Wolfgang Bauermeister, MD, PhD
Dr. Bauermeister is a US-trained Physiatrist certified by the American Board of Physical medicine and Rehabilitation specializing in Pain and Sports Medicine. He did his residency in the teaching Hospitals of TUFTs University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a major contributor to the development of novel techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to fascia and muscles. In Germany he pioneered the Real-Time Elastography and orthopedic shockwave therapy in sports and pain medicine. Through his research he realized the profound effects of shockwaves on fascia and on muscle trigger points resulting in pain relief and functional rehabilitation. That led to the creation of his Triggerpoint-Shockwave-Therapy as an alternative to injection techniques and manual manipulation of fascia and muscles. At the University of Bochum, Germany, Dr. Bauermeister was able to demonstrate that Ultrasound Elastography can image the elastic properties of fascia and muscle. Dr. Bauermeister has incorporated Elastography and shockwave therapy for many years now in his sports medicine and pain Institute. He is involved in continuous research in cooperation with Ulm University, Germany utilizing shear wave, compression and vibrational real-time Elastography. As a medical journalist he authors medical articles and has published several books about myofascial problems in pain and sports medicine. As a lecturer and instructor of his Elastography and shockwave approaches, Dr. Bauermeister teaches physicians, physical therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors worldwide.
Leon Chaitow, ND, DO
Leon Chaitow graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine with postgraduate studies in acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and orthomolecular nutrition. A practising naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist with over forty years clinical experience, Leon Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (Elsevier). Coedited/coauthored: Fascia in Manual Therapy – The tensional network of the human body (with Findley, Huijing & Schleip; Elsevier 2012); Practical Physical Medicine Approaches to Chronic Pelvic Pain (with Jones; Elsevier 2012); Sole editor of: Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches (Handspring 2014). He regularly lectures in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia where he instructs physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, as well as massage therapists. He has been a keynote presenter at numerous international conferences, most recently British Fascia Symposium, Windsor UK 2014. After retiring from the University of Westminster he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of "services to Complementary and Osteopathic medicine". He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.
Bernie Clark has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. Bernie’s yoga practice encompasses the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga – www.yinyoga.com. His meditation experience goes back to the early 80’s when he first began to explore the practice of Zen meditation. During those days, while he struggled with the conflict between practice and theory, Bernie also worked as a member of the executive team of one of Canada’s oldest and largest Hi-Technology companies.
Klaus Eder graduated as a physiotherapist in 1973. After 1977, he completed the exam for sports physiotherapist. In 1981 he was appointed to the teaching staff of the German Olympic Sports Confederation. His career at the German Football Association (DFB) began in 1986, and after 1988 he became the national team physiotherapist. Numerous successes with the national team were achieved – victory in the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996 – but also the World Cup at home in 2006 was a special experience. Again at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, he was responsible for the physical therapy needs of the German national football team.
In 1988, he founded a center in Regensburg, Germany for physiotherapy and rehabilitation where he is currently a joint owner – www.edermuellerkerler.de. In 1990 he became a member of the medical team for the German Davis Cup team in tennis. In 2006, he published a book with his colleague Klaus Hoffmann on Football injuries and treatment.
André Farasyn, PhD, PT, DO
Dr. Farasyn is a member of the Physical Education & Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty at Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he is a clinical researcher. He is the founder of the Cross Friction Algometry (CFA), Backache Index (BAI), Backache Disability Index (BADIX), new hypothesis for the origin of the "Cranio-Sacral Motion" (the venomotion hypothesis), new hypothesis for the phenomenon of "Referred muscle Pain" (the peripheral sensitive entrapment theory, or "barrier-dam theory"). He is a co-founder of the Cross-friction Therapy named "Roptrotherapy" (cross frictions on muscles with the aid of a bronze T-bar) with Prof. Dr. Tsujii Yoichi of the Univ. of Nagoya, Japan, and is director of the "Myopain Center Ghent" and the "European School of Roptrotherapy" in Belgium. Since 1992 he has been a member of the think tank "Belgische Academie voor Osteopathie”, "Académie d’Ostéopathie de Belgique” and since 1997, a member of the "International Myopain Society” (IMS). He recently became member of the research commission of an Osteopathic School at Ghent named the "International Academy of Osteopathy (IAO) which is the basis for many school divisions in other countries e.g. The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and others.
