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Phyllis Kasper, Ph. D.
Healthy Connections, LLC
510 East Wisconsin Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
Office:  920.257.4601
Fax: 920.257.4603



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Dr. Kasper grew up in Milwaukee and received her  B.S. from UW-Milwaukee and her Ph. D. from McGill University in Montreal in  1965. She pursued a 10-year career in research in psychoneuroendocrinology and  psychoneuroimmunology. This took her to interesting places such as Montreal,  New York, New Orleans, Holland, Hungary, Norway and California.

Research with heroin addicts for Dr. Hollister at  Stanford gave her an opportunity to study clinical psychology at The California  School of Professional Psychology. Her internship at the Fort Miley Veteran’s  Administration Hospital in San Francisco emphasized psychotherapy, biofeedback  and hypnosis for pain and stress management. By applying those techniques to  the pain from her 1966 motorcycle accident, she got substantial relief after  ten years of 24/7 pain. See her essay  on pain. Phyllis moved to Montana to work on  the forensic unit at Warm Springs State Hospital, where she evaluated people  under arrest for ‘dangerousness to self or others’ for competency to stand  trial.

Phyllis in her former office.


Dr. Kasper returned to Wisconsin to work as a  community psychologist in Adams County. She was the only psychologist in the  county and soon had to learn how to deal with just about anything in the realm  of psychotherapy. She then pursued medical psychology at St. Francis Medical Center  in La Crosse for six years. She moved briefly to Duluth, but decided to return  to Wisconsin to be closer to family in Milwaukee.

Phyllis then worked for Lutheran Social Services  in Oshkosh and Sheboygan. Her next opportunity was with Dr. Charles Szyman at  his pain clinic in Manitowoc. This connection allowed her to join psychiatrist  Diana Lampsa, M.D. at Great Lakes Psychiatric Center in Manitowoc on the shores  of Lake Michigan. This was a wonderful opportunity to work in a small,  independent multidisciplinary mental health clinic with a team of incredible  colleagues. The practice was purchased by Aurora Health Care.

This gave Dr. Kasper an opportunity to use her  extensive clinical skills as a therapist for Aurora Behavioral Health in  Manitowoc and De Pere. Skills used to treat chronic pain, post-traumatic stress  disorder, phobias, anxiety and depression can do wonders when used in healthy,  goal-directed individuals who desire excellence. Techniques include hypnosis,  Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), biofeedback and  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). For more on these  techniques, please go to the Homepage and explore the links in the Articles section. These techniques need to be experienced  personally in order to realize the depth of change they can produce.

Since “retiring” from Aurora, Dr. Kasper joined an  amazing group of therapists at Healthy Connections, LLC in Appleton, WI. Starting in April 2012, she has been publishing monthly articles in Nature’s Pathways Magazine.

On a personal level, Phyllis has long been  interested in the traditional healing approaches of “pre-scientific” cultures.  Meeting Blackwolf working at Lutheran Social Services in Oshkosh in 1990 began  her journey into Ojibwe traditions, from the dramatic and powerful Sweatlodge  to simple meditative approaches that can be practiced daily and taught to  clients. Phyllis presented some of these approaches at meetings of the  Wisconsin Psychological Association for Cultural Diversity continuing education  credits. She studied Cosmic Healing with Master Mantak Chia in San Francisco. The course was sponsored by Dr. Angela Wu through San Francisco State University’s studies in  Oriental Medicine. Most recently, Phyllis completed her certification as a  Reiki Master Teacher with Amy Wilinski in Wisconsin.

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