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Faculty Biographies

"The deeper you can access stillness inside yourself, the deeper you can access the person's system . . . and recognise the deep Intelligence at work which holds everything together."
- Franklyn Sills

Sharon Bannister

Sharon Bannister

R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T., C.H.F., B.S.S.

Tutor

Sharon’s long term interest in aikido, yoga and preventative medicine led her into the practice of Shiatsu Massage and the study of oriental diagnosis at the Kushi Institute. She has run workshops and lectured in shiatsu both in the UK and internationally, before being introduced to Craniosacral Therapy. She qualified with CTET in 2008 and currently runs her clinic in Central London. She is passionate about supporting the promotion of this therapy and is a member of the teaching team for practitioner trainings, postgraduate courses and the teaching clinic. Sharon is also an active member of the lay Buddhist NGO organisation SGI-UK working on projects worldwide dedicated to the promotion of peace, culture and education.

Gary Cater

Gary Carter

K.M.I., I.A.S.I., Y.T.T.C., B.A.W.L.A., L.T.Dip, Institute of Anatomical Sciences Living Anatomy

Senior Tutor

Gary has over 30 years of experience in movement, physical training, anatomical study and bodywork practices. With a background in athletics, martial arts, yoga and manual therapies, he has studied with many inspiring teachers, including Mary Stewart, Sophy Hoare, Peter Blackaby, John Stirk, Vanda Scaravelli and Diane Long. He has also studied Shiatsu, Chi Kung & Chi Ne Tsang and Craniosacral Therapy. He started the Natural Bodies Centre in 1991 to teach ease and kinesthetic awareness in many movement disciplines. In 2001 he began co-teaching on Anatomy Trains courses with Tom Myers in the UK and USA. He has lectured in Movement Anatomy and Fascial Anatomy for yoga teacher trainings, pilates teacher trainings, massage schools, hospital physiotherapists, dance trainings and martial arts trainings. Over the past 15 years Gary has run anatomy courses in England, Scotland, Ireland, Europe and Brazil. He has also run yoga teacher trainings and the Science of Movement course at Middlesex University from 2007- 2011. Gary studied dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna and with Gil Hedley, and he runs dissection studies for the student teachers of his anatomy of movement courses at Gunter Von Hagens’ Plastinarium in Germany. He is also part of the Fascial Net Plastination Project and is lead dissector and designer to create the world’s first fascial human plastinate to be unveiled at the Fascia Research World Congress, Montreal in 2022.

Jim Feil

Jim Feil

M.A., D.C., R.P.T., B.C.S.T.

Senior Tutor

Dr. Jim Feil has over 45 years’ experience in energetic and somatic therapeutic practices and is a highly respected figure in the field. He started his studies in 1970 with Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity Therapy, who was also a student of Dr. William Sutherland the founder of cranial work. Jim is one of the few contemporary practitioners who is a direct student of Dr. Stone. He taught holistic medicine at a number of universities in the USA and began studying Formative Psychology with Stanley Keleman in 1981. He then graduated as a doctor of Chiropractic in 1986. He moved to Europe in 1992 and has become a highly regarded teacher in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and the UK. He has worked together with Franklyn Sills, Michael Kern and others in Craniosacral Biodynamics, with Dr. Ray Castellino in Pre- and Peri-Natal Therapy, and has participated in conferences with Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Stephen Porges who have influenced his work. He set up the first course in Craniosacral Biodynamics in Spain. Furthermore, Jim has developed Formative Embodiment, an integrated therapeutic approach using non-invasive body-oriented and verbal skills to help resolve biological, somatic and psychological issues. Jim brings a depth of experience and an infectious sense of humour to his seminars.

Edwina Gray

Edwina Gray


Course Co-ordinator and Tutor

Before becoming a Craniosacral Therapist, Edwina worked as a television producer working on various award winning advertising campaigns. She graduated with CTET and subsequently joined the tutor team in 2015. Edwina runs a busy private practice from her home in Kent. She also treats horses and currently co-runs the only Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Equine training in the UK. When not working she enjoys riding her own horse, practising yoga and spending time with her family at home on the farm where she lives.

Nicolaj Jespersen

Nicolaj Jespersen

B.C.S.T.

