Buteyko Instructors – California
Marcel Nagy – San Pedro, California
Marcel Nagy, MA, C-IAYT has been a yoga practioner since 1982, with a background in dance and gymnastics. She is also an artist and teacher. She holds her MA in biomedical illustration and is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Program at Loyola Marymount University. She has holds multiple training certifications in hatha and vinyasa yoga, and additional training in Kundalini, pranayama, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda, in both the US and in India. Marcel earned her Buteyko Breathing Diploma with Patrick McKeown, and offers workshops, yoga therapy sessions and ongoing breath re-training classes. In addition to her yoga and Pilates teaching, Marcel is also the owner of Bloom Aesthetics in San Pedro, where she is a permanent cosmetic artist.
Jan Dior – California
Jan Dior battled with asthma since the age of five. She read in 2013 that OTC Primatene Mist would stop being sold. Jan was using it several times daily for asthma relief for over fifty years. Having studied healthy living and nutrition her whole life, she didn’t want to rely on doctor visits to control her asthma. Praying for a non-medical natural approach to end her asthma, her prayers were answered when she discovered The Buteyko Breathing Method. It was life changing for Jan; within a month of daily practice she noticed she wasn’t using her reliever medication as much. After three months she wasn’t using it at all. Jan now knows her mission – to help others with asthma learn the Buteyko Method of Breathing and end their daily battle. After studying at UCLA under Patrick McKeown, the current leading authority of Buteyko, she says, “How can I NOT share this! ” Jan is also trained to help you with panic attacks, sleep disorders and sleep apnea, COPD and allergies. She is here to serve Riverside, San Diego and Orange Counties. Private FaceTime sessions available.
Change your breathing or stay the same.
Samantha Weaver – Los Angeles
Samantha Weaver is the director of the AOMT, The Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, based in Los Angeles. As a myofunctional therapist, it became clear that asking patients to breathe through their nose was more than just a structural issue, and this is what led her to study Buteyko with Patrick McKeown.
She now implements Buteyko breathing in the treatment of both kids and adults. Working with children has been a lifelong passion. She is the author of “Tucker the Tongue Finds his Spot,” and is working on a series for children about nose breathing. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, London Center for Speech Studies, and Utah State University where she studied Communicative Disorders.
She is passionate about facilitating healthy breathing through the Buteyko method.
Ann Pianetta – Palo Alto
Ann has been a Buteyko Breathing Educator since November of 2008. Her initial training was completed with Patrick McKeown of the Buteyko Breathing Clinic with additional training with Christine Bauman and Robert Litman in March of 2011. Her work centers around relaxation techniques using hypnosis and the Buteyko Breathing Method to improve symptoms of asthma and other breathing difficulties. These techniques are also used in teaching people how to physically relax. Her breathing program, combines both techniques to help people learn how to relax and cope with stress. As you learn how to relax, your body will change its breathing patterns to a more manageable rate and volume.
Buteyko Breathing Educator Training: Patrick McKeown
Additional Training: Christine Bauman and Robert Litman
Certified Medical Hypnotherapist: Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy, Palo Alto, CA
Joy Moeller – Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills
Joy Moeller’s background as a dental hygenist was the impetus for her to train in myofunctional therapy. Her life’s work has been in helping children, teenagers and adults perform correct swallowing and breathing in order to ensure proper development and growth of the jaws and face. Incorrect swallowing and mouth breathing creates cranio-facial changes which significantly impair both health and appearance of the child or adult. Part of this involves the elimination of habits such as nail biting and thumb sucking.
After taking the Buteyko training, Joy now weaves the Buteyko exercises into her therapy program. After practicing oral Myofunctional Therapy for 30 years, the combination of Buteyko Breathing and Myofunctional Therapy has helped Joy’s patients attain a much higher state of health than ever before! Because one of the goals of oral myofunctional therapy is to attain nasal breathing, Buteyko therapy helps the medulla part of the brain to know that it is ok to nasal breathe resulting in better oxygenation!
Joy is a guest speaker at the UCLA Sleep Apnea Mini Residency where research will be conducted on helping sleep apnea.
