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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.

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.

Judith DeLany, LMT

JUDITH DELANY, LMT, began teaching NeuroMuscular Therapy in 1984, and has since emerged as a leading pioneer in the field of NMT.

As a result of many years as a clinician and educator, Judith refined and developed methods of teaching the American version of NMT and she is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT.

She is the Director of the St. Petersburgh, Florida NMT Center, an educational/training organisation that produces NMT events throughout the United States and internationally each year for the healthcare industry.

Licensed Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurse Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, and Dentists alike benefit from the curriculum and hands-on techniques of NMT.

As an internationally recognised speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial dysfunction, Judith has served as a presenter and/or keynote speaker at numerous conventions and conferences in various fields of medicine. She has been awarded recognition for legislative work as well as outstanding instruction.

A published author of manuals and articles on pain management, Judith also contributed the American version of NMT to Dr. Leon Chaitow’s book Modern Neuromuscular Techniques (Churchill Livingstone Publishers). She and Dr. Chaitow have co-authored two textbooks for neuromuscular therapy Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques (vol. 1 The Upper Body, vol. 2 The Lower Body) as well as the accompanying study guide Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques Case Study Exercises (Elsevier). She has also contributed a chapter on NMT to Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics ( Pat Coughlin, MD, ed.) as well as a contribution on NMT to Touch Abilities Essential Connections (Iris Burman, Sandy Friedland).

Judith served for twelve years as Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (a peer reviewed journal) in addition to being a contributing writer to that journal and others. She currently serves on JBMT’s advisory board.

She was been awarded the Massage Therapist of the Year award by the Florida Chiropractic Association in 1999 and has received recognition for outstanding instruction as well as legislative efforts.

Judith continues her mission as a spokesperson to all healthcare professions regarding NeuroMuscular Therapy. As a visionary, her primary focus is the advancement of education in all healthcare professions to include soft tissue care and the myofascial treatment of chronic pain syndromes.

Jamie Alagna, LMT

JAMIE ALAGNA has been teaching in the field of massage since 1987. She has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1990 and began instructing in 1993.

She obtained a BS in Movement from Southern Illinois University and is also AMTA Sports Massage Certified.

Jamie has maintained a private practice for over two decades with her primary focus being the treatment of soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. She has completed certification training in Pilates and, most recently, completed training and became licensed as an acupuncturist in WA state.

When teaching, Jamie incorporates her extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology, along with over 25 years of professional dance experience. Her creative teaching style allows for an open, interactive environment of learning.

 

Dr. William Elliott

William brings a unique blending of exercise physiology, bodywork therapy,and nutrition science to the programme. Dr. Elliott holds a BSc in exercise nutrition from California State University, an MSc in exercise science from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in applied physiology and health informatics from the Union Institute and University in Ohio.

Kevin Prunty, MSc.

Kevin is a practicing Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT) and member of the Association of Neuromuscular and Physical Therapists.

As a result of many years of study and industry experience Kevin has a unique understanding of the integration of NMT in the broader field of health fitness and athletic performance. He was the resident club therapist for Monaghan United F.C. for 6 years and has also worked with both Monaghan and Cavan GAA at club and county level offering sports first aid, pain & injury prevention strategies and event massage. He started his career administering emergency first aid volunteering with the Monaghan Civil Defence from an early age at various events around the country and opened Back in Action, a pain & injury clinic in 2005.

As a key member of National Training Centre’s educational committee and as course leader of the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (HDipNMT), Kevin has been instrumental in the development and delivery of NMT and is currently completing his MSc in Neuromuscular Therapy. He has completed fresh frozen cadaver dissections in the Department of Anatomy, Kings College London and is part of a team of international lecturers who have brought advanced qualifications in NMT to a groups of physiotherapists, osteopaths and other health care providers in Warsaw, Poland and King’s College London .

Kevin also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in Creative multimedia and has been instrumental in implementing a streaming video resource for HDipNMT students which is currently being expanded across a range of courses offered by the National Training Centre. These videos from world authorities were filmed during actual classes on and in a specialised studio in National Training Centre.

Cristopher Alejandro

Cristopher orignally hails from the Phillipines and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Cris teaches on many of the NTC’s bodywork educational programmes and his area of speciality is in myofascial triggerpoint dry needling.

David Anderson, MSc.

David is a Neuromuscular Therapist and a Manipulative Therapist with over 20 years teaching and clinical experience. He is a graduate of the NTC and University of Chester and is currently a PhD candidate at Ulster University. His doctoral research concerns the rehabilitation of patellar tendinopathy. David is a Sports Therapy lecturer at University College Birmingham and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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