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2012 Conference Events Practitioners/Trainees


Ernie Adams

Ernie Adams, BA (1993) has spent many years applying the Feldenkrais Method® within physical therapy settings to create effective treatment programs for brain injury, walking, balance, and back care. His background as a professional dancer helps him work well with Parkinson’s Disease clients to enhance their “kinetic melody,” aesthetic awareness, and movement memory.

W3: The Feldenkrais Method®: Neuroplasticity and Working with Parkinson's Disease-Closed

Stacy Barrows

Stacy Barrows is a registered physical therapist, PMA Pilates instructor and Guild Certified Feldenkraiscm practitioner. She co-authored research with a graduate PT school on the Feldenkrais Method® and Fibromyalgia, patented a foam roller to make the Feldenkrais Method accessible to wider audiences, and authored a book with a premier company that distributes products to health and fitness professionals. Stacy co-owns a private practice in Century City, California.

SmallGroupMentoring13: Integrating the Feldenkrais Method® into a Physical Therapy Practice

Deborah J. Bowes

Deborah Bowes, PT, DPT (1987) is a Feldenkrais® Trainer who co-founded the San Feldenkrais Center for Movement Education. She was the Director of Somatics at Kaiser Permanente Occupational Health, and has taught extensively about chronic pain in the U.S. and Australia. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009, researching the effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method® for pelvic floor dysfunction. Her CD programs include Discover Easy Movement and Pain Relief, and Pelvic Health and Awareness.

Trainer and Assistant Trainer Collegial Colloquium
T6: Shared Experience and the Neuroscience of Empathy

Hillel Braude

Hillel D. Braude, MD, PhD, received his medical training at the University of Cape Town Medical School and his doctorate at the University of Chicago. He completed further studies in Neuroethics as a post-graduate fellow at McGill University. His book manuscript, “Intuition in Medicine: A Philosophical Defense of Clinical Reasoning” will be published with The University of Chicago Press in Spring 2012. Braude’s research focuses on tacit-knowing, affect and automatic elements of cognition in relation to research ethics, moral reasoning and religious experience.

T6: Shared Experience and the Neuroscience of Empathy

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan, PhD (1996) is an associate professor at Des Moines University in Iowa, physical therapist, and athletic trainer. From a dynamic systems perspective on development across the lifespan, she uses biomechanical and observational methods to evaluate behavior and the effects of interventions targeting improved function, movement and awareness.

M2: Research Mentoring Workshop

Dav Clark

Dav Clark, MS, PhD cand. (2008) is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley, studying sensori-motor learning and conceptual change. He simultaneously maintains a small Feldenkrais® practice. His primary interest is connecting psychological science with the Feldenkrais Method® while keeping things fun with his background in dance and the circus arts.

T1: Getting Precise with our Complex Brains

Jane E. Clark, PhD

Jane E. Clark, PhD is Professor of the Department of Kinesiology and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on understanding the development of movement control and coordination in infants and young children and those with movement difficulties, particularly those with Developmental Coordination Disorder.

SYM4: Through the Lens of Development: Order and Disorder in Action

M. Candace Conino

Candy Conino, PT (1996) lives, works, and gardens in Chapel Hill, NC. She’s a physical therapist with a full time Feldenkrais® practice, specializing in adults and teens with complex pain disorders. Her teaching is wildly varied and imaginative. As an Assistant Trainer, Candy delights in mentoring, and is dedicated to building community.

S4: A Picture Worth a Thousand Words- Closed
SmallGroupMentoring08: Creating Take-Aways: Mini-Lessons Your Clients Can Do at Home-Closed

Susan Dillon

Susan Dillon, MA (1998) has taught Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® classes in Cambridge, England since 1996. Diagnosed with relapsing/remitting MS in 1994, she decided to train as a Feldenkrais practitioner. She had previously experienced the Feldenkrais Method® and realized that its effect on the nervous system might be helpful for people with MS.

