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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2015-2017


Matthew Wyon, PhD, MSc

Matthew Wyon, PhD, is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Surgery and Intervention Science, Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London and ArtEZ, Institute of the Arts, The Netherlands. At Wolverhampton he is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for a number of dance science and medicine doctoral candidates. He is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, UK. Prof. Wyon is a past chair of the Research Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. He has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and strength and conditioning coach. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in dance medicine and science.


Vice President / President-Elect

Peter E. Lavine, MD

Peter E. Lavine, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon in the Washington DC Metro area, specializing in sports & performing arts medicine, general orthopaedic surgery, trauma, and adult reconstructive surgery. His practice includes professional and pre-professional dancers & performers.

Dr. Lavine has served as Orthopaedic Surgery consultant for the Kirov School of Ballet, Washington Ballet Medical Alliance & School, Cirque du Soliel, as well as, world renown professional dance & ballet companies performing at Kennedy Center, National and Warner Theaters.

Dr. Lavine has been active in IADMS serving as a Member at Large and on the Editorial Board of Journal of Dance Medicine & Science. Dr. Lavine has been a contributor to the Performing Arts Medicine Association and a regular IADMS meeting contributor. Dr Lavine has numerous leadership & media positions as Chairman & President - Medical Society of Washington, DC, and AMA Delegate & AMA Council Member.

Dr. Lavine did his undergraduate at Washington University, medical training & orthopaedic surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center, and AO Fellowship with Professor Reinhold Ganz in Switzerland.


Secretary / Treasurer

Selina Shah, MD, FACP

Selina Shah is a board-certified sports medicine and internal medicine physician and is the Director of Dance Medicine at the Center for Sports Medicine in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, California, USA. She is a former professional Bollywood and salsa dancer and instructor and continues to enjoy dance recreationally. She serves as the dance company physician for several small professional dance companies in the Bay Area and volunteers with the Healthy Dancer’s Clinic in San Francisco. She is also an active member of the Taskforce for Dancer’s Health for Dance USA and contributor to the 4 Dancers Blog. She is also a team physician for the San Francisco Ballet School, USA Synchronized Swimming, USA Figure Skating, USA Weightlifting, Northgate High School, and Mill’s College. She has lectured internationally and nationally, conducted original published research, written review articles, and contributed book chapters on a variety of dance medicine topics. Publications have appeared in Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Current Sports Medicine and Reports, the Physician and Sportsmedicine, Netter’s Sports Medicine, and Sportstars. She also serves as a member of the IADMS Research Committee.



Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD, OT, ATC, FIADMS

Dr. Ambegaonkar is a national board certified, and state licensed athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist.

He is the Program coordinator of the PhD in Education - Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) Specialization, and the MS EFHP program, the founding director of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing (SMART) laboratory, and an Associate Professor in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at George Mason University in Virginia, USA.

His research interests include (1) dance medicine and science and (2) lower body injury risk factor identification and prevention, including examining balance and body control during activity.

Dr. Ambegaonkar is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, the Journal of Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and Frontiers in Psychology – Performance Science, and a peer reviewer for over 12 different journals. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and has also presented his research at multiple regional, national, and international conferences.


Debra Crookshanks, GradDipManipTherapy, BAPPSc (Physiotherapy)

Debra Crookshanks is an Australian trained and nationally registered musculoskeletal and spinal manipulative physiotherapist, with particular expertise in the field of Dance Medicine.

Debra is primarily a clinician and educator having written the Safe Dance 3 Report, along with the Dance Anatomy component of the University of NSW BA.BEd degree, study guides for dance training facilities and occasional papers specifically for students of dance. She was founding Chair of Dance Physiotherapy Australia, a special interest group within the Australian Physiotherapy Association dedicated to providing continuing education to those caring for dancers, lecturing extensively in the area of lumbo-pelvic pain, and continues to write dance medicine articles for national dance publications in Australia.

Debra is Director of The Dancers Clinic, a private physiotherapy practice in Sydney, NSW providing consultancy physiotherapy to recreational through to professional dancers and performing artists both in-clinic and onsite. She has presented at many IADMS Conferences since 1999, and was Invited Speaker in Seattle, 2013 on the topic of The Dancers Hip.


Gayanne Grossman, PT, EdM

Gayanne holds a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah where she graduated with honors and Phi Kappa Phi. She holds an Ed.M. in Dance Education from Temple University. Gayanne is the Director of Dance Wellness, the resident physical therapist, and an instructor of anatomy, kinesiology, and conditioning for dancers at Muhlenberg College in the Department of Theatre and Dance and a physical therapist for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Performing Arts Wellness Program.

