Dr. Mark Olson







Academic Background

Mark Olson, Ph.D., LMT has an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois where he studied memory, attention, and eye movements. He is the owner and director of the Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork in Kaua`i, the former director of the Massage Therapy Program at Pioneer Pacific College in Oregon, and a former instructor of massage, anatomy, and neuroscience for numerous bodywork and yoga programs in Hawaii and the West Coast. He is also an aquatic therapist, lomilomi instructor, a published author (including recent articles on Pain and Trauma-informed Bodywork), and a NARM® Practitioner. He volunteers on the board of Kauai Path, at the Kauai Food Forest, and formerly on the board at Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School. In his classes, Mark integrates his knowledge of the affective neuroscience and somatic psychology with his desire for a more peaceful and compassionate world.

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