Teresa Biber LoMonte - Producer
Born and raised in southern Illinois, Diane Musselman participated in music and drama throughout her childhood years. This includes playing first chair flute in her high school band as well as acting in school theater productions. She moved to California in 1981 and received her Bachelors and Master’s Degree at California State University, Northridge, in Speech Pathology.
During those years, Diane continued to act on stage and in commercials, most notably in The Elephant Man and The Good Doctor. During her acting studies she met three other actors in search of good acting projects who decided to create a production company called Chocolate Old Fashioned Productions. This company produced two short films HMMM and Unrequited.
From there Diane moved on to create Dancing Forward Productions where she discovered a new love of writing and producing. This resulted in a script for Just Another Dance With My Father. She reached out to former Chocolate Old Fashioned Productions fellow-producer, Kay Yamamoto, as well as new friends Sheryl Hartman, Peyton Skelton, and George Ohan to help produce the film, starring Jerrika Hinton of Grey’s Anatomy. The film is the proud recipient of the Gold Remi awarded at WorldFest Houston.
Diane continues to work on expanding Dancing Forward Productions and developing her writing, producing and acting skills. She is the co-writer and producer of Afterthoughts, a movie based on the book of the same title by author Lynn Tincher, now in pre-production. Diane is also pleased to be a co-executive producer on the feature film Last Call at Murray’s, and executive producer on the award winning web series Carbon Dating, both currently on the festival circuit. She is also pleased to have produced the 2016 music video, Look, for singer/songwriter Nina Paolicelli.
Diane is excited to reunite with Sheryl Hartman, and to join Teresa Biber on this documentary about young head and neck cancer survivors.
Sheryl Hartman is one the producers of the award winning short, Just Another Dance With My Father, a film short about a young stroke survivor.
This short played at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival (Gold Remi Award winner) In Texas, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa, GI Film Festival in Washington D.C, California Women's Film Festival, and the Louisville Festival in Film.
As an actor, Sheryl can be seen playing Mrs. Robbins in Roxie which premiered in Hollywood in March, 2015 and is available for download from Amazon Prime and GooglePlay. Roxie won 'Best Feature' at the Bushwick Film Festival, and was a selection at the Sonoma and AMPM Film Festivals.
Sheryl graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. After graduation she performed in numerous musicals and operettas regionally, created a cabaret show, and was in a national tour of H.M.S. Pinafore. After the tour Sheryl studied acting at the Stella Adler School in Hollywood.
Sheryl then continued her studies at the Meisner-based school, Actors Workout Studio (AWS). She did multiple plays and together with two acting friends created Big Bite Productions. They produced the stage productions The Lies We Live, AWS Holiday Show which benefited Toys for Tots, and co-produced New York State of Mind; every performance selling out nightly.
Sheryl is married to Steve Grabe, an opera singer. They live in Los Angeles and spend their spare time dancing.
Teresa Biber LoMonte is an internationally recognized Speech-Language Pathologist and authority on electrical stimulation and dysphagia (swallowing disorders). She has been working with patients with swallowing disorders and the head and neck cancer population since 1996. She is the innovator behind the Biber Protocol; a protocol that has saved hundreds of lives. She is also the co-founder of The Guardian Way® and serves as the International Director for Clinical Education and Research for Guardian Global/Spectramed.
Teresa has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with head and neck cancer and has developed a highly successful rehabilitation program for this population and participated in a bimonthly head and neck conference. She started the first and only dedicated support group in Ft. Lauderdale for head and neck cancer survivors aptly named, Tuesdays with Teresa. She was the electrotherapy expert consultant on a large, multi-center, randomized clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute and is also currently working on a large retrospective research study in collaboration with Johns Hopkins on another important public health issue.
Teresa has lectured and taught extensively in the US and abroad in Asia, Europe and Latin America, on the topics of electrical stimulation, head and neck cancer and dysphagia. She is cross-trained in a multitude of Physical Therapy techniques and has developed multiple interdisciplinary protocols for voice and swallowing disorders.
Teresa has had multiple media appearances as an expert in her field and as served as an expert witness advocating and fighting for patients suffering from swallowing and speech disorders. She received her Masters of Science from Nova Southeastern University where she was student of the year. She is dedicated to constantly advancing her knowledge and is a seven time recipient of the ACE award.
Teresa has published multiple articles and is member of the Dysphagia Research Society, National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers as well as many other organizations. She was recently recognized as a professional woman of the year by the National Association of Professional Women.
Teresa is also an actress, director and filmmaker and has written, directed and produced many short educational films as well as performed in multiple lead roles on stage. She serves on the executive board of The Playgroup LLC, a theater company in South Florida that produces only original plays by local playwrights. She also co-facilitates a monthly playwright actors workshop in Boca Raton, Fl.
Teresa has also served her community both in the states and abroad volunteering numerous times with Habitat for Humanity and the Global Orphan Project in Haiti. She deeply cares about the human condition and the impact of disease and disorder on the social and psychological well being of individuals and families.