910 Via de la Paz, Suite 106, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
291 S. La Cienega Blvd #409
Beverly Hills, California 90211
Barbara Greene – Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Thousands Oaks
Barbara J. Greene, COM is a certified orofacial myofunctional therapist and has been in private practice since 1971. Currently she practices in Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks, CA and also on the Internet. For more information about her, visit her website at www.tonguethrust.com or e-mail her at email@example.com
Barbara teaches courses in orofacial myology with Joy L. Moeller, BS, RDH, COM and is her co-partner in the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). She is an international lecturer and author of articles on this subject. Her personal experience with TMD, orofacial dysfunction , and OSA helped to make real the needs of others. Her life is dedicated to helping those afflicted with this dysfunction and in educating the public and professionals about orofacial myofunctional disorders. She added Buteyko Breathing therapy to her practice after studying with Patrick McKeown in 2010.
Jeanne Shimizu – San Jose to Carmel
Jeanne Shimizu is a Registered Dental Hygienest, Orofacial Myologist and Buteyko Breathing Educator practicing in California. With myofunctional therapy she teaches children and adults the correct tongue position, proper swallowing technique and lips together /mouth closed posture to be practiced at all times. Buteyko breathing is a perfect adjunct to this.
In order to keep the mouth closed one needs to be able to breathe through their nose. With simple exercises and lots of practice breathing becomes better and easier. Anxiety, allergies or asthma can often interfere with a comfortable dental appointment. The buteyko breathing helps people with these issues to relax. Jeanne has worked in dental hygiene for over 30 years. Buteyko breathing has been a wonderful, drug free way to make peoples life better!
Jeanne practices dental hygiene in Scotts Valley, Calif. She is available for Myofuntional Therapy and Buteyko Breathing from San Jose to Carmel Calif.
Aleksandra Sable – San Diego
Aleksandra Sable, RCP, RRT, SDS serving San Diego county, Orange County and Central LA Aleksandra Sable is a registered respiratory therapist. Her primary expertise and focus is in the area of pulmonary diseases. Her primary focus is on conditions related to Rhinitis, Asthma, COPD, OSA including CPAP/ BiPAP intolerance, as well as Anxiety, Depression and ADHD, including adult and pediatric care and therapy. Aleksandra Sable’s education in Medicine (M.S.) from Russia has uniquely positioned her to successfully apply her medical knowledge and skills to improve lives and well-being of her patients. In addition, Aleksandra is highly experienced with Cystic Fibrosis and provides one-on –one consultation to these patients. Aleksandra is dedicated to all her clients, including patients with the most difficult and debilitating conditions.
Aleksandra is happy to answer any questions her patients may have. You may contact Aleksandra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Private or small group schedule will be additionally emailed to you by Aleksandra’s assistant. Small groups of 3-8 participants for adults and children ages 5 years old and up available.
Marsha Artaud – San Diego
Marsha Artaud is a practicing Oral Myology Therapist and a Buteyko Breathing Educator. An accomplished practicing dental Hygienist for almost 20 years led the way to expand her scope of practice for human smile and passion in helping children, teenagers and adults.
Marsha graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She then pursued her studies in Orofacial Myology at the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in Los Angles, California. She has had an extensive internship in Thumbsucking and Nail Biting Elimination Program. After her training with Patrick Mckeown she added Buteyko Breathing Therapy in her scope of practice.
Marsha consults and treats her patients from her private office in Better Breathing with Buteyko San Diego and Tongue and Thumb Therapy in San Diego, California.
Mary Ann Hawkins – Los Angeles area
Mary Ann Hawkins is a certified Buteyko Instructor and a Nationally certified body therapist (NCBTMB) with a focus on breath integration, craniosacral therapy, and soft tissue (fascial) manipulation. She has been a practicing therapist for the past 12 years.
Individual and group sessions are offered for the following classes:
Breathing Free (Asthma, Apnea, COPD,)
Breathable Golfer (Integrating breath for performance)
21st Century Body (Wellness through breath and body awareness)
Body therapies offered individually (Craniosacral, Fascial Manipulation, Massage)
Dip. Physiotherapy, MNZSP, ISARP, ATS
Christie McKenzie – Palm Springs / Coachella Valley
Christie McKenzie suffered with severe asthma and allergies for over 30 years which left her very little quality of life. She relied on daily medication and a rescue inhaler which provided inadequate relief.
Along her journey of attempting to obtain better health she pursued various alternative health options. Unfortunately, none of them helped. In fact her doctor said the asthma had become so severe he didn’t see her living past mid-30’s.
