I used to design nuclear reactors for Navy submarines. I worked at Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Schenectady, NY in the Advanced Reactors Projects section. A reactor design that I first started working on in 1991 is now being built for the Navy in the Virginia Class of submarines. I worked in the Nuclear Design group building and analyzing computer models of the nuclear reactor core and its behavior throughout the core life. I then moved to the Core Mechanical Design group where I was involved in analyzing the structural behavior of various reactor core components using finite element modeling (FEM).
After 6 1/2 years at the laboratory, I became bored. I wanted to use my background in nuclear physics and radiation in the medical field - in the treatment of tumors and cancers. So I left the lab and went to The Ohio State University (OSU) to pursue a PhD in a type of radiation therapy (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy - BNCT) for an inoperable brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). I left OSU in August 2001 to be with my now wife who lives here in the San Diego area.
While at OSU, I became interested in the Somatics field. Somatics is the study of the body and movement. Also related to that is different healing modalities that are available to treat different ailments/conditions in the body including healing from injuries. I studied Anatomy (3 semesters - including a cadaver lab) and Physiology (also 3 semesters), along with several Movement/Somatics classes.
Right now, I love teaching math, helping students to enjoy the learning process while at the same time they discover that math really isn't that difficult no matter what their background.
I am a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. I have been practicing/studying yoga since April 1994 and have been teaching since August 1996. For more information about my classes, contact me via e-mail (listed above).
I am also a CranioSacral Therapist. CranioSacral Therapy is a type of subtle, hands-on healing that releases restrictions in the body. I've completed CranioSacral Therapy (CS) Levels I & II, and SomatoEmotional Release (SER) Levels I & II through the Upledger Institute. Beyond those courses, I've studied with Cathy Pliscof who used to be the director of the Intensive Program at the Upledger Institute. Cathy has developed a type of CS therapy that allows the practitioner to work at a deeper and more profound level than CS therapy as taught through the Upledger Institute.
I have also studied massage at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in Pacific Beach. I have taught Mathematics for Bodyworker, Physiology/Pathology A & B, and Pathology at IPSB for the massage students seeking their Associate of Arts degree.