where movement meets medicineJoin us for the FAMI Workshop—a world-renowned immersion course that brings the best of medical education to the movement world!
The faculty who participates in this course truly love what they do, and their passion resonates in their teaching. Don’t just take our word for it, read some testimonials from participants.
Jeffery T. Laitman, PhD
Jeffrey Laitman, Distinguished Professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a world-renowned anatomist recognized as one of the most creative and engaging teachers of human structure and function. As the Course Director of Gross Anatomy at Mount Sinai, he has trained a generation of leading physicians and surgeons and pioneered new and dynamic ways to uncover and appreciate the structure of the human body. He has received numerous international and national recognitions for his science and teaching, including being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, being honored with the Basmajian Award of the American Association of Anatomists, and recently, The Jacobi Medallion of the Mount Sinai Alumni, the highest honor Mount Sinai bestows. Additionally, Dr. Laitman is a co-author of the upcoming text Gray’s Anatomy for Fitness Professionals. Among his many other goals in the near future are to both see and touch his toes!
Carrie McCulloch, MD
Carrie McCulloch is a graduate of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a former STOTT PILATES® certified instructor, and co-founder of Kinected. Committed to bridging the gaps between movement and medicine, Dr. McCulloch frequently lectures on anatomy and injuries to fitness professionals, co-created the award-winning living anatoME™ program (which incorporates Pilates and yoga into the teaching of anatomy in medical school), and is a co-author of the upcoming text, Gray’s Anatomy for Fitness Professionals. She is also an avid running, biking, and ice-cream enthusiast. Read more…
Matt McCulloch is an educator of fitness and movement professionals and co-founder of Kinected. A classically trained dancer, he began studying Pilates 20 years ago as part of his own rehabilitation program from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. He is trained in both original and contemporary approaches, and formerly lead certifications for STOTT PILATES® as well as directed the education program at Pilates Academy International. Over the past decade, Mr. McCulloch has educated several hundred instructors, creating pragmatic resources for fitness professionals, such as the upcoming text, Gray’s Anatomy for Fitness Professionals, of which he is a co-author. Additionally, Matt is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified trainer, a GYROKINESIS® & GYROTONIC® instructor, and in the near future, hopes to assist Dr. Laitman in his toe-reaching goals. Read more…
Stephanie Pieczenik Marango, MD
Stephanie Pieczenik Marango is a certified Sivananda yoga instructor, and a psychiatry resident at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. The dual background speaks to her interest in mind-body medicine, and subsequent specialization in yogiatry, her own unique blend of yoga-plus-psychiatry. She is a co-author of the upcoming text, Gray's Anatomy for Fitness Professionals, as well as a co-creator of the award-winning living anatoME™ program, which incorporates Pilates & yoga into the teaching of anatomy in medical school. Additionally, Dr. Marango serves as a yoga teacher-trainer for Exhale Spa in New York City, instructing the anatomy portions of certifications. Mama Cat is her favorite four-legged furry feline, and red velvet cake is just one of her favorite desserts.
anatomy & clinical faculty
Adam Bender, MD
Adam Bender is a Board Certified Neurologist and an Associate Clinical Professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1975. He is also an attending neurologist at the Lenox Hill Hospital. After receiving his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he did an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Columbia University service at the Harlem Hospital Center followed by residency training in neurology at the Columbia University New York Neurological Institute. He then was a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Medical Neurology Branch. His clinical interests include general neurology, neuromuscular diseases, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. He is a strong proponent of using exercise to prevent and treat many musculoskeletal injuries.
Edmond Cleeman, MD
Edmond Cleeman is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. After receiving a Bachelors degree from New York University, he went on to obtain both his medical degree and residency training from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Hospital, respectively. During his fellowship in sports medicine at Virginia Hospital Center, he specialized in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Cleeman is an assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. He performs the newest techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder instability repair, and shoulder replacement. Dr. Cleeman is also a sculptor and an accomplished painter; his work has been displayed at several art exhibits.
