Speaker Biographies


Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM

Jan Dommerholt, is a Dutch-trained physical therapist with a Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in biomechanical trauma and health care administration and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Dommerholt has taught over 300 courses and lectured at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He is on the editorial board of several journals.
He is editor of three textbooks on myofascial pain and dry needling and has authored over 50 book chapters and more than 80 scientific articles. Dr. Dommerholt is president of Bethesda Physiocare® and Myopain Seminars.



Diane Jacobs, PT

Diane Jacobs is a long time physiotherapist who has worked in hospitals, maintains a private practice in Saskatchewan and teaches DNM internationally. She studied manual therapy at URSA foundation in Seattle for a couple of decades. She developed DermoNeuroModulation during the mid 2000s based on her clinical experience, studies and dissection of cutaneous nerves and their rami. In 2007 she did a pilot study to gauge its effectiveness. Diane interacts extensively online to bring neuro and pain science awareness to manual therapists. She helped initiate Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2005 and has been a steering committee member of WCPT Pain Network since 2012.



Neil Pearson, MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500

Neil is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. He works exclusively with people with complex chronic pain conditions, and travels through North America teaching health professionals, yoga therapists and people in pain. Neil is a board member with Pain BC, the founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, and the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Pain Society’s Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award.


General Sessions


Dr. Matt Graham, R. Psych

Matt Graham is a Registered Psychologist and the Senior Manager of Clinical Practice for OrionHealth’s British Columbia clinics. He also functions as a lead Psychologist for the Veterans Transition Program part of the Veterans Transition Network. In his career, Matt has cultivated a strong combination of treatment expertise in addiction recovery, trauma and pain management. He has maintained an active record of publishing and is committed to developing programs that are informed by both internal and academic research. He has a heart for clinician development and has offered training across different domains such as multicultural competency, motivational interviewing, risk management and management of cumulative stress. 


Dr. Daniel Gouws

Dr. Daniel Gouws is originally from South Africa. He is a member of the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine (ACBOM), the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), the Medical Legal Society of British Columbia, a board member of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada (OEMAC) and chaired the 2012 annual scientific conference of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association of Canada (OEMAC) in Vancouver. His main area of expertise is the medical assessment, rehabilitation and diagnostic clarification of individuals in terms of fitness for work. He has a special interest in mood disorders and chronic pain.


Linda Catherine Turner, RN, PhD

Linda Turner is the manager of Holistic Health Studies at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where she also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She studied MBSR at the University of Massachusetts where she became a certified instructor. A registered nurse who has worked extensively with patients in pain, Linda recently completed an Interdisciplinary PhD involving Psychology, Medicine and Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Linda has an interest in incorporating alternative and complementary modalities into the mainstream of health care.


Todd Hargrove, CR,CFP

Todd Hargrove is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Certified Rolfer living and practicing in Seattle. He became interested in movement and pain twenty years ago, when as a lawyer, he was trying to treat his own chronic pain and win more squash matches; he got some great results, and eventually changed careers to help others make similar improvements. In 2008 he started writing a blog to share knowledge with a wider audience. His writing seeks to explain why pain science and neuroscience is relevant to manual and exercise therapists, and provide them with new ways to understand why their work is effective. He is currently working on a book to address these issues.


Dr. M. Wesley Buch

Dr. M. Wesley Buch is a registered psychologist who practices in the area of clinical and rehabilitation psychology. Following his internship in the Psychology Department of the WorkSafe BC, he continued to work there in criminal injury cases, complex case management and especially interdisciplinary rehabilitation. In 1996 he became Manager of the Pain Programs at WorkSafe BC and quality assurance supervisor of the provincial network of pain programs – all responsibilities that continued his interests in treatment innovation, outcome and quality assurance. In 1997 he cofounded Behavioural Health Care with an interest in individually-tailored, cognitive-behavioural approaches to chronic conditions that emphasize the home, community facilities and workplace as rehabilitation clinic.