Su1: Maintaining Mobility: The Feldenkrais Method® and Multiple Sclerosis

Linda Flanders

Linda Flanders (1991) specializes in the application of the Feldenkrais Method® with children’s atypical behavior, using film-making as the tool. She developed a unique movie-making process as a youth prevention program. This program was nominated as a “Most Promising Prevention Program.” Flanders is a published author and independent filmmaker.

W4: Filming Your Practice the Feldenkrais® Way

Julie Francis

Julie Francis (1994) has worked for over 10 years as an Assistant Trainer. She maintains a full-spectrum practice with specific focus on psychomotor dysfunction, Autism and developmental delay. Julie is known for her ability to make the difficult easy to comprehend and does so with a touch of humor that makes learning fun.

SmallGroupMentoring05: Working with Spasticity-Closed

Alice Friedman

Alice Friedman, MA, (1987) is an Assistant Trainer with a background as a psychologist and dancer. She is organizer of the Victoria Feldenkrais® Teacher Training Program and has taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma recovery work. She lives and practices on Salt Spring Island and in Victoria British Columbia.

T3: Engaging with Self and others: The Feldenkrais Method® and the Social Engagement System

Phyllis G. Friedman

Phyllis Friedman (1993) developed, coordinated and supervised a 12 year program for disabled students at the College of Marin, mentoring over 60 Feldenkrais® practitioners. She has also developed and taught a multidisciplinary chronic pain program for the Coastal Health Alliance, and currently mentors a number of Feldenkrais practitioners.

M5: Mentoring Workshop: Learning to Understand and Trust What We Are Doing in Functional Integration® Lessons

Carl Ginsburg

Carl Ginsburg, PhD (1977) intuited very early in his studies that Moshe Feldenkrais understood learning and the mind-body complex in more depth than any other teaching he had explored in his life. Carl has been writing about the Method since he began studying with Moshe, and today also directs professional training groups. Co-author with Lucia Schuette-Ginsburg, Dipl. Ped., of The Intelligence of Moving Bodies: A Somatic View of Life and its Consequences.

Su4: The Intelligence of Moving Bodies-Closed

Lawrence Goldfarb

Larry Goldfarb, PhD, GCFT (1983), became fascinated by the Feldenkrais Method® before the Amherst training ended, and his fascination has continued since he earned a doctorate in kinesiology. Larry brings what he learned to demystifying the method in teacher trainings, public workshops, and individual lessons. He is committed to articulating the logic of Feldenkraisian pedagogy and developing its practice. Larry is the founder of

S2: Fostering Fluency-Closed
SmallGroupMentoring02: Self-Use and Efficacy-Closed
Track 2: Tilting your Legs in the Wrong Direction

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, PhD (1983) sees infants, young people, and adults of many types in her practice. Some have been champion skiers, some can’t talk, some drive wheelchairs—all wish to live full lives. In addition to her practice, she is an assistant trainer, organizational consultant, author, and professor.

M4: Mentoring Workshop: Making Contact-Closed

Jeff Haller

Jeff Haller, PhD (1983) has been a Trainer since 1993. His PhD is in Transpersonal Psychology. He has an extensive background in athletics and martial arts. His forte as a Trainer is to develop his students’ self-organization, awareness, and confidence to work based on their own internal capacities.

SmallGroupMentoring01: Developing Internal Strength by Improving Self-Organization-Closed
W6: Overcoming Obstacles: The Metaphoric Headstand
Track 1: Creating the Conditions for Learning

Bonnie Rich Humiston

Bonnie Rich Humiston (1977) Bonnie first experienced ATM® lessons with Moshe in 1972. She is a trainer, editor of the Amherst Transcripts, and does ATM and FISM in the Scripps Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program in Encinitas, CA. She has a private practice in the Hillcrest area of San Diego.

Track 6: Side-lying Arm to Ceiling

Kathy James

Kathy James, MS (1983) is a practitioner and Assistant Trainer. She has a third degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and trained as a dancer. She teaches through Kaiser Permanente and has a private practice in Petaluma, CA.

