October 23, 2015


Stuart McGill, PhD

Stuart McGill Professor Stuart McGill is a well-known, international lecturer and author with over 200 scientific publications that address the issues of lumbar function, low back injury mechanisms, investigation of tissue loading during rehabilitation programs, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies.  He is a consultant to many medical management groups, professional sports teams and athletes, governments, corporations, and legal firms.

Dr. McGill has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Volvo Bioengineering Award for Low Back Pain Research from Sweden.  At the University of Waterloo, he is the department chair.  He also holds other academic appointments which include the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, and the Southern California University of Health Sciences.  He is one of few scientists who is regularly referred challenging patients for consult.  Professor McGill currently serves on the editorial board for the journals Clinical Biomechanics and Spine. He is author to: Low Back Disorders: Evidence Based Prevention and Rehabilitation and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance.

Lorimer Moseley, PhD

Lorimer Moseley Dr Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. Lorimer joined NeuRA from The University of Oxford, UK, where he was Nuffield Medical Research Fellow in the PaIN group, Department of Clinical Neurology, and Senior Fellow in the GAMFI Centre, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics.

He has published 60 papers, two books (Explain Pain and Painful Yarns: Stories & Metaphors to Help Understand the Biology of Pain) and several book chapters.  He has given over 100 keynote or invited presentations at interdisciplinary meetings in 17 countries and has provided professional education in pain sciences to over 3,500 medical and health practitioners.  He consults to governmental and industry bodies in Europe and North America on pain-related issues.  He was recently named the Outstanding Mid-Career Clinical Scientist Working in a Pain-related Field by the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Clare Frank, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Clare FrankDr. Frank was born and raised in Malaysia, where she found her passion in sports.  She started competing in badminton at the age of 10 and went on to win several state and national competitions.  Shortly after representing Malaysia in the International Women's Uber Cup Championships, she left for the United States to pursue her education as a physiotherapist.  While at Northern Illinois University, she earned All American honors and the distinguished Broderick Award in Badminton. Her experience in competitive, elite sports and training has set the backdrop for her keen interest in the neuromuscular system and its relationship with musculoskeletal pain syndromes and dysfunction.

Dr. Frank received her physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University.  She completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program in 1993 while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy & Biokinesiology at University of Southern California.  She then went on to receive her post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California in 2003.  She is a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT).

Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, KarelLewit MD, and PavelKolar PT, PhD.  Dr. Frank practices at a private clinic in Los Angeles, California.  She has been instrumental in setting up the Movement Science Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles and is one of the primary clinical instructors for the program.  She is also a certified instructor for Bands, Balls & Balance, Janda's Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes and Kolar's Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.  Dr Frank also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Western University of Health Sciences and Azusa Pacific University.  She has presented at both state and national conferences and has recently published a book on Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach.  She currently teaches in the U.S. and internationally.

Skulpan Asavasopon, MPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Skulpan AsavasoponSkulpan Asavasopon is the curriculum coordinator/developer of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and Spine Rehabilitation Fellowship.  He is an Assistant Professor at Loma Linda University (LLU) Department of Physical Therapy, where he currently teaches at the entry and post-professional levels.  He is the creator and director of the LLU Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program.  He received his PhD from LLU with a strong research emphasis in functional MRI as it pertains to the neural correlates of chronic pain and muscle synergies.  He continues his research endeavors as a research faculty member at USC’s Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory.  He is also the Director of Clinical and Fellowship Education at the Movement Performance Institute with Dr. Christopher Powers.  He currently serves on APTA's Committee for Residency and Fellowship Program Credentialing.  He has presented at state and national conferences and has extensive experience in teaching orthopaedic manipulative therapy classes with an emphasis on developing curriculums that integrate movement and pain science.  He has also been an instructor and course developer for APTA’s Advanced Clinical Practice series.  On top of his academic responsibilities, he also serves as an associate editor for PTNow.  He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists.

Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, USPTA

Todd Ellenbecker Todd Ellenbecker is a physical therapist and clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.  He is a certified sports clinical specialist and orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association.  He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and was awarded the Sports Medicine Professional of the Year in 2003 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional and Chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee.  Todd is also the National Director of Clinical Research for Physiotherapy Associates.

Todd has served as the Chairman of the APTA's Shoulder Special Interest Group from 1996 to 2002 and is a manuscript reviewer for JOSPT and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and as an associate editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal.  He has conducted and published research primarily on upper extremity athletes, shoulder and elbow rehabilitation as well as on open and closed chain rehabilitation for the upper and lower extremities.  In addition, he has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation as well as isokinetic exercise application and musculoskeletal adaptations in elite level tennis players.  He is the author of several boooks:  The Elbow in Sport, Complete Conditioning for Tennis, Closed Kinetic Chain Exercise, Strength Band Training, and Clinical Examination of the Shoulder.  He is the editor of the second edition of Knee Ligament Rehabilitation and Shoulder Rehabilitation: Non-Operative Treatment, and is co-editor of the book The Scientific and Clinical Application of Elastic Resistance. He is presently completing several books, Functional Progressions in Sport Rehabilitation and the second edition of Complete Conditioning for Tennis.