Acadia Brain Care Offers Alternative Approach to Learning Difficulties

Now offering Crossinology, a rare brain integration technique, to the region to help community members overcome learning disabilities and emotional barriers is Paul Ouellette of Acadia Brain Care. The clinic will be opening in Calais on September 15th. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson


Few things in life can be as frustrating or embarrassing as not being able to understand something that seemingly comes easily to others. The experience is one that nearly everyone can relate with, even those without a diagnosed learning disability. Rather than being an innate fault of the individual brain itself, the problem often stems from the significant number of stressors in the modern environment and the blockages that are created in the brain as a result. For those who are interested in pursuing a drug-free, alternative therapy approach to resolving learning, memory, and comprehension issues, Acadia Brain Care is preparing to open its doors in Calais.

The primary modality offered by Acadia Brain Care is an unusual technique called Crossinology. Developed by neuroscientist Susan McCrossin at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia, the technique weds Eastern and Western medicine to produce a hybrid approach that has generated repeated successes in hundreds of children and adults suffering from learning disabilities and associated emotional traumas. The McCrossin Technique, as it is nicknamed, is a gentle non-invasive technique that can achieve the integration of brain function in a completely natural way, without the use of prescription medications.

Crossinology utilizes a combination of the understandings of acupressure and kinesiology to qualify various touch points along the meridians within the body to determine where stress or negative emotions are being held. If the corresponding neural pathway (referred to as a circuit) has been compromised by stress, the practitioner will balance the pathway and return it to its optimal level of functioning via a gentle frontal occipital hold on the head. This hold introduces a mild electromagnetic charge to the neural pathway which is very subtle but powerful in its ability to reset various areas of the brain and return it to normal functioning.

“Every person, every human being, has a natural intelligence,” explained Paul Ouellette, the Crossinology practitioner that will be operating out of Acadia Brain Care. “Starting even in utero, this natural intelligence may become compromised by any number of environmental stressors such as diet, alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, and trauma. The beauty of the Crossinology protocol is that it actually returns the brain to its more natural way of functioning, without the use of medication, and allows the person to become who he or she meant to be.”

Ouellette, who holds a master’s degree in counseling, was personally drawn to becoming a practitioner of Crossinology after experiencing its effects on himself. As a survivor of childhood abuse, Ouellette suffered a critical injury to his lower back and spine in early childhood that severely compromised the quality of his life from the start. Though he achieved good grades in school, he had to spend hours each night doing homework as a result of reduced reading comprehension. “It wasn’t until I received Crossinology myself that I realized that many of the issues I had struggled with throughout my life were no longer issues, that gradually, they seemed to melt away,” Ouellette recalls.

Because of his own success with Crossinology, Ouellette was motivated to become a certified practitioner, a qualification he attained two years ago. Since then, he has been employed by the D’Adamo Institute for the Advancement of Natural Therapies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as the Crossinology Brain Integration Practitioner.

Rather than continue to selectively offer Crossinology in Portsmouth while living in Calais part time, Ouellette has decided to open a learning enhancement center in Calais and spend most of his time Downeast rather than the other way around. “Since there aren’t any Crossinology practitioners within miles of Calais, and none in the Maritimes, I decided to put down permanent roots here and to offer people something that I know will be life-enhancing for many,” Ouellette said. As a former music instructor parts of Washington County, Ouellette remembers randomly putting a finger on the map of Maine way back in high school, and pointing to Downeast for some unknown reason. More recently, while researching his family tree, Ouellette found that one of his ancestors was the apothecary aboard Champlain’s expedition to St. Croix Island in 1604.  

When Acadia Brain Care officially opens in mid-September, it will be one of only two centers in Maine to offer Crossinology to clients. There are just over one hundred active practitioners in the United States and Quebec, making the technique a rare, yet proven, modality. Peer-reviewed research conducted by McCrossin indicates that the Crossinology protocol dramatically enhances reading and learning comprehension in children with learning disabilities, though it can clearly benefit adults as well.

While Ouellette is careful to avoid specifying what conditions Crossinology can affect, he said that the effects can be numerous. “The research is primarily based on success rates among children with ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia. My experience suggests that the protocol is applicable to other conditions as well, although not researched-based.”

Once the brain has been completely balanced, or "integrated", meaning that its neurological pathways are restored to normal functioning levels, both hemispheres can begin to communicate clearly together once again, Ouellette explains. Thus, the individual gains the capacity to think and act in a more focused and sociable manner. Next, the practitioner assesses how the newly-balanced brain will respond under future pressure or stress by administering certain tests based on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. Finally, toward the end of the protocol, the practitioner actively works to remove the negative emotional content that is trapped within the circuits of the brain and body that may be associated with stressful situations. For example, these stressful situations may include difficult subjects in school, issues with parents and siblings, finances, workplace stressors, and other emotional concerns that contribute to depression and anxiety.

“Crossinology really opens people up, allowing them to experience life in a completely new way. The protocol brings out one’s natural abilities, allowing you to pursue your dreams free from any previous fears,” Ouellette said.

Acadia Brain Care will be opening on Friday, September 15th at 10 Barker Street, Suite B, next door to the Fitness Center. In addition, Acadia Brain Care will be eventually be offering other services including tutorial services for both children and adults as well as a little-known technique called Muscle Reactivation (MR) designed to restore full functionality to muscles that have become compromised or injured. If you are interested in further information about Crossinology, visit If you interested in more information about Acadia Brain Care, or in scheduling an appointment for your child or yourself, contact Paul at 454-3200.



Demonstrating a frontal occipital hold as part of the Crossinology brain integration technique is Paul Ouellette (left). The technique can help individuals overcome learning disabilities and emotional trauma. (Photo by Lura Jackson)