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Adams, Mark (AS, HHP) graduated from IPSB with an Associate of Science degree in 1995. Mr. Adams is a primary instructor in Essentials of Massage and Bodywork and Circulatory Massage Application. Mr. Adams maintains a private practice focused on Structural Integration and Deep Circulatory Massage. He can be reached at madams@ipsb.edu.

 

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Al-Turki, Faiza (AS, HHP) has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and an Associate of Science degree in Holistic Health. She is currently pursuing her master in Counseling psychology with an emphasis on the connection between body and mind. She started at IPSB in 1999 and has been there ever since. She currently teaches in the Essentials of Massage and Bodywork and Somatic assimilation classes. She is also involved with the Way of the Healer classes and coordinates faculty scheduling. In her practice, Ms. Al-Turki uses an eclectic combination of energy work including Craniosacral and Shamanic healing with a variety of mainstream modalities including deep tissue, NMT and circulatory to facilitate her client’s healing goals. Ms. Al-Turki can be reached at fal-turki@ipsb.edu.

 

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Arbel, Ron (AS, HHP) started his journey at IPSB in 1998. With over 1700 hours he is a primary teacher in Structural Integration and Anatomy. Mr. Arbel maintains a private practice focused on Structural Integration and human movement potential. Mr. Arbel is one of 12 certified Rossiter instructors in the country and is a board certified Structural Integrator. Mr. Arbel can be reached at rarbel@ipsb.edu.

 

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Baker, Jack (BA, MA, HHP) holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Education from IPSB, a Bachelor’s in English from UCSB, and has completed over 1,500 hours of training in Massage and Bodywork at IPSB. He began teaching at IPSB in 1990 and is a primary instructor for Neuromuscular Therapy, Anatomy, Dialogue Methods, and Dynamics of Personal Learning – Intro. Mr. Baker can be reached at jbaker@ipsb.edu.

 

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Billmeyer, Chance (BFA, HHP) is a graduate of SDSU, USD and IPSB. He has a Bachelor’s in Graphic Communication, a philosophy/religious studies graduate certificate and an Associates of Science. Chance has been studying the science of nutrition since 1982 when he began taking courses in biology at Colorado State University in Denver. Since that time he has worked as a Certified Personal Trainer, a Communications Specialist for the Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics, a Creative Director for NEXT Nutrition, both Cheng Man-ch'ing and Yang Laoshi Wu Style Tai Chi Instructor, a Level II Qigong and nutritional instructor for the Supreme Science Qigong Foundation, and a Hatha Level I & II Instructor from the Green Lake Yoga Center in Kunming, China. Since 2003, Chance has guest lectured for the Creating A Professional Practice course as well as co-taught the course in 2009. Chance currently owns ZEN Sanctuary (est. 2003) - ZEN Sanctuary is a complete wellness center providing Massage and Bodywork, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Skincare, Meditation, Movement and Chinese Herbs. Chance has studied traditional Swedish Circulatory massage in Baden, Baden Germany, Tuina in Kunming, China, Lomi Lomi from Mueller College, and specializes in NMT, Sports, Thai, and Deep Tissue therapy from IPSB. Mr. Billmeyer can be reached at cbillmeyer@ipsb.edu.

 

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Clark, Barbara (BS, MA, HHP) holds a Master’s in Somatic Education, a Bachelor’s in Accounting and business, is a Taoist Priest and is a Holistic Health Practitioner of Asian Arts with well over 2,000 hours of bodywork training. Ms. Clark began teaching business classes and then developed Jin Shin Acutouch, which she has taught since 1978, and has written several books on the subject, including Jin Shin Acutouch for Others. Ms. Clark can be reached at bclark@ipsb.edu.

