Join us in welcoming the Virtual Align 2020 Speakers.
Speakers will present as part of the keynote and practical sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about these individuals below.
Join us in welcoming the Virtual Align 2020 Speakers.
Speakers will present as part of the keynote and practical sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about these individuals below.
PhD, MedDr, DSc, BPhty (Hons), FACP
Paul Hodges, PhD, MedDr, DSc, BPhty(Hons), FACP is an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Senior Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. Paul has three doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, control of movement, and the interaction between multiple functions of the trunk muscles including spine control, continence, respiration and balance. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and an Honoured member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. The large multidisciplinary Research Centre that Paul leads aims to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. He has received numerous international research awards (2006, 2011, 2018, 2019 ISSLS Prize [premier international prize for spine research from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine]; Suzanne Klein-Vogelbach Prize), leadership awards (Emerging leader in Health [Next 100 Awards], Future Summit Australian Leadership Award). Paul has published >470 scientific papers and book chapters, presented >270 invited lectures at major conferences in 30 countries, and received >$AU53 million in research grants. He is the author of 3 clinical texts that have sold over 30,000 copies internationally. He has presented workshops for physiotherapists and medical practitioners in more than 45 countries.
PhD, MPhty, BPhty, FACP, (Australia)
Michele Sterling is Professor in the Recover Injury Research Centre, Program Lead of the Musculoskeletal Injuries research program and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Road Traffic Injury Recovery all at The University of Queensland, Australia. She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain after injury, predictive algorithms for outcomes and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain. She has conducted numerous cohort studies and clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of various treatments and their combinations including exercise, psychological treatments, manual therapies and multidisciplinary care. She has received over $13M in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC and industry partners. She has editorial roles with several leading journals and textbooks, and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Michele is an elected member of the leadership Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
DipPhysio, MAppSC, FACP (Australia)
Michael received his graduate qualification at the Auckland School of Physiotherapy, New Zealand, in 1980. He worked in public hospitals in the medical, surgical, paediatrics, orthopaedics, geriatrics, intensive care and burns areas around New Zealand before being employed in private practices, treating spinal and sports injuries in Nelson with Michael Monaghan and Auckland with Margaret Franklin. In 1985 he moved to Adelaide, Australia, working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and private practices around Adelaide. He completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy in 1989 and converted this to a Masters degree at the University of South Australia in 1993. He was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (Australian Physiotherapy Association) for his monograph and international best-seller text book, Clinical Neurodynamics, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005. In addition to his neurodynamics book, he has published two other books, Moving in on Pain (Elsevier) and Biomechanics of the Nervous System: Breig Revisited. He also authored, co-authored and mentored numerous research studies, editorials, commentaries and clinical papers in international peer reviewed journals articles which have garnered many international awards, including Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Barcelo University, Buenos Aires (see academic activities on ResearchGate). He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Musculoskeletal Theory and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy), United Kingdom and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, USA. Michael presents keynote addresses and invited conference lectures, trains staff at elite sports medicine facilities and sports clubs, universities, hospitals and private seminars around the world. His special interests are neurodynamics, measurement of mechanical function of the nervous system, pain and the nervous system and musculoskeletal function. His most valued interest is how to synthesize science and clinical practice using evidence and reasoning. Michael is an active clinician, has 35 years of experience in treating patients and is recognized as an international leader in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a neural aspect.
Dr. Matthew Smuck is the Chief of PM&R and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is also the Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services for Stanford Healthcare where he specializes in the comprehensive conservative management of spine disorders. He is a physician leader and current Vice President of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS), and has served on the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the Foundation for PM&R. Dr. Smuck is also an award-winning researcher who pioneered the new field of physical performance monitoring. He directs the Wearable Health Lab at Stanford, investigating medical applications of mobile technology to improve musculoskeletal and neurologic disease detection, treatment and prevention. His work is recognized by numerous research society awards and publication awards, including the ISSLS Medtronic Award in 2012, the American Academy of PM&R’s 2014 President’s Citation Award, the PM&R Journal’s 2015 Best Original Research Award, the 2016 ISSLS Prize, and The Spine Journal’s Annual Outstanding Paper Award in 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Lembke was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug epidemic, Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which combines case studies with public policy, cultural anthropology, and neuroscience, to explore the complex relationship between doctors and patients around prescribing controlled drugs. Drug Dealer, MD has had an impact on policy makers and legislators across the nation. Dr. Lembke has testified before Congress and consulted with governors and senators from Kentucky to Missouri to Nevada. She was a featured guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, MSNBC with Chris Hayes, and numerous other media broadcasts. Her book was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Using her public platform and her faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Lembke continues to educate healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public about causes of and solutions for the problems of dependence and addiction.
