Eligibility Assessors

Comprised of many dedicated people including approved eligibility assessors from around the world. At EDGA, we fully understands how disability can effect the ability to play golf

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Christian Hamilton


Australia

Christian Hamilton
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National Inclusion Manager at Golf Victoria

A former Golf Services Manager at the Sandhurst Golf Club, now Chris has established himself as a leader in providing coaching, club-fitting, mobility solutions and playing opportunities for people living with a physical or neurological disability.

more about Christian Hamilton

Christian's CV is impressive, but outweighs his experience working on international golf courses, is his innate desire to ensure golf is accessible to everyone. In December 2017, Golf Victoria along with TAC and the State Government of Victoria launched Empower Golf Australia, a monthly "come and try' program open to people with disabilities. The idea behind the initiative is to provide people with disabilities with an opportunity to give "golf a go" in a social and supportive setting.

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Benoît Maertens


Belgium

Benoît Maertens
Doctor MD (PRM)

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Benoît Maertens - Doctor MD (PRM)

Currently waiting for bio to be submitted

Lindsey Walker


Canada

Lindsey Walker
Physiotherapist MScPT

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Lindsey Walker - Physiotherapist PT, MSc.PT, B.HKin

Currently works with Canadian based Inovative Sport Medicine, Lindsey graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University. Since starting her practice, she has completed Kinetacore Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Level 1 Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division.

more about Lindsey Walker

Prior to her career in physiotherapy, Lindsey worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and continues to integrate her knowledge of exercise and movement retraining into her daily practice. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys Olympic Weightlifting, golfing, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.


Lynn Jensen


Canada

Lynn Jensen

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Lynn Jensen

Currently waiting for bio to be submitted

Jan Esser


Switzerland

Jan Esser
Physical Therapist
Head Classifier

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Jan Esser - Physical Therapist - Head Classifier

Currently waiting for bio to be submitted

Jan Michalek


Czech Republic

Jan Michalek
Doctor (MD)

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Jan Michalek - Doctor (MD)

Currently waiting for bio to be submitted

John Bird


Germany

John Bird
Systems Development

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John Bird - EDGA Systems Development

John provides I.T. support and services for Team EDGA and is currently developing the EDGA online system and public website. John also developed EDGA's R4GD golf ranking system which then became the WR4GD and is now administered by WAGR 


José María Osuna Chambon


Spain

José María Osuna Chambon
Doctor (MD)

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José María Osuna Chambon - Doctor (MD)

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Juan Carlos Salinas Sánchez


Spain

Juan Carlos Salinas Sánchez

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Juan Carlos Salinas Sánchez

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Markku Varpela


Finland

Markku Varpela
Doctor (MD)

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Dr Varpela Markku

Specialist in orthopaedics, surgery and traumatology

Working with
Aava Medical Center
Annankatu 32
00100 Helsinki
Finland

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Kanta Services
"When we see a patient, for example, due to a knee complaint, they may not necessarily have a completely clear idea of what kind of examinations and treatment they have already received. Perhaps the knee has already been X-rayed on the public healthcare side," explains Markku Varpela, Specialist in Orthopaedics, Surgery and Traumatology at the Aava Medical Centre.

"When the patient’s treatment information is accessible in the Kanta system, we can avoid unnecessary duplication of work. That way, the quality of care improves considerably."

More about Dr Markku at Aava website

 


Eija Maarit Helminen


Finland

Eija Maarit Helminen
NDT

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Eija Maarit Helminen - NDT

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Niklas Virta


Finland

Niklas Virta
Physiotherapist

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Niklas Virta

"Im very outgoing, easy to talk with and really looking forward to helping EDGA players."

Qualifications

  • Graduated for sport masseur 2008 
  • Graduated for physiotherapist 2015

Intrests in physiotherapy field

  • Lower limb rehabilitation and really interested in ACL rehab
  • Hamstring injuries (one study coming of soon)
  • Tendinopathy injuries
  • Lower limb muscle injuries over all + keen to learn more about GH-joint

Golf Experience

  • Playing since 1991
  • Many junior finnish championship medals (individual/team)
  • Two Men’s club team trophy wins in Finland (2001/2009)
  • Played two times in European men’s club team trophy (Rome/Istanbul)
  • Playing pro 2010-2014 (EPD, Nordic league)

more about Niklas Virta

Started playing 1991, became a Finnish PGA member 2010. Played pro golf at the satellite tours in Europe 2010-2014. Got my amateur status back at 2019.

