The following is a list of volunteer clinicians who have spent time at our clinics.
WSC is very thankful for the time and expertise that these clinicians have brought to our clinics and the patients that we serve.
Dr. Afua Adjei-Kwayisi currently specializes in applying her expertise in Spinal health care. She trained as a medical doctor in Kumasi, Ghana and subsequently served for 4 years in a local public hospitals in Accra, Ghana as a General Medical practitioner until 2012.
Her interactions with numerous patients with neuro-musculoskeletal problems, and the obvious lack of a conservative approach to spine related issues, spurred her on to pursue her degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Palmer College of Chiropractic in USA. She graduated with honours.
She returned to Ghana and subsequently introduced a much needed spinal care unit at a public hospital in Accra. She is now on a mission of spearheading projects that would improve spinal health care delivery in Ghana; making it accessible and affordable for all.
She is passionate about health for her community. When Dr. Afua Adjei-Kwayisi is not busy giving her best at Ridge Hospital, she volunteers her time educating her church and community on spine related issues with a call on people to take responsibility of staying healthy.
Dr. Afua Adjei -Kwayisi mission in life is to understand others, while seeking to serve and to lead them to a healthier future. She is a family woman, married to her college sweetheart, Kingsley Kwayisi and blessed with a beautiful daughter, Awuradeama Kwayisi.
Dr. Benoit graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières in 2016. She developed a special interest about people’s health in under-privileged communities when she did a humanitarian chiropractic mission in Dominican Republic as a clinic intern in July 2015. This experience made her fully appreciate the need for accessible chiropractic care around the globe. Throughout her internship, she seized the opportunity to diversify her skills by providing care to athletes from college sports teams and during sporting events. She also participated in various seminars such as Motion Palpation Technique, Active Release Technique, SOT and Applied Kinesiology in order to extend her scope of practice. She has been involved in the different stages of research projects in the university teaching clinic. When she first heard about World Spine care, she knew that it would perfectly combine her diverse interests, and she decided to become a WSC clinic supervisor in Botswana for one year. She is excited to spend her time offering musculoskeletal care in this new environment and helping educate the local people of Botswana about their health.
Dr. Alan Bertolero graduated from Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW) in 2018 just a couple weeks before heading out to serve a year in the Dominican Republic with World Spine Care. He found out about World Spine Care online and saw that their mission and vision is directly in line with what he was looking for.
While in chiropractic school he served as the president of the Gonstead Club, served in multiple mission trips around the world including in China, Fiji, and Haiti, and was the first LCCW student to complete the student research honors program.
Dr. Bertolero has always had an interest in human movement, which lead him to his BS in Sports Biology at Holy Names University in 2015, where he also played on the men’s basketball team. He continued his passion for human movement by focusing his treatment on movement and rehabilitation while utilizing his knowledge from seminars and certifications he has received in Functional Range Conditioning, Mckenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Global Rehab and Injury Prevention, and many others. He is currently the team doctor for a local professional basketball team in the Dominican Republic.
Aline is a new graduate from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (United Kingdom). Throughout her years at University, she was actively involved in the WIOC Student Society and the World Congress of Chiropractic Students. It is also during this period that she became passionate about World Spine Care and its work. On graduating Aline was awarded a prize for her final year Research Project, Leadership and received the Mark Davies Memorial Award. She has now joined the WSC team as a Clinic Supervisor in Botswana. She is passionate about the integration of Chiropractic into the wider healthcare system and patient education. In her spare time, Aline loves to travel and experience new cultures, dance, swim and take part in outdoors activities.
Dr. Shannon Bloch is originally from Canada and graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2017. During this time she gained extensive clinical experience and completed several clinical rotations including the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Hospital in Buffalo NY. During Chiropractic College she took a great interest in how chiropractic and nutrition can work together to help patients achieve greater results which led her to additionally pursue and complete a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition. She spent one year after graduation practicing in Northern Virginia where she treated a wide variety of patients with many different conditions. She is passionate about how chiropractic can fit into a multi-disciplinary health care setting and the benefit of chiropractic care in underserved communities, which made the decision to join World Spine Care a perfect fit.
