UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Certified Practitioners

About this Directory of Practitioners

This directory of UZAZU Certified Practitioners—who have each been trained, reviewed and certified by UZAZU founder Dylan Newcomb and Co-Trainer Deb Grant LCSW, RSMT—is provided as a service to those interested in receiving coaching or therapy sessions utilizing an UZAZU Embodied Intelligence based approach. The practitioners listed here come from a variety of backgrounds with different levels of previous training and experience.

On Contacting a Practitioner

All practitioners in this directory have demonstrated skill in working with clients using UZAZU Embodied Intelligence. We encourage you to select and reach out to one that seems a potentially good fit for your current needs & desires. Each practitioner will have their own session and pricing structure, based on their experience, location, etc. Also, they are each able, when you give them permission, to review your UZAZU Self-Assessment with you and bring that source of information & perspective into any work you may do together.


UZAZU Embodied Intelligence does not supervise the ongoing work of those who have completed the training, nor are we necessarily familiar with other modalities that these practitioners bring to their work.

By using this directory, you agree that UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, Dylan Newcomb and/or Deb Grant shall hold no liability for any action of the practitioner you choose nor for the effectiveness of the services you receive.

Privacy Statement

UZAZU Embodied Intelligence requests that the email addresses of practitioners listed in the directory be used for personal contact or professional purposes only, such as to receive therapy or to make a referral. It is prohibited to send individual or group emails to Certified UZAZU Embodied Intelligence Practitioners for any other purpose.

  • Deb Grant

    UZAZU Master Co-Trainer, Psychotherapist, Somantic Movement Therapist

    United States

    As a licensed social worker (LCSW) and registered somatic movement therapist (RSMT), I bring over 25 years of clinical expertise as a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and somatic work to my role as UZAZU’s clinical advisor. I am an UZAZU co-trainer and certified practitioner, helping develop, guide, and deliver our live & online training events and our 10-month certification program; and I actively support our UZAZU community.

    In my clinical work as a psychotherapist I bring UZAZU, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Body-Mind Centering®, embodied polyvagal theory, ego state work, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) to my sessions with clients. As a Somatic Movement Therapist I integrate UZAZU with Body-Mind Centering® as well other somatic and movement-based approaches to embodied work.

    I also provide consultation and professional development workshops to helping professionals, exploring the integration of somatic/body-based work with psychotherapy. I’ve presented workshops on Polyvagal Theory at Kripalu and Omega Institute, and have been a regular co-presenter & collaborator with Deb Dana, an internationally renowned speaker and educator on Polyvagal Theory.

    In addition to my profession as a psychotherapist and somatic movement therapist, I teach somatic approaches to improvisational dance and contact improvisation, with an extensive background and training in yoga, bodywork, theater, and contact improvisation. I am also a DJ for our beloved ecstatic dance community, here in Portland, Maine.

    I’m currently hunkered down during COVID with my partner Jason and his 12 year old son, as well as 2 cats and a senior dog, and with my recent-ish college graduate daughter just around the corner. My therapy website is debgrant.net. I love UZAZU and delight in being a part of the UZAZU team!

  • Dylan Newcomb

    Director & Lead Trainer of UZAZU, Life Coach

    United States
    Dutch, English

    Dylan Newcomb is the founder & lead trainer of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence, a master embodiment-based coach for helping professionals & cultural creatives, and an avid embodiment researcher.

    Dylan trained at the Juilliard School in both dance performance and music composition, and was a multi-award-winning choreographer-composer in the Netherlands for over a decade. Generously funded by the Dutch government, Dylan went on to co-found Danslab Institute for Movement Research in 2001, where he conducted cross-cultural research for several years, exploring how vocal sounds, breath, and movement influenced thought, emotion, and behavior across hundreds of subjects. This research formed the basis for what has evolved into a comprehensive modality known as UZAZU Embodied Intelligence.

    Over the past 18 years, Dylan has taught his unique approach to embodiment training to over 3,000 students across 4 continents. He has trained coaches, therapists, group facilitators, policemen, doctors, and business leaders in how to quickly balance their inner states to bring more ease and flow to their engagement in the world.

    Dylan is increasingly recognized as one of the emerging, next generation of leaders in the space of bringing the science and practice of embodiment-based personal development into the 21st Century.

