Ron Alexander, FFT RMT
Ron Alexander is a soft tissue therapist (Musculoskeletal), Functional Fascial Taping Practitioner [FFTP], and Director/Founder of the Functional Fascial Taping Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He was also the co-investigator for Randomised Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of FFT for Non-Specific Low Back Pain [PhD] at Deakin University Melbourne, Australia. Ron Alexander was awarded the Lady Southey Scholarship for Excellence from the Australian Ballet Foundation. He also presented FFT to the International Olympic Committee World Congress, the Royal College of Surgeons UK, and FFT workshops at the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth (including podium presentation) Interdisciplinary World Congress on Lower Back and Pelvic Pain. Assisting Ron Alexander is Lisa Watson, RMT, KT, FFTP.
Molly Goodman-Allison, M.S. OTR/L, CHT, SMS
Molly Goodman-Allison has been practicing in the field of upper extremity orthopedics for 25 years. Her exploration of biomechanics, physics, kinesiology and anatomy of the upper limb has given a compelling view of evolution, fascia and function of the upper extremity. Molly’s Advanced Master’s thesis, a 1995 national study, investigated fascial restrictions and repetitive use injuries of the upper quadrant. Curiosity of cultural anthropology lead her to work in a Leprosy Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. She holds nationally recognized specialty certification in Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy and brings fascial tensegrity concepts to quality movement during function, the cornerstone of the Occupational Therapy profession. Molly lectures at Seattle’s University of Washington and Harborview’s Level I Trauma Medical Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the Arthritis Foundation.
Stefan Anker, MSc, D.O.
Stefan Anker is an osteopath in Vienna, Austria. He is a lecturer for the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) in Europe. He was one of 6 founding members of the European Fascial Distortion Model Association (EFDMA). In 2011 he was on the planning committee for the FDM World Congress and was elected president of the EFDMA.
Susan M. Blum, PT
Susan Blum has been a practicing physical therapist since 1975. Her interest is in the relationship between fascial restrictions, posture and motor development. She is the recipient of the 2012 award “Early Intervention Provider of the Year” for York/ Adams Pennsylvania for her contribution implementing the Total Motion Release – TMR® concept in the field of pediatric physical therapy. She continues her practice in Pennsylvania and is the owner of Susan Blum Pediatric Physical Therapy, a specialty practice treating children with postural asymmetries associated with orthopedic and neurologic issues. She developed and taught 3 continuing education programs: TMR for Tots – Achieving structural balance, Motor control, and Mastery level. Susan has trained hundreds of therapists at workshops throughout the USA as well as online internationally. She has been studying and classifying levels of severity of congenital muscular torticollis. Susan is researching the relationship between postural patterns and fascial restrictions.
Susan Chapelle, RMT
Susan Chapelle has been a practicing therapist for 20 years. She is the recipient of the award for “Registered Massage Therapist of the Year” in British Columbia for her contribution to research in the field of manual therapy. She has been voted “best RMT in Squamish” 7 years in a row. Susan is owner of Squamish Integrated Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Squamish BC. Susan is involved in her community to bring the importance of complimentary medicine to a larger group. She currently is serving second term as a city councilor, and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, the Squamish Hospice Association, and the Business Improvement Association. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Seniors Housing. Susan continues her work to examine the effects of manual therapy. She has collaborated with Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England on a National Institute of Medical Science grant to study the effects of manual therapy on post-operative adhesions. Susan and Geoff’s collaborative publications “Visceral Mobilization Can Lyse and Prevent Peritoneal Adhesions in a Rat Model” and “The effects of Manual Therapy on Post-Operative Ileus” have been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
Christian Courraud, PT, MR
Christian Courraud directs training in Fasciatherapy Danis Bois Method in France and is a member of the scientific committee of the CERAP research laboratory at Fernando Pessoa University in Porto (Portugal). He is the founder of FasciaFormations-Pro. Originally trained as a physiotherapist, he began his training in Fasciatherapy DBM with Danis Bois in 1984 and became one of his closest collaborators. He has since developed the applications of Fasciatherapy DBM to the field of sports, working to support and provide treatment to elite athletes, and has specialized in the study of the psychotonic dimensions of Fasciatherapy DBM touch. He has international recognition in his field as a practitioner and teacher, and has been training physiotherapists and osteopaths to Fasciatherapy DBM in France and Europe for 20 years, particularly its application in the field of sport, the pathologies of the muskuloskeletal system, the treatment of stress and therapeutic education. He has participated in numerous conferences and communications, is a published author, and is currently completing a PhD in Social Sciences in the field of psychopedagogy applied to fasciatherapy.
