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The instructors


Here are some of the instructors who will be teaching courses in the next year.

Doreen Killens
Doreen Killens
Doreen Killens, B.Sc.PT McGill University, FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists), examiner for the Orthopedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In practice since 1978, she is a consultant to many professionals, as well as to the Migraine Clinic in Montreal. Doreen is certified by the ISTOP Institute to practice intramuscular stimulation (Gunn IMS) and also has the certificate of the OPPQ (Ordre de la physiothérapie du Quebec) for the use of needles under the skin (dry needling) and certification to perform peripheral and spinal manipulation. She has developed post-graduate courses in Mobilisation of the Myofascial System (3 levels) as well as Manual Therapy for the Cranium (2 levels) and teaches across Canada and Europe.

 


Elaine Maheu
Élaine Maheu
Elaine Maheu, B.SC.PT. Université McGill, Maîtrise clinique en Sciences de l’Université de Western Ontario, FCAMPT (Fellow de l'Académie canadienne de thérapie manuelle orthopédique), Diplôme avancé de thérapie manuelle orthopédique de l'Institut de technologie de l'Australie du Sud, membre de l’International Maitland Teachers Association, enseignante et examinatrice pour le Groupe d'orthopédie de l'Association canadienne de physiothérapie. Exerçant sa profession depuis 1978, elle enseigne des cours de thérapie manuelle au Canada, en Suisse et en France et est consultante auprès de nombreux professionnels, de même qu'à la Clinique de la Migraine de Montréal. Elaine est certifiée par l'institut ISTOP pour pratiquer la stimulation intramusculaire (Gunn IMS) et a aussi son attestation de l’OPPQ (Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec) pour l'utilisation des aiguilles sous le derme et l’utilisation des techniques de manipulation périphérique et vertébrale. En octobre 2012, elle a reçu le Golden Hands Award de la Division d’orthopédie de l'Association canadienne de physiothérapie et a reçu le Lifetime Membership de CAMPT. Depuis 2012, elle coordonne les cours de thérapie manuelle orthopédique offerts en France pour le biais de la Division d’orthopédie de l’Association canadienne de physiothérapie. Depuis 2014, elle a un poste de « Professional Associate Appointment » avec l’école en science de la réadaptation à l’Université McMaster où elle enseigne un module sur la neurodynamique dans le programme « Advanced Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal/Manipulative Physiotherapy specialization ». Depuis 2015, elle est co-enseignante pour le cours sur le professionalisme dans la maîtrise en sciences cliniques à l’université de Western Ontario.


Diane Lee
Diane Lee
Diane graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in the Science of Rehabilitation in 1976. She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1976 and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy since 1981 (FCAMPT). She completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2001. Diane is the owner, director and a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates. Diane also serves as an editorial advisor for the Manual Therapy journal, is a scientific committee member for the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain and is on the advisory board for Chicago's Woman's Health Foundation.

Diane is well known both nationally and internationally for her clinical work on thoracic, lumbar and pelvic disability and pain. She holds the North American patent for an innovative sacroiliac belt - The Com-pressor (see Education/Articles/SI belt - The Com-Pressor ). Her writing journey began in 1989 when Elsevier published the first edition of The Pelvic Girdle, which has been translated into several languages and updated in three subsequent editions. The latest edition (2011, 4th edn. See Products/The Pelvic Girdle, 4th edn) presents a new model, The Integrated Systems Model - An evidence-based approach to optimize strategies for function and performance, co-developed with Linda-Joy Lee, which is the approach practiced by the team at Diane Lee & Associates. In addition to her international teaching schedule, Diane is actively involved in both patient care and consultation.

Diane recently complete a 200 hour Yoga teacher training with Leanne Kitteridge at Shibui Yoga following her recent passion of Hatha Yoga in the method of Anusara®. Future goals are to integrate the principles of this Yoga practice/instruction with The Integrated Systems Model to further empower all she teaches/treats with knowledge, movement and awareness.


