Meet the excellent NTC Team

Every National Training Centre tutor is highly experienced in their areas of expertise and they, without exception, also hold a teaching qualification.

AllExercise and Health StudiesH. Dip. NMTHolistic MassageMovement ForumNeedlingNeuromuscular TherapyRope TrainingKettlebell TrainingStrength and ConditioningExercise for Older AdultsPilatesIndoor CyclingPre and Post NatalStep AerobicsSuspension TrainingSports Taping and StrappingPilates WorkshopsFSMDissectionDissection (Previous Courses)Fascial Manipulation®Triggerpoint NutritionMasters DegreesAdministration

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.

Larry Geraghty

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.

Noeleen Gregory, MSc

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.

Michelle O’Melia, MSc

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, anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise physiology on our primary health fitness programmes and also delivers suspension training and indoor cycling.

Janette Penney, MSc

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.

Craig Clifford

Craig completed the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and Personal Training in 2011 and has also completed Kettlebells, Step Aerobics, 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 Assessment and Exercise Principles.

Niamh McGuirk

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’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.

Laura Connick BSc

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.

Ray Lynch BSc, MA

Since graduating with the National Qualification in Exercise, Health Studies and 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.

Daniel Iannelli

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 and is currently studying for his degree in Strength and Conditioning.

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

Teddy Nyhan

Tara Early

Tara holds a Higher National Diploma 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).

Brighid Liston

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.

Ray Morley

Ray teaches on our Neuromuscular Therapy, First Aid and Sports Taping & Strapping programmes.

Bobby Fitzsimons, MSc

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.

Cristopher Alejandro, MSc.MISCP

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.

Lorraine Whelan

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.

Rebecca Brewer

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.

Michael King

Michael King’s path with Pilates began over 40 years ago as a young dancer and he was quickly teaching it and then shortly after running his own equipment studio in London. His world was expanded from his strong foundations with his original teacher Alan Herdman, when he was given the opportunity by Houston Ballet to run their Adult Programming in Pilates and general health for the company and the public. It is here that he was given the chance to experience the work of many of the original students of Joseph Pilates and saw the wonderful variety of interpretations that already existed that had grown from the experiences of those original students and clients of Joseph Pilates. With a passion for teaching and having fun doing it he has worked continuously to help move the Pilates community forward and to gain recognition of the Pilates Method as a respected profession and Method outside of the Pilates World and to bring unity and standards of education within the Pilates world.

Malcolm Muirhead

Malcolm Muirhead has been teaching Pilates for 20 years but he found himself working with adult education from his early 20’s and eventually was working in The City of London when first introduced to Pilates by Michael King in 1999. A passionate educator and detail freak he fell in love with the Method of Pilates and those people both practicing and teaching Pilates. Very quickly he was inspired by the feedback and rewards experienced by both clients and the teachers that Michael was training to make a career change himself into the Health and Fitness world and together with Michael formed a comprehensive teacher training programme. A natural developer and driving force for quality, in 2002 he helped facilitate the process that meant their course was adopted by the accreditation body Oxford Cambridge RSA (OCR) as their National standard for the Pilates Technique in 2002 (OCR Level 2-Pilates Based Matwork). This was significant in that it was the first nationally accredited examination worldwide. Along with Michael he continues to try to drive the journey towards standards of education and teacher training accountability to help the public become more educated about the method and all it offers. Along the way he has developed his own teaching style of intensity with contrasting fun as he is a great believer that you learn best with laughter and desire to be the best you can be.

Denise Curtis

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 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.

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. Stephen Levin

Work on biotensegrity started in the mid 1970s, when I was a young orthopedic surgeon trying to understand just what I was doing as a ‘body mechanic’. Medical education and, even more particularly, surgical training, is probably the most anti-intellectual training experience outside of military combat training.

Like combat situations, life and limb are at stake and there is no room for learning from your mistakes, but only from the mistakes of others. You are overloaded with facts, given little time to think, too much to do, and little time to do it in. Original thought and experimentation is discouraged and usually punished rather than rewarded. It is only afterward, after all exams are completed, can you begin to think for yourself. The wonder of it is that any of us do. Now that I am retired from clinical practice, I have time to do some thinking, I hope it is not too late.

