Board of Directors

Lisa Nemzo, BCPP, RPE


Lisa has been a Healing Arts Practitioner since 1985 specializing in Somatic Trauma Release from a physio/emotional nature. Lisa works with couples on communication skills, reflective listening and conflict resolution. She is very active as a professional songwriter, producer, and musician and mentor to young budding artists. She brings creativity, freshness and an experienced voice to the APTA Board of Directors. Lisa’s extensive experience working with groups in building consensus will be an asset to the APTA Board of Directors as we move into the future.

Denyce Giannioses, RPE


Denyce combines 25 years experience in Polarity Therapy and psychology with simple practical solutions that educate, heal and support people on their journey. Her expertise is identifying and healing early life trauma. Her natural talents, extensive knowledge and education of the Spirit-Body relationship gives her an empathic perspective that inspires confidence, passion, and meaning in those she works with. Some of the techniques in her toolbox include Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Balancing, Prenatal-Birth Therapy, Continuum Movement, Moving Theater, flower essences, essential oils, meditation, and Conscious Language. Polarity has been the guiding principle in her practice and life, therefore she is committed to the advancement of Polarity Therapy as a profession while maintaining the integrity and beauty of this healing art.

Valerie Bowman, LMSW, BCPP


Valerie was so struck by the impact of her first Polarity Therapy session that she flew halfway across the country every month for three years to study Polarity Therapy with her practitioner’s teachers. Her previous career has been as a hospital social worker and medical education researcher. Valerie has long believed in the blending of Eastern and Western modalities for healing and appreciates Dr. Stone’s work and unique merging of different practices. She brings her social work, administrative and organizational skills to the Board.

Elizabeth Ferrara, BCPP, RPE, ERYT500


Elizabeth brings a background in the business world and variety of energetic studies to her service on the board. She has a penchant for taking esoteric writings (everything from retail store leases to yoga sutras to Dr. Stone’s works) and unravelling them enough to be understandable and useful for clients and students. This skill culminated in her decision to make the rest of this life about opening the field for as many people as are interested in learning about, teaching and practicing Polarity Therapy and the Energetic Healing Arts.

Gary B. Strauss, MS, BCPP, RPE


Gary is a Master Practitioner and world-famous Polarity Therapy and CranioSacral Unwinding Instructor. He is the founder and director of Life Energy Institute and Polarity Healing Arts of CA. Gary has helped thousands of people find greater health and well-being with his work and mentoring. His educational programs have uplifted many students to greater levels of skill, self-awareness, empowerment and deep understanding of the Principals of Life Energy.

John Chitty, BCPP, RPE, RCST


John Chitty operates Colorado School of Energy Studies. He practices Polarity Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Psychotherapy in Boulder, Colorado. He is the author of Working with Babies (2016) and Dancing with Yin and Yang (2013), and co-author of Energy Exercises (1990).  He has served APTA in several ways including five terms as President 1993-1998.

Johnny Henderson, Ph.D., BCPP, RPE, CWC


Johnny is a seeker and constant student of energy and conscious development. After leaving corporate training and education he began his career in the healing arts. Polarity Therapy discovered him while he was working on his PhD in Energy Therapies. As a teacher/educator and full-time practitioner of Polarity Therapy he also incorporates Sound Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Color Therapy, AstroHealth, and Medical Aromatherapy into his private practice and training workshops. He has maintained an approved program in Polarity Therapy training since the mid-90’s. Johnny has served APTA in many capacities including Conference Coordinator, Board of Directors, Education Committees, and the inception committee up to the Certification Governing Council (CGC) for APTA’s Board Certification. “

Andrea Bordelon, BCPP


Andrea is a practitioner and instructor with a unique 20 year mosaic of study and practice in the healing arts. A world traveler, her passion for the healing arts brought her coast to coast as well as overseas to study, practice and teach. Having been in the business world for a long time as a spa director, owner, and professional marketer, she has an insight into how to represent businesses from a operations and marketing perspective.

Chris Whyrick, BCPP


I came to polarity therapy through a “chance” encounter with a polarity therapist teaching a polarity yoga course in 2002. Here I was taught that my hands had the amazing ability to initiate parasympathetic tone, utterly leaving me speechless and on a path in which I have never looked back. Fifteen years later, my passion grows every day. I received my RPP in 2007, and have continued my study since. I am currently a student in my last year of Oriental Medicine school in Portland, OR, and amaze my classmates and instructors daily on the power of polarity therapy.

Previously I served 16 years in the campaign-finance regulation industry, primarily with the U.S. Government in Washington, DC which gave me a unique perspective on how legislation is made and how it affects regulated communities, including polarity therapists.

My passion is helping people realize their full potential, in mind, body, and spirit. I look forward to working to further the profession of the beautiful practice we call Polarity.

Board members participate in the governance that guides decisions and the future of APTA. Each board member is a member in good standing and is nominated by a member of APTA. They serve 3-year terms and are advocates for our members in state and national forums. If you have an interest in the advancement of polarity therapy, we invite you to join APTA and consider ways in which you can contribute.

APTA to me is about community. I believe in our mission and our work. APTA keeps our community safe and forward-focused as we carry on Dr. Stone's brilliant work.

Dr. Johnny Henderson, Ph.D.Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, Registered Polarity Educator