About Us

Fountain Outside Branciforte Plaza

About Us


To provide spiritual sanctuary, emotional healing, physical health care and education to all our clients.


To continue to attract the best practitioners of the healing arts and to work alongside each other as friends and associates. To provide our clients with the best complementary health care available. To be able to refer appropriately for care and products. To provide an educational forum for our clients and the public in general.

Who We Are

The CFH is now the professional home of two dozen complementary health care providers. We offer Psychotherapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Herbs, Hypnotherapy, Various forms of Bodywork, (Feldenkrais, Swedish Massage, Reiki, Mayofascial Therapy, Visceral Mobilization and Craniosacral Therapy). We also provide Spiritual Counseling from Interfaith and Non-Denominational Clergy, Aromatherapy products and counseling, Astrology, Intuitive Coaching and Nutritional Counseling from a registered dietitian.


The Center for Health opened its doors in January 1993 as the brain child of founders Carol Jensen and Rob Ryan. They met in l991 and quickly became friends upon discovering their dreams of an interdisciplinary Health Center were similar. They looked for office space for a year before settling on the present building, the Branciforte Plaza that was the old Santa Cruz Dominican Hospital.

The Hospital was built on the Spanish Branciforte Land Grant. The old land grant encompassed an Olohne Indian site near a healing spring. The Spanish settlers built a school on the site, taking care to preserve the spring by turning it into a well. The old hospital, which is now the Branciforte Plaza, incorporated the bricks from the old well into a planter in front of the current building.

Rob and Carol felt at home in this beautiful building which has housed, healed and birthed so many people of our Santa Cruz community. The Branciforte Plaza looks out over our Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. We’re only minutes from downtown Santa Cruz and the Boardwalk and minutes again from Highway 1 and Highway 17.

Our clients come for an hour, a weekend get away, and longer. We have arrangements with local retreat centers for those wishing extended stays.