César Fernández de las Peñas, PT, PhD
Dr. Fernández works in the Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. He has published more than 200 publications and he is first author of approximately 140 of them. Most papers concentrate on clinical human pain research, drug screening and interaction between motor control and chronic pain. The most relevant topics of his research is focus on neck pain, headache and neuro-physiological effects of manual therapy. His research activities are concentrated on biomedical sciences within neuroscience. The specific research areas have been on pain and assessment of pain in volunteers and chronic pain patients. The main focus is on human clinical chronic pain research. A substantial network of international collaborations with 5 different countries has been established with universities and hospitals. He has participated in 50 conferences with related published abstracts/ proceedings and he has given several lectures at Spanish and foreign universities and hospitals. He has given around 40 invited lectures at international meetings/workshops/seminars. He has 12 years of university teaching and he has achieved experience by teaching physiotherapists, and he has held specialising-courses for medical doctors within neurology and orthopaedics. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.
Stephen Gangemi, DC
Dr. Stephen Gangemi has been in private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since 1998. He specializes in holistic therapies for patients dealing with a variety of ailments such as hormonal imbalances, digestive disturbances, immune dysfunction, and musculoskeletal problems. His practice focuses on helping his patients move better and live healthier lives. Dr. Gangemi runs and manages the popular, unconventional, and sometimes controversial website sock-doc.com which focuses on natural approaches to athletic injuries, performance, and health and fitness issues. He is an avid endurance athlete, having finished sixteen Ironman triathlon races, including six Hawaii Ironman World Championships and countless other endurance events. Dr. Gangemi conducts Training & Treatment Workshops in the U.S. and Europe focusing on Natural Movement and MovNat principles for athletes seeking to improve performance and heal up injuries. He is Level II MovNat Certified Trainer, an amateur beekeeper, and a father of three often-outside and shoeless children. Dr. Gangemi is barefoot most of the day and always while in his office treating patients. He is also a frequent contributor for Paleo Magazine and BreakingMuscle.com.
Paul Grilley, PhD, MA
Paul Grilley trains hatha yoga teachers how to use anatomical principles when guiding students into yoga poses. His particular focus is the influence of normal skeletal variation on the range of motion yoga asanas require. Paul Grilley has taught hatha yoga since 1980. He received an MA from St. John’s College in 2000 and an Honorary Ph.D. from the California Institute for Human Science in 2008. He has written a book on yoga practice, produced three DVDs on anatomy and yoga, and conducts a yoga teacher training program.
Warren Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO
Warren Hammer DC, MS has been in practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA since 1959. He has studied numerous soft-tissue methods and applies them to the practice of chiropractic. He has lectured nationally and internationally and recently completed his third edition of Functional Soft-Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods available from Jones & Bartlett publishers. He writes a regular column for Dynamic Chiropractic and has written articles for prominent journals such as Chiropractic Sports Medicine, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Chiropractic Technique and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He is on the post graduate faculty of New York Chiropractic College and Northwestern University of Health Science. Dr. Hammer introduced Fascial Manipulation into the U.S. in 2011 with Antonio Stecco, MD. As of 2013 he has become a certified instructor in the method.
Jouko Heiskanen, MD, Pt
Dr. Jouko Heiskanen is a senior lecturer of ultrasonography medical rehabilitation at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Heiskanen has 10 years of experience teaching in sports medicine at Jyväskylä and Kuopio Universities, Faculty of Sports Medicine. He has been a lecturer of musculoskeletal problems at Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine since 1994. His main research interest is in ultrasonography of musculoskeletal, fascial biomechanics and motor control of movement. He has used functional ultrasonography in research projects focusing on dancers, musicians and sports myofascial assessment and biofeedback retraining optimal myofascial performance. Dr. Heiskanen has started ultrasonography based manual palpation teaching of fascias for physiotherapist in Metropolia research clinic. Some 10 years ago he brought the ultrasonography also as part of osteopathy and podiatry education at Metropolia. Dr. Heiskanen has created a double dynamic ultrasonography (Ddu) which is a new method to evaluate fascial movement objectively at the same time in both side of body in walking, running etc. Dr. Heiskanen has taught over 50 invited hands-on ultrasound workshops nationally and internationally for physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists and physical therapists.
