where movement meets medicineJoin us for the FAMI Workshop—a world-renowned immersion course that brings the best of medical education to the movement world!
"The talent and skill of these lecturers is unsurpassed. They weren't just informative, they were inspiring." -- Katie Senigalia, Pilates Instructor, FAMI 2010 Participant
The faculty members who participate in this course truly love what they do, and their passion resonates in their teaching. Don’t just take our word for it, read some testimonials from participants. Many of our faculty members teach in both the FAMI Workshop and the FAMI - Level Two courses, as designated below.
FAMI Workshop, FAMI - Level Two
Jeffery T. Laitman, PhD
Dr. Jeffrey Laitman, Distinguished Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a world-renowned anatomist recognized as one of the most creative and engaging teachers of human structure and function. As the Course Director of Gross Anatomy at Mount Sinai, he has trained a generation of leading physicians and surgeons and pioneered new and dynamic ways to uncover and appreciate the structure of the human body. He has received numerous international and national recognitions for his science and teaching, including being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, being honored with the Basmajian Award of the American Association of Anatomists, and recently, The Jacobi Medallion of the Mount Sinai Alumni, the highest honor Mount Sinai bestows. Among his many other goals in the near future are to both see and touch his toes!
Carrie McCulloch, MD
Carrie McCulloch is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and co-founder of Kinected—an integrative Pilates studio in New York City. As a licensed physician with a background in both movement and medicine, Dr. McCulloch is passionate about creating integrative wellness experiences that take care of the body from head to toe. She is the medical director of Kinected, developing comprehensive wellness solutions that compliment a strong Pilates core. As an educator, Dr. McCulloch builds innovative teaching tools that connect the body and mind. In addition to FAMI, she co-directs living anatome™, an award-winning program that teaches anatomy to medical students through Pilates and yoga. She is also an avid running, biking, and ice-cream enthusiast. Read more…
Matt McCulloch is an educator of fitness and movement professionals and co-founder of Kinected, an integrative movement center in New York City. A classically trained dancer, he began studying Pilates 20 years ago as part of his own rehabilitation program from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is trained in both original and contemporary approaches and over the past decade, has educated several hundred instructors, creating pragmatic teaching tools for fitness professionals. Additionally, Matt is a GYROKINESIS® & GYROTONIC® instructor, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified trainer, and in the near future, hopes to assist Dr. Laitman in his toe-reaching goals. Read more…
Stephanie Pieczenik Marango, MD
After a transformative car collision, Stephanie P. Marango, MD, RYT entered the path of physician-teacher. On this path, her formal education provides an infrastructure onto which further exploration into the body - and all of its connections - continues to be built. In addition to the FAMI Workshop and the award-winning living anatome program, Dr. Stephanie shares her knowledge through the Sacred Body Institute, which offers holistic medical and educational services based in New York. From lectures at major medical centers, to workshops at local yoga studios, The Wisdom Of Your Body book, or her private practice, Dr. Stephanie enjoys telling the story of the body and how it relates to yours! To learn more, ask questions, or otherwise connect, she welcomes you to visit the Sacred Body site.
anatomy & clinical faculty
Evan Baird, MD
Evan Baird is a the Chief Resident in The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. His experience in musculoskeletal medicine began as a student athlete, competing in cross-country, track & field (where he ran the 800m, 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles) and tennis. This spurred his interest in orthopaedics; as a resident he has remained in touch with student athletes by acting as a team physician for area high school football teams. In college he began pursuing research in animal bone models and remains active in the orthopaedic research community since completing his degree in Biology from Clemson University. At the Medical University of South Carolina he published on the prevention of heterotopic bone formation; his current investigational interests include bracing and rehabilitation following cervical spine procedures, as well as the biomechanics of and complications associated with spinal implants, both topics on which he has authored surgical textbook chapters. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Baird will begin his spine surgery fellowship at Emory University; he hopes to return to New York City to practice orthopaedics with a focus on spine care. Outside of medicine, he enjoys bicycling, swimming, running and spending time with his beautiful wife Chellis.
Adam Bender, MD
Adam Bender is a Board Certified Neurologist and an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount where he has been a faculty member since 1975. He is also an attending neurologist at the Lenox Hill Hospital. After receiving his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he did an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Columbia University service at the Harlem Hospital Center followed by residency training in neurology at the Columbia University New York Neurological Institute. He then was a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Medical Neurology Branch. His clinical interests include general neurology, neuromuscular diseases, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. He is a strong proponent of using exercise to prevent and treat many musculoskeletal injuries.
