The WSD Committee

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



Dr. Robyn Brown – Global Coordinator

Dr. Richard Brown – Committee Chair

Dr Danielle Weisner – Media Designer

Tayla Sharpe – Media Designer

Adam Smith – Marketing and Communications

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


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

Robyn is a graduate of University College London Medical School working as a Doctor in Gloucestershire. She has a particular interest in orthopaedics and spine care and has additionally completed 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 Danielle Weisner
Media Designer

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

Dr. Wiesner is the current Immediate 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.

Tayla Sharpe 
Media Designer

Tayla is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at ScoliCare. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She has experience in creating social media content for Scoliosis and is spearheading our creative media for the World Spine Day campaign.

Dr. Deborah Kopansky-Giles
Dr. 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.