Mark Klion, MD
Mark Klion is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine. After receiving a Bachelors degree from St. Lawrence University, he went on to obtain both his medical degree and residency training from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Hospital, respectively. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Chicago, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Klion is a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. Dr. Klion performs the newest techniques for knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, regeneration, and meniscal transplantation. Dr. Klion’s outside interests in training has led him to complete six marathons and three iron man triathlons, including Hawaii Iron Man 2000.
Joy Reidenberg, PhD
Joy S. Reidenberg is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Reidenberg received a BA in 1983 from Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her M.Phil. in 1985 and her Ph.D. in 1988 in Anatomy from Mount Sinai's Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, and joined the faculty later that year. Dr. Reidenberg studies the comparative anatomy of the mammalian head and neck, and has examined a variety of animals ranging from mice to humans. Her particular fascination is with whales, especially in understanding how they produce sounds. Teaching is a passion for Dr. Reidenberg, and her energies in this regard have made her one of our most respected educators. She was recently honored by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in teaching and research.
Jason Saleh, MD
Jason Saleh is a resident in Orthopedic Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His extensive experience in musculoskeletal science and medicine began with his work as a trainer at a large fitness center. He soon moved to working in a number of physical therapy clinics, most notably at the Sports Physical Therapy Institute, where he worked with injured athletes of the United States Rowing Team. Since then, Dr. Saleh has worked in emergency medicine as an EMT, researched novel ACL reconstruction techniques at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and served as a senior teaching assistant for the Gross Anatomy course at Mount Sinai. Most recently, he has completed clerkships in orthopedic oncology at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital as well as musculoskeletal radiology and pathology at Hospital for Special Surgery. Outside of medicine, he enjoys kayaking, teaching guitar, rock climbing, photography, and short walks on the beach (he has a bad knee).
Ed Vazquez is a 4th-year medical student at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After graduating from Tufts University with a BA in Economics, his interest in medicine evolved while working as a research technician for the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. During this time, he became particularly interested in musculoskeletal disease, and followed this interest in both the clinical and research setting in his time in medical school. Ed recently completed a one-year clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in which he studied changes in cholesterol function with diet and exercise. He has also taken on several roles at Mount Sinai, including working as a teaching assistant in Gross Anatomy and Physiology, and serving as the Student Council Athletic Chair. He enjoys playing basketball, performing spoken-word poetry, and exploring Manhattan.
Aaron Weiss is a third-year medical student at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and will next year apply for a residency in cardiothoracic surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently studied type 2 diabetes in mouse models at the Washington University School of Medicine. At Mount Sinai, he is currently partaking in multiple clinical research projects, including using network analysis to develop a metabolic model of mortality in post-operative cardiothoracic ICU patients, characterizing outcome in post-operative thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm patients, and eliciting the effects of parenteral nutrition in pre- and post-operative patients who underwent placement of a left ventricular assist device. In addition, he is active in both the Student Council and admissions department. Aaron greatly enjoys teaching and was the head teaching assistant for the first-year Gross Anatomy and Physiology courses. When not busy with schoolwork, Aaron enjoys exercising, relaxing in Central Park and traveling.
Avner Yemin, MD
Avner Yemin is a graduate of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a resident in radiology at New York University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Sciences and Chemistry at the University of Florida. During this time, he conducted comprehensive research in Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Cancer MRI, and Neuroimaging at the McKnight Brain Institute and later presented his work at international conferences in Japan, Miami, and Jacksonville. At Mount Sinai, he performed CT imaging research and recently presented his work at an international conference in Washington D.C. In addition, he served as president of the school’s Radiology Interest Group and as a senior teaching assistant in the Gross Anatomy course. Outside of radiology, Dr. Yemin was actively involved in the Sinai community, serving as Student Council President, and assisting at a student-run free clinic. He also enjoys playing basketball, watching the Florida Gators, exploring Manhattan and spending time with his loved ones.