Instructors at The Healing Arts Studio
Dr. Barry Silverman, Tai Chi
As a 2nd degree Black Sash in Tai Chi Quan, Healing Arts Center Co-Founder, Dr. Barry Silverman, is keenly aware of the relation between balance, motion and alignment. He's studied Tai Chi Chuan for three decades and has been teaching for for over 20 years. He has found that Tai Chi can enhance the structural integrity of a person’s posture, improve coordination, balance and ease of movement.
Dr. Silverman has studied 3 of the major styles of Tai Chi Chuan: Chen style, Sun style and Yang style, including both hand and weapons forms. He teaches both Sun and Yang styles of Tai Chi in his classes. Dr. Silverman has also been certified by Dr. Paul Lam and Tai Chi for Health to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for back pain.
Dr. Silverman has competed at martial arts tournaments over the past 7 years and won many medals including: 4 gold medals at the First Hong Kong International Wushu Tournament in 2006; gold and silver medals at the Tiger Claw Elite Qualifer at the Capitol Classic in 2007; gold and silver medals at the 2007 Kuoshu Championship International Tournament; silver medals at the 2008 Kuoshu Championship International Tournament; and gold and bronze medals at the 2017 Boston ICMAC Chinese Martial Arts Championship.
Practicing, competing and teaching Tai Chi over the years has become a passion for Dr. Silverman. It has enriched his life immeasurably as a martial art, as an exercise for health and fitness and as a spiritual practice.
Irene Reinke, Tai Chi
Irene Reinke has been a life long student of movement and dance. She studied Kempo Karate for several years, was director of an American Tribal Style bellydance troupe and dance instructor for 15 years, and continues to perform publicly. She has studied Flamenco and Argentina Tango, as well as enjoying other forms of social dance, and also teaches zydeco classes.
In 2013, Irene began taking Tai Chi classes with Dr. Barry Silverman and soon fell in love with this wonderful mind and body practice. As part of her teacher training Irene has been co-teaching with Dr. Silverman and beginning this fall will be teaching the Thursday beginner class.