Short bio

Susan Gray has been licensed in massage therapy in Ohio since 1996 and has had a successful private massage practice in Blue Ash for just as long.  She worked full-time with the pediatric population at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for five years. While at Children’s doing inpatient work she specialized in neurology and neurosurgery patients; while at the Children’s Integrative Care Outpatient Clinic she specialized in children with sensory issues and autism. Susan currently utilizes the following modalities in her practice in Blue Ash.

Long Bio & Credentials


Susan’s credentials speak for themselves. In 1996 she completed 700 hours of course work at SHI Integrative Medical Massage School in Lebanon, Ohio. In this rigorous program she gained a strong foundation in massage theory and hands-on techniques along with extensive studies of physiology and anatomy. Upon completion of her studies she sat for the Ohio state medical board examination and earned her massage therapy license.

Once Susan started her practice she decided to specialize in two additional modalities and completed course work via the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP).  She has advanced training in the following modalities:

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy through the Chikly Institute:

  • LDT Level 1: Lymphatic Pathways: Anatomical Integrity (LDT1)
  • LDT Level 2: Pathological Pathways/Manual Lymphatic Mapping (LDT2)
  • LDT Level 3: Deep Pathways: Viscera, Articulations, Organs of the Senses (LDT3)
  • Brain Level 1: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & Autonomic Nervous System (B1)

Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute:

  • CST Level 1: Craniosacral Therapy I (CST1)

  • CST Level 2: Craniosacral Therapy II (CST 2)

  • SER Level 1: Somatoemotional Release I (SER 1)

  • CSP Level 1: Craniosacral for Pediatrics I (CSP 1)

Additional Course Work:

  • Best Practices for the Massage & Bodywork Profession

  • Case Reports in Massage

  • Understanding the Research Process

  • Other various courses in ethics and research

  • Myofascial release I

  • Pediatric Massage Therapy

  • Evidence-based research

  • Leadership


Susan’s 2010-11 Research on Sensory Processing Disorder and/or Autism

Posted on November 6, 2011

Attached is a Best Evidence Statement that Susan published at the completion of her year-long participation in an evidence-based practice program, the Point of Care Scholar program, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  This selective program entails a rigorous year of finding the specified research, critically appraising it and making conclusions about a clinical question.  This research process is important in illuminating new and effective treatments and practices that may otherwise be overlooked due to lack of research.  For Susan the question was:  What is the research on craniosacral techniques for a pediatric population with sensory processing disorder and/or autism?  In brief, in Susan’s own work at Children’s she found significant success with a combination of massage therapy, lymphatic drainage, and craniosacral techniques.  Her research for this year showed that currently inadequate evidence-based research exists on craniosacral in a pediatric population with sensory processing disorder and/or autism, therefore her conclusion encourages further evidence-based research in this area.


Poster Presentation

Posted on October 30, 2011

In July 2011 Susan attended the Evidence-Based Care conference in San Antonio, Texas, presenting a poster entitled:

The Role of Massage Therapy in Pediatric Acute Headache Treatment:  What is the Evidence?