Director

Mark Olson, Ph.D.
Mark Olson, Ph.D.Director

Mark Olson, Ph.D., LMT has an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois where he studied memory, attention, and eye movements.  He is the owner and director of the Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork in Kaua`i, the former director of the Massage Therapy Program at Pioneer Pacific College in Oregon, and a former instructor of massage, anatomy, and neuroscience for numerous bodywork and yoga programs in Hawaii and the West Coast.  He is also an aquatic therapist, lomilomi instructor, and a published author.  He volunteers on the board of Kauai Path, at the Kauai Food Forest, and formerly on the board at Alaka`i O Kaua`i Charter School.  In his classes, Mark integrates his knowledge of the affective neuroscience and somatic psychology with his desire for a more peaceful and compassionate world.

Faculty

Brad Kammer
Brad KammerInstructor

Brad Kammer, MFT, LPCC, SEP, NMP, is a somatic psychotherapist, consultant, educator, and college professor living in Northern California. Brad is on faculty as a psychology professor at Mendocino College and the graduate psychology program at Sonoma State University. He is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and NeuroAffective Relational Model Practitioner (NMP), as well as consultant and teacher in both of these models for working with trauma. He has been involved in bringing Somatic Experiencing to various communities around the world, including survivors of Hurricane Katrina, mainland China, and a year working with refugees in Asia. Brad’s current passion is in bridging the fields of Somatic Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology, where he teaches internationally on the integration of working with shock and developmental trauma. Brad’s focus on working with developmental-attachment-relational trauma is informed by the years he worked in community mental health with at-risk youth and their families, working internationally with populations of transgenerational trauma, and in his private practice with individuals, couples, and groups.  Brad is inspired by the spirit of human resiliency and views trauma healing as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.  www.body-mindtherapy.com

Michael Polon
Michael PolonInstructor

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 Rolfing® Structural Integration. He began studying at The Rolf Institute in 1998 and began teaching in 2001. Through consistent curiosity and study from within and outside the field of Structural Integration, Michael is passionate about updating the understanding of how anatomy, physiology, movement, posture, pain, therapeutic alliance and healing all come together in our work.

Michael Hamm
Michael HammInstructor

I’ve taught anatomy, research literacy, and technique in Seattle and around the US for the last 12 years.  I’ve served as a committee chair, trustee, and conference presenter with the Massage Therapy Foundation.  I serve as clinical director for a busy medical massage clinic, and sometimes I publish articles on massage therapy and fascia research.  When not moving in these capacities, I make music.

Daniel Alexanyan
Daniel AlexanyanInstructor

With a BA in Astronomy and Philosophy and an MA in Philosophy and Religion with a focus on Cosmology and Consciousness, Daniel Alexanyan brings an informed and well rounded perspective to the classroom. Having studied Rosen Method, Sports Lomi Lomi, Cranio Sacral and all that PCAB has to offer a couple times over, Daniel’s style is a holistic blend of slow deep bodywork informed mostly by structural integration and neuromuscular trigger point and a massive dollop of presence. For more information on Daniel please go to evolveawareness.massageplanet.com.

Eve Dion
Eve DionInstructor

Eve Dion is a certified Structural Integration practitioner, a Hawaii-state licensed massage therapist, and a PCAB grad. She specializes in therapeutic bodywork that addresses the interconnectedness of the body as a whole and fluid entity, as well as the interconnectedness of the body-mind-spirit. Her passion for the bodywork she practices and teaches stems from her own personal transformations, those she witnesses in her clients, and her constant awe at the depth and intricacies of human embodiment.

Other loves include: being underwater, softness of the heart, surfing, buddha dharma, and silliness. Her greatest joy is the feeling of connectedness — to others, to nature, to self. She is quick to cry, quick to forgive, and hard-pressed to pass up an opportunity for a talking muffin joke.

Paul Linn
Paul LinnInstructor

Paul L. Linn MA, LMHC has been teaching and offering therapy to groups and individuals in numerous forms for 32 years. He attended graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies, after training in Gestalt and body centered psychotherapy. Paul has a long standing interest in dharma studies and an extensive training practice in the insight meditation tradition (Florida Vipassana website).

