WSD Organising Committee


Richard Brown – Committee Chair

Danielle Wiesner – Communications Coordinator

Rebekah Wilks – Social Media Coordinator

Lean Swanepoel – Media Designer

Kelly McCormack – Patient Advocacy Lead

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

Richard Brown is the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). 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.

Richard has also spent time as a volunteer in Botswana, working with under-served communities as part of World Spine Care. He sits on the Board of Directors of World Spine Care and is the founder of the Chiropractic Research Council, a UK charity.

Dr Danielle Wiesner DC
Communications Coordinator

Danielle Wiesner graduated from Brock University with a degree in Kinesiology. While at Brock University Danielle was also on the varsity rowing team and she still enjoys participating in athletics. Danielle went on to graduate from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and is currently practising in Queensland, Australia.

Danielle is a Past President of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students and has represented the World Federation of Chiropractic and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations at the 70th and 71st World Health Assemblies respectively, working towards the goal of increasing interprofessional care and education.

Rebekah Wilks 
Social Media Coordinator

Rebekah Wilks graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, USA, and currently serves as a chiropractic resident for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Florida, United States.

She is a strong advocate of patient-centered care and works to generate awareness for spinal health and wellness worldwide.

She also serves as a volunteer with the World Federation of Chiropractic and is the host of its podcast series, World of Chiropractic.

Lean Swanepoel
Media Designer

Lean Swanepoel graduated with a Master’s degree in Chiropractic at the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa. He sits on the regional Gauteng, board of the Chiropractic Association of South Africa (CASA) and is currently enjoying private practice in Johannesburg, South Africa

Taking a great interest in a holistic approach to health, he completed his Master’s thesis on investigating whether chiropractic interns were competent enough to identify skin cancer in the Chiropractic Training Clinic.

 Kelly McCormack
Patient Advocacy Lead

 Kelly McCormack is an Events and Communications Officer at the University of Leicester. In 2019, she won an award for Outstanding Woman in Arts, Media and Music and she has an extensive history in volunteering. A scoliosis sufferer, and a member of Scoliosis Action UK, Kelly is a fierce advocate for spinal health and speaks publicly on how to build body confidence. She has previously organised a fashion show for scoliosis sufferers (“Strut for Scoliosis”)