We are proud to present the following speakers

Jeremy Lewis


Jeremy Lewis is a Consultant Physiotherapist and Professor of Musculoskeletal Research (University of Hertfordshire, UK, and University of Limerick, Ireland). He was born in New Zealand and trained in Australian. He works in the UK National Health Service as well as working privately in central London. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and has been acknowledged as an eminent clinician in his profession (UK DoH [Department of Health] National AHP Clinical Expert Database). He assesses and treats patients with complex shoulder problems. Jeremy has also trained as a sonographer and performs ultrasound guided shoulder injections as part of the rehabilitation process if required and appropriate. He has also completed an MSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), and Postgraduate Diplomas in Sports Physiotherapy, and in Biomechanics, as well as MSc modules in injection therapy for soft tissues and joints. He also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Diagnostic Imaging (Ultrasound) (University of Leeds, UK). He has also qualified as an Independent (non-medical) Prescriber.

Jeremy has taught shoulder workshops internationally in over 35 countries. He has also been invited to present keynote and invited lectures at many international conferences. His main areas of research interest are rotator cuff related shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, injection therapy, exercise therapy and lateral elbow tendinopathy. In addition to his own research he supervises PhD and MSc students. Jeremy is an associate editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). He was a co-editor and author for Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (4th ed).


Dr. Sahrmann is Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, masters and doctorate degrees in Neurobiology from Washington University.  She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a recipient of the Association's Marion Williams Research Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, and the Kendall Practice award, the Inaugral John H.P. Maley Lecture and Mary McMillan Lecture awards.  Dr. Sahrmann has also received Washington University's Distinguished Faculty Award, the School of Medicine’s Inaugral Distinguished Clinician Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has also received the Bowling-Erhard Orthopedic Clinical Practice Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.  She has served on the APTA Board of Directors and as president of the Missouri Chapter.  

In addition to her numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Sahrmann has been a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Japan, and Danish national congresses. Dr. Sahrmann’ s research interests are in development and validation of classification schemes for movement impairment syndromes as well as in interventions for these syndromes.  Her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and the Extremities, describe the syndromes and methods of treatment. She maintained an active clinical practice specializing in patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes until her retirement in July 2012.

Shirley Sahrmann

Annina Schmid



Dr Annina Schmid is a Consultant musculoskeletal Specialist and Associate Professor at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001, worked full time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for several years and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005. That is where her interest in pain physiology and entrapment neuropathies sparked. In 2008, she returned to Australia to focus on research by doing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Her project entitled "Implications of mild nerve compression beyond the lesion site-Mechanisms and Interventions" consisted of a unique combination of human studies and experiments using an animal model of mild nerve compression.

Since the completion of her PhD in 2011, Dr Schmid is continuing her research into the pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies with the aim to ultimately improve management of these patients. She has published widely and has won several competitive fellowships and grants. In addition to her research activity, Dr Schmid maintains a weekly caseload of patients and teaches postgraduate courses internationally. Further information on Annina can be found at www.neuro-research.ch.



Dr. Ari Heinonen is a Professor of Physiotherapy and Dean of the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä.. He has proven experience of RCTs on the effects of physical activity and mechanical loading on bone properties, and on joint cartilage. During the years 1989-2003, he was working at the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research Tampere, Finland as a researcher and senior researcher. In addition, Prof. Heinonen was a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada during the years 1999-2001. He has been appointed as the Canadian Research Chair in Physical Activity and Bone Health in 2002 at the University of British Columbia. He was educated at physiotherapy and graduated from the University of Jyväskylä with Master of Science degree (Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Biomechanics). His research involves comprehensive investigations to discover which exercise modalities best improve the mechanical competence of skeleton (bone and joint cartilage) and physical performance among various human target groups. He has published about 190 original research articles and systematic review papers. He is a senior section editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Ari Heinonen

Jaro Karppinen



Jaro Karppinen, M.D., Ph.D. is a specialist of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM). He works at the University of Oulu as Professor in PRM and at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health as specialist. He has also an academic degree in Biochemistry. Prof. Karppinen has been an investigator in many clinical studies related to low back pain (LBP) and musculoskeletal disorders in general. His current research interests focus on environmental, metabolic and genetic risk factors of various spinal disorders and LBP, and on treatment pathways of LBP patients in occupational health care. He has published 179 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international journals (H-index 38). He is a member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and AOSpine Research Network. He was invited as a Member of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2012. He is the Co-director of the International Spine and Pain Consortium (http://www.spine-consortium.org/) and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong.



Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki is a Physiotherapist, Bachelor of Health Sciences (University of Eastern Finland) and certified Fascial Manipulation® teacher. She studied orthopedic manual therapy in Norway, where she also completed her post-graduation specialisation program on orthopedic manual therapy. She has worked with patients full time since 1979, and is considered one of the most valued Finnish speakers on Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Fascia Manipulation.

Tiina Lahtinen-Suopanki

Hannu Luomajoki



Professor Hannu Luomajoki graduated as a physiotherapist in Finland 1986. He has masters degree in manipulative physiotherapy from university of  South-Australia, which he completed 1999. He got PhD 2010 in the university of east Finland on the topic movement control impairment of the low back. In 2016 he received the associate professor title from university of Jyväskylä in Finland. He is professor for msk Physiotherapy in the Zürich University of Applied Sciences of Zürich (ZHAW) since 2011. He has published about 80 papers peer reviewed and invited articles and has received around worth 1 Million dollar scientific  grants. He is head of the msk masters program and is teaching several topics this area of physiotherapy (msk). He won the researcher of year price in Switzerland 2008 and was physiotherapist of the year in Finland 2015.

Hannu has lived and worked in Germany, Australia and Switzerland. His  current job is head of msk masters programme in ZHAW Switzerland. He is working in several research projects and supervising PhD and Msc thesis but works also part time in his own physiotherapy practice. His main research and areas of interest are: movement control impairments, pain science, low back pain and clinical msk physiotherapy.




Kasper Ussing, specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapy, is working at The Spine Center of Southern Denmark, an outpatient, secondary care setting, specialized in spinal disorders. He holds a master degree in manipulative therapy from Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Since 2009 he has work clinically and conducted clinical research into “Cognitive Functional Therapy”, - an individualized behavioral orientated approach for managing disabling low back pain disorders. His research has focused on clinical management of patients with persistent low back pain, unresponsive to primary care intervention, using Cognitive Functional Therapy. He is collaborating with the Pain-ed team.

Kasper Ussing

Mikko Lausmaa




Mikko Lausmaa is a Physiotherapist, holding a postgraduate diploma in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He works as a part time clinician specializing in complex and chronic musculoskeletal problems, and is the educational coordinator of the Finnish OMPT studies. Lausmaa is working as a researcher in different projects and doing his PhD concerning attitudes and beliefs about low back pain and management of low back pain in individualized biopsychosocial framework. He also has an interest in cognitive and behavioral neurosciences and he works as a collaborator with the pain-ed team.