She heard about Buteyko from a fellow life coach and with some hesitancy she decided to check it out. Her thorough research and dialogue with Patrick McKeown convinced her that she had finally found some extremely powerful and exciting information. She decided to not only take the classes to better her own health, but also became a Certified Instructor so she could be of service to others.
In addition to obtaining her Buteyko Instructor certification from Patrick McKeown, Christie McKenzie is also a certified Master Instructor in NLP and Hypnotherapy. She is a Life Coach fulfilling her passion of teaching others how to powerfully create the life of their dreams physically, mentally and spiritually. All of this starts with understanding how breath is the core of our wellness on all levels.
I work with clients with asthma, allergies, and anxiety; as well as athletes interested in learning to obtain better performance while reducing lactic acid. I also work with clients on stress reduction. If you have a situation of which you would like to know if Buteyko can help, contact me and let’s chat.
Life Coach, Master NLP and Hypotherapy
Robert Ward – Northern California
Robert Ward, trained in yoga therapy through the American Viniyoga Institute, studied Ayurvedic medicine at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, is a Certified Massage Therapist at the Maui School of Body Therapeutics, performing artist, Permaculture designer and Organic Gardener. For decades, Robert has made alternative paradigm and health choices, knowing that taking responsibility for one’s own health is the leading path toward wholeness. The Buteyko Breathing Method is the ultimate choice in that same direction- of choosing 24/7 to breathe correctly, thus optimizing the highest standard of personal health.
Robert teaches in S. Oregon and N. California, and Maui, Hawaii.
Steven Hamlin – Los Angeles
Based in Los Angeles, California, Steven Hamlin is a resourceful, veteran bodyworker with nearly 20 years intensive training, mentoring and self-education. Steve has been formally trained in Feldenkrais, Ortho-Bionomy, Buteyko and Massage; as well, he has taken countless post-graduate trainings and workshops. He has a rich background in yoga, meditation and teaching. While he uses mainly the Feldenkrais approach, he also uses other movement arts, along with osteopathic protocols, acupressure and tissue work in his private sessions.
Steves Buteyko work incorporates his many years experience working with posture, breathing, pain relief and facilitation of effortless and joyful movement.
In addition, he has had many years experience working in physical therapy settings – Center for Physical Health, Access Physical Health and Naomi Heller Physical Therapy, has successfully worked with back, neck, shoulder pain, RSI-carpal tunnel, ankle pain, plantar Fasciatis, thoracic outlet syndrome, balance issues, post surgical recovery of function, pain reduction, knee pain, mal-alignment and much more.
Heidrun Matthies – Los Angeles
Heidrun has been a Buteyko Breathing Educator since 2012. Her journey to correct breathing started when she became a mother. After having given birth to a healthy child, Heidrun had extreme difficulties with the breastfeeding journey and at around one year of age her son developed allergies. Thanks to great guidance from progressive health instructors, Heidrun learned soon the root cause to these challenges which was the constant open mouth of her son. Heidrun got very inspired by the Buteyko Breathing method and how quickly it can yield wonderful results in children as well as adults without having to go the conventional route of taking medications. Hence, she now enjoys sharing these simple and profound techniques. Born and raised in Germany, Heidrun currently resides in Los Angeles and is able to guide you in the Buteyko Breathing Method both, in English and German, either in-person or via skype.
Carly Schneider – San Francisco, Marin County, San Diego, California
Certified Orofacial Myologist, Buteyko Breathing Educator, Dental Hygienist and Dental Educator Speaker
Considered an expert in her Orofacial Myology and Dental fields, Carly’s private practice focuses on facial, head and neck muscles and how vitally important it is for them to work together in harmony for the proper growth patterns and functioning of the cranium, airway, teeth and swallow. Carly works one on one with patients and also partners with the team approach with many doctors specializing in the following areas: Sleep Apnea, TMJ (jaw joint problems), ENT, Orthodontists, Pediatrics, Neurologists, Oral Surgeons, Dentists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors. Proper breathing is paramount when obtaining ideal facial muscle balance as well as general optimal health. Educated by Patrick McKeown, Carly has had great success using Buteyko Breathing techniques in her therapy programs.
Education: University of Missouri , Masters Program at Pacific College of Acupuncture in San Diego, Ca.