Dr. O’Dane Brady completed a bachelor of science in biology and completed his chiropractic studies and a master’s degree in health services administration at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. In March of 2013 he joined World Spine Care where he now servers as the Botswana clinical director. Dr. Brady continues his work in managed care where he aids in framing clinical practice guidelines for the management of spinal disorders and health services related to physical and occupational therapy. His research interests include the conservative management of spinal pain, integrative care, and health services related to musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Carly Broderick is a recent graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California. She originally came to Botswana as a short term volunteer, and enjoyed the experience so much that she came back in the role of Clinic Supervisor. Prior to chiropractic school she earned a Masters of Public Health, which sparked interested in community based health care in under served communities. During the course of her studies she became an avid rock climber with a keen interest in treating athletes. She has had additional training in extremity adjusting with a focus on returning athletes to sport. Always interested in embracing different cultures while working in a sustainable, integrated health care setting, World Spine Care has been an excellent choice.
Mufudzi is a recent Chiropractic graduate from Durban University of Technology in South Africa. As a student, he was a member of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students which is how he first got involved with World Spine Care. In 2017, he carried out his research for his Master’s degree in the Mahalapye District Hospital where he was looking at how the local health care professionals at the hospital perceive World Spine Care. He has now joined the clinical team with World Spine in Botswana. He has a keen interest in African development and public health, and is excited to see how health care systems across the continent evolve to better meet the needs of the local people. He is an avid blogger and part time voice over artist.
Dr. Stefan Eberspaecher graduated from CMCC in 2005. Shortly after graduating from CMCC he moved to Australia where he spent five years in private practice on the east coast just outside of sub-tropical Brisbane. After returning to Canada, Stefan worked as a locum chiropractor traveling all around Ontario. This has afforded him the opportunity to work in many difference styles of practice and with a wide variety of patients. Dr. Eberspaecher jumped on the opportunity to supervise the WSC clinic in Moca, Dominican Republic, where he was known as Dr. Estaban by the locals. He is now the Clinical Coordinator for Botswana were he has been instrumental in establishing the country’s spine care program including coordinating the existing clinics in Mahalapye District Hospital and Shoshong Village as well as the new clinic in the nation’s major referral centre, Princess Marina Hospital. Outside of the clinic he has he has been intimately involved with engaging local health authorities such as the Ministry of Health and Wellness and Botswana’s health regulatory body where among other things he has been working with Dr. Richard Brown of the World Federation of Chiropractic to develop the regulatory framework for chiropractors in Botswana. I think we will appreciate that he can breath a sigh of relief after the tremendously successful execution of Botswana’s Third Spine Care Conference. The conference saw in excess of 300 delegates from Botswana and the surrounding Southern African countries from diverse professional backgrounds, including spine, orthopedic and neurosurgery, medical dcotors, nurses, physiotherapists and chiropractors to name a few. We even had Botswana’s very own Minister of Health and Wellness in attendance for a good part of the conference.
Dr Timothy Ford graduated from the Durban University of technology in South Africa with a Masters in Chiropractic. Dr Ford worked as the World Spine Care Clinical supervisor in Botswana in 2014 and will be continuing his work for WSC in Botswana for a further 5 months.
Pradnya Girdhar has Joined MGM school of Physiotherapy, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, as a Lecturer since November 2017. She’s also been working as a Clinic Supervisor for the MGM WSC Clinic since December 2017.Before joining MGM, Pradnya has worked 7 years in Saifee Hospital, which is a tertiary care hospital in South Mumbai, as a Senior Physiotherapist. She has Effective Clinical skills and firsthand experience of working as a Primary Care Practitioner. She has good Interdisciplinary communication skills. She has immense experience of working in the field of spine care through her previous job. Her areas of expertise include Manual Therapy, Taping, Kinetic Control, Pilates and Soft Tissue mobilization.
Dr.Reshma Gurav (PT) completed masters in Physiotherapy with specialization in musculoskeletal conditions from Mumbai in 2007. She is currently working as an Associate Professor and Clinician in-charge of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy OPD for MGM College of Physiotherapy, India. She has over nine years of expertise in assessment, implementation and modification of physiotherapy interventions in pre & post-operative, conservative management & rehabilitation in Orthopedics, Neurology, Geriatrics and women’s health. She also has expertise in specialty Spine Care for all Orthopedic and Neurological spine related problems. In November 2016 she joined as clinical supervisor of the MGM WSC clinic and involved in care of spinal disorders and health services to rural population in MGM WSC clinic. Research interests include low back pain, and health services related to musculoskeletal disorders.
