Emre R. Acaroglu earned his MD degree in 1986 and started residency in the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology in Hacettepe University. Upon completion of the residency in 1991, worked in the same department as a clinical instructor for one and a half year, and was appointed as an assistant professor in December 1992.
He did his spine fellowship in New York from 1993 to 1994 (Columbia University, directed by Drs. JP Farcy and M Weidenbaum) with a parallel research appointment in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory, directed by Dr. V. Mow.
He earned the title of Associate Professor in 1995, and received tenure in 1996. He became a Full Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology in 2002. He had spent 15 months in University of California San Francisco from 2003 and 2004 as sabbatical. He served as the chief of spinal surgery in Hacettepe University Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology up till 2009. Currently he is the director of Ankara Spine Center and chief of Orthopedic Spine.
He maintains a keen interested in medical education. Had been a member of the EduComm of Eurospine for three years between 2008 and 2011. He is the Orthopedic Education officer of AOSpine EU now (3 year term, started July 2013).
Dr. Acaroglu clinically specializes in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformity. He is an executive member of an international study group that focuses on adult deformity (European Spine Study Group). His research on the pathogenesis of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in collaboration with scientists from UCSF and U of Montreal is funded by the SRS and Cotrel Foundation.
Joan Haldeman graduated in 1964 from the University of Pretoria, School of Physiotherapy in South Africa and she has practiced as a physical therapist for 16 years in South Africa, Canada and the USA. Her experience includes working in a general hospital in the departments of neurology, orthopedics and rheumatology and private practice as a general physical therapist. She specialized in the treatment of neurologically impaired children (from birth to age 16 years) taking positions at a multidisciplinary school for cerebral palsy in South Africa and at the Neurological Centre in Vancouver, Canada where she was the senior physical therapist. She also worked as a research therapist and clinician at the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatology Society Centre in Vancouver, where she took a lead in establishing the first Back School in Canada. For the past 29 years she has administered a multidisciplinary private practice in the USA that encompasses neurology, internal medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, psychiatry and psychology.
Tanielle Hilderman graduated in 2010 from the University of Saskatchewan with her Masters of Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University of Regina in 2008 with her Bachelors in Kinesiology-Fitness and Lifestyle Honors Degree, while playing university hockey in the CIS. Tanielle’s experience includes working in multi-disciplinary, private practice clinics in Calgary, Alberta where her case load includes a variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic conditions from children to the elderly population. Tanielle has started to gain increased experience and training in the assessment and management of concussions, and continues to increase her experience in manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. Tanielle’s passion lies in using her knowledge and expertise to help those in need, while continuously learning and growing from her experiences.
Paul is an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Senior Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. Paul has three doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, control of movement, and the interaction between multiple functions of the trunk muscles including spine control, continence, respiration and balance. The large multidisciplinary Research Centre that Paul leads aims to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. He has received numerous international research awards (2006 and 2011 ISSLS Prize [premier international prize for spine research from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine]; Suzanne Klein-Vogelbach Prize), leadership awards (Emerging leader in Health [Next 100 Awards], Future Summit Australian Leadership Award). Paul has published >280 scientific papers and book chapters, presented >120 invited lectures at major conferences in 30 countries, and received >$AU23 million in research grants. He is the author of 3 clinical texts that have sold over 30,000 copies internationally. He has presented workshops for more than 5000 physiotherapists and medical practitioners in more than 40 countries. He is the lead chief investigator on the first physiotherapy based NHMRC Program Grant (~$AU8 million) and received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.
Geoff Outerbridge received a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Guelph. He began his career working for the University of Waterloo as the on-site coordinator at General Motors for the Ontario Universities Back Pain Study, a research study examining the causes of back pain in industry. In 1996 he started an ergonomics consulting company to offer his knowledge and experience to clients in a wide range of environments including mining, assembly line and office. In addition to ergonomics consulting and running a personal training business, he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from which he graduated in 2001. From 2001, to 2011, Geoff owned a successful multidisciplinary health clinic in Ottawa that integrated chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, rehabilitation, and family medicine. He sold his practice in 2011 to volunteer with World Spine and moved his family to Botswana to establish WSC’s flagship clinics in Mahalapye and Shoshong. He returned from Botswana in 2013 and has remained with WSC as the clinical director. Geoff continues to help establish and supervise WSC clinics around the world.
Dr. Pat Tavares graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Toronto, Canada in 1995, and attained an orthopedic fellowship designation in 2004. She started and ran a private practice for 14 years in Toronto’s west end. She was the first chiropractic volunteer to work with Health Mission Outreach, a charitable organization that provides multidisciplinary one-day free clinics to communities in need in the greater Toronto area. In 2010 she became a clinician at the CMCC where, she supervises interns during their clinical rotation. As a clinician she participates in the CMCC Outreach Abroad Mission to the Dominican Republic where she supervises interns treating patients in need of spinal care. She is actively involved in research at CMCC in the areas of Low Back Pain and Pregnancy. She currently serves as an elected council member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. Dr. Tavares is the Coordinator of the Dominican Republic WSC Program.
John A. Taylor graduated as a chiropractor in 1979 from CMCC in Toronto. He practiced in Vancouver, B.C., earned his diplomate in radiology from LACC, and completed a research fellowship in osteoradiology at the University of California, San Diego. He co-authored a textbook entitled Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities. The 2nd edition was published by Elsevier in January, 2010. He has served as a reviewer for several biomedical and chiropractic journals and is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Taylor has lectured worldwide on the topic of diagnostic imaging in chiropractic. He is currently coordinator of diagnostic imaging and professor of radiology in the chiropractic program at D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.
William Watters received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Psychology and his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed 2 residencies, one in Internal Medicine and one in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania prior to moving to Houston, Texas, to chair the Department of Orthopedics at a large private clinic. He is Board Certified in Orthopedics and Spinal Surgery and has over 80 publications addressing the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disease. He has presented more than 100 papers nationally and internationally. He has consulted with several implant manufacturers in product development and has been awarded numerous accolades including being named one of “America’s Top Orthopedic Surgeons” several years running by the Consumer’s Research Council in America and as among 50 top spinal surgeons by Becker Publications in 2010. He is a past-President of the Texas Spine Society, has chaired numerous committees at both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the North American Spine Society and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the North American Spine Society. He is in private practice specializing in spinal surgery in a 11-man orthopedic group in Houston and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at both The Baylor College of Medicine Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.