    As a master-coach, Dylan Newcomb works 1-1 online with helping professionals, supporting them to move through the remaining blocks holding them back from effectively getting their purpose-driven work into the world, and he works with conscious entrepreneurs & cultural creatives looking to grow their impact, while also growing as a whole person. Dylan lives with his wife Kyung-sun Baek and their 9-year-old daughter Kiana in Freeport Maine, USA.

  • Alex Iglecia

    Founder, Creator, Husband facilitating Clarity and Flow for Visionaries on the Move

    United States

    Professionals and creatives hire me to help them trust their bigger vision, sequence their present priorities, and achieve a flow that balances work and play. The stand I take for my clients comes down to one thing: living your epic life .


    ✅ Discover your deeper value and intrinsic worth beyond imposter syndrome
    ✅ Transform beliefs that limit success with fitness, marriage, money and bold choices
    ✅ Structure and sequence your visionary projects, offers, creations, curriculum and content
    ✅ Develop unique embodied signature systems to expand your visibility, clarity and confidence

    My support for your movement forward is free of agenda, spacious for all part of you, and a catalyst for aligned action.

    What is calling you?

    My clients have included CEOs and PhDs and Artists who needed to reclaim their power and joy and agency, husbands who decided to uplevel their work-marriage balance, wives who wanted to own new levels of leadership, and many others who all had one thing in common: they wanted to know themselves as whole and unbroken and have the energy to do what truly mattered.

    If anything is holding you back, it can be noticed, named and changed with embodied coaching and facilitation.

    Whatever has stopped you in the past does not need to stop you in the future.
    The present is here, in your hands, a breath and a choice away.

    It's easy to put change off into the future. I've done that. It took me 9 years to say yes to a powerful calling. Then something shifted and I leapt in with all my heart. I'm glad I did, and my life and contribution have been an adventure worth living ever since.

    You can trust me to be me, and bring all my tools and care and heart to support you. Imagine trusting yourself more. What would change? What wouldn't?

    Working with me is a process of saying yes to yourself, recognizing your strengths and claiming the strengths hidden by weakness. Rather than fixing you, you get the space to uplift you.

    To get started, schedule a Being EPIC consult:

  • Alisa Ashton

    Psychologist, gestalt therapist, somatic coach.

  • Anastasia Goda

    Embodiment facilitator

    Russian, English, Lithuanian

    My first education is mathematician, additional one is perspective educational technology (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia). Since 2002, in the training and consulting business in various roles - startup, key client management, training projects (Moscow, Russia).

    In 2016 I graduated EFC Russia, after which I began conduct individual and group sessions with clients using embodiment approach (more often in Lithuania). During previous year at my company in Moscow I led the team of changes (the main tasks was the implementation of the strategy and the forming of self-organisation's approach), so my external client practice was minimised.

    In client sessions, I like to combine embodiment practices with working with clay.

    Groups are mainly corporate customers (usually divisions), business requests may be different, but most of them often is around the topic of communications.

    Individual clients are with very different requests (relationships, working with inner states, support in situation of uncertainty, etc). We clarify the request, choose a more suitable model for working with task, look for a new embodiment/balanced state, client take as home works the practice that would help holding the new state.

  • Corinne Vergote

    Somatic movement therapist, Uzazu practitioner, Bodyworker


    As a somatic movement therapist, embodied dance & movement professional and certified Uzazu practitioner, I coach 1 on 1 and facilitate group workshops and conscious dance sessions live as well as on line. I integrate hands on tools such as cranio sacral therapy and relaxation techniques in my wholistic coaching practice. My mission is to guide people towards a more joyful, vital and compassionate life.

  • Dr. Albert Viljoen

    Executive, Life & Leadership Coach

    United Kingdom

    I am a qualified medical doctor and a certified Integral life coach. I currently work as an executive, life and leadership coach.

    I see private clients in-person or online, covering a range of topics, from Work-life balance to career-change to ADHD. My background is in integral coaching, and I include the Integral model, Enneagram typology, and Gestalt-based principles in my coaching practice.


  • Ekaterina Samotey

  • Emily Dunuwila

    Massage Therapist

    United States

    Hi! My name is Emily, and I am a massage therapist, embodiment coach, and educator currently based in Philadelphia, PA. I am currently seeing private clients as an embodiment coach, teaching body-based mindfulness workshops in person and virtually, and pursing my M.S.Ed at Penn Graduate School of Education. I have taught my unique fusion of self-touch and relaxation classes to a range of audiences including college students, HR groups, school teachers, yoga teacher trainees, and more! I am committed to helping people manage stress in a more relaxed, resilient, and embodied way.

