David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST, FFT, VMT is an Allied Health
Member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at
the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he is
the Senior Structural Integrator and Fascia Specialist at UPMC’s
Center for Integrative Medicine.
David is the author of the international best seller Fascia: What it
is and Why it Matters, currently in 10 languages and 2 editions.
His follow up book, as editor, Fascia, Function, and Medical
Applications was nominated for a 2021 British Medical
He has contributed chapters to the 2nd Edition of Fascia: The
Tensional Network of the Human Body, and the 2nd edition of
Metabolic Therapies In Orthopedics. He contributed to the 4th
edition of Joe Muscolino’s Kinesiology.
His podcast, BodyTalk with David Lesondak, is listened to in 42
countries and in 2022 made the Top 10% Most Shared Shows on
Now in his 15 th year at UPMC, David specializes in helping people
improve physical function, resolve pain and restore resilience.
Prior to that he spent 13 years managing and practicing at multi-
disciplinary clinic in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
David’s natural ability to forge successful connections led to
educational ventures with renowned researchers and practitioners
in the field of fascia, including a faculty position with Anatomy
Trains continuing education from 2003-2008. In 2009 he
collaborated with Anatomy Trains author Thomas W. Myers on the
production of Anatomy Trains Revealed – a three-DVD legacy
media companion to Myers’ book that went from the theoretical
realm of the and into the anatomy lab itself!
From 2010 - 2017 David teamed up with Robert Schleip, PhD,
who headed the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University,
Germany. Together they produced over 100 hours of educational
content for both clinicians and researchers who wanted the latest
in fascia science. Sensing he was not content with just being
behind the scenes, and gauging his aptitude, Robert invited David
to lecture on the current science around fascia and the mind/body
connection at the 2014 Fascia Summer School.
A gifted and inspired speaker of all things fascia, David has been
an invited speaker and workshop facilitator to such diverse groups
as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on Myofascial
Pain, the Academic Consortium of Integrative Medicine, the LA
Clippers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Australian, British, and
Polish Fascia Symposiums, the World Fascia Congress, the
International Fascia Research Congress, the Anatomy Trains
Master Class Series, the University of Arizona College of
Medicine, and many others.
Previous to entering the healthcare field, David’s various career
incarnations were in television, advertising, and the funeral arts.
Including over a decade-long stint as a DJ on WYEP-FM in
Pittsburgh. He maintains an avid interest in music and can be
sometimes be heard at Pittsburghs’s singer/songwriter Open Mic
David' Website: www.davidlesondak.com
The International Association of Structural Integrators Website: www.theiasi.net