Conference Presenters

James BishopJames Bishop
University of Vermont, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Burlington, VT
James Bishop is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, VT, who has devoted over seven years of research to the study of chronic pain. Prior to joining the graduate program at UVM, James spent four years conducting translational pain neuroimaging studies in clinical populations and animal models at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital under mentors Dr. David Borsook and Dr. Lino Becerra. His dissertation research at UVM utilizes neuroimaging methodologies including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) to investigate both functional and structural changes of the brain in chronic pain populations. Maintaining a translational approach to study pain, James works with mentor Dr. Helene Langevin to develop and validate a porcine model of low back pain pathophysiology. Concurrently with mentor Dr. Magdalena Naylor, he uses neuroimaging techniques in both the animal model and musculoskeletal pain populations to investigate brain plasticity associated with chronic pain and following therapeutic intervention.

Geoffrey BoveGeoffrey Bove, DC, PhD
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME
Dr. Bove is a Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Biddeford ME. Primarily a neurobiologist studying pain mechanisms, Dr. Bove’s research has become focused on effects and mechanisms of manual therapy. He has published manuscripts in such venues as Journal of Physiology, JAMA, Journal of Neurophysiology, Experimental Biology, and Neurobiology. Dr. Bove has taught gross anatomy and human biomechanics at University of North Carolina, Harvard Medical School, Southern Denmark University, and University of New England. He has been involved in the Fascia Research Congresses in planning, scientific content, and presenting since their inception.

Leon ChaitowLeon Chaitow, ND, DO
Honorary Fellow University of Westminster, London
Leon Chaitow graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with postgraduate studies in acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and orthomolecular nutrition. A practising naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist with over forty years clinical experience, Leon Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier). Coedited/coauthored: Fascia in Manual Therapy – The tensional network of the human body (with Findley, Huijing & Schleip; Elsevier 2012); Practical Physical Medicine Approaches to Chronic Pelvic Pain (with Jones; Elsevier 2012); Sole editor of: Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches (Handspring 2014). He regularly lectures in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia where he instructs physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, as well as massage therapists. He has been a keynote presenter at numerous international conferences, most recently British Fascia Symposium, Windsor UK 2014. After retiring from the University of Westminster he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of “services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine”. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Julie Ann DayJulie Ann Day, P.T.
From Adelaide, Australia, Julie Ann Day has been a physiotherapist since 1977. She currently lives and works in Padova, Italy. In 2011, she completed a Degree-bridging course in Physiotherapy at the University of Verona, Italy. Working mostly in Orthopaedics, Julie is specialised in Connective Tissue Massage (Dicke and Teirich-Leube methods) and has always been highly interested in various forms of therapeutic exercise such as Feldenkrais, Hatha Yoga and ETC (Esercizio Terapeutico Conoscitivo – an Italian technique of proprioceptive exercises). Currently a part-time staff member in an outpatient clinic at the Ospedale dei Colli, Ulss 16, Padova, Italy, and clinical tutor for Physiotherapy students from the University of Padova during their Orthopaedic clinical placement, Julie also has a small private practice. Student of Fascial Manipulation® with Luigi Stecco since 1999, Julie became an authorised teacher of Fascial Manipulation® in 2002

Vibeke ElbrondVibeke Sødring Elbrønd, PhD
Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Elbrønd earned her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Copenhagen in 1988, and earned a PhD in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology in 1992. She is an associated Professor in Veterinary Anatomy and Biochemistry at the Department of Clinical Veterinary and Animal Sciences, teaching veterinary as well as life science students in general and functional anatomy, histology and embryology. She also supervises bachelor and masters students. Dr. Elbrønd is an internationally certified veterinary chiropractor since 2008. This has led to a change in research focus, including functional anatomy, fasciae and functional interactions of the locomotion system of animals. In additional to professorial duties, she has a practice treating the locomotion system of dogs and horses with manual therapies such as chiropractic, muscle and fascia treatments, and laser therapy. She is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Cesar FernandezCésar Fernández de las Peñas, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Fernández has published more than 200 publications and he is first author of approximately 140 of them. Most papers concentrate on clinical human pain research, drug screening and interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of his research is focus on neck pain, headache and neuro-physiological effects of manual therapy. His research activities are concentrated on biomedical sciences within neuroscience. The specific research areas have been on pain and assessment of pain in volunteers and chronic pain patients. The main focus is on human clinical chronic pain research. A substantial network of international collaborations with 5 different countries has been established with universities and hospitals. He has participated in 50 conferences with related published abstracts/ proceedings and he has given several lectures at Spanish and foreign universities and hospitals. He has given around 40 invited lectures at international meetings/workshops/seminars. He has 12 years of university teaching and he has achieved experience by teaching physiotherapists, and he has held specialising-courses for medical doctors within neurology and orthopaedics. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Thomas FindleyThomas Findley, MD, PhD
VA Medical Center and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Dr. Findley completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of FJ Kottke, MD PhD, one of the founders of that field. He earned his PhD in physical medicine, and received state of the art training in physical therapy, exercise physiology, psychology, and anthropology. He has extensive training in complementary medicine and is an active clinician (Certified Advanced Rolfer™) as well as a researcher at the VA Medical Center East Orange NJ which is a member of the Planetree Network of hospitals incorporating integrative medicine. Dr. Findley is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences, most recently a keynote at World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain, Dubai, Oct 27-31, 2013. He is the Founder of the Fascia Research Congress, and served as CEO and executive director from its inception in 2007 through 2013.

Dr. Findley is the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Northup Award from the American Osteopathic Association for his paper Three-Dimensional Mathematical Model for Deformation of Human Fasciae in Manual Therapy. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Serge GracovetskySerge Gracovetsky, PhD
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Gracovetsky graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1968 in nuclear physics and earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1970. He went on a tenured faculty at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) for 27 years. His main interests varied from the control of paper machines, the analysis of the injury process experienced by military jet pilots during emergency ejection, the study of the human spine, the study of the reasoning process of physicians making a diagnosis for lower back pain and various other related (and unrelated) topics. In addition, he founded and controlled four technological companies developing products in the field of measurement and the function of the spine. These companies exploited the concept of the spine as being the primary engine driving the pelvis during gait. The technique has been used on over 500,000 patients in many countries.

