Board of Directors


Charles Hunt - At-Large Member Charles Hunt DO (UK)
Chair Mr. Hunt has over 22 years’ experience in osteopathic education. He graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989 and worked in private practice until 2011 with a special interest in sports medicine. He is currently Principal and Chief Executive at the British School of Osteopathy, previously having been Vice Principal with responsibility for clinical practice. He sat for four years on the Academic Board of the University of Bedfordshire, which was responsible for academic strategy. He is a member of the Council of Osteopathic Education Institutions in the UK, and has sat on the Quality Assurance Agency benchmarking working group for osteopathy.
William Burke - At-Large Member William Burke DO (US)
Chair-Elect Dr. Burke has served on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees since 2010 and has been appointed to numerous bureaus, councils and committees of the AOA. Dr. Burke, a board-certified Family Physician and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, is dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Central Ohio campus (Dublin, Ohio, USA). Dr. Burke earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at OU-HCOM and completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital of Columbus, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Burke currently serves as Director of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance. As part of the China Primary Care Program Team, he has made annual trips to Chengdu, Deyang, Leshan and Luzhou, China, since 2007, where he provided formal and informal education on the outpatient approach to common primary care conditions and family practice residency training.
Jane Carreiro - Vice Chair Jane E. Carreiro DO (US)

Past Chair Dr. Carreiro is doubly board-certified in Family Medicine with Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), where she currently is Section Head, Chair, and Associate Professor of OMM and DME/Program Director of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Carreiro specializes in OMM, pain management, pediatric musculoskeletal and sports medicine, and otitis media. Dr. Carreiro is the 2011-2012 president of the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Gimpel John Gimpel DO (US)
Treasurer Dr. John Gimpel is President and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). He has served in this position since 2009, and has been affiliated with the NBOME since 1995, including former roles of Board Member and Vice President for Clinical Skills Testing. Dr. Gimpel graduated with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1988. He completed a rotating internship and family medicine residency training at the Hospital of PCOM/Saint Agnes Medical Center and the Chestnut Hill Hospital/Thomas Jefferson University program. He also holds a master’s degree in Education from La Salle University. Board Certified and Recertified in Family Medicine, Dr. Gimpel has served as Director of Pre-doctoral Education and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and he is the former Dean and Vice President for Health Services at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Gimpel is also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
RBrO Ana Ferreira 2013  Ana Paula A. Ferreira DO (BR)
At-Large Member Ms Ferreira graduated as an osteopath from the Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia – IBO and was registered on the Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas – RBrO in 2002. She works in private practice in Rio de Janeiro and has taught osteopathy since 2003. Ana Paula has developed numerous new subject curricula and reviewed many existing IBO training modules. She worked as volunteer from 1998 to 2004 at the first public osteopathic outpatient clinic at Rio de Janeiro. Ms Ferreira is the chair of the RBrO, where she has served since 2007. The RBrO is working for regulation of osteopathy as a profession in Brazil. Ms Ferreira is an internationally affiliated member of the American Academy of Osteopathy.
Hartshorn Stephen Hartshorn DO (UK)
Allocated Seat Mr. Hartshorn graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 2007 and now runs a successful osteopathic practice in Swansea, England. Before his osteopathic training, Stephen held senior roles in both the public and private sectors, and his experience working with an NHS Trust has given him a thorough understanding of the various dimensions of health care delivery and its impact on patients, which has subsequently underpinned his experience as a clinician. Mr. Hartshorn was elected president of the British Osteopathic Association in 2013 (now the Institute of Osteopathy).
Antony Nicholas - Chair Antony Nicholas (AU)
At-Large Member Mr. Antony Nicholas has been the Chief Executive of the national professional association Osteopathy Australia since late 2007, and the Deputy Chair on the Allied Health Professions Australia’s Board, a peak alliance of 22 allied health professions, since 2010. Antony studied Biological Sciences at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, with further post-graduate studies in Education and Natural Resource Management. Antony has a diverse career background in lobbying, policy development, health, health promotion, health-consumer rights, education and dispute resolution, mainly within the not-for-profit sector.
Karen Nochols - At-Large Member Karen J. Nichols DO (US)
Allocated Seat Dr. Nichols, 2010 President of the American Osteopathic Association, is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. She earned her osteopathic medical degree at what is now the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her internship and residency training at the former Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa. In 2002, Dr. Nichols became dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA. As dean, she encourages her students to take an active role in their new profession. Dr. Nichols has been a member of the AOA since 1981 and a member of the AOA Board of Trustees since 1999.
 frank-mueller Frank Mueller, MD, DO (Germany)

At-Large Member Frank Mueller is a medical doctor board-certified by the German Chamber of Physicians in orthopedic surgery, manual medicine, acupuncture, sports medicine, physical therapy, emergency care, and psychosomatic interventions. He is the vice-president of the German-American Academy of Osteopathy (DAAO), and is the current president of the European Register of Osteopathic Physicians. In addition, he is a founding member of the Professional Organization of German Osteopathic Physician Organizations (BDOAE) and has served as their delegate to the annual general meetings of the OIA since 2012. This is his first term on the OIA board.