Meet the Team

All National Training Centre tutors are highly qualified individuals who hold a minimum of a Higher Diploma in Education and The Certiciate in Training and Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Many hold MSc.s in specialist fields.

Our director, John Sharkey BSc., NMT, MSc., is an anatomist, exercise physyologist, neuromuscular therapist and a full member of the Medical and Science team of the Olympic Council of Ireland


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John Sharkey, MSc, NMT NTC Director

JOHN SHARKEY, MSc is founder and director of European style Neuromuscular Therapy. He is a member of the medical team of the Olympic Council of Ireland and has held this position since the Sydney 2000 games. John, was also a technical expert sub-committee member of the National Sports Medicine Institute (UK), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT) and the author of The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy - A Trigger Point Manual ( Lotus Publishing). John brings many years of international presentation experience and a unique and exciting teaching style to anatomy, physiology and Neuromuscular Therapy. John Sharkey is also a founding member of the Sports Massage Association (UK).

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Noeleen Gregory, MSc Tutor

Noeleen Gregory  is expert in a variety of modules on various NTC courses including:

  • Resistance Training
  • Exercise Principles
  • Fitness Assessment 
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Pilates
  • Stability Ball Training
  • Exercise for Older Adults

Her knowledge and wisdom is impeccable and is backed up by a life dedicated to exercise and nutrition - both personally and professionally. Noeleen has an innate ability to transfer knowledge to students in an informative yet relaxed atmosphere. Her enthusiasm and passion for fitness has influenced thousands of students to pursue a career in the health fitness industry.

Noeleen is also the National Training Centre's examinations coordinator and is a highly respected member of the tutoring team for the Dundalk Institute of Technology's  B.Sc (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity.

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Kevin Prunty, NMT Tutor

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.

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Daniel Iannelli Tutor

Daniel is a resistance training tutor for the NTC and has a background in Martial Arts. He also trains and competes in Brazilian jiu jitsu,

Daniel holds a Higher National Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management, Sports Recreation Level 5.

Daniel also teaches on NTC's Kettlebell Training, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning programmes.

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Michelle O' Melia, MSc Tutor

Michelle has been delivering educational excellence at the National Training Centre since 2000. She is passionate about all aspects of fitness and health and holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester.

Michelle teaches exercise to music, antomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

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Ray Lynch, BSc (Hons) HDip, MA Tutor

Since graduating with the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies anmd Personal Training in 2001, Ray has worked in the health fitness industry with various gyms and corporate health facilities, such as Ulster Bank and University College Dublin, mainly facilitating group exercise classes, indoor cycling classes and personal training. In 2002 Ray was awarded his honours degree in Health Services Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology and went on to complete a Masters in Management with the IPA/University College Dublin in 2006.

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Karl McEntegart, B. Eng. (Hons) Tutor

Starting as a lifeguard in August 2005 Karl completed the National
Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2007. After graduating he worked as a fitness instructor until September 2010 by which time he had completed his four year degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

As a result of the positive experience Karl had studying at the
National Training Centre he chose to undertake a qualification in
Neuromuscular Physical Therapy in late 2010. Alongside this Karl also
completed the National Qualification in Step Aerobics and Indoor Cycling.

He is very passionate about swimming and runs his own business, SwimTutor, teaching one-to-one swimming lessons to both children and adults. A fully qualified ASA Swimming Teacher Karl has also held the National Pool and Beach Lifeguard Qualifications.

Karl is a tutor on the resistance training module of the National
Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training. He also
teaches exercise principles and exercise programming classes on this

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Larry Geraghty Tutor

Larry, who like all NTC tutors holds the National University of Ireland's Diploma in Training and Continuing Education teaches primarily resistance training on our fitness programmes and also heads up the strength and conditioning course.

Larry is also a tutor on the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical therapy and runs his own successful private practice for the treatment of pain, injury and dysfunction.

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Janette Penney Tutor

Janette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Economics, and continued on to spend almost 10 years in business and technology and management roles in the UK and Ireland.

In 2003, she changed career path and moved into the world of fitness. Janette has always been passionate about fitness and getting fit and knew she wanted to inspire and educate others.

She ran a successful gym in Dublin for six years while she developed her industry specific skills at the National Training Centre. As a qualified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, she has taught private group exercise classes, and focused on motivating others through 1-1 personal training.

