Dr Bradley Fullerton, Texas USA
Dr Stanley Lam, Hong Kong
Dr. Lam is the founder of the “KH Lam Musculoskeletal Pain Management & Sports Injury Center” in Hong Kong. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Hong Kong. He is a specialist in Family Medicine in HK and specialized trained in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sports Medicine. He has been travelling around the world to learn different Musculoskeletal skills and skills to treat sports injuries. He received his Post-Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He learned manipulative skill in France and the Michigan State University. He learned prolotherapy from the American Academy of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AAMM) since 2003, and later the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM) since 2007. He is a board certified Prolotherapist from AAOM since 2010. Dr. Lam received Master of Science in Sports Medicine & Health Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Bath of United Kingdom.
Dr Lam has started ultrasound guided intervention to help accurate needle placement in assisting Prolotherapy, PRP injections, Facet Blocks and Nerve Blocks since 2010 after studying musculoskeletal ultrasound guided interventional techniques from MSKUS from Dr. Tom Clark, with great success.
Dr Lam has been treating patients from Mainland of China and around the world. His medical interests are researches into Prolotherapy and PRP as a treatment to various sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain due to degeneration; biomechanical anomalies assessment and their contribution to dysfunction and rehabilitation; and the use of diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Dr Claire Ashton-James
Dr Claire Ashton-James, PhD is a Social Psychologist whose research investigates the interpersonal realm of healthcare, the role of emotions and trust in patient-clinician communication, and social aspects of pain and wellbeing. Dr Ashton-James conducted her PhD research while working as a lecturer at Duke University (USA). She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Canada) for two years before moving to The Netherlands to where, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen and the VU Amsterdam she began studying the social psychology of health and healthcare. Today, Dr Ashton-James conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of social psychology and medicine with collaborators in Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Physiotherapy, and Medicine at The University of Sydney’s Pain Management Research Institute. Claire draws on her deep knowledge and expertise in social psychology to provide evidence-based communication coaching to help clinicians to achieve patient trust and minimize patient distress. Her group workshops, online interactive seminar series, and individualised coaching programs for clinicians are ultimately designed to enhance patients’ treatment outcomes by supporting the resilience and wellbeing of the treatment provider.
Dr Thomas Choong
MBBS FRACGP MHA PGDipMSM GradCertMedAcup FAMAC
Dr Thomas Choong is a graduate of the University of New South Wales Medical School, and has had a broad-based medical career spanning 40 years. He has been in solo Musculoskeletal Medicine practice in New Farm, Brisbane for 15 years. In December 2019, he retired as an Examiner of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College, but continues to be involved in the medical community as a teacher, lecturer and mentor.
He is passionate about recent advances in pain neuroscience, neuroplasticity and their relevance in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. He believes that the efficacy of acupuncture lies in the neuroscience of needling. As an innovator in the field of Intradermal Needling Therapy, he believes that less invasive techniques are both effective and safe.
Dr Paul Cleary
Paul Cleary has worked as a rural medical superintendent and later as a metropolitan general practitioner. He did a Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine through Flinders University and then trained as a Medical Osteopath through the London College of Osteopathic Medicine. He returned to Australia to work in full time Musculoskeletal Practice. During this time, he taught osteopathic assessment and treatment in the musculoskeletal programme at Flinders University. He is now a Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland and has recently rewritten the Musculoskeletal Component of the Clinical Practice subjects for the course. His interests include evidence based approaches to musculoskeletal disorders and the influence of psychosocial factors in patient assessment and care.
‘I’m motivated by movement!’
Mark is a physiotherapist and has been searching for the ‘holy grail’ of trying to understand movement and function ever since. He has been developing models to understand movement function; developing simple and structured ways of assessing and evaluating what goes wrong with movement when pain and disability come to visit and then doesn’t go away. This has evolved into the Kinetic Control movement rehabilitation and The Performance Matrix consultancy which is now taught in over 35 countries by 25 accredited instructors. Being a principle partner in Performance Rehab, (Brisbane, Australia), he also keeps his hands and head ‘active’ by working clinically.
His special interests include validating diagnostic subgroups of movement impairment and promoting clinical reasoning frameworks supported by evidence-based practice to improve the standards of therapeutic exercise He has published papers on movement impairment and muscle function and a clinical text book on movement control training (Kinetic Control: the management of uncontrolled movement). He has had the opportunity to travel as an invited speaker at numerous international conferences.
Dr Damien Finniss
Dr Geoff Harding
Dr Geoff Harding has been practising full-time private practice Musculoskeletal Medicine in Sandgate (Brisbane) since 1989. He is a Life
Member of the AAMM, and has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Musculoskeletal Medicine. In accepting this honour, he believes that this tribute is in fact an acknowledgement of the contributions made by all of his colleagues and predecessors towards “the cause”.