S5: A Hip Conversation
Track 6: Stretching the Arms Overhead

Catherine Kerr, PhD

Catherine Kerr (BA, Amherst College, PhD the Johns Hopkins University) is an assistant professor in Family Medicine at Brown University and a member of the Contemplative Studies Initiative (for which she is Director of Translational Neuroscience). She investigates mind-body interaction, looking specifically at how meditative attentional training modulates brain rhythm dynamics in peri-rolandic cortex.

SYM5: Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism

Michael Krugman

Michael Krugman, MA (1987) founded the Sounder Sleep System in 1999, now taught by over 250 instructors in twelve countries. He teaches, lectures, and consults on sleep, alertness, relaxation, and industrial safety issues. He is the author of The Insomnia Solution and the “Rest Assured” insomnia self-help program available from

S1: Too Strange To Be Believed: The Foundations of Reversibility- Closed

Wolf E. Mehling, MD

Wolf E. Mehling, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), at UCSF. He is certified in Family Medicine (Germany and USA), Manual Medicine and Psychotherapy (Germany). He also studied a variety of mind-body approaches with international teachers and completed a clinical research fellowship at UCSF. He is principal investigator studying mind-body therapies for the prevention of chronic low back pain (NIH), and for developing a “Measure of Body Awareness” (NIH) for mind-body therapies. His major interest lies in conducting clinical trials of mind-body therapies enhancing interoceptive body awareness.

SYM6: Researching Body Awareness

Michael Merzenich, PhD

Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Posit Science Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, Michael Merzenich heads the company’s global team. For more than three decades, Dr. Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant, now distributed by market leader Advanced Bionics. In 1996, Dr. Merzenich was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCIL), which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning and reading.

Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (such as Science and Nature), received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work. He and his work have been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. Dr. Merzenich’s work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, Discover, and Newsweek. He has appeared extensively on television, and his work has been featured on four PBS specials: “The Brain Fitness Program,” “Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound,” “The New Science of Learning,” and “Brain Fitness Frontiers.”

Dr. Merzenich earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Portland and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before becoming a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007, he retired from his long career at UCSF as Francis A. Sooy Professor and Co-Director of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the Institute of Medicine in 2008.

KEYNOTE On the Path to Integrated Recoveries: Brain Plasticity Bases of the Development and Restoration of Impaired Brain Systems

Alva Noë, PhD

Alva Noë, PhD is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a member of the Center for New Media and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is the author of Varieties of Presence (Harvard University Press, 2012), Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (FSG, 2009); and Action In Perception (MIT, 2004). He is a philosopher-in-residence with The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany, and is now at work on a new book about art and human nature. Alva Noë is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s science and culture blog 13.7, Culture and Cosmos.

SYM7: You Are Not Your Brain

Dwight Pargee

Dwight Pargee, MS (1996) Has studied the movement sciences and martial arts for the last 28 years and holds degrees in exercise science and kinesiology. Dwight is an Assistant Trainer and enjoys mountain biking and fly-fishing his way through the Cascades with his dog Lulu; and cooking whimsical meals.

SmallGroupMentoring04: Open Coaching on Client and Practice Questions-Closed
T1: Getting Precise with our Complex Brains

Allison Rapp

Allison Rapp, BA (1977), after 35 years as a practitioner and trainer, is on a new mission: helping practitioners get the practices they want so they can reach the people who need them. She is the creator of Heart-to-Heart Conversation and the MOSHE FELDEN system of client engagement and commitment.

M3: Mentoring Workshop: Get the Practice You Want Without Selling Your Soul
T4: Mining the Functional Integration® Gold in the San Francisco Evening Lessons

Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell

Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell, Feldenkrais® Practitioner (1987) director of Wellness Through Movement® has taught tens of thousands of people in private and public elementary schools, Universities, Community Centers, medical students and more. Her focus has been to understand how perception is influenced and developed from thinking, emotions AND physical sensations.