Dr. Gracovetsky holds 22 patents, has written a few dozen papers and some books and has presented at a few hundred conferences. Upon retiring as emeritus professor, he went on to buy a clarinet and registered as a music student at his University in Jazz Studies. His most recent acquisition was a Bb tenor saxophone. But his best achievement was to marry his teenage sweetheart and stay with her for 50 years and counting. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Jean Claude GuimberteauJean Claude Guimberteau, MD
Dr. Guimberteau is a plastic surgeon, specialized in reconstructive general surgery and hand and microsurgery.
He is the co-founder and scientific director of the “Institut Aquitain de la Main”. He is member of the French Hand Society (GEM),  past President 2012 of the French Plastic and Reconstructive surgery society (SOFCPRE), and member of the French Academy of Surgery. He was a member of the Health Service High Authority from 2007-2010. He was trained in the Hand and Plastid department of the Bordeaux University. During this surgical training, he was one of the pioneers in microsurgery and transplantations. He introduced innovative concepts in hand anatomy, physiology and secondary flexor tendon repair; he has been supported many years by Pr Cl Verdan and Pr H.E. Kleinert. He is a pioneer in endoscopy exploration of the tissular organization of the human body. Director and Producer of many videos on living matter, he has developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new ontology for human interior architectures. He was a panelist at the third FRC in 2012.

Thomas HausnerThomas Hausner, MD
Medical Director and Head of Department for Trauma Surgery at Lorenz Böhler Trauma Centre, Vienna, Austria
Senior Research Fellow, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna, Austria

Thomas Hausner is a graduate from Vienna University, School of Medicine, Vienna, Austria. He is working as head of the Department for Surgery, Orthopedic – & Hand-Surgery, State Hospital Hainburg/Donau, Austria and he is a Senior Research Fellow at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna, Austria. His specialty training for orthopedic trauma surgery and hand surgery has been at Lorenz Boehler Trauma Hospital in Vienna. During his fellowship he stayed for six months at CHU (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire) Bichat-Claude Bernard, Paris, France where he did a special training in peripheral nerve surgery. His interest in research is focused on peripheral nerve repair and regeneration  as well as in gliding of tissues in general and especially in peripheral nerves. He has published numerous papers in such venues as Experimental Neurology, International Review of Neurobiology, Acta Neurochiurgica, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Neuroscience Letters. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Boris HinzBoris Hinz, PhD
University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Hinz is Professor at the Matrix Dynamics Group, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada since 01/2009. He is cross-appointed Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hinz holds a PhD degree in Cell Biology and Theoretical Biology from the University of Bonn, Germany, obtained in 1998. From 1999 to 2002, he was postdoctoral fellow of Dr. Giulio Gabbiani, Department of Experimental Pathology, Centre Medical Universitaire, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Hinz then moved on to lead a research group at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, joining the worlds of Cell Biology, Biophysics, and Bioengineering. He was nominated Assistant Professor level in 2006. He is Past President and board member of the European Tissue Repair Society, Secretary and founding member of the Canadian Connective Tissue Society, board member of the Wound Healing Society, associate editor of the Journal Wound Repair and Regeneration, and Associate Member of the Faculty of 1000. Dr. Hinz aims in understanding the role of contractile myofibroblasts in physiological tissue repair and in causing pathological tissue fibrosis. The findings of his lab are published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, receiving over 6,700 citations by August 2014 with an h-factor of 33. He published 74 peer reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and >350 congress abstracts. His research lead to the creation of two startup companies specialized on anti-fibrotic coatings for silicone implants and novel “soft” cell culture devices.

Peter HuijingPeter Huijing, PhD
Professor of Biomechanics and Physiology, Research Instituut MOVE, Faculty of Kinesiology,
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Huijing has forty years experience in teaching biomechanics, physiology and anatomy of the locomotor apparatus to students of a great variety of backgrounds, ranging from medical students to students of human movement sciences and bioengineers. Dr. Huijing has performed teaching and tutoring duties at the introductory level as well as intermediate, PhD, and post-doctorate levels. He is co-author of a textbook Inleiding van de Kinesiology van de Mens (translation – Introduction to Human Kinesiology) Educaboek, Culemborg, The Netherlands (1983) which was later fully revised (1990, 1996) and published by Wolters, Groningen. Professor Huijing has also been co-editor of several congress proceedings and his intensive research activities in the fields of functional anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of muscle and its related tissues has led to over 200 journal peer reviewed articles between 1981 and 2012 among which are several review papers. In the same period, a similar quantity of other single authored and co-authored contributions were published in congress proceedings, books etc.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Muybridge Award for his work on fascial connections and force transmission within muscle tissue and between muscles.

Eric JacobsonEric Jacobson, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist and Lecturer,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Dr. Eric Jacobson is a research scientist who investigates alternative medicine at Harvard Medical School. He recently completed an NIH funded pilot clinical trial of Structural Integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic low back pain. Prior to this he worked on studies of the placebo effect and diagnostic reasoning acupuncture. His dissertation research investigated the experiences and traditional treatments of psychiatric illnesses among Tibetan refugees in northern India. Jacobson was trained by Ida Rolf in 1974 and has had a private practice of Structural Integration since then.

Partap S. KhalsaPartap S. Khalsa, DC, PhD, DABCO
Dr. Khalsa is the Deputy Director for the Division of Extramural Research, and oversees the NCCAM research portfolio related to manual therapies including massage, soft tissue therapies, movement therapies, joint and spinal mobilization, and spinal manipulation. Also included in his research portfolio are other manual therapies commonly utilized by a number of clinical professions (e.g., Doctors of Chiropractic, Naturopathic Physicians, Osteopathic Medical Physicians, and Physical Therapists). The portfolio spans research from mechanisms to translational tools and clinical trials. It also is primarily focused on pain in general and musculoskeletal pain in particular. Yoga research is also included in Dr. Khalsa’s portfolio. Dr. Khalsa is the coordinator for NCCAM’s Centers of Excellence in CAM Research (CERC) program. He is also the coordinator for NCCAM’s strategic interests in research on complementary medicine interventions for pain. Dr. Khalsa received his D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and earned his M.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at Yale University, Dr. Khalsa served as assistant professor, tenured associate professor, and vice-chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University (SUNY).

Michael KjaerMichael Kjaer, MD, DMSc
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Kjaer was educated as a Medical doctor from University of Copenhagen in 1984, and became a Specialist in Rheumatology in 1995. He is Head of Institute of Sports Medicine, Dept of Orthopedic Surgery, Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen and Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kjaer’s research group focuses on adaptation of tendon and skeletal muscle to mechanical loading and physical training, with special emphasis on physiological-pathological adaptation to overloading and regeneration of tissue. He has published more that 250 original papers and supervised more than 20 PhD students and 5 post doctoral students. He was a keynote speaker at the third FRC in 2012.

