Founder and Director of the Anat Baniel Method®
Anat Baniel is a world-renowned practitioner and founder of the Anat Baniel Method® (ABM). ABM is a NeuroMovement® approach, a major rethinking of health and wellness based in the understanding of how to create new neural patterns to overcome limitations and effectively help special needs children, back pain sufferers, and high performers.
Anat Baniel, a clinical psychologist and dancer, studied and worked closely with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for many years as a trusted teacher and trainer. During her training with Dr. Feldenkrais, he was so impressed with Anat’s abilities that he designated her specifically to work with special needs children. Dr. Feldenkrais collaborated with Anat throughout the remainder of his life. His most memorable reference to Anat’s work with children was that the progress she evoked in these children “had to be seen to be believed.”
Since then, Anat has specialized in working with special needs children for over 25 years and developed this highly effective method to facilitate rapid changes in these children. Parents bring their children to the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Center from all over the world, some as young as just a few weeks, old.
Anat Baniel has also worked extensively with dancers, athletes, and world class musicians, including the Tanglewood Music Center and the San Francisco Symphony musicians.
In addition, she has worked with chronic pain sufferers helping restore them to more active, pain-free lives and also has years of experience working with high-performance athletes.
Anat Baniel opened the first Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in the U.S. after Dr. Feldenkrais’ death in 1984, and has been certifying practitioners all over the world including France, England, Japan, Sweden, Germany, and Israel. Over a period of 20 years, Anat has evolved the work into her own Anat Baniel Method, based on the Feldenkrais Method.
In addition to her training programs and workshops that she teaches worldwide, Anat has also created specialty trainings for ABM Practitioners in focus areas of vitality and anti-aging, children with special needs, and high performers.
Her skills and seemingly innate abilities can and have been taught to the practitioners she has trained. ABM graduates are able to work effectively with the general population, children with special needs, and high performers.
In April 2005, Anat opened the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Center, a 4000-square-foot facility in Marin County, California, where her team of ABM Practitioners works and teaches with her.
ABM Assistant Trainer
In 1998, Chris Krzyzkowski graduated from Ithaca College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and started his career at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY, as a member of the stroke team focusing on neurologic recovery. In 2002, Chris relocated to California to study at the internationally known Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo. This center is home to the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Post-Graduate Training Program where he became a staff member and later, an international instructor in PNF.
Always looking to discover new ways to provide better outcomes for his patients, Chris discovered the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) in 2008. He was inspired by the combination of the transformative practical application of neuroplasticity, the amazing results with a wide variety of people, and Anat’s engaging teaching style. One weekend seminar on ABM for Healthy Backs was all it took for Chris to decide to learn ABM.
Chris has been studying with Anat Baniel and her team ever since, having completed the ABM Professional Training in 2011 and Children’s Mastery Training in 2012. He now works at the ABM Center, focusing on children with special needs. He maintains a passion for and also continues to work with adult stroke survivors. Chris joined the team at the ABM Center in May 2012.
ABM Training Support Staff
Katie Lewis received a Masters of Fine Arts from Middlebury College in Vermont. She taught yoga and studied Craniosacral therapy prior to discovering the Anat Baniel Method (ABM).
Katie joined the ABM Professional Training Program in February 2009 and received her certificate to be an ABM Practitioner in 2011.
Katie furthered her studies and in 2013, completed the Children’s Mastery and Vitality & Anti-Aging training programs.
Inspired by the changes she felt in her clients and in herself, she joined the ABM Training Support staff in 2011 to continue learning. Since then, Katie has participated in two complete ABM Professional Trainings.
In 2012, Katie began working with children. She has traveled to Hawaii to lead intensives with children.
Neil Sharp trained as an M.D. at Cambridge University and Edinburgh University Medical School. He worked in the United Kingdom as a doctor before leaving medicine to pursue a career in music as an opera singer, musical director, and violinist.
Neil began training with Anat Baniel in 2004 and moved to the U.S. in 2007 to work as an ABM Practitioner at the ABM Center in San Rafael, California.
Neil lives in San Francisco, California.
ABM Senior Trainer and Visiting Faculty
Marcy Lindheimer specializes in working with children using the Anat Baniel Method for Children. She is a Senior Trainer in the Anat Baniel Method, and formerly, a voice teacher on the faculty of several colleges and music conservatories.