 

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Cohen, Marina (MA) was born in March in the early 1950’s in LA California. In the early 1960’s, her family moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she attended junior high and high school. Later, she moved to Queens, NY, and attended Hunter College, CUNY, majoring in Math, with a dual minor in Physics and Dance. Marina comes from a long line of artists and writers. She continues the family heritage of doing various creative projects, like designing clothes, jewelry, yarn projects, sculpture, painting, and assisting her neighbor in her floral design business. After graduating Cum Laude with her BA degree, she was offered an adjunct teaching position at Hunter while completing her graduate work in Pure Mathematics there. During her graduate studies, she also taught courses in Math, Computer Science, and Physics for the Long Island Institute of Technology. Upon graduating with her advanced degree in Math, she was offered a job in Information Technology, programming computers for large companies through a consulting firm. She continues to do private tutoring in math. Marina is very passionate about helping her students become Math literate and ensuring their future success by creating an educational environment where they can learn to, as she puts it, “think more effectively and master their self-directed learning skills”. Ms. Cohen can be reached at mcohen@ipsb.edu.

 

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Eberle, Kristina (HHP) has practiced bodywork since 1991. She has an associate’s degree from IPSB in Oriental Methods of Massage. She first studied Thai Massage in San Diego with Dr. Richard Gold in 1993. After studying and assisting Dr. Gold for many years, Kristina began her practice specializing in Traditional Thai Massage in 1995. Soon after, she began teaching Thai Massage at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) as well as at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Kristina has studied in Thailand with many different teachers over the years and continues to visit when possible to stay connected to the divine energy of this Sacred healing art. Kristina is a certified instructor through the Thai Healing Alliance and is also a continuing education provider with NCBTMB. Ms. Eberle can be reached at keberle@ipsb.edu.

 

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Economos, John (Ph.D., HHP, GCFT) is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher, a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators, certified in the Traditional Medical Massage of Thailand, has studied Tui Na and Chi Gung in Beijing, China and served on the staff of the Gero-Psychiatric Ward of Mission Bay Hospital. He maintains a private practice in Somatic Education and is Adjunct Professor in the Business School at the University of Redlands. Adjunct Professor in the Health Sciences and Sociology departments at National University. He has taught at IPSB on and off since 1987 including classes in what used to be the BA and Masters Programs, Contemporary Methods, and also those classes currently offered, namely Tai Chi, Thai Massage, Essentials. He currently teaches classes in Somatic Psychology, Neuromuscular Repatterning, The Feldenkrais Method and Functional Kinesiology at IPSB and other institutions. Mr. Economos can be reached at jeconomos@ipsb.edu.

 

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Estes, Marjeanne (AA, BS, CMT) holds an Associate's degree in Combined Methods of massage from IPSB, and a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Ms. Estes teaches Deep Tissue Sculpting and Somatic Assimilation. She has a growing practice specializing in deep tissue sculpting, pregnancy massage and somato-emotional integration. She also works at the Cushman Wellness Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Ms. Estes can be reached at mestes@ipsb.edu.

 

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Fainer, Duffy attended IPSB and is a practitioner of the Cheng Man Ching Yang style and Chen Styles of Tai Chi. Duffy has been practicing and teaching Psychocalisthenics as a participant in the Arica Institute and its trainings since 1975, and is also a professional commercial pilot. Mr. Fainer can be reached at dfainer@ipsb.edu.

 

Fixter, Lynn (MT, HHP) is originally from the UK and moved to San Diego in 2001. Lynn qualified as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2003 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is nationally certified with over 12 years experience in holistic health. She provides a mobile service to homes and offices, offering various massage modalities, specializing in reflexology and therapeutic body massage. Lynn loves working with seniors and cancer patients to bring them relaxation in times of great stress. She has also studied homeopathy and Bach flower medicine. Lynn took the teacher training course at IPSB in 2011 and has aided in Essentials, CMA, Touch 101 and Adapting Massage. Her earlier working years was as a production/purchasing manager for a major manufacturer of drinks dispense equipment. In 1995 – 1999 she owned and ran an after school club for 60 children age 4 through 12. Lynn has also run her own beauty therapy business and worked in a local hotel spa. Lynn says she is very fortunate to love her work and hopes to continue to develop her own experiences and share them with other therapists through teaching. Ms. Fixter can be reached at lfixter@ipsb.edu.

