Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Karen Pape MD FRCPC

Karen Pape, MD, FRCPC, is a neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist.  As a medical innovator, she is challenging the system to raise expectations for babies born with early brain and nerve injury.  She was a neonatologist and director of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic at Toronto's renowned Hospital for Sick Children, with an additional fellowship in Neonatal Pathology and Ultrasound Brain Scans in London, England.  She co-authored a book on baby brain pathology and was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultrasound brain scanning, now used in neonatal intensive care units worldwide.  Pape then directed work at the Magee Clinic in Toronto, developing a new, personalised approach to children and adults with early onset brain or nerve damage.  She has lectured widely and conducted over 200 training workshops and conferences for parents, therapists, and physicians throughout North America and internationally in 12 countries.

Richard Bouché DPM

Richard Bouché, DPM, is an SMC podiatrist who specialises in lower extremity sports medicine and foot & ankle surgery.  He has been in practice in the Seattle area now for 34 years.  He is a fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery in 1986 and recertified in 1996.  He presently serves as Special Editor (in Sports Medicine) for the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery and is a 30+ year member of the American College of Sports Medicine and fellow & past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.  Dr Bouché serves on the residency training committee for the Northwest Podiatric Surgical Residency Program at Swedish Hospital. He also serves on the SMC Executive Committee as Chief of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery. He has special interests in the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for chronic tendon problems, exercise-related leg pain, posterior heel pain, lesser MTPJ instability and sesamoid disorders of the great toe joint. Present research interests include new surgical procedures for chronic sesamoidopathy of the great toe joint, plantar plate repair for lesser MTPJ instability, conservative & surgical treatment for 5th metatarsal base fractures, chronic muscle soreness (new undescribed leg disorder), running in active/athletic patients w/ 1st MTPJ fusion.

Dr. Irene Daivs

Irene Davis PhD

Dr Irene Davis is the founding Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. She received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she served on the faculty for over 20 years. Dr Davis’ research has focused on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury.  Her interest in injury mechanics extends to the development of interventions to alter these mechanics through gait retraining.  She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates and is a barefoot runner herself. Along with gait analysis, her research encompasses dynamic imaging and modelling. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. Dr Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running.

Russell Volpe DPM

Dr Russell Volpe is a Professor, and Past Chair, in the Department of Pediatrics and Orthopedics at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine/Foot Center of New York, where he has taught since 1985. He was founding Chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1993-2006. Also, he was on the Adjunct faculty of the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University from 2003-2008 and he served as Medical Consultant to Langer Biomechanics, Inc. from 1992 to 2002.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1988.  Dr Volpe is co-editor, with Peter Thomson, of Introduction to Podopediatrics, 2nd edition published in 2001 by Elsevier.  Dr Volpe is a member of the Vasyli Think Tank which was founded to foster collaboration and cooperative thought amongst a leading group of health professionals specialising in the field of lower limb biomechanics.  Dr Volpe is on the editorial advisory board of Podiatry Today magazine.  He writes articles regularly on the child’s foot and contributes an occasional blog on topics of interest in podiatric medicine for the magazine. He serves as a reviewer on Pediatrics topics for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.  

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