Keynote Speakers

Here are the exciting Keynotes for the 2020 AAOMPT Conference!

Leonardo Costa, PT, PhD

Leonardo Costa, PT, PhD is a professor and the current head of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at University City of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Leo got his research training at the University of Sydney, Australia. Leo has published over 160 manuscripts in international peer reviewed journals. He served as editor in chief of the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy for four years and he is currently an editorial board member of Physical Therapy Journal. His main research themes are: 1) clinical trials and systematic reviews on physical therapy interventions for patients with spinal conditions; 2) studies about advanced research methods and 3) studies on measurement properties of outcome measures. Leo is passionate about teaching clinicians on how to use the best evidence in clinical practice and runs clinical education courses on evidence-based practice for a number of years.

Louie Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

Louie Puentedura is full time faculty in the Baylor University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Dr. Puentedura is a seasoned clinician, he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (1980) and a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (1983) from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Since arriving in the USA, he completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2005) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and a PhD in Physical Therapy (2011) at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Puentedura has been an ABPTS board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists for over three decades. He completed 10 years on faculty as Assistant and then Associate Professor of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas before moving on to Professor at Baylor DPT. Dr. Puentedura has taught physical therapists and physical therapy students for more than 35 years and has published more than 80 scientific papers since 2010. He will present 2 focused symposia at IFOMPT 2020 in Melbourne along with international colleagues.