He was the Australian Academic Coordinator of the University of Otago Post- Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine for 20 years until end 2016. In addition, he has been involved in teaching Musculoskeletal Medicine skills to GPs for over 20 years and believes that this education is key in getting GPs to be able to assess and manage common musculoskeletal pain problems in the early stages to prevent chronicity as much as possible.
He has a special interest in verbal communication skills and patient education strategies to enable more effective outcomes in medical encounters. He also has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Dr Lucy Holtzhausen
Dr Chris Homan
Chris is a former procedural rural doctor who has been in full time musculoskeletal pain medicine practice in Brisbane since 2007. Chris takes a truly systemic and whole-of-person approach to the problem of body pain. In
addition to incorporating the lessons of the known science into his practice, he
has also strived to understand the synergies between the various physical
modalities of his craft.
Professor Mark Hutchinson
Professor Hutchinson is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) and a Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide.
Professor Hutchinson returned to the University of Adelaide in 2009 as an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, and established the Neuroimmunopharmacology research laboratory. From 2005 to 2009 Mark worked in the world leading laboratory of Prof Linda Watkins in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here he pioneered with Prof Watkins the research which has led to the discovery of novel drug activity at innate immune receptors.
Mark’s research has implicated the brain immune-like cells in the action of drugs of dependence and the negative side effects of pain treatments. His work has enabled the translation of compounds at the lab bench to clinical agents used at the bedside. Mark has published over 100 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings.
He is now added Director of the CNBP to his roles. The CNBP is an ARC Centre of Excellence with $47M of funding committed for 7 years, headquartered at The University of Adelaide, with nodes at Macquarie University, Sydney and the RMIT, Melbourne. We are partnered with universities and companies in Europe, the US and China, as well as other Australian institutions.
The CNBP has a mission to “Discover new approaches to measure nano-scale dynamic phenomena in living systems”.
Dr Steve Jensen
Dr Giresh Kanji
Dr Giresh Kanji is a Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist and Researcher. He completed his PhD exploring the sensory amplification of pain with particular regard to headache and migraine. He is the chairperson of the NZ Pain Foundation and editor of Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine Journal. He is the author of “Fix Your Back” and “Fix Your Neck Pain, Headache and Migraine”. He is currently conducting a RCT of inversion traction for chronic low back pain.
Dr Liisa Laakso
Honorary Associate Professor Dr Liisa Laakso is Senior Research Fellow Allied Health at the Mater Medical Research Institute, Brisbane; and Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Allied Health Sciences at Griffith University, Gold Coast.
Prof Laakso’s research interests include the role of electrophysical agents (EPAs) and physical activity in:
– photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy for pain, lymphoedema management, tissue healing, inflammation and neurodegeneration in a range of non-malignant and malignant laboratory and clinical models and populations;
– symptom control and recovery after cancer, and in palliative care.
Prof Laakso has a track record of grants procurement and publications in the above fields as well as in physiotherapy education. She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on her laser research.
Prof Laakso is an executive committee member of the Australian Medical Laser Association (AMLA), and past-President of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT). Prof Laakso is Vice-President of the International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy (an official sub-group of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy) and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Korean Medicine Association for Laser Therapy. She is also on the editorial board of the journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, and the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy.
Dr Zaid Matti
Musculoskeletal Medicine Practitioner . Special interest in Regenerative Medicine and Pain Management. Focus on Ultrasound Guided Platelets Rich Plasma PRP injections/steroids combined with multidisciplinary rehabilitation.
Dr Gavin Pattullo
Dr Gavin Pattullo (FANZCA FFPMANZCA) holds the position of Director of the Acute Pain Service at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. His training has included Fellowships in Pain Management at the Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Institute, and in Anaesthesia at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr Pattullo’s clinical and research interests are in ensuring successful implementation of best practice at the bedside.
Dr Margi Taylor
MB.BS, BSc, FACNEM, cert. Sports Med in GP.
Practising in Adelaide in Integrative medicine and Musculoskeletal medicine. I have been running musculoskeletal workshops for medical practitioners teaching various injections for pain including prolotherapy since 1998. See www.drmtaylor.com.au for more information and links to research papers.
Dr Paul Verrills
Dr Paul Verrills practises full time interventional pain management and is a Director of Metro Pain Group in Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine and completed Masters in Pain Medicine under Professor Bogduk, at the University of Newcastle. He was awarded his International Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice and was an immediate past President of the Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of the International Neuromodulation Society, Australian Pain Society, Spine Intervention Society, World Institute of Pain, The International Association for the Study of Pain, and the Spine Society of Australia.