After I ended my playing golf pro carrier (studied alongside), I started working as a physiotherapist 2015. Since then have worked with Esport Honka football team 2015-2019 years managing to get an Europe league qualification spot 2019. At the beginning of the 2020,  I found IF Gnistan football team where I had a possibility to create something new with other team staff. I also work in Aava Orto-lääkärit, where I've been working now for almost four years, mostly with lower limb patient.  I'm glad to have a chance to work with golf and with EDGA players.


Joakim Lindfors MD


Finland

Joakim Lindfors MD
Chief Medical Officer

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Dr Joakim Lindfors

 

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Chief Medical Officer
Aava Orto-Lääkärit Medical Center
Annankatu 32
00100 Helsinki
Finland

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Languages:

Finnish (native), Swedish and English

Professional
Memberships

 

1992 – 2004 Finland Medical Association
1999 – Present The Finnish Society of Hand Surgery
1999 – Present The Finnish Orthopaedic Association
1999 – Present The Finnish Society of Surgery

 

 More about Dr Lindfors at Aava website


Constance AMELON-PETIT


France

Constance AMELON-PETIT

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Constance AMELON-PETIT

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Pierre Blanc


France

Pierre Blanc
Physiotherapist

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Pierre Blanc - Physiotherapist

Currently waiting for bio to be submitted

VIRTUS


Global

VIRTUS
Previously INAS

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INAS was established in 1986 by professionals in the Netherlands who were involved in sport and wanted to promote the participation of athletes with mental handicap in elite sport. more....

Members: c. 500,000
Founded: 1986
Area served: World

more about VIRTUS

Key people: President — Marc Truffaut (France) Executive Director — Nick Parr (UK)
Formerly called: INAS-FID, INAS-FMH
Type of business: Non-profit organisation


Giuseppe Plebani


Italy

Giuseppe Plebani
Physiotherapist

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Giuseppe Plebani - Physiotherapist

Since April 2002 – to present Adjunct Professor Physiotherapy Degree - University of Siena
Since January 2005 to 2009 : Adjunct Professor Master in health professions management - University of Siena
Since February 2009- to present Adjunct Professor Master in Sport Physiotherapy University of Siena

more about Giuseppe Plebani

Private practitioner in Siena Tuscany - Italy
Since 2016 - to present Physiotherapist Female and Male Golf National Team and Paralympic

Work Experience

Since 1985 Working as a Private Practitioner
1988 to 1990 collaborator of the institute for the disabled in Brescia
1988 to 1994 Collaborator at the Orthopedic Trauma Center in the Mountain Central Alps
1996 to 2005 professional collaboration with Mr. Mino Damato in Romania for the planning of social and humanitarian interventions in HIV children.
Since April 2002 – to present Adjunct Professor Physiotherapy Degree -University of Siena
Since 2014 to present Head of Physio Team Golf Alps Tour

Education

2007: Master of Science in Healthcare Rehabilitation Professions” final mark 110/110 with honors- University of Pisa.

2002: Bachelor in Phisiotherapy ” final mark 110/110 with honors – University of Siena

1985: Therapist of rehabilitation Diploma University of Milan

Many other courses on musculoskeletal topics and methods (Evidence Based Rehabilitation, spinal manipulation, electromyography, trigger points, McKenzie, Cyriax, J.Cook, Childs, Flynn, , McClure, ect) with national and International speakers


Manon Eggermont


Netherlands

Manon Eggermont
Tournaments Director

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My main role as EDGA General Secretary is to assist EDGA members with their enquiries directly or by pointing them to the appropriate person within EDGA or our broader network. As part of the EDGA team, I also carry out the following functions:

  • Assist the EDGA Board where needed
  • Tournament Observer
  • Maintain the EDGA Tournament calendar

more about Manon Eggermont

I’m also a Tournament Team Executive where I assist players with advice and practical support for EDGA badged events either in person, by email or by phone. One of the main goals of our Tournament Team is to encourage event organisers to create more events at every level for golfers with disabilities (with or without an R4GD pass), and to increase the opportunities for more individuals to participate and compete in EDGA badged tournaments along with National tournaments for Golfers with disability.