Currently, Dr. Buch’s focus is on psycholegal assessments and the treatment of complex forms of human suffering, such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Buch is also the part-time consulting psychologist to the new Complex Chronic Diseases Program at BC Women’s Hospital. He has recently contributed to Pain BC on the topics of “Chronic Pain and Mental Health” and also “Chronic Pain and Spirituality.”



MODERATOR: Michael Reoch, RMT

Michael Reoch is an active Registered Massage Therapist in BC, and owner of Well+Able Integrative Health. Michael sits on the Massage Therapists' Association of BC (MTABC) board, and is Chair of the MTABC Communications Committee. As a Board Director and Committee Chair, Michael promotes the ideals and the brand of the Association, and disseminates information through communications to current and prospective members, the media, the health care industry and the general public.

Michael is the Chair of the MTABC-sponsored Professional Practice Group for Pain Management: a group of RMTs who have a special interest in studying pain as pathology, and using that knowledge to best treat patients whose primary complaint is pain. The role of the group is to establish best practices for pain treatment and how to teach and evaluate RMTs in the use of these practices.

Michael was a panel moderator for a side panel at the 2012 International Fascial Research conference held in Vancouver.

Michael was a clinic instructor at West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) at which his role was to instruct, evaluate and manage senior RMT students in a clinical setting. At WCCMT Michael also coordinated the case study program that involved assigning and managing teacher advisors while evaluating the student oral presentations. 



Violet Reynolds, RMT, CASE, RDYT 500

Violet Reynolds graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, and in September 1996 she registered with the CMT of BC. In 2004 Violet delved into a series of post-graduate courses in Applied Somatics and in 2010 became a Certified Applied Somatic Educator. In August 2013 she completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Red Door Yoga. Since 2006 she has been practicing as a RMT at the Duncan Wellness Centre on Vancouver Island. Her practice focuses on utilizing Somatics for individuals to accelerate the release of neuromuscular tension, and teaching clients home movements to assist them in managing or eliminating pain and improving posture. In addition, she teaches regular classes in Somatics and Somatic Yoga so that clients have a cost-effective way of learning Somatic movements. Violet has created an Equestrian Somatics course, which she has taught to groups including Queen Margaret’s School and the Canadian Pony Club. In 2012 Violet began assisting teaching Applied Somatics at post-graduate training courses.



Jennifer MacVicar, RMT

Jennifer MacVicar is a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Sidney, British Columbia. Before becoming a Massage Therapist she studied at La Sorbonne Paris Nouvelle III and the University of Victoria. She graduated West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1997 and has been a member of the Massage Therapist Association of BC since 1997. She has been interviewed and published in the local newspaper.

Jennifer has a firm yet gentle approach with a concentration of Osteopathic and Dermoneuromodulation techniques. Her practice includes all members of the community who live locally, within BC, throughout Canada and internationally. As a Registered Massage Therapist for the past 17 years and someone living with chronic illness and pain she can offer and insightful perspective regarding the therapeutic relationship. As a therapist and a patient she can relate both the positive aspects and the pitfalls of this important relationship. By discussing the different roles she hopes to improve the overall communication between the healthcare practitioner and their patients.



Michael Hamm, LMP CCST

Michael Hamm, LMP CCST maintains a full-time, Seattle based, bodywork practice focused on mind-body skills, injury treatment, post-surgical work and trauma recovery. He teaches anatomy, research literacy, and neurofascial bodywork around the US and Canada.

Mike is a Trustee for the Massage Therapy Foundation and co-chair of the Foundation's Best Practices Committee. Mike served as faculty advisor to 3 prize winners and 2 honorable mentions in the Foundation's Student Case Report Contest, and was the first Gold award winner in 2005. He has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Mike presented on Best Practices at 2013's International Massage Therapy Research Conference, on nerve-fascia anatomy at 2012's Fascia Research Congress, and on research literacy at 2010's Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research Conference. For 7 years, Mike taught anatomy, technique, and cadaver study at the Brian Utting School of Massage and at Cortiva Institute, Seattle. 



