Meet Your Faculty

Jim Pulciani, BS, CMT, L.Ac.

Program Director for the Institute for Anatomical Research, Jim has devoted his life to healing and teaching holistic medicine. Respected author, consultant, and professor, Jim has touched the lives of not only his many clients, but students and colleagues as well. His books Holistic Bodywork: Blending Modern and Ancient Bodywork Principles, and Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Elemental Approach are standard text for associate degree programs and instructor training programs throughout the United States. Jim's heart and joyful laughter are gifts he freely shares!

Sallie Thurman, CMT

A graduate from the Somatherapy Institute School of Massage in Desert Hot Springs, CA, Sallie has been a licensed massage therapist for over 23 years, and her skills are unparalleled (says Gil!!). Her interest in complementary care began during her experience as an ER registration and unit secretary and medical transcriptionist. Her passion for the body led her to deepen her studies through many years of study at the Barral and Upledger Institutes. Gil's lab assistant since 2007, Sallie has taught countless courses by Gil's side and is a champion for the somanaut community. Sallie also holds an Associate's Degree from College of the Desert and two yoga teacher training certifications. Sallie brings her passion for deepening knowledge of the human form to every workshop.

Madhav Gramke, DC

Madhav received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Life University, and his Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida. He has extensive training in cranio/sacral therapy, pediatric and pregnancy techniques, several techniques within chiropractic, and a vast exposure to many cross-disciplinary modalities. Madhav taught for three years in the classrooms of Life University, and has assisted many of Gil’s six-day workshops as well as the incredible “Anatomy from A to Z” project. Madhav currently practices in Colorado Springs and is honored to be teaching at the Institute for Anatomical Research.

Carla Oliva

‚ÄčA Licensed Massage Therapist and Pilates studio owner and educator, Carla's journey into understanding human anatomy and movement began in 1995 while attaining her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in São Paulo, Brazil. Her passion for posture, alignment, and movement led her to attain her Pilates certification thru BASI® in 2011 and to participating in hands-on human dissection courses in the cadaver laboratory, beginning with Gil Hedley in 2012. ‚ÄčNine years later, Carla moved to Colorado Springs to assist Gil Hedley on his project, Anatomy from A to Z. In addition to teaching dissection workshops, Carla is also the Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager for the Institute for Anatomical Research.