    Visit my website at: https://empowermt.com
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: Empower Massage
    Find me on Instagram: @empwrbyem
    Listen to my Meditations on Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/emilydunuwila

    I would love to hear from you! Reach out with any questions about workshops, one-to-one work, or other related inquiries!

  • Graham Smale


    South Africa

    My current mission is to bring my lifelong learnings as a business executive and my coaching and UZAZU skills to benefit my clients. I work with individuals and leaders that feel stuck in their lives, careers and businesses, to become aware of the relationship between their current challenges and the way they are observing and showing up in the world. I coach them on how to become better observers and from there to shift into a more resourceful way of being that better serves their life, career and business goals. I use a range of coaching and facilitation methods, grounded in neuroscience and the science of living systems. The science is framed by ontology, the philosophical study of what it means to be human and live a meaningful and fulfiilling life, embodied through practices offered by the powerful framework and methods of UZAZU Embodied Intelligence.

  • Jenn Greaves

    Private Psychotherapy Practice - Clinical Social Worker, Alcohol Drug Counselor, Clinical Supervisor

    United States

    At this point of my career, I work with adults and couples. After obtaining my M.S.W. in 1992, I studied family therapy for many years, and I worked extensively with adolescents and their families on an outpatient, residential, and inpatient basis, and also in their homes. I am also a licensed clinical supervisor, and many years ago I was the clinical coordinator for an agency that therapists in private practice were affiliated with. I've been in private practice over 15 years, and I am fortunate to have a home office with a separate entrance with a small waiting room/bathroom on a dead end street next to a walking trail. Along with talk therapy, I am trained in a few energy psychology techniques, Imago Relationship Therapy, and more recently, Polyvagal Theory informed therapy and Internal Family Systems. I have only dabbled in a few embodied work trainings over the years, and I want very much to learn how to work in a more embodied way. I know that Uzazu is transformative, and I am excited to add it to my tool box!

  • Jenny Katz

  • Judith Hushagen

    Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Individual and Teams, Global Leadership Development and Facilitation (M.Ed.), Organisational Development (OD) specialist

    United States
    English, French

    I have been a Professional Certified Coach for more than 10 years. My multi cultural clients are mostly middle and senior level managers in International Organisations who want to be more effective in their lives and their work. They want results with more ease and grace and less stress. I use a variety of coaching approaches and leadership frameworks to help them step into their leadership role, manage difficult conversations, and show up more consistently at their fully embodied best. UZAZU is a brilliant addition to this eclectic practice. I am also certified as an International Systemic Team Coach and in addition to being licensed to use many psychometric assessments, I recently completed certification to use The Leadership Circle 360.

    I design and deliver leadership development courses, facilitate learning events and consult on organisational development and change. My coaching clients know this background supports my understanding of their challenges and their world.

    My work with International Organisations has given me the opportunity to live in 6 countries, and to work on all the continents with people from all around the world. I was based in Geneva, Switzerland for a number of years before returning to Canada.

    My current client base come from more than 15 different countries. Most coaching work is done virtually.

  • Judith Salamander

    Somatic Coach, (Sexological) Bodyworker, Massage Therapist

    German, English

    As a Sexological Bodyworker and Somatic Sex Educator I work mainly with people who want to explore their sexuality - either because there is an issue they want to resolve or just because they are curious and think, there must be "more".
    What I find so fascinating about sexuality is, that it's one of those "vertical" topics - it touches on so many central areas of our being - our self-love, our body image, our gender identification, our sexual orientation,, our body awareness, our deep longing for connection and intimacy, our capacity for cultivating pleasure, our courage to own our desires, our capacatiy to say yes and no and set boundaries - the list goes on.

    And yet in many contexts sexuality is excluded when we talk about ourselves. when we express ourselves. There often is no language, there is shame, we don't have a culture tp explore this topic outside our romantic relationships, where it's difficult to really focus on yourself - as in this setting it's always already a relationship thing.

    In my sessions I offer my clients a space of exploration, a space of permission to discover who you are as a sexual and human being.

    UZAZU has given me the tools to incorporate a wider range of topics in my coaching and to approach a topic from more angles, What's so exceptional about UZAZU as a modality (amongst other things) is, that it allows you to track whatever issue you want to work with simultanously in your body, mind and awareness and to work with all these elements in a system that makes sense. How do your stories play out in your body? How do your sensations and emotions inform the theories you come up with about your life and yourself and how can we work and play with all those elements in a safe enough container?