Elliot Fishbein, PT
FAMI Workshop, FAMI - Level Two
Elliot Fishbein is a Physical Therapist specializing Functional Manual Therapy here in New York City. After receiving his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, he went on to receive his Physical Therapy degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He has since completed certification programs in Functional Manual Therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Vestibular Rehabilitation. He is also certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association and has completed his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy. In addition to working in private practice, he is on clinical faculty at New York University and associate faculty with the Institute of Physical Art. In his spare time Elliot enjoys biking, playing basketball, playing guitar and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Mark Klion, MD
FAMI Workshop, FAMI - Level Two
Mark Klion is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine. After receiving a Bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University, he went on to obtain both his medical degree and residency training from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Hospital, respectively. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Chicago, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Klion is a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. He is an active educator for the medical school and the department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the Director of Orthopedics at St Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, a Level 1 trauma center. Dr. Klion performs the newest techniques for knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, regeneration, and meniscal transplantation; he has extensive experience with arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs and shoulder stabilization procedures. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Klion is a founding member and co-chief of the Medical Advisory Board of TRIARQ, a community of healthcare professionals working together to create new standards in care through education and collaboration. He is also co-creator of bodyworksMD DVD Home Rehabilitation Series, which provides active individuals, physicians, and physical therapists approved exercise programs for treatment and prevention of orthopedic injuries. His recent book, Triathalon Anatomy, published by Human Kinetics and co-authored by world-renown triathalon couch Troy Jacobson, helps triathletes maximize strength, power, speed and endurance while preventing injury. By heeding his own advice, Dr. Klion has successfully completed six marathons and eleven iron man triathlons of his own, including Hawaii Iron Man 2000 and 2001.
Anthony Pagano, MPhil
Anthony Pagano is a graduate student working at the Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He earned a Master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate Center in October of 2009 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. His research revolves around the growth and evolution of the upper respiratory tract and skull anatomy in human and non-human primates. He also studies fossil humans and is interested in the reconstruction of their soft tissue anatomy from skeletal landmarks. At Mount Sinai, Anthony is an instructor of gross anatomy. He enjoys flamenco music and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Joy Reidenberg, PhD
FAMI Workshop, FAMI - Level Two
Joy S. Reidenberg is a Professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Reidenberg received a BA in 1983 from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her M. Phil. in 1985 and her Ph.D. in 1988 in Anatomy from Mount Sinai's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, and joined the faculty later that year. Dr. Reidenberg studies the comparative anatomy of the mammalian head and neck, and has examined a variety of animals ranging from mice to humans. Her particular fascination is with whales, especially in understanding how they produce sounds. She is the comparative anatomist in a documentary series called Inside Nature's Giants, which won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (equivalent to an Emmy Award!). Teaching is a passion for Dr. Reidenberg, and her energies in this regard have made her one of our most respected educators. She was recently profiled in O, the Oprah magazine, and honored by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in teaching and research. Her life ambition is to never be retired, because in order to do that, she thinks you have to get "tired" first!
Jason Saleh, MD
Jason Saleh is a the Chief Resident in The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. His experience in musculoskeletal medicine began with his work as a personal trainer, and soon evolved into working in several physical therapy clinics, most notably at the Sports Physical Therapy Institute, where he worked with athletes of the United States Rowing Team. Since completing his degree in Exercise Physiology from Rutgers Univeristy, Dr. Saleh has researched novel ACL reconstruction techniques, investigated various diagnoses in patellofemoral pathology and served as a senior teaching assistant for the Gross Anatomy course at Mount Sinai, where he was elected to the medical school honor society. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Saleh will begin his sports medicine fellowship at Stanford University where he will serve as consultant surgeon to both the Stanford football team and the San Francisco 49ers. Outside of medicine, he enjoys kayaking, guitar, rock climbing, photography and spending time with his lovely wife Rachel.
Aaron Weiss, MD
Aaron Weiss is a third year resident in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery residency program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under Dr. David Adams. Additionally, he is enrolled simultaneously in the graduate school at Mount Sinai as a candidate for a PhD in Systems Biology and Clinical Research. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and went on to study diabetes in mouse models at the Washington University School of Medicine. He then matriculated to medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he conducted multiple clinical research projects in the areas of cardiothoracic surgery, critical care, endocrinology, and systems biology. He has published his work in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. While in medical school, he also was the head-teaching assistant for the Gross Anatomy and Physiology courses. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Mrs. David A. Dreiling Surgery Prize and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Currently, his academic interests include editorial work for multiple online and print cardiothoracic surgery journals. When not busy with residency or academics, Aaron enjoys exercising, exploring NYC, traveling, electronic dance music, sky diving, and cliff jumping.
Avner Yemin, MD
Avner Yemin is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his surgical internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, where he was awarded Intern of the Year. He is currently a fourth year Radiology resident at New York University where he performs extensive musculoskeletal MRI research at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care. His current projects include development of novel 3-dimensional reconstruction techniques and sports injury images of the shoulder and hips. He is also working on projects to evaluate radiation dose reduction using CT imaging. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Sciences at the University of Florida. During this time, he conducted comprehensive research in Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cancer MRI, and Neuroimaging at the McKnight Brain Institute. He has published several peer-reviewed articles including in Skeletal Radiology and has presented his work at multiple international conferences in Japan, Chicago, Miami, Washington D.C., San Antonio and Jacksonville. At Mount Sinai, he performed extensive CT imaging research, served as president of the school’s Radiology Interest Group and as a senior teaching assistant in the Gross Anatomy course. Outside of Radiology, Dr. Yemin was actively involved in the Mount Sinai community where he served as Student Council President. He also enjoys playing basketball, watching the Florida Gators, exploring Manhattan and spending time with his loved ones.