Krista M. Gavira- Napa, California
Krista Gavira is a practicing dental hygienist and myofunctional therapist based in Napa, California. She works alongside her father, Dr. Cecil Lamberton, who is a general and cosmetic dentist at Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa, as well as her brother, Dr. Jordan Lamberton, who is an orthodontist at Hello Ortho. After discovering signs of sleep disordered breathing in her young daughter, Krista’s entire family has become passionate about educating their friends, family, and patients on the importance of airway health.
Krista, received her myofunctional therapy training from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), and later studied the Buteyko breathing method with Patrick McKeown. Through this training, she has realized the importance of proper nasal breathing for our sleep, facial and dental developement, and overall quality of life.
She has recently opened her own business, Second Breath OMT, to deliver myofunctional and Buteyko breathing services to adult and child patients in the Napa area.
Sarah Johnson – Los Angeles
Sarah Johnson is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Sarah holds degrees in Human Biology from Michigan State University, and in Dental Hygiene from Roane State in Tennessee. She and has practiced dental hygiene across the US for over 15 years. Sarah was trained in the Buteyko method by Patrick McKeown and attended the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.
Throughout her dental hygiene career, Sarah witnessed the negative effects of oral breathing on the health of her patients, herself, and eventually on her own daughter’s health. Traditional solutions were not always successful. It was through the educational efforts of the AOMT and the Buteyko Clinic, in combination with her physiology background, that Sarah came to realize the solution. Breathing re-education and myofunctional therapy, in harmony with treatment from other health professionals, are proven successful for a variety of problems from dental crowding and TMD to sleep apnea, asthma, and emotional distress. Sarah endeavors to simplify the treatment process for patients suffering from oral breathing related problems, and to raise awareness of these logical solutions in the dental and health communities.
Sarah is the founder of Enlightened Hygiene, Inc. and Myofunctional Partners, providing myofunctional therapy and Buteyko breathing re-education in both live and online settings for children and adults. Contact Sarah for Buteyko by the Beach in peaceful Marina del Rey and relax into health.
Roman Leija – Los Angeles
Roman currently operates out of Los Angeles California, more specifically Santa Monica, California. He graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2017 with a bachelor of Kinesiology and maintains a rigorous training schedule studying with the brightest minds throughout the world. Rather than going the conventional route of obtaining a doctorate of such sort, he decided to take an alternative approach by learning outside the typical schooling system. For example, he aims to be a highly competent and respected health coach, hence he’s decided to begin learning all the underlying basis of what it is to be a human and attempt to maximize all facets of life while minimizing all potential dangers. Whether it is proper light exposure, reducing non-native EMFs, adequate hydration, deuterium depletion, a balanced seasonal diet, harmonized breathing, or biomechanics, he plans to have a true understanding along with the relationships between each and all of them. Thus, his overall approach to optimization is to become more in line with nature and to respect our inherent biological characteristics. Contact Roman for individual or group training.
Maria Shapley – Los Angeles, CA
Maria Shapley is a Personal and Organizational development consultant. She is trained in Personal Fitness, Shamanic Psychology, Nutrition, with a background in Marketing, Acting and Modeling. She loves learning new modalities of healing and is passionate about helping people which led her to discover the Buteyko Breathing Method. Having studied under the leading Buteyko expert, Patrick Mckeown, she is now a certified Buteyko instructor helping people from all over the world with Anxiety, Depression, Asthma, increasing Peak Performance and more. She offers private sessions and group classes from her office in Los Angeles, Ca or sessions through Skype.
Karyn Kasvin – Rocklin, California
Karyn Kasvin RDH BSDH Cert BBM specializes in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy services, posture and integrative breathing training with the Buteyko Breathing Method.
She has extensive experience working with children and adults with dysfunctional breathing patterns, sleep breathing disorders, asthma and anxiety as well as providing techniques for improved athletic performance and healthy breathing practices at any level. With a background in dental hygiene and professional dance, breathing is foundational in her orofacial myology practice where she also integrates Pilates and the Franklin method of movement, self-myofascial release and dynamic imagery techniques. Addressing all dimensions of breathing, she has much success with helping others optimize their health through proper breathing and function.
Karyn provides individualized programs at her private practice located in Rocklin, California and online via Zoom.
Farshid Aziz – West Los Angeles area and San Fernando valley (
Dr. Ariz is a 1989 graduate of the Boston University School of Dentistry and in 1991, he received his Certification in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Periodontics. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, as well as an Assistant Professor to Advanced Periodontics for over 24 years at Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California.
