Conference Speakers

Professor Laurie HartmanProfessor Laurie Hartman

LECTURE: General clinical overview and Introduction: Recognising concussion, personal experience of head injury

PROFILE: Professor Laurie Hartman graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1964. He was Osteopath to the British Judo Team for 10 years and held positions on the GCRO and British Osteopathic Association for many years. He taught Osteopathy both internationally and in the UK where he was made Head of Osteopathic Technique at the BSO in 1980 and continued to teach there until 1992. In 1983 he wrote his “Handbook of Osteopathic Technique”. Now in its third edition, the book has been translated into three other languages. He received his PhD in 1994. Now retired from osteopathic practice, Professor Hartman continues to enjoy teaching and lecturing internationally, and is learning to fly.


Professor Frank WillardFrank Willard PhD

LECTURES: Anatomy and physiology of whiplash
Anatomy and physiology of concussion

PROFILE: Prof. Willard is currently the Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His expertise is in the area of pain mechanisms; spine pain; cervical and lumbosacral spine anatomy problem-oriented learning in the medical school curriculum. He received his PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1981.


OrianneEvans-web.jpgOrianne Evans

LECTURE: Clinical insights into patients suffering from minimal traumatic brain injury

PROFILE: Orianne Evans DO graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1985 after receiving a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, USA.   Orianne was on the faculty at the ESO from 1985-1989.  She teaches an ongoing advanced seminar on osteopathic topics, as well as teaching on biobasics and other US osteopathic student courses.  She recently presented at the 19thVOD Congress in Germany on Osteopathic Approaches to Ageing.  Publications include, “The Calling of Osteopathy” (Inter Linea, US),  “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis” (The Osteopath, UK), “The Limbic System – an Osteopathic View” (Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Osteopathie, De). Areas of interest include traumatic brain injury, vision issues, the neuro-endocrine-immune system, and healthy ageing.


Simeon MiltonSimeon Milton DO

LECTURE: Concussion, recognising, diagnosing and protocols for base line testing and return to play

PROFILE: Simeon graduated in 1993 and has worked since then in private practice.  He has worked with rugby squads from club to international level and cricket teams from club to county level.  He has worked as the Osteopath at European PGA Golf tournaments and was Clinical Lead Osteopath for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  He was Osteopath to the first European Games 2015, and was the only International Osteopath invited to work in the Central Medical TEam for the Rio Olympics. He has lectured to undergraduates in Osteopathic Sports Care and Pitchside Trauma, and at the Royal Society of Medicine explaining and detailing Osteopaths' role at the 2012 Games. Within sports teams he has worked with international rugby players and Olympic and Paralympic athletes and applied Osteopathic treatments and principles accordingly. Simeon recieved an OSCA Fellowship in July 2013 for his dedication and committmemnt as well as his contribution to osteopathy in the sporting arena.


Kok Weng LimKok Weng Lim DO

LECTURE: Case study presentation

PROFILE: Kok Weng Lim DO MSc(Ost) FSCCO graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989. He is also a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy and the University of Greenwich where he obtained his Masters in Osteopathy in 2004. He has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children since its earliest beginnings in 1991. He now an osteopathic consultant at the OCC and teaches there on their pediatric diploma pathway. He also works one day each week in their outreach clinic at a neonatal intensive care unit in a north London hospital where he works as part of a multi-disciplinary team. His work at the hospital includes running a small children outpatient clinic where problems that are associated with premature births are followed up post-discharge from the neonatal unit. He is also on the faculty of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy which provides postgraduate education in the cranial field. He is on the international faculty of the ESO, the Wiener Schule fur Osteopathie and is engaged in postgraduate teaching at various institutions in Europe.


Caroline PennCaroline Penn DO

LECTURE: Personal experience of head trauma and recovery

PROFILE: Caroline is co-founder of The Sutherland Cranial College and also a founder osteopath with the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She suffered a serious head injury in 1977 while a second year student at the British School of Osteopathy. Caroline writes, "My life seemed to stop. Craniotomy was terrifying. There were no MRIs in those days and no-one knew what they would find inside my bashed-up head. This began a journey that dramatically changed my life, shaping everything from personal relationships to osteopathic & professional development. The journey continues. I look forward to sharing some of my original and more recent recovery, guided by my research in neuro-development."


Michael HarrisMichael Harris DO

LECTURE: Post-Traumatic Stress

PROFILE: Michael graduated from the ESO in 1991. He first practised in Perth, Scotland until moving back to Devon in the south west of England in 1995. His post graduate training has been extensive and dominated by an exploration of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. He completed the Sutherland Cranial College pathway courses and is now a regular teacher for the college. This has included him directing a pathway module for the last four years. He has also studied the Biodynamic approach with James Jealous and Christian Sullivan which he has found inspiring. Other postgraduate courses include visceral Osteopathy and neuro-anatomy courses with Professor Frank Willard. Michael’s practise is broad based and he enjoys the challenge of working with individuals of all ages. His special interest is in working with individuals who want to explore long term patterns of adaptation manifest through their physical body, but including emotional and psychological dimensions. Michael teaches frequently across Europe. For the past few years he has taught the undergraduate Involuntary Motion studies module at SKOS in Gothenburg. With his partner Annie, a practising Psychotherapist, he has written and taught a course on working with Trauma, specifically designed for Osteopaths. After twenty-five years in practise he remains passionate about the profession of Osteopathy and hopes to convey this passion wherever he teaches .


RobynSeamer.jpgRobyn Seamer DO

LECTURE: Coma following head trauma: A case history

PROFILE: Robyn graduated from the BSO in 1975 and subsequently obtained an MSc (Ost) from the ESO and University of Greenwich. While working in private practice in Oxted, UK for 29 years, Robyn supervised as a senior osteopath at the Osteopathic Center for Children in London from 1995-1999 and lectured in UK as faculty of the SCCO, before returning to her home country Australia, in 2004. She contributed in 2005 to the neuropaediatrics chapter on epilepsy in the 'Textbook of Pediatric Osteopathy'. Robyn is a faculty member of the Biodynamics Program of Dr James Jealous, lecturing in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and associated children's clinics. Currently practising in Queensland, Australia.


ManuelaDaRin.jpgManuela da Rin DO

LECTURE: Coma following head trauma: A case history

PROFILE: Originally from Switzerland, Manuela graduated from the ESO in 1993, then obtained an MSc from the ESO and University of Greenwich in 2003. As well as working in private practices in UK, Manuela also practised at the Osteopathic Center for Children (OCC) in London from 1993-99. She lectured in UK, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, Italy as teaching faculty of the ESO until 2003 and contributed in 2005 to the chapter on vaccination in the 'Textbook of Pediatric’ Osteopathy'. As a faculty member of Dr James Jealous’ Biodynamics Program, Manuela has been lecturing since 2004 in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and associated children's clinics. She is currently working in private practice in Queensland, Australia.