Scientific Committee


Lyn Watson



Annelies Maenhout, PhD, PT, works as a visiting professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Ghent University in Belgium and as a self employed shoulder physiotherapist in a private practice in Ghent. Her expertise in research and teaching, as well as clinical work is shoulder rehabilitation in general and rotator cuff pathology in particular. She finished her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ann Cools in 2012 on “Intrinsic and extrinsic factors in the etiology of rotator cuff tendionopathy and implications for treatment”. Today she teaches in the Physiotherapy education programme at the university, holds international courses and lectures and is part of the Upper Limb Research Team of Ghent. She founded the blog “shoulderrehabghent”, is active in the scientific committee of EUSSER and member of the Flemish Shoulder Network.
Guillaume Deville, PT, Diplômé de l’Institut de Formation en Masso-Kinésithérapie de Bordeaux en 2005, j’ai débuté ma carrière professionnelle par un poste à plein temps dans un club de football professionnel de Ligue 1. Depuis 2007, j’exerce en cabinet libéral. Suite au passage de la certification à la méthode McKenzie en 2011, j’évalue et traite exclusivement des patients souffrant de pathologies musculo-squelettiques. J’ai développé un intérêt particulier pour les stratégies de communication avec le patient, comme l’Entretien Motivationnel, les modalités qui favorisent l’observance à la prescription d’exercices thérapeutiques, le traitement des douleurs tendineuses, les modalités de prise en charge des douleurs persistantes du rachis et de l’épaule.
Lyn Watson Dr Lyn Watson is a clinical Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist who has been working exclusively in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries for the past 25 years. She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is the Clinical Shoulder Physiotherapy Specialist at Melbourne Shoulder Group and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group.
Lyn graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (Hons) from Latrobe University. She completed her post-graduate training in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1990 and was granted her Sports Physiotherapy title in 2000. Lyn was granted her Professional Doctorate in Physiotherapy from Latrobe University in 2016.
She has been conducting clinically relevant, published research since 1996. She is an Adjunct Professor of Research at Western University, Ontario Canada. She has published her research on Rehabilitation of Multidirectional Instability, Frozen Shoulder & Hydrodilatation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Glenohumeral Joint Instability, Scapula Biomechanics and Clinical Outcome Measures in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine (see below). Her most recent research, a rehabilitation Program for MDI, has been validated in a RCT by Sarah Warby.Lyn is currently working with:
shoulder surgeons at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (Mr Greg Hoy and Mr Shane Barwood) collecting data and researching the long-term clinical outcomes of many common shoulder surgeries and their physiotherapy rehabilitation programmes
Tania Pizarri at Latrobe University, Melbourne Australia
Jacqui Sadi, Joy MacDermid and Ken Faber at Western University, Ontario CanadaShe is the specialist shoulder physiotherapy consultant to a variety of national and international teams and individual athletes. She has been consulting to the Australian Cricket Team since 1994, and working with Australian Olympic Level Swimmers, Water Polo, Beach Volleyball, Sprint and Slalom Paddlers, Rowers and professional Tennis Players for over 20 years. Her clinical practice has a balance of elite athletes, weekend warriors, office workers and manual workers of all age groups. As such, she treats and specialises in the everyday typical shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff pathologies, instability, impingement and the stiff shoulder.Lyn is an internationally renowned lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over the last 25 years she has developed a logical and progressive approach to the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of the shoulder and shoulder girdle. She has been teaching this approach in her Shoulder Physiotherapy courses throughout Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Asia since 1992. She also lectures on the Masters of Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy programmes for both Melbourne and Latrobe Universities.
Stefan Anker, MSc, D.O. “I have been concentrating on the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) since 2005 and am using it on patients in the areas of osteopathy and physiotherapy as a predominant treatment option. In my capacity as an FDM instructor, I love sharing my enthusiasm and expertise with physicians and therapists interested in the Fascial Distortion Model. A particular focus is the visual FDM diagnosis. My master thesis on interrater reliability analysis of body language based on FDM serves as a first step in scientifically exploring the practical efficieny of FDM.
I have been active in the EFDMA since 2006 and am serving as its president since 2011.”
Publications and scientific research : Interrater reliability analysis of body language based on the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), 2011. Master thesis to obtain an MS in osteopathy, Danube University, Krems/Austria.Stefan Anker
Physiotherapist and Osteopath (MSc D.O.)Predigergasse 5/11
A-1010 Vienna
Phone: +43-(0)664-5062980

Simon Balster graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biochemistry. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from The University of Queensland (graduating in 1995). He completed his Honours research and thesis under the supervision of Prof. Gwen Jull and his thesis was published in Manual Therapy (see below) the year after he graduated.

After working in Hydrotherapy and Sports Medicine practices in Brisbane for two years, Simon returned to Melbourne in 1997 to continue physiotherapy in Melbourne. Today Simon specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and shoulder girdle problems. Working at Melbourne Shoulder Group and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, he treats a wide variety of post-operative, sporting and occupational orthopedic shoulder conditions.

Simon has worked alongside Lyn Watson since 1997 developing his skills in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing the full spectrum musculoskeletal shoulder problems. He also, works closely with Shoulder Orthopaedic Surgeons around Melbourne and often attends surgery with Mr Shane Barwood and Mr Greg Hoy at Melbourne Orthopedic Group.

Simon has conducted clinical research and been involved in published papers in Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine on the topics of Neural Tension Testing in the Shoulder Girdle, Scapular Biomechanics & Measurement, Clinical Outcomes following Hydrodilatation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder (see below). He also presented a paper on the Measurement of Scapula Upward Rotation at the 2004 MPA Conference in Sydney, Australia.

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Simon works closely with Lyn Waston, Tania Pizzari at Latrobe University and Greg Hoy and Shane Barwood at Melbourne Orthopedic Group on their many ongoing research programmes (MDI, MISS Questionnaire, SLAP Tests & Hydrodilatation). This research had led to publications in peer-reviewed journals, Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine.

In 2005, due to requests from their peers Lyn and Simon began working on an educational resource to assist physiotherapists with the many assessment tests of the shoulder. This culminated in the General Assessment of the Shoulder, a CD-Rom/App that details and discusses every shoulder assessment tool used by Lyn Watson. Each test with a detailed description, photo or video of the technique and a discussion on the clinical interpretations, variations and follow up tests. The second resource in this series is Exercise and Rehabilitation of the Shoulder. A CD-Rom/App that details every exercise that we would use within the clinic with a description, patient instructions, progressions and variations, clinical considerations and an image and video of the exercise being performed.

Simon has also been involved in lecturing, teaching and tutoring on a variety of shoulders topics;