Meet the Standards Committee

Professor Alison Rushton - Chair of IFOMPT Standards Committee
Alison is Professor and Director of Physical Therapy at Western University, Canada. Alison has a strong research profile, with £426K active funding, >£1.6M previous funding, £10M research centre funding, £1 million internal investment, and >140 publications in high impact journals. Alison has supervised 11 PhDs (7 lead supervisor, 9 in progress), >15 MRes, >200 MSc students; and has examined 15 PhD theses. Alison’s research is at the forefront of enhancing our understanding of the assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders, focused on precision rehabilitation for spinal problems; and she leads the IFOMPT cervical framework research group. Alison is an Associate Editor of Plos One, a member of the Editorial Board of the Musculoskeletal Science and Practice journal, and a member of the MACP in the UK and CAMPT in Canada.

She has chaired the IFOMPT Standards Committee since 2004 and was previously the Member Organisation Delegate for the UK. Within the UK Member Organisation, the MACP, Alison has chaired the Committee for Education and Approval and was Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Alison has been awarded a fellowship of the MACP and Honorary membership of the OMT Espana Terapia Manual Ortopedica, and Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her national and international contribution to the development of musculoskeletal physiotherapy through the development of education and research. Alison maintains an Honorary Reader position at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Alison’s vision for IFOMPT is high quality international standards of education and research enabling IFOMPT to be the global leader in advanced practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She is a strong advocate for new and developing manual therapy groups internationally and works globally to support development of groups and individual physiotherapists in a range of countries who aspire for membership within IFOMPT.



Dr Ronél Jordaan - Vice 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.
Lenerdene Levesque - Standards Committee Member
Lenerdene graduated from Queen’s University, Canada in 1979 with a BScPT and completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1992.  In 2008 she graduated with a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.  She is an Instructor and Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  She has just completed a 5-year term as the Curriculum Chair of the Education Committee of the Orthopaedic Division and was extensively involved in the ongoing development of the Canadian Orthopaedic curriculum to meet the IFOMPT standards.  She currently holds a position as an Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Masters (manipulative field) at the School of Physical Therapy, Western University and is an active member of the Clinical Whiplash Intervention and Prognosis Research Group.  She is an Instructor and was involved in the development of an online course to facilitate the implementation of evidence informed practice in manual therapy – Introduction to Clinical Research to Support Evidence Based Practice in Manual Therapy in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Orthopaedic Division of CPA. 
She is a clinician and co-owner of a private practice in Ottawa – Physiofirst Orthopaedic and Sports Centre.  She has a special interest and has presented nationally and internationally on Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Reasoning.  She joined the IFOMPT Standards Committee in September 2012.


Lorrie Maffey - Standards Committee Member
Lorrie has been involved in neuromusculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinical care since 1990. She became involved in teaching manual therapy for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) in the mid 1990’s and since then has also become an Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA as well as an instructor for Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation(GunnIMS) and teaches courses on motor learning and muscle recruitment, anatomy, movement biomechanics, sport injury and injury prevention. She has spoken at many national and international conferences on these and other topic matters related to neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Besides her interest in physiotherapy clinical education, Lorrie has been passionately devoted to educational standards for physiotherapists and is actively involved in national and international committees devoted to policy making and monitoring of such educational standards. For example she is the past Chair of the Orthopaedic Division Educational Committee (CPA), past Chair of theCanadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMT), present Chair of the Manual Therapy Steering Committee (MTSC), present member of the GunnIMS Educational Committee and present member of the IFOMPT Standards Committee.

Her own personal educational endeavors include being a Masters of Science candidate in the Facility of Medicine (Community Health Sciences) where her research involves injury prevention with elite level athletes as well as writing of articles in related topics, sitting on the editorial review boards of numerous physiotherapy related journals, investigating the use of Real Time Ultrasound in injury prevention, and the writing of book chapters for various books related to physiotherapy as well as yoga.
Dr Leanne Bissett - Standards Committee Member
Associate Professor Leanne Bisset is an experienced musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist with a proven ability of outstanding leadership in professional governance, teaching and research. She is a former President of Queensland Branch and former Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She is Discipline Lead in Physiotherapy and Director of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy program at Griffith University, Australia.

From a teaching perspective, Leanne is experienced in curriculum development and implementation of a heavily revised post-graduate university program (Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, Griffith University). Leanne teaches into the graduate entry and post-graduate physiotherapy programs, in the areas of musculoskeletal and manipulative physiotherapy, clinical research and evidence based physiotherapy practice. She has contributed to development of documentation to support major program changes within the School of Allied Health Sciences.
Dr Bisset has over 60 publications (h-index 24; >3700 citations) in many top-ranking journals in Sports Medicine, Rheumatology and Orthopaedics. She has co-authored 5 invited book chapters on contemporary assessment and non-surgical management of people with elbow conditions, and has a successful track record in competitive research funding (>$3.0 million) and in higher degree research supervision (7 PhD, 1 MPhil completions).

Leanne actively promotes the translation of research into clinical practice through accepting regular national and international teaching invitations in her area of research and clinical expertise, as well as maintaining part-time clinical practice.


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.