    I am based in Berlin, Germany where I live with my partner within a polyarmorous network. I believe that each of us has a responsibility to work on our own stuff but that the ultimate goal is to build communities and to contribute to a more just and joyful society.

  • Julia Cornelissen

    Dutch, Russian
  • Marina Bondarenko

    Russian, English

    Marina Y. Bondarenko (Klimova) Born in 1974, Moscow, Russia
    Business trainer, coach, psychologist, physician; certified facilitator in UZAZU and EFC-program, certified facilitator The Samurai Game® and T-Games.
    Profile and experience
    ❖ More than 15 years of experience in creating and facilitating various T&D (training and develop-ment) courses for corporate clients such as ➢ Programs on team building and strategic planning sessions for TOP-managers; ➢ The Samurai Game® self-awareness course based on oriental philosophy and embodiment practices; ➢ Programs on team efficiency increasing; ➢ Trainings on improving employee engagement and creating extraordinary results; ➢ Burnout prevention; ➢ Time management and effective planning burnout prevention.
    ❖ Experienced facilitator of individual training courses for individuals targeted to ➢ Increasing of personal effectiveness, leadership and perersonal growth ➢ long-term healing program for women, ➢ Recovery and building strong relations and partnerships, self-esteem increase and others .
    ❖ First certified specialist in Russia to facilitate The Samurai Game®.
    ❖ Member of the international coaches’ team for certification program "Embodied Facilitator Course" ❖ Successfully facilitated several trainings in China, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Montenegro
    ❖ Carried out more than 50 charitable projects in Russia.
    ❖ Constantly improving the coaching skills, learning various courses and seminars with the best masters worldwide

  • Marion Knox

    United States

    My UZAZU coaching practice is informed by my professional background in the arts, dance, theater, creative writing and, perhaps oddly, garden design. The question I ask is, how may we best nurture in ourselves and each other the flourishing that is there, now, ready to emerge?

  • Matthew Roman


    I spent about 25 years on the stage dancing. I have also been teaching dance for both professional and advance student levels. The techniques I work with range Cunningham, Laban, floorwork to various modern/contemporary approaches. An area of the dance experience I have explored has been how a dancer discovers the layers/degrees of successes (less successes) within any specific dance experience and how the dancer uses this to inform their next execution of the same, similar or new dance experiences. How does the dancer put themselves at the center of the dance experience; their own body, mind, and emotion. So many times I found dancers trying to form themselves into the exact copy of the teacher or choreographer and having a terrible experience. (When I worked with Merce Cunningham he was 80 and I was 24, we definitely didn't have the same body so I needed to discover how my body could be successful through his dance experience.)
    I have been able to take what I learned in the studio into a project outside the studio. I worked on a education project for a digital product company where we focused on how the education was presented, what experience the learner would have to lead them to success. I am excited about building myself into a coach using Uzazu. I enjoy working with others and witnessing their aha moments as well as the aha moments they trigger within me.

  • Natasha Salvo

    Former UZAZU Curriculum Designer, Instructional Designer, UZAZU Facilitator

    United States

    In 2020-21, I worked to help bring a rigorous approach to the design and development of UZAZU Trainings at all levels. Through this process, we’ve designed a robust curriculum and competency framework for the Basic and Intermediate Professional & Personal learning journeys with UZAZU Embodied Intelligence.

    I’m also an Instructional Designer for eLearning for both educational institutions and industry, currently working with Raising Voices, a non-profit with the mission of preventing violence against women and children worldwide, based in Uganda.

    As a certified UZAZU practitioner, I offer support to others in their life journey to become conscious—in an embodied way—about all the structures that hold us back from freely expressing the simplicity of our authentic, true nature. How? By tapping into our innate, childlike sense of curiosity, play, experimentation, and ultimately trust in ourselves, to arrive at a place of ease, joy, and freedom.

    What do you have to “let go of” in order to create space for what wants to come in? What old structures do you need to shed to allow an opening for the abundance that exists within you, without having to “figure it out” and “make it happen?”

    Since June 2020, I've been living on my sailboat with my partner Will, and am a life-long sailor who is Captain of Her Own Ship; a devoted dancer who learned to get “out of my mind and into my body” on the dance floor; a writer of poems, plays, and personal reflection; an actor, a singer, and keyboard explorer; and a lover of the journey of life.