Tutor

Nicolaj has a practice in Copenhagen, Denmark and in addition to being a tutor at CTET, he is a tutor at the Institute for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in Denmark, where he completed his foundation and paediatric training. His previous training also includes ‘biomechanical' Craniosacral Therapy, mainly at the Upledger Institute, intuitive massage and various other healing modalities. He has studied pre- and perinatal work for four years with Matthew Appleton, and is certified in Integrative Baby Therapy training. Nicolaj has being practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years, and has been teaching both for almost as long. He also has a background as a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Michael Kern

Michael Kern

D.O., B.C.S.T., A.B.D., N.D.

CTET founder and Senior Tutor

Michael is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Naturopath with a practice in London. He graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 1987, and has been teaching Craniosacral Therapy for more than 35 years. He is a leading international exponent of the biodynamic approach, regularly running courses in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Russia, China and Czech Republic. He is the founder of the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust, and was senior tutor for the College of Osteopaths, International Cranial Association, Centre for Professional Development in Osteopathy and University of Westminster. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book 'Wisdom In The Body - The Craniosacral Approach To Essential Health', now in its third edition and translated into eleven languages. His other interests include travel and mountains. He spent a number of years in Asia studying with leading Buddhist teachers.

Andrew Koval-Radley

Andrew Koval-Radley

MA (Cantab), PGDip (RAM), B.C.S.T., R.C.S.T.

Tutor

Andrew completed a music degree at Cambridge University and studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music and Paris Conservatoire. He then entered into a successful musical career, recording and performing principal operatic roles. He has worked as a singing teacher for the past 22 years. He first encountered Craniosacral Therapy in 2003, when his voice inexplicably started shutting down, and this provided a supportive and compassionate environment in which he could process the physical sensations and emotions that were causing his voice to malfunction. He also found that Craniosacral Therapy sessions helped him to reconnect to inner states of calmness, health and potential, deepened his relationship with his physical body, and aligned him more fully with his performing instincts. He began his studies at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in 2015, graduating in 2017. He started teaching at the Trust’s Teaching Clinic in 2018 and on our Practitioner Trainings in 2019. He runs busy practices in London, and is a trustee of the Craniosacral Therapy Association UK.

Sarah Nesling

Sarah Nesling

B.Sc., M.A., C.Q.S.W., R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T., A.B.D.

Senior Tutor

Sarah is a Craniosacral Therapist with over thirty years of experience working with people in a variety of settings. She was originally a social worker working with emotionally disturbed individuals. She has a first class degree in Psychology, trained as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is a qualified teacher having taught communication skills, self awareness workshops, and for many years ran her own trainings in massage, anatomy and physiology. She is the Co-ordinator of CTET's Living Anatomy course, co-ordinates a Mother and Baby Clinic in London, and teaches on the Trust's Craniosacral Therapy practitioner training. She qualified as a Feldenkrais teacher and is passionate about bringing her anatomical knowledge to life in the felt sense of the body as a means of healing and especially interested in how our emotional and psychological world affect our health.

Kasmira Patel

Kashmira Patel

B.A., B.C.S.T.

Assistant Tutor

Kashmira worked in marketing before moving into healthcare over 10 years ago when she started working as a physiotherapy assistant in a busy NHS hospital, running balance and exercise classes for neurological conditions. She developed a keen interest in the mind-body connection, and realised the benefits of complementary therapies whilst working in a hospital oncology department. She trained in Reiki and Indian Head Massage, and graduated as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at CTET in 2020. She was working in ICU during the covid crisis and was able to support her team by providing them with BCST for their physical, emotional and psychological well-being. She is passionate about promoting wellness, mental health and is keen for everybody to have access to Craniosacral Therapy. She runs a practice in London and continues to work with frontline workers to help support their well-being and mental health. She loves travelling, yoga, sound bath meditations and being in nature, and is currently learning Spanish.

Fatima da Silva

Fatima da Silva

B.C.S.T.

Teaching Clinic Director and Senior Tutor

Fatima Da Silva qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist with CTET in 1999, and has a busy practice in London. She is the director of the CTET low-cost Craniosacral Therapy teaching clinic, where students gain clinical experience during the second year of their training. She has taught on many of our practitioner trainings, and leads Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy courses at an osteopathic school in Italy. She has also assisted on our Living Anatomy course and on many advanced Craniosacral courses. Furthermore, Fatima is a qualified Chi Kung Teacher and runs her own Chi Kung classes. Her background also involves Swedish and Oriental Massage, as well as a lot of experience of working with people with learning disabilities (PWLD) and mental health problems.