Siegfried MenseSiegfried Mense, MD, PhD

Department of Neurophysiology, University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Dr. Mense is professionally educated as a physician, physiologist, and anatomist. His research interests lie within the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of muscle pain. He recieved his doctoral degree in Medicine from Bonn University. In 1978-1979, he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A. Between 1985-2008, he was a University Professor at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Heidelberg University, Germany. He is currently Principal Investigator (retired) at the Department of Neurophysiology at the Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Manheim, Germany. Since 2008, he has served as the chairman of the Scientific Association “Muscle and Pain” in Germany.

Dr. Mense is considered a world authority on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of muscle pain and has published over 200 scientific articles and book contributions on these topics. He is the primary author of the textbook “Muscle Pain” which is a definitive resource on the principles of the diagnosis and treatment of muscle pain syndromes. In early 2010, Professor Mense released an updated version in a collaboration with Professor Gerwin. This is a 2 volume publication entitled “Muscle Pain – understanding the mechanisms” and “Muscle Pain – diagnosis and treatment”. Dr. Mense was the 2006 recipient of an Honorary Research Prize, awarded by the German Society for Pain Research and Therapy.

Lanay M. MuddLanay M. Mudd, PhD, FACSM
Dr. Mudd joined NCCIH as a program director in July 2015. Her grant portfolio centers on clinical studies of movement meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Dr. Mudd’s interests include physical activity measurement, as well as the use of mind and body interventions for perinatal health conditions and for promoting healthy behaviors. She is also NCCIH’s representative to the NIH Common Fund initiative on Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans. Dr. Mudd earned a dual-major doctoral degree in kinesiology and epidemiology, and completed postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology at Michigan State University. Prior to joining NCCIH, she was an assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, where her research investigated the health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and the development of interventions to improve health behaviors among pregnant women. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Pediatrics, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, and Preventive Medicine.

Preeti RaghavanPreeti Raghavan, MD

Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, NY
Dr. Preeti Raghavan is a Physician-Scientist at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. She directs the Motor Recovery Research Laboratory, whose mission is to develop innovative strategies to restore hand function after stroke and other neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Raghavan and her multidisciplinary team of physicians, therapists, engineers, and students investigate how brain injury affects motor skills and how sensorimotor integration can be used to enhance motor learning and control. She uses 3-dimensional measurements of arm and finger movements, fingertip forces, and muscle activity during natural movements to understand skill learning. Her goal is to improve access to rehabilitation and reduce disparity in stroke outcomes through home-based and community-based rehabilitation programs. In addition, she provides clinical services at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Andreas SchilderAndreas Schilder, MSc

Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Andreas Schilder investigates the contribution of deep soft tissue to low-back pain in humans with a main focus on the thoracolumbar fascia. He uses various chemical and electrical stimulation methods in order to develop short- or long-lasting changes in pain sensitivity. His scientific research aims at comparing the tissues in different pain parameters, such as pain intensity and its quality as well as its spreading. Andreas Schilder received a MSc degree in “Animal physiology” from the University of Kaiserslautern in 2011. He is a lecturer at the Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg and is about to finalize his doctoral thesis in musculoskeletal pain research.

Robert SchleipRobert Schleip, PhD, MA

Division of Neurophysiology, Ulm University, Germany
Dr. Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent international congresses. Besides his research activities he still maintains a private practice as a manual practitioner in Munich, Germany. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Mark SchuenkeMark Schuenke, PhD
Anatomy Department, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maine
Dr. Schuenke is an Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His expertise incluces Skeletal muscle architecture, Lumbopelvic pain, Human gross and microanatomy, and Biomechanics. His current research is measuring the force distribution of abdominal and paraspinal muscles in the thoracolumbar fascia. His research interests are to examine potential countermeasures to age-related muscle atrophy and diabetes, and to examine anatomical and biomechanical relationships related to lumbopelvic pain.

Rikke Mark SchultzRikke Mark Schultz, DVM

Rikke Mark Schultz graduated as DVM in 1992 from the Royal Danish Veterinary School in Copenhagen. She has worked as a general horse practitioner in Iceland for 5 years and later for nine years in Denmark. In 1997 she was internationally certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (IVAS) and in 2003 in Equine Osteopathy. Since then she has taken postgraduate courses and studies in canine and equine chiropractic and in osteopathic indirect techniques. Since 2006 she has run her own private practice (horses and dogs) with a focus on complementary medicine (acupuncture and osteopathy). In 2010 Rikke M. Schultz initiated a master study in Biomechanics at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Care and has performed and collaborated in several research projects, Equine myofascial lines, equine fasciae and diagnostic tests for horses with cervical hypomobility.  Rikke M. Schultz has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences and congresses and at national and local meetings. She is the first author and publisher of two books: “How to understand your horse” and “How to understand your Icelandic horse”.

Siddhartha SikdarSiddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Department of Bioengineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University and is a PI at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. His research interests are in translational research involving novel applications of ultrasound imaging. He has worked on new ultrasound signal and image processing methods and imaging systems for studying cardiovascular and musculoskeletal physiology and disease. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2005. From 2005-2007, he was a Senior Fellow in Bioengineering at the University of Washington and was the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association. He has been a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the Mason’s Emerging Researcher, Scholar or Creator award. Dr. Sikdar’s current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Veterans Health Administration.

Paul StandleyPaul Standley, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Standley trained as a vascular physiologist at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. After earning his Ph.D. in Physiology, he completed a post doctoral fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology and Hypertension. His first faculty appointment was in the Department of Internal Medicine at WSU where his research focused on vascular abnormalities in diabetes. At Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, he continued his NIH- and AHA – funded research on biomechanical modeling of arterial pressure waveforms and developing in vitro models of myofascial release and other manual therapies. He is currently a tenured professor in the departments of Basic Medical Sciences and Physiology and is the Assistant Dean of Curricular Affairs at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Dr. Standley has been awarded both the Irvin Korr Award and Northup Award – both from the American Osteopathic Association — for his research contributions to the osteopathic community. He is a member of the
FRC Scientific Committee.

