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Chair of the Board
Natalia Schotte
, Ph.D.
Natalia M Schotte, Ph.D.Natalia is the founder of The Michigan Brain Gym® Consortium and has been a licensed Brain Gym® Instructor since 1992. She has provided Brain Gym® training to more than 12,000 educational professionals in Michigan. She was a key faculty member of the team that trained 40 Michigan professionals who were certified as Brain Gym® Instructors in 2004. She designed, developed and facilitated Emerging Leadership, a leadership class which the majority of the new Brain Gym® Instructors attended. She holds a Ph.D. in Therapeutic Counseling from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines. She earned her Bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) and Master's degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto. From 1982 to 1997, she worked as an organizational development consultant supporting major North American corporations to enhance business performance. She is currently the President of The Growth Corporation and its LLCs.

Brain Gym® Executive Director
Susan Owens, MS, OTR

Susan Owens, MS, OTR Susan is an Occupational Therapist with more than 35 years experience. She is currently a full-time faculty member in the Occupational Therapy program at Davenport University. Previously Susan was Special Education Supervisor in the Michigan and Indiana school systems for more than 10 years. In addition to working with children with special needs in the educational system, she has worked in hospitals where she held the positions of Director of Occupational Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Services. Susan has been an adjunct faculty member of Grand Valley State University, where she taught a program for enhancing learning through applied brain research and neuroanatomy. She was also a professor at Eastern Michigan and Wayne State Universities over a 15-year timeframe. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Michigan. Susan was licensed as a Brain Gym® Instructor in 2004 and has taught Brain Gym® extensively since that time. She currently travels throughout the country and teaches Brain Gym® to educators, health care professionals and parents.

Visiting Faculty
Dr. Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul E. Dennison, a world authority on cognitive skills and reading achievement, did the seminal research for the Brain Gym® work in the 1960s and has since, in collaboration with his wife Gail E. Dennison, developed the field of movement-based learning known today as Educational Kinesiology.

Dr. Dennison’s unique understanding of the brain provides a science of learning whereby people everywhere can discover how to access their full potential. This science has made the Brain Gym® program the world’s most successful learning system, used currently in more than eighty countries and translated into more than fifty languages.

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