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Sionnadh qualified as a physiotherapist in 1994 at Birmingham University, gained her Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1999 from the University of Queensland, and completed her PhD in 2007 at the University of Hull.  Her postdoctoral areas of research relate to 1) rehabilitation adherence and 2) neck and upper limb disability.  The adherence theme investigates the reasons why patients do not adhere with treatment recommendation or attend clinic appointments and ways of optimising rehabilitation and self-management.  The neck and upper limb theme include understanding why patients with non-specific neck pain develop upper limb disability and development of a performance measure of upper limb disability.   She supervises doctoral students in these areas of research. 

In addition to research, Sionnadh teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy programmes at Sheffield Hallam University.  Her area of clinical expertise is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.  She is the course leader for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Musculoskeletal Management.

Reader in Physiotherapy

A highly skilled and professional physiotherapist with excellent clinical and managerial skills, who is responsible for the training and educational needs for Extended Scope Practitioners and whose clinical expertise allows the assessment and management of patients with highly complex needs, whilst providing efficient and effective patient services by facilitating evidence based practice through research and continuing professional development. As a member of the executive committee of the International federation of Musculoskeletal Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) influences the aim to promote excellence in clinical and academic practice worldwide.

Consultant Physiotherapy . IFOMPT vice president

Mahmoud is an academic and manual therapist based in Sheffield UK.  He started his academic role at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 as a senior physiotherapy lecturer. He is a fellow of the higher education academy UK.He has a master in MSK physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University , Diploma in manual therapy (leading to MACP recognition) and currently persuading a PHD degree in MSK Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. He lead the musculoskeletal module within the advanced master program and supervised many master dissertations in the field of MSK Physiotherapy. Mahmoud is the chairman of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Academy OMTA and international OMT tutor.

Senior Lecturer .Sheffield Hallam Univeristy UK.

Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant based in the United Kingdom and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University.

 Having qualified at the School of Physiotherapy, Cardiff in 1988, Bhanu’s (inter)national clinical and academic practice have been driven by her specialist physiotherapy fields in elder rehabilitation and neurology. A varied career includes appointment whilst working in the National Health Service (NHS) as a Consultant Physiotherapist leading a Intermediate Care ward, and one of the first physiotherapists to gain a non-medical prescribing qualification in 2005.During her career in the NHS and now in the independent sector, Bhanu has contributed to professional book chapters, international guidelines and standards of clinical practice, and has been an invited speaker to numerous international conferences. She is a Faculty member for the Movement Disorder Society Allied Health Professions group, invited to facilitate presentations at their three Summer Schools for physiotherapists, in addition to running Diploma in Neurological Practice courses in Cairo, Egypt (2016) and Amman, Jordan (2017) for Primephysio.Bhanu has been recognised for her collaborative service to physiotherapy (particularly with older people and those with Parkinson’s) by receiving a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2014, and became an Officer of the British Empire in 2016, the year she also received her Doctorate in Professional Studies.

Consultant physiotherapist.Honorary Senior Lectuer .Sheffield Hallam University.

Jacqueline completed her physiotherapy degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She  completed the Orthopeadic Manual Therapy course in 1998 and has presented as a lecturer on this course for more than 10 years. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor.

Jacqueline first came across the concept of movement control in 2004 and has never looked back. She has a passion for working with athletes and qualified as an accredited Performance Matrix Trainer, Tutor and Consultant in 2008. Since the she has been working developing her expertise in the system.  She was also part of the research team and co-author of the published paper “Intra and Inter-Rater Reliability of Screening for Movement Impairments. Movement Control tests from The Foundation Matrix. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine.

She qualified as a Kinetic Control Movement Therapist and Accredited Tutor in 2012 and is passionate about sharing the message about the importance of movement control and movement health with her colleagues in South Africa.

Certified Kinetic Control tutor.UK

Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Jordan, Amman-Jordan.

MSc and PhD in neurological rehabilitation from University of Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, USA.

President of the Jordanian Physiotherapy Society (JPTS) (2017-present) .

Board member at the Jordanian Sports Medicine Federation, Amman, Jordan (2017-present). 

Member at the World Confederation fot the Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress Programme Committee (CPC) 2019

Assistant Professor.Jordanian University

Assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology.PhD Physiotherapy Cardiff University (Neurological Rehabilitation)

MSc Physiotherapy Cardiff University (Neurological Rehabilitation)

BSc Physical Therapy Jordan University of Science & Technology (J.U.S.T)

Member of Jordanian Physical Therapy Association (JPTA) (2005 till present)
Member of the International Movement Disorders Society (MDS) (2013 till present)
Associate member of Association of Physiotherapists in Parkinson's disease Europe (APPDE) (2014 till present)
Member of European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN) (2008 till 2013)

Assistant Professor. JUST

Zaid Modhi Mansour

Zaid Mansour gained his Physical Therapy Bachelors degree from the University of Jordan in 2008. Since then he has been interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and worked both as a clinician and as an instructor in this filed. In 2010 he gained his masters degree from Oxford Brookes University and started to teach part time in Jordan. In 2012 he headed to the USA and joined the doctoral program at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he gained his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with a dissertation focusing on brain imaging research, both structural and functional, in people with back pain. After graduating in 2016 he joined the Hashemite University’s teaching staff and has been an assistant professor in the Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy since then. Currently he is continuing to work on brain imaging research and starting new clinical studies in relation to musculoskeletal pathologies.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan.

Mayis A. Aldughmi

Mayis Aldughmi is a physical therapist who earned her Physical Therapy Bachelor’s degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology.  She then worked and volunteered in several settings specialising in neurological rehabilitation. In 2016, she earned her PhD degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center, USA. She studied the relationship between fatigue and sleep quality in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Aldughmi is currently an assistant professor in the department of Physiotherapy at the University of Jordan. She is currently investigating sleep disturbances and fatigue among Jordanian people with Multiple Sclerosis. Aldughmi is also part of a team currently exploring the effects of mesenchymal stem cells therapy compared to combined exercise therapy (balance and strength training, and aerobic exercise) on a range of symptoms including sleep quality and cognitive impairment in people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Assistant professor, Amman, Jordan. The University of Jordan. Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences

Sadam F. Kanaan

Saddam is an experienced academic and clinician and researcher specialised in Musculoskeletal rehabilitation.  He gained his PHD in rehabilitation science University Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA few years

after his Post-Masters degree in Health Professions Educator Certificate, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, USA and MSC degree in Applied Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, JUST, Irbid – Jordan

Ala' Aburub

Ala' is an experienced clinician and researcher specialised in Stroke Rehabilitation, Acute care Rehabilitation ,Neurological Conditions, Orthopedics Conditions, Cardio-Respiratory Conditions, Musculoskeletal Therapy ,Sport Injuries/concussion, Outpatients Care and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation.  He gained his PHD and M.Sc. in rehabilitation science from McGill University/ Montreal-Canada. His academic areas of expertise are in cancer research.

Registered Physical Therapist (Ontario, Quebec )

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