Rhonda Carol, MFA, Founder/ Director Calliope, Certified Master Fitness Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Wellness Coach
Rhonda Carol has a unique background in fitness, dance and theatre. She trained in dance at the renowned Laban, London, UK, where she studied Modern Dance, Ballet, Laban Movement, Choreography, Anatomy, Alexander Technique, Mime and Labanotation with such noted teachers as Bonnie Bird, a Martha Graham disciple, Stuart Hopps, Jeanne Jarrell, Machtel Hauer, Clive Elliot, as well as Jazz with Ivor Meggido. In NYC she studied ballet with Melissa Hayden, Wilhelm Burman, Jazz with Phil Black and at The Erick Hawkins Studio. She trained in acting at Guildford School of Acting, England, receiving a GSA Postgraduate Dip. Rhonda holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Master Trainer-Master of Fitness Design, Pilates Instructor and Wellness Coach. Rhonda utilizes her extensive dance and theatre movement techniques to enhance her fitness and recuperative training programs. She was the Director of Pineapple West Pilates at the Queens County Farm Museum and has taught Fitness and Pilates at health clubs, studios, Y's and libraries throughout the N.Y. Metropolitan area most recently at Pathways Women's Health as Wellness Director, 2009. She is the co-creator of the Augere-Busta Barre Workout. Rhonda served as Artistic Director of Womanstage, a company advancing women in the performing arts, and has worked Off-Broadway and internationally as a choreographer, dancer, director and actor performing various leading roles in Ibsen, Chekhov, Pinter, the Greek classics and others. She has been featured in Newsday, Women in Art/Women's Record, North Shore Magazine, The Times/Ledger, and the NY Times LI Section. Wanting to do something for the victims of 9-11 she produced and directed "A Streetcar Named Desire" and donated the proceeds to the 9-11 fund. Some notable productions include "Dancing at Lughnasa" at Theatre-in-the-Park, NY, which she directed, and (AD) Richard Trent's film project "The Piano Teacher" Film Export, Prague.
Amy N. Solan, M.D., Founder NRAD Wellness
Dr. Amy Solan is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. She attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh where she was awarded membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and served as Chief Resident during her final year. Dr. Solan has participated in research in the areas of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and radiation physics and has several peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, and the Society for Integrative Oncology. While she treats all tumor sites, Dr. Solan has a particular interest in the management of breast, gastrointestinal, and lung cancers.
Linda Fuller, Registered Yoga Teacher, IAYT certified Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master
Linda received training in yoga therapy, breath work, anatomy, and body work from world-renowned instructors and completed an Advanced Studies Program at the Breathing Project and Intensive Human Dissection Studies at the Somanautics Institute. Linda also is trained in grief counseling and art therapy. Her therapeutic approach and compassionate yoga style assists cancer patients and survivors in gaining the awareness necessary for both physical and emotional health and well-being.
Healing Dance Movement coming to Roslyn Studio
Adrienne Samuels, MA in Dance Movement Therapy, CYT, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner
Adrienne Samuels began dancing at a young age purely as a means of self expression, discovery and for the sheer joy of movement. She received her Master's Degree from Hunter College in Dance-Movement Therapy. As a means of deepening her study of the interconnectedness of body, thought, emotion, energy and breath, Adrienne immersed herself in the Science of Yoga. She received her certification for Hatha Yoga from Integral Yoga and Yoga Zone as well as completing the certifications as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner. She has recently developed a Recuperative Dance Technique, “Healing Dance Movement” being offered to patients and students at the NRAD-Calliope Wellness Program
Tai Chi at the Calliope Roslyn Studio - Open to NRAD Wellness participants
Roger Sencer, L.M.S.W., Psychotherapist, T'ai Chi Chu'an and Chi Kung Sifu
Roger has been on a spiritual journey since he was 12 years old. He has been practicing T'ai Chi and Chi Kung for over forty years under various teachers, but his most crucial and vital training was from 1995 to the present under the gifted and renowned Master Wei Lun Huang from China. Under the auspices of Master Huang, Roger studied T'ai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword Form, Ba Gua, Liu He Ba Fa, and Hsing Yi. Roger describes Tai Chi as "an art in which you connect onto the cosmic force - ki, chi, prana - in a profound and infinite way." At the age of 12, Roger studied philosophy and began his lifetime spiritual search for connecting with the divine through many different approaches: Sufi, Tantra, Zen Buddhism, Kabalah/Tarot, Astrology, Hindu/Yoga, I-Ching, Taoism, Alice Bailey,Gurdjieff/Ouspensky, Shree Rajneesh, Krishnamurti, Master Morya, and the list goes on! He studied/practiced under such great masters as B.K.S. Iyengar, Murshid Samuel Lewis, Pir Villiat Khan, Roshi Eido Shimano, and Roshi Halifax. In the 1970's he became founder and co-director of a meditation community in which he welcomed practices from Buddhist, Taoist, Sufi, Jewish, Christian and Hindu traditions. Roger has been a Master Astrologer for over 40 years. Roger's diverse esoteric pursuits enrich his practice of T'ai Chi and Chi Kung. His sense of humor and open heart endear him to students of all ages and levels.