Antonio SteccoAntonio Stecco, MD
Dr. Antonio Stecco is a Physiatrist, and a graduate in Medicine and Surgery. He specialized in Physics Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Padua, Italy. His areas of prevalent scientific and clinical interest are anatomy of the fascia corporis via dissections and histological studies, including immunohistochemical and molecular biology; study and clinical application of hyaluronic acid; and myofascial syndrome. Since 2000, Dr. Stecco has collaborated with the Descartes University, Paris, to study the macroscopic anatomy of fasciae through cadaver dissection. He is president of the the Fascial Manipulation Association, which brings together researchers interested in studying diseases of the fascia and myofascial origin. He is the past assistant-president of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPRM).

He is the author of more then twelve articles published in international journals. Author of one book (Manipolazione fasciale, Piccin, 2010), co-author of 3 books for which he wrote chapters about the fascial anatomy or the Fascial Manipulation Technique. He has also worked as an Assistant Reviewer for The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He is co-chair of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Carla SteccoCarla Stecco, MD
University of Padova, Italy
Dr. Carla Stecco is currently Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy. She is a founding member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and a member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and of the Association Française des Morphologistes. Dr. Stecco’s scientific activity is devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. She personally made over 100 dissections of fresh cadavers for research. From 2000, Dr. Stecco organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses on the Fascial Manipulation technique both in Italy and in other countries. She is the author of more than 80 in extenso papers on fascial anatomy. She was a keynote speaker at the third FRC in 2012, and is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Andry VleemingAndry Vleeming, PhD
Ghent Medical University, Belgium; University of New England, Maine
Dr. Vleeming works as a professor at the Ghent Medical University at the department of Rehabilitation and Kinesiotherapy and visiting professor in Clinical Anatomy at the University of New England, Maine, USA. He received his Ph.D. at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with specialty the anatomy, biomechanics and radiology of the human pelvis and spine. He founded the research group musculoskeletal system in 1990 at the same University to improve the diagnostic understanding of patients with chronic lumbar and pelvic pain. He was a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary World Congress on lumbo pelvic pain, and is a program chair for the 2016 congress. In 1995 he founded in cooperation with the Dutch government, a specialized rehabilitation hospital for severe chronic lumbar and pelvic pain patients. For his work as director of this clinic to successfully rehabilitate wheelchair bound women with chronic pelvic pain, he was honored a knighthood in the Netherlands. He acted as chairman for the European COST committee development of a European pelvic girdle pain guideline, which was published in 2008. Dr. Vleeming lectures worldwide about the clinical anatomy of chronic low back and pelvic pain. His research is focused on understanding chronic lumbo pelvic pain and to develop evidence based rehabilitation for chronic pain patients. World-wide he is working together as an expert in diagnosing patients with severe chronic pelvic girdle and spinal pain. Dr Vleeming has written more then 59 peer reviewed articles in leading musculoskeletal journals. He is the author of 15 books on the musculoskeletal system and editor of 20 books and 18 book chapters.

Jaap van der WalJaap van der Wal, MD, PhD
University of Maastricht, Holland (retired 2012)
Dr. Jaap van der Wal worked until February 2012 as senior lecturer (associate professor) in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. He is now retired from university and dedicates himself completely to his project Embryo in Motion training in Phenomenological Embryology and Dynamic Morphology. He has taught this view to all kinds of disciplines and therapies from 1990 until the present. Since his graduation as a medical doctor (1973), he became anatomist-embryologist and specialized first in the functional anatomy of the locomotor system. In 1998 he graduated as MD in this field by a dissertation on a ‘trans-anatomical’ view on human propriocepsis (sense for posture and locomotion). He functioned as researcher and teacher at various university institutes for Anatomy and Embryology in Holland. His passion is Human Embryology. “The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves, behaves in forms. The fields of study Kinesiology and Embryology meet at the domains of movement, motion and form.”

His connection with fascia research is mainly represented by his presentation on various conferences of the architectural concept regarding the description of the functionality of fascia and connective and muscle tissue. He teaches this concept to osteopaths with the slogan: ”The brain knows nothing of the anatomical muscle man but is involved in Motion, following the functional architecture of the Posturing and Locomotion System”.

Can YucesoyCan Yucesoy, PhD
Biomedical Engineering Institute of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Yücesoy holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Ph.D. degree from the Biomechanical Engineering Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2003, followed by a post-doc fellowship at Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently, he is working as a fulltime faculty member at the Biomedical Engineering Institute of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He is the leader of the Biomechanics Laboratory. His main research interest is in skeletal muscle mechanics with a particular focus on myofascial force transmission. Computational and experimental research approaches take into account muscle fiber-extracellular matrix interactions as well as interactions of muscle with other muscles and surrounding tissues via fascial connections. Recent research topics include: Force measurements of human muscles intra-operatively (e.g., in spastic cerebral palsy patients) during remedial orthopedic surgery. Animal myology experiments for assessment of the effects of surgical treatments and botulinum toxin injections in the context of myofascial integrity. Human muscle and connective tissue deformation analyses in vivo, using MRI. The latter techniques are currently being applied to human subjects for quantifying effects of selected manual therapies and kinesio taping. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

Pre-conference Presenters

Jerrilyn CambronJerrilyn Cambron, PhD, LMT, DC, MPH
Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron is a Professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois and adjunct faculty in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Cambron is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies and is President of the Massage Therapy Foundation. She has served as a Principal Investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for 20+ years. She has been an investigator on several projects funded by federal agencies including NIH and HRSA, and private foundations such as the Massage Therapy Foundation. Dr. Cambron is a member of the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) and is on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE). Dr. Cambron has taught numerous research-related courses and post-graduate seminars including evidence-based practice, introduction to research and biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, practice-based research, criticalappraisal of the literature, and writing case reports.

 

Lisa HodgeLisa Hodge, PhD
Dr. Lisa Hodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Immunology and holds a joint appointment with the Osteopathic Research Center at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is also the Basic Science Research Chair for the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.  Her laboratory studies the role of the lymphatic system during infectious disease, inflammation and cancer. Dr. Hodge is on the Scientific Committee for the Fourth International Fascia Research Congress, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee, the Osteopathic International Alliance, the Commission for Osteopathic Research Practice and Promotion, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and the American Academy of Osteopathy.  She also serves as a peer reviewer for several research journals and study sections at the National Institutes of Health.  Her research is funded by the American Osteopathic Association, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

 

Eric JacobsonEric Jacobson, PhD, MPH
Dr. Eric Jacobson is a research scientist who investigates alternative medicine at Harvard Medical School. He recently completed an NIH funded pilot clinical trial of Structural Integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic low back pain. Prior to this he worked on studies of the placebo effect and diagnostic reasoning acupuncture. His dissertation research investigated the experiences and traditional treatments of psychiatric illnesses among Tibetan refugees in northern India. Jacobson was trained by Ida Rolf in 1974 and has had a private practice of Structural Integration since then.