For the last 40 years he has been guiding meditation groups and residentials. The TsomT system  developed as a dynamic synthesis of therapeutic and meditative methods. In combination, the streams that feed this synthesis emerge as an engaged, practical and immediate opportunity for relief from what can be ailing within the human/existential condition, while simultaneously inviting realization of the creative wonder that abides within all that is occuring.

Adam PersingerInstructor

Adam Persinger is a practitioner of Rolfing® Structural Integration, and a student of Vajrayana Buddhism, the Diamond Approach (an intensive somatic inquiry path), yoga, qigong and the gyrotonic method.  Adam started his career as a licensed massage therapist in 2004 in Portland Oregon.    Besides his love for meditation, movement, and somatic embodiment Adam writes and performs music as Body Holographic.  All this informs his unique approach into embodied presence.

Lynn Ablondi
Lynn AblondiInstructor

Lynn Ablondi, L.Ac., is an Acupuncturist certified Nationally and licensed in California and Hawaii. She is an herbalist using traditional Chinese herbal medicine. She has 30 years of Shiatsu experience which includes training, teaching, and writing massage curriculum for schools in the California Bay Area.

Education and Professional Service – Masters Degree, Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA, 1998. CA Licensed Acupuncturist. Nationally Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). Administrator and faculty member at Five Branches University. Dean of Education, faculty member and curriculum writer at Trinity college in San Jose, CA.

Michael Ceraso
Michael CerasoInstructor
Michael Ceraso L.Ac. LMT has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003 and a licensed acupuncturist since 2014. For 12 years he was the manager of Kalani’s Wellness Department and the founder and director of the Hawaii Massage School at Kalani. In addition, he served as Kalani’s Principal Massage Therapist and supervisor of their student massage clinic.
Michael began his massage training in 2001 at ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On a subsequent trip to Thailand in 2006 he deepened his training with three additional Teachers. His massage training also includes Swedish Massage, Barefoot Shiatsu, Polarity, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.   He has been teaching courses in Traditional Thai Massage and Acupressure since 2006.
His private practice focuses on Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Traditional Thai Massage.
Liam Bowler
Liam BowlerInstructor

I’m a bodyworker + teacher who has spent a fair amount of time learning, teaching and contemplating the common roots from which the flowers of bodywork, movement and somatic therapies emerge. I appreciate questions that don’t lend themselves well to easy answers, but have a kind of Magic embedded in the direction they are pointing. A deep bow to my teachers: the forms and personalities that brought forth my learning in massage, structural integration, the fluid tides, continuum, taekwondo, yoga, crossfit, contact improvisation, music … also the difficulties and joys of partnership, learning to stand on my own two feet, hugs from friends, moonlight, steep mountains, poems that’ve stopped me in my tracks, songs that make you cry, the trees where I walk … I could go on and on but I’ll leave it at that. I’m happy and honored to be teaching at PCAB.

Inika Spence
Inika SpenceInstructor
Inika Spence has been an aquatic body worker since 1996, working at Harbin Hot Springs as a Watsu, WaterDance and Healing Dance Practitioner. Her classes are informed by her extensive work as a therapist and bring a grounded and practical aspect to her teaching. She has over 2800 hours of training and over 4500 hours teaching aquatic bodywork. Inika has been teaching Watsu and Healing Dance since 1999. She brings grace to the water and conveys that grace to her students through her knowledge of movement and experience in yoga, tai chi, dance, meditation. Aquatic bodywork is her passion.
Claire Muskopf
Claire MuskopfInstructor
Claire Muskopf learned to swim before she learned to walk. Water unified and permeated most of her life. Aquatic bodywork has beautifully reconnected dance and that love of the water for her since 2007. Claire deepened her knowledge through her trainings, in Healing Dance, WaterDance, Esalen Massage and Fluid Presence. Displaced from being a Healing Dance practitioner at Harbin Hot Springs, Claire is based in Hawaii where the ocean is a constant comforting and healing presence. Part mermaid, she has been known to say, “if I only had gills, I’d never get out of the water.” The fluidity of the body of work that is Healing Dance, the vocabulary it holds and the ease and care in which movement is offered to clients all provide great inspiration for her. Her playful spirit looks forward to sharing knowledge and exploration with you.