The IOPTWH executive committee is elected by delegates of the member organizations every four years at the Organization’s general business meeting. The committee comprises a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and member at large, as detailed in the IOPTWH constitution.
The executive committee meets face-to-face every two years, and holds Skype meetings every three months. Day to day IOPTWH business is carried out by email, so that matters can be dealt with in a timely manner.
Gill Brook, UK
Gill Brook is a physiotherapist from Dundee, Scotland who currently works as an independent practitioner in West Yorkshire, England. She has specialised in women's health for since 1987, working in various parts of the United Kingdom. She successfully completed a Master of Science (with Distinction), Health & Social Services Management at the University of Bradford in 2009.
Between 1994 and 2006 Gill was an executive committee member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health (now Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy [POGP: pogp.csp.org.uk]) serving in several offices including chairman and journal editor. Her contribution was recognised with a Distinguished Service Award from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2007. She has been an executive officer of IOPTWH since its inception.
Gill is an honorary lecturer and tutor for the University of Bradford's Postgraduate Certificate; Physiotherapy in Women's Health, and a tutor for POGP. She has contributed to and written chapters in various texts including Tidy's Physiotherapy and Mayes Midwifery, and lectured on the specialty in the UK and internationally. Since 2010 Gill has supported the physiotherapy team at the Hamlin Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (www.hamlinfistula.org)
Darija Šćepanović, Slovenia
Darija Šćepanović is a physiotherapist at the University Medical Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Women’s health physiotherapy has been her challenge since she was first introduced to the speciality as a student in 1994. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of East London in 1995. Darija successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development in Health: Continence at the University of East London in 2000.
Since 2010 she has been a president of the Slovenian Section on Women’s Health. She is a member of the editorial board of the Slovenian Physiotherapy Journal and an associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Darija is an honorary lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interests lie mainly in the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction in pregnant and postpartum women and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is the author of several articles in the field of incontinence, women’s health and kinesiotherapy, along with leaflets and booklets for patients. She lectures nationally and internationally.
As a course organizer and lecturer she has participated in numerous courses on physical activity in pregnancy and therapeutic exercises for spinal stabilisation in low back pain within the framework of the Slovenian Section on Women’s Health. In her spare time, she runs ante and postnatal exercise classes as well as exercise classes for women over 50.
Meena Sran BSc (PT), MPhty, PhD, Canada
Meena completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at UBC in 1995 and a Master of Physiotherapy Studies degree (Musculoskeletal/Manipulative Physiotherapy) at the University of Queensland, Australia in 1998. Dr. Sran then went on to complete a PhD in the area of physiotherapy, bone health, osteoporosis and fracture prevention at UBC (2005) followed by 3 years of postdoctoral training in fall and injury prevention at Simon Fraser University.
Meena has more than 20 years of experience working as a physiotherapist in private and public practice settings, in addition to numerous leadership roles.
Dr. Sran has presented post graduate courses on bone health and osteoporosis for physiotherapists in many parts of Canada, as well as England, the United States, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. In addition to research, clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Sran is the past Member at Large (2003-2007), Vice-President (2007-2015) and current Treasurer of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health, and a past-president of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia.
Currently Meena works in private clinical practice and residential care in Victoria, in addition to consulting, teaching and management roles.
Melissa Davidson, New Zealand
Melissa qualified in New Zealand as a physiotherapist in 1990 and since then has worked in various physiotherapy positions both in NZ and overseas, including private practice and hospitals. She owns a private practice in Queenstown and completed her MPhil (a pelvic floor research masters) in 2014. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, children and their black Labrador, cooking, gardening, fitness activities and being a member of the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Team.
She has been the Secretary and Physiotherapy New Zealand representative for the Continence and Women's Health Special Interest Group (now named Pelvic, Women's and Men's Health) since 2009. During that time, she has actively represented the special interest group to the wider physiotherapy community, organised courses and conferences, assisted in teaching, brought the special interest group into the computer and cloud age, and generally got 'things done'.
Member at large
Robyn Willcock is a physiotherapist based in Sydney, Australia. Robyn completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 1979 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health Physiotherapy from the University of Adelaide in 1997. She has also trained as a Fitness leader and a Childbirth Educator.
For the past thirty years Robyn has worked in a combination of public health/private practice in both hospital and community settings. She has been a long term committee member of Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapy Australia at both State and National level and was National Chairperson in 1995 and again from 2011-2013.
Robyn has lectured in postgraduate courses on exercise in pregnancy and the assessment and treatment of pregnancy related low back pain. She has also served on the education advisory committee of Childbirth International and a National Health and Medical Research Council Committee for Maternal and Child Health. Robyn is looking forward to the increased sharing of global knowledge through IOPTWH.