Faculty Bios

As of March, 2019


Neal Anderson

Neal Anderson is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner in practice since 2003. His Rolfing® work has been deeply informed by ongoing study with Rolf Institute Advanced Faculty, his teaching, and visceral and craniosacral study. He currently practices in Loveland, Colorado.

In Neal's words: It is very important to have work that is fun and evokes laughter. For me, this is true of both my Rolfing practice and my Rolfing teaching. I love engaging with clients and students to help bring them to a higher level of function and living on this planet.


Valerie Berg

Valerie Berg trained in 1987 with Peter Melchior and Nicholas French. She is a big proponent of teaching the classical Ten-Series to beginning students, as this is where a lot of our thinking and development occurs that takes us deeper into the work. The nuances and advanced work come later developing out of knowing the territory of the ten series work. She worked in Guatemala for five years in the '90s and was exposed to the trauma of war and violence thus began studying Peter Levine’s trauma work. 

Valerie developed a workshop called Structural Aging which came from feeling the results the first time she was Rolfed® at 25 years old. The joy of moving our bodies with freedom and no pain is what gives us the sense of being alive and young, not our age. Over the years she has focused on all the patterns that break us down to make us feel or look old.

She has been teaching for 20 years and received her bachelor’s degree in Education and Modern dance. She is also a Rolf Movement Practitioner trained by Hubert Godard.

She has been practicing full-time in Albuquerque, NM for 32 years and now travels to San Diego and has a part-time practice there.


Tessy Brungardt

Tessy Brungardt received her BA in Environmental Biology in 1976 from New College in Sarasota, FL. In her studies and following career she enjoyed exploring the interface of observing the natural world and the science of how things worked. Once she was introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1979, she was inspired to take this exploration into the human realm. She became a Certified Rolfer® in 1985 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1988. Tessy completed her Rolf Movement® Certification in 1994. She also became certified to teach for the Rolf Institute in 1994 and became an Advanced Instructor for the Rolf Institute in 2002.


Rebecca Carli

Rebecca Carli-Mills became interested in somatic movement studies while pursuing B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in dance performance and choreography. She earned certification in Rolf Movement Integration in 1987 with Janie French and Annie Duggan. She became a Certified Rolfer® in 1989 and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1992. In 1994, Rebecca graduated from the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and joined the Rolf Movement® faculty of The Rolf Institute®

Rebecca’s understanding of gravity and human movement potential has been enriched by her long-time studies with Hubert Godard. Godard’s work provides the chief theoretical and practical foundation that inspires her teaching. Additionally, she draws from her interest in the work of Laban/Bartineff, Charlotte Selver, Julio Horvath, and through various forms of yoga. Rebecca believes that embodiment is a life-long process, essential for somatic practitioners. 

Rebecca is a past Chairperson of the Rolf Movement faculty and ISMETA board member. She has taught somatic movement courses at several universities. Currently, Rebecca lives in Chevy Chase MD, where she maintains an active practice in Rolfing® SI and Rolf Movement Integration.


Phoenix DeLeon

Phoenix L. Quetzal DeLeón is a Board Certified Structural Integration Practitioner, a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner, as well as an NCBTMB and CAMTC approved Massage Therapist. She has had a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA for the last 13 years. Currently, Phoenix is a graduate student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Somatic Psychology program, where she is academically pursuing her interest in psychobiological inquiries.


Libby Eason

Libby Eason first experienced the transformative effects of Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1975. She trained as a massage therapist in 1986 and practiced that profession for 12 years. In 1992, Libby graduated from the Rolf Institute®. She completed her Rolf Movement certification in 1994, and advanced training in 1997. She became an assistant instructor in 1998 and became a faculty member in 2005.

Libby continues to explore the continuum of Structure-Function-Energy as it applies to the art of Structural and Movement Integration. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Structural Integrators® as the Chair of Law and Legislation. In that capacity, Libby is active in legislative matters in an effort to preserve the distinct identity of the profession of Structural Integration.

Libby currently serves as the Board Chair for the Rolf Institute.


Lisa Fairman

Lisa Fairman is a Certified Advanced Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner in practice in Helena since 1998. Known for her gentle hands and clear touch she approaches her work from a perspective of evoking change and eliciting curiosity and ease. She has specialized training in trauma work and in visceral work and manipulation.

In Lisa's words: My teaching, and my practice, are influenced and supported by my previous profession - wildlife biology and ecology; love for nature and adventure; dance and yoga background; and fundamentally, who I am as a person. I teach from a place of kindness and patience.