 

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Frazier, Becky (L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., MTOM, Dipl.Ayur.Sc., AHP, ABT, PKS) is a licensed Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Massage Therapist. After completing her massage training (1989), she studied Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, receiving her Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (1993). She is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and has maintained a private practice in San Diego. In 2006, she began her Ayurvedic studies with the all Indian faculty at Kerala Ayurveda Academy and holds a diploma in Ayurvedic Sciences. In 2008 she continued her Ayurvedic studies at UC Irvine and the California College of Ayurveda, graduating as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner(AHP). She holds certificates in Ayurvedic Body Therapies and in Pancha Karma. Her private practice also includes Sound Therapy (Tuning Forks/ Acutonics training), Aromatic Botanical Medicine(Aromatherapy training with David Crow) and Energy Healing (training with Barbara Brennan). Ms. Frazier brings the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to IPSB. Ms. Frazier can be reached at bfrazier@ipsb.edu.

 

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Gold, Richard (Ph.D., L.Ac.) has been practicing Asian Healing Arts since his 1978 graduation from the New England School of Acupuncture. He has been a California licensed acupuncturist since 1983. Dr. Gold has been teaching at IPSB since 1980. He has done advanced studies in China (1980), Japan (1986) and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). Dr. Gold is the author of the book, ‘Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique” first published in 1988 by Churchill Livingstone and with a 2nd edition published in 2007. He is an approved instructor of the Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI). Currently, Dr. Gold is the President and Executive Producer of Metta Mindfulness Music. He can be reached at rgold@ipsb.edu.

 

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Grayson, Shari (BA, MBA, HHP, NCBTMB, CAMTC: CMT) has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She has also completed the 1000 hr. Holistic Health Practitioner program at IPSB. She began teaching at IPSB in 1994 and currently teaches Essentials of Massage & Bodywork, Creating a Professional Practice, Department of Success, Seated Massage, Pregnancy Massage and Touch 101. She serves as Academic Chair for the school, and coordinates the Teacher Training program. In her private practice she focuses on providing stress relief and injury care for parents, retirees and athletes, she also offers corporate chair massage at several local companies, and enjoys supporting women through their pregnancies. She offers an eclectic blend of massage styles. Ms. Grayson can be reached at sgrayson@ipsb.edu.

 

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Gomibuchi, Hiroshi (AA, HHP) was inspired by his massage therapist, Jack Baker in 1993 to come to IPSB and graduated in 1996 specializing in Tui Na, Structural Integration, and Kato method Seitai Shiatsu. He gained experience working at acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy clinics for over 10 years. Currently he maintains his private practice as well as volunteer work for various non profit organizations. Hiroshi can be reached at hgomibuchi@ipsb.edu.

 

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Jacobowitz, Elizabeth (MA, HHP) holds a Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School, as well as a Bachelor's in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University. She studied massage and bodywork at IPSB, accumulating more than 1,200 hours of training and concentrations in Sports Massage, Sensory Repatterning, Relational Somatics, and Somatoemotional Integration. Ms. Jacobowitz is a primary teacher in Sensory Repatterning I, as well as Somatic Rejuvenation. She is fascinated with the mind-body connection and the awakening of self that is possible through bodywork and the arts. Ms. Jacobowitz can be reached at ejacobowitz@ipsb.edu.

 

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Johnson, Janis (BA, MA, HHP) holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in history, English and theatre. She is also certified in Expressive Arts Therapy. Ms. Johnson has been teaching at the university level since 1975, including Indiana University, Department of Theatre and Drama and University of California at San Diego, Department of Theatre. Her educational history includes being costume director at The La Jolla Playhouse and UCSD, The Denver Center Theatre and Indiana University. At IPSB, she teaches Deep Tissue Sculpting, The Moving Soma, Jin Shin Acutouch, Advanced Deep Tissue Techniques and various academic seminars. Her practice focuses on injury recovery and the release of chronic tension using Myofascial Energy Therapy. Ms. Johnson can be reached at jjohnson@ipsb.edu.

