He is a graduate of the Medical School at Saint Antoine Hospital in France, where his internship in general medicine included training in endocrinology, surgery, neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Chikly also earned the United States equivalent of a master's degree in psychology from Paris XIII University, France.
His medical doctoral thesis, which addressed the lymphatic system, its historical evolution and the manual lymphatic drainage technique, was awarded a Medal of Medical Faculty of Paris VI, a prestigious acknowledgment for in-depth work and scientific presentation.
Dr Chikly received a Doctorate in Osteopathy (hon.) from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO), Maidstone (Renzo Molinari), UK (2002); a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from CROMON/AIROP (2009). He is registered in the French National Registry of Osteopathy (ADELI #75-00-1227-0).
Dr Chikly extensively studied osteopathic techniques and other hands-on modalities, both in Europe and the United States, including Manual Lymphatic Therapies, Osteopathy in the Cranial field, Biodynamics program in Osteopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Mechanical Link, Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Orthobionomy, Chi Nei Tsang, Zero Balancing, Reflexology, Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy and Oriental medicines. He is also a long-time practitioner of Aikido and Qi Qong.
Lymph Drainage Therapy and Brain Therapy workshops have been taught in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, and the United States.
Dr. Chikly is a member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL) and an associate member of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), the Cranial Academy and a licensed massage therapist from Arizona, USA. He was Adjunct Professor of the Union Institute and University Graduate College (University of Ohio), he is listed in the millennium edition of Marquis' Who's Who in the World. Dr Chikly was the recipient of the 2014 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
In his definitive text, "Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy," 2nd Edition (450 pages), Dr. Chikly addresses the applications for lymphedema, chronic pain and inflammation. "Silent Waves" is carried by Stanford University Medical Library and is the first comprehensive book on the lymphatic system and lymphedema in North America.
Dr. Chikly, is an international seminar leader, lecturer and writer. He has spoken to most North American professional medical and health-related groups and to many lymphedema support groups. He lives in Arizona with is wife and teaching partner Alaya Chikly, LMT. She is curriculum director of Heart Centered Therapy (HCT) that addresses the emotional component of trauma and diseases.