Biography: Dr. Jake Felice, ND, LMP, specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and the improvement of human performance. He is a graduate of Bastyr University, and former adjunct professor where he has taught Advanced Soft-Tissue Manipulation and currently teaches Radiographic Lab Interpretation. Dr. Felice is a recognized cannabis expert and is on the advisory board for The Cannabis Defense Coalition in Washington state. Dr. Felice earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University where he played varsity lacrosse and majored in psychology with a focus on the study of peak human performance.
Dr. Felice’s comprehensive approach to pain blends traditional healing practices with the best of modern science. “I believe that memory, emotions, and entrenched neural patterns play an enormous role in how the mind perceives pain” he says. “One way to approach these patterns is through the use of advanced cranial sacral therapy and visceral manipulation. These treatments are unique because they work with both the physical body and our mental awareness at the same time. Therapy sessions focus on understanding how pain influences our body’s movements, and on how our relaxation and fear/pain responses affect these patterns. This direct experience eases pain and helps patients learn quickly about the direct and profound connection between our bodies and our minds.”
Dr. Felice lived in Japan and Asia for six years, studying Zen-shiatsu, tai-chi, and earning a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido. He has performed thousands of hours of manual therapy, and combines his insights into the martial arts to gain a unique perspective on the connection between pain and the mind-body connection.
Dr. Felice believes that the renewal of health on a deep level requires a shift in behavior, and a change in awareness. “I strongly believe that a large part of health is about personal transformation”, he says. “With chronic pain, the healing processes can be so different for each individual that it requires a very personalized approach. True, long term changes are made on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.”