Jenny McConnell
Jenny McConnell
Jenny McConnell is a physiotherapist working in private practice in Sydney, Australia and is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy. Jenny has been involved in research into patellofemoral, shoulder and lumbar spine problems for which she was recently recognised by the Australian government and received an Australia Day Honour when she was awarded a member of the Order of Australia for service to physiotherapy as a practitioner and researcher, particularly through the development of innovative musculoskeletal pain management techniques and treatment. She has published widely in these areas and has lectured extensively and conducted workshops around the world on the management of chronic musculoskeletal problems - patellofemoral, lower limb, shoulder and spine. Jenny has a visiting senior fellow position at Melbourne University. Jenny is currently on the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Manual Therapy as well as the British Journal of Sports Medicine.In 2006 Jenny was awarded the prestigious F.E. Johnson Memorial Fellowship for outstanding achievement by an established researcher in the field of science & medicine in sport. Contact Jenny at jenny@mcconnell-institute.com


Lyn Watson
Lyn Watson
Lyn Watson is a clinical Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist who has been working exclusively in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries for the past 25 years.  She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is the Clinical Shoulder Physiotherapy Specialist at LifeCare, Prahran Sports Medicine Centre and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.

Lyn graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (Hons) from Latrobe University.  She completed her post-graduate training in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1990 and was granted her Sports Physiotherapy title in 2000.  Lyn is currently finalising a Clinical Doctorate through Latrobe University.

She has been conducting clinically relevant, published research since 1996.  She has published her research on Taping Techniques, Frozen Shoulder, Hydrodilatation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Glenohumeral Joint Instability, Scapula Biomechanics and Clinical Outcome Measures in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine (see below).

Lyn is currently working with the shoulder surgeons at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (Mr Greg Hoy and Mr Shane Barwood) collecting data and researching the long-term clinical outcomes of many common shoulder surgeries and their physiotherapy rehabilitation programmes.

She is the specialist shoulder physiotherapy consultant to a variety of national and international teams and individual athletes.  She has been consulting to the Australian Cricket Team since 1994, and working with Australian Olympic Level Swimmers, Water Polo, Beach Volleyball, Sprint and Slalom Paddlers, Rowers and professional Tennis Players for over 20 years.  Her clinical practice has a balance of elite athletes, weekend warriors, office workers and manual workers of all age groups.  As such, she treats and specialises in the everyday typical shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff pathologies, instability, impingement and the stiff shoulder.

Lyn is an internationally renowned lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over the last 25 years she has developed a logical and progressive approach to the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of the shoulder and shoulder girdle.  She has been teaching this approach in her Shoulder Physiotherapy courses throughout Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Asia since 1992.  She also lectures on the Masters of Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy programmes for both Melbourne and Latrobe Universities.

Both of her Level 1 and Level 2 courses are fully accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.


Jack Miller
Jack Miller
Jack spent six years practicing Physiotherapy in New Zealand where he completed the New Zealand Manipulative Therapy Association’s three-year post-graduate program in 1984. He has assisted Brian Mulligan on courses in Europe, the Caribbean and North America and has taught Brian’s courses independently since 1990. He is fully accredited by the Mulligan Concept Teacher’s Association (MCTA) and currently holds lecturer status at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Jack is currently the Secretary of the MCTA International.


BetsyAnn Baron
BetsyAnn Baron
BetsyAnn Baron is a valued and respected massage therapist and educator. She started her practice in 1991 and has been teaching since 2006. Her early training consisted of Kinetic Swedish Massage™ and “Masso-Kinésithérapie” at Kine-Concept Institute, segueing almost immediately into Cranio-sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation through the Upledger Institute. In 2001 she became a certified CORE Myofascial Therapist, a technique taught by George Kousaleos, rapidly followed by an IASI recognized certification in CORE Structural Integration. Simultaneously, BetsyAnn studied with Stuart Taws in Soft Tissue Release and with Aaron Mattes in Active Isolated Stretch, adding therapeutic stretching techniques to her repertoire. She now devotes her time to treating people with the techniques and philosophies that encompass structural integration.

BetsyAnn’s cumulative experiences have resulted in the development of the 3-level course curriculum: Structural Myofascial Therapy (SMFT)™. She currently teaches courses in SMFT™ throughout Canada and Europe, offering her expertise to colleagues interested in developing their practice with this particular philosophy.

Before turning to massage therapy, BetsyAnn enjoyed an exciting 15-year career as soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. Motivated by her interest in the diverse ways a body moves, she went on to study the more bio-mechanical workings of the body.

Her years as a dancer placed her in the unique position to know first-hand how physical injuries can impact the body. This was her impetus to help people overcome their injuries and chronic pain.

BetsyAnn Baron is a Board Certified Structural Integrator, a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) and a member of the Fédération Québecoise des Massothérapeutes (FQM).