In 1993 I started as Junior Secretary at an International Bank as a Management Assistant before becoming the International Secretary for the Director of Global affairs. Later on in my career, I become the director of a golf course in Holland. In 2006 I starting to work for Golfers with disability and in 2010 I officially started to work with EDGA. I am native Dutch and also speak English, German and French.

I live in The Netherlands with my husband Frederic Cupillard and we have two gorgeous sons Sébastien (2015) and Maxime (2017). My hobbies include tennis, golf, painting, books and art.


Hans Arendzen


Netherlands

Hans Arendzen
Professor, MD, PhD

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Professor Hans Arendzen MD, PhD

As a member of the EDGA board and Medical Committee from 2010, Professor Hans Arendzen has played a very important role in the development of golf for the disabled.

EDGA’s Tony Bennett talks with Hans about his career and some of the important milestones that have been achieved with golf for the disabled and his aspirations for the future.

more about Hans Arendzen

Professor Hans is Dutch, lives in the Netherlands but his work has taken him to hospitals from the USA to the Dutch Antilles over a long and distinguished medical career. Playing golf as a student, he put the sport aside for 30 years before taking it up again with enthusiasm and becoming a decent club player. A teacher and mentor of his called Professor Wim Eisma has been a leading figure from the early days of EDGA. “Wim was my tutor for 20 years,” explains Hans. “In 2010 he contacted me and said, ‘do you know someone who likes golf and is interested in getting involved with EDGA?’ And I said, ‘Well… maybe… I am!’ ”


Johan Markus(Han) Fenijn


Netherlands

Johan Markus(Han) Fenijn

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Johan Markus(Han) Fenijn

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Hedi-Anne Birkeland


Norway

Hedi-Anne Birkeland
Medical Doctor

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Hedi-Anne Birkeland - Medical Doctor

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Birgit Pedersen


Norway

Birgit Pedersen
Physical Therapist

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Birgit Pedersen - Physical Therapist

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Lúcia da Costa Mira Lemos


Portugal

Lúcia da Costa Mira Lemos

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Lúcia da Costa Mira Lemos

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Carlos Louro Guerreiro


Portugal

Carlos Louro Guerreiro

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Carlos Louro Guerreiro

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Peter Köhler


Sweden

Peter Köhler
Doctor (MD)

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Peter Köhler - Doctor (MD)

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Sten Forsberg


Sweden

Sten Forsberg
Doctor (MD)

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Sten Forsberg - Doctor (MD)

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Mark Taylor


United Kingdom

Mark Taylor
EDGA Development Director

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Mark Taylor - EDGA Development Director

Mark is a Fellow PGA of Great Britain & Ireland Professional and member of the PGA'S Europe Golf Development Team.

Qualifying in 1996, Mark spent many years coaching in Switzerland where he became Head Professional at the prestigious East Switzerland Golf Club. On his return to the UK Mark was deployed as a Development Officer for England Golf working with clubs and golf professionals in all aspects of golf development.

more about Mark Taylor

In 2012 Mark became a PGA Tutor and a further recent appointment as a Golf Development Professional followed for the R&A ‘Working for Golf’ program delivering coach education programmes in Argentina, Egypt, India, Greece and Lebanon to name just a few.  Mark has trained hundreds of Golf Professionals through the PGA Inclusive Golf Programme in how to introduce coaching to golfers with disabilities into their everyday practice, making their clubs inclusive hubs within the community. Mark continues to coach at his indoor studio in Cheshire and retains a keen passion for coaching.

Since September 2017 Mark has been appointed Development Director for EDGA, responsible for developing golf provision for golfers with disabilities across 26 international member countries.

Mark is currently leading on disability projects in Scotland, Portugal and Austria assisting clubs and PGA Professionals on the understanding and importance of making golf central to the community. Mark would like to further grow awareness of the EDGA organisation throughout 2018 by introducing various disability awareness training options to the member countries and targeting more women and girls with disabilities to our sport through specific development initiatives.

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Roger Hawkes


United Kingdom

Roger Hawkes
Doctor
Eligibility Director

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Dr. Roger Hawkes MB Dip. Sports Med. FFSEM (UK)

Roger is a consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and honorary lecturer at UCL in London and is the Executive Director of the World Golf Foundation sponsored, Golf and Health Project. He also serves on the Medical Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

more about Roger Hawkes

He recently retired as Chief Medical Officer of the PGA European Tour and was responsible for their worldwide operation, their advisory board and their research program. He is a member of the Medical Commission of the International Golf Federation (IGF).