 

Ruth WernerRuth Werner, BCTMB
Ruth Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 5th edition. She also writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was also proud to serve as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation from 2010-2014, and she retains a seat as an MTF Trustee.

 

Post-Conference Sunday Presenters

Wolfgang BauermeisterWolfgang Bauermeister, MD, PhD
Dr. Bauermeister is a US-trained Physiatrist certified by the American Board of Physical medicine and Rehabilitation specializing in Pain and Sports Medicine. He did his residency in the teaching Hospitals of TUFTs University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a major contributor to the development of novel techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to fascia and muscles. In Germany he pioneered the Real-Time Elastography and orthopedic shockwave therapy in sports and pain medicine. Through his research he realized the profound effects of shockwaves on fascia and on muscle trigger points resulting in pain relief and functional rehabilitation. That led to the creation of his Triggerpoint-Shockwave-Therapy as an alternative to injection techniques and manual manipulation of fascia and muscles. At the University of Bochum, Germany, Dr. Bauermeister was able to demonstrate that Ultrasound Elastography can image the elastic properties of fascia and muscle. Dr. Bauermeister has incorporated Elastography and shockwave therapy for many years now in his sports medicine and pain Institute. He is involved in continuous research in cooperation with Ulm University, Germany utilizing shear wave, compression and vibrational real-time Elastography. As a medical journalist he authors medical articles and has published several books about myofascial problems in pain and sports medicine. As a lecturer and instructor of his Elastography and shockwave approaches, Dr. Bauermeister teaches physicians, physical therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors worldwide.

 

Leon ChaitowLeon Chaitow, ND, DO
Leon Chaitow graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with postgraduate studies in acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and orthomolecular nutrition. A practising naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist with over forty years clinical experience, Leon Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier). Coedited/coauthored: Fascia in Manual Therapy – The tensional network of the human body (with Findley, Huijing & Schleip; Elsevier 2012); Practical Physical Medicine Approaches to Chronic Pelvic Pain (with Jones; Elsevier 2012); Sole editor of: Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches (Handspring 2014). He regularly lectures in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia where he instructs physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, as well as massage therapists. He has been a keynote presenter at numerous international conferences, most recently British Fascia Symposium, Windsor UK 2014. After retiring from the University of Westminster he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of "services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine". He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

 

Bernie ClarkBernie Clark
Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. Bernie’s yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga – www.yinyoga.com. His meditation experience goes back to the early 80’s when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada’s oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies.

 

Klaus EderKlaus Eder
Klaus Eder graduated as a physiotherapist in 1973. After 1977, he completed the exam for sports physiotherapist. In 1981 he was appointed to the teaching staff of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. His career at the German Football Association (DFB) began in 1986, and after 1988 he became the national team physiotherapist. Numerous successes with the national team were achieved – victory in the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996 – but also the World Cup at home in 2006 was a special experience. Again at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, he was responsible for the physical therapy needs of the German national football team.

In 1988, he founded a center in Regensburg, Germany for physiotherapy and rehabilitation where he is currently a joint owner – www.edermuellerkerler.de. In 1990 he became a member of the medical team for the German Davis Cup team in tennis. In 2006, he published a book with his colleague Klaus Hoffmann on Football injuries and treatment.

 

Andre FarasynAndré Farasyn, PhD, PT, DO
Dr. Farasyn is a member of the Physical Education & Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty at Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he is a clinical researcher. He is the founder of the Cross Friction Algometry (CFA), Backache Index (BAI), Backache Disability Index (BADIX), new hypothesis for the origin of the "Cranio-Sacral Motion" (the venomotion hypothesis), new hypothesis for the phenomenon of "Referred muscle Pain" (the peripheral sensitive entrapment theory, or "barrier-dam theory"). He is a co-founder of the Cross-friction Therapy named "Roptrotherapy" (cross frictions on muscles with the aid of a bronze T-bar) with Prof. Dr. Tsujii Yoichi of the Univ. of Nagoya, Japan, and is director of the "Myopain Center Ghent" and the "European School of Roptrotherapy" in Belgium. Since 1992 he has been a member of the think tank "Belgische Academie voor Osteopathie”, "Académie d’Ostéopathie de Belgique” and since 1997, a member of the "International Myopain Society” (IMS). He recently became member of the research commission of an Osteopathic School at Ghent named the "International Academy of Osteopathy (IAO) which is the basis for many school divisions in other countries e.g. The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and others.

 

Cesar FernandezCésar Fernández de las Peñas, PT, PhD
Dr. Fernández works in the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. He has published more than 200 publications and he is first author of approximately 140 of them. Most papers concentrate on clinical human pain research, drug screening and interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of his research is focus on neck pain, headache and neuro-physiological effects of manual therapy. His research activities are concentrated on biomedical sciences within neuroscience. The specific research areas have been on pain and assessment of pain in volunteers and chronic pain patients. The main focus is on human clinical chronic pain research. A substantial network of international collaborations with 5 different countries has been established with universities and hospitals. He has participated in 50 conferences with related published abstracts/ proceedings and he has given several lectures at Spanish and foreign universities and hospitals. He has given around 40 invited lectures at international meetings/workshops/seminars. He has 12 years of university teaching and he has achieved experience by teaching physiotherapists, and he has held specialising-courses for medical doctors within neurology and orthopaedics. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

 

Stephen GangemiStephen Gangemi, DC
Dr. Stephen Gangemi has been in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since 1998. He specializes in holistic therapies for patients dealing with a variety of ailments such as hormonal imbalances, digestive disturbances, immune dysfunction, and musculoskeletal problems. His practice focuses on helping his patients move better and live healthier lives. Dr. Gangemi runs and manages the popular, unconventional, and sometimes controversial website sock-doc.com which focuses on natural approaches to athletic injuries, performance, and health and fitness issues. He is an avid endurance athlete, having finished sixteen Ironman triathlon races, including six Hawaii Ironman World Championships and countless other endurance events. Dr. Gangemi conducts Training & Treatment Workshops in the U.S. and Europe focusing on Natural Movement and MovNat principles for athletes seeking to improve performance and heal up injuries. He is Level II MovNat Certified Trainer, an amateur beekeeper, and a father of three often-outside and shoeless children. Dr. Gangemi is barefoot most of the day and always while in his office treating patients. He is also a frequent contributor for Paleo Magazine and BreakingMuscle.com.

