The US Trager Association

Officers & Directors and Other Contacts

The terms of the elected USTA Board Members and Officers begin in August of each year. Each Regional Board member is elected by the members of the Region she or he represents. The maximum length of service on the Board is two consecutive three-year terms. Officers are elected each year by the Board.

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Henry Bornstein - President Trager International

U.S.T.A. Representative, Trager International Council of Trustees

BORNSTEIN Henry I became a Trager Practitioner in 1985.  The Trager Approach is so much a part of my life   that I cannot imagine life without it.  I am a Trager Mentastics® Teacher and after many     years of an active Tutor practice, I recently became a Tutor Emeritus.  After a number of       years away from participation in the Trager organization, I found myself volunteering last   year to serve as USTA representative to the TI Council of Trustees.  After attending my        first  CoT meeting, I found myself elected President of Trager International.  I am now  working  with a wonderful group of worldwide Trager people to help create a new,  revitalized  International Trager organization that will better serve us all.
 I spend much of my time kayaking in beautiful Lake County in Northern California, where I am also rediscovering the joy I find in playing music.
If you have any questions about Trager International, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Contact Information: 
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Irene Darpino - USTA President

Mid-Atlantic Trager® Region (MATA-21)

[New Jersey, New York, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, W. Virginia]

photo-darpino-irene-websiteI was introduced to TRAGER® over 30 years ago.  The longer I use it for myself and others, the more I am grateful I am that it came into my life. I have seen in my clients and felt in myself profound changes for the better. Our organizational Motto: " Peace in the World - One Body at a Time" is really true. For many years I took the services that our organization provided for granted. About 7 years ago I was asked to step up to the plate and join the ranks of those who are helping our organization function. Since then I have been involved in regional, national, and international boards and activities. Being involved helped me see the many benefits we receive for our membership and how hard our staff and volunteers work to support our practitioners and clients. I have met many wonderful dedicated people and deepened my experience and appreciation of the Trager Approach. I truly believe that as more people become active in our organization, our enthusiasm and commitment will help people worldwide to enjoy the benefits of our wonderful Trager Approach!

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Deborah Haber - USTA Treasurer

Region: Four Corners Trager® Association (FCTA-11)

[Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah]

Deborah-haber-forwebsite    I love movement and science and while in college decided what I really    wanted to do was to dance in space. So, I pursued both modern dance and  physics and applied for one of the NASA mission specialist positions aboard  the space shuttle. I didn’t get in (7000 people applied for 40 positions) as  they decided to only take people with doctorates.   So I went to graduate  school and continued to dance.  I started piling up injuries though, and tried  various types of body work for relieving pain.  By my late 20s I was walking  with a cane and was pretty discouraged because the different modalities I  had tried only worked for a short time before I needed another session.  Meanwhile, the Challenger disaster had shut down the space shuttle program  and I fell in love with solar research.  I found out about Trager® while  working at a post-doc position in New Mexico and loved it so much I took the  training and was certified in 1991.  I moved back to Boulder where I  maintained a part-time Trager practice along with my full time research position at the University up until June 2012.  I gave up studying the interior dynamics of the sun through the use of resonant sound waves and took my Trager practice, where I study people’s inner dynamics using resonant waves, full time.

Trager work has given me the tools to truly change my life and I think it is a gift that needs to be shared as widely as possible. I still get injuries from dancing (flamenco these days), and from running, car accidents, etc. but I now know how to reach that easier, lighter way of being that is at the heart of Trager.  I work out of the Community Holistic Health Center in Lafayette, CO.

Contact Information:
303-604-1000, C: 303-995-5860
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Robbin Phelps - USTA Vice President

Chesapeake Trager® Region (CTA-22)

[Delaware, Maryland, N. Carolina, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, D.C.]

Robbin Phelps (Chesapeake TRAGER® Region) came to be a TRAGER Practitioner after ten years of being a TRAGER client. Now she is immersed in and in love with the joy of feeling clients’ tissue and mind, with their appreciation of being met, and with all that is this work. As Robbin begins her tenure on the board in this autumn of 2015, she looks forward to bringing all the skills honed in her previous career tracks (musician, IBM mainframe computer programmer, and social worker) to serve the organization however she can. To paraphrase Milton, all our experiences are always part of us, and contribute to who we are today. That said, Robbin hopes to contribute all that she is to her work and the USTA.

Joe Rodin - USTA President Elect

Northwest Trager® Region (NWTA-1)
[Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming]


 I treat the musculoskeletal structures of the body. Beyond these, I treat the nervous  system, accelerating your progress and its long term benefits. This can include reflex  response, sensory and motor integration, chronic tension and holding patterns, as  needed.
 My passion is to form a partnership and base treatment on your specific needs. Clients  can expect a partnership based on deep listening, comprehensive assessment, and    sensitive, highly effective, personalized treatment. My interests are in chronic pain, TMJ,   headache, and movement disorders. 

