300hr Guest Teachers
DR. SUZANNE SEMANSON
PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT
Anatomy of Practice Module: Postural Assessment + Injury Management
Dr. Semanson is a faculty member at the programs in physical therapy at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her role there includes serving as the clinic director of the physical therapy faculty practice at Columbia University Irving Medical Center where she provides clinical services to patients with musculoskeletal injuries and mentors DPT students. She additionally serves as an instructor in the orthopedic track in Columbia’s doctoral physical therapy program. Dr. Semanson received her B.S. from the University of Michigan in biological anthropology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. She is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a Certified Manual Physical Therapist, and a certified Yoga and mat Pilates instructor. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty at the start of the pandemic, she worked at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) as a clinical specialist for nearly 10 years. While at HCDI, she provided clinical services to NYC-dancers recovering from injuries, provided backstage coverage at Broadway theaters, contributed to dance medicine research, mentored clinical staff and designed, launched and directed their Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, which is among the first in the nation.
Author and Human Rights Attorney
Spirit of Practice Module: Social Justice + Skillful Action
Flynn Coleman is an author, international human rights attorney, social justice advocate, Harvard Fellow, professor, and public speaker. Flynn has worked with the United Nations, the United States Federal Government, as well as with international companies, universities, and human rights organizations around the world. She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Flynn’s work touches on a vast array of human rights issues such as war crimes, genocide, human and environmental rights, gender equality, access to justice and education, social entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence. Her book, A Human Algorithm, is a groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of humanely designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology.
Author, Speaker, Investor
Professional Development + Strategy Module: Cultivating, Nurturing, and Activating Your Network
Fran Hauser is an author, keynote speaker, and investor at the intersection of women’s empowerment, career fulfillment, and collective wellbeing. Fran has invested in over 20 female-founded companies across CPG, media, future of work, and wellness. Her writing, speaking, and investing is informed by 15 years spent in media, where she rose the ranks at Time Inc. to President of Digital. She is the best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming A Person You Hate which has been translated into six languages and was named “Best Business Book of the Year, 2018” by Audible.
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Yeacher, Plant-Based Cook, and Author
Art of Practice and Art of Teaching Modules: Intro to Ayurveda + Energetic Sequencing
Jennifer Kurdyla is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Committed to sharing the ancient tools of Ayurveda and yoga with modern communities, she helps her clients and students discover personalized rituals that support their well-being in body, mind, and spirit. She thrives in the creative space of her kitchen, where she crafts seasonal plant-based recipes with a focus on supporting digestion and reviving our sensory experience with food prepared fresh and with love. On the yoga mat, she is inspired by aligning the physical and subtle bodies through asana and breath, creating opportunities for students to feel at home in themselves. A former book editor and graduate of Harvard University, she is also the co-author of Root & Nourish: An Herbal Cookbook for Women’s Wellness (Tiller Press, 2021).