Kevin Frank

Kevin Frank is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, Rolf Movement® Practitioner, and Rolf Movement® Instructor at DIRI. He has worked with the Godard-derived Tonic Function Model since 1991 and has written on this topic from 1995 to the present. Kevin views structural integration as a form of somatic education, and advocates for an “information system” view for doing and teaching this work so as to bring the field of SI into congruence with modern understanding of motor control and perceptive/coordinative processes.

Kevin is the co-author (with Caryn McHose) of the book, How Life Moves, Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness (North Atlantic 2006).


Ellen Freed

Ellen Freed has been a member of the Rolf Institute® since 1990. Since then, she has maintained a private practice in Delaware.

Ellen loves this work, her practice, her life, and the classes she is fortunate enough to teach.


Per Haaland

Per Haaland is a Certified Advanced Rolfer®, DIRI Faculty member teaching both Basic Training and Rolf Movement®. He received his basic Rolfing® training in 1989 and completed his advanced training with Jan Sultan and Jeff Maitland in 1994. Per has also trained in visceral and neural manipulation and is a certified biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

Studies with Hubert Godard and Kevin Frank shape his understanding of structural integration as interactive somatic education, highlighting perceptual and coordinative processes. In his approach to Structural Integration and Movement Education, Per also draws extensively from his background as a professional dancer and choreographer.

As a teacher, Per is patient, approachable, and thorough, helping his students reach deeper levels of embodiment while gaining sophisticated manual therapy skills and a solid understanding of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of SI. Per lives in Santa Cruz, CA, and maintains a private practice there and in Los Gatos, CA.


Sally Klemm

Sally Klemm is an internationally recognized Rolf Institute® instructor who teaches worldwide while maintaining a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Native of Berkeley, California, Sally is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science.

After a 4-year sailing voyage around the world, Sally was introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration by Stacey Mills, who convinced her to stop trimming sails and start aligning bodies. Having followed Stacey’s good counsel, Sally has called Honolulu home since 1983, where her private practice includes the Hawaiian Healing Arts and Visionary Craniosacral Work©, as well as Rolfing Structural and Movement Integration.

Sally’s extraordinary ability to blend an organized cognitive style with deeply intuitive understanding reflects her fascination with the unity of the psyche and the soma. Sally joined the Rolf Institute Faculty in 1995.


Larry Koliha

Larry Koliha started his career in bodywork in the mid-90s, training in various types of energetic bodywork and attending college classes in anatomy and physiology. Rolfing® SI created such a meaningful shift in his own life, that he left his first career as a mechanical manufacturing engineer and immersed himself in the world of structural integration.

Larry completed his basic training in 1999 with instructors Ray McCall and Liz Gaggini, and six years later, became an Advanced Rolfer® under the tutelage of Jan Sultan, Tessy Brungardt, and Sally Klemm. He certified in Rolf Movement® Integration with Lael Katherine Keen in Brazil. Other mentors who have strongly influenced his work include Rolfers® Til Luchau and Jane Harrington. 

Larry’s teaching style comes from his corporate engineering background. Students appreciate his clear, knowledgeable, good-natured teaching style. Larry presents a simple, structured, and fun approach to learning the classic basic ten-session recipe. Emphasis is placed on developing sustainable body use, appropriate touch and pacing, and the ability to incorporate movement work in each session.

Larry was an avid trail runner and volleyball player in Colorado where he had his first Rolfing practice but now practices in the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina.


Jonathan Martine

Jonathan Martine was certified as a Rolfer® in 1992 and completed his advanced Rolfing® certification in 1997. He is a Registered Movement Therapist, Rolf Movement® Teacher, Pilates Instructor, and Rolf Institute® Faculty member since 1993. In addition, he has studied therapies that treat the fascial systems of the viscera (organs), neural (nerve) system, vascular structures, and the cranium as well as movement rehabilitation from various sources.

Jonathan has been in private practice since 1992. During this time he has practiced in Chiropractic offices, Physical Therapy clinics, a Pilates studio, a medical-based pain management clinic, and various integrative health practices. This experience has offered a useful perspective on the vast potential of complementary approaches to health and personal transformation. He finds it valuable to see how Rolfing and Structural Integration fit into the larger health field and identify the unique offering Rolfing holds.

Jonathan continues his study of Rolfing and allied health fields to serve his clients and students and to share the "stories" that science holds. He is fascinated with these "stories" as they may clarify aspects of the mystery of transformation; while holding strong to the magic that occurs when the practitioner and client are present and aware of the environment in which we live.


Ray McCall

Ray McCall has 43 years of experience as a Rolfer®. As a DIRI Advanced faculty member, he teaches Basic Training, Advanced Training, and Continuing Education classes both in the States and Abroad. His particular interest is the energetic taxonomy and how change occurs: how we more fully become and express who we are.

