Meet the Nominees

At our May 19th Annual General Meeting we will be holding elections for the 2020 and 2021 Board seats.

  • 2020 seats:  One allocated seat is reserved for the largest full member osteopathic organization (AOA) and will be filled by that organization’s designee, according to the bylaws. The Full membership organizations will fill the three other 2020-expiring seats by ballot, from nominees brought forth from the Nominating Committee.  Terms for all four seats will expire at the 2023 AGM.
  • 2021:  The Full membership organizations will fill the two seats expiring in 2021 by ballot, from nominees brought forth from the Nominating Committee.  Terms for both seats will expire at the 2024 AGM.  

Boyd Buser (US) 

Nominating Organization:  American Osteopathic Association

  • Allocated seat. Current Board member, eligible for re-election (2020 seat)

Boyd R. Buser, D.O. served as the 120th President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in 2016-2017.  From 2007 until 2018, Dr. Buser served as Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he held the rank of Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and Professor of Family Medicine.  He is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is dually board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Family Medicine, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  He has taught extensively both nationally and internationally in the field of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. 

Dr. Buser is a past Chairman of the Board of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance.  From 2011-2013, he served as the Co-Chair of the AOA/AACOM Blue Ribbon Commission on the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education. He chaired the AOA’s Bureau of OGME Development and has been an instrumental figure in the development of the single accreditation system for graduate medical education, bringing MD and DO residency training under a single accrediting organization.  In 1995, Dr. Buser served as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy and was named Educator of the Year by the AOA and American Osteopathic Foundation in 1994.  Dr. Buser currently resides in Kennebunkport, Maine with his wife Pam, serving as Clinical Professor at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rebecca Giusti (US) 

Nominating Organization:  American Academy of Osteopathy

Rebecca Giusti, DO is currently the chair and the OMS I course director of the NMM/OMM Department at COMP, Western University in Pomona, California. She is double boarded in family practice and NMM/OMM and has been certified as competent by the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. She is currently the Chair of ECOP, on the board of the AOBNMM and is on the Board of the Governors of the AAO. Dr. Giusti has co-authored several chapters in the 4th edition of the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine textbook. She is passionate about fitness and preventative healthcare.

Marie Hariveau (FR)

Nominating Organization:  Syndicat Français des Ostéopathe

Marie Hariveau DO, graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (UK) and has been working in private practice since 2005. She has been teaching for more than 15 years at the Centre International d’Ostéopathie (CIDO, France) where she became the Academic Program Director and is currently the Principal Chief Executive of the school. Marie earned a University degree in educational sciences in 2010 (University François Rabelais, Tours, France) and has been particularly involved in the constant improvement of qualitative undergraduate and graduate osteopathic training, leading her to collaborate in the structuration and development of national guidelines in osteopathic education with particular attention to the safety and good patient care.

Laura Lee Kamppila (FI) 

Nominating Organization:  Norwegian Association of Osteopathy

Laura has an enthusiastic and positive attitude towards promoting, supporting and developing the position of the osteopathic profession in Finland and internationally. She has shown great leadership qualities in Finland and within the Nordic and European osteopathic community. She holds leading positions both in the Finnish association and in the company that she runs, and is known by her colleagues to be an encouraging team player.

Laura is a graduate of the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki and the Women’s Health 2- year post-graduate programme of Molinari Institute of Health in London. She is about to finish her Master’s degree in Health Business Management at Metropolia in June 2020. Laura has participated in the working of the OIA through two different working groups over the last 1,5 years and is involved and very interested in the international politics of osteopathy. She works as a part of a co-operative clinic that she runs, which allows her to concentrate on the work she does for the Finnish Osteopathic Association. She has been a board member of the association since 2016 and the president of the association since 2018. She has done a lot of lobbying and promoting of osteopathy in Finland, and in her time of being president of the Finnish association, hugely contributed to improving the national regulatory framework. Since January 2020 she is a part-time member of the Metropolia UAS faculty of osteopathy.

Laura has dual nationality (USA-Finland) and has lived in Holland and Belgium for 16 years. Prior to studies in osteopathy, she worked six years with arts administration in Brussels and speaks Dutch, English, and French in addition to Finnish.

As the president of the FOA Laura works closely with the principals of the osteopathic schools in Finland. She is the representative of Finland for the EFFO and works actively together with the other Nordic presidents from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark.

Laura brings creative energy and positiveness to any process and would be a great asset for the global osteopathic community as a board member of the OIA.

Jacson Nesi (BR)

Nominating Organization:  Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas

Jacson has been vice-president of the Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas since 2018, which has been working to grow its numbers to be representative of all Brazilian osteopaths, and to achieve governmental regulation of the osteopathic profession in Brazil.   Jacson has participated as a speