Tim Cacciatore, PhD, MSTAT is an expert in the neuroscience of postural tone and its relationship with movement coordination. He was motivated to study postural control because he thought the scientific literature lacked plausible explanations for how the Alexander Technique affected posture and helped his own back pain. His research has aimed to use somatic methods as a tool to reveal properties of the motor system. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles with leading experts in motor control such as Drs Victor Gurfinkel, Fay Horak, and Brian Day at institutions that have included University College London, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the University of California, San Diego.
Dr Cacciatore later trained as an Alexander Technique teacher with Shoshana Kaminitz in London. In addition, he has extensive experience with other somatic disciplines, such as Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy, Acupuncture, and Tui Na. His two decades of research and numerous peer-reviewed publications about the Alexander Technique makes him a leading expert on how the Alexander Technique works from a scientific perspective. He currently collaborates with Dr. Rajal Cohen at the University of Idaho, Moscow.
Mari Hodges, MScMed (Pain Mgmt), TPS, M.AmSAT, M. AAPTA, is an Alexander Technique teacher, pain coach, and pain educator. She completed her Alexander Technique training at the Escuela de Técnica Alexander Buenos Aires in 2014. She holds a BA in sociology from UCLA, a Therapeutic Pain Specialist certificate from Purdue University, and a Master of Science in Medicine in Pain Management from the University of Sydney. She is also certified as an Art of Running instructor. In her free time you can find Mari nerding out on pain science, dancing, cross-country skiing and playing the violin. Mari goes back and forth between Montana, USA, and Argentina. For more information on Mari visit www.DiscoverEase.how.
Patrick Johnson, PhD, M.NeVLAT/STAT, was a full time experimental physicist from 1997 until 2014 during which time he authored and co-authored over 40 peer reviewed publications with over 2000 citations to date. He researched liquid crystals, optical scattering, and colloidal physics at the University of Minnesota, University of Amsterdam, University of Utrecht, and AMOLF institute, and Simmons College where he was an assistent professor of physics from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Johnson began taking Alexander Technique lessons in 2002 due to chronic back pain. He trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique from 2006-2010 at the Alexander Technique Center Amsterdam (ATCA) under the guidance of Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick. He also spent one year training at the Alexander Technique Center Cambridge with Tommy Thompson in 2005.
In 2010 he began teaching Alexander technique at Smartbody Studio in Amsterdam which he co-owns with his wife. See www.smartbody.nl/en/alexander-technique. He also teaches improvisational dance and running technique based on Alexander Technique principles. He taught anatomy and physiology for Alexander Technique teachers in training at ATCA from 2010 to 2013 and has taught anatomy and physiology for Pilates teachers in training from 2008 until the present.