Roger's main clinical interest is in the role of exercise and, more recently, the role of “sport” in health and has published widely on the role of golf in health. He has campaigned strongly for a team based “medical” approach to musculoskeletal problems and promotes the benefits of exercise and the risks of inactivity. He views golf as an ideal sport for those with a wide range of impairments which has led to his interest in helping to develop golf in this area.


Mark Smith


United Kingdom

Mark Smith
Doctor, Consultant PT

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Dr Mark Smith Grad Dip Phys, BSc (Hons), MPhil, MCSP

Consultant AHP/Physiotherapist
Strategic AHP Lead Stroke Rehabilitation
Honorary Associate Lecturer, Queen Margaret University

more about Mark Smith

Research Interests

  • Stroke Rehabilitatio
  • Walking after stroke
  • Fitness training and exercise after stroke
  • Hemiplegic shoulder pain

Expertise

  • Quantitative rehabilitation research
  • Patient recruitment
  • Practical physiotherapy interventions

Research background/discipline

  • Physiotherapy
  • Stroke

Other information

  • ACPIN Scotland
  • Stroke Association
  • NMAHP Consultants

Peter Allen


United Kingdom

Peter Allen
BSc (Hons) PhD FCOptom FHEA FA

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Professor of Optometry and Visual Science

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Engineering 
School: Vision and Hearing Sciences 
Location: Cambridge 
Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

more about Peter Allen

Peter is the Head of Visual Function and Physiology Research group at the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). His areas of expertise include refractive error development, vision and reading, vision in sports, physical activity and its effect on physical and mental wellbeing and visual function in specialist populations.

Background
Peter is the Professor of Optometry and Visual Science. In his research Peter collaborates with colleagues in the UK and in Australia, The Netherlands, US and Germany. He is an assessor and examiner for the College of Optometrists.

In 2013 Peter was awarded the Neil Charman Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in optical research, in recognition of his work on visual stress and the link between reading difficulties and perceptual distortion.

More about Professor Allen at ARU webpage


Aimi Louise Bullock


United Kingdom

Aimi Louise Bullock
EDGA Development Team Member

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Aimi is the player representative for the EDGA development team. Aimi plays a vital role in bringing forward valuable input from a players perspective during the regular development team meetings.

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Jamie Blair


United Kingdom

Jamie Blair
England Golf Disability Mgr

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Jamie Blair, England Golf Inclusion and Wellbeing Manger

Jamie is the Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager at England Golf. His work includes making England Golf more inclusive of disabled people as well as providing support for clubs to welcome disabled people to the sport.

Outside of work, Jamie volunteers regularly on national and international para sport events, including London Wheelchair Marathon and Para Swimming events, in a variety of roles. He is also a trustee of the Sheffield Football Trust.

 


Michael Ian Jones


United Kingdom

Michael Ian Jones

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Mike is the player representative for the EDGA Tournament team. Mike plays a vital role in bringing forward valuable input from a players perspective during the regular tournament team meetings.

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Prakash Jayabalan


United States

Prakash Jayabalan
MD, PhD

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Prakash Jayabalan, MD, PhD

Prakash is the Director of Clinical Musculoskeletal Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. He is a Clinician Researcher in Sports Medicine.

Dr Jayabalan's clinical practice focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries in people of all ages. He also has specific clinical and research interests in degenerative joint diseases of the older athlete such as knee osteoarthritis and the management of sports-related concussions.

more about Prakash Jayabalan

As a clinician-researcher, Dr Jayabalan takes clinical problems he sees in his patients and aims to find innovative solutions for them in the research lab. His research uses biomarker analyses (from urine and/or blood) to develop efficacious exercise regimens for people with musculoskeletal injury or disease. This fits into the future concept of individualized and personalized medicine, using someone's biological profile to find an appropriate exercise program for them. He has multiple ongoing National Institutes of Health (NIH) and non-NIH funded research projects with the ultimate goal of optimizing the performance, function and recovery of patients with musculoskeletal disease.

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Joseph Dadabo


United States

Joseph Dadabo
MD + Fellow Physician

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Dr Joseph Dadabo

Joseph is a Chicago, Illinois based MD + Fellow Physician who is specialized in Physical Therapy. Joseph currently works with the world famous Shirley Ryan Abilitylab in Chicago. 