 

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Kanester, Skip (AS, HHP) has been teaching at IPSB since 1990. He is a primary instructor of Tuina, Seitai Shiatsu, and Asian Healing Arts 1&2. He has worked and studied with Sifu Bill Helm, one of the leading authorities on Tuina massage in this country since 1989 and in 2003 was certified by the Taoist Sanctuary in San Diego to teach Tuina to all levels of students. He received his certification in Seitai Shiatsu from Dr. Richard Gold in 1989 and was certified as an instructor of traditional Thai massage through the Buntautuk Traditional Hospital, Chaing Mai, Thailand in 1991. Skip was a founding faculty member at Big Sky Somatic Institute in Helena, Montana from 1996 until 2007, designing the Oriental Healing Arts Practitioner program and serving as the director of the oriental studies program there. He also designed the original curriculum and served on the faculty at Windemere Institute in Decorah, Iowa from January 1998 until August 2001. In 2004 he received a Special Recognition for Teaching Excellence from IPSB and was awarded IPSB Teacher of the Year in 2009. Skip can be reached at skanester@ipsb.edu.

 

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Korb, Clark (HHP, MEng, BSEE) earned his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at UC-San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University-Bozeman. He came to IPSB after seven years' experience in the corporate world working as a design engineer seeking greater professional satisfaction and overall life balance. He now enjoys a value-aligned career as an entrepreneur, professional networker, educator, and holistic health practitioner. His primary intention in each of these roles is to propagate a prosperity consciousness for the healing and betterment of other practitioners, clients, and society as whole. Mr. Korb may be reached at clark@ipsb.edu.

 

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Lewis, Jason (, BS, AS, CMT, NCBTMB) received a bachelors degree from Syracuse University and began a career in bodywork by attending IPSB in 1998. With over 1800 hours of training, he specializes in chronic soft tissue pain conditions working with private clients as well as at the UCSD Pain Relief Program. He developed and teaches the Alternative Deep Tissue with Circulatory Massage class at IPSB, has assisted with the Essentials class and taught a comprehensive 720 hour massage therapy program for UEI. Combining Rossiter, Structural Integration and Deep Tissue techniques, the focus of his work is on functionality and pain relief. Mr. Lewis can be reached at jlewis@ipsb.edu.

 

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Lockwood, Cara (AS, HHP, CMT) is a graduate of IPSB. Ms. Lockwood currently is a Secondary instructor in the Essentials of Massage and Bodywork course, Primary instructor in Hydrotherapy & Self-Care, Heated Stone, and Phys/Path I & II and is the Manager of the IPSB Massage Therapy Center. Ms. Lockwood’s private practice is primarily focused in CranioSacral Therapy and integrates it with Neuromuscular Therapy and Deep Tissue sculpting. Ms. Lockwood can be reached at clockwood@ipsb.edu.

 

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Maupin, Edward W. (Ph.D.) is a clinical psychologist and board certified Structural Integrator who has practiced the Rolf Method of Structural Integration since 1968. A resident of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur from 1966-1970, he worked personally with such masters as Ida Rolf, Fritz Perls, Mary Whitehouse and others. He has studied the methods of the Arica Institute since 1970. President of IPSB 1977-2001, and 2012-present. Dr. Maupin has authored a number of books, including "Body Epiphany" and "A Dynamic Relation to Gravity, a manual of Rolf Structural Integration". Dr. Maupin can be reached at emaupin@ipsb.edu.

 

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Miller, Barbara (BA, CMT, HHP, NCBTMB Certified) has been with IPSB since 2005 when she started her HHP program. She graduated in 2010 with a specialization in Traditional Thai Massage and she has also completed the NMT Concentration. She is a primary instructor for Clinical Applications Preparation. She has assisted in Table Thai, LomiLomi, CMA, and Essentials of Bodywork. She also thoroughly enjoys her thriving massage private practice. Barbara Miller can be reached at bmiller@ipsb.edu.