SmallGroupMentoring12: Using the Language of Neuroscience to Promote the Feldenkrais Method® to Educational Systems

Stephen Rosenholtz

Stephen Rosenholtz, PhD (1983) earned his PhD in Education at Stanford University in 1981. Since his graduation from Feldenkrais’ Amherst training, he has maintained a practice and taught in Feldenkrais® trainings worldwide. Stephen has served as Educational Director of trainings in Germany and Switzerland and currently directs the Feldenkrais training in Colima, Mexico. Dr. Rosenholtz is also the creator of Move Like the Animals and Monkey Moves, award winning musical movement programs for children based on the teachings of Dr. Feldenkrais.

M1: Public Workshop: Continual Improvement
Track 3: Let’s Twist Again (Like we did Last Summer)

Beth Rubenstein

Beth Rubenstein MS, PT (1991). Beth has been involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society since childhood, putting on neighborhood shows and donating the money to the local Washington, D.C. MS Society. She taught ATM® classes and given workshops about MS and for the MS Society. She is currently on the medical advisory board of the Southern California Chapter of MS Society. Beth works with a diverse client population. She is an Assistant Trainer and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, CA.

Su1: Maintaining Mobility: The Feldenkrais Method® and Multiple Sclerosis

Julie Casson Rubin

Julie Casson Rubin, BA (1977) has been a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® for 35 years. Her training in dance and education continues to be an important influence in her teaching. Julie is a co-founder of the Feldenkrais® Center for Movement Education in San Francisco and co-Educational Director, along with her husband Paul Rubin, of The Institute for the Study of Somatic Education, providing teacher training programs in the U.S. and Europe.

Su7: Working in the Gravitational Field-Closed

Roger Russell

Roger Russell (1977) Although a graduate of San Francisco, Roger attended the first two years of the Amherst training in 1980 and 1981. An American, he lives in Heidelberg, Germany where he is Educational Director, with his partner, Ulla Schläfke, of the Feldenkrais® Zentrum Heidelberg. Since he met Moshe he has been interested in understanding the scientific knowledge behind the Method.

Track 6: Old Classic, New Perspectives: the Pelvic Clock and the Movements of Life

Elinor Silverstein

Elinor Silverstein, B.S. (1983) holds a bachelors degree in science in both Biology and Zoology. Neuroscience and cellular biology really rock her world which directly translates in how she practices, especially when working with brain injury and children. She teaches parents how to work with their special needs children, and focuses teaching people to stay healthy and independent.

SmallGroupMentoring07: Working With Children With Special Needs-Closed

Anastasi Siotas

Anastasi Siotas (1997) works for Mind In Motion, teaching ATM and FI in gyms, schools, and physical therapy centers in NYC. He also teaches anatomy and kinesiology at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies. Anastasi has been anatomist Irene Dowd’s teaching assistant, with whom he continues to study.

SmallGroupMentoring03: Our Adaptable Foot: The Structure and Function of 26 Bones and 33 Joints-Closed
Track 2: Tilting your Legs in the Wrong Direction

MaryBeth Smith

MaryBeth Smith, MM (2004) taught vocal performance, opera, and vocal pedagogy at the university level in Texas for 10 years. At the Feldenkrais® Center of Houston, she continues to work with speakers and singers to improve their voice and presentation skills.

W5: Improve Your Teaching Voice: Insights From Neuroscience on Receptivity, Self-Awareness, and Learning-Closed

Cliff Smyth

Cliff Smyth, MS, (1991) completed his Feldenkrais® training in Melbourne, Australia. An Assistant Trainer, he has worked in programs in Australia, Switzerland the United States. In his private practice in San Francisco he specializes in working with people dealing with stress, back pain, repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain. He also works as a life coach and is currently completing his MS in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.

Su5: Updating the Self-Image

Ellen Soloway

Ellen Soloway (1983) practices in New Orleans, Chicago, and Atlanta and became an assistant trainer in 1993. As the editor of the Alexander Yanai Lessons, Ellen is familiar with the development of Dr. Feldenkrais’ thinking over time. Ellen graduated from Amherst as well as Mia Segal’s training program.