  • Nivi Dean


    I've been a physical therapist for over 20 years. I've worked in a few settings, but primarily in a hospital. Most of the patients I've worked with had serious illnesses, disabilities, or injuries. Many of them were older adults. I serve as a clinical instructor to physical therapy students as they do their clinical affiliations in the hospital.
    In the past 4 years I have been teaching yoga in addition to my full time job in the hospital. I started a yoga program for healthcare providers in the hospital network, teaching group classes to employees in-person and on zoom. I also teach at a local community center to the general population. I apply what I find holistic and healing in yoga to what I offer patients in physical therapy.

  • Reyna Perdomo

    English, Spanish

    I work on the intersection of embodied presencing, choreographic and visual thinking tools, and design co-creation. I offer interventions, workshops, experiences, and research, to explore the unknown and the invisible sides of a problem, through the body movement/no movement approach, in combination with design thinking and systems thinking. My background is in interactive multimedia, graphic design/illustration, and dance/choreography. I was trained and worked as Project and Competency Coach for Design students, social design (real life), Industrial Design Department at the TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. I developed extracurricular assignments for the application of the language of the dancing body and improvisation technologies, into the design research process. I’m a Certified Gyrokinesis Teacher Trainer, which is a movement method that combines principles of Yoga, Dance, Tai-Chi, Chi-Kun, acupressure, and swimming. I’m a Vipassana Meditation practitioner and I’m following on the practice of Dhamma Art and the Social Presencing Theater and Theory U, from the Presencing Institute. Recently, I participated in "The Systems View of Life" Online Course from Fritjof Capra.
    I want to contribute to open up the awareness embodiment into research, education, creation, science, and business practices, and I believe that UZAZU, can help clarify how to reach this goal.

  • Sadhan Els Vandewalle

    Dutch, English, French, German

    After a major burnout/crash end of 2018, releasing all that did no longer serve and support me in my transition to stepping into authenticity and sovereignty. Shifting into a profession and most of all a new solid foundation from where I can bring my mission on Mother Earth. Which is, as I believe or sense now, is to hold space for healing through movement, creativity and sound. As the answer to this question is still and always evolving on the path, I do feel I have a preference to work with women and small children in particular and in 1 on 1 or small group sessions to be able to dive deep.

  • Salima Mcknight


    I am a gardener now, but I would like to transition to helping people become more whole through embodiment work. I love the gardening, but my body will only hold up for so long!!

  • Shiri Ben-Arzi

    Health and Medical Coach


    I am a Medical, Health, and Life Coach.
    I help people affected by a health or medical crisis rebuild their resilience and regain quality of life.
    I also support family caregivers and healthcare practitioners through their caring journey and challenges.

    I trained in these additional modalities:
    * NLP (with a specialty in health and trauma)
    * AD(H)D coaching
    * End of Live Coaching
    * TimeLine Therapy
    * EFT
    * ACE (Advanced Clearing Energetics)
    * AMT (Advanced Motion Technique)

    I am the Founder of MCI (Medical Coaching Institute), and I bring with me 15 years of professional and personal experience in this field.

  • Stephany Dano

  • Susan Belli

    Embodied Leadership and Life Coach

    United States

    I am a Certified Embodied Leadership Coach, Life Coach and Facilitator. I also volunteer for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Response Crisis Center.  I am passionate about helping to create magnificent transformation, and about co creating with the expansive emotional landscape. I incorporate mind, body, heart and spirit into the coaching relationship, and I am a fierce, loving embodied presence.

  • Susan Bensen

    Certified Sound, Voice and Energy Healer. Certified Uzazu Facilitator. Classical Music Director and program host for Montana Public Radio.


    I have practiced various types of sound and energy healing for the last thirty years, and have learned healing voice principles and practices with an array of teachers - Pat Moffitt Cook, Jill Purce, Chloe Goodchild and Silvia Nakkach. I studied Polarity Therapy and sound healing with John Beaulieu, and Body Talk as well. I am also a Reiki Master, and a certified Naked Voice facilitator (with Chloe Goodchild). My various trainings have also included spiritual work with Craig Hamilton, Jeff Carreira and Thomas Hubl, which has significantly informed both my personal and healing work. As a certified Uzazu facilitator, I now integrate this powerful work with my healing voice and transformation practice, including principles of energy systems, awareness, consciousness and nonduality.

    I have been Morning Classics Music Director and program host with Montana Public Radio for many years. I program the weekday classical program on the station and host two days a week. I also worked, many years ago now, for HBO as a music producer for on-air promotion. I have a B.A. in music, having been a violinist and singer.