Marisa Hoffman
Marisa Hoffman
Marisa Hoffmann, MSc, BoH, PT, MT (OMT) received her Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from the University of Applied Science Fresenius, Idstein, Germany in cooperation with the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands. As part of her undergraduate degree she completed an internship at the Capitol Spine and Pain Centers in Shirlington, VA in the US. During a one-year residence in the United Kingdom, Marisa enrolled in a postgraduate studies program at the University of Southampton where she earned her Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation degree in 2007. She gained insight into the U.K. National Health System through a position as Research Assistant at The Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre, Southampton. Since 2006 she has held multiple positions as a physical therapist in Germany. The focus of her work is in the field of orthopedics, craniofacial therapy, and postsurgical treatment.

Early on in her education, her neighbor, a well-known orthodontist and researcher, got her interested in the craniofacial field and encouraged her to enroll in the CRAFTA courses. Since 2008 she found her passion in treating adults and children with head and facial pain. She was awarded her CRAFTA degree in 2010. Since 2015 Marisa is an instructor for the CRAFTA program.

In 2012 Marisa opened her own private clinic AGILPHYSIO, working mainly with patients requiring specialized treatment and focusing on manual physical therapy and head, neck, and face pain. Furthermore, she lectures at the Catholic University of Applied Science, Mainz, Germany.

Since 2013 Marisa holds a certificate as Orthopedic Manual Therapist after the Maitland- Australian approach (IFOMPT standards).


Linda-Joy Lee
Linda-Joy Lee
Dr. Linda-Joy Lee is a physiotherapy graduate and Wesbrook Scholar (1996) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, LJ pursued ongoing manual therapy training with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) in 1999 with distinction. In 2001 LJ was certified in Intramuscular Stimulation as developed by Chan Gunn (CGIMS).


Christian Voith
Christian Voith
Christian Voith was born in Klagenfurt / Austria. There he attended the academy of physical therapy, where he graduated in 1990.
Then he worked for 10 years in various clinics and hospitals in Germany. During this time he completed his training in Manual Therapy (certificate 1994), and ended the OMT - Training (IFOMT) in 1997 at the European Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Germany.
In 1998 he also started in the clinical management of CRAFTA® of craniomandibular, cranio-cervical and craniofacial disorders and pain.
Since 1992 he also teached at academies for physical therapy (Bad Säckingen / Germany, Klagenfurt / Austria). During this time he completed a pedagogic qualification for teachers.
Since 1999 he has been in the teaching team of Kaltenborn - Evjenth - system in orthopedic manual therapy and since 2003 in the teaching team of CRAFTA.
Since his return to Klagenfurt (1999) Christian Voith works in his own practice. Here he works exclusively with orthopedic patients and treats patients after sports injuries.
His personal interests are patients with dysfunction and pain in the cranio-cervical and craniofacial region.
In addition, he also treats babies and children with problems in this area.
  • Physical therapist
  • Certified Manual Therapist (OMT)
  • CRAFTA teacher
  • Certificate of acupuncture massage (APM after Penzel)
  • Court Certified Sworn Expert
  • Teacher of low back school
  • Teaching Team Orthopedic Manual Therapy and CRAFTA.
  • Working in his practice for physical therapy, manual therapy and medical training.


Dr Harry von Piekartz
Dr Harry von Piekartz
Dr. von Piekartz qualified as a physical therapist in 1985, when he graduated from the University of Enschede in the Netherlands (Hogeschool van de Twentse Academie voor Fysiotherapie). In 1988, he successfully completed his manual therapy training (Maitland Concept) in Switzerland. In 1993, he received the IFOMT diploma in the Netherlands through the Dutch Manual Therapy Association (NVMT). In 1994, he completed the teacher training program of the International Maitland Teacher Association (IMTA) and a year later, he also started as a teacher for the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (NOI).
Dr. von Piekartz is Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Science in Osnabrück since 2008, where he is the study leader of the Master of Science education in Manual Therapy.
Dr. von Piekartz is an international lecturer and he has published many publications in this field of orofacial pain, among others. His special interests include
  • themanagement of problems in the craniocervical, craniomandibular and craniofacial regions
  • physical therapy for children with craniocervical and craniofacial dysfunctions and pain
  • the function of the (cranial) nervous system and the role of physiotherapy
  • rehabilitation programs and pain management for long term pain problems in the neuromusculoskeletal domain.

When he is not teaching, traveling, or doing research, he sees patients in his private practice in Ootmarsum, a small town in the eastern part of the Netherlands.