FutureMed Faculty, Product Demonstrations Coordinator
Ari completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, his M.D. at the University of Washington, and his residency in Family Practice in Harrisburg, PA. By the time he had finished his residency, Ari had cross-country cycled more than 5000 miles throughout the US and Europe; conducted medical research in Israel; studied languages in Germany and Spain; created two award-winning dance companies, choreographed for One-Broadway, and ran ‘Swing Week” at Hershey Park; completed four world tours lecturing on poetry and short story writing; taught juggling in the Amazon, Easter Island, & Antarctica; and co-wrote and produced a musical.
*Fun Fact* As an entrepreneur, Ari spent four years on the start-up team of IMVU, the Silicon Valley-based company that not only re-defined the experience of avatar-based 3D instant messaging, but was instrumental in re-shaping the model for how start-ups themselves are created. (You can read more about IMVU in the NY Times’ bestseller, “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries)
*Fun Fact* In parallel to his work in medicine and his other extra-curriculars, Ari has also been teaching and performing social dance both nationally and internationally for over 25 years, including numerous workshops as special guest instructor to Stanford University, as co-director of “Waltz Week in Vienna”, and as the innovator and director of “New Zealand Dance Adventure”. In the world of dance, he is highly regarded for both his innovation in the area of “fusion” — a form of social dance which borrows elements from one style and blends them fluidly into another, as well as for his pioneering work in the field of wellness and dance therapy — using dance movement, balance, body awareness, and connection as modalities for diagnosing and treating individuals and couples. His current dance company,www.RollUpTheRug.com, is based out of Seattle.
Ari is delighted to be joining the admin team of Future Med as the coordinator for product demonstrations & experiential medicine — organizing the hands-on exhibits you’ll be enjoying throughout the week, and teaching several of the early morning mind-body specialty sessions.
You can reach Ari at [email protected].
You can learn more about his workshops, classes, travel and dance opportunities at www.rolluptherug.com or atwww.waltzweekinvienna.com