Janette teaches the Anatomy, Exercise to Music and Business modules on the Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training course and also teaches on the Advanced Diploma in Pilates Matwork.

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Craig Clifford Tutor

Craig completed the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2011 and has also completed Kettlebells, Step, Suspension Training and Strength and Conditioning advanced certification programmes with NTC. Craig operates his own successful fitness facility and Personal Training business. He mainly tutors Resistance Training, Fitness Assesments and Exercise Principles.

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Maeve Carroll Tutor

Maeve graduated from the National Training Centre in 2000 with the National Qualification In Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training and is also qualified in specialist areas such as Indoor Cycling, Step Aerobics, Pre and Post Natal Exercise, Aqua Fitness, Pilates, Stability Ball Training and Suspension Training

Maeve has gained vast experience not only in Ireland within the fitness industry but also in Australia where she ran a very successful personal training and Pilates business.

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Tara Early Tutor

Tara holds a degree in Leisure Management and the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. She has studied with many of the world's leading experts in the field of fitness and exercise rehabilitation including Tom Myers, Melanie Byford-Young, Sherri Betz, as well as Pilates Master Instructor Trainers Renee Peuizzo and Raphael Bender.

Tara has been  involved in the health fitness and Pilates Industry for over 15 years. She ran her own Rehab and Pilates studio in Ireland for 8 years. She moved to Melbourne with her husband in 2009, before returning to Ireland in 2011 to practice Pilates and Clinical Pilates and establish Tara's areas of passion include, lumbar disc injuries, knee injuries, whiplash injuries and neck and shoulder injuries.  

Tara has presented for a number of organisations, including Triathlon Ireland and Australia Pilates Method Alliance (APMA). 

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David Anderson, MSc NMT Tutor

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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Cristopher Alejandro Tutor

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.

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Ray Morley Tutor

Ray is a fully qualified advanced paramedic and teaches on our Physical Therapy, First Aid and Taping & Strapping programmes.

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Rebecca Brewer, H.Dip N.M.T., P.T. Tutor

Rebecca started in the health and leisure industry in 2009 as a Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor, Personal Trainer and Exercise to Music Instructor. Rebecca represented Ireland on the Irish Elite Boxing Squad and is an International Scuba Diving Instructor. She managed a successful spa and leisure centre for Disney Cruiseline.

She has studied in Maynooth University and Neuromuscular Physical Therapy in the National Training Centre where she completed the Higher Diploma in 2014.  She has since gone on to complete several Human Anatomy Dissection courses in Kings College London and University of Dundee with fresh frozen, formaldehyde and Theil methods of cadaver preservation.  She has dissected with world renown anatomists, surgeons and experts such as Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau, Dr. Antonio Stecco, Dr. Niall Galloway, Dr. Abduelmenem Alashkham, Graham Scarr, Leonid Blyum, Joanne Avison and John Sharkey MSc.  

Rebecca runs her own busy and successful private clinic in Co. Kildare where she performs Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Needling, Swimming Lessons and Personal Training.

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Denise Curtis Advanced FSM Tutor

Denise is a certified FSM practitioner, is advanced trained in FSM and sits on the National Advisory Board for the FSM Research Foundation. She is also a certified FSM instructor and is currently the only trained instructor responsible for teaching the course in Ireland. Denise recently completed the first ever controlled trial on the effects of FSM therapy on delayed onset muscle soreness which has been published by Elsevier Science in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT). In 2010, her research findings were presented at the 12th Scientific Conference in Sports and Exercise Medicine, at the Queen Mary University of London. In 2011, she was presented with the Ruth Johnston memorial award for her outstanding contribution in support of FSM therapy. 

Denise is passionate about her work and divides her time between running her physical therapy clinic, teaching and research into the development of microcurrent therapy for the treatment of injuries and chronic pain.

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Brighid Liston Tutor

Brighid is an energetic instructor with great knowledge of health and fitness who practices what she preaches.

Brighid is a keen runner, competing in the regular BHAA races. She is also a Pilates instructor and runs her own Sports Pilates Classes Cork  at LesiureWorld and also teaches regular Aqua aerobics classes.

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Sean McKenna, MSc, MBA Tutor

Seán, a Chartered Physiotherapist, holds an MSc and an MBA. He is presently a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick where his area of research is Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise. He specialises in Anatomy, Physiology, Resistance Training and Neuromuscular Therapy.

Seán’s expertise lies in a number of different areas and he tutors on Anatomy, Physiology and Resistance Training modules  in addition to his tutoring on the Neuromuscular Therapy course. 

