Jin Shin Jyutsu Professional practitioner course Faculty And Staff


Iole Lebensztajn, MD

Iole Lebensztajn

Iole Lebensztajn was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She finished medical school at the University of São Paulo in 1988 and completed her residency in Pediatrics in 1990. At the end of 1990 Iole was touched by the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. For her Jin Shin Jyutsu integrates knowledge, concepts, and hands-on practices from different traditions and cultures in a very inclusive and unique approach.

Iole became an instructor of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1999. She has a full Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in São Paulo, seeing clients, teaching self-help classes and teaching seminars for the Mary Burmeister Institute in Brazil and worldwide. Iole is Curriculum Coordinator of the Professional Practitioner Course and is the lead author of its new core curriculum.  She lives in the São Paulo area with her young son.

Jed Schwartz, PT

Jed Schwartz

Jed Schwartz has been a Physical Therapist since 1977 specializing in pediatric rehabilitation. He began studying Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1981 with Mary Burmeister and has been working with Jin Shin Jyutsu exclusively since 1987. He joined the faculty of Mary's organization, now called the Mary Burmeister Institute, in 1995. Since then he has taught Jin Shin Jyutsu classes throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Jed maintains a full time Jin Shin Jyutsu practice that he splits between his Manhattan office and Woodstock, NY where he lives with his wife, Lois.

Susan Schwartz, MS

Susan Schwartz

Susan Schwartz has been practicing and studying Jin Shin Jyutsu since her first class with Mary Burmeister in 1982. She joined the faculty of the Mary Burmeister Institute and began teaching worldwide in 2002. She maintains an active Jin Shin Jyutsu practice treating clients in Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Susan’s background in clinical psychology, social work, and special education serves her well as a solid foundation for her instruction.  Susan has a great interest in contemporary arts and film and has volunteered as a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art for 19 years. She is the mother of a grown daughter and lives with her husband Richard in Baltimore, MD.

Anita Willoughby, MDiv

Anita Willoughby

Anita Willoughby was trained as a dancer and performed professionally for 25 years. In addition to her strong physicality, she has always had a profound interest in philosophy and healing, and the ways that the body, mind, and spirit intersect and inform each other. She has studied and practiced Jin Shin Jyutsu since she was first introduced to it in 1984. She joined the Mary Burmeister Institute faculty in 2002 and has taught classes and seminars in New York and throughout the world.

Anita attended the New Seminary in New York City and received ordination in 1999. She brings her experiences as a dancer, mother, interfaith minister and healer, as well as her study of the Kabbalah, to her work teaching and sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Visiting Instructor

Susan Lieberman, MBA,BSN,LMT

Susan LiebermanSusan has dedicated herself to promoting whole person health for people of all ages.  She combines her background in nursing and western science with her knowledge of the eastern healing arts for an integrative approach to health and wellness.  Susan graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, College of Nursing in 1978.  She held various positions in a cancer center, critical care unit, and operating suite of major NYC teaching hospitals.  She then received her MBA in Healthcare Administration in 1985 and held various administrative positions in patient safety.  She began practicing the eastern healing arts in 1978, and was introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu® in 2003.  Susan is currently a private practice practitioner and self-help instructor in Berkeley Heights, NJ.  She is also a licensed massage therapist and a certified medical Qi Gong therapist/instructor from the Chinese Healing Arts Center in Danbury, CT.  In addition, Susan is co-founder of the Natural Healing Alliance (NHA), a not-for-profit professional organization committed to supporting natural healing practitioners and the public’s right to health freedom choice.   

Program Manager

Julia Millspaugh, RN, BSN, MA, HNB-BC

Julia Millspaugh

Julia is Program Manager for the Jin Shin Jyutsu Certification Program, and was an essential part of the small team which developed the Professional Practitioner Course.  She is a Registered Nurse, certified in Holistic Nursing, and is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Student Practitioner.  She has been working as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner for the Atlantic Health System’s hospitals since 2010. Her primary unit is the Emergency Department where she provides sessions as a holistic nurse, first assessing patients’ pain, anxiety, and/or nausea, if applicable. She then offers Jin Shin Jyutsu and self-care recommendations for them.  

Julia received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Religion from Colorado College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Her degrees focus upon body, mind, and spirit, and give Julia the ideal background to bridge holistic and conventional medicine and health.

Program Directors

David Burmeister

David Burmeister

David Burmeister is the Director of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.  He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business administration in 1983 from Northern Arizona University.  After working in the mental health field for two years in San Diego, David returned to Arizona in 1985 to help his mother, Mary Burmeister, manage the Jin Shin Jyutsu office and the growing interest in Jin Shin Jyutsu.

David is a student practitioner, class organizer and grateful recipient of Jin Shin Jyutsu, and a lifelong student of the art.