Instructor Profiles

Carol Kennedy has been an instructor in the Orthopaedic Division Manual Therapy Course System for 33 years, an Examiner since 1990, a Chief Examiner for 18 years, and Chair of that group for 9 years. She also instructs several specialty courses which she has developed on the cervical spine. Carol became a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2012 and is also an assessor in that program. In 2015, Carol received the Golden Hands Award given to “an exceptional orthopaedic physiotherapist that exemplifies the commitment to our profession in manual therapy, education, mentorship and research”. Carol has contributed chapters on cervical exercise in two textbooks. She is a clinician/ partner at Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver.

May Nolan has a BSc in physiotherapy from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Clinical Science [manipulation therapy] from the University of Western Ontario. She has been practising and teaching physiotherapy for more than 20 years. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists [FCAMPT] and has co-authored a textbook "Clinical Assessment and Treatment Techniques for the Lower Extremity". She has also been published in both peer and non peer reviewed journals. May is an instructor and examiner in manipulative therapy for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia. In 2007 she received the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia's award of excellence in education. In 2013 she received the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching from the University of British Columbia.

 Alex Scott, a full-time professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is the co-instructor for RHSC501. His personal mission is to conduct research and teaching that advances the scientific foundation of our professional practice. Alex has a BSc in Physical Therapy, MSc in Human Kinetics, and PhD in Experimental Medicine. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career – from the Faculty of Medicine in 2015. He is on the Board of Directors for the Physiotherapy Association of BC, and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Canada, and British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Rick is a sports and orthopedic physiotherapist, having attained a BSc in Physiotherapy and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from UBC. He also recently received a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Capilano University. He is and has been a therapist and consultant with various national and professional teams and is currently the Chief Sport Officer and co-founder of Fortius Sport and Health, the Head of Sports Medicine and Science for the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club, and the Director of Rehabilitation for the Vancouver Canucks. He has been to three Olympic games as a physiotherapist and the Pan-Am games as an athlete. Rick was Manager of Medical Services and the Chief Therapist for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. His research focus is sports injury prevention in general and ACL prevention specifically.