About Derek

Physiotherapist, PhD

As a patient,

  • Have you ever wondered why a physiotherapist has provided hip exercises for a painful knee?
  • Why your muscles are tired when your joint is injured?
  • Why there is no cure for a disease that may have an affect on every Canadian and current treatments have little chance to stop progression?

As a Physiotherapist,

  • Do you ever wonder the same thing?
  • What are the mechanisms by which joint injury and disease impairs physical function?
  • What are the mechanisms by which my treatments are improving physical function?
  • Why a physiotherapist would begin a research career?

Derek specializes in quantifying mechanics and muscle activation characteristics of lower extremity injury and disease to develop and evaluate conservative Neuromusculoskeletal therapeutics.  His current research focus is on the mechanics of knee and hip injury/disease as it pertains to a movement analysis paradigm through biomechanics and electromyography.  Derek graduated from the University of Western Ontario (Honours BSc. Kinesiology) and the University of Toronto (BSc. PT) after which he worked as a physiotherapist in sports medicine at the Toronto Track and Field Centre (Athletes Care www.athletescare.com) on the Campus of York University, Ontario. Derek became interested in academics to assist the development of future physiotherapists and commit to advancing evidence based musculoskeletal practice.  In 2007, Derek graduated from Dalhousie University, Halifax NS, completing his MSc (Rehabilitation Research) through the School of Physiotherapy. He continued to study in the Dynamics of Human Motion laboratory, completing his PhD through the School of Biomedical Engineering (http://bme.medicine.dal.ca/index.html). Currently, Derek is an assistant professor in the School of Physiotherapy, at Dalhousie University (http://physiotherapy.dal.ca), cross-appointed to the Schools of Health and Human Performance and Biomedical Engineering and an Affiliate Scientist at Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Surgery: Orthopaedics.



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