Keynote Speakers

Here are the exciting Keynotes for the 2019 AAOMPT Conference!

Josh Cleland, PT, PhD, FAAOMPT

Dr Cleland is actively involved in numerous clinical research studies investigating the effectiveness of manual physical therapy and exercise in the management of spine and extremities disorders. He has published over 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. He is an Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He is currently an author/editor on 4 text books. Dr Cleland is a well-known speaker at both the national and international level. He is the recipient of the 2008 Jack Walker Award, the 2009 Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, the 2011 Chattanooga Research Award, the 2015 Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing all from the American Physical Therapy Association. He also received the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Rose Excellence in Research Award from the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Additionally, he received both the Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching and was also selected as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2018.

Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, FAPTA

Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, FAPTA is a Professor, Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research, and Director of the COOR Laboratory in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS). She earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as well as a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Orthopedics and Biomechanics from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. The central theme of my funded research is to define optimal treatment pathways for patients with musculoskeletal shoulder disorders by focusing on characterizing mechanisms, defining classification and management approaches, and determining optimal outcomes of care. Specifically, my main research aims are: 1) elucidate the biomechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms related to the presence of pain and poor recovery, in order to 2) develop classification and management strategies to optimize functional outcomes, and simultaneously 3) determine the optimal set of patient outcome measures that comprehensively capture activity limitations and participation restrictions to judge treatment outcomes. COOR Lab:

Alison Grimaldi BPhty, MPhty(Sports), PhD

Dr Grimaldi is an Australian Sports Physiotherapist and the practice principal of Physiotec Physiotherapy in Brisbane, with over 25 years of clinical experience and a special interest in the management of hip, groin and pelvic pain. She has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and a PhD through the University of Queensland. Alison continues her research interests as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She has conducted over 100 clinical workshops and has presented keynote and invited presentations widely, nationally and internationally, at many physiotherapy and medical conferences. She has also contributed to three leading clinical texts - Clinical Sports Medicine, Grieves Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Clinical Reasoning in Musculoskeletal Practice.