Dr Carla Stecco

Dissection Tutor

Dr Carla Stecco is an Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Padova. Member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology as well as the European Association of Clinical Anatomy and the International Academy of Manual Musculoskeletal Medicine. Scientific activity devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view.

Dr. Neil Theise

Dissection Tutor

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. Niall Galloway

DR. NIALL GALLOWAY an Associate Professor of Urology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Female Urology and Director of Emory Continence Center. Dr. Galloway graduated from Aberdeen University in 1974.

Following surgical training, he pursued specialisation in the field of female pelvic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Galloway serves as the Director of Transitional Care and Adult Clinical Services of the Center for Spina Bifida Research and Prevention. He is involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents and post-graduate fellows and is the author of multiple scientific journal articles.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Antonio Stecco

DR. ANTONIO STECCO, MD, PhD who 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.

Francesco Pacenza, BSc

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)

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.

Professor Stephen Fallows

MSc ENS Senior Academic Research Tutor

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.

Dr. Mike Morris

MSc ENS Lecturer

Dr Mike Morris is Deputy Head of University of Chester’s Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition. 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 and his qualifications include:

  • 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

Dr. Ceri Nicholas

MSc 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.

Dr Rehana Jawadwala

MSc ENS Lecturer

Before joining the department as a lecturer in Sports Nutrition, Rehana worked in the commercial fitness industry in India, where she was involved in various nutrition counselling and teaching related activities for over 6 years.

Rehana then joined The Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES) at University of Central Lancashire where she taught on a number of undergraduate modules in Sports Science and Exercise, Nutrition and Health degrees along with reading towards a Ph.D. degree. Her research involves studying the effects of calcium supplementation on substrate metabolism in endurance sport.

Rehana is also engaged in various sport science consultancy activities such as nutrition counselling and physiological testing for elite and professional rugby football players, cycling and other long distance sports.

Rehana is actively involved in various public engagement and science communication activities. She was a British Science Association Media Fellow in 2007 working at the Daily Mirror, Science Media Centre and Royal Society press offices. She has been involved in the judging of the British Science Association Perspectives Poster competition in 2008 and the National Science Competition held by the DIUS (BIS) since its inception in 2009.

She is actively involved in the Researcher-in-Residence and the Science and Engineering Ambassador scheme.

Professional Memberships:

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)/ SEDA
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Nutrition Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science

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Phone:0044 1244 513406

Lizzy Deery

MSc ENS Lecturer

Lizzy is a lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a particular interest in lifestyle related diseases. Lizzy’s areas of research include the prevention, treatment and management of chronic illness with physical activity and nutrition, and the impact of sedentary behaviours on health. Lizzy is a member of BASES, the BACPR and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Lizzy completed a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) at Edinburgh Napier University, completing her undergraduate dissertation entitled “investigating the use of submaximal cycle ergometer tests to predict treadmill VO2max” before completing an MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. There she completed her postgraduate thesis entitled “Systematic Review of the use of CPET in risk stratification of major abdominal surgery patients” under the guidance of Prof. Greg Whyte (LJMU) and Mr Malcolm West (Aintree University Hospital).

Pursuing her interest in reducing lifestyle related illness, Lizzy enjoyed a role as a Health & Wellbeing Physiologist for Nuffield Health prior to assuming her post at University of Chester in 2015. Lizzy is currently completing a PhD investigating occupational sedentary time and cardiometabolic health, as well as pursuing research in occupational exercise testing and the impact of sitting time in clinical populations.

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Phone:0044 1244 513406

Fidelma Conlon, MSc

Fidelma holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and is a director of NTC. She is course coordinator and looks after the timetabling, programme development and tutor deployment. She is also heavily involved in standards, accreditation and industry liaison to ensure the highest standards and best possible outcomes for all NTC graduates.

Karen Cosgrave

Karen is the friendly voice you will usually get through to when you call the NTC’s office of administration. She looks after day to day administration and communication with students, tutors and the general public.

Greg Merriman

Greg is the head of NTC administration and looks after the day to day running of admin. He designs and implements student documentation, course brochures, website and IT systems.

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 specialised 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. 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.

Paula Bergs

Paula Bergs

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