Prof. Tom McPoil
Tom McPoil is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Regis University. He is an Emeritus Regents Professor of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University and has held an Honarary Professorship in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Australia since 2001. Dr. McPoil has specialized in the evaluation and management of foot and ankle disorders since 1979.
He has published more than 105 reffered manuscripts and 85 published abstracts, written five book chapters, and conducted over 180 workshops/lectures on the subject of foot and ankle evaluation and conservative treatment. Dr. McPoil has also presented over 120 research papers, both nationally and internationally, on various topics related to foot and ankle mechanics, evaluation, and mamangement. His current research activities include the development of a static lower extrmity measument protocol.
Mr. Simon Bartold
Simon Bartold graduated from Adelaide University with a BSc in Science with majors in Physiology and Zoology. His further qualification in Podiatry was gained at the University of South Australia. Simon is the first and only person to have been awarded on multiple occasions the prestigious Best Clinical Paper award for original research at the Australasian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport. Simon has been an executive board member of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and Past President of the Australian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and remains the only podiatrist worldwide to ever hold a commission position with the International Sports Medicine Federation (F.I.M.S.). He has published over 30 papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals and has lectured at international conferences in 33 countries. Research interests include the technical aspects of athletic footwear and pressure/force measurement in relation to intervention parameters and injury.
Dr Simon K. Spooner
Dr Simon K. Spooner qualified as a podiatrist in 1991 from the University of Brighton. In addition to his BSc in Podiatry, he was awarded the Paul Shenton prize for his research into callus. He went on to complete his PhD in podiatry from the University of Leicester in 1997. Simon moved to Plymouth in 1998 where he worked as a lecturer in podiatric biomechanics, sports injuries and orthotic manufacture. Simon eventually went on to become the Head of the School of Podiatry at Plymouth. In full-time private practice since 2005, Simon continues to research and publish in the field of podiatric biomechanics and speaks internationally on foot orthosis therapy; he was among the first to advocate and employ the use of finite element analyses in the study of foot orthoses. He provides podiatric care to a premiership rugby club, acts as a professional reviewer to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and sits on the advisory board of the Spanish Journal: Podologia Clinica.
Dr. Christian Barton
Christian qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 in Australia, and completed his PhD relating to patellofemoral pain, lower limb biomechanics, and predictors of foot orthoses outcomes in 2010. At various private practices and sports medicine centres in Australia and London he has continued to combine research with clinical practice, maintaining part time research roles including student supervision in the ‘Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine’ at Queen Mary University of London; as Research Director at Pure Sports Medicine in London, and as a Research Fellow in La Trobe University’s Musculoskeletal Researh Centre. His current research interests include developing guidelines for running retraining interventions, lower limb biomechanics associated with various pathologies, and improving the translation of research to clinical practice. Clinically, Christian specialises in the management of knee and patellofemoral pain, and running related injuries.
Prof. David Pratt
David Pratt gained his MSc in Medical Physics in 1976 and a PhD in Bioengineering in 1981, both from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He then moved to Derby to take up the position of Director of the Orthotics and Disability Research Centre where he stayed until 1999. In 1988 Dr. Pratt was appointed as a personal Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Derby University and in 2003 was elected to the Royal College of Physicians in recognition of his contribution to gait analysis, the understanding of lower limb biomechanics and lower limb orthotics. Professor Pratt has over 120 published papers, 10 book chapters and co-edited/wrote the standard text book on lower limb biomechanics in 1998. He is also an official examiner for the UK National School of Healthcare Science.
Mr Mark Gallagher
Mark Gallagher qualified from the University of Huddersfield in 1994 and went on to complete his Masters Thesis on injection techniques for chronic soft tissue problems in 2000. He worked at the University Hospital Birmingham from 1996-2010 in one of the largest regional Trauma centres in the UK, for both civilian and military trauma as well as clinical lead in Podiatry at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Birmingham over the same time period. In addition to the trauma workload and complex ankle injury he is also involved in musculoskeletal injury based across the West Midlands and at Pure Sports Medicine in London. Mark is Clinical Director for one of the largest orthotic manufacturers in Europe and is actively engaged in research across a number of academic institutions looking at footwear design and bespoke ankle bracing in dealing with clinical pathology. He also provides the Podiatry input to the Masters Physiotherapy program at the University of Birmingham.