Fatima da Silva

Tara Silverthorn

M.A., B.C.S.T.

Assistant Tutor

Tara graduated from CTET in 2018 and now enjoys a busy practice as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in Bristol. She has followed a love for movement and body-based practices from early on in life, gaining a Masters in Dance Performance through Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) in 2009. Since then, Tara has performed as a dancer widely throughout the UK and internationally, as well as nurturing a career as an independent choreographer. Her work is deeply informed by somatic approaches and philosophies, most recently training in Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) and Chi Gong. Tara teaches/facilitates dance and embodied practices in various settings, from community and professional classes to higher education, and in 2019 was an assistant tutor on CTET’s Living Anatomy course.

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens

S.R.P, M.C.S.T., R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T.

Living Anatomy Senior Tutor

Anne qualified as a Physiotherapist in Denmark in 1995, and in Craniosacral Therapy in 2004 with the Trust. She has extensive experience in physiotherapy, having worked in the NHS (hospital and outpatient clinics) as well as in the private health sector. She is the lead physiotherapist of a busy private health clinic in North London, where she also practices Craniosacral Therapy. Anne is an active Committee member of CTACP (Craniosacral Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists), and her other passions are her family, her garden and allotment, knitting and occasional drumming.

Pearl Walter B.A., D.C., B.C.S.T.

Pearl Walter

B.A., D.C., B.C.S.T.

Assistant Tutor

Pearl received a B.A.(Hons) degree in Portuguese & Spanish, before qualifying in Therapeutic Massage at the College of Holistic Medicine in 1988. She qualified in Chiropractic at the McTimoney Chiropractic College in 1997, and a received a diploma in Crystal Healing in 2000. She also completed a teaching qualification in 2013. Pearl graduated in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in 2020, and has busy practices in north London as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and McTimoney Chiropractor. She has also been a member of a spiritual development group for more than 30 years, and has a keen interest in meditation and healing. She loves teaching, and has good experience of running meditation and development groups.

Guest Tutors:

Peter Levine Ph.D.

Peter Levine

Ph.D.

Peter has spent forty-five years studying and treating stress and trauma. He holds a doctorate degree in Medical Biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley and in Psychology from International University. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic approach to healing trauma. He has practised and taught at treatment centres, hospitals and pain clinics throughout the world and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the Space Shuttle Program. He is also the bestselling author of Waking the Tiger (published in 22 languages), as well as several other books and audio programs that teach people how to use the body as a tool in resolving trauma. Peter is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment, based in Boulder, Colorado, which now has a membership 5,000 Somatic Experiencing® training practitioners worldwide. His current interests include prevention of trauma in children, for which he has published two books, his most recent being Trauma Proofing Your Kids: a Parent's Guide to Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience. In October 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy for his contributions to the field of somatic psychotherapy.

James Oschman Ph.D

James Oschman

Ph.D.

James has a background in academic cell biology and biophysics. He has published over 30 papers in leading scientific journals, and about an equal number in complementary medicine journals. He is a world authority on energy and complementary medicine, the author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, and lectures internationally. Jim's investigations of the biophysics of the living connective tissue matrix provide the basis for new understandings of human physiology and biophysics and their clinical applications.

Dr. Stephen Porges Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Porges

Ph.D.

Stephen is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, director of the Brain-Body Center and author of numerous papers on physiology and psychology. His discovery of the "Polyvagal Theory" and "Social Nervous System" gives new insights into the functioning of the autonomic nervous system and has profoundly influenced the practice of many body-mind therapies. He is author of the critically acclaimed book, The Polyvagal Theory.

Dr. Jaap van der Wal Ph.D.

Dr. Jaap van der Wal

Ph.D.

Jaap is a medical doctor and associate professor of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. After his medical education in 1973 he specialised in functional anatomy. He then taught Philosophy of Science and Medical Anthropology, and developed a passion for human embryology. He discovered that science and religion, matter and spirit, macrocosm and microcosm, creation and evolution all meet each other in the phenomenal process of becoming human. He teaches at institutes of Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy and Polarity Therapy around the world.