Dr. Ariz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (ABCP) and he has extensive training in Orthopedic Craniofacial Dysfunction. He has treated patients with craniofacial pain, TMJ soreness, jaw discomfort, primary headaches, face, neck and shoulder pain.
He is also Diplomate in American board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (ABCDSM) were he is treating patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, snoring, daytime drowsiness and patients who are CPAP intolerant.
Dr. Ariz has lectured and presented in academia and educational meetings and is involved in TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research for nonsurgical therapy treatment for an improved quality of life.
His expertise includes implantology, esthetic implant surgery, esthetic periodontal therapy, and full mouth reconstruction.
Dr. Ariz is a member of the American Academy of periodontology, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Osseointegration and a member of the Medical Review Institute of America, Inc.
Alicia Janssens – Anaheim, California
Alicia Janssens – Orofacial Myologist, Buteyko Breathing Method Instructor.
I have worked in the dental field since 2009. I started working in oral myofunctional therapy and Buteyko Breathing Method training in 2020. I welcome clients from all backgrounds and life experiences ages 5 years and older. I started my journey learning the Buteyko Breathing Method to help me with anxiety and panic attacks. I enjoy working with clients that are also struggling with anxiety and helping them to take back control of their life, as I have mine. I also enjoy helping clients restore proper oral posture with oral myofunctional therapy exercises. I see clients in person and online to accommodate even the busiest schedules.
Address: 2331 W. Sequoia Avenue Anaheim, California 92801, United States
Rendel Leatherman – Los Angeles, CA
Rendel has been both a pilates and improvisation instructor for many years and a creative soul for life, with a background in dance, singing and acting. The addition of Certified Buteyko Instructor has helped fully encompass her business Mindfulness Play Lab, blending movement, breath work and improvisation.
The creation of Mindfulness Play Lab has been an ideal journey for her, as it allows her to combine her loves of comedy and wellness with her talent for teaching. Rendel has facilitated workshops with Mercury Insurance, Salesforce, NPR and Los Angeles Metro. Her vision is to bring joy, inspiration and empowerment to every class.
Rendel is available to teach for corporate groups, private small groups and one-on-one sessions. To hear more about what Mindfulness Play Lab has to offer, reach out at email@example.com. Located in Los Angeles, CA and offering online classes all over the globe.
MOVE MORE. BREATHE BETTER. LAUGH OFTEN.
Ciaran McKeown BA, MSc, Dip BBM
Ciaran a trained teacher and psychotherapist has been working in mental health and education since 2008.
He started his journey by learning the Buteyko Breathing Method from his brother Patrick McKeown to treat his anxiety and asthma, and then later moved on to teach it through voluntary and paid sessions.
Ciaran believes that integrating Buteyko breathing with cognitive therapies like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) can bring about real, positive change to his student’s lives.
He describes these methods as working together to lessen the intensity of felt negative emotions and to quieten the mind. You can find out more about this here: https://buteykohead.com/about-us/
He currently runs one on one online sessions for people experiencing anxiety, depression and poor anger management. Although he thinks everyone can benefit from managing their thoughts and emotions as this more than anything else determines how satisfying life is for us.
You can find out more about learning with Ciaran here: https://buteykohead.com/
Aparna A. Dandekar, DO – San Francisco, California
I am a board-certified family physician practicing Integrative Medicine by combining Osteopathy and Ayurvedic medicine. The Buteyko Breathing Method, an indispensable clinical tool for addressing multiple chronic medical illnesses, has further enriched my practice. I enjoy working with adult patients who suffer from sinusitis, frequent colds, allergies, asthma, anxiety, and fatigue.
My office at Sutter’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco can be reached at (415) 600- 3503.
Angie Bimat – Los Angeles, California
Angie Bimat received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and has been in practice as a registered dental hygienist in Los Angeles for 20 years.
She attended the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in 2013, and it opened up a whole new world of knowledge on the importance of nasal breathing, proper function, and development of the orofacial complex. This knowledge created a renewed passion and an alternative way of evaluating and helping patient’s breath, sleep, function, and feel better overall.
She has found Buteyko Breathing to be a perfect adjunct to Myofunctional Therapy, and looks forward to educating patients as this ever-evolving field continues to grow.