Nadine was born and raised in the Channels Islands before studying her Masters of Chiropractic at the Anglo European College of Chiropractic, University College in Bournemouth, England. She was involved with both the Students Union and World Congress of Chiropractic Students during her undergraduate years. On graduating Nadine was delighted to receive a prize for Excellence in Clinical Proficiency. Nadine completed her Post Registration Training in private practice in England, alongside achieving a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Chiropractic). After 2 years in private practice Nadine followed a dream; and embraced the opportunity of serving as Clinic Supervisor in the Botswana World Spine Care clinics for one year. This has, Nadine believes, strongly shaped her professional career and made meaningful personal impact. She was honoured to be recognised by the British Chiropractic Association on her return, and titled Chiropractor of the Year (2017). She is now the Secretary for the European board, and enjoys her close links with the India project, helping to train and guide the clinical team there on World Spine Care protocols. Nadine has a special interest in chronic pain, and is passionate about influencing public health habits through encouraging exercise and supported self-management of spine related health complaints. She lives in Oxford, England.
Stephen is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and previous Clinic Supervisor for the Dominican Republic clinic. His passion is to help people overcome their back and neck pain so they are able to live the life they intend to. In practice, he focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of non-surgical, spine-related disorders through evidence-based and patient-centered care. He specializes in the integration of movement and physical rehabilitation so that patients can feel, function, and live at their best.
He is a certified Primary Spine Practitioner through the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences, and has completed additional education in pain classification, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, as well as other manual therapies. Currently, he works as part of the Volunteer Recruitment team to share World Spine Care’s mission with prospective volunteers and inspire them to become a part of their goal to create a world in which everyone has access to the highest level of spine care possible.
Geoff received a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Guelph. He began his career 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 consulting and running a personal training business, he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from which he graduated in 2001. From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Outerbridge owned a successful multidisciplinary clinic in Ottawa, which integrated Chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, rehabilitation, and complimentary alternative medicine.
In 2009, Geoff joined World Spine Care as the Clinical Director. In 2011 he sold his practice and moved his family to Mahalapye Botswana to open the flagship WSC clinic. He has also developed and helped to open the WSC clinic in the Dominican Republic. As clinical Director, Geoff is involved in the development and implementation of new projects, supervising existing projects and overseeing the clinical and volunteer programs.
Raquel Rojo Delgado graduated in 2011 as a physiotherapist from the University of A Coruña (Spain) and as a chiropractor in 2015 from the University of Southwales (United Kingdom).
During her physiotherapy training, she work in many hospital departments including: respiratory physiotherapy, oncologic physiotherapy, gait reeducation, orthotic and prosthetics; manual therapy, central and peripheral neurologic rehabilitation, trauma, specific shoulder treatments, physiotherapy for amputees and vascular pathology, physiotherapy for conditions of the central nervous system, cranial trauma and brain tumors, elderly, spinal cord lesions, cardio-respiratory physiotherapy for cardiac surgery and transplant, management of infantile brain palsy, and sport.
She has attended an Autism Disorders seminar and multiple running marathons as a physiotherapy assistant.
In July 2011, she started working in a private clinic. She stopped after two months to commence her Master of Chiropractic studies in the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic. She continued working at the physiotherapy clinic during the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Having now graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, she is volunteering to run the Botswana clinics for a year.
Yuvraj has worked in the field of rehabilitation for the last 10 years in various capacities including as a clinician, academic and co-founder of a health care start-up. He also holds post graduate diplomas in healthcare management and clinical research. Yuvraj completed his post graduate studies in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011 with a gold medal from Maharashtra University of Health Science. He is currently working at MGM Center of Human Movement Science (bio mechanics lab) and assists in coordinating the activities of the MGM/WSC clinic.
Harry is a chiropractic graduate from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. His trip to work in Botswana as part of the WSC team was inspired following his previous chiropractic volunteering experience in India. Harry enjoyed working with WSC for 6 weeks over March and April 2017. He has said that his time was unforgettable and rewarding and will hope to return some day in the future.
Sophia holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, and a Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). After graduating from CMCC, she completed the CMCC Graduate Clinical Sciences Residency program and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada). Sophia is the owner of a multi-disciplinary clinic in Toronto, Ontario and a faculty member at CMCC. She volunteered for 8 weeks in the WSC clinic in Moca, Dominican Republic. During her time in the Dominican she had the opportunity to conduct a research thesis in an attempt to better understand the burden of musculoskeletal conditions of individuals presenting to the clinic. Sophia enjoyed her time in the Dominican and would love to return back in the future!
Roisin graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in 2010. After working as an associate transitioned into locuming full time throughout NZ and Australia.
