In 1981, Philippe Druelle, D.O., and Jean-Guy Sicotte, M.D., founded the College of Osteopathic Studies of Montreal (Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal), the first school of Osteopathy in Quebec.

In the following year, in 1982, Philippe Druelle, Jean-Guy Sicotte, Denyse Dufresne and Denise Laberge inaugurated the Canadian Foundation for Teaching and Research in Osteopathy (FCERO) whose main mission is to care for young children with disabilities and to enable students to be trained in osteopathic assessment and treatment of children.

From 1986 to 1990, with the help of Yannick Stephant, principal dancer of the Paris Opera, the FCERO organized prestigious dance performances at the Place des arts in Montreal, the Dons des Étoiles gala, with the participation of star dancers such as Patrick Dupont, Sylvie Gillem and Monique Loudières. In addition, Angèle Dubeau and the Piéta participated in their first concert for the FCERO. The purpose of these benefit evenings was to financially support the Children’s Day during which free osteopathic treatments were offered by several therapists to children with disabilities.

From 2018 to 2021, the FCERO added a “defense of osteopathy” component to its original mission of research and teaching, allowing the foundation to advocate for teaching of Osteopathy. The fundraising campaign is over. The lawsuit concluded with heavy fines for the accused.

The FCERO is essentially dedicated to the care of children with neuro-motor issues or dysfunctions, and babies at risk of having difficulties to communicate, walk, express themselves, and learn.

Under the direction of Denyse Dufresne D.O., professor of osteopathic pediatrics for more than thirty years and head of the Journées de l’Enfant, treatments are provided by several therapists (teachers and students), at a minimal cost, to children with disabilities.

Since the beginning of the Foundation about fifty children aged 0 to 4, suffering from neuromotor disorders or having suffered physical or emotional trauma, benefit each year from very effective and caring treatments.

For all appointments, please call the external clinic of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) at (514) 342-2816 (ext. 227). Please specify that this is an appointment for the Children’s Day.


The FCERO encourages research that is part of the essential learning for future professionals and financially supports some more costly research projects led by recognized institutions (Universities, Hospitals).

At the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, the FCERO participates in the awarding of the Andrew Taylor Still Award, presented to osteopaths who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional commitment to the promotion, advancement and recognition of Osteopathy (Michel Therrien, Sylvie Lessard, Audrey Drapeau, Oswald Foisy & al., Sandra O’Connor etc.)

The FCERO disseminates the research results to various relevant institutions, supports the research department of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, and develops, in collaboration with other institutions (AT Still Museum, Kirksville ..), a bank of archives of osteopathic practices.

At the level of education, the FCERO responds to the need for pediatric training of the students of Osteopathy, allowing them to receive clinical experience in the treatment of young children. In addition, it provides teaching materials to teachers.

The FCERO is concerned with everything that touches the very essence of Osteopathy. Thus, in 2018, the foundation modified its letters patent with the Canadian Revenue Agency in order to add a “defense of osteopathy” component to its original mission.

The Foundation has therefore set itself the goal of defending osteopaths in Quebec, the principal actors in its mission, as well as Osteopathy in allowing it to continue the quality of treatments, teaching and research, and to make every effort to ensure that there is no obstacle to this objective. 

Given the current lawsuit by the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) against three students, two supervisors and the external clinic of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, the foundation has mandated a committee of volunteer osteopaths with the management of a fundraising campaign in order to collect donations to support the defense of these parties. 

According to Dr. Charles Bernard, the ex-president of the CMQ, this attack from the CMQ serves as an example for all osteopaths, thus it is the entirety of the osteopathic community in Quebec that is targeted and concerned by this event.

Management of the donations

In order to maintain transparency, Mr. Druelle, president of the CEO, left the board of directors of the FCERO in 2018. Two separate bank accounts were created with distinct purposes.

The first bank account serves to collect donations for the FCERO from the parents of children treated during Children’s Day, or during meditation sessions or other activities. These funds serve to finance teaching during Children’s Day, as well as to provide funds for osteopathic research grants. 

The second bank account collects the funds from the current fundraising campaign to pay for the cost of the lawyers involved in the defence of the students, supervisors and the external clinic of the CEO. 

Both funds are managed independently from each other and transparently.



DENYSE DUFRESNE, BSc in physiotherapy, D.O. (Qc)
DENYSE DUFRESNE, BSc in physiotherapy, D.O. (Qc)President
Graduate in physiotherapy (1970) and osteopathy (1988), she has specialized in pediatrics since the beginning of her career in the health field.

Co-founder of the the FCERO, she is in charge of the Journées de l’Enfant since 1982, head of the continuing education in pediatrics at CEOM since 2008, international speaker and author.

MONIQUE DAGENAIS, B. Multi, D.O. (Qc)Administrator
Studied in Physical education (1976) and Biology (1972).

Osteopath since 2004, laureate of the Andrew Taylor Still prize in 2011, as well as teacher and clinical supervisor.

PAUL EVANS, D.O. (Qc)Administrator-Advisor
Graduated in Athletic Therapy (1989) and in Osteopathy (1997), Paul teaches on the topic of TMJ and associated dysfunctions. He has been a guest speaker for orthodontists and dental conferences. Lecturer and thesis director at the CEOM since 1998, he developed and teaches a specialized myofascial approach (AFR) and provides continuing education courses to osteopaths.
ANNE-MARIE SABBAGH, D.O. (Qc)Admin of the minute book
Graduated in law (1999), Bachelor of Science in osteopathy from the University of Wales (2007) and graduate of osteopathy from OCE (2010), she teaches ethics and deontology since 2009 and osteopathy since 2014. Clinical supervisor and thesis director at CEOM since 2011, her clinical practice focuses on a perinatal population.
Graduated in massage therapy (1993) and as a rehabilitation therapist (1996), she obtained her diploma in osteopathy (2004). She has been teaching pediatric osteopathy since 2008 in various colleges affiliated with the OCE and is also a clinical supervisor in pediatrics. Recipient of the Andrew Taylor Still Fellowship (2014) and the Viola Frymann Fellowship (2017), she is a clinician with a pediatric clientele and offers post-graduate courses in Europe.