Pamela Rief: Your Structural Health Expert™

Far too many of us experience musculoskeletal discomfort and dysfunction that could be prevented with basic education on how to use our bodies as nature intended. I am committed to disseminating such education to empower anyone motivated to avoid or overcome physical challenges–even so-called age-related changes. My determination stems from my personal story, and intensifies as I see adults and children unwittingly inflict wear and tear on their bodies.


I feel immense gratitude that my academic background has allowed me to translate science into straightforward educational approaches that help people to heal themselves and stay on the thrilling path of top physical function, appearance, and comfort. Some of my students have called these approaches “their fountain of youth”. They’ve been mine too.


I’m happiest as I help a large variety of people to achieve the body they’ve wanted, helping to reverse the musculoskeletal dysfunction epidemic. I will be honored to help you too.

Learn more about My Story.

My Story: Physically Younger with Age

The ailments I’ve overcome have catalyzed my dedication to help you avoid wasting your time, money, and hope–as I wasted mine–on treatments that don’t work effectively without natural body use.  


I was born with multiple defects of my spine and pelvis. As a kid, I assumed everyone hurt when they walked because I did. I thought stress urinary incontinence was normal. By age 23, my physical challenges were at times debilitating. I tried nearly every traditional and alternative quick fix and lengthy treatment to overcome repetitive physical injury, chronic pain, and poor function.


All (but one) of my many doctors were ignorant of the missing link: my poor posture and movement kept adding to the growing list of diagnoses. Even well-intentioned practitioners hurt me with misinformation. At best, each treatment gave me a few hours or a few days of improvement. I was at the point where the only solutions offered to me were spine surgery and daily opioid medication. And I was told I would need hip replacements every 15 or so years for the rest of my life. This launched my vast search for solutions. I was able to avoid all of the back and hip surgeries.


To learn how musculoskeletal disorders are reversed without surgery, I studied first-hand with preeminent scholars globally, while studying thousands of scientific publications. Applying this intense study to myself enabled me to grow 1.5 inches in my 30’s, correct my pronounced kyphosis (“fixed” hunchback) and scoliosis, reverse poor pelvic floor function, and be more athletic in my 40’s and 50’s than I had ever been in my childhood. My students have made similar gains and I’m eager to help you to feel similarly younger with age. I keep up on the latest science and best practices to help most effectively.

Learn more about my Selected Credentials.

Selected Credentials

Applying my unique training in chronic disease prevention, I translate hard science into the design of educational programs to reverse preventable suffering. I have shared my ongoing research to help a wide variety of people to feel truly good when they work, move, and rest. Apart from my teaching, here is a snapshot of my academic and professional accomplishments:


  • Masters of Science, Epidemiology (Stanford U. School of Medicine; trained at Stanford Prevention Research Center)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellow
  • Bachelors of Science, with Honors, Biochemistry (S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook; Valedictorian)
  • Stony Brook Honors College graduate (Specialty Area: Mathematics)
  • One of 3 people in U.S. certified by L’Institut Supérieur d’Aplomb of Paris, France, under the brilliant anthropologist, Dr. Noëlle Perez-Christiaens (the first Western student of B.K.S. Iyengar, who has since 1959 worked tirelessly to characterize the biomechanics and ergonomics of healthy populations)
  • Numerous presentations to academic leaders, including at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard U., Northwestern U., Stanford U.
  • One of the first 10 women in science and medicine featured for PBS’s Makers, Women who Make America