SmallGroupMentoring06: Utilizing Childhood Developmental Patterns-Closed
Track 4: Perceptive Seeing

Mary Spire

Mary Spire is an experienced and certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and a Trainer in international Feldenkrais trainings. She holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from U.S.C. and performed for many years before becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner. She has taught the Feldenkrais Method® at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco, Boston University, SUNY Stonybrook, the Tanglewood Music Center and at other schools and hospitals. Since 1994, she has been teaching for the San Francisco Symphony’s Prevention & Wellness Program. In addition to her frequent workshops, lectures and symposia, Mary maintains private practices in Berkeley and Corte Madera, California, where she specializes in working with infants and children, older adults, people with neurological conditions and performing artists.

SmallGroupMentoring11: Working with Older Adults: Improving Stability in Sitting, Standing and Walking (CLOSED)

Jim Stephens

Jim Stephens, PhD, PT (1987). Jim trained in neuroscience at Temple University and completed PT training at Hahnemann in Philadelphia. He has taught movement sciences at Widener, Drexel and Temple Universities, published research on the Feldenkrais Method® and is currently working with elderly individuals at the LIFE program at the University of Pennsylvania. He maintains a small Feldenkrais® practice.

M2: Research Mentoring Workshop

Ralph Strauch

Ralph Strauch, PhD (1983) practices in Los Angeles. A former mathematician specializing in human and organizational decision-making, his work is informed by strong interests in the nature of perception and four decades exploring the mind-body relationship. He is the author of The Reality Illusion and Low-Stress Computing.

SmallGroupMentoring09: Connecting More Fully with Your Client and Yourself-Closed
T5: Merging Nervous Systems in Functional Integration® Lessons

Georg Striedter, PhD

Georg Striedter, PhD, is a Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. His research has always focused on how and why brains have changed in evolutionary time. In the last few years he has focused specifically on the developmental mechanisms underlying evolutionary changes in brain size. In 1998, Dr. Striedter received the C. J. Herrick Award for his contributions to comparative neuroanatomy; in 2005, he published a widely acclaimed book entitled Principles of Brain Evolution; and in 2009 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Striedter is also the editor-in-chief of the journal Brain, Behavior and Evolution.

SYM2: What’s Special About Human Brains?

Sonja Sutherland

Sonja H. Sutherland, MA (1997) is a Feldenkrais® practitioner with over 12 years of ongoing studies in Formative Psychology®. She maintains a private practice in Berkeley and teaches workshops and retreats in the US and Europe. Sonja holds a black belt in Aikido and a Masters in Dance.

Su2: Deepening our Somatic Dialogue: Shaping Actions into Behavior-Closed

Michael Turvey, PhD

Michael T. Turvey, (PhD, the Ohio State University), joined the University of Connecticut in 1967 (Professor Emeritus, 2008) and the Haskins Laboratories in 1970. He has published over 380 scientific articles and earned numerous awards. His research on perception and action and their inter-relation follows James Gibson and Nicholai Bernstein in emphasizing the search for general laws and principles.

SYM1: Esther Thelen Memorial Lecture: Ecology and Dynamics of Movement Development

Jill Whitall, PhD

Jill Whitall, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Originally trained in developmental control and coordination, Dr. Whitall has spent the last 15 years primarily investigating a specific bilateral arm training protocol for stroke and simultaneously determining neural mechanisms underlying recovery.

SYM3: An Alternative View on Neurological Recovery and Rehabilitation: Learning to Use the Arm Again After Stroke

Frank Wildman

Frank Wildman, PhD, GCFT, (1977) is a former performing artist, author and producer. He is the Educational Director of Feldenkrais® training programs worldwide. His signature programs in the Feldenkrais Method® include The Evolution of Motion and Your Brain as the Core of Strength and Stability. His most recent program and book is Change Your Age

Su6: Neuroplasticity - What Have You Done for Me Lately?
Track 6: The Secret Lesson that Remains Unknown

Arlyn Zones

Arlyn Zones, MA, GCFT (1983) became a Feldenkrais® Trainer in 1994. She has been teaching for the public, for health professionals and for students in Feldenkrais Training programs for over 25 years. She maintains a private practice in Functional Integration® working with infants, children and adults.

W2: Attention, Breath, Sensation...The Tools of our Trade