Julie Ann Day, PT
Originally from Australia and a physiotherapist since 1977, Julie Ann Day has been a practitioner of Fascial Manipulation® since 1999 and has studied extensively with Luigi Stecco. An authorized teacher of this method and founding member of the AMF (Asssociazione Manipolazione Fasciale), she has translated three texts on this subject: “Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain”, Ed. Piccin, 2004 and “Fascial Manipulation – Pratical Part” Ed. Piccin, 2009, and “Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions”, Ed. Piccin, 2013. Julie lives and works in Padova, Italy. She has taught Level I & Level II Diploma courses of Fascial Manipulation® in Italy, Canada, USA, Poland, Finland, Denmark, and Australia and has also presented numerous introductive workshops in different countries.
Valentin C. Dones III, PhD
Dr. Valentin C. Dones is a member of the board of directors and co-founder of RehabTrends, Inc. (May 2011-present) that provides postgraduate physiotherapy educational courses in the Philippines. He is an assistant professor of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas. He is the manual physiotherapy consultant of the Blessed Margaret of Castelo Rehabilitation Centre of Dominican College and HealthHub, both of which specialize in treating patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Val is a highly experienced lecturer and clinician who attended postgraduate courses in the Philippines, Australia, United States of America, Singapore, Hongkong, India, and Malaysia and trained more than 5,000 Filipino physiotherapists. He had finished his PhD in Health Sciences in Research in the School of Health Sciences of the University of South Australia in December 2013. His study was entitled, ‘Diagnosing lateral epicondylalgia: underpinning pathology and evidence for the use of common provocation tests.’ Val finished his Master’s Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the University of Santo Tomas in Collaboration with the University of South Australia. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas. He served as the vice-president internal of the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, the mother organization of physiotherapists in the Philippines.
Serge Gracovetsky, PhD
Dr. Gracovetsky graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1968 in nuclear physics and earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1970. He went on a tenured faculty at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) for 27 years. His main interests varied from the control of paper machines, the analysis of the injury process experienced by military jet pilots during emergency ejection, the study of the human spine, the study of the reasoning process of physicians making a diagnosis for lower back pain and various other related (and unrelated) topics. In addition, he founded and controlled four technological companies developing products in the field of measurement and the function of the spine. These companies exploited the concept of the spine as being the primary engine driving the pelvis during gait. The technique has been used on over 500,000 patients in many countries. Dr. Gracovetsky holds 22 patents, has written a few dozen papers and some books and has presented at a few hundred conferences.
Andreas Haas, LMT
Andreas Haas has been practicing manual treatments since 1998, combining a lot of different approaches such as massage, fascia-therapy, osteopathic visceral therapy, craniosacral and neurogenic mobilisation and techniques from TCM. He is the founder and director of the Manus Training Center and the Manus Fascia Center in Austria. Besides teaching fascial anatomy, he is an instructor for several manual techniques such as triggerpoints, fascia-therapy, visceral treatments, neurogenic mobilisation and traditionel chinese manual treatment (Tuina-Anmo). One of his focus points is combining western and eastern medical schemes. Since 2012 he has been developing the “Integrated Fascia Therapy”, a new approach for treating somatic, viseral and neurogenic fascial restrictions.
Andrea Pasini, PT
Andrea Pasini is a physiotherapist who lives in Cesena, Italy where he has been working in his private clinic since 2002. He took part in his first course of Fascial Manipulation® in 2003, attending the course again in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Between 2005 and 2008 Andrea attended many courses of Osteopathy and Postural Re-education before deciding to work exclusively with FM®. He became an authorized teacher of FM® Level I and II in 2012. In 2008 he attended the first course of Fascial Manipulation for Internal Dysfunctions (FMID Level III) and since 2014 he is an authorized teacher for FMID.
