Ed Toal, LMT, Certified Rolfer™
Ed Toal has been a Certified Rolfer™ since 1997. Originally from New Jersey, Ed Moved to Alaska in 1999 to raise his children, who are now almost grown. In addition to being a Certified Rolfer for 20 years, Ed also studied Craniosacral Therapy at Colorado Cranial Institute in 1996 and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Ed studied Biodynamic Cranial through a tutorial with Bill Harvey in 1999 and studied Visceral Manipulation with Liz Gaginni in 2001. For 12 years, Ed worked as a Certified Rolfer for the Bush Community of Cordova, Alaska.
I didn’t expect Rolfing Structural Integration to work. I had endured 20 years of chronic pain, and nothing else had worked. When a friend told me that Rolfing cured her chronic pain from a vehicle crash, I decided to give it a try. Boy! Was I surprised! After Ed Toal did the whole 10-series, my body was just different. I have way less pain and way more function than I ever hoped I would have again. I feel better than I have since I was a teenager!– Clay, Master Sergeant (Ret.), USAF
Barbara Kavanagh, LMT, Certified Advanced Rolfer™
Barbara Kavanagh moved to Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1982 after earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She worked as a counselor in Kodiak and Anchorage for many years. In 1986, she travelled to the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 6 month old son to begin her training as a Rolfer. After Rolfing for several years, she continued her studies and was certified as an Advanced Rolfer in 1991. Barbara has been Rolfing in the Anchorage community for 29 years. Her primary focus has been on myofascial postural alignment. Her trainings include cranial work, visceral manipulation, menorship with Jan Sultan (a student of Ida Rolf’s), and Egoscue Postural Therapy. Barbara’s practice includes a wide range of clients; from those in chronic pain to elite athletes.
She believes that the gift of Rolfing is that when she puts her hands on someone she in in contact with the physical, emotional, and spiritual person. Barbara has been married for 30 years and is the proud mom of her two sons, ages 30 and 25. She continues to enjoy Rolfing and the Anchorage community.
I highly recommend Barbara for her outstanding Rolfing work on reducing pain and increasing my range of motion in my lower back, shoulder, and ankle as a result of injuries. Who knew I had so many bound up fascia! Another great benefit has been that my overall posture, though still a work in progress, has greatly improved. – Julie
Lacie Wortham, LMT, Certified Rolfer™, NASM-CPT
Lacie was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska. She graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2009 and decided to continue her education by attending Fort Lewis College and Pacific Lutheran University where she studied Exercise Science and Athletic Training. As a way of helping others acquire a greater state of health and overall wellbeing, she decided to pursue a career as a Rolfer. She graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in the spring of 2013 and later obtained her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Lacie loves the outdoors! Her favorite activities are hiking, camping, biking and mushing. Currently, Lacie lives in Willow where she owns and operates her own sled dog kennel.
One of the great treatments available at Spine and Joint is Rolfing. I have been receiving treatments from Lacie for a few months now, and can’t speak highly enough about her abilities. Lacie is knowledgeable, experienced, and professional. Give Lacie a challenge, and she’ll work out an integrated treatment plan across muscle groups. The range of motion in my neck and back is better than it has been in years. Lacie has really put me back together. I’m running, swimming, and boxing without multiple week recovery times. It’s nice to be able to function again. – James
Jessica Black, Certified Rolfer™, Certified Rolf Movement® Practitioner
Jessica has been a Certified Rolfer and Certified Rolf Movement Practitioner® for over 8 years and a Pilates instructor since 2004. Jessica has a long history with Studio One, Rolfing, and Pilates. Her early studies in structural integration began in 2004 as an instructor at Studio One Pilates in Anchorage. She is constantly growing in her education and skills. Current studies include; Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and Anatomy Trains. She is a lifelong Alaskan and understands the Alaskan lifestyle!
Bruce Nelson, LMT, Certified Rolfer™, CAMT
Bruce Nelson has been practicing bodywork since 2004. His studies have led him to become a Certified Rolfer, a Berry Method® Practitioner, and a Reiki Master. He is Level II Certified in Advanced Myofascial Techniques, and is an Instructor for Advanced-Trainings.com’s Advanced Myofascial Techniques series. Bruce is known for a keen focus on overall wellness, and for his clear, compassionate style of client/practitioner interaction. As a person, practitioner, and teacher, he describes himself as a holistic adventure-seeking student of the world. He has been a participant, fundraiser, and coach with Leukemia Lymphoma Society since 2003. He lives and practices in the greater Anchorage, Alaska area.
For at least the past five years I’ve had to use several pillows tucked behind my head and under my legs to be comfortable enough to fall asleep. This cradle of pillows relieved the pressure and pain from my hips and low back. One night, I was sleeping in my bed, post Rolfing® session with Bruce. I woke to realize I had lost the pillow under my legs. Instinctively I began to fuss around reaching for the lost pillow and I realized my hips were not in pain. I left the pillow, lay back down, and for the first time in a long time could feel my body flat into the mattress. It’s been six months since that appointment with Bruce. Still sleeping without the extra pillows and without the pain. Amazing life upgrade. Thank you Bruce! – Liz
Pragyana Buzollo, LMT, Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
Pragyana was born in Brazil where she began her studies and career as a therapist in the Holistic Healing Arts. Pragyana began her experience in the healing arts with Yoga, Macrobiotic Cooking, and Shiatsu and for the last 20 years has specialized and dedicated her time to Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy. Today she is an Advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and teacher. She began her studies of CBT in 1998 and has been practicing and teaching in Brazil and Alaska.
CBT works with the inherent health, helping to restore, balance and heal any live system. CBT can help, trauma, TMJ, migraine headaches, sinusitis, and pain or dysfunction of the body.
Pragyana has such a warm welcoming energy that the healing really starts before you even lay on her table. The therapy work itself is so gentle and relaxing yet very deep and effective. After only a few sessions my sense of wellbeing began to improve immensely and the level of chronic pain I’ve been experiencing started to lessen. I would highly recommend adding her cranial work to anyone’s restorative journey. – Kristen
Brett Linder, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Certified Rolf Movement® Practitioner, CAMT
Brett Thomson Linder is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner in the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration’s Teacher Training Program. He is a firm believer in the Rolfing process and manual therapy as an awakening of the body and mind that can relieve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain, creating more economical and refined patterns of movement and leaving patients feeling more comfortable in their body. He is also a Certified Advanced Myo-Fascial Release Practitioner and Certified Cranial Sacral Practitioner.
After years of recovering from injuries and looking for a long-lasting way to remain healthy and pain-free, Brett discovered Rolfing and went through a 10 series – 10 sessions of tissue and structural bodywork. By going through this process, Brett’s physical health and appearance improved, and so did his confidence and emotional well-being. Believing strongly in the positive impact of Rolfing, he then went on to intensively study Rolfing at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado.
Brett offers not only hands-on structural integration work, but subtle coordinative, energetic, and perceptual work to help patients reacquaint themselves with their body by reducing, if not eliminating, aches, pains and limitations in their daily lives. Brett runs his own practice, Colorado Springs Rolfing, in Colorado Springs, and is an Assistant Instructor with the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration and an Assistant Instructor with Advanced-Trainings, teaching body-workers Advanced Myofascial Release Techniques.
*Brett is a visiting Rolfer, for dates of availability, please call the front desk.
Tammy Smith, Certified Rolfer™
Traveling throughout the U.S., as the daughter of a naval officer, Tammy Smith developed a special appreciation early on for the uniquely designed qualities in each of us. As a certified Life Coach (in private practice), and Senior Pilates Instructor (at Studio One), Tammy has empowered her clients to successfully move toward various goals. Some of which include expanding their visions, improving health and decreasing pain (to name a few).
Tammy has a long-standing history with the Studio One and Spine and Joint Community, both as a member of our Administration, and teaching Group Classes and Private Lessons for the last (7) years. She looks forward to continuing to service our clients as a Certified Rolfer.
Judd Wattenbarger, DC, CEAS
Dr. Judd received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Dr. Judd has devoted his career to helping people get out of pain quickly and safely and has extensive training in returning the body to normal after it is damaged. He has had the opportunity to train under physicians and coaches who work with current and former athletes from the US. Olympic team. Dr. Judd also has special training to treat injuries from overuse, auto accidents, and workplace accidents. He is a member of the Alaska Chiropractic Society and the American Institute of Personal Injury Physicians. In addition, he is trained as a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist to help further prevent injuries on the job. When not in the office, Dr. Judd enjoys living the Great Alaskan Lifestyle by spending as much time outdoors as possible!
Dr. Judd is a talented and friendly guy, and an intuitive Chiropractor. He takes time to listen, and is quite adept at finding the source of the aches and pains I have experienced. He taylors the treatment plan to my needs, and has helped me address everything from stubborn old injuries that want to hang on, to how blood flow and my nutrition affects my pain levels. I look forward to my treatments with Dr. Judd. I recommend him and Alaska Spine and Joint to anyone interested in chiropractic care, and overall wellness. – James
Weston Hopkins, DC
Weston Hopkins is a licensed chiropractor in the state of Alaska. He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas where he completed his bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in chemistry. He continued his education at the University of Western States, in Portland Oregon, where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Weston has continued his post graduate studies with extensive training in exercise prescription, soft tissue therapy and diagnosis.
He is certified in Active Release Technique (ART), Functional Range Release (FR), Manual Adhesion Release (MAR), Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR) and Functional Range Conditioning(FRC). He is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehab Specialist (ISCRS). He is also working towards his certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) as well as the American Chiropractic Board of Rehabilitation.