Lung)

Historical and Evolutionary Views of the Organs; For the Manual Therapist

The Care and Feeding of Your Organs