History of the Foundation

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

The following year, Mr. Philippe Druelle, Dr. Jean-Guy Sicotte, Mrs. Denyse Dufresne and Mrs. Denise Laberge inaugurated the Fondation Canadienne pour l’Enseignement et la Recherche en Ostéopathie (FCERO) whose main mission is to receive young handicapped children in consultation and to give training to students in osteopathic clinical methodology appropriate to children.

From 1986 to 1990, the FCERO organized, with the help of Yannick Stephant, a prima ballerina of the Paris Opera, prestigious dance shows presented 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 La Piéta offered the FCERO their first duo concert. The purpose of these benefit evenings was to financially support the Journées de l’Enfant, during which osteopathic consultations were offered to physically challenged children at a modest price.

Between 2018 and 2021, the FCERO set up a campaign to defend osteopathy. The funds raised were allocated to the defense of three students and two professors of the outpatient clinic of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, who were sued by the Collège des médecins du Québec. We would like to thank all the generous donors who felt concerned and who provided financial support. The fundraising campaign is over.


The FCERO is a non-profit organization (NPO) whose primary objective is the quality of osteopathic care for babies and children whose development is compromised by various factors (difficult or too rapid birth,​ physical or emotional trauma, neurological or genetic problems). To this end, the Foundation ensures quality instruction in the teaching of the osteopathic approach for young ones. Specific interventions for various conditions are addressed using osteopathic research, mainly in pediatrics, in order to provide a scientific basis for its methodology.


DENYSE DUFRESNE, BSc Physiotherapy, D.O. (Qc)
DENYSE DUFRESNE, BSc 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.

ANNE-MARIE SABBAGH, D.O. (Qc)Administrator
A law graduate (1999), B.Sc. (Hons) in Osteopathy from the University of Wales (2007) and a CEO Osteopathy graduate (2010), she has been teaching ethics and deontology since 2009 and osteopathy since 2014. She also acts as a clinical supervisor and director of several research projects at the CEO since 2011. Anne-Marie is developing a general practice focused on perinatal care.
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.
NATHALIE FARLEY, OT, M.Sc.Administrator-Advisor
Graduated in occupational therapy (OT) (1994) from McGill’s University, owner of a master’s degree in biomedical sciences in rehabilitation at Montreal’s University (2006), assistant clinical professor in OT at Montreal University from 2011 to 2020, Nathalie has been a healthcare manager for nearly twelve years. Teacher in continuing education, clinician and manager, Nathalie seeks to contribute to the well-being of users by involving all professionals in a collaborative spirit, hence her interest in participating in the FCERO Foundation.
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.
SAMARA STEIN, D.O., (ONT)Administrator
Graduated from McMaster University with a degree is life sciences, and from Massage Therapy school in 1996, she also obtained her Diploma in Osteopathy in 2008. She owns and operates at Footprints Therapy in Toronto and Innisfil, Ontario. She teaches paediatric osteopathy at the Ontario campus of the CCO (Canadian College of Osteopathy) and runs the Children’s Day in Toronto.