 

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Montoya, Maya (CMT, E-RYT) began her studies at IPSB in 2005, and has accumulated over 1,400 hours of massage training specializing in Traditional Thai Massage. Her passion for Thai Massage inspired her to become a yoga instructor, and she currently teaches Yoga and Thai Massage at IPSB and various venues. She has a private practice and leads wellness retreats throughout the year. Maya is also a member of the Thai Healing Alliance International. She can be reached at mmontoya@ipsb.edu.

 

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Morgan, Tammy (BA, MT) received her Bachelors degree in English from SDSU. She began her studies at IPSB in 1997, where she soon found her passion for massage and bodywork in Circulatory Massage, Deep Tissue Sculpting, and Neuromuscular Therapy. She enjoys working full time in the resort spa environment where she is able to combine everything she has learned at IPSB to help people who visit from all over the country. Ms. Morgan currently teaches in the Essentials of Massage and Bodywork course, which allows her to share her passion for bodywork with students, while keeping her grounded and in beginner's mind. Ms. Morgan can be reached at tmorgan@ipsb.edu.

 

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Okuma, Chris (BA, RCST, NCBTMB) graduated from UCSD with a BA in Visual Arts and received an AA in Somatics/AHA (Combined Methods) from IPSB. She has trained with the Upledger Institute in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Somato-Emotional Release (SER), and was invited to participate in an Adv. CST study group. She is a Usui Reiki Master, a primary instructor in Somatic Assimilation, The Way of the Healer and the primary instructor for the IPSB Craniosacral Program. She is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST) and is a graduate of Franklyn Sills’ biodynamic model of craniosacral therapy (BCST). Her private practice continues to intuitively evolve and deepen, with a focus on a blend of BCST/CST, Somato-Emotional Integrative therapies and AHA. Ms. Okuma can be reached at cokuma@ipsb.edu.

 

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Osborne, Carole (BA, CMT) is one of the original founders of IPSB. She is author of Deep Tissue Sculpting (Second edition 2002), Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy (Second edition 2011), and a contributor to Teaching Massage Therapy (2008). She was the 2008 AMTA National Teacher of the Year. Her certification workshop, “Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy,” is an internationally recognized CE program. In private practice since 1974, she also conducts professional mastery/supervision groups for body therapists. At IPSB, Ms. Osborne is a primary teacher of Rhythmic Deep Tissue Blends, Pregnancy Massage Introduction and Somato-emotional Integration specialization. She can be reached at cosborne@ipsb.edu.

 

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Overholser, Lee (Ph.D., MA, HHP) started out on the academic path by earning degrees in English and Linguistics. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in Linguistics and then moved to California where he trained as a massage therapist, Postural Integrator and earned his HHP from Mueller College. He has maintained a practice as a massage therapist from that time. He also completed a masters degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in hypnosis. For many years he worked with the Wellness Community, teaching self-hypnosis to cancer patients. He was given the San Diego Hospital Association’s Hero of Health award for that service. Lee has created continuing education courses in massage therapy for TMJ pain and Hypnomassage and he taught research methods as part of IPSB’s masters program. He published an article on scientific discoveries in lymphatic massage in the summer 1988 issue of Massage Therapy Journal. He is now teaching lymphatic drainage massage and his teaching emphasizes applying knowledge of anatomy and physiology to practical massage techniques. Lee can be reached at loverholser@ipsb.edu.

 

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Padecky, Kathy (AS, CMT, Certified Aromatherapist) began working in the holistic health field in 1981 and teaches various massage modalities, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Spa techniques, Heated stone, Hydrotherapy, Raindrop Technique ©, Aromatherapy and Aura-imaging, plus Healing with Crystals and Essential oils. Ms. Padecky received her aromatherapy training at American College of Healthcare Sciences in Oregon, and her Associate of Science Degree in Holistic Health Studies from IPSB. Ms. Padecky can be reached at kpadecky@ipsb.edu.