Marcy’s practice is devoted to children who have cerebral palsy (brain injured, including stroke), brachial plexus injury (including torticollis and other birth injuries), scoliosis, genetic disorders such as fragile X, spinal muscular dystrophy, cerebellar hypoplasia, Angelman’s Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and various other neurological difficulties.
Marcy is based in New York and travels to the ABM Center in San Rafael, California, several times a year to give lessons to children.
Naomi Swanson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and Movement Education from Sonoma State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work
from San Jose State University. Naomi worked as a Clinical Social Worker with diverse families and children in a number of therapeutic and educational settings in both California and Washington for over six years.
Naomi’s love of movement and working with people led her to first begin studying with Anat Baniel in 1994. She graduated from Anat’s Professional Feldenkrais™ Training Program in 1997. Since then Naomi has continued studying with Anat and completed Mastery level certifications in the Anat Baniel Method of Neuromovement™ for Children, for Anti-Aging and Vitality, and for High Performers. Naomi has been on the teaching staff in Anat’s Professional Neuromovement™ Training Programs since 2011 and currently is one of the Assistant Trainers.
Naomi has had a full time practice working with babies and children with special needs throughout the Pacific Northwest and in Denmark since 2010. She currently maintains an office in Bellevue, Washington and recently moved back to the Bay Area where she works in Santa Rosa, Ca. and is thrilled to be working at Anat’s Center in San Rafael.
Lara Gillease has been an Anat Baniel Method practitioner since 2000. She works with special needs children and adults in her practice in Asheville, North Carolina. Lara came to the Anat Baniel Method from the dance world and overcame chronic, debilitating back pain. She is also a Pilates teacher.
Lara attended and completed the Anat Baniel Professional Training Program from 1996-2000. She has been working and assisting in the ABM training programs for adults and special needs children since 2011.
Lara is currently a Trainer in the ABM Practitioner and Children with Special Needs Training Programs.
She describes her joy of being a practitioner at the ABM Center, “I love being one of the Center’s team members and empowering the lives of special needs children to learn and transform.”
ABM Training Support Staff
Carole Keefe received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, she began to practice with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, CA.
In seeking new ways to improve her practice and support her patients, Carole learned about the Anat Baniel Method. She began her training with Anat Baniel in 2007 and now has a thriving ABM practice in Austin, TX.
Carole is member of the support staff for the ABM Basic and Mastery Training Programs. Carole has also been part of a group that was established in 2012 with three highly experienced ABM practitioners in the Austin area dedicated to working with children. She invites you to join their team in giving lessons.
ABM Training Support Staff
Kathy O’Neil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and a Montessori Method Certification degree from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA in 1994. From 1977-1983, Kathy taught in private preschools. After raising three children, she went back for the Montessori degree and taught from 1995-2001.
Kathy discovered the Anat Baniel Method through her granddaughter, who was born with a rare brain disorder. After witnessing the transformations in her granddaughter as a result of receiving ABM lessons, Kathy began her studies in ABM. In 2007 she became an ABM practitioner and completed the ABM advanced mastery trainings for Children with Special Needs, Vitality and Anti-Aging, and High Performers.
Kathy is part of the support team at the ABM Mastery trainings and has a private practice with children with special needs in Pennsylvania.
ABM Assistant Trainer
Michelle Vine fortunately began studying with Anat Baniel early in her 20-year physical therapy career. The Anat Baniel Method enriched her specialties in neuromuscular re-education and balance and vestibular rehab while practicing in hospital and chiropractic clinics.
Working with Anat inspires Michelle’s lifelong desire to develop and offer empowering mobility especially for children with special needs, artists, musicians, and athletes. Michelle is thrilled to be on the forefront to bringing Neuromovement to healthcare and education.
Michelle graduated from Anat’s Feldenkrais® Training in 2000. She completed her ABM Children’s Mastery in 2006, followed by Vitality and Anti-Aging and High Performers programs in 2008. Michelle completed her ABM Basic Professional Training in 2011 and became an Assistant Trainer in 2012. She’s taught community Movement Lessons since 1998 and led workshops for parents, teachers, health professionals, patient support groups, horseriding clubs, folk music festivals, and herbal conferences. Michelle’s private practice is based in Green Bay, WI.