ABMI Faculty

The Anat Baniel Method International Trainers are all highly experienced and successful practitioners of the method and have been a part of the Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement Training staff for an extended period of time. The assistant trainers are also highly experienced practitioners and are being trained to become trainers. All are committed to our mission and to providing the best learning environment for all the trainees in the training program.


Anat Baniel – Master Trainer

Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®, is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was first a student, then a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade. Anat’s innovative methods have helped thousands of people, both adults and children, from five days to 90 years old, transforming their lives physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Her work has helped high performance athletes, musicians, business people, scientists, and other professionals move beyond their present limitations to achieve greater energy, strength, health and success. Her cutting-edge approach has helped thousands of people suffering from aches and pains, those worn down by daily stress, and those seeking greater joy and effectiveness in their lives.

Anat’s work with children with special needs is world-renown, applauded by parents, health professionals, and those at the cutting edge of the neurosciences. Increasing numbers of leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions are enthusiastically endorsing the Anat Baniel Method. Anat has been training practitioners for over 20 years, first as Feldenkrais practitioners, and in the past 12 years, she has been graduating highly effective practitioners in her Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® trainings.


Marcy Lindheimer – Senior Trainer

Marcy Lindheimer has been teaching in the Anat Baniel Method Training Programs since their inception in 2001 and became a trainer in the method in 2005. In her private practice she specializes in working with children. Trained and educated as a musician, Marcy has taught world-famous singers who now sing at the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway. She brings her knowledge and skill in teaching breathing and voice to the Anat Baniel Method.

Marcy works privately with children in New York City, as well as several times a year at the Training Program in Las Vegas and at the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael. She co-teaches the Anat Baniel Method Trainings and Continuing Education Programs with Anat at the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael, California. Marcy is in charge of the Trainer Training Program.



Lara Gillease – Trainer

Lara Gillease has been a trainer in the Anat Baniel Method Training programs since 2014. She is also on staff at the Anat Baniel Method Center as one of the ABM Center’s team of practitioners as visiting faculty. She has been an Anat Baniel Method Practitioner since 2000.

Lara works with children with special needs and adults in her practice in Asheville, North Carolina. She came to the Anat Baniel Method from the dance world and overcame chronic, debilitating back pain. She is also a Pilates teacher. Lara completed the Anat Baniel Method Training from 1996-2000. She also completed the Children’s Mastery, Vitality & Anti-Aging, and High Performers Trainings with Anat Baniel. She has been working and assisting in the Anat Baniel Method Training Programs for adults and special needs children since 2011.



Deb Loest Deppe – Trainer

Deb Loest Deppe was a student in the original ABM Professional Training Program, graduating from this program in 2003 and the Mastery Trainings in 2004. She has assisted in the ABM Training Programs since 2004, becoming an ABM Assistant Trainer in 2011 and an ABM Trainer in 2014. She has a passion for supporting ABM students and practitioners in their overall success and learning.

Deb has a full-time private practice in Humboldt County, California, giving ABM lessons to clients from around the country. She applies the Nine Essentials and principles of NeuroMovement® in her work with infants, children, and adults in all areas, including dynamic movement, sports injuries, torticollis, speech, swallowing, latch-suck issues, breathing, and communication. Deb has been a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist since 1987 specializing in feeding, swallowing, speech, breathing, and communication. In addition, she performs Pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies at a local hospital.



Neil Sharp – Trainer

Neil Sharp began studying with Anat Baniel in 2004 and moved to the U.S. in 2007 to work as an ABM Practitioner at the ABM Center in San Rafael, California, where he is also the Research Coordinator.

Neil trained and qualified as an M.D. at Cambridge University and Edinburgh University Medical School. He worked in the United Kingdom as a doctor before leaving medicine to pursue a career in music as an opera singer, musical director, and violinist. Neil lives in San Francisco, California.





Naomi Swanson – Assistant Trainer

Naomi Swanson first began studying with Anat Baniel in 1994 and graduated from her Feldenkrais Training Program in 1997. Since then Naomi has continued studying with Anat Baniel and completed Mastery level certifications in the Anat Baniel Method for Children, Anat Baniel Method for Anti-Aging and Vitality, and the Anat Baniel Method for High Performers.

Naomi has a full-time ABM practice near Seattle, Washington, working with babies and children with special needs, and is expanding her practice to British Columbia. Naomi holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, and has experience with diverse families and children in a number of therapeutic and educational settings.



Sharon Tomsky – Trainer

Sharon Tomsky began studying the Anat Baniel Method in 2000 and was certified as an ABM practitioner in 2003. After completing the Mastery Trainings in 2004, she was certified as a practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method for Children, Vitality and Anti-Aging, and High Performers. Sharon began assisting and teaching in the ABM Professional Trainings and Mastery Trainings in 2004. She became an ABM Trainer in 2014.

Sharon maintains a private practice in ABM working with adults and children with special needs in Richmond, California, and teaches TML classes in Berkeley. She has also worked as an Occupational Therapist since earning her M.A. in OT from USC in 1994. Sharon graduated from UC-Berkeley with a B.A. in Dance in 1976 and from SF State University with an M.A. in Creative Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies in 1982. She has performed and taught dance, creative movement, and Contact Improvisation since the 1970’s. Sharon is committed to lifelong learning and optimal vitality for all those she works with.



Michelle Vine – Assistant Trainer

Michelle Vine began studying with Anat Baniel in 1996 in Chicago, Illinois, after earning a physical therapy degree in 1994 from Marquette University. She graduated from Anat’s Chicago Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in 2000. She completed the ABM Children’s Mastery program in 2006, and ABM Vitality and Anti-Aging and High Performer’s Mastery programs in 2008. She completed and supported the ABM Practitioner Training Program in 2011 and began assisting with trainings in 2013.

Michelle has a private practice working with children with special needs and provides workshops for specialty groups including parents and caregivers of children with special needs, horse riders, medical professionals, and other special interest groups. She also works part-time as a physical therapist in a hospital-based outpatient department in Green Bay, WI, offering private movement lessons to people across the lifespan and teaching Transformational Movement Lessons to the community.



Sharon Oliensis

Sharon Oliensis – Assistant Trainer

Sharon Oliensis previously worked professionally as a dancer and for 25 years, as a certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. After being certified as an ABM NeuroMovement® Practitioner, she joined the teaching staff of Anat Baniel Method® International.

When not at the trainings, Sharon gives ABM NeuroMovement® lessons to children at Centers in Denmark and Turkey.

She also maintains a private practice in New York City where she works with both children and adults.