2017 Guest Clinicians
Samantha Basford, Feldenkrais
Samantha Basford, a former professional ballerina with the Miami City Ballet, has practiced Feldenkrais® for sixteen years. During her career as a ballet dancer, she discovered the Feldenkrais Method® and studied with Dale Russel (founder of Noble Savage Workshop). Samantha found this method to be helpful in recovering from several serious injuries she sustained, as well as proving to be a means of prevention of future injury. It not only helped her heal faster but also improved her technique, artistry and coordination. Wishing to share the benefits she gained with others, she began training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner.
Samantha has taught the Feldenkrais Method® for three years, having graduated after four years of intensive study under David Zemach-Bersin, a world renowned Feldenkrais educator and practitioner. As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Samantha regularly works with musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has taught workshops and lessons throughout the world using her knowledge and skills. In 2004, she joined the staff at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center as Artistic Assistant, working directly under Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo. Since moving to Cleveland in 2007, she has become a member of the faculty at Sharron’s School of Dance and Cleveland City Dance teaching children and adults, including professional dancers and guest teaching with Great Lakes Youth Ballet and Groundworks Dance Theatre.
David Brockett, Wellness
David Brockett, a long time Martial Artist, has trained in Chen Style Tai-Chi, Fu BaGua, classical Wing Chun, and holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate. In addition, he practices Bikram Yoga. Mr. Brockett has studied meditation for several years, beginning with Zen training and eventually beginning a regular practice of Shamatha, Vipassana, and Tibetan meditation yogas. For the last five years he has taught a regular wellness class at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival for both students and faculty.
Mr. Brockett is also a State of Ohio Medical Board Licensed Massage Therapist, and is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
As a musician, he has played Horn with The Utah Symphony, The Cincinnati Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as having recorded for radio, television and the Big Screen. His other playing credits include being a founding member of Burning River Brass, and hornist in The Cleveland Chamber Brass which toured the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Brockett lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife and their cats.
Jessica Pisano, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
Jessica Pisano received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with dual concentration in Psychology and Philosophy from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008. She continued her education at Saint Louis University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2010.
Post-graduation, Jessica moved to Chicago and worked in outpatient orthopedics for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. While in Chicago she also trained under multiple clinical specialists from around the world and completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. She is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
After relocating to Cleveland in the spring of 2015, she worked with the team of experts at Rehabilitex in Solon, Ohio further improving her manual therapy skill set and practicing Dr. Ma’s method of Integrative Dry Needling. Jessica has completed continuing education in dry needling, vestibular rehabilitation, joint manipulation and APPI Pilates among many others. Her clinical areas of expertise include functional training, orthopedics and manual therapy. While she loves working with patients of all ages and backgrounds, she has special interests in working with athletes, performing artists, post-operative conditions and those suffering from headaches and chronic pain. In her free time she likes to practice what she preaches: an active lifestyle.