Our Team

photo of Dr. Thau Van Nguyen South Vietnam, 1963
We are experienced professionals in Zen Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Thai Acupressure and Bodywork, Chinese Medical Theory, Eastern/Western Anatomy and Physiology, Experiential Anatomy, and Bio-energetic Healing. We love what we do and we would love to share it with you.
“The cure always come before the illness…”
In spirit
Dr. Thau Van Nguyen
South Vietnam, 1963

Marjorie Pivar

Founder, Director, and Instructor of
Zen Shiatsu and Clinic
MA Holistic Health Education
AOBTA Certified Zen Shiatsu Practitioner
Registered AOBTA Instructor

Marjorie Pivar studied under Wataru Ohashi, Pauline Sasaki, and Michael DeAgro, three of the master world teachers.  Marjorie has been practicing Zen style Shiatsu for over thirty years and is certified by the AmericanOrganization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia. She holds a masters degree in Holistic Health Education from Norwich University and has taught both privately and in the classroom. Marjorie is the author with Quang Van Nguyen of Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006), which is recommended reading at many schools of Asian medicine.

Michael DeAgro

Instructor of Zen Shiatsu, Chinese Medical Theory

Michael DeAgro practices psychotherapy, Asian bodywork therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine in his clinic in Traverse City, Michigan. He received his masters degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore and is a graduate of the Baltimore School of Shiatsu. He studied shiatsu privately with Pauline Sasaki over a 14 year period. He began his herbal training with the Chinese Institute of Herbology and later completed a two-year mentorship with Gonzalez Flores. He continues his study of classical Chinese herbal medicine with Sharon Weizenbaum through the Graduate Mentorship program of White Pine Institue. He is also the founder of the Blue Lotus School of Shiatsu and the former Director of Education for the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia.

WinterJade Lindy Ferrigno

Master Zen Shiatsu Instructor

Winterjade Lindy Ferrigno studied in Japan with the originators of Zen Shiatsu, Masters Shizuto Masunaga and Akinobu Kishi and has over 40 years of experience practicing and teaching Shiatsu. We are honored to have Winterjade Ferrigno here as head instructor of our Boston Program.

Greg Carder

Instructor of Chinese Medical Theory
Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Therapist, Chinese Herbalist

Greg Carder is an acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, Shiatsu therapist and educator, living and working in Southern Vermont. He holds a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL, and an Associate in Massage Therapy degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, NY. Greg has been influenced by indigenous medicine since childhood, and draws inspiration from nature to encourage his clients in their healing processes.

Michaela Wood

Instructor of Safe Practice: Pathology for Bodyworkers
​Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist

Michaela Wood is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, and received her Master of Acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. She has a deep love and nature and children, and has been inspired by the healing potential of Chinese Medicine as it pertains to children and childhood illness. A long time student of dance and movement, she also holds a Bachelor Arts of Dance from Marlboro College.

Deirdre Kelley

Instructor of Business and Ethics

Deirdre Kelley, Lic Ac, is licensed by the Board of Registry in Medicine of Vermont and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). While receiving her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from The New England School of Acupuncture, she completed clinical rotations at the Boston Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, New England School of Acupuncture and the Dimmock Community Clinic. Since 2010, Deirdre has been an Assistant Teacher at the New England School of Acupuncture specializing in Japanese Styles, Living Anatomy and Orthopedic Medicine. In 2011 she finished a post-graduate residency with All Care Hospice, providing Acupuncture to hospice patients and their care givers in and around Boston. As a Vermont resident, Deirdre serves community members at Brattleboro Holistic Health Center. She recently started a Community Acupuncture Clinic for Morningside Homeless Shelter.

Deborah Valentine Smith

Deborah Valentine Smith
Instructor of Integrated Anatomy & Physiology
Certified Instructor, AOBTA
Diplomat in Asian Bodywork Therapy, AOBTA, NCCAOM
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher
Licensed Massage Therapist, New York State

Deborah Valentine Smith, B.A., L.M.T. (NY), AOBTA®-CI, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), is a licensed massage therapist in New York, nationally certified and an approved provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and a Certified Instructor with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®). She has been an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher since 1983 and has been teaching Integrated Anatomy & Physiology since 2000.

Dr. Quang Van Nguyen

​Guest Instructor of Chinese Medical Theory
Master of Pulse Diagnosis, Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture

Dr. Quang Van Nguyen was orphaned as an infant during the Vietnam war and was adopted and trained by an enlightened monk/doctor, Thau Van Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen is a master in pulse diagnosis and herbal medicine. The story of Dr. Nguyen’s spiritual and medical training has been published in an award winning book called “Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam,” and is required reading in many Schools of Asian Medicine. The Shiatsu School of Vermont is blessed to have Dr. Nguyen as a guest instructor.

Lital Yardeni Bernstein

Guest Instructor of Shiatsu
Zen and Five Element Shiatsu
Body-Mind Balancing
Dance Movement Therapy
Kabbalah Scholar

Lital Yardeni Bernstein was born and raised in Israel. She graduated her Shiatsu studies in 2002 and continued studying Body Mind Balancing at Reidman College and Dance and Movement Therapy at Seminar Hakibutzim, both in Tel Aviv.  Lital is certified as a Pilates instructor. Lital became a Shiatsu Master and a healer applying her knowledge and experience and worked in hospitals and public clinics, private practice and teaching Shiatsu for kids and adults. Lital is also a senior student of Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Centre, she moved to the states in 2008 and lives in NYC with her family.

Noam Tyroler

​Guest Instructor, Master Thai Acupressure Therapist

Noam Tyroler is a world master instructor of Thai Bodywork Therapy on several continents including in Thailand. He is the author of the definitive text on the subject of Thai Orthopedic Medicine. His text, Thai Acupuressure For Orthopedic Disorders covers treatment protocols for 60 different orthopedic conditions.