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On this page you will be introduced to our variety of national and international speakers who will be sharing their wealth of knowledge at our forthcomng conference. Here you will learn their background, specialist subjects, and get a taste of the expertise to come at conference 2017

Paul Hodges

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. 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 and 2011 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 over 280 scientific papers and book chapters, presented 120 invited lectures at major conferences in 30 countries, and received $AU23 million in research grants. He is the author of three clinical texts that have sold over 30,000 copies internationally. He has presented workshops for more than 5,000 physiotherapists and medical practitioners in more than 40 countries. He is the lead chief investigator on the first physiotherapy based NHMRC Program Grant (~$AU8 million) and received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.

Dr Tania Pizzari

Tania Pizzari graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 1997, and with a PhD in 2002. Tania lectures and conducts research part-time in the La Trobe University Department of Physiotherapy. She regularly conducts lectures and practical sessions for the Australian Physiotherapy Association on shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries and is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australia. She is a regular speaker at National and international Sports Medicine conferences. Tania is able to provide particular expertise in the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of shoulder conditions as well as the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children.

You can also find out more about Tania on her website


Director of Contracting and Business Development for TAI

Rich Katz

Rich is an Executive Partner with Therapeutic Associates (TAI) a company that dates back 64 years and owns and operates 85 therapy locations across the western United States.  Rich is the Director of Contracting and Business Development for TAI and serves as the Executive Director for Northwest Rehab Alliance (NWRA). NWRA is a network of 350 therapy locations serving Oregon, Washington, and Idaho in the United States. NWRA features over 1200 physical and occupational therapists that serve the health insurers in the NW region of the country, along with a variety of business support services that benefit both the health plans and the therapy practices that are part of his network. 

Rich brings close to 30 years of health plan negotiating, contracting, marketing and business development experience to our conference and will be offering his expertise during his education day course.  He hopes to contrast the delivery systems in the UK and the US in a way that may help PhysioFirst members envision their future as providers of rehabilitation services in our country.  He also hopes to share his history of creating a network of providers so our members can understand what was found to be successful and to know what failed. Finally, he will offer answers to questions about strategy and tactics he has used to create an effective therapy network for his members and a valuable relationship for the health insurers that have come to rely on TAI and NWRA.

You can find out more about Therapeutic Associates here and the NWRA here

Igor Tak

Igor's current PhD is on hip and groin pain in athletes, with a special focus on football. Igor has recently submitted a review on hip range of motion and groin pain: a case control series on sport specific hip range of motion (new developed test, practical physiotherapy attributes), some work on groin pain and femoroacetabular impingement (in the American Journal of Sports Medicine) and femoroacetabular impingement and loading in youth (in British Journal of Sports Medicine) and two papers on kicking biomechanics (in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness), all within the past year. 

Another of Igor's ongoing projects includes sports biomechanics, whereby he explains athletic performance and injury. He focuses his work on understanding physical movement in high speed actions and trying to further answer questions on how the body works to explain ongoing impairment in performance. The emphasis here is on football and soccer however it can be extrapolated towards other sports.

One of the very new things he has been involved in developing is an "on site" motion capture system based on integrated video and wireless (active 9 axis) sensors. This all functions on an iOS platform (similar to an "on site movement laboratory"). He has been developing this over the last three years and in 2016 his team's aim to have the first official version working. This system can be used for (tele) tracking of movement of his patients inside and outside of the clinic environment and hopes this will strengthen the relation between therapists, clientele and referring doctors in the next few years.

Igor hopes that further specialisation of physical therapy and integrating knowledge and skills from adjacent domains (like biomechanics and technology) will give physical therapy a unique proposition in the future.


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Consultant physiotherapist

Dr Dylan Morrissey

Dr Dylan Morrissey completed an MSc at University College London in 1998 and a PhD in 2005 at King's College London. He is now a consultant physiotherapist at Bart's Health NHS trust, London and senior clinical lecturer in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. QMUL is a Russell group university ranked in the top ten in the UK, and top 120 in the world. He leads a unique intercalated BSc in sports and exercise medicine, MSc modules relating to sports injury assessment and physiotherapy, and is academic lead for the Human Performance Laboratory.

He has gained £2.5m in research funding, with the majority as first applicant, and has authored 50 peer reviewed full papers. His main research interests are tendinopathy, evidence translation and the link between movement and pathology. His overarching career objective as a clinical academic is to combine the best of educational, clinical and research practice in order to develop and deliver high quality evidence based physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

Find out more about Dylan on his website and on ecosep

Dr Ian Horsley

Ian has been a physiotherapist for over twenty years. In that time he has spent a considerable amount of time working with sportsmen and women. He worked as a physiotherapist for England Rugby Union, for 14 years, in with various teams, and spent the last 6 years working with the Elite Playing squad, as physiotherapist to England ‘A’.

Currently Ian is Lead Physiotherapist in the North West for the English Institute of Sport, and Technical Lead for the North directorate, as well as being clinical director of Back In Action Rehabilitation, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

He has just concluded research, towards his PhD, in examining musculoskeletal causes of shoulder injuries within professional rugby, and is currently reviewing the role of physiotherapy within the management of musculoskeletal injury.

He has published several articles in peer reviewed journals on the subject of musculoskeletal injury management, and worked as part of the HQ medical team for Team England at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ian was also a member of the Team GB medical team at the 2012 Olympic Games and has joined the Games again in Rio 2016.

You can follow Ian's Back In Action practice on Twitter

Philip Glasgow

Phil is a visiting professor of the Ulster Sports Academy at the University of Ulster and teaches on a number of postgraduate sports medicine programmes at various UK and European universities.

Phil’s doctoral studies investigated factors influencing exercise-induced muscle damage and its management. He has extensive experience in high performance sport having worked with elite athletes from a wide range of sports including rugby union, football, hockey, athletics, boxing, cycling and swimming. He has worked at a number of major international sporting events including the Olympic Games (London 2012 & Rio 2016 (Team GB); Beijing 2008 (Team Ireland)), Commonwealth Games (Head Physiotherapist Team NI, Delhi 2010; Glasgow 2014) as well as numerous World and European Championships.

His interests are in the field of functional rehabilitation and in the management of muscle-tendon unit injuries. He is currently Vice President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Physios in Sport, UK). He regularly presents at international conferences on various aspects of sports medicine.

Phil will be presenting a lecture on athletic low back pain as part of our conference.

Painless Practice Director

Celia Champion

Celia Champion, director of Painless Practice, offers support to physiotherapists on the non-clinical side of running a clinic.  Drawing on her successful business background, her coaching qualifications and her work with hundreds of clients, over thousands of hours in dozens of sectors, she coaches, trains and supports physiotherapists to run better, more successful practices.  This includes support in developing the overall strategy for the practice in the long-term, medium-term and short-term as well as marketing and people management. She has co-authored two books, one specific to practice management. Celia speaks and writes widely on the topic.

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