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Center and Staff

Our NMT certified instructors and staff include therapists and physicians who have had extensive training to teach the NMT courses. The 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.

 

 

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Since Judith DeLany, LMT, became a NeuroMuscular Therapist in 1984, she has emerged as a leading pioneer in the field of NMT. As a result of over three decades as a clinician and educator, Judith has refined and developed methods of teaching NMT American version™. 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 NMT events nationwide and internationally for the healthcare industries. Practitioners and support staff in the fields of massage therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, athletic training, chiropractic, dentistry and medical offices all benefit from the curriculum and hands-on techniques of the NMT seminars. The NMT Center school program, developed by DeLany, incorporates NMT into school curricula so that the student graduates massage school fully trained and certified in NMT.

As an internationally recognized speaker on such topics as chronic pain and myofascial pain and 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, both in second editions) as well as the accompanying study guide Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques Case Study Exercises (Elsevier Health Science). She has also contributed chapters on NMT and clinical massage to the following textbooks: Principles and Practices of Manual Therapeutics (Pat Coughlin, MD, ed.), Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Mark Micozzi, ed), Modalities for Massage and Bodywork (Elaine Stillerman, ed), Massage Therapy, Principles and Practices (Susan Salvo ed) and 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 health care professions to include soft tissue care and myofascial treatment for chronic pain syndromes.

 

Don Kelley brings to his classes a clear, concise and unique style, developed over two and a half decades as an instructor in NMT Center seminars. Don is currently licensed to practice massage therapy in both Tennessee and Florida, having enjoyed a successful clinical practice in Orlando from 1986 - 2009. Since 2009, he has built a thriving practice in the Nashville area while also refurbishing a farm in central Tennessee.

Don has served as a board member of the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies (associated with NMT Center) since 1990 and, in that position, has assisted in developing curricula and setting certification standards for the NMT courses taught in seminar and school program format. 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.

Don 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 his in-depth understanding of muscular health. He packages all of those elements into information-packed presentations, infused with a good dose of humor!

In addition to teaching for NMT Center or working in clinical practice, Don raises grass fed beef on his 42-acre farm and enjoys playing a little bluegrass music on the mandolin.

JAMIE ALAGNA has been teaching anatomy, kinesiology, and bodywork since 1987. She has been a certified Neuromuscular Therapist since 1989 and began instructing for NMT Center in 1993. She is a licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist, with extensive training in Five Element Acupuncture. She has a BS in Movement Therapy from Southern Illinois University, is a certified Pilates instructor, and 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.

When teaching NMT seminars, Jamie incorporates her extensive background in anatomy and kinesiology, along with over 25 years of professional dance experience, blending science and art. Her passion for teaching and dynamic style allows for an open, interactive environment for learning.

In her spare time, Jamie enjoys hiking in the mountains, tango, and, to the delight of her friends, cooking delicious meals!

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. Paula received her BS degree in Life Science Education from the University of Minnesota, which infuses her teaching style with 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 an easy going, yet methodical manner, while applying realistic solutions to real life problems.

In her spare time Paula cooks every Wednesday during the school year for an inner city mentoring program. She cooks for a 60-person group that includes elementary and junior high school aged girls and their mentors. She also studies genealogy, and her artistic and creative side has always included crafts, sewing, painting and gardening. All that is now being expressed in creating miniatures in a 1:12 scale, meaning if it is 12 inches in real life, then it is reduced to a 1-inch miniature.

    

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.

        

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Shannon Goossen, AP, LMT, CMTPT has been in private practice since 1996 and a Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) practitioner since 2001. She is certified in FSM as an instructor and has been presenting at national meetings since 1998 on subjects including myofascial pain, spinal disorders and rehabilitation, neurological evaluation, and the use of FSM in clinical practice. Shannon taught for Frequency Specific Seminars from 2009-2012, has been a certified instructor for Avazzia microcurrent devices since 2013, and also teaches on the use of PEMF devices. As a recognized expert in treating myofascial pain and dysfunction, she will teach you simple evaluation methods, "hands on" techniques and FSM Frequencies.