“Working with World spine care is the experience of connecting and working with people from a different walk of life. This has provided a unique environment to continue to challenge and expand my perceptions, ideas and approach both in my professional & personal life.”
Dr. Sarah Graham is a recent graduate from chiropractic school in the United States. She prioritizes evidence-based care and is a fierce advocate for pro-chiropractic legislation and the efforts of the American Chiropractic Association, of which she is a member. Dr. Graham always knew that giving back after receiving her doctorate was something that would take priority, and in February 2017 after meeting WSC alumni, she was introduced to the mission and values of World Spine Care. The sustainable approach to helping underserved communities manage musculoskeletal complaints throughout the world was the main driving force behind her decision to commit to volunteering in Botswana.
Dr. Graham has had a passion for volunteering since 2010 when she peddled a bicycle across the United States (Virginia to Oregon) to raise awareness for the affordable housing crisis with the non-profit Bike and Build. Since then, she has dedicated herself to various non-profit and NGO’s in educational settings, including Heifer International. Her motto for life comes from Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
Katrin was born and raised in Switzerland. She graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2007. After going through the required additional postgraduate training in Switzerland for 2 years she worked another 5 years in private Clinics as well as in a interdisciplinary Hospital Clinic in Luzern. For the past 2 years she has been locuming full time throughout Switzerland.
“ I really do enjoy working in Botswana, meeting all the local people and learn about their culture. Sometimes people are travelling for hours just for a 20min appointment at the WSC Clinic. This makes me appreciate the health care and social security system back home, but also realize that what we as chiropractors can offer is unique and worth more than the burden of a long journey. “
Stephanie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She then worked two years as a personal trainer before moving to Portland, Ore., to attend the University of Western States. While at UWS, Dr. Halloran was actively involved in the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), both as a chapter officer as well as chair of the Specialty Councils Committee and the Membership Committee at the national level. Before graduating from UWS in December 2016, she completed a clinical rotation at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis under Christopher Sherman, DC. Currently Dr. Halloran is the chiropractic resident with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System under site director, Anthony Lisi, DC, and concurrently working towards her Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through UWS as well as her Diplomate in Diagnosis and Internal Disorders through the ACA. Dr. Halloran’s professional interests include advocacy and toxic exposure, nutritional deficiencies and chronic musculoskeletal pain within the veteran population. When she is not in the clinic, you can find her at the gym, hiking, in the kitchen, biking or traveling with her family.
Shelagh graduated from Queen’s University in 2009 with her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. While at Queen’s, her student clinical placements took her from Moose Factory, Ontario to London, UK. She has since worked in a variety of settings, including long-term care, home care, school care, and private practice orthopaedics. She has taken continuing education courses in a range of orthopaedic disciplines such as Mulligan “mobilization with movement” techniques, therapeutic taping, acupuncture, the thoracic ring approach, trigger point dry needling, and Active Release Techniques (ART). She has also completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training certification at Adishesha Yoga Zone and loves to incorporate yoga into her practice as a method of healing. Shelagh’s passion lies in using an active, hands-on, holistic approach to getting her patients back to doing the activities that are most meaningful to them.
In her spare time, Shelagh does yoga, plays soccer, and runs along the canal. She is also an avid traveler, having recently returned from volunteering with World Spine Care in the Dominican Republic.
Nicole Homb earned her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2009 and received a Master of Science in Clinical Research in 2014, both from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from DePaul University. Dr. Homb has previously worked as a Research Clinician on several nationally-funded clinical trials in the United States and as a Health Policy Associate for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. She has worked alongside high-level policy leaders in the Health Policy Office of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. More recently, Dr. Homb completed a prestigious fellowship placement with the Classifications, Terminologies and Standards Unit at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She currently serves as Action Board Representative for the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association. Among numerous awards and honors, she was recognized as an emerging leader by the Iowa Chiropractic Society.
A Rochester New York native, Dr. Bryan Kent is a 2016 graduate of New York Chiropractic College with highest honors. In addition to his doctor, Dr. Kent is a licensed Acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. While in school Dr. Kent spent over 200 hours obtaining advanced certificates and training in Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.), myofascial decompression therapy, traditional Chinese fire cupping, ConnectX Instrument Assisted Myofascial Therapy, Myofascial Taping by Rock Tape, and Advanced Joint Manipulation with the Motional Palpation Institute to name a few.
