WSD Organizing Committee


Richard Brown – Committee Chair

Danielle Wiesner – Communications Coordinator

Rebekah Wilks – Social Media Coordinator

Lean Swanepoel – Media Designer

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

Richard Brown is the Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). The WFC, an NGO in official relations with WHO, has over 90 national chiropractic association members in 7 world regions and is principally concerned with the support, empowerment, promotion and advancement 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 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. 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 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 enjoying private practice in Ontario, Canada.

Danielle 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.

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 US Department of Veteran Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

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

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 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.


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