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Instructor Bios

Dr. Ellen Z. Anderson, PT, PhD, GCS, RYT has been a physical therapist for 40 years and a yogi for half of that. She has a PhD in health sciences and is a professor emerita of physical therapy from Rutgers University with a strong background in therapeutic exercise. Ellen has written a book, several articles, and many several chapters on the use of mindful and complementary therapies in rehabilitation. She is a certified and registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and enjoys teaching classes for persons new to yoga or those wanting to practice yoga in ways that can address their physical and mental well-being. She teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings and is highly regarded for her incorporation of yoga into plans of care for people with mental health concerns.

Dr. Lori S. Zucker, PT, DPT, MA, CYT has been a physical therapist for over 35 years and a dedicated yogi since 2001. She completed her 300-hour teacher training in 2011. Lori been integrating yoga into her private physical therapy practice for over 20 years. She is highly regarded for her ability to assess patients and clients through a perspective of yoga and then recommend plans of care that combine western and eastern approaches for recovery and health.. Lori is an adjunct professor in the Rutgers University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program helping to bring a clinical perspective and yogic principles to new generations of physical therapists. She has been blessed with the opportunity to teach yoga and anatomy in the UK, the Sudan, Spain, Costa Rica, India and Israel.

Dr. Matthew Mandel, PT, DPT, CYT is a physical therapist with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. He has earned certifications as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), USATF Track and Field Coach. Matthew is also trained in Applied Functional Science (CAFS), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). 


After many years of weightlifting, running marathons and completing an Ironman, Matthew shifted his focus from training his body to training his brain through mindful walking, yoga, and meditation. Adding to his other credentials, he is now certified in Mindfulness Based Pain Relief and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is a certified yoga teacher.


Mindfulness has become the foundation of Matthew’s patient care as a physical therapist and for his own personal growth and development. He integrates mind-body awareness, breathing, yoga, meditation, and ACT strategies into his patients’ plans of care with remarkable results and has experienced tremendous positive changes in his relationships with his wife, daughters, colleagues, staff, and patients resulting in decreased stress and anxiety while increasing his happiness, productivity, and connectedness to the world around him.


After Matthew taught an elective course, “Train the Brain: Becoming a Mindful PT” for the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Rutgers University, School of Health Profession, those who took the course recommended to the program director that the elective become a required course because it was so beneficial for their personal and professional development.

YogiAnatomy is proud to offer “Train the Brain: Becoming a Mindful Clinician” with Dr. Matthew Mandel as the lead instructor. We know that everyone who takes this course will gain so much more than just 20 continuing education credits.

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