The Z-Health Master Practitioner Program

The Z-Health Master Practitioner Program educates and certifies Z-Health practitioners beyond the standard Z-Health curriculum. First envisioned over a decade ago, this rigorous development program has grown into a world-class learning experience that produces graduates with a level of skill and professionalism that firmly places them in the upper echelons of the health and fitness industry and the top 1% of the Z-Health community.

Z-Health Master Practitioners

Yuka Sugiura

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner
Email: [email protected]

Yuka is a performance and rehab coach for gymnasts and dancers. She supports young athletes by helping them become more injury-resistant and resilient and by providing them with education and tools to sustain them throughout their careers. Yuka also works with teachers and coaches to shift the language and tactics of instruction to improve learning and performance. Her underlying mission is to end the abusive methods of gymnastics and dance training, and she’s grateful for the education Z-Health has provided to inspire and support this work.

In addition to her training through Z-Health, Yuka has studied dance medicine and is a certified Orthopedic Massage and Pilates Therapist.

Yuka can be reached at:
[email protected]

Nadya Lutz

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner
Email: [email protected]

Nadya Lutz has been a health and movement coach since 1982.  In addition to Z-Health’s methodology, she incorporates and is certified in the following: Pilates, Yoga, Holistic Health Coach, Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor, Reiki Master, Laser Acupuncture, EEG Neurofeedback, and Biofeedback Scans. She is a lifelong learner and loves to provide her clients with cutting-edge science, methods, and tools to improve their health and performance.

Nadya can be reached at:
[email protected]

Russell Deane

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner
Phone: 352-262-7374

Ever since Russell’s childhood, he has loved all sports, especially tennis. He sought to excel in them through his passion for fitness and sports biomechanics. But when he was introduced to Z-Health’s education of applied neurology, he saw the incredible power of integrating one’s visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive system for elite performance. Since 2010, he has owned Xceed Sports Performance in Gainesville, Florida, where he specializes in athletic performance enhancement. He utilizes the principles of modern strength and conditioning, advanced sports science, and functional neurology to help his clients achieve their performance goals. Clients include world class professional athletes, Olympians, aspiring collegiate and high school athletes, individuals struggling with some form of pain, and those seeking optimum health and fitness. He received his B.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and his Masters in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University.

You can reach Russell at:
Xceed Sports Perfomance

Ulla Lienhard (Schmid-Fetzer)

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner

Ulla is the author of the worldwide first book on Neuro Athletic Training Neuroathletiktraining. This success was quickly followed by the bestseller Neuronale Heilung, a practical guide for health optimization through improving interoceptive awareness.

As a former dancer, Ulla specializes in movement and performance optimization through Neuro Athletic Training and takes care of a wide variety of athletes of all ages—from young talents to world champions. In addition, she supports athletes in rehabilitation and has recently devoted herself to neurocentric health optimization and children’s motor development.

Neuro Athletic Training

[email protected]

Sophie Tabak

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner

Sophie Tabak is a Z-Health Master Practitioner, licensed massage therapist, certified Pilates instructor, and lifelong learner. Her training places her in a unique position to help a wide variety of clients with their goals. She feels strongly that taking an active role in your health is crucial to getting out of pain and improving performance. Sophie integrates Z-Health principles into her movement and bodywork sessions with clients to reach each individual’s goal while working to expand their movement competency. Being close to someone who has a physical disability is what drives Sophie to go above and beyond with her clients every day.

Sophie can be reached at [email protected]

Ulf Sobek

Position: Z-Health Master Practitioner

Prof. Dr. Ulf Sobek is a sports scientist who works at a private university and as a personal athletic coach for professional players.
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