The Shirley Ryan Abilitylab claims to be the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.

 


Colleen Hanlon


United States

Colleen Hanlon
Physical Therapist

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Coleen Hanlon PT, DHS, CSCS

Coleen is a Chicago, Illinois based female physical therapist who is specialized in Physical Therapy. Coleen currently works with the world famous Shirley Ryan Abilitylab in Chicago. 

The Shirley Ryan Abilitylab claims to be the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.

PUBLICATIONS AND SCHOLARLY WORK
Midwestern University DHS candidate defense completed: “Effect of Prevention Programs on Lower Extremity Performance in Youth Athletes: A Systematic Review”. October 2016

Revitalize IPTA Abstract Accepted/poster presented “Effect of Prevention Programs on Lower Extremity Performance in Youth Athletes: A Systematic Review”. April 2017

Manuscript accepted, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach “Effect of Prevention Programs on Lower Extremity Performance in Youth Athletes: A Systematic Review”. April 2019


Ann-Marie Gribbin-Bouchard


United States

Ann-Marie Gribbin-Bouchard

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Maureen Simcox


United States

Maureen Simcox
Physical Therapist

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Maureen Simcox

Maureen is a Chicago, Illinois based female physical therapist who is specialized in Physical Therapy. Maureen currently works with the world famous Shirley Ryan Abilitylab in Chicago. 

The Shirley Ryan Abilitylab claims to be the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.

 


Kevin Huang


United States

Kevin Huang

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Kevin Huang

Currently working with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago


Ben Washburn


United States

Ben Washburn
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Dr Ben Washburn

Currently working with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago


Alexandria Haselhorst


United States

Alexandria Haselhorst

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Alexandria Haselhorst

Alexandria is a Chicago, Illinois based female physical therapist who is specialized in Physical Therapy. Alexandria currently works with the world famous Shirley Ryan Abilitylab in Chicago. 

The Shirley Ryan Abilitylab claims to be the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.

 


Ross Brakeville


United States

Ross Brakeville
Doctor Of Physical Therapy

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Dr. Ross Brakeville

Affiliated with renown orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Myers, MD at Myers Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Dr Myers and Dr Brakeville have built a practice founded in their pursuit of excellence and guided by the principle: "I do not care how much you know until I know how much you care"

Drive for excellence has been the bases of Dr. Brakeville’s 30 plus years of experience.  His specialty is in sports medicine and orthopaedic conditions that inhibit pain free movement. 

more about Ross Brakeville

His journey includes:

  • Working with athletes from amateur to professional

  • Developed the sports medicine program for Cherokee County school system

  • Five-year clinical study in pediatric sports medicine and continued clinical innovation/discoveries in sports medicine with Dr. Thomas Myers. MD

  • Clinical site for several physical therapy programs across the country to include initial location for Emory University's orthopaedic residency program

  • Teaches at higher education institutions


Nikki Parker


South Africa

Nikki Parker
Physiotherapist, BSc, OMT1 Dip

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Growing up, Nikki was always passionate about two topics: anything medical and sports. The combination of the two was inevitable. She graduated as a Physiotherapist, cum laude, from UCT in 2002. After completing her community service year in the Northern Cape, she returned to Cape Town to further her career.

more about Nikki Parker

She worked for a number of years in a private hospital serving in and out-patient care. Nikki returned to her studies, completing multiple post-graduate courses including OMT1 (2008), dry needling and treatment of the TMJ. It is here that her interest in neck-related injuries sparked, completing her OMT thesis in the study and spinal treatment of Dizziness in Cervicogenic Patients.

A keen long-distance runner herself, having competed in multiple trail and ultra-marathon road events, she enjoys diagnosing and treating runners to return them to the road and trails again.

Nikki enjoys helping others improve their quality of life through exercise and is a stern believer in functional strength training.

Nikki is also the South African Disabled Golf Association’s Eligibility Assessor since 2016. She is involved in the assessment and classification of disabled golfers to classify for World Rankings as per the EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) guidelines. She was invited as one of two South African delegates to attend the International Eligibility Conference in the UK.

Nikki is her happiest outdoors, on a mountain trail, surrounded by nature. She has a keen interest in photography and design.

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