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Bobby Fitzsimons, MSc NMT Tutor

Bobby has been teaching at the National Training Centre since 1999 and tutors a range of fitness and bodywork modules within the NTC. He holds a Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy and is shortly embarking on his PhD with the University of Chester.

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Joanne Avison Tutor

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.

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Dr. Michael Gunther Tutor

Dr Michael Gunther is a Senior Lecturer of Anatomy & Physical Anthropology and the Deputy Director of the BSc (Hons.) in Anatomy and Human Biology at the Department of Musculoskeletal Biology, Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of the University of Liverpool.

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Dr. Jay P. Shah, M.D. Tutor

Jay Shah, MD has been a physiatrist and clinical investigator in Bethesda, Maryland USA since 1993. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He trained in medical acupuncture at the UCLA School of Medicine and has been an instructor in medical acupuncture courses at Harvard Medical School and New York Medical College. He recently completed a two-year Bravewell Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jay's interests include the pathophysiology of myofascial pain and the application of physical medicine techniques in the management of neuro-musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Jay lectures nationally and internationally on the mechanisms of chronic pain, myofascial pain, acupuncture techniques and other related topics. He and his co-investigators are utilizing novel microanalytical and ultrasound imaging techniques to study the unique biochemical milieu, viscoelastic properties and local vasculature of myofascial trigger points and surrounding soft tissue. 

Jay also teaches hands-on workshops for physicians, physiotherapists, and dentists among others. His workshops integrate emerging knowledge from the pain sciences into clinical practice.  Jay was selected by the American Academy of Pain Management as the 2010 recipient of the Janet Travell Clinical Pain Management Award.

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Leon Chaitow, DO Visiting Tutor

Leon Chaitow is a graduate of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is an Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster London, where he was senior lecturer and module leader between 1993 and 2005 and he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed, MedLine indexed, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, published by Elsevier since 1996.

He is also author of numerous textbooks, including Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Techniques, Volumes 1 and 2 (Upper Body  2nd edition 2008, and Lower Body, 2nd edition 2011)  - co-authored with Judith DeLany,Muscle Energy Techniques (3rd edition ChurchillLivingstone 2006) and Positional Release Techniques (3rd edition ChurchillLivingstone 2011).

In addition to being a member of both the Scientific and Planning committees for the International Fascia Research Congresses, as well as the Interdisciplinary Congresses on Low Back and Pelvic Pain, Leon is a Director of the Ida P Rolf Research Foundation, and teaches widely in Europe and the USA, as well as remaining clinically active in London.

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Judith DeLany, LMT Visiting Tutor

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 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 "1999 Massage Therapist of the Year" award by the Florida Chiropractic Association 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.

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Don Kelley, LMT Visiting Tutor

DON KELLEY brings to his classes a clear and concise teaching style that has been developed over 15 years of instructing NMT seminars. He has also maintains his clinical practice in Orlando, Florida (since 1986) while refurbishing a farm in central Tennessee.

Don has served as a board member of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies (NMT Center) since 1990 and, in that position, has assisted in setting curriculum and certification standards for NMT courses. He has participated and assisted the Human Gross Anatomy (dissection) seminars at the University of South Florida Medical College annually since 1995 and continues to serve as a teaching assistant for those courses. Mr. Kelley has presented at the Florida Chiropractic Convention and has been a featured speaker at Florida State Massage Therapy Association conventions and American Massage Therapy Association national learning centers.

As a tutor for the Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy, Don draws on his clinical experience, advanced background in anatomy, and in-depth understanding of muscular health, and brings these forth in an information-packed presentation, with a good dose of humour.

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Dr. William Elliott Visiting Tutor

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.

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Jamie Alagna, LMT Visiting Tutor

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.

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Paula Bergs Visiting Tutor

PAULA BERGS has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1990 and an instructor since 1997. She has served as a faculty member for several massage schools during the course of her career and has maintained a private practice in Neuromuscular Therapy in Minneapolis since 1990. Since Paula received her BS degree in Life Science Education from the University of Minnesota, her teaching style carries a special emphasis in the areas of anatomy and physiology. She successfully completed a training program with Jon Zahorek and teaches her anatomy classes based on his Manikin™ model, which builds the anatomy in clay. In addition to utilizing the clay model in NMT workshops, she also teaches Clay Anatomy for private organisations and individuals.

