John Sharkey, MSc.

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a graduate of the University of Dundee, University of Liverpool and University of Chester. He completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the areas of Exercise Physiology, Clinical Anatomy and holds a post-graduate certificate in education. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

John promotes his model of “Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st century” integrating the pioneering work of his mentor Dr. Stephen Levin MD. John has been teaching European Neuromuscular Therapy using living anatomy and specialising in chronic pain conditions. He is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on fascia and Biotensegrity. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine and other professional journals.

Dr. Jaap Van der Wal

Dr Van der Wal worked at and completed his research at the University of Maastricht, Holland. Since his graduation as a medical doctor (1973) he became an anatomist-embryologist and specialied first in the functional anatomy of the locomotor system. In 1998 he graduated as MD in this field by a dissertation on a ‘trans-anatomical’ view on human propriocepsis (sense for posture and locomotion). He functioned as researcher and teacher at various university institutes for Anatomy and Embryology in Holland. Gradually he also developed as a teacher in Philosophy of Science and in Medical Anthropology with themes like What moves us? What motivates us to move? What has natural science to tell about that?

Dr. Van der Wal says “My passion however was and still is Human Embryology. The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves, behaves in forms. The fields of study Kinesiology and Embryology meet at the domains of movement, motion and form. Methodologically they join in the (Goethean) phenomenological approach of Dynamic Morphology. For me Dynamic Morphology appeared to be the key for bridging between the domain of ‘natural science’ and ‘spiritual science’. I apply the method of dynamic morphology to understand what we actually are doing as human beings when we are embryo. Science and religion, matter and spirit, body and mind, macrocosm and microcosm, creation and evolution meet each other in the phenomenal process of becoming human. With respect I can find in the human embryo cautious answers to questions as to the meaning of human existence. This approach offers a healing of our modern reductionistic view of ourselves as walking brain machines”.

Dr. Neil Theise

Neil Theise, MD is senior author of the article “Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues” recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. He is a diagnostic liver pathologist and adult stem cell researcher in New York City, where he is Professor of Pathology at New York University School of Medicine. His research revised understandings of human liver microanatomy which, in turn, led directly to identification of possible liver stem cell niches and the marrow-to-liver regeneration pathway. He is considered a pioneer of multi-organ adult stem cell plasticity and has published on that topic in Science, Nature, and Cell.

Subsequently, while continuing laboratory and clinical research, he has extended his work to areas of theoretical biology and complexity theory, defining a “post-modern biology.” These ideas suggest that alternate models of the body, other than Cell Doctrine, may be necessary to understand non-Western approaches to the body and health. Current laboratory investigations focus on nerve-stem cell interactions in human livers, melatonin-related physiology of human liver stem cell and regenerative processes, and aspects of human liver stem cell activation in acute, fulminant hepatic failure.

Dr. Gil Mendez

DR. GIL MÉNDEZ was born and raised in the Canary Islands and has been based in Germany for over 20 years where he specialises in dermatology.

Gil Méndez completed his studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin and works as a specialist in dermatology and venereology in the first and most central borough of Berlin Mitte.

Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy

DR. VLADIMIR CHEREMINSKIY is Assistant Professor at the Department of Pathology and Anatomy, Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Chereminskiy is also the Director of Anatomy and Plastination at the von havens Plastinarium in Guben, Germany.

Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau

DR. JEAN CLAUDE GUIMBERTEAU a plastic surgeon who specialises in reconstructive general surgery and hand and microsurgery. He is the co-founder and scientific director of the “Institut Aquitain de la Main”. He is member of the French Hand Society (GEM), past President 2012 of the French Plastic and Reconstructive surgery society (SOFCPRE), and member of the French Academy of Surgery. He was a member of the Health Service High Authority from 2007-2010. He was trained in the Hand and Plastid department of the Bordeaux University.

During this surgical training, he was one of the pioneers in microsurgery and transplantations. He introduced innovative concepts in hand anatomy, physiology and secondary flexor tendon repair; he has been supported for many years by Pr Cl Verdan and Pr H.E. Kleinert. He is a pioneer in endoscopy exploration of the tissue organization of the human body. Director and Producer of many videos on living matter and has developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new ontology for human interior architectures.

Leonid Blyum

LEONID BLYUM is a mathematician, biomechanicus and developer of the ABR method. He graduated in 1992 at the University of Novosibirsk with a specialisation in mathematical models of complex systems. His studies involved the structure and the functioning of the musculoskeletal system (biomechanics), and more specifically of the spinal disorders and joint deformities. He worked with his father, a physician specialising in the manual treatment of these disorders. Through study and experience, Leonid developed the belief that musculoskeletal deformities could be well treated with a quasi-static (long and gentle pressure) manual therapy. From 1996 to 2000 he taught applied biomechanics and manual therapy to postgraduate doctors in Moscow.

Joanne Avison

JOANNE AVISON a Structural Integrator (IASI) and an early graduate of Tom Myer’s KMI school (1999-2001). Joanne became a Certified Teacher of Kinesis and has considerable experience in both movement and manual therapy

Joanne is an international teacher of applied structural anatomy for movement and manual practitioners in a variety of fields. She is a professional Structural Integration practitioner and certified teacher (KMI, Anatomy Trains 1998-2005 Tom Myers’ school) and Director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training, London, UK.

Joanne is a Senior Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500) and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

As a Member of the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.), Joanne is fascinated by the application of BioTensegrity principles to the understanding of the human blueprint and natural biomotional organisation. Her writing and workshops are devoted to making this emerging context for human movement applicable and clearly understood.

Joanne is also a CMED Graduate (2004) and has studied extensively in human development as well as specialising in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiology. Her intensive studies include Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip.

Dr. Wilbour Kelsick

DR. WILBOUR KELSICK specialises in elite athletic performance and rehabilitation, using applied functional anatomy.

Dr. Kelsick received his BSc. in Kinesiology from SFU and his D.C. from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences (Canada), a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Rehabilitative Sciences (Canada), and a faculty member in the Department of Graduate Studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Kelsick has written and published several articles, is a contributing author for a medical text, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (peer review journal).

Dr. Kelsick holds post-graduate specialties in the field of sports injuries and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has worked as team doctor at the Olympics, World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Dr Kelsick lectures both locally in Canada and internationally.

Graham Scarr

GRAHAM SCARR is a chartered biologist and an osteopath with a particular interest in structural mechanics. Fascinated by the numerous examples of geometric patterns and shapes in nature, he has been researching their significance over many years.

He is part of a specific interest group looking at the significance of the biotensegrity concept to biomechanics and clinical practice. Working closely with Dr. Stephen Levin he has developed new models that progress our understanding of the structure-function relationship in biology. Graham is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology, and has published several papers on this subject.

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