Buteyko Breathing Instructors – Maryland

Marisa Sanders, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP, CertBBM, MBPI

Towson, MD

Marisa is a senior speech-language pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, specializing in treating adults and children with voice and breathing disorders. She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University and completed her clinical fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. Prior to her career in speech pathology, she worked as a professional actor in New York City and Chicago. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Clemson University.

Contact Marisa:
E: [email protected]
Web: https://www.gbmc.org/voice

Rebecca Goldstein, MA CF-SLP, Cert BBM

Rebecca Goldstein is a speech language pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC. She specializes in working with children and adults with voice disorders, chronic cough, vocal cord dysfunction, and breathing disorders. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to a career in speech pathology, she was a professional singer, elementary school music teacher, and private vocal coach.
Contact Rebecca:
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.gbmc.org/voice
Phone: 443-849-2087

Melissa Bidlack, MM, MS, CCC-SLP – Baltimore

Melissa Bidlack, MM, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and singing voice specialist at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC.

She provides therapy for voice and breathing disorders in adult and pediatric populations. She completed her clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, specializing in voice, swallowing, and neurological disorders.

Ms. Bidlack received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University Teachers College. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University in Vocal Performance.

Prior to her career in speech-language pathology, she performed as a professional opera singer and served on the voice faculty at Whitman College.

Contact details:

Johns Hopkins Voice Center at GBMC
6569 N. Charles St.
Physicians Pavilion West, Suite 402
Baltimore, MD 21204

Phone: 443-849-2087
Fax: 443-849-8534
Email: [email protected]

Egle Parker

I am Egle Parker. I am a graduate of MUIH, where I earned a Master’s degree in the Science of Yoga Therapy. I am located in MD, USA. I have led workshops on long covid and mental health. 

Phone # +13232702002
[email protected]

Michael Lansing, M. D. – Owings Mills

I have been an avid outdoorsman throughout my life enjoying snow skiing, fishing, backpacking and climbing. I studied physical anthropology as an undergraduate, and biological anthropology for my PhD. Regarding the latter, I was studying the Quechua people living at high altitude in Peru/Andes, but did not finish my dissertation, as my father was ill and died at the age of 48 from COPD. It was then that I changed my career path, went to medical school, then a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. I have spent 30 years of clinical practice in these areas, in addition to the area of sleep medicine. During this time, I also served as the Medical Director of the ICU and several inpatient and outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs that I helped develop.
In my final year of practice, 2021, I read a life-changing book called Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nester. This book was Mr. Nestor’s account of his worldwide journey to find out what has happened with our breathing, and what can be done to correct the problem. He explored various breathing practices, some of which are ancient, including pranayama, Nadi Shodhana, yoga, Sudarshan Kriya and TUMMO, and the more recent Buteyko breathing method. I was particularly interested in the Buteyko Breathing Method (BBM) started by the Russian physician Dr Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s. I read numerous scientific articles that corroborated some of his theories regarding what is proper breathing. My interest was piqued and I pursued training through the Buteyko Clinical International founded by Patrick McKeown, a leading authority on this breathing technique, and who studied under Dr. Buteyko in Moscow. After finishing my studies, I became certified in the BBM (CertBBM), and followed this with studies through Patrick McKeown on the Oxygen Advantage, which led to certification as an Advanced Instructor (CertoA).

Armed with my medical knowledge in the area of pulmonary medicine along with my new knowledge of non-western approaches to breathing, I feel I can offer a very unique perspective and set of skills to help individuals with disordered breathing, anxiety, asthma, COPD, long-haulers of COVID with their myriad of symptoms, and sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, mixed/complex sleep apnea). Regarding this latter area, I not only have extensive medical understanding of the issues, but I myself suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea.

I offer an individualized, caring and compassionate approach to my clients. I enjoy helping them understand the science and thought processes that are involved in the application of the breathing exercises to help with their disorders.

Website: www.breathebetterperformbetter.com
Email: [email protected]
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/michaellansing




Laura Venturini, OMT, RDH – Frederick

Laura is an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (OMT) with Breathworks Myofunctional Therapy and Registered Dental Hygienist located in Frederick, MD, USA.  She incorporates breathing re-education as part of her Myofunctional Therapy programs and offers group breathing re-education classes both online and in the local community.

Website: www.breathworksMyo.com

Phone: (240) 397-9667

Email: [email protected]

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