 

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Panara, Diana (MSW, HHP, NCBTMB) is an IPSB graduate and holds a master's degree from Tulane University. A somatic practitioner since 1974, she began teaching with IPSB in 1980. She remains enchanted with the Essentials course, and also teaches at the specialization level. The Way of the Healer introduces her work, and the specialization Relational Somatics gives an in depth exploration of this particular weave of somatic technique and spiritual psychology. Ms. Panara also offers supervision to developing and practicing bodyworkers and is working to rebuild New Orleans, one body at a time. Ms. Panara can be reached at dpanara@ipsb.edu.

 

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Penner, Charlene (M.D.) Charlene’s life has been an exploration of the body - to know its bones, blood, and guts - to refine its subtle energies - to sense the whisper of its spirit. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1976. Since then, she has studied nutrition and many forms of movement and massage therapy, which she currently practices. She also creates and performs Butoh Ritual Dance, Contact Improvisation, and is currently a performer and instructor with Wheelchair Dancers Organization. For Dr. Penner, daily living habits of eating, rest, posture, exercise, and chemical product usage are at the root of most illness in America. She brings years of exploring “health as a total living concept” to her teachings of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. Dr. Penner can be reached at cpenner@ipsb.edu.

 

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Radulovich, Jessica (BFA, HHP) is a Structural Integrator. She maintains a private practice in North San Diego County and teaches Structural Integration at IPSB College in San Diego, CA, where she has also taught Somatic Psychology. In addition, Ms. Radulovich has been teaching and practicing somatic movement, including Yoga, Authentic Movement and developmental movement since 1994. Ms. Radulovich's interest is in the somatic aspect of body structure and movement and its role in personal development. Ms. Radulovich can be reached at jradulovich@ipsb.edu.

 

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Salgado, Keoni (HHP, LMT, BS) Athletic Training San Diego State University, Born in the Philippines and raised in South Orange County, Keoni has been in the health and fitness industry as a Personal trainer, Group exercise instructor, Massage therapist, Fitness model, Educator and Massage / Bodywork Protocol developer. Upon graduating from San Diego St. University in 1991, Keoni entered the Spa industry in 1992 via La costa resort and Spa. His passion and knowledge of health and wellness, along with his friendly, warm personality quickly earned him employee of the year nominations in both the Fitness and Massage therapy departments. In realizing the Massage field was developing into his true life calling, Keoni has studied and taken numerous courses from Esalen, Vitality College in Solana beach, the Natural healing Institute in Encinitas, and Hawaii. In studying different modalities from all over the world, Keoni eventually fell back into his "island roots" and discovered the wonderful healing massage art of the Hawaiian Islands, Lomilomi. Since 2002, Keoni has been shareing his knowledge of Hawaiian Lomi as the director of the Hawaiian healing arts program in two North county schools, Natural Healing Inst. and Vitality College. He has developed the Hawaiian Lomi protocols at the world famous La Costa resort and Spa, and the equally famous Hotel Del Coronado. He has also worked with day spas, and privately owned massage businesses in bodywork protocols. Keoni has helped and mentored countless massage therapists throughout his career. He currently has develped a unique style of Hawaiian Lomi, Deep Tissue, Orthopedic Massage and Dynamic Cupping therapy for his very successful massage practice which includes Olympic, Professional, Elite, and Active clientel. Keoni's private practice is located in Encinitas but he lives in South Carlsbad with his beautiful wife and daughter. His hobbies include cross-training exercises, hiking, bodywork research, and spending lazy hours in coffee houses and bookstores. For further information regarding classes taught by Keoni, you may reach him at ksalgado@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sanchez, Tom (HHP) started his personal body/mind path in the hard martial arts. He studied Shotokan Karate and received his black belt in Shaolin. His path next led him to tai chi which he has “played” for 30 years. Tom founded the tai chi program at the Encinitas YMCA and has taught it for 18 years. He has had a long time interest in traditional Hawaiian culture, especially lomilomi and hula. He has taken several trips to the Islands where he has met some of the top lomilomi teachers. He practices Lomi massage as well as Thai and Therapeutic massage at SANTE in Solana Beach. Mr. Sanchez can be reached at tsanchez@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sandhu, Rhonda-Grace (HHP, NCTMB) is a Nationally Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a Primary Teacher at IPSB College. Rhonda Graces' 20 years of practice in the field of Massage and Bodywork includes 13 years of professional hands on work in San Diego as well as 10 years teaching in the IPSB classroom. She has worked with a wide variety of practitioners including; homeopathic doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, midwives, psychologists and Shamans of indigenous cultures. Rhonda-Grace currently teaches Client Centered Communications and Introduction to Neuromuscular Therapy. She also runs a private practice in downtown San Diego and has been found leading wellness retreats in Baja Mexico. Rhonda-Grace can be reached at rhonda@ipsb.edu.