 

Paul GrilleyPaul Grilley, PhD, MA
Paul Grilley trains hatha yoga teachers how to use anatomical principles when guiding students into yoga poses. His particular focus is the influence of normal skeletal variation on the range of motion yoga asanas require. Paul Grilley has taught hatha yoga since 1980. He received an MA from St. John’s College in 2000 and an Honorary Ph.D. from the California Institute for Human Science in 2008. He has written a book on yoga practice, produced three DVDs on anatomy and yoga, and conducts a yoga teacher training program.

 

Warren HammerWarren Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO
Warren Hammer DC, MS has been in practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA since 1959. He has studied numerous soft-tissue methods and applies them to the practice of chiropractic. He has lectured nationally and internationally and recently completed his third edition of Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods available from Jones & Bartlett publishers. He writes a regular column for Dynamic Chiropractic and has written articles for prominent journals such as Chiropractic Sports Medicine, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Chiropractic Technique and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He is on the post graduate faculty of New York Chiropractic College and Northwestern University of Health Science. Dr. Hammer introduced Fascial Manipulation into the U.S. in 2011 with Antonio Stecco, MD. As of 2013 he has become a certified instructor in the method.

 

Jouko HeiskanenJouko Heiskanen, MD, Pt
Dr. Jouko Heiskanen is a senior lecturer of ultrasonography medical rehabilitation at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Heiskanen has 10 years of experience teaching in sports medicine at Jyväskylä and Kuopio Universities, Faculty of Sports Medicine. He has been a lecturer of musculoskeletal problems at Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine since 1994. His main research interest is in ultrasonography of musculoskeletal, fascial biomechanics and motor control of movement. He has used functional ultrasonography in research projects focusing on dancers, musicians and sports myofascial assessment and biofeedback retraining optimal myofascial performance. Dr. Heiskanen has started ultrasonography based manual palpation teaching of fascias for physiotherapist in Metropolia research clinic. Some 10 years ago he brought the ultrasonography also as part of osteopathy and podiatry education at Metropolia. Dr. Heiskanen has created a double dynamic ultrasonography (Ddu) which is a new method to evaluate fascial movement objectively at the same time in both side of body in walking, running etc. Dr. Heiskanen has taught over 50 invited hands-on ultrasound workshops nationally and internationally for physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists and physical therapists.

 

Tom HydeThomas Hyde, DC, DACBSP

Dr. Thomas E. Hyde served as the chiropractic consultant for the Miami Dolphins from 1990 through 1997. He attended a 2 week sports medicine internship at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1986 and served as the US chiropractor to the Pan American Games in 1987.
Dr. Hyde served on the first RAND multidisciplinary panel on Low Back Pain and also served as one of 35 researchers who produced the Mercy Guidelines. He later participated in the CCGPP (The Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters) soft tissue section. He has completed 2 Editions of Conservative Management of Sports Injuries published by Williams and Wilkins (1st Edition) and Jones and Bartlett (2nd Edition) with his co-editor and co-contributor, Marianne Gengenbach.
He has served on many Boards including the American Chiropractic Association, the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Florida, to name a few. In 2009, Dynamic Chiropractic chose him as their "Person of the Year."
Tom is the co-developer of FAKTR. He has his Diplomate in Sports Injuries and his International Sports Science Diploma. Tom received one of his proudest titles when in 2009, he was awarded an Honorary membership of the Royal Canadian Chiropractic Sports Science organization.

 

Robert SchleipRobert Schleip, PhD, MA

Dr. Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent international congresses. Besides his research activities he still maintains a private practice as a manual practitioner in Munich, Germany. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

 

Peter SchwindPeter Schwind, PhD, MA

Dr. Schwind is the Director of the Munich Group for interdisciplinary manual treatments and has worked in private practice since 1980. He was trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in the United States as a practitioner and as an instructor. For more than twenty years he has been teaching for the Rolf Institute and the European Rolfing Association internationally as an Advanced Instructor. Based on the Rolf method and based on longterm studies with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O. he developed the concept of Fascial and Membrane technique. He has been table assistant with courses of Jean-Pierre Barral over a period of twenty years within the field of visceral manipulation and treatment of fascial crossroads. His book Fascial and Membrane Technique: A manual for comprehensive treatment of the connective tissue system (Elsevier 2006) has been translated into several languages. He has published articles regularly for the German Journal of Medical Osteopathy, for the German Journal D.O. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie (German Journal for Osteopathy) and for the Journal of Structural Integration. He teaches Fascial and Membrane Technique and Visceral Manipulation internationally for the Barral Institute and for the Munich Group. He is lecturing regularly for the German Association of Oral Implantology and for the Munich Orthopedic conference at the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich about Fascial technique.

 

Carla SteccoCarla Stecco, MD
Dr. Carla Stecco is currently Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy. She is a founding member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and a member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and of the Association Française des Morphologistes. Dr. Stecco’s scientific activity is devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. She personally made over 100 dissections of fresh cadavers for research. From 2000, Dr. Stecco organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses on the Fascial Manipulation technique both in Italy and in other countries. She is the author of more than 80 in extenso papers on fascial anatomy. She was a keynote speaker at the third FRC in 2012, and is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.

 

Post-Conference Workshop Presenters

Ron Alexander Ron Alexander, FFT RMT
Ron Alexander is a soft tissue therapist (Musculoskeletal), Functional Fascial Taping Practitioner [FFTP], and Director/Founder of the Functional Fascial Taping Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He was also the co-investigator for Randomised Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of FFT for Non-Specific Low Back Pain [PhD] at Deakin University Melbourne, Australia. Ron Alexander was awarded the Lady Southey Scholarship for Excellence from the Australian Ballet Foundation. He also presented FFT to the International Olympic Committee World Congress, the Royal College of Surgeons UK, and FFT workshops at the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth (including podium presentation) Interdisciplinary World Congress on Lower Back and Pelvic Pain. Assisting Ron Alexander is Lisa Watson, RMT, KT, FFTP.