"It is easy to talk about the spiritual path. To truly BE the spiritual path is something else. Yes, words can be inspiring. And then the next day you have a headache. Words are easy. Be quiet. Do your practice. My practice continues to deepen. The T'ai Chi and Taoist principles have moved from my mind into every cell of my body, into my being." Sifu Roger Sencer
Counseling and Emotional Support
Dr. Ronald Cohen, Psy.D.
Dr. Ronald Cohen holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has 30 years in private clinical practice and 28 years of Post Doctoral specialty training in dealing with cancer patients and their families. He specializes in Restorative Coaching and has developed the Psyco-Oncology Treatment Program utilizing relaxation training, visual imagery,cognitive reframing to cope with specific cancer concerns, and skills training in effective strategies to cope with familial stresses. He offers expertise in Crisis Intervention, Family Counseling, and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques.
is s nurturing class open to all skill levels that includes gentle, healing pose sequences, breath work, alignment, stretching, and deep relaxation. Benefits include stress reduction, discovery of a calm and peaceful center, enhanced circulation, and increased joint mobility and flexibility. Class ends with a joyfuland uplifting meditation. Linda Fuller
Healthy Body Workout (and Strong Bones)
is a fitness class focusing on a full body workout and coordinated breathing patterns for each exercise. Each class includes resistance training to increase muscle strength and help maintain bone density while stimulating bone growth, stretching to improve range of motion, exercises for balance, alignment, and posture and fun, aerobic movement sequences all culminating in relaxation and breathing. Rhonda Carol
Gentle Wellness Workout
is a gentle, fitness class focusing on resistence training for increased strength and bone density, flexibility, posture and alignment with gentle movement sequences for increased aerobic capacity. Light weights, bands, balls and rings are used. Exercises are performed sitting in a chair and standing in addition to the low impact dance movement sequences. The class is a lot of fun and beneficial for all levels. The movement sequences can be done standing or in a chair. Rhonda Carol
Joint Strength and Mobility
This class will focus on correcting postural imbalances and releasing toxins from the body. It will finish with a soothing Yogic Sleep for twenty minutes. Through a series of poses, each joint is gently moved through it’s full and natural range of motion. The series starts with feet and ankles, moves up to the knees, hips, torso, and spine and finishes with the neck. This brings about a sense of relaxation as students begin to focus on nurturing their bodies as opposed to their worries or anxiety. Breath work is used to energize and enhance mental clarity. Increases flexibility, relieves pain & joint stiffness, increases energy & a sense of awareness. Linda Fuller
Healing Steps Dance Movement - COMING SOON, TAKING REGISTRATION
Explore the joy and restorative power of movement and dance suitable for everyone from beginner on, with dance sequences that are gentle, beneficial, fun and rewarding, combining breathing exercise, stretching, strengthening, balance and postural alignment. Members recovering from injury, illness or surgery will benefit from this restorative class and everyone is encouraged to participate. Adrienne Samuels
Additional classes at Calliope's Roslyn Studio available for NRAD clients:
Healthy Back/Core Yoga - coming next term (at Calliope's Roslyn Studio)
Specialized Yoga class taught by Bonnie Millen, MA, PTA, RYT, Adjunct Professor, LIU, addressing the spine, core and related structures in relation to the demands of yoga poses, increasing strength, flexibility and stability. Individual injuries and weaknesses, as well as strengths, are addressed within the context of the movements, relaxation is an integral portion of the class. Highly recommended for anyone interested in a gentle, individually guided strength and restore class. Suitable for all levels.
Tai Chi (Available for NRAD clients at Calliope's Roslyn Studio)
Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Qi Gong) are great healing treasures of Ancient China's internal arts. T'ai Chi Chu'an has roots in Chinese martial arts, yet is best known in the U.S. for beautiful flowing forms that quiet the mind, strengthen the body, increase balance and flexibility, and train one to move energy to achieve glowing health. Qigong/Chi Kung is a powerful system of healing movement and preventive medicine that uses deep breathing and gentle moving meditation to cleanse, balance and circulate vital energy (qi or chi). Roger Sencer