PT, PhD (Australia)
Michel Coppieters has long been intrigued by neuropathic pain. He had the opportunity to commence researching this topic during his doctoral studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and later as a post-doc and academic at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Following three years as Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Program Director of the Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Sciences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Australia in 2017 and is now Menzies Foundation Professor of Musculoskeletal Health Research at Griffith University. At Griffith University, he established and directs the ‘Musculoskeletal Health and Persistent Pain’ Research Lab, a state-of-the-art facility to study people in pain. Although Michel’s research focused traditionally on musculoskeletal conditions, he now also leads research projects on painful diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury pain and cancer pain. His research aims (1) to better understand the pathobiology of conditions, (2) develop and evaluate novel and established diagnostic tests and clinical interventions, and (3) to reveal the underlying mechanisms that make people feel better. Michel presents frequently at national and international conferences, and has published widely on the topic of neuropathic pain and neurodynamics. He delivers popular 2-day workshops on the physiotherapeutic and neurodynamic management of neuropathies.
BSc (Psych), PT, Grad Dip Manip Ther, MAppSc (Australia)
Mark graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and then completed his Physical Therapy studies at the University of Iowa. Having developed an interest in manual therapy Mark travelled to Australia to study Manipulative Physiotherapy. After completing his Graduate Diploma in 1985 under Geoff Maitland he completed his Masters by Research in 1989. The title of his thesis was “Facilitating Students’ Clinical Reasoning in Physiotherapy Education”. Mark worked clinically, taught and published with Geoff Maitland and continues to promote integration of contemporary physiotherapy research and theory into the “Maitland Concept”. Mark has a special interest in biopsychosocial health care and the teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning in physiotherapy. His special interests in musculoskeletal physiotherapy include the shoulder complex and spine. Mark is currently Senior Lecturer, Human Performance and Allied Health, University of South Australia. He has conducted and supervised research in the areas of clinical reasoning and musculoskeletal physiotherapy with over 90 publications including three editions of the text “Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions” and the texts “Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapists” and “Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Practice”. Mark has presented 30 Keynote Conference presentations and has taught professional development courses in clinical reasoning and musculoskeletal physiotherapy across 26 countries.
Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy. He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, holder of a Chair on oncological physiotherapy funded by the Berekuyl Academy, the Netherlands, and part of the Visiting Professor program of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Jo runs the Pain in Motion international research group (www.paininmotion.be). His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic pain and pain-movement interactions, with special emphasis on the central nervous system. The primary aim of his research is improving care for patients with chronic pain. At the age of 44, he has (co-)authored >240 peer reviewed publications (including papers in high impact journals such as The Lancet and JAMA Neurology), obtained >€9 million grant income, supervised 16 PhD projects to completion and served more than 270 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings in 25 different countries (including 31 keynotes). He trained 3k clinicians in 92 courses held in 12 different countries spread over 4 continents. His work has been cited >6.4k times (h-index: 43), with 22 citations per article (ISI Web of Knowledge). Jo is ranked 2nd in the world among chronic pain researchers (1st in Europe; expertscape.com), received the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the JOSPT (USA), and the 2020 Francqui Collen Chair awarded by the University of Hasselt, Belgium.
Steven J. Linton is professor of Clinical Psychology and the director of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). He is also active in teaching in the clinical and doctoral programs at Orebro University in Sweden. He is published widely on various aspects of pain, psychosocial yellow flags, fear-avoidance and more. His current research interests include early identification and treatment of back pain; mechanisms driving pain chronicity; early interventions to enhance good sleeping patterns in youth; the role of context in chronic pain; treating comorbid chronic pain and depression; pain associated with sex and communication between health providers and patients.
PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP
Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP, is the President/CEO of Confluent Health. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy and occupational medicine. Dr. Benz’s current areas of interest include conducting research and integrating empathy, compassion, and positive psychology interventions within physical therapy. He will be releasing a book in the near future, Called to Care, that highlights this research.
With over 175 invited presentations to PT programs, national conferences, and MBA programs throughout the country, Dr. Benz has been on APTA’s Advisory Panel on Practice and The Board of the American Board of Physical Therapy and was a Trustee and Chairman with The University of Louisville. He is currently a Trustee with the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He is the recipient of numerous business and physical therapy awards including the Kentucky Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Physical Therapists award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for his region. His foundation is the co-developer of Jacmel Rehabilitation in Haiti which can be found at PThelpforHaiti.org.