Theresa A. Schmidt, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT, CEAS, DD
Theresa Schmidt is a physical therapist, massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and personal trainer in private practice in Long Island, NY. She is Board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy,and graduated from Long Island University’s Masters Physical Therapy Program in with Highest Honors, class of 1985. She served as Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and as faculty of the Physical Therapy Program at Touro College in New York, NY, at Nassau Community and CUNY Queens Colleges. She practices myofascial, craniosacral, muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, positional release, joint and visceral mobilization, acupressure, functional exercise, IIST, IET, and therapeutic touch. She presented her doctoral research for FRC 2012 on "Effects of Strain/Counterstrain on Neck Pain and Disability". Dr. Schmidt is President of her continuing education company, Educise Resources Inc. in NY, and has presented for APTA, AOTA, AMTA, NASA-Inomedic Health, Cross Country Education, MotivationsCEU, HomeCEUConnection, and private clinics. Dr. Schmidt received a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. Additional information is available at www.educise.com.
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.
Kirstie Bender Segarra, PhD, LMT, RMTI, ERYT
Dr. Kirstie Bender Segarra is a Doctor of Integrative Medicine focusing on fascial health. She has been practicing bodywork (structural integration) and yoga since 1996. She originally trained with traditional healers in Bali, Indonesia and then continued her training in massage therapy to become a LMT, then continued education with KMI (Tom Myers and Peter Ehlers) and Erik Dalton in structural integration. She is the author of Myofascial Yoga: A Movement and Yoga Therapists Guide to Asana. She is a full time faculty at the University of New Mexico-Taos and Chair of Integrative Health and Medical Massage. She trains yoga teachers and medical massage therapists.
Consuelo Gonzalez-Suarez, MD, PhD
Professor Consuelo “Bebet” B. Gonzalez-Suarez is a rehabilitation specialist whose interests are in research and clinical practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in rehabilitation medicine and a certified musculoskeletal sonologist. She is presently the chair of the Clinical practice guideline committee of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) which is responsible for guideline contextualization and its implementation. As a byproduct of this work, she has speaking engagements on the development of Clinical Practice Guideline for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Dysfunctions in the Philippines and Australia. She is also the project leader of a multicentre study on the audit of in-patient stroke rehabilitation practice in the Philippines. To date, Bebet has more than 40 publications in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals. She is a recipient of Gold Award in Research Publication and Dangal Award for Best Published Research from the University of Santo Tomas. Additionally, Bebet is a professor of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences and a consultant of the Apolinario Mabini Rehabilitation Centre of the University of Santo Tomas. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia.
Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD
Until his retirement in February 2012, Dr. Jaap van der Wal worked as senior lecturer (associate professor) in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. Since his graduation as a medical doctor (1973), he became an anatomist-embryologist and specialized first in the functional anatomy of the locomotor system. In 1998 he graduated as MD in this field by a dissertation on a ‘trans-anatomical’ view on human propriocepsis (sense for posture and locomotion). He functioned as researcher and teacher at various university institutes for Anatomy and Embryology in Holland. His passion is Human Embryology. "The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves, behaves in forms. The fields of study Kinesiology and Embryology meet at the domains of movement, motion and form." His connection with fascia research is mainly represented by his presentation on various conferences of the architectural concept regarding the description of the functionality of fascia and connective and muscle tissue. He teaches this concept to osteopaths with the slogan: ”The brain knows nothing of the anatomical muscle man but is involved in Motion, following the functional architecture of the Posturing and Locomotion System”.
Lisa (Prosser) Watson, B.A. & Sc., RMT, KT, FFTP
Lisa studied her Degree at Mount Allison University followed by the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, a 3000 hour program; she was one of the top students in her class. Lisa works in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation clinic and she founded Nanoose Bay Massage Therapy Clinic in 2002. After losing her mom to Alzheimer’s in early 2014, Lisa has been focused on Functional Medicine to help deal with the inflammatory component of not just Alzheimer’s, but various clinical conditions. Her main clinical interest is studying and treating complex Musculoskeletal Conditions, pain referral patterns and mastectomy patients. Lisa has found that using a variety of taping techniques can be extremely versatile treating Musculoskeletal Conditions. FFT offers a treatment approach with incredible results over a short period of time.
|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|