About John Patterson (1941-2014)
John Patterson graduated from Plainview High School, Plainview, Texas in 1958. He received a B.S. from Wayland Baptist University in 1963, and then completed a M.Ed in Counseling and Special Education from Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas in 1972. Additional graduate school studies were done in Rehabilitation Science at Texas Tech University. Medical training and Rehabilitation Specialist certification were obtained while working as a Vocational Counselor for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission from 1981 through 1985. John was in private practice in Waco, Texas beginning in 1986.
John played minor league baseball for a few years, ran track in college and coached various sports from 1963 until 1972. A shoulder and elbow injury ended his baseball career, and knee injuries ended running. This personal experience with sports injuries pushed him towards the field of rehabilitation. Working with clients of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, John began to realize that the medical solutions to many disabilities such as back problems, migraine headaches, knee and hip problems were not resulting in permanent fixes. This encouraged him to look at the entire person and how their body had compensated to cause a weakness in area of the injury. After years of trial and error experiences, John came up with the format of Synergy Release Therapy.