Susan Chapelle, RMT

Susan Chapelle has been a practicing therapist for over 18 years. She is the recipient of the 2010 award for “registered massage therapist of the year” for British Columbia for her contribution to research in the field of manual therapy. Susan is owner of Squamish Integrated Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Squamish BC. Susan is involved in her community to bring the importance of complimentary medicine to a larger group. She is a city councilor, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Seniors Housing, as well as the Squamish Community Foundation. Susan continues her work to examine the effects of manual therapy. As a speaker at international conferences, she has presented her research on cancer and post-surgical therapies. She is currently collaborating with Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD at the University of New England, and the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia. Her recent publication, “Visceral Mobilization Can Lyse and Prevent Peritoneal Adhesions in a Rat Model” as well as her new manuscript “The effects of Manual Therapy on Post-Operative Ileus” have been published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Susan and Geoffrey have continued collaboration, with National Institute of Health funding on the study of adhesions and post-operative care. 



Mark Finch, RMT, KMI

Mark is an RMT who has been in practice since 1996. He has training in Massage Therapy, Structural Integration (KMI) and Visceral Manipulation. He has a passion for understanding and treating soft tissues of all kinds, and the people associated with them. He has treated successfully in many therapeutic settings including touring with Riverdance the Show. He clinically collaborates with well known Physiotherapist Diane Lee with whom he co-teaches some courses. Mark taught Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains™ courses in many international venues from 2005-2011. He now teaches his own Myofascial release courses in Canada and Australasia. Mark resides in Vancouver, BC where he maintains a busy practice and enjoys the outdoors with his family. 




Closing Panelists


Don Solomon is Registered Massage Therapist and works as a member of multidisciplinary team of health care providers at Ocean Medical Center in West Vancouver, BC. He has served on the Massage Therapists' Association of BC (MTABC) board; Chair of the MTABC Communications Committee and committee member on various other committees. He also served as as a member of the Board Directors of the College Of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC); Chair of the Unauthorized Practice Committee; Chair of the Communications Committee and investigator for the Inquiry Committee. Through out his service Don has worked to help establish Massage Therapy as a bone fide member of the health care community. His work has lead him from enforcement of standards to the complexities of communicating that information.

Don has been busy behind the scenes working on putting people together to further the interaction and cross professional exchange of knowledge. At present he is participating in a group focused on performance enhancement in sport.

Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM

Diane Jacobs, PT

Neil Pearson, MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500




We are pleased to announce the addition of a Co-instructor for the workshop Evidence-informed clinical practice.

Stewart Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT

Stewart Wild, was born in New Zealand, and began his career in the health profession as a Hematology and Blood Bank Laboratory Technologist (1973–1999), working both in NZ and the United Kingdom.

Stewart has been practicing massage therapy since 1994. He became the first person to certify in the St. John version of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) at the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) in Auckland, NZ. He became an NMT instructor in 1998. In 2004 Stewart relocated to the US and double-certified in the “American Version” of NMT with Judith DeLany, and was on the teaching staff of the NMT Center from 2005–2009.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an educated, hands-on approach to longstanding pain of soft tissue origin. The NMT paradigm takes into account postural distortion, trigger point involvement, nerve entrapment, all forms of muscle damage and imbalance, and various other health markers. To reinforce each of these aspects Stewart has studied with various soft tissue pioneers like Dr. Leon Chaitow, DeLany, Deane Juhan, Dr. Gil Hedley, and Aaron Mattes.

Stewart’s most recent teachers have been Dr. Bob Gerwin and Dr. Jan Dommerholt of Myopain Seminars. In 2009 Stewart became the first massage therapist to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) at Myopain Seminars. In 2009–2010 this series was divided into the Dry Needling (DN) courses and the Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) courses. Stewart has been the principle developer and will teach the MTT workshops, which are especially tailored for those practitioners not legally able to practice the dry needling techniques.

Stewart lives just outside Boston, MA, and is the co-owner of 360 NeuroMuscular Therapy in Needham MA. There, Stewart and his business partner Katie Adams have developed a comprehensive approach to treating various common but enigmatic pain conditions using hands-on therapy. 



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