As a practitioner, Dr. Kent believes that every person is an athlete. Whether racing marathons or triathlon, performing heavy deadlifts and deep squats, cycling through your daily vinyasa, going for walk with the pooch or picking up your kids for a hug, you’re an athlete because you move! That movement is the fundamental function of life and vitality. Dr. Kent’s mission is to have you moving at your most optimal level and to get you back to doing what you love, better than before you were treated.
Melanie always had an interest in learning about the human body and how it worked. She started her academic route with a BSc in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph. She later attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and graduated in 2005. She has always been active and had an interest in Sports Chirorpactic and later went on to become a sports chirorpactic fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in 2011 while concurrently doing her MSc in Kinesiology at York University.
She currently runs a home practice in Toronto that caters to patients both young and old as well as an active population along with her RMT. Having a home practice allows her to do locum placements in Ontario covering other chiropractors as well as volunteer with various sport teams and events, such as the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. She has been actively learning both Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) and is happy to use her new found language skills to cater to broader range of patients.
She recently volunteered for 4.5 weeks in the WSC clinic in Moca, Dominican Republic and thoroughly enjoyed her experience working in the clinic and being immersed in Dominican culture. She is already hoping to return back in the future!
Dr Lane is the owner of PHD Chiropractic and is registered with the General Chiropractic Council and the British Chiropractic Association.
She studied Genetics at Newcastle University before going on to study Chiropractic at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth. She practiced in London before deciding to serve in the Army for 6yrs. At the end of 2008 she began to develop her practice in Kew before opening up the Barnes practice in 2009. In December her ‘Chiropractic mentor’ died and she is now looking after his patients in Sudbury, Suffolk and as a result she has sold her Barnes and Kew clinics. She and her husband bought PHD Chiropractic Clinic in 2011. She keeps up to date with research by attending regular seminars and courses.
In 2009, she responded to a call from the Association of Italian Chiropractors calling for assistance at the L’Aquila earthquake, she volunteered out there, treating the Italian firemen and the Red Cross workers.
When Dr Lane is not working enjoys competing in triathlons and spending time with her husband and daughters. She also loves travelling, reading and playing the piano.
Cecilia Lothe, born and raised in Sweden. Graduated from the Anglo European college of Chiropractic in England 1985. Moved to Norway in the late 80s and is currently practicing in a multidisciplinary practice in Oslo , Norway. She is Married to Jakob Lothe D.C. and has two grown up children.
“Working for the WSC in Botswana taught me what primary care practice really is all about. Although it was a (too) short stay, It still was the most challenging and rewarding weeks I´ve spent in practice. That says a lot after 30 years in the profession.”
Carly graduated from Vancouver Island University, in British Columbia, Canada, in 2011. She has a B.A. in Physical Education. In 2013, she moved to Toronto Ontario to begin Chiropractic school at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), where she has just finished her 2nd of 4 years.
She is spending her summer at the WSC clinics in Botswana. This experience will further her learning and give her the opportunity to work closely with licensed chiropractors. She will be able to take the knowledge learnt in Botswana and apply it during the reminder of her studies and upon graduation.
When she returns to Toronto, she will be working with the WSC club at CMCC to continue to bring awareness to the organization. Additionally, she will share her experiences with her fellow students, with the goal being to encourage more students to spend time at the WSC clinics, while in school and after graduation.
Carmen grew up in Seville, the hottest town in Spain. There she studied in a German school and she has always loved to travel and experience different cultures. She graduated from Madrid College of Chiropractic after also having studied in Anglo European College of Chiropractic and in Feevale University (Brazil). Carmen is a Physiotherapist as well and right after finishing her first career she went to work as a volunteer in India and Nepal so that she could discover what this experience really meant to her. She worked as a Chiropractor in Barcelona for two years and after getting to know World Spine Care she went for volunteering during 3 months in Botswana. Carmen is passionate about extending the best spine care to the whole world making it accessible to everyone. In her spare time she enjoys outdoors sports, going to the beach and the mountains, spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Mark Perrett has been in private chiropractic practice for 19 years and is the owner of a multi-disciplinary clinic in rural Manitoba. He serves as an executive member for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College board of governors, works with knowledge transfer for the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Committee, is on the licensing committee for the Manitoba Chiropractic Association, and is involved with fundraising for World Spine Care. Dr. Perrett initiated the Work A Day for WSC campaign in 2016. He enjoys many sports and is an avid distance runner.
Sarah Potthoff is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who has traveled the world in her practice. She has worked at Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, the Mahalapye District Hospital in Botswana, Africa and was in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Potthoff attained her degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was member of the women’s basketball team.