 

Molly Goodman-AllisonMolly Goodman-Allison, M.S. OTR/L, CHT, SMS
Molly Goodman-Allison has been practicing in the field of upper extremity orthopedics for 25 years. Her exploration of biomechanics, physics, kinesiology and anatomy of the upper limb has given a compelling view of evolution, fascia and function of the upper extremity. Molly’s Advanced Master’s thesis, a 1995 national study, investigated fascial restrictions and repetitive use injuries of the upper quadrant. Curiosity of cultural anthropology lead her to work in a Leprosy Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. She holds nationally recognized specialty certification in Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy and brings fascial tensegrity concepts to quality movement during function, the cornerstone of the Occupational Therapy profession. Molly lectures at Seattle’s University of Washington and Harborview’s Level I Trauma Medical Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Arthritis Foundation.

 

Stefan AnkerStefan Anker, MSc, D.O.
Stefan Anker is an osteopath in Vienna, Austria. He is a lecturer for the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) in Europe. He was one of 6 founding members of the European Fascial Distortion Model Association (EFDMA). In 2011 he was on the planning committee for the FDM World Congress and was elected president of the EFDMA.

 

Susan M. BlumSusan M. Blum, PT
Susan Blum has been a practicing physical therapist since 1975. Her interest is in the relationship between fascial restrictions, posture and motor development. She is the recipient of the 2012 award “Early Intervention Provider of the Year” for York/ Adams Pennsylvania for her contribution implementing the Total Motion Release – TMR® concept in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She continues her practice in Pennsylvania and is the owner of Susan Blum Pediatric Physical Therapy, a specialty practice treating children with postural asymmetries associated with orthopedic and neurologic issues. She developed and taught 3 continuing education programs: TMR for Tots – Achieving structural balance, Motor control, and Mastery level. Susan has trained hundreds of therapists at workshops throughout the USA as well as online internationally. She has been studying and classifying levels of severity of congenital muscular torticollis. Susan is researching the relationship between postural patterns and fascial restrictions.

 

Susan ChapelleSusan Chapelle, RMT
Susan Chapelle has been a practicing therapist for 20 years.  She is the recipient of the award for “Registered Massage Therapist of the Year” in British Columbia for her contribution to research in the field of manual therapy.  She has been voted “best RMT in Squamish” 7 years in a row.  Susan is owner of Squamish Integrated Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Squamish BC. Susan is involved in her community to bring the importance of complimentary medicine to a larger group.  She currently is serving second term as a city councilor, and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Squamish Hospice Association, and the Business Improvement Association.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Seniors Housing. Susan continues her work to examine the effects of manual therapy.  She has collaborated with Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England on a National Institute of Medical Science grant to study the effects of manual therapy on post-operative adhesions.  Susan and Geoff’s collaborative publications “Visceral Mobilization Can Lyse and Prevent Peritoneal Adhesions in a Rat Model” and “The effects of Manual Therapy on Post-Operative Ileus” have been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

 

Christian CourraudChristian Courraud, PT, MR
Christian Courraud directs training in Fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method in France and is a member of the scientific committee of the CERAP research laboratory at Fernando Pessoa University in Porto (Portugal). He is the founder of FasciaFormations-Pro. Originally trained as a physiotherapist, he began his training in Fasciatherapy DBM with Danis Bois in 1984 and became one of his closest collaborators. He has since developed the applications of Fasciatherapy DBM to the field of sports, working to support and provide treatment to elite athletes, and has specialized in the study of the psychotonic dimensions of Fasciatherapy DBM touch. He has international recognition in his field as a practitioner and teacher, and has been training physiotherapists and osteopaths to Fasciatherapy DBM in France and Europe for 20 years, particularly its application in the field of sport, the pathologies of the muskuloskeletal system, the treatment of stress and therapeutic education. He has participated in numerous conferences and communications, is a published author, and is currently completing a PhD in Social Sciences in the field of psychopedagogy applied to fasciatherapy.

 

Julie Ann DayJulie Ann Day, PT
Originally from Australia and a physiotherapist since 1977, Julie Ann Day has been a practitioner of Fascial Manipulation® since 1999 and has studied extensively with Luigi Stecco. An authorized teacher of this method and founding member of the AMF (Asssociazione Manipolazione Fasciale), she has translated three texts on this subject: “Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain”, Ed. Piccin, 2004 and “Fascial Manipulation – Pratical Part” Ed. Piccin, 2009, and “Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions”, Ed. Piccin, 2013. Julie lives and works in Padova, Italy. She has taught Level I & Level II Diploma courses of Fascial Manipulation® in Italy, Canada, USA, Poland, Finland, Denmark, and Australia and has also presented numerous introductive workshops in different countries.

 

Valentin C. Dones  IIIValentin C. Dones III, PhD
Dr. Valentin C. Dones is a member of the board of directors and co-founder of RehabTrends, Inc. (May 2011-present) that provides postgraduate physiotherapy educational courses in the Philippines. He is an assistant professor of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas. He is the manual physiotherapy consultant of the Blessed Margaret of Castelo Rehabilitation Centre of Dominican College and HealthHub, both of which specialize in treating patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions.  Val is a highly experienced lecturer and clinician who attended postgraduate courses in the Philippines, Australia, United States of America, Singapore, Hongkong, India, and Malaysia and trained more than 5,000 Filipino physiotherapists.  He had finished his PhD in Health Sciences in Research in the School of Health Sciences of the University of South Australia in December 2013.  His study was entitled, ‘Diagnosing lateral epicondylalgia:  underpinning pathology and evidence for the use of common provocation tests.’ Val finished his Master’s Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the University of Santo Tomas in Collaboration with the University of South Australia. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas. He served as the vice-president internal of the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, the mother organization of physiotherapists in the Philippines.

 

Serge GracovetskySerge Gracovetsky, PhD
Dr. Gracovetsky graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1968 in nuclear physics and earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1970. He went on a tenured faculty at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) for 27 years. His main interests varied from the control of paper machines, the analysis of the injury process experienced by military jet pilots during emergency ejection, the study of the human spine, the study of the reasoning process of physicians making a diagnosis for lower back pain and various other related (and unrelated) topics. In addition, he founded and controlled four technological companies developing products in the field of measurement and the function of the spine. These companies exploited the concept of the spine as being the primary engine driving the pelvis during gait. The technique has been used on over 500,000 patients in many countries. Dr. Gracovetsky holds 22 patents, has written a few dozen papers and some books and has presented at a few hundred conferences.