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PH: 206-436-4324

Barbara Mason - USTA Secretary

Region: Great Lakes Trager® Association (GLTA-10) 
[Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin]


Barbara-Mason-forwebsite    As a former college dance teacher and choreographer, I have always been    interested in how body movement can be made more efficient to allow for increased  grace, fluidity, strength and freedom of motion. In 2004 I took a Somatics class at  the Ohio State University, and I asked a fellow classmate who was also a Trager  practitioner, to tell me about Trager. She suggested I attend an introductory class  that she was teaching that weekend; and thus began my immersion into the study  and practice of the Trager Approach, which was the perfect vehicle for me to  continue my love of movement education. I became a practitioner in 2008 and am  currently involved with a volunteer group in Columbus, Ohio called the Stone Soup  Project. This group of body and energy workers offers their wellness and  educational services to organizations such as retirement homes, hospital nursing  staffs, veterans, and military families. I have an M.F.A. in Dance and am also  certified in Laban Movement Analysis.

Anna Marie Bowers, Admin. Director

Administrative Director
Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Secretary

Anna Marie Bowers has had a passion for the Trager® Approach for more than 25 years. She found herself in a Trager training as a result of her own search for balance and health. Anna Marie became a certified Trager Practitioner in 1982. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Anna Marie received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wright State University. In addition to her tasks as Administrative Director of the USTA, she maintains a Trager practice in Burton, Ohio.




Contact Information: 
P.O. Box 1009
Burton, Ohio 44021
FAX: 440-834-0365
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Jill Winter Rose - Trager Southeast

Region: Trager® Southeast (TSE-13)
[Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, portions of N. Carolina, S. Carolina]

Jill Winter Rose - bio and photo to come

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PH: 305-682-1499 C: 305-439-3682

Tammy Jo O'Neal - Heartland

Region: Heartland (HRTLND-3, 4, 23)
[Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas]

TammyJo jpgThe Trager® Approach truly is a way of life for me. It helps improve my mental & emotional health as it fuels my personal drive to maintain efficient physical mobility. Since discovering Trager’s profound benefits in 2001, not even a temporary lapse of feeling in my hands and feet have held me back from exploring the many levels of recovery Trager offers. As a performance artist, musician and athlete, I was licensed as a Massage Therapist in 1990. After a six-year pause from life as I knew it, I began using Trager to cope with MS, and completed my certification as a Trager Practitioner in 2010. Currently, I provide Trager in a collaborative setting at the Acupuncture & Healing Arts Medical Group in Memphis, TN, working also with mental health counselors in dealing with grief & trauma recovery. I experience the most joy seeing how each of us, regardless of age or circumstance, are transforming into the people we felt like when we were fresh & full of potential, or better yet, experiencing the thrill of reaching levels of comfort and freedom never before imagined possible. May the journey never end... just don’t dismiss the pauses.

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- Socahane

Region: Southern California Trager® Assocation (SOCHANE-15) 
[California zip codes 90000-92999, Hawaii, Nevada] 

Gae Henry - Northern California

Region: Northern California (NORCAT-14)

[California zip codes 93000-96999]

After discovering Trager® in 1983, Gae became a Practitioner in 1985.  She is a Trager Mentastics® Teacher and loves how the Trager Approach has enriched her life.  She has been a member of her Regional Board and most recently, a member of the International Tutor Committee for the past ten years.  Gae lives in Berkeley, California, but finds she spends lots of her time one hundred miles north - looking at birds and kayaking in Clear Lake, California.


Laura Lynn Giubardo - Northeast Trager

 Northeast Trager Association (NETA-5)

[Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont]


As a Massage Therapist, body worker, hula dancer, yoga student, mother of seven and a spiritual seeker from the Church of Kindness, my journey began as a 19 year old, on the big Island of Hawaii.

I studied Lomi Lomi, shiatsu, sport massage, prenatal massage, Swedish massage, etc. My  Level 1 Trager® training facilitated a transcendent experience as my diaphragm released; it enabled me to take a breath so deep that my life was transformed and has been growing and transforming ever since.

I continue to apply the principles of Trager® in my life, and the lives of my family, friends and clients. I have seen other’s lives transformed by The Trager Approach. I believe in the principles that Milton Trager taught to the core of my heart, it is beyond my understanding why these principles are not taught in every school in the world.

The body is a vessel that carries the soul, moving the body to help a person realize the potential of their existence, transforming a life is powerful for all involved. I remain forever grateful to Milton Trager for the gift he has offered, allowing me to heal, and assist others in their healing.


Laura Lynn Giubardo


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