Dr. Potthoff’s unique clinical background is driven by her passion to promote an integrative, patient-centered approach to healthcare. Inspired by the unmet need for complementary and alternative medicine in America’s failing health care system, particularly for low back pain and many musculoskeletal conditions, Dr. Potthoff has focused her work to fit such multidisciplinary settings. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, Olympic weightlifting, yoga, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.
“My World Spine Care experience opened my eyes to the importance of cultural sensitivity and the importance of musculoskeletal health in developing countries.
Integration of chiropractic services in a completely different healthcare environment allowed me to see the unique differences that had to occur while stressing the overall importance communication and collaboration in healthcare.”
Kerra Quinn completed her Bachelor of Science degree with distinction, majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Science Psychology, from the University of Alberta in 2007. She then went on to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alberta in 2010.
Kerra is a registered member of the Canadian Physical Therapy Association in both the Orthopaedic and Global Health Division, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta, as well as, the Vestibular Disorder Association.
The majority of Kerra’s work experience has been as a private practice physical therapist, although she had spent time working as a medical examiner for an occupational testing facility and as an athletic therapist for junior hockey teams with the Alberta Hockey Association. Kerra enjoys treating orthopedic injuries holistically using biomechanical evaluation, manual therapy, exercise prescription, acupuncture, and patient education. She believes patient understanding, and active participation in the treatment process, is key to the successful achievement of rehabilitation goals.
“It was an amazing experience to work overseas and submerge yourself in a unique culture with people who genuinely appreciated your time and effort to help them. I also found it a strong reminder of why I got into my profession and it reminded me how gratefully I am to have an occupation that I am so passionate about.”
Dr. Connor Romm is a second-generation chiropractor and recent graduate from chiropractic college in the United States. Dr. Romm is from a tiny town in Kansas where the corn grows tall and the cows run wild. While he is proficient in Gonstead Technique, Dr. Romm prefers to dabble in the world of evidence-based care ever since he began reading research. Thanks to the efforts of a select group of teachers at his school, Dr. Romm has discovered a love for chiropractic that lies rooted within reason and reality.
When he is not working as a chiropractor, Dr. Romm is studying for the LSAT. It is his hope to attend a top-tier law school where he can continue to advocate for chiropractic in a legal manner, and hopefully one day for the ACA. Dr. Romm also loves to weight lift, plan trips with his partner, and read non-fiction.
Katie graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2009 and worked in private practice in SW England for several years. She spent her first few years advancing her skills in gentler techniques such as NeuroImpulse Protocol, Cranial Sacral Technique and focusing on pregnancy and paediatric patients. She returned to WIOC in 2016 as a clinical supervising tutor and it was through meeting undergraduate students that she learnt of the World Spine Care organisation. Katie was very excited to have the opportunity to spend some time working as a chiropractor in a developing country for an organisation such as WSC along with being able to travel and learn about a new culture in a different part of the world.
“I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed working as part of the team in Botswana. I’ve had a truly rewarding and eye opening experience working with the other volunteers and local people.”
Francesca holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a Master of Chiropractic from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK). She is also a previous Health Research Board Cochrane Fellow (Ireland) and has worked as a Research Fellow for the Core Outcome Measures for Effectiveness Trials (COMET) initiative. She currently works as a Clinical Research Associate for the Health Research Board – Trial Methodology Research Network in Ireland, conducting systematic reviews to inform national clinical guidelines. Francesca serves as a peer reviewer for several international journals and has presented her research at many conferences globally, including as keynote speaker.
Damien was born and raised in Switzerland. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2003. After going through the required additional postgraduate training in Switzerland for 2 years, he’s been working in a private practice in the city of Basel ever since. In 2014 he attended a 2 months course at the Swiss Tropical Institute for people interested in working in tropical countries.
“It’s been a long-time project of mine to find the right project to work with. I believe the WSC clinics are a great opportunity, and I am eager to work with them, exchange knowledge and discover another culture, its health issues and hope to bring it some relief through chiropractic.”
Dr Sarah Osler completed her chiropractic degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2016 and, after a year of working as a locum chiropractor in Kwa-Zulu Natal, she joined the World Spine Care clinic in Botswana for a month as a short-term volunteer. On her return to South Africa, she started her own private practice in Johannesburg. Sarah also trained as a pilates instructor during her studies, and is a passionate advocate of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.