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Our NMT certified instructors and staff include therapists and physicians who have had extensive training to teach the NMT courses. They are active with legislative efforts as well as professional associations. They have been selected based on knowledge, teaching skills, clinical practice of NMT and personal commitment to the massage profession.

High Quality Educational Experiences for healthcare practitioners are the focus of the NMT Center. We believe our values and commitment help shape the destiny of health care in our world. Together, we can truly make a difference.




Since Judith DeLany, LMT, began teaching NeuroMuscular Therapy in 1984, she has 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. She is the founder and director of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, a certifying body that sets standards for the training of healthcare practitioners in the use of NMT. She is the Director of the NMT Center, an educational/training organization that produces 80+ NMT events nationwide 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 the NMT workshops. The NMT Center school program, developed by DeLany, incorporates NMT into school curricula so that the student graduates fully trained and certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy.

As an internationally recognized 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.

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A published author of manuals and articles on pain management, Judith also contributed the American version of NMT to Dr. Leon Chaitow's book Modern Neuromuscular Techniques (Churchill Livingstone Publishers). She and Dr. Chaitow have co-authored two textbooks for neuromuscular therapy Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques (vol. 1 The Upper Body, vol. 2 The Lower Body) as well as the accompanying study guide Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques Case Study Exercises (Elsevier). She has also contributed a chapter on NMT to Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics ( Pat Coughlin, MD, ed.) as well as a contribution on NMT to Touch Abilities Essential Connections (Iris Burman, Sandy Friedland). Judith served for twelve years as Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (a peer reviewed journal) in addition to being a contributing writer to that journal and others. She currently serves on JBMT's advisory board. She was been awarded the "1999 Massage Therapist of the Year" award by the Florida Chiropractic Association and has received recognition for outstanding instruction as well as legislative efforts.

Judith continues her mission as a spokesperson to all healthcare professions regarding massage 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 has been teaching in the field of massage since 1987. She has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1990 and began instructing for NMT Center 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 NMT seminars, 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.

   



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

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

   



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

Don has served as a board member of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies (NMT Center) since 1990 and, in that position, has assisted in setting curriculum and certification standards for NMT courses. He has participated and assisted the Human Gross Anatomy (dissection) seminars at the University of South Florida Medical College annually since 1995 and continues to serve as a teaching assistant for those courses.

Mr. Kelley has presented at the Florida Chiropractic Convention and has been a featured speaker at Florida State Massage Therapy Association conventions and American Massage Therapy Association national learning centers. As an instructor for NMT Center seminars, Don draws on his clinical experience, advanced background in anatomy, and in-depth understanding of muscular health, and brings these forth in an information-packed presentation, with a good dose of humor!

 

 




BONNIE THOMPSON, LMT is a dynamic presenter with a keen ability to transfer information to the student along with a stimulating enthusiasm for learning. A graduate of the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, Bonnie has been a licensed massage therapist since 1987 and conducts her NMT practice in Colorado Springs. In her clinical setting, Bonnie integrates craniosacral, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy to meet the needs of the patient. A few years ago she expanded her private practice into a multidisciplinary clinic which associates several manual practitioners who incorporate many modalities of integrative techniques to better serve the patient.

Bonnie is also a certified fitness trainer as well as an instructor of NMT seminars. Her breadth of knowledge and practical experience in the fields of anatomy and neuromuscular therapy, combined with her zest for teaching and sharing information, is evidenced in her passionate presentations in any setting.

 

 




Jose Fernandez, licensed in massage therapy since 1994, also received certifications in both Shiatsu and Neuromuscular Therapy. He became an instructor of kinesiology and palpation in 1997 at Educating Hands School of Massage. Since 1998, his instruction has expanded to include introductory classes in Shiatsu and Neuromuscular Therapy, as well as being a staff member for the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies (IANMT), assisting in NMT seminars in Miami and throughout the United States.

Jose maintains a private practice in Miami, where he integrates Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofascial and Neuromuscular concepts for an optimal and personalized massage care experience for his clients. Apart from his private practice, he is involved with the massage therapy program at South Miami Hospital, providing massage to hospital personnel, patients and doctors. In 2001, he served as Public Relations Committee Chair for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA), in an ongoing effort to educate the public about massage. Most recently he completed his training as a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), and as a paramedic. Jose is a patient teacher, and his presentations show that he is passionate about the benefits of NMT.

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