Ray trained to instructor level in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.


Kevin McCoy

Kevin is a faculty member of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®. He trained under all six of Dr. Rolf's originally appointed faculty. He has enjoyed being a practitioner of the art and science known as Rolfing® for over 30 years.

Kevin is a licensed Physical Therapist and was employed by the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where he provided Rolfing to individuals in a chronic pain program. He previously served on the DIRI Board of Directors as the Board Chair for five years.

Kevin is passionate about Rolfing as a traditional and evolving healing art form.


Adam Mentzell

Adam became a Certified Rolfer® in 2002, and an Advanced Certified Rolfer in 2007 and practices in Boulder, CO. He regularly travels to Rincon, Puerto Rico where he has a part-time practice. He serves as the current Chair of the Phase I program and has been on the faculty of DIRI since 2011.

Prior to Rolfing®, Adam had a long career as an exercise physiologist and health educator. He holds a B.S. degree from Temple University in Integrative Exercise Physiology. A former Ironman distance triathlete, Adam has a diverse practice that includes top endurance athletes and active people of all ages. He finds joy in helping people to live more comfortably and happily in their bodies. 


Lu Mueller-Kaul 

Lu is an educator and Certified Advanced Rolfer® with extensive experience in massage therapy, bodywork, and alternative medicine. She began her journey as a licensed naturopathic physician in Germany in the 90s. Along the way, she’s practiced acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, traditional Chinese medicine before coming to the US to study Rolfing®. In 2008 Lu opened Balance Orlando, serving as owner, workshop instructor, therapist, and mentor.

Before coming back to the Rolf Institute as an instructor, Lu has been teaching continuing education courses across the country, mostly classes for myofascial mobilizations. She is now preparing a coaching program for people in chronic pain. With all her experience, Lu has become adept at communicating medical science in clear and understandable terms, and these days that is easier for her in English than in her native German. Look up "Lu Mueller-Kaul" for a lot of information and videos online if you're curious.


Nobuko Muth


Nobuko Muth found Rolfing® SI in her late twenties when she was having trouble with her health, and her life has changed ever since. Nobu completed all of her Rolfing training in the United States: in 2000, Nobu graduated from the Rolf Institute®. She completed her Rolf Movement® certification in 2003 and Advanced training in 2007.

Nobu has a deep interest in the relationship between the body and the mind, which led her to study Bodynamics, a Danish somatic psychology, and analysis system, for five years. Also, she is an Experiencing Somatic practitioner and a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist. She aims to restore clients’ body balance by helping clients to connect deeply with themselves.

 In 2012 Nobu moved to Boulder from Tokyo, Japan. 


Aline Newton

Aline Newton has been a Rolfer® since 1984. In 1990 she began studying with Hubert Godard and continues to be inspired by his perspective on Rolfing® and movement to this day. She served as Chair of the Rolf Institute Board for many years.

In addition to her private practice in Cambridge, MA, Aline teaches Embodied Anatomy at Berklee Conservatory’s Alexander Institute. She has written extensively and lectures on embodiment, perception, breathing, core stabilization, and other concepts that underlie Tonic Function.


Suzanne Picard

Suzanne Picard, MFA, has been part of the Rolf Institute® Faculty since 1995 as a leader in the Basic Training program. Her studies include extensive Movement training, Visceral and Neural Manipulation, and Cranial Therapy. Her personal practices include continuum and yoga.

Suzanne's passion is embodied anatomy, perception, and the increased vitality and development that this supports.


Michael Polon

After almost 20 years of study, Michael Polon still has the same beginner’s excitement when it comes to exploring the art, science, theory, and practice of his work. Michael began studying at The Rolf Institute® in 1998 and has been in the classroom ever since. He started teaching in 2001 and completed his first Advanced Training in 2003.

Through consistent teaching and continuing education, Michael learns more about what's possible with this work each year. His enthusiastic curiosity of how things work fuels his passion for understanding how anatomy/physiology, movement/posture, pain, therapeutic alliance, and healing potential come together with Rolfing®.


Michael Salveson

Michael Salveson was trained as a Rolfer® by Dr. Ida P. Rolf in 1970. In 1972 he was asked by Dr. Rolf to assist her in training classes and was certified as a Rolfing® Instructor by Dr. Rolf in 1973. He has maintained his practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for 38 years and has worked as an Instructor for the Rolf Institute’s Advanced Training for 22 years. Michael Salveson was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rolf Institute® from 1976-1979 and President of the Rolf Institute from 1979 to 1982.