Thomas Hyde, DC, DACBSP
Dr. Thomas E. Hyde served as the chiropractic consultant for the Miami Dolphins from 1990 through 1997. He attended a 2 week sports medicine internship at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1986 and served as the US chiropractor to the Pan American Games in 1987. Dr. Hyde served on the first RAND multidisciplinary panel on Low Back Pain and also served as one of 35 researchers who produced the Mercy Guidelines. He later participated in the CCGPP (The Guidelines for Chiropractic Quality Assurance and Practice Parameters) soft tissue section. He has completed 2 Editions of Conservative Management of Sports Injuries published by Williams and Wilkins (1st Edition) and Jones and Bartlett (2nd Edition) with his co-editor and co-contributor, Marianne Gengenbach. He has served on many Boards including the American Chiropractic Association, the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Florida, to name a few. In 2009, Dynamic Chiropractic chose him as their "Person of the Year." Tom is the co-developer of FAKTR. He has his Diplomate in Sports Injuries and his International Sports Science Diploma. Tom received one of his proudest titles when in 2009, he was awarded an Honorary membership of the Royal Canadian Chiropractic Sports Science organization.
Robert Schleip, PhD, MA
Dr. Schleip directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He has an MA in psychology and a PhD in human biology. Robert has been a professional bodyworker since 1978 and is a certified Rolfing instructor as well as Feldenkrais teacher, plus author of several books and numerous other publications. His recent discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. Robert’s enthusiasm for fascia related academic research served as driving factor behind the 1st Fascia Research Congress (Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2007) as well as the two subsequent international congresses. Besides his research activities he still maintains a private practice as a manual practitioner in Munich, Germany. He is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.
Peter Schwind, PhD, MA
Dr. Schwind is the Director of the Munich Group for interdisciplinary manual treatments and has worked in private practice since 1980. He was trained at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in the United States as a practitioner and as an instructor. For more than twenty years he has been teaching for the Rolf Institute and the European Rolfing Association internationally as an Advanced Instructor. Based on the Rolf method and based on longterm studies with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O. he developed the concept of Fascial and Membrane technique. He has been table assistant with courses of Jean-Pierre Barral over a period of twenty years within the field of visceral manipulation and treatment of fascial crossroads. His book Fascial and Membrane Technique: A manual for comprehensive treatment of the connective tissue system (Elsevier 2006) has been translated into several languages. He has published articles regularly for the German Journal of Medical Osteopathy, for the German Journal D.O. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Osteopathie (German Journal for Osteopathy) and for the Journal of Structural Integration. He teaches Fascial and Membrane Technique and Visceral Manipulation internationally for the Barral Institute and for the Munich Group. He is lecturing regularly for the German Association of Oral Implantology and for the Munich Orthopedic conference at the Klinikum Grosshadern in Munich about Fascial technique.
Carla Stecco, MD
Dr. Carla Stecco is currently Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy. She is a founding member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and a member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and of the Association Française des Morphologistes. Dr. Stecco’s scientific activity is devoted to the study of the anatomy of the human fasciae from a macroscopical, histological and physiopathological point of view. She personally made over 100 dissections of fresh cadavers for research. From 2000, Dr. Stecco organizes and personally holds theoretical-practical courses on the Fascial Manipulation technique both in Italy and in other countries. She is the author of more than 80 in extenso papers on fascial anatomy. She was a keynote speaker at the third FRC in 2012, and is a member of the FRC Scientific Committee.
|May 15||Workshop proposals open|
|Sept. 15||Workshop proposal submission deadline|
|Sept. 15||Abstract submissions open|
|Nov. 4-20||Workshop presenters notified|
|Dec. 5||Fascia Research Congress and workshop registration opens|
|March 31||Abstract submission deadline|
|Sep. 17||Pre-Congress workshop|
|Sep. 18-20||4th International Fascia Research Congress|
|Sep. 21||Post-Congress workshops|
|Nov. 14||Fascia, Acupuncture and Oncology Session at Harvard|