 

Andreas HaasAndreas Haas, LMT
Andreas Haas has been practicing manual treatments since 1998, combining a lot of different approaches such as massage, fascia-therapy, osteopathic visceral therapy, craniosacral and neurogenic mobilisation and techniques from TCM. He is the founder and director of the Manus Training Center and the Manus Fascia Center in Austria. Besides teaching fascial anatomy, he is an instructor for several manual techniques such as triggerpoints, fascia-therapy, visceral treatments, neurogenic mobilisation and traditionel chinese manual treatment (Tuina-Anmo). One of his focus points is combining western and eastern medical schemes. Since 2012 he has been developing the “Integrated Fascia Therapy”, a new approach for treating somatic, viseral and neurogenic fascial restrictions.

 

Andrea PasiniAndrea Pasini, PT
Andrea Pasini is a physiotherapist who lives in Cesena, Italy where he has been working in his private clinic since 2002. He took part in his first course of Fascial Manipulation® in 2003, attending the course again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 Andrea attended many courses of Osteopathy and Postural Re-education before deciding to work exclusively with FM®. He became an authorized teacher of FM® Level I and II in 2012. In 2008 he attended the first course of Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions (FMID Level III) and since 2014 he is an authorized teacher for FMID.

 

Theresa A. SchmidtTheresa A. Schmidt, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, DD
Theresa Schmidt is a physical therapist, massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and personal trainer in private practice in Long Island, NY.  She is Board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy,and graduated from Long Island University’s Masters Physical Therapy Program in with Highest Honors, class of 1985.  She served as Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and as faculty of the Physical Therapy Program at Touro College in New York, NY, at Nassau Community and CUNY Queens Colleges.  She practices myofascial, craniosacral, muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, positional release, joint and visceral mobilization, acupressure, functional exercise, IIST, IET, and therapeutic touch.  She presented her doctoral research for FRC 2012 on "Effects of Strain/Counterstrain on Neck Pain and Disability".  Dr. Schmidt is President of her continuing education company, Educise Resources Inc. in NY, and has presented for APTA, AOTA, AMTA, NASA-Inomedic Health,  Cross Country Education, MotivationsCEU, HomeCEUConnection, and private clinics.  Dr. Schmidt received a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England.  Additional information is available at www.educise.com.

 

Peter SchwindPeter Schwind, PhD, MA

Dr. Schwind is the Director of the Munich Group for interdisciplinary manual treatments and has worked in private practice since 1980. He was trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in the United States as a practitioner and as an instructor. For more than twenty years he has been teaching for the Rolf Institute and the European Rolfing Association internationally as an Advanced Instructor. Based on the Rolf method and based on longterm studies with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O. he developed the concept of Fascial and Membrane technique. He has been table assistant with courses of Jean-Pierre Barral over a period of twenty years within the field of visceral manipulation and treatment of fascial crossroads. His book Fascial and Membrane Technique: A manual for comprehensive treatment of the connective tissue system (Elsevier 2006) has been translated into several languages. He has published articles regularly for the German Journal of Medical Osteopathy, for the German Journal D.O. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie (German Journal for Osteopathy) and for the Journal of Structural Integration. He teaches Fascial and Membrane Technique and Visceral Manipulation internationally for the Barral Institute and for the Munich Group. He is lecturing regularly for the German Association of Oral Implantology and for the Munich Orthopedic conference at the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich about Fascial technique.

 

Kirstie Bender SegarraKirstie Bender Segarra, PhD, LMT, RMTI, ERYT
Dr. Kirstie Bender Segarra is a Doctor of Integrative Medicine focusing on fascial health. She has been practicing bodywork (structural integration) and yoga since 1996. She originally trained with traditional healers in Bali, Indonesia and then continued her training in massage therapy to become a LMT, then continued education with KMI (Tom Myers and Peter Ehlers) and Erik Dalton in structural integration. She is the author of Myofascial Yoga: A Movement and Yoga Therapists Guide to Asana. She is a full time faculty at the University of New Mexico-Taos and Chair of Integrative Health and Medical Massage. She trains yoga teachers and medical massage therapists.

 

Consuelo Gonzalez-SuarezConsuelo Gonzalez-Suarez, MD, PhD
Professor Consuelo “Bebet” B.  Gonzalez-Suarez is a rehabilitation specialist whose interests are in research and clinical practice.  She has more than 20 years of experience in rehabilitation medicine and a certified musculoskeletal sonologist.  She is presently the chair of the Clinical practice guideline committee of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) which is responsible for guideline contextualization and its implementation.  As a byproduct of this work, she has speaking engagements on the development of Clinical Practice Guideline for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Dysfunctions in the Philippines and Australia.  She is also the project leader of a multicentre study on the audit of in-patient stroke rehabilitation practice in the Philippines. To date, Bebet has more than 40 publications in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals. She is a recipient of Gold Award in Research Publication and Dangal Award for Best Published Research from the University of Santo Tomas.  Additionally, Bebet is a professor of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences and a consultant of the Apolinario Mabini Rehabilitation Centre of the University of Santo Tomas.  She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia.

 

Jaap van der WalJaap van der Wal, MD, PhD
Until his retirement in February 2012, Dr. Jaap van der Wal worked as senior lecturer (associate professor) in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. Since his graduation as a medical doctor (1973), he became an anatomist-embryologist and specialized first in the functional anatomy of the locomotor system. In 1998 he graduated as MD in this field by a dissertation on a ‘trans-anatomical’ view on human propriocepsis (sense for posture and locomotion). He functioned as researcher and teacher at various university institutes for Anatomy and Embryology in Holland. His passion is Human Embryology. "The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves, behaves in forms. The fields of study Kinesiology and Embryology meet at the domains of movement, motion and form." His connection with fascia research is mainly represented by his presentation on various conferences of the architectural concept regarding the description of the functionality of fascia and connective and muscle tissue. He teaches this concept to osteopaths with the slogan: ”The brain knows nothing of the anatomical muscle man but is involved in Motion, following the functional architecture of the Posturing and Locomotion System”.

 

Lisa WatsonLisa (Prosser) Watson, B.A. & Sc., RMT, KT, FFTP
Lisa studied her Degree at Mount Allison University followed by the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, a 3000 hour program; she was one of the top students in her class. Lisa works in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation clinic and she founded Nanoose Bay Massage Therapy Clinic in 2002. After losing her mom to Alzheimer’s in early 2014, Lisa has been focused on Functional Medicine to help deal with the inflammatory component of not just Alzheimer’s, but various clinical conditions. Her main clinical interest is studying and treating complex Musculoskeletal Conditions, pain referral patterns and mastectomy patients. Lisa has found that using a variety of taping techniques can be extremely versatile treating Musculoskeletal Conditions. FFT offers a treatment approach with incredible results over a short period of time.