World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference

Dr. Michel Landry

Chief, Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University Medical Centre
United States


Dr. Michel D. Landry is Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, at Duke University Medical Centre in Durham North Carolina. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME), at the University of Toronto (Canada). He is also the Injury/Rehabilitation Consultant at World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal. He is a proud French Canadian, a hockey fan, a Past-President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a former Career Scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He lectures widely on rehabilitation across Canada, the United States and internationally.

Prior to receiving his doctoral degree in HPME at the University of Toronto, he held clinical and senior management positions within the private rehabilitation sector in Ontario, and within international humanitarian aid and development agencies in Central America and Eastern Europe. Dr. Landry has spent much of his career as a health policy and health services researcher, where his research focus has been developing forecasting methodologies specific to rehabilitation health human resource across the continuum of care. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in a variety of roles including physical therapist, program manager and consultant related to global health initiatives. Dr. Landry has received many awards and recognition nationally and internationally.

Dr. Brian Van Brunt

Senior Executive & Vice President,
Professional Program Development, NCHERM Group
Executive Director of NaBITA

“Understanding Mental Illness and the Importance of Creating Disability Support, Accommodations and Employment Opportunities”

Dr. Brian Van Brunt serves as the Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development at The NCHERM Group, and as Executive Director of NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association. He is also a Past-President of the American College Counseling Association. He spends most of his time providing consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.

Dr. Van Brunt is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. In addition, he has reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and universes across the country through on-site trainings, and remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention.

He has taught at a number of universities and colleges over his career. He has offered classes in counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics, and sociology for both graduate and undergraduate students. He has served as the Director of Counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University.

He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University.


Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe

(Executive Director) Consultant Physiotherapist -Physio Life Care-Sri Lanka,
(Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Research)
Sri Lanka

Dr. Sujeewa is a Former Visiting Lecture University of Colombo & Clinical Supervisor – University of Peradeniya and the former Chief Physiotherapist-Army Hospital, Panagoda, Sri Lanka, & Sri Lanka Army Cricket pool. He us a life Member –SLSP, Former comity Member and a Popular Physical Medicine Educator (TV Program) & a Journalist. He has done presentations in WCPT, AWP, Acpt, Congress -2013 (!-98, 2-163). He has published more than 200 Paper articles. He was awarded Purna boomi, East- North Combat, Armed Force Long Service, Reviresa Operational, East Operational, North Operational, Sri Lanka Swarnajayanthi & SL Army Swarnajayanthi, Meddles by SL Government for Excellent Service.

Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu

Senior Physiotherapist – National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Secretary (International Affaires) – Charted Society of Physiotherapy,
Sri Lanka

Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu is a senior physiotherapist of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. He graduated from the School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and the Open University of Sri Lanka and obtained further education from Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has completed trainings in life support for physically disabled of the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan, teaching for health professionals of the National Institute of Health Sciences and stroke rehabilitation of the Sri Lanka School of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

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