Dr. Jan Dommerholt is a Dutch-trained physical therapist who holds a Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in both Biomechanical Trauma and Healthcare Administration from Lynn University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Dr. Dommerholt has taught hundreds of courses and lectured at over 60 conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East while maintaining an active clinical practice. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, Cuestiones de Fisioterapia, and the Journal of Invasive Therapies in Physical Therapy. He has published 5 books, nearly 80 book chapters and over 130 articles. Jan is president/CEO of Myopain Seminars and Bethesda Physiocare in Bethesda, MD. His early career mentors included Drs. Janet Travell, David Simons, Robert Gerwin, Richard S. Materson, Karel Lewit, and Peter Baldry, among others.
PT, MPT, MA
Carolyn McManus is a highly skilled clinician, researcher and professional trainer. She is a national leader in the integration of mindfulness into physical therapy and healthcare. Carolyn is Past-President of the American Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Section Pain Management Special Interest Group. She holds Master’s degrees in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University. In 1998, she joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she established their popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for people with persistent pain and stress-related illness. She has over 30 years of experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation and has completed an advanced MBSR Teacher Training Program offered at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. From 2009 through 2019, she served on a research team at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, providing MBSR and Kindness Meditation courses in research exploring the effects of these trainings in veterans with a wide range of health concerns. Carolyn is interested in sharing her training and experience with other professionals. She is a regular presenter at state and national conferences and provides individual and small group mentoring to healthcare professionals. Carolyn is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and President of the APTA Orthopedic Section Pain Management Special Interest Group. She is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, FAPTA
Dr. Flynn is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS), a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT), a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (FAPTA) and a frequent presenter at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Flynn is widely published with over 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts on musculoskeletal disorders and chronic spinal pain. He has received numerous professional awards. Dr. Flynn is a past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is a Professor of Physical Therapy at South College, TN. Dr. Flynn is a world-renowned clinician dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible at Colorado In Motion. His primary clientele includes clients suffering from back pain, chronic spinal pain, failed back surgeries, and chronic pain disorders. He is passionate about ensuring that clients can and should expect better healthcare and the ability to have fitness and vitality throughout their life. He can be heard weekly on the Pain Reframed Podcast.
PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Dr. Mintken is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He maintains an active research agenda investigating conservative care for musculoskeletal disorders. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored 3 eBooks and 7 book chapters. His awards include the Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from the APTA, the Rose Excellence in Research Award, The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy Excellence in Research Award, the Chattanooga Research Award from the Physical Therapy Journal, and the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award for the State of Colorado from the Colorado chapter of the APTA.
BSc, PT, MPT
Johnny Owens is CEO and Director of Clinical Education for Owens Recovery Science, a corporation recognized in the INC 500. He manages a research portfolio of over 40 clinical trials being conducted worldwide primarily studying the effects of Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation in clinical populations.
He is the former Chief of Human Performance Optimization at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) at San Antonio Military Medical Center and continues to serve as a consultant and clinical researcher at the CFI.
He completed his undergraduate course work in Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and earned his Masters in Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He serves as a medical consultant for teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and collegiate sports. He is involved in numerous clinical trials involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine, blood flow restriction and high-energy trauma. Owens has been published extensively in peer-reviewed literature, regularly speaks at the national and international level and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Time Magazine, NPR, Discovery Channel and ESPN.
Mai Huong Ho-Tran, PT, DPT, TPS has been a clinician in private practice and Kaiser Permanente for over 16 years. She has taught and specialized in Chronic Pain for the last 12 years. She is the Regional Clinical Lead Physical Therapist for Pain Management for Kaiser Permanente – Northern California. She completed her Fellowship in Pain Sciences through ISPI/EIM in October of 2019. She has guest lectured at the UCSF Graduate Program in PT, Kaiser Permanente locally and regionally, and multiple community venues for the City of San Jose. Her experience also delves deeply in mindfulness, yoga therapy, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, Pilates and somatic movement retraining.
Edo Zylstra has been a physical therapist since 2000 working in outpatient orthopedics and specializing in chronic persistent neuro-musculoskeletal pain. He has a passion to advocate for advancing physical therapy scope of practice in the United States through consulting with state and licensing boards and participating in the APTA House of Delegates. He was active in developing the current standards for Dry Needling (aka Trigger Point Dry Needling) training in Colorado and has been on the APTA Dry Needling Task Force and assisted Federation of State Boards Task force to develop the Analysis of Competencies for Dry Needling by Physical Therapists. He has taught over 200 courses in Functional Dry Needling internationally and is currently developing more advanced techniques for therapists experienced in this manual therapy technique.