Ken Olson, President IFOMPTDr. Ken Olson is the president and managing partner of the physical therapy private practice Northern Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Associates in DeKalb, Illinois, USA. Ken completed the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Master of Science and Doctor of Health Science degrees in orthopaedic manual physical therapy. In addition to being a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, he is fellowship trained in manual physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Additionally, he is adjunct faculty at both Marquette University and Northern Illinois University.
Ken has served on the IFOMPT Executive Committee since 2008 and was the USA member organisation delegate to IFOMT in 2004. Ken served on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (USA member organisation to IFOMPT) from 1995 to 2006 and was President from 2002 to 2005. Ken also received the John McM. Mennell Service Award from the AAOMPT. He also serves on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Manipulation workgroup and was a co-author of the Manipulation Education Manual, a resource designed to assist physical therapy faculty to integrate high velocity thrust manipulation into entry-level physical therapy curriculum in the United States.
Ken has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented courses throughout the United States in the manual physical therapy diagnosis and management of spine and TMJ disorders and is the author of the textbook titled: Manual Physical Therapy of the Spine 2nd Edition published by Saunders, Elsevier; 2016.
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LAURA FINUCANE, Vice-President IFOMPT
Laura Finucane is a consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist specialising in spinal conditions. She has been a consultant since 2006 providing care for NHS patients. She clinically leads a number of interface services who deliver an orthopaedic triage service for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Clinically she manages patients with back pain working closely with the spinal surgeon directly listing patients for surgical intervention when necessary. She provides clinical support to extended scope practitioners specialising in other areas of musculoskeletal conditions. Her role is to ensure clinicians maintain their competency and expertise to deliver the service. She has been involved in developing pathways of care both locally and nationally.She is affiliated to the University of Brighton as a fellow and is an external examiner and tutor for the masters course leading to membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She is a clinical mentor to students on placement in clinical practice for a number of universities.
Laura’s special interest is in serious pathologies of the spine and she has presented nationally and internationally. She has written a number of papers related to this subject and teaches at a postgraduate level.
Laura completed her Masters in manipulative physiotherapy in 2002. She has written a number of chapters in ‘Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment’ and ‘Principles of Neuromusculoskeletal Treatment and Management’ edited by Petty. She is a reviewer for the Manual Therapy journal. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the MACP and the MO delegate for IFOMPT before stepping into the role as executive member of IFOMPT in October 2012.
Steve White, Treasurer IFOMPTSteve is a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland, New Zealand. He is the Paper Leader for the undergraduate and postgraduate musculoskeletal physiotherapy papers, responsible for all aspects of curriculum, teaching, moderation, assessment and administration of these papers. At AUT he has held a number of positions of responsibility including Postgraduate Head for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry. Steve has taught on the NZMPA continuing education program since 1982. He has made a significant contribution to the current curriculum for this program, being largely responsible for the content delivered in respect to diagnostics, clinical reasoning and assessment and management of the shoulder, lumbar spine and hip joint.
Steve has been the New Zealand Delegate to IFOMPT since 2011. He has been the main driver in negotiating Reciprocal Recognition agreements between New Zealand and other IFOMPT MO’s. He has extensive experience in governance and executive roles having served as both committee member and/or chair of numerous professional bodies including the New Zealand Private Practitioners Association, the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy, the Public Relations Committee of Physiotherapy New Zealand, the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board Specialist Competency Committee and the Executive and Education and Conference Organising Committees of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA).
Steve has recently completed his PhD, which explored the diagnostic accuracy of the clinical examination of the hip. He came to academia ‘late in life’ after spending 27 years building, and working in, his private physiotherapy business.
Hence, he brings a mix of practice-based and academic experience to his role on executive.
RenÉE de Ruijter, Executive Committee Member IFOMPTRenée de Ruijter is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and teacher in under- and post graduate musculoskeletal education. She works with patients in the private practice, Physiotherapie Bouwman in Kriens, Switzerland, and teaches part-time at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). She also teaches in community based musculoskeletal physiotherapy programmes for the International Maitland Teacher’s Association (IMTA). Renée is a tutor and external examiner for various OMPT Programmes throughout Europe.
Renée completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Manual Therapy at the University of Perth, Western Australia in 1994. In 2011 she finished her Masters of Medical Education at the University of Bern, Switzerland with a thesis on the use of standardised patients in health care education. She has a special interest in curriculum development and is a member of IMTA’s curriculum working group.
Renée has been a board member (1996-2003) and the chairperson (2000-2003) of the Swiss Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association, SVOMP and the Swiss MO delegate for IFOMPT from 1997 to 2008.
Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard, Executive Committee Member, IFOMPT
Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard is a managing partner of a medical clinic “Impact” Zoetermeer, in the Netherlands in which she operates as a consulting musculoskeletal physiotherapist and psychologist with expertise in the domain of chronic spinal complaints and pelvic pain, including pelvic floor dysfunction.
She completed her Masters in both in Manual Therapy as Health Psychology and her PhD on the topic of permpartum pelvic pain. Currently she combines her work in the clinic with her work as Ass. Professor and senior researcher at the MOVE research Institute, Research Master Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the Faculty of Behaviour and Movement Sciences, VU University in Amsterdam. She has published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals and was keynote and invited speaker at numerous international congresses.
She was the president of the Dutch Manual Therapy Association for 6 years and IFOMPT MO delegate for the Netherlands for 8 years. Currently she is an associate editor of Manual Therapy
Ingrid du Toit, Executive Director of IFOMPT
Ingrid holds a B Econ (Hons) degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa and has worked as an agricultural economist for more than 25 years. She also gained experience in organisational development and the management of networks in a regional and Pan-African context by serving on a number of DFID and World Bank project teams.
After relocating to New Zealand, she was appointed as the Executive Officer of the New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association (NZMPA) in October 2010. In addition to this, she has been appointed as the Office Manager of IFOMPT in April 2013 and the Executive Director in February 2017.
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