The WSD Committee & Regional Representatives

To apply to have a role in our committee or become a regional coordinator of your country, please email



Dr. Robyn Brown – Global Coordinator, World Spine Day

Dr. Richard Brown – Committee Chair, World Spine Day

Tayla Sharpe – Media Coordinator, World Spine Day

Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles – Representative of The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

Dr. Ina Diener – President of South African Society of Physiotherapists

Ms. Marilyn Pattinson – World Federation of Occupation Therapists


Robyn BrownDr. Robyn Brown MBBS BSc (Hons) 
Global Coordinator of World Spine Day

Robyn is a graduate of University College London Medical School. She has a particular interest in orthopaedics and spine care and is currently undertaking a postgraduate Masters degree in musculoskeletal science at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, London.

Prior to studying medicine, Robyn worked at an interdisciplinary health clinic for over ten years where she was exposed to a wide range of patients with spinal and joint disorders. As a student representative at the 2014 Bone and Joint Decade Global Alliance World Summit in London, she was introduced to many leading world experts who inspired her to promote and encourage musculoskeletal health on a global scale.

Robyn is our global coordinator, sourcing and liaising with individuals and organisations worldwide and providing support, resources and opportunities for those taking part in World Spine Day events.

Richard Brown

Dr. Richard Brown DC, LL.M, FRCC
Chair of World Spine Day Committee

Richard is the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). The WFC, an NGO in official relations with WHO, has 88 national chiropractic association members in 7 world regions and is principally concerned with the support, empowerment, promotion and unity of the chiropractic profession internationally.

Richard was a practising chiropractor in Gloucestershire, UK for 25 years during which time he served as the President of the British Chiropractic Association and Secretary-General of the European Chiropractors’ Union. In his clinical practice, Richard worked extensively in professional football and served as a member of the host services medical team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Richard has also spent time in Botswana working with under-served communities as part of the World Spine Care project in Botswana and is the founder of the Chiropractic Research Council. He has a Masters degree in Law and lectures internationally on professional standards, medico-legal issues and the status of the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Deborah Kopansky-GilesDr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles BPHE, DC, FCCS, FICC, MSc
Representative of Coordinating Council for the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health

Deborah is a chiropractor and clinician scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and a professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Department of Graduate Education and Research.

Deborah currently represents the chiropractic profession on the Bone and Joint Decade International Coordinating Council where she oversees the global National Action Networks, co-Chairs the Education Task Force and sits on the World Network Meeting Conference Organizing Committee. Deborah also represents Canada on the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Executive Council.

Deborah is a member of the World Health Organisation Disability and Rehabilitation Expert Advisory Committee, sits on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Long Term Care Neck and Low Back Pain Quality Based Pathway Expert Working Group, co-Chairs the Collaborator Role Working Group for the College of Family Physicians of Canada and chairs the IPC Competency Working Group for the St. Michael’s Hospital.

Deborah’s current research focus is on developing and evaluating models of integrative care delivery and interprofessional education with a focus on musculoskeletal health of which she has published numerous papers and presents nationally and internationally. She is currently on the editorial review board for three peer reviewed journals and is actively engaged in collaborative, primary care health service delivery research.

Dr. Ina DienerDr. Ina Diener PhD. MSASP
President, South African Society of Physiotherapy, South Africa

Ina lives and practices as a physiotherapist in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She qualified at the University of Stellenbosch in 1974 and graduated with her PhD (research in the field of chronic headaches) in 2003, from the University of the Western Cape.

She has been in private clinical practice for many years, and lectures/leads post-graduate students in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Masters and PhD programs.

Ina is the current President of the South African Society of Physiotherapy. She is actively involved in the society, having served on the National Executive Council and having been the Chair of the Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy Group in South Africa. Ina received the WCPT International Service Award (Education) in 2011for her contribution to education and standards of practice in Africa.

 Marilyn PattisonMs. Marilyn Pattinson Dip.COT(UK), B.App.Sc.(OT), MBA. FWFOT
World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Marilyn is the President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). She is Managing Director of MPOT Pty Ltd, a leading provider of workplace health services in South Australia, the founder and Director of Rehabilitation at Access Fitness, a rehabilitation centre and day hospital. She is involved in many national and international Occupational Therapy associations including a range of projects with the World Health Organization.

As a world expert in workplace health, rehabilitation and entrepreneurship, Marilyn is regularly invited as a guest speaker internationally. She has received the Occupational Therapy Australia National Award, the Sylvia Docker Lectureship from Occupational Therapy Australia and has been a finalist in the Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.

Marilyn has been conferred an Honorary Life Membership of the Swedish Occupational Therapy Association and made an Honorary Fellow of WFOT.


Dr Mohammed Numan ZakriaPakistan

dr-numanDr Mohammed Numan Zakria

Dr. Numan is one of the few healthcare leaders with integrated professional degrees in health administration, human resource management, hospital management, MBA and a MBBS degree.

He worked in leading hospitals in Pakistan including Services Hospital, Lahore. Along with his current functional role at KKT, Dr. Numan also leads and manages the Pakistan Society for the Rehabilitation of the disabled (PSRD ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL). As a director of administration, he has also taken courses in hospital waste management and other seminars related to his field of study.

He also actively participated in field community service during earthquake and floods. He is a big believer of giving his time, energy and resources back to Pakistan. With four international standard centers across Pakistan Dr. Muhammad Numan Zakria is leading the Largest Orthopedic Spine Centers in Pakistan, KKT.