Meet the Standards Committee


Dr Ronél Jordaan -  Chair of the Standards Committee
Ronél studied at the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Pretoria where she obtained a PhD in 2005.  She also lectured at the same University for almost 15 years at undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels, lecturing mainly in OMPT and movement sciences.  She was involved in the development of OMPT curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Pretoria, the OMPT Course for the OMPTG, as well as the national standardisation of OMPT curricula on a Masters level.  She supervised numerous undergraduate and MSc research studies and dissertations.  She was external examiner at several universities for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations and also for MSc research dissertations.

She served on numerous committees, such as the National Executive Committee of the OMPTG, the Research Foundation of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP), National Education Committee of the SASP, Professional Development Committee of the OMPTG, as well as the Standards Generating Body of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for Health Sciences and Social Services.
Ronél is currently working in private practice, lectures part-time for the OMPT course, is often invited as external examiner for MSc examinations and dissertations at several universities, and has been a member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee since 2012.

Dr Per Kjaer - Standards Committee Member
Per Kjaer is currently Head of Research in the Health Sciences Research Centre, UCL University College, Odense, Denmark, and Professor of Musculoskeletal Research in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. He is currently involved in the implementation of the GLA:D Back and My Back projects as well as developing and implementing research strategies across health professions at UCL University College. Per’s personal mission is to bridge research and practice to ensure high-quality care for people with health issues, including musculoskeletal disorders, through the training of health care providers.

He has broad experience as a clinician, a lecturer and a researcher. He specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and worked clinically for more than 25 years, while at the same time teaching in pre- and postgraduate physiotherapy programmes, particularly within the musculoskeletal area. Per has been involved in curriculum development for the Danish community-based musculoskeletal physiotherapy programme and the university-based master’s programme in physiotherapy. Over the past two decades, he has been more involved in project management and research with an emphasis on back pain, diagnostic imaging and implementation of best evidence practice. Per has published a total of 64 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals, contributed to six clinical guidelines, participated in 78 conference papers and has been invited as a speaker 85 times.

Per participated in the organisation of the Nordic Congress on Manual Therapy in 1999. He was president of the Danish Association of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy between 1999 and 2001. For several years, he was the Danish Physiotherapy Association’s MO delegate to the IFOMPT’s general assembly and has participated in teachers’ meetings and IFOMPT conferences. To pursue his personal vision of high-quality care for people with musculoskeletal disorders through training of physiotherapists, he became a member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee in 2016.

Lenerdene Levesque - Standards Committee Member
Lenerdene has been a clinician and educator in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for over 30 years. She is a clinical researcher with special interests in clinical reasoning, evidence-informed practice and leadership in OMPT. She is an instructor and a Chief Examiner for the Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy programme for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has been extensively involved in the curriculum development and examinations of the Canadian community-based programme. She was instrumental in the development of an online course facilitating the integration and critical appraisal of evidence into clinical practice. In 2008, she graduated with a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy from Western University and is now an adjunct professor in the Advanced Health Care Practice programme in Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Western University. She teaches advanced professional practice, clinical reasoning, musculoskeletal practical skills and has supervised a number of research projects. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and facilitates online clinical reasoning modules.

She joined the IFOMPT Standards Committee in 2012 and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the maintenance of educational excellence internationally. Lenerdene is a strong advocate of knowledge translation into clinical practice and has presented both nationally and internationally on her areas of clinical expertise and research initiatives. Mentorship is a passion of Lenerdene’s and over her career she has mentored numerous students from the educational programmes in Canada and has contributed to the development of resources for mentored clinical practice.


Dr Eric Robertson - Standards Committee Member
Eric Robertson earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Boston University. He currently serves as Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department at the University of Utah and Associate Professor in the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was the Director of Graduate Education at Kaiser Permanente Northern California where he served as Fellowship Director and founded the Orthopaedic Residency Program. His expertise lies in musculoskeletal physical therapy, residency and fellowship education, telehealth, and instructional technology.

He also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and as a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on issues of low back pain and musculoskeletal care. He is active within the APTA including the APTA House of Delegates, and was previously on the executive board for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Partricia Davies-Knorr - Standards Committee Member
Trisha completed her Physiotherapy education at the then Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital School of Physiotherapy in Oswestry, UK. For most of her professional life she has, however, been working in Germany. She has been an active member of the “Deutsch Verband für Manuelle Therapie” (DVMT) since 1992 and was one of their first OMPT graduates. In 2010 Trisha completed an MSc in Medical Education at Cardiff University. Since its inauguration she has been a member of OMT-Deutschland’s National Monitoring group where she has gained a wealth of experience in setting up and continually developing OMT-Deutschland’s national monitoring programme and quality assurance measures. She has also been instrumental in further developing the DVMT’s community OMPT programme and in promoting cooperation with institutes of higher education. She is currently a member of the DVMT’s educational committee and is a clinical mentor and teacher in this programme. Trisha has also been involved in the development of the curriculum of the International Maitland Teachers Association (IMTA).

Her work as co-editor of the German journal “Manuelletherapie” has promoted and supported the development of physiotherapy in Germany from a vocational profession towards an emerging academic profession. She has held a variety of posts at the University of Munich Hospital where she has worked since 1998. Primarily a clinician and teacher she has also spent some time working in research. Trisha has taught on postgraduate courses in manipulative physiotherapy in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Poland.

Trisha has been a member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee since 2020.



Euson Yeung - Standards Committee Member
Euson has demonstrated a passion and interest in pre-licensure physiotherapy education and OMPT education over the last 15 years. His commitment to developing highly skilled orthopaedicmanual physical therapists in Canada is evidenced by both his service and his education research endeavours. He served as an active member of the National Orthopaedic Division Education Committee for 7 years, providing oversight for all course instructors within the community-based OMPT program in Canada. Throughout his tenure on this committee he worked tirelessly to develop teaching expertise
among over 100 instructors who are distributed across the country, and was also responsible for standardising and monitoring the quality of course instruction. His leadership in creating training workshops for physiotherapy instructors with varying levels of teaching expertise formed the foundation for the current instructor development workshops that are held each year. This experience has provided him with valuable insight into the successes and challenges of maintaining program quality, and of
developing OMPT competencies in a community-based program.

In his role as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Euson is currently leading a substantial curriculum redesign process for the pre-licensure physiotherapy program. His strong leadership skills and recent experience with translating national curriculum standards into an innovative, learner-centred physiotherapy curriculum will again provide important insight when consulting with IFOMPT Member Organisations in their efforts to design a competence-based curriculum.