Anat Baniel Method® International Faculty Bios

Marcy Lindheimer - Senior Trainer

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 practitioner training program and at the Anat Baniel Method® Center in San Rafael, CA. She co-teaches the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® Trainings and Continuing Education Workshops with Anat. Marcy is also in charge of the Trainer Training Program.

Deb Loest Deppe ABMI Faculty

Deb Loest Deppe – Trainer

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

Deb has a full-time private practice in Humboldt County, California, giving ABM NeuroMovement® 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.

Lara Gillease ABMI Faculty

Lara Gillease – Trainer

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

Lara works with children with special needs and adults in her practice in Asheville, NC. 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 Practitioner Training Program from 1996-2000. She is also certified in Children with Special Needs, Vitality & Anti-Aging, and High Performers. She has been working and assisting in the Training Programs for adults and special needs children since 2011.

Neil Sharp ABMI Faculty

Neil Sharp – Trainer

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

Neil is a trainer in the ABM NeuroMovement® training programs and collaborates with Anat Baniel in research projects and new programs development.

Neil trained and qualified as an MD 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.

Sharon Tomsky ABMI Faculty

Sharon Tomsky – Trainer

Sharon Tomsky began studying the Anat Baniel Method in 2000 and was certified as an ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner in 2003. In 2004, she was certified as a practitioner specializing in Children with Special Needs, Vitality and Anti-Aging, and High Performers. Sharon also began assisting and teaching in the Practitioner Trainings and Mastery Workshops in 2004. She became an ABM Trainer in 2014.

Sharon has a private practice working with adults and children with special needs in Richmond, CA, and teaches Transformational Movement Lessons 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.

Sharon Oliensis, ABMI Faculty

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.

Gail Rinn

Gail Rinn – Assistant Trainer

Gail Rinn began her professional career as a physical therapist in 1984 and realized there was much more to learn. She graduated from Anat Baniel’s Feldenkrais Training program in 1994. Gail has continued to follow Anat’s teaching and became an ABM NeuroMovement® Practitioner in 2003. She completed all Mastery Program certifications: Children with Special Needs, Vitality and Anti-Aging, and High Performers. Gail has also assisted in many of the training programs throughout the years.

Gail has a private practice in Santa Cruz, California, and travels to Australia, Russia, the UK, and around the US, to give Functional Synthesis(FS) lessons to children and adults. While she loves to work with people of all ages, her passion is working with children. From her early experience in healthcare to her current profession, Gail has found ABM NeuroMovement® to be her life’s work.

Naomi Swanson ABMI Faculty

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 Children with Special Needs, Vitality and Anti-Aging, and 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.

Michelle Vine ABMI Faculty

Michelle Vine – Assistant Trainer

Michelle Vine began studying with Anat Baniel in 1996 in Chicago, IL, 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 Children’s Mastery program in 2006, and Vitality & Anti-Aging and High Performer’s Mastery programs in 2008. She completed the 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.

“Anat has a remarkably sophisticated understanding of how
the brain changes IN PRACTICE; a total connection with
the enormous potential of the brain; a detailed and
practical understanding of how to recruit learning capabilities
and a framework she has carefully constructed over decades
that allows her gift to be TAUGHT to trainees.”

Martha Herbert, MD, Harvard Medical School, ABM NeuroMovement Practitioner & Author of The Autism Revolution

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