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Laurie Denomme, B. Kinesiology is an international presenter known for blending creative yet functional fusion programming. ACE, AEA, AFAA, CanFit Pro, and CALA certified Laurie shares her passion for aquatic exercise delivering quality education as an AEA Training Specialist and Co-Author/Director of Program Development for Aquatic Options Education.

Laurie Denomme

  Debbie Thorpe, PT, PhD, PCS has been a physical therapist for 19 years. Her clinical practice and research focuses on the effects of aquatic intervention on fitness, mobility and quality of life in persons with cerebral palsy. She is the recent past Director of Research for the Aquatic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Deborah E. Thorpe


Rosemary Herlong, M.S., LRT/CTRS, ICATRIC has worked as an aquatic therapist since 1992, runs her own business, Waterspice, LLC, and works for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC as their aquatic therapist. She is a regular presenter at ATRI Symposiums. She was a recipient of the 2001 "Tsunami Spirit" award. Contact info:

Rosemary Herlong


Nancy Weinburg, PT, ICATRIC graduated from Univ at Buffalo in 1972 and began her career at NYU Medical Center, Rusk Institute. She enjoyed working in the therapy pool there for two years and vowed to find another one when she moved to the Washington,DC area. After raising a son and returning to full time work, Nancy found a terrific pool and facility at Sibley Hospital. She specializes in individual treatment, mainly chronic musculo-skeletal pain and pre-and post-operative joint replacement work.

Nancy Weinberg


Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT is senior adjunct faculty at Arcadia University and is an active certified Pediatric Coordinator-Instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. She is a master clinician with expertise in inpatient, outpatient, homecare, Early Intervention services, sheltered workshops, and the treatment of infants through adults with developmental and neurological challenges. Hands on care is provided both in the pool and "on land" in a variety of settings. Jane has authored multiple chapters and articles including Aquatic Rehabilitation in Pediatrics in  Aquatic Rehabilitation edited by Ruoti RG, Morris DM, & Cole AJ and including Physical Therapy for the Child with Cerebral Palsy in Pediatric Physical Therapy 3rd Edition edited by J. Tecklin. 

Jane Styer-Acevedo


  Zia Parker, MT has developped Agua Alma Aquatic Bodywork, a practice which opens doorways to developing personal relationship with Nature through four basic sessions. These sessions correspond with the Four Directions and the Four Elements. This structure allows the expansive states attained in the water work to circle back to reciprocity with the Earth.

Zia Parker


Patty Murphy, ATRIC, Assistant Aquatic Director/Adjunct Faculty-Kinesiology at Whitworth University has taught for the past 15 years (as an Adjunct in the Kinesiology Dept at Whitworth College) PE 141 – Water Aerobics and PE 396 Intro to Aquatic Therapy. She is ICATRIC Certified, AEA Certified, AiChi Certified, and Burdenko I Certiifed.

Patty Murphy

  "Dee" Virginia Ellis, PTA has been practicing for 11 years in many settings and places with the current trends of teaching basic clinical skills in aquatic therapy, certfication courses for kinesio taping and general practice in the outpatient setting. She's currently involved with the APTA Aquatic Section, discussion on the minimum skill set of the PTA, APTA membership (panel sitting), her local Coastal Bend District (Corpus Christi), and even more local city of Kingsville for wellness and prevention.

"Dee" Virginia Ellis




Cameron West, APE, CMT is an internationally 
recognized Aquatic Integration & Watsu Teacher, currently serves as Director of AquaZen Center in Fillmore, California. She received certification as an instructor in Watsu in 1998 from the Worldwide Aquatic Bodyworkers Association (WABA) and is the founder of the Aquatic Integration Technique.

Cameron West



Mary Essert, BA has been involved internationally in presenting and teaching swimming, safety, water fitness, and therapeutic intervention techniques since 1949. Her experiences with breast cancer, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions have prompted her to share her expertise in aquatic exercise and rehab with others. Her seminars, workshops and videos re: older adults, rheumatic conditions, breast cancer and warm water bodywork have helped many instructors and individuals.

Mary Essert

  Ruth Meyer, MEd, RKT is a kinesiotherapist who has specialized in aquatic therapy since 1980. She continues her love of the work by teaching watsu, aquatic therapy techniques and also working for her local Parks and Rec offering ther aquatics with children and adults.

Ruth Meyer

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  Julie Twynham, KT is the Educational Director and Creator of WaterART Fitness International. Her strong academic background from the University of Waterloo, in Human Kinetics, combined with her dance and coaching background provide her with strong technical and creative skills. As a veteran of the fitness industry for over 30 years, she has presented for many organizations, community centers and clubs worldwide.

Julie Twynham

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