Dr. Stanley Paris has led the way through his participation in the international development of physical therapy. In honor of his work, Paris has received the Mildred Elson Award, the highest honor bestowed by WCPT on physical therapists who have contributed significantly to the development of physical therapy at an international level. Since his immigration to the US from New Zealand in 1966, he has been actively involved in research, clinical practice, and teaching in the area of orthopedic and manual physical therapy, and has influenced the world of physical therapy through his writing, teaching, clinical practice, and advocacy efforts. Paris is the founding president of the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences and has founded many other influential organizations. For example, he was the founding chairman and second president of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapists, and he founded APTA's Orthopaedic Section and served as its president. He also founded the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and was a founding member of AAOMPT.
Dr. Ken Olson is a private practitioner in DeKalb, Illinois, USA and an adjunct assistant professor for Marquette University and part-time faculty at Northern Illinois University. Dr Olson currently serves as President of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) practice affairs committee and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Manipulation Workgroup. Additionally, he is a past president of the AAOMPT.
Dr. Elaine Lonnemann is an Associate Professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville KY. She is a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics and a fellow of AAOMPT. She has been a member of AAOMPT since 1991 serving on a variety of committees including Nominating, Conference & Education, IFOMPT Educational Standards and International Monitoring. She has served two terms at the Secretary of AAOMPT. Her primary teaching responsibilities include Functional Anatomy, Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Intervention of the Extremities and Spine. She also instructs manual therapy seminars including S1 and S4 with the University of St. Augustine.