 

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Schulman, Rebecca L. (NCBTMB, HHP, AS Holistic Health, CAMTC) had over 20 years of service-oriented work before discovering IPSB in 2005. After completing her HHP and Teacher Training in 2007, Rebecca began her private practice in earnest with a diverse population of clients. From Pregnancy massage and geriatric work to cancer survivors and triatheletes, Rebecca's bodywork style is as eclectic as her clients. Using some of the best of IPSB's core elements including Sensory Repatterning, Deep Tissue Muscle Sculpting, Circulatory, NMT, and Thai, her practice is constantly evolving to better serve her clients. She studied extensively with the pioneers of IPSB, James Stewart, Ed Maupin, and Diana Panara to complete her AS in 2011. Rebecca works as an Assistant and a Secondary in the Essentials of Massage and Bodywork and also assists in Sensory Repatterning, Table Thai, and the Foundational Applications classes. She is the Primary Instructor for Intro to Sports Massage and on the Practice Session Team. Her passions outside of bodywork and teaching massage are surfing, singing, and playing guitar. Rebecca Schulman can be reached at rschulman@ipsb.edu.

 

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Shepard, Robin (BA, CMT, HHP, RYT) began studying at IPSB in 2005. Focusing her studies in Thai Massage she began assisting in Thai classes in 2007. She is a primary instructor for Table Thai, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Herbal Massage, and Anatomy Lecture. Robin enjoys working to make classes accessible to students as well as trying to create an inspired and fun learning environment. Robin is also a registered yoga instructor and is a self-employed massage therapist. Robin Shepard can be reached at rshepard@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sheposh, Joel (BA, LMT) has been a massage therapist since 1993, graduating from IPSB with a specialization in Asian Healing Arts. Today, he splits his time between Thailand and the United States. Mr. Sheposh developed Table Thai™ Massage and, since 1998, has taught classes in the Thai Healing Arts to massage schools, spas and resorts throughout the country. In Thailand, he studies and practices the Thai Healing Arts, Buddhism and meditation. He has over 600 hours of education from massage schools in Thailand, and is an approved instructor by the Thai Healing Alliance International. Mr. Sheposh can be reached at jsheposh@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sobol, Gloria (HHP, AS) moved into the field of Body Therapy with 30+ years of technical experience in manufacturing technology/aerospace. Her passions and bodywork practice of Body/Mind exploration includes Deep Tissue Sculpting, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Somato-Emotional Integration. Ms. Sobol can be reached at gsobol@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sotelo, Mary (MA, Reiki Master Teacher) Mary’s passion lies in supporting others in the transformational process of discovering their unique inner healers and spiritual paths. She practices and teaches Reiki because she believes it is the most powerful and gentle way to assist in healing ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She wholeheartedly believes health and wholeness are our birthright. Mary teaches Reiki at holistic health colleges, facilitates Reiki classes and retreats, and provides Reiki to individual clients. She studied with her own Reiki Master Teacher, Marie Neumeier Rientord, for 22 years. She has a Masters in Counseling and has served in Long Term Acute Care and inpatient Behavioral Health. Mary’s experience also includes extensive retreat work supporting personal transformation. She has studied and taught the practice of meditation, has her certification in teaching Transformational Breathwork, studied Healing Touch, Educational Kinesiology, Guided Imagery, and the art of Spiritual Direction. Mary’s twelve years experience in the field of nutrition, working in the Natural Foods Industry led to her deep understanding of the integral connection of the body, mind, and spirit. You can reach Mary Sotelo at msotelo@ipsb.edu.

