Our Providers

Michael Allen, MD Holistic/Integrative Pediatrician

Linda Lazar Allen, CAMT Craniosacral Therapy,  and Emotional Acupressure & Heart Centered Therapy

Tammy Hayden, Office Manager



Suzel Deer RN BSN, NAET Practitioner






Michael Allen, MD

Board Certified in Pediatrics


Board Certified in Holistic/Integrative Medicine

Board Certified in Anthroposophic Medicine

Holistic, Anthroposophic and Conventional Pediatrics

Dr. Michael Allen  has been practicing Pediatrics in Sacramento since 1992. The importance of looking beyond conventional medicine, to healing the whole person was first imparted on Dr. Allen in medical school at the University of Arizona, where he studied with Dr. Andrew Weil.

The need to look beyond conventional medicine came again to Dr Allen  through his best teacher, his son Kieran, who was born with cerebral palsy and seizures. When western medicine proved ineffective alone, Dr Allen began learning holistic treatment modalities to help his son – and they greatly improved his quality of life. He soon discovered that the patients in his practice also asked for and benefited from these new techniques and practices. These practices also helped him and his family again when Kieran unexpectedly died in August of 2003, two weeks after his seventh birthday.

Understanding the gift that his son’s life and death brought to him, Dr Allen was motivated to begin a comprehensive study of Holistic medicine, and later became Board Certified as a Holistic Physician. It was also during this time that he realized that he needed to take time to heal and be with his family. The time was well spent, as Dr Allen and his family emerged stronger, healthier and happier because of their experience. During this sabbatical, Dr. Allen also began his formal training in Anthroposophic Medicine, a form of holistic medicine. He is now one of only two pediatricians in the United States to be Board Certified in Anthroposophic Medicine.

In 2009 he and his wife Linda, who practices craniosacral therapy at the Center, opened the Center for Living Health, a dream they have held for many years. He is also a practitioner with the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing.

Dr Allen would like to thank all of his former patients who waited patiently for his return and are now part of his new practice once again. He feels continually blessed by the light of his daughter Morgan, who attends Sacramento Waldorf School, and all that his son Kieran taught him.

Dr Allen’s Training includes:

Medical School: University of Arizona

Pediatric Internship and Residency: Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Board Certified in Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics

Board Certified Holistic Medicine, National Board of Integrative Medicine

Board Certified Anthroposophic Medicine, Physicians Association of Anthroposophic Medicine

Consiousness Studies with Dennis Klocek -Rudolf Steiner College

Rudolf Steiner College – selective classes of the Foundation Year & Teacher Training Year

Chikly Institute: Heart Centered Therapy

Upledger Institute: Craniosacral Therapy

John Barnes: Myofascial Release

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Linda Lazar Allen

Craniosacral Therapy, Heart Centered Therapy and Acupressure Emotional Healing

Linda works with adults and children, and is known for her nurturing touch and ability to discover and gently release tension and trauma in the tissues that can cause pain and dysfunction, allowing the entire body to relax and self-correct.  She works a lot with issues related to the brain and neurosystem, including Sensory Processing, ADD, learning disorders and injuries (concussions). She also specializes in working with emotional difficulties such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety and stress.

A journey of growth and healing led Linda to bring her gift of compassionate healing into practice.

The birth of her son Kieran and his diagnosis of cerebral palsy and seizures awoke her and husband Michael, a holistic pediatrician, to a path of self-discovery. They turned to craniosacral therapy (CST) when western medicine failed to help their son. After witnessing CST’s profound effects, she took a class to help her son, only to realize that this was her heart work. She went back to school and after becoming certified as an Acupressure Therapist, continued on in a two year intensive program for certification specializing in Emotional Healing Acupressure.

Kieran’s journey also helped Linda to understand how important it is to support Sensory Processing Issues.  Her advanced craniosacral classes specialize in the brain and neurosystem and she has attended numerous workshops and conferences on Sensory Processing.

Linda’s inner journey continued with the death of her son at age seven. She once again witnessed how powerful and healing these therapies in her own healing and grief, notably the depth of healing reached through Heart Centered Therapy (HCT). She now integrates HCT into many of her sessions as a tool to gently help identify and transform the emotional component of disease in the body, without reliving the trauma. She is a teaching assistant for HCT workshops around the country.

Linda brings to her sessions the love and knowledge that this work can make a difference, and honors the memory of her son’s journey through her practice.  Sessions with Linda help can stimulate healing life forces, restore balance and harmony, and address constitutional problems.

“I wanted to be able to share the power of this work with others. To help others feel comfortable in their bodies, and to help not only release the traumas that we hold, but to reveal the gifts within so we can understand why it had to happen.”

The Center for Living Health is the culmination of a dream Linda and her husband have been holding since their son led them outside the box of conventional medicine.  She is also a practitioner with the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing.

She holds gratitude to the love and memory of  Kieran, and the light and widsom of her daughter Morgan, a student at Sacramento Waldorf School, as her greatest teachers.

Training includes:

Bachelor of Arts Journalism, USC

Acupressure Institute of Berkeley: Certified Acupressure Therapist, Advanced Training Specialization Certification in Emotional Healing

PAAM International Anthroposophic Medical Training Program, 3 years

Chikly Institute: Heart Centered Therapy, Advanced level training in Brain and Neurosystem, Lymphatic Drainage

Upledger Institute: Craniosacral Therapy

John Barnes: Myofascial Release

Rudolf Steiner College –  Anthroposophic Counseling Masters in Psychology Summer Intensive, classes in Foundation Year Teacher Training, Consciousness Studies with Dennis Klocek, and other workshops.

Along with Linda’s formal training, she has also attended numerous classes and workshops on Neurologically Managing Sensory Processing Disorders,  Sensory Integration, Energy Medicine, Flower Essences and Essential Oils.  She incorporates elements of these therapies into her sessions as needed.

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Suzel Deer, RN

NAET and Nutritional Counseling

Suzel a registered nurse with a B.S. from the University of Virginia. She holds a massage license and nutrition certificates. She is a Reiki and N.A.E.T. practitioner, and has studied many disciplines related to health. In recent years, she has devoted her time to working with allergy and nutritional challenges and focusing on re-teaching the body to do jobs it has forgotten. She also teach nutritional classes.

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Tammy Hayden

Medical Assistant/Office Manager

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