National Keynote Speaker, Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Practice Principal, Esperance Physiotherapy, Western Australia
As a youngster, Doug spent many summer holidays on a farm in Kojonup, WA. He is reminded – as he has no personal recollection – how he expressed his early interest acupuncture by planting a cricket stump in the family’s new white leather sofa.
Doug qualified from Curtin University as a physiotherapist in 1987, before completing his post graduate in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He is now in the final stage of his PhD, examining relationships between sleep posture and waking spinal symptoms. Lots of video time watching people sleep! Doug’s passion lies in helping his clients, and for the past 20 years he has worked in rural practice in Esperance. To keep up to date, he completed his specialisation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2009.
Doug’s interest in acupuncture grew while he was working in Canada, and upon his return to Australia, he completed a post graduate diploma in clinical acupuncture. He subsequently went on to develop dry needling courses, and has been teaching these for the past 25 years with AAP Education. Doug was the inaugural W.A. chair of the Acupuncture & Dry Needling Group, and has been involved in the APA Acupuncture Working Party which finalised the document ‘Guidelines for Safe Acupuncture’.
Outside of his work, Doug lives on a farm raising Murray Grey cattle and dabbles in underwater photography.