Michael has been instrumental in developing theories and techniques useful in releasing restrictions in the body’s ligamentous-articular system. He has studied extensively in the traditions deriving from osteopathy and works closely with inherent motion in the body. He is a 20-year student of Taoist Chi Gung and an avid fly fisherman.


John Schewe

John Schewe has been a Certified Rolfer® since 1987, completing his Advanced Rolfing® Training in 1991. He taught anatomy and physiology, structural kinesiology, and deep tissue technique classes for the Blue Cliff School of Massage in Kenner, Louisiana from 1990-1996.

John has been part of the Rolf Institute® Anatomy Faculty since 1995 and is currently Chair of the Life Sciences Group at the Rolf Institute. Though his academic background is in geology (MS, Louisiana State Univ., 1979), John has had a keen interest in the biological sciences as they pertain to bodywork in general and Rolfing Structural Integration in particular. He brings a fresh perspective to this material and his desire is to make the study of anatomy and physiology interesting, informative, and enjoyable.


Russell Stolzoff

Russell Stolzoff has always been attuned to the beauty of integrated movement. He was first introduced to Rolfing® Structural Integration in 1983 as a classroom client while completing his BA at the University of Colorado. The deep physical and psychological impact of that experience led him to pursue training as a Rolfer®. He became a Certified Rolfer in 1989, and a Certified Advanced Rolfer in 1998. He completed his Rolf Movement® Certification in 2000 and became a Rolf Institute instructor in 2002.

Russell has also completed extended studies in Somatic Experiencing and Biodynamic Analysis, a Danish method of body psychotherapy. Since 2010 Russell has worked extensively with professional athletes. He lives and practices in Bellingham, Washington.


Jan Sultan

Jan Sultan’s initial encounter with Ida Rolf was in 1967 as her client. In 1969 he trained under her, and after having assisted several classes, was invited by Dr. Rolf to become an instructor in 1975. After a further apprenticeship, Dr. Rolf invited him to take on Advanced teaching.

Jan currently teaches Basic Training, Continuing Education, and Advanced Training for the Rolf Institute®. He feels strongly that his responsibility as an instructor goes beyond simply passing on what he was taught, to include the refinement and coherent development of the ideas and methodology taught by Ida Rolf. Jan lives in Northern New Mexico, and practices in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Juan David Vélez

Juan David Vélez has been practicing as a Rolfer® and Rolf Movement® Practitioner since 1995, first in his native Colombia, and for the last ten years in Portland, Oregon. Juan David is guided by the belief that mastery is the place where logic, knowledge, and intuition converge. As a practitioner, he combines a rigorous scientific understanding of the discipline with an open-minded, intuitive approach.

As a teacher, Juan David builds a strong framework of the science, theory, and philosophy of Rolfing® Structural Integration, and encourages students to investigate and master these concepts through play and personal exploration. Juan David has a particular interest in neuroplasticity, the seemingly limitless ability of the brain to change the body and to respond to the body by changing itself.

In his spare time, Juan David enjoys painting and ecstatic dance, a good cup of tea, and a serious game of chess.


Thomas Walker

Thomas completed the Basic Rolfing® training in 1987, the Advanced Rolfing Training in 1993. He has been on the faculty since 2004. He has extensive training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and integrates its subtle evoking with the direct contact of Rolfing SI. His main goal in class is to have every student be successful. Thomas creates a safe learning environment, helps students identify and enhance their learning and perceptual styles, teaches how inner-process affect perception and how shifting inner awareness affects tissue response.

Thomas enjoys teaching students how to integrate the body’s innate self-ordering as expressed through inherent motion into the touch skills necessary to accomplish the goals of the Rolfing process. He lives, practices, skis, bikes, and plays in Steamboat Springs, CO.


Bethany Ward, M.B.A.

Bethany Ward completed basic training with Jim Asher, advanced work with Jan Sultan and Tessy Brungardt, and movement certification with Lael Katherine Keen. Bethany loves learning – both as a lifetime student and as an instructor. She is deeply indebted to her mentors Duffy Allen, Til Luchau, and Ray McCall.

As an instructor, Bethany is adept at making complex ideas understandable and speaking to a variety of learning styles – skills gained from a background in academia and business. After graduating from the NC School of Science and Mathematics, Bethany received a BA in psychology and an MBA. She discovered her passion for teaching when Kaplan Inc. hired her to raise students’ scores on graduate entrance exams. Bethany traded life in corporate America for "a chance to work one-on-one with people, helping them find solutions for themselves" and never looked back. Bethany’s private practice is ActionPotential, Inc., (www.rolfusa.com) in Durham, NC.

Bethany is Past-President of the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation and enjoys writing for various bodywork publications.