She is the author of the book Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, and Conditioning. She has published peer reviewed research with a focus on validating turnout measurement techniques. She wrote the monograph on the dancer’s hip for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has lectured, given scientific presentations, grand rounds, movement based workshops internationally. Gayanne is the recipient of a Presidential Award for the keynote speech at the National Dance Association’s (NDA) 2012 annual conference. She was awarded Fellow status by IADMS.Gayanne is serving IADMS on the Board of Directors and as Editor-in-Chief of the IADMS Bulletin for Dancers and Teachers. She serves the Performing Arts Medical Association as a Research Committee member.

Her past professional experience includes: serving the APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group on the Board of Directors and as a content expert for the Performing Arts Practice Analysis, providing physical therapy services for the Pennsylvania Ballet, the University of Utah Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance, Temple University Department of Dance, and the Princeton Ballet School. Her teaching experience includes modern dance technique for the University of Utah –Department of Continuing Education.


Luke Hopper, PhD

Luke Hopper is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and co-Director of the Dance Research Group at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Luke completed a PhD specialising in the biomechanics of dance and injury prevention at the University of Western Australia’s School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health in 2011. Luke’s work in dance science and performing arts health has involved several collaborations with international ballet companies such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet and with industry partners Harlequin Floors. Luke continues to work with the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare in the development and dissemination of health evidence in preventing injury and illness in performing artists. In his current position, Luke is developing a health education and research program for the performing arts using his specialised skills in biomechanical 3D motion capture facilities and in collaboration with the WAAPA staff and students.


Peter Lewton-Brain, DO, MA

Born in London but raised in East Africa and the United States, Peter trained as a dancer at the School of American Ballet and with Margaret Craske in New York City. After performing with various American companies he became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Portugal and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo where he preformed the major roles in both the classical and neo classical repertory. He taught the men’s division at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy, and still teaches at the École Supérieure de Danse Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He has additionally taught dance history, anatomy and ballet at the European-Institute of Technology and the University of Nice. His studies include a BA from the State University of New York, an MA from the University of Nice, both French and Swiss Degrees in Osteopathy (DO) and training in Pilates Rehabilitation. Along with a private practice in Monaco, working closely with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, he is the resident osteopath at the Princesses Grace Dance Academy. In 2006 he founded the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMR) in Monte-Carlo and in 2010 the association Dance Environment Santé in France that has created a Dancer’s Health Clinic that serves the region from Marseille to Cannes. Speaking Italian, French, Portuguese and English his articles have been published in Dance Now, Danza & Danza, Dance Magazine, Tanz, the JDMS and the JSSM. He has served four terms as a Member-at-large of the Board of Directors of IADMS and was the newsletter editor from 2009-2014.


Emma Redding, PhD, MSc, FIADMS

Emma Redding is Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Emma originally trained as a dancer and performed with the company Tranz Danz, Hungary and for Rosalind Newman, Hong Kong. She teaches contemporary dance technique at Trinity Laban and lectures in physiology alongside her management and research work. She has been Principal Investigator for several large-scale research projects including a 3-year government funded study into dance talent identification and development as well as studies into the physical and mental demands of music playing and the role of mental imagery within creative practice. She has published her work in academic journals and is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).


Jeffrey A. Russell, PhD, AT, FIADMS

Dr. Jeff Russell serves as Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe) at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio USA.

He is a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer. He leads a multi-faceted performing arts medicine program he designed for Ohio University’s dance, music, theater, and marching band programs. This effort combines clinical care of performing artists in the university’s SHAPe Clinic; applied scientific research into the musculoskeletal demands of performing arts; and education of healthcare workers to equip them to care for performers. As a university scholar, one of his great joys is mentoring students and young professionals to become leaders.

Dr. Russell has more than 33 years of experience in sports medicine, orthopaedics, and performing arts medicine. He has numerous national and international presentations and publications in these fields. He earned his PhD in Dance Medicine and Science from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, where his dissertation explored the anatomy and motion of the ankle in female ballet dancers.

He has been a member of the IADMS Board of Directors since 2011, and serves IADMS in several other capacities. He also is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Workgroup of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the STOP Sports Injuries Education and Outreach Committee of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In October 2015 he was inducted as an IADMS Fellow.


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