Presenters - 2019

Misha Sakharoff

Misha is a Russian-trained engineer, living in Denmark.  He works with specialist medical consultants, diet, movement and Buteyko Breathing to achieve (literally) life-saving outcomes.  He will be unveiling his new concept, ‘The Five Stage Rocket’ for addressing allostatic resilience and metabolic syndrome.  He’ll also be leading a movement workshop.


Jane Clapp

Jane has spent many years exploring the impact of collaborative movement and non-verbal embodied listening for people in recovery from complex traumatic stress and the incredible impact both have on regulating breathing biomechanics.  Jane is immensely experienced in trauma and movement and has taken a Buteyko course. You’ll also walk away with an understanding of how traumatic stress impacts the function of the diaphragm.


Lynn Gorton

Lynn is known to many members as an experienced Buteyko educator and still works daily at the coalface of Respirology.   Her work has probably saved many lives, but her modesty prevails, so she’ll share with us how, as a Pulmonary Rehab Specialist, she successfully uses Buteyko in a highly scrutinised acute care setting.  Most of Lynn’s patients have life-threatening conditions, so hearing how she manages to exercise her protocol in these challenging settings is fascinating.


Angela Pereira 

Angela has worked in Toronto in the fields of Kinesiology and Nutrition for years and has also taken a Buteyko course.  She works with clients to convert nutrition into movement and well understands the role of breathing in the metabolic cycle.  We all have our views of food, but Angela can bring us the specific science of how the right gut microbiome enables movement. This interactive session comes with recipes, meal and exercise ideas.


Dr Nauman Naeem

Nauman has also worked at the frontline of Respirology and critical care of respiratory disorders for some time.  He too has taken a Buteyko course.  We’ll hear how his medical and life journey has given him insight into movement, flow and breathing and their role in the healing process.



Lauren Reznick

Lauren is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 10yrs experience, with an MSc in Communication Disorders, and is also a Cert Basic DIR®/Floortime Provider, and OMT. Her energies are focused on helping babies and toddlers with special motor, sensory, and feeding challenges by addressing oral-motor dysfunction, neuromuscular re-education, and early speech-language development. Lauren has received multiple awards from the American Speech and Language Association in recognition of her exceptional commitment to her continuing professional education.  Lauren Reznick Therapy Services, is a private paediatric therapy clinic in Toronto, where she works with children and their families, providing evaluations, program plans and therapy. Her goal in addressing feeding and speech challenges is to improve the quality of life for both the children she serves, and their families. 



Michelle Fraser, PT

Michelle is a pelvic health advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health, with specific interests and globally. She is involved with teaching physiotherapists pelvic health and advanced orthopaedic skills, internationally, as well as helping them to evolve towards LGBTQ-informed practice.

Michelle’s mission is to empower people in Canada and internationally to take charge of their pelvic health, which can often be a life changing experience for anyone who has suffered pelvic health dysfunction. In addition, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor, enriching her finely tuned treatment methods with yogic philosophy and the benefits of mindful movement. 

With such a complex and pivotal place in our health, I’m sure we’ll all have much to learn from Michelle’s knowledge and experience in pelvic health to learn more of its role in functional breathing.


Christine Bauman

Our very own Chris Bauman will be organizing a workshop to look at the future of how Buteyko training will need to evolve.  She and Declan will assess how market forces, medical terminology, perceptions, empirical knowledge and entrenched opinions all play their role in this and none of us can avoid any of it.  They will view where Buteyko has come from, why it is how it is and where it needs to go, to stay relevant.  We need to make this a focus group and productive workshop, garnering your views on priorities in Buteyko training.  If you believe in the future of Buteyko Breathing, this is one you need to be in the middle of.