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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

Ben Ash

Ben Ash

R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T.

Tutor

Ben has a Biodynamic Craniosacral practice in Hertfordshire, and is a tutor on the CTET Practitioner Trainings and at the Trust’s Low-Cost Teaching Clinic. For several years Ben worked with the Terrance Higgins Trust and the Disability Foundation offering low cost Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy to their clients and carers. For the past 25 years Ben has been working in Contemporary Dance and Somatic Movement practices as a Choreographer, Teacher and performer. Ben is passionate about exploring how embodied movement practice and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy support and inform each other.

Tracy Evans

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.

Jo Coole

Jo Coole

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

Tutor

After graduating with a Business Studies degree Jo spent over 10 years working on whale-watching boats and in ski resorts as a sports massage therapist. She became inspired with Craniosacral work and took the training at CTET, graduating in 2004. Jo now specialises in working with trauma and birth dynamics, and in 2013 she joined the teaching teams on the CTET Living Anatomy and Craniosacral Practitioner Trainings. Her spiritual practice is an important foundation in her life and she enjoys yoga, retreats, tango, tennis and going on mini-adventures with her daughter.

Tracy Evans

Tracy Evans

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

Course Director and Senior Tutor

Tracy has a busy practice in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in Surrey. She graduated from CTET in 2004, and has been teaching Craniosacral Therapy for ten years in the U.K. and now in many other countries. She has been the Director of the Trustís Teaching Clinic since 2008 and has been a regular senior tutor and Course Coordinator of our Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Trainings. She is now Course Director at the Trust, overseeing and coordinating all our trainings. Furthermore, Tracy is an accredited supervisor with the Craniosacral Therapy Association UK, has worked as a Movement Tutor, and has run movement and spatial awareness workshops.

Jim Feil

Jim Feil

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

Senior Tutor

Jim was a personal student of Dr. Randolph Stone, osteopath and pioneering founder of Polarity Therapy, and commenced professional practice in 1973. He taught holistic medicine at a number of universities in the USA and then graduated as a doctor of Chiropractic in 1987. He moved to Europe in 1992 and has become a highly regarded teacher in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. His has worked together with Franklyn Sills, Michael Kern and others in Craniosacral Biodynamics, with Stanley Keleman in somatic psychology, with Dr. Peter Levine in Somato-Experiencing and trauma work, and with Dr. Ray Castellino in pre- and peri-natal therapy. He is keen to develop an integrated therapeutic approach using skills from different backgrounds. Jim brings a depth of experience and an infectious sense of humour to his seminars.

Edwina Gray

Edwina Gray

R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T.

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.

Michael Kern

Michael Kern

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

Founder

Michael graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 1987, and is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Naturopath with a practice in London. He has been teaching Craniosacral Therapy for more than 30 years and is a leading international exponent of the biodynamic approach, regularly running courses in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and Spain. He is founder of the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust, a senior tutor for the College of Osteopaths, the International Cranial Association, the Centre for Professional Development in Osteopathy and the University of Westminster. He is also author of the highly acclaimed book 'Wisdom In The Body - The Craniosacral Approach To Essential Health', now available in ten languages. His other interests include travel and mountains. He spent a number of years in Asia studying with leading Buddhist teachers.

Tim Kirkpatrick

Tim Kirkpatrick

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

Tutor

Tim trained with CTET in 2006-8, soon after he first came into conscious contact with the ordering forces of the Breath of Life. Before that he had worked in psychiatric social work and a cooperative fair trade business. Long appreciative of the healing power of touch and the need for embodiment, he has also trained in intuitive massage, pulsing and subtle energy work. Tim runs a Craniosacral Therapy clinic at the West London Buddhist Centre, where he also teaches meditation. He enjoys supporting students in their learning of the work and in deepening their own relationship with Health. He likes building community, walking in nature and reading works of the mystics.

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.

Satya Shepherd

Satya Shepherd

M.A., A.D.M., Adv.Dip.Ed., B.C.S.T., A.B.D.

Senior Tutor

Satya was introduced to cranial work while studying in India, leading to her graduation from the Karuna Institute in 1999 where she is now a senior tutor. Since 2001 she has taught foundation and advanced Craniosacral courses, to which she brings creativity, movement and humour. She has extensive knowledge and experience through 25 years as a midwife and health educator. Satya has managed birthing units worldwide and set up village midwife trainings in Papua New Guinea, and Maori-led birth education and care in New Zealand. She is a certified Voice Dialogue Counselor and has training in Trauma Work and Body Mind Centering. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher with 35 years of yoga and meditation experience. Satya runs a vibrant clinic on Dartmoor, Devon where she lives with her family.

Fatima da Silva

Fatima da Silva

R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T.

Tutor

Fatima Da Silva qualified as a craniosacral therapist in 1999. She works as a co-ordinator at the student clinic for second year craniosacral students and as an assistant tutor on the CTET practitoner training. She also assists on the Living Anatomy course and on advanced craniosacral courses in Italy. She is a qualified Chi Kung Teacher and runs her own Chi Kung classes and a busy practice in London. Her background also involves Swedish and Oriental Massage as well as much experience of working with people with learning disabilities (PWLD) and mental health problems.

Anne Stevens

Anne Stevens

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

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.

Katherine Ukleja

Katherine Ukleja

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

Senior Tutor

Katherine graduated in osteopathy and then qualified as a Craniosacral Therapist. Her extensive craniosacral training began in 1987 and she is now a Course Coordinator for the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust. Katherine has many years experience of teaching foundation trainings, as well as advanced courses for qualified Craniosacral Therapists and Cranial Osteopaths. She has become an internationally respected and influential figure in the craniosacral profession, regularly giving presentations at conferences and running courses in Switzerland, Russia, India, Malaysia and the USA. Katherine is also an artist and paints textiles for interiors and designs for the theatre. She lives in Devon with her husband, daughter and a scruffy dog.

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.

Cherionna Menzam-Sills

Cherionna Menzam-Sills

Ph.D., R.C.S.T., B.C.S.T., R.S.M.E., R.S.M.T

Senior Tutor

Cherionna has been a therapist for 35 years and practiced Craniosacral Therapy since 1991. Her training includes several Upledger courses and a Biodynamic training with John and Anna Chitty in Boulder, U.S.A. She became a certified teacher of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America in 2006 and conducts practitioner trainings in the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as tutoring with her husband, Franklyn Sills, in North America and Europe. Cherionna is also an authorised Continuum Movement teacher and incorporates this fluid somatic awareness practise into her classes, as well as teaching Continuum across North America and Europe. She draws on her varied experience as Occupational, Massage, Dance/Movement and Prenatal and Birth Therapist. She holds graduate degrees in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Somatic Psychology and has taught in both fields. She has recently re-located to Devon, where she has a private practice.

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.