 

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Sterling, Désirée (L.Ac, DiplOM, MS, AS, HHP) has been in the field of massage therapy since 1998 when she received her certification from Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy. She has had training in acupuncture from the Nanjing University in China and graduated from the Norwegian College of Acupuncture in 2002. She has also had formal training in Physical Therapy from Oslo, Norway in 1995. She received her Master's of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2005, and was California licensed in 2006. She is a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine NCCAOM. In 2008 she received an Associate of Science from the International Professional School of Bodywork IPSB, with a specialization in Neuromuscular Therapy. She also completed her concentration in Sensory Repatterning in the Spring of 2013. Some of her training also includes functional endocrinology and functional blood chemistry analysis. Ms. Sterling provides treatments combining several bodywork modalities such as Circulatory Massage, Deep Tissue, NMT, Pregnancy Massage, Sensory Repatterning, Tuina and Acupressure. She is passionate about providing Classical Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as well as Western nutritional supplementation. She helps her patients overcome their health conditions enabling them to engage in their own healing process. She uses gentle treatments and believes in the natural healing process of the body. She also offers functional blood chemistry panels and salivary hormone panels for her patients. In addition to teaching at IPSB, Ms. Sterling currently works as a massage therapist and runs her own private practice. Ms. Sterling can be reached at dsterling@ipsb.edu.

 

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Stewart, James (BA, HHP) is an IPSB graduate who has a degree in psychology from UCSC with a minor in philosophy. In addition in his ongoing education has done further studies in dreamwork, workshop facilitation techniques at Esalen Institute with Edward Maupin and facilitates workshops in imaginal education [dreamwork and imaginal development]. A student of Milton Trager, Mr. Stewart has been an instructor at IPSB since 1980 and has had a bodywork practice since 1977. He is a primary instructor in the Essentials of Bodywork and Massage, and developed/synthesized the Sensory Repatterning bodywork technique which he teaches in Sensory Repatterning I, II and the Sensory Repatterning Concentration. He also offers classes in Dreamwork and Self-Cultivation. Mr. Stewart can be reached at jstewart@ipsb.edu.

 

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Talmor, Ariel (BA) is a certified Reflexologist, healer, and metaphysical teacher. He practices and teaches holistic foot reflexology, using the feet as gateway to all levels of the human experience. Mr. Talmor can be reached at atalmor@ipsb.edu.

 

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Thompson, Lavonne (BA, MA) earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education and Biological Science at Minot State College in North Dakota and her Masters of Education degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana. She taught in the San Diego Unified School District for 30 years. Ms. Thompson had her primary training in Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan at the Taoist Sancturary of San Diego under Abraham Liu and Bill Helm. She taught at the Taoist Sanctuary for 19 years and at IPSB since January of 2011. Recent studies with Kenneth Cohen at the Qi Gong Reaserch and Practice Center have been useful for the curriculum at IPSB. Ms. Thompson can be reached at lthompson@ipsb.edu.

 

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Worthington, Marcy (MS, BA) began teaching at IPSB in January 2010. She was first exposed to holistic health concepts, massage and meditation as a child, through her parents and grandfather who was an osteopathic physician. Ms. Worthington, who has a Master’s of Science degree in forensic science and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in behavioral science, teaches for IPSB as well as for other colleges and has been on many Master’s thesis committees. She teaches research classes, Strategies for Life, Living and Career, and has taught Communications I for IPSB. Ms. Worthington enjoys seeing students become more confident in their academic and writing abilities while in her classes. Ms. Worthington can be reached at MWorthington@ipsb.edu.

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