Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, PhD, PT, IMT,C
Founder & President
Ayelet Connell-Giammatteo, PhD, PT, IMT,C is the President and Founder of Manual Therapy Seminars. She is also the Owner of Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy in Bloomfield, CT, a wellness center specializing in holistic Physical Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT), and nutritional wellness. Ayelet is a Physical Therapist and Certified Integrative Manual Therapist. She has been practicing in the field of IMT for over 15 years. Ayelet received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Hartford in Connecticut. She received her Doctoral Degree from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing in neuropediatrics, with a concentration in autism. Some of Ayelet’s Doctoral research involved a unique charter elementary school, Soaring Heights, in inner city Jersey City, New Jersey. During this research, she investigated the efficacy of Integrative Manual Therapy on young children that presented with challenges in learning, socialization, and behavior. In addition to her IMT expertise, Ayelet is a graduate of the Institute of Functional Medicine’s program “Applying Functional Medicine into Clinical Practice” focusing on nutritional wellness. She has written many articles on the subjects of IMT, healthy living, natural parenting, and nutritional wellness. Ayelet was Dean of the Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy (CSIMT) for multiple years. She has taught courses in Integrative Manual Therapy nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Ayelet is also a local of this community and has been living in the Greater Hartford area for many years, where she integrates a healthy lifestyle at home with her wonderful family.
Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C
Adviser & Teaching Faculty
Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C is a Primary Adviser and Chief Teaching Faculty at Manual Therapy Seminars and a Clinician at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Kris has been practicing and teaching Manual Therapy for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and was a teaching fellow in Gross Anatomy at Boston University. At Rockville General Hospital, Kris designed and implemented the Physical Therapy portion of Heart Minders, a cardiac habilitation program as well as a podiatric orthotic program. She joined the Center for Integrative Manual Therapy / Regional Physical Therapy in 1988, and for nearly three decades has instructed a wide range of Manual Therapy courses nationally and internationally with Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation and The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy in Bloomfield, CT. She was a test administrator for the Integrative Manual Therapy Certification exam. With a special interest in cranial therapy, neurological issues, and cardiac habilitation, Kris is a gifted lecturer and teaching mentor. She lives with her family in Southington, CT and loves classic rock music, dessert, and turtles.
Carol Gordon, PT, IMT,C
Carol Gordon, PT, IMT,C, was a founding partner of Regional Physical Therapy, a practice that thrived for three decades with five offices across Connecticut and Massachusetts. She now works at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy in Bloomfield, CT and also as a sole practitioner in Glastonbury, CT. Carol holds a degree in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University and is a Certified Integrative Manual Therapy practitioner. In addition to her previous practice, she has been employed as a physical therapist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, CT and Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, CT. Carol has been honored to participate as a guest lecturer at institutions throughout the US, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong teaching Integrative Manual Therapy to post graduate physical therapy students. She enjoys speaking at professional physical therapy conferences and at colleges and universities that specialize in physical therapy.
George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C
George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C is Teaching Faculty for Manual Therapy Seminars. He is a clinician and serves an advisory role at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College, a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. George earned a Certification in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT), and has been involved with IMT since it’s inception in 1983. He also completed the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course. George is a Certified Instructor and Practitioner for Sole Supports® Orthotic Technology. One of his special interests includes the use of Manual Therapies and orthotics in the treatment of spinal, pelvic and lower extremity soft tissue, muscular and biomechanical dysfunctions. George served the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) as a member of the Quality Management and Practice Committee, and as Co-Coordinator of the Private Practice Support Group. In service to his community, George has been a 6 year member of the Board of Directors on the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored to serve the Territory of American Samoa as their Chief Physical Therapist for two years, and accompanied the Samoan team to their first Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. George has contributed as Coach and Team Physical Therapist for numerous hockey, soccer and baseball teams at various youth levels. He has also completed 4 marathons. George brings over 31 years of experience as a practicing therapist.
Adrienne Kramer, PT, IMT,C
Adrienne Kramer, PT, IMT, C is teaching faculty for Manual Therapy Seminars. She graduated from Ithaca College in 1987 with a BS in PT. She spent the first 9 years as a PT looking for a tool that really helped people to heal. In 1996, she took her first life changing class in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT). She opened a private practice in 1999 specializing in IMT and went on to be a certified IMT practitioner. CenterIMT Asheville opened in 2001 with Adrienne as the Practice Manager and she began teaching IMT courses for Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation and Northeast Seminars. Adrienne currently has a private practice in Asheville, NC with clients of all ages and diagnoses. She spends her free time doing active things like swimming and playing in the mountains.
Lissa Wheeler, LMT, IMT,C
Lissa Wheeler, LMT, IMT,C is a certified practitioner of Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) and Self Regulation Therapy (SRT), with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Leslie University and a PhD in IMT from Westbrook University. Early in her career, Lissa became certified in Muscular Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Shiatsu and completed a four-year training in Bioenergetic Analysis, which is a body-centered psychotherapy. She spent many years at the Upledger Institute International studying Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage, Mechanical Link, and Somato-Emotional Release. Over the years, she has been a teaching assistant at numerous seminars on Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Also during this time, she completed her three-year master’s degree program in Clinical Psychology at Leslie University. It was through her Upledger studies that Lissa became friends with Dr. Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo, the founder of Integrative Manual Therapy. Sharon had a physical therapy clinic in Connecticut, and Lissa began a long apprenticeship with her, which eventually led to working in Sharon’s clinic. Working closely with Sharon, Lissa gained experience treating the more severe cases, such as patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Around this time, Sharon began developing her innovative groundbreaking Integrative Manual Therapy. Lissa worked closely with Sharon through the development of IMT. She co-developed a number of courses with Sharon, all in the area of integrating emotional healing with bodywork. She became an instructor of IMT and has taught IMT courses and facilitated IMT clinics throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, and Israel. Lissa has published a book about healing from trauma called Becoming Resilient: Heal the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodyworkers.
Laura is a Certified IMT therapist and has been involved with Integrative Manual Therapy since 2006 as a patient, student, and practitioner. She created HandOverMatter, a program to teach IMT in the developing world, and is passionate about health rights for poor and underprivileged communities. Laura is the founder and director of Jevaia International, a nonprofit organization that establishes sustainable rural health care in Nepal, and also an avid writer, blogger and freelance radio journalist. She received her BA in Anthropology and Neuroscience from Williams College, where she was a rower and swimmer. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing, and is currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Social Work. Laura is a lifelong athlete who loves the outdoors, sometimes has trouble sitting still, and has a secret talent of rapidly learning new languages by ear. It is well known that she is very enthusiastic about ice cream.