Paula brings a great breadth of knowledge and practical experience in the areas of anatomy and neuromuscular therapy to her NMT classes and presents the material in a easy going, yet methodical manner, applying realistic solutions to real life problems.

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Dr. Ceri Nicholas MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science Programme Leader

After completing her PhD on nutritional interventions in high intensity intermittent exercise, Dr. Nicholas began her teaching career as a lecturer in Sports Science at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. In 1996, she returned to Loughborough University as a Research Fellow in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science before moving to the University of Essex to take up the post of Teaching Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences in 2003.

In 2006, Dr Nicholas joined the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chester as a Senior Lecturer and moved to the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition in 2012. Within the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition, Dr Nicholas’ teaching focuses on Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Dr Nicholas is the progrmme leader and she also manages the research phase of the MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science programme. Dr Nicholas is the Department’s disability support, equality and diversity officer and is also a member of the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee.

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Professor Stephen Fallows Research Co-ordinator, Department of Clinical Sciences & Nutrition, University of Chester

Immediately after graduating (way back in the 1970s) Professor Fallows worked in the Eastern Province of Zambia for a local organisation, Chipata Dzithandizeni Nutrition Group, concerned with nutrition education and other actions to promote nutritional wellbeing of the local people. The work was supported by OXFAM, NOVIB and other organisations.

On his return to the UK he completed a PhD in food and nutrition policy at the University of Bradford.

Following a post-doctoral period at the University of Bradford working on a number of food and nutrition policy projects Professor Fallows made a career shift in the late 1980s and was appointed as manager of the University’s early explorations into computer based education.

In 1992 Professor Fallows moved to the University of Luton as Reader in Educational Development.

In 2001 Professor Fallows made a second career shift and returned to his home discipline of nutrition and joined the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Chester as Research Co-ordinator.

Within the Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition, Professor Fallows’ teaching focuses on Nutrition & Health and on Research Methods. Professor Fallows manages the research phase of the department’s MSc programmes and is a key source of advice to students on matters such as project design and research ethics.

Professor Fallows is also supervisor for a number of PhD students, including two who are based in Ireland.

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Dr. Mike Morris MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science

Dr Mike Morris is Deputy Head of University of Chester's Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition and is the Programme Leader for the MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science

Mike has been a member of the Department since September 2005, his specialist areas of teaching are exercise and health and exercise physiology.  Mike's research interests are in the areas of perceived exertion and physical activity.


  • Ph.D., University of Liverpool.
  • MSc (Distinction), Exercise and Nutrition Science, University of Chester
  • BSc (Hons), Sports Science (Physiology), Liverpool John Moores University
  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

​Mike's specialist areas are Exercise Physiology, Data Analysis and Statistics and he teaches on the following Postgraduate modules:

  • Exercise and Health
  • Physiology and Physical Performance
  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming
  • Exercise and Weight Management
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Dissertation

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Karen Cosgrave Administrator

Whenever you call the National Training Centre or visit the reception desk in our head office, chances are that you will be talking to Karen. Karen's background is in office administration and she deals with the day to day admin requirements of NTC. Karen goes the extra mile when it comes to making sure that our students, current and potential, have what they need for an enjoyable and successful educational experience.


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Fidelma Conlon NTC Director, Course Coordinator

​Fidelma Conlon (MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science) is a director of the NTC and acts as the course coordinator for all NTC courses based in Ireland and overseas.  With over 20 years of professional industry experience, Fidelma has been instrumental in the development of many of the courses relating to our suite of health fitness and pilates qualifications. As course coordinator, she plays an integral role in the design, planning and quality assurance of the various courses delivered by NTC. Fidelma was one of the original working group members that developed and set the European educational standards for fitness instructors and personal trainers adopted by the European Health Fitness Assocation (now Europe Active). 

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Linda Byrne Administrator / Accounts

Linda has an extensive background in accounts administration. She is responsible for looking after all aspects of students financial transactions. Linda is also a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer.

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Greg Merriman Head of Administration

Greg is the head of administration with responsibility for day to day operations at NTC. He is also responsible for the design and production of NTC documentation, ICT procedures and has overall responsibility for our web presence.

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Laura Connick Tutor

In addition to the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training, Laura holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Management from UCD and has worked in some of Dublin's most established gyms. 

Laura specialises in helping clients to achieve and maintain optimal body weight and ensures they achieve their goals in a healthy and sustainable fashion.

Laura is dedicated to continuing professional development and constantly expands her knowledge base and training to ensure she can provide the best advice to her clients.

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John Sharkey, MSc Conference Speaker

John is a Clinical Anatomist, Exercise Physiologist, and founding member of the Biotensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.). He is director of Ireland’s National Training Centre, academic partner University of Chester, and programme leader of the Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, International Journal of Massage and Bodywork and the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. John performed the worlds first Biotensegrity informed Human Dissection on Thiel soft fix cadaver specimens at Dundee University department of Anatomy and Human Identification, Scotland. John specialises in the treatment of chronic pain conditions and the prescription of medical exercise for specific populations.

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Dr. Robert Schleip Conference Speaker

Dr. Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent international congresses. Besides his research activities he still maintains a private practice as a manual practitioner in Munich, Germany. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee

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Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau Conference Speaker

Dr. Guimberteau is a plastic surgeon, specialised 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. 


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Joanne Avison Conference Speaker

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.

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.

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Graham Scarr Conference Speaker

Graham Scarr is a chartered biologist and 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.

As a graduate in microbiology, and after spending several years developing his skills in a bacteriological research lab, he is now part of a specific interest group looking at the significance of the biotensegrity concept to biomechanics and clinical practice, and at the forefront of current thinking about this subject.

Working closely with Stephen Levin, an orthopaedic surgeon who first recognised the importance of biotensegrity to living organisms, he has developed new models that progress our understanding of the structure-function relationship in biology.

Graham Scarr is currently a Fellow of the Linnean Society and Member of the Society of Biology; he has published several papers on this subject in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Dr. Niall Galloway Visiting Tutor

Dr. Galloway is an Associate Professor of Urology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Female Urology and Director of Emory Continence Center.

Dr. Galloway was born and raised in Scotland where he attended medical school at Aberdeen University graduating in 1974. He received his general surgery training and board certification in the United Kingdom and was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England. Following his surgical training, Dr. Galloway pursued specialisation and research in the field of female pelvic surgery and reconstructive surgery at Duke’s University School of Medicine, Durham NC.

In 1988, Dr. Galloway joined the Department of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine and was appointed as the Chief of Urology at Grady Memorial Hospital, a position he served until 1995. With his training, qualifications and expertise that uniquely combine all facets of urological, gynecological and intestinal/colo-rectal pelvic surgery, he was appointed as the Chief of Female Urology to establish a multidisciplinary center for female pelvic urology and reconstructive surgery. Under his leadership, the Emory Continence Center was established and progressed to become a nationally renowned Center of Excellence. Emory Continence Center provides comprehensive evaluation and management for pelvic floor dysfunction including urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, bowel problems and pelvic pain. In addition to standard common urological and related gynecologic conditions, Emory Continence Center serves as the tertiary referral center for all complex incontinence problems, pelvic organ prolapse and reconstructive surgery from urologists in the Atlanta metro area, State of Georgia, neighboring states and nationally. In addition, Dr. Galloway serves as the Director of Transitional Care and Adult Clinical Services of the Center for Spina Bifida Research and Prevention, which was established in 2012.

Dr. Galloway’s clinical and research interests include urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, neuromodulation, urodynamics, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic support anatomy. He has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents and post-graduate fellows. He is the author of multiple scientific journal articles and is the recipient of multiple international awards.

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Dr. Jaap Van der Wal Visiting Tutor

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”.

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Dr. Antonio Stecco, MD, PhD Fascia Manipulation ® Tutor

Dr. Antonio Stecco, MD, PhD is a Clinical Instructor at Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University, a Specialist in Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, President of Fascial Manipulation Association and a member of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPRM).

Dr. Stecco's scientific activity is devoted to the study the human fasciae from a macroscopically, histologically and physio-pathologically point of view. He has personally completed over 100 cadaver dissections for research. Since 2007 he has organised and personally held theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation ®/STECCO® method in every continent around the world. He is the author of more than 40 papers about fascia. He is also the Co-Authors of three books and different chapters of international books published by Elsevier.

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Francesco Pacenza BSc Fascia Manipulation ® Tutor

Francesco Pacenza holds a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Physiotherapy from the University of Udine and thanks to a scholarship he attended the 4th year at La Trobe University of Melbourne.

In 2015 he participated in the Italian translation of Leon Chaitow's book “Fascial Dysfunctions: Manual Therapy Approaches”.

In 2009 he started studying and practicing Fascial Manipulation, completing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd level courses, each level with different instructors, in order to improve his clinical and manual skills. He also completed several advanced workshops of 1st and 2nd level (2012, 2013), and 3rd level (2016) and the annual Fascial Manipulation conferences (2011-2016). He became a Teacher Assistant in 2013.

Along with several international teachers he held several Fascial Manipulation introductory workshops:

  • Connective Tissues in Sports Medicine Conference, March 2013, Ulm University, Dubai
  • Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain, October 2013, Rjiad
  • Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy by Manual Concepts and Curtin University,2016, Perth, Australia

In 2015 he completed the first Certificate: Advanced course of muscle-fascial anatomical dissections with Prof. Carla Stecco (Padua University)

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Wilbour Kelsick Conference Speaker

Dr. WILBOUR 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 and internationally.

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Jan Trewartha Conference Speaker

JAN TREWARTHA has been in healthcare since 1979. Originally trained as a State Registered Nurse, she started learning to massage whilst travelling abroad in 1989, went into practice in 1992, and over the years has developed her skills to become a specialist in physical and emotional trauma release. Jan has been teaching massage, bodywork, meditation and self-development since 1993. Jan is the Director of the British Fascia Symposium, and also the Fascia & Energy Consultant for the APNT (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists) and sits on the Executive Committee. ScarWork was developed by Sharon Wheeler and is now taught in the UK by Jan and Emma Holly who run ScarWork training UK together. A subtle, light touch treatment, ScarWork is a powerful approach that sees psome fascinating and profound changes in the scar and the adhered tissues. Jan will be discussing the way that scars and adhesions alter the architecture of the body from a biotensegrity standpoint at the 2018 BFS PreConference Day.

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Michael King Pilates Guru

Michael has been working with the Pilates technique for over 34 years. He originally worked with the technique as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. In 1982 he opened his own studio, Body Control, in connection with the newly formed Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden London.

Two years later he was offered a position in Texas managing the Pilates studio at the Houston Ballet Company where he stayed until 1990. During this time sponsored by the Houston Ballet, Michael travelled across the USA visiting and training at studios including with Carla Trier and Romana Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York.

Michael also worked in the Voight Centre in LA for five years teaching fitness programs as as well as at many other Pilates Studios including Winsor Pilates in Los Angeles.

He moved back to Europe in 1995 where following a two year contract in Switzerland he returned to London. Michael was the founder and Director of the Pilates Institute UK until 2008 and has since been running his own training school Michael King Pilates

Michael's reputation as a renowned presenter both in fitness and Pilates has been established since 1980. His training programs are now taught in over 30 countries worldwide and he has been instrumental in the development of national and international standards in recent years.

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Willem Fourie Dissection Tutor

WILLEM FOURIE is a registered physiotherapist with more than thirty years of clinical experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

This includes sports physiotherapy on provincial and international level, trauma rehabilitation in the mining industry, and general private practice.

His private practice is situated in Roodepoort (Western Greater Johannesburg Council), South Africa

The fields of professional practice include:

  • The identification and treatment of playing- and work-related injuries in musicians and office workers
  • The treatment and rehabilitation of the full range of musculoskeletal problems experienced after the surgical and radiotherapeutic treatment of breast- and other cancers as well as lymphoedema
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of general musculoskeletal problems after joint replacements, injury, or general overuse and ageing. This includes back, neck, and headaches of acute and chronic nature
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Niamh McGuirk Tutor

Niamh has 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry, delivering Personal Training, Group Fitness classes and further education on an international level. She travelled the world as a Les Mills Master Trainer and Presenter and has appeared on 2 Les Mills Bodypump DVDs being the first person to represent Ireland.

She lived in South Africa for 3 years where she launched the Les Mills programs and worked as the National Product Manager for Planet Fitness, a fast-growing gym chain with over 40 clubs around South Africa.

Niamh currently runs her own gym and spinning studio, FIT15 based at St Brigids GAA, Castleknock. She is involved with the on-going fitness and performance of all St Brigids GAA teams.

Niamh’s other love is music and she works as a professional singer when not in the gym. This love for music and the ability to entertain a crowd gives her the edge and ability to thrive as a Group Fitness instructor.

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Leonid Blyum Conference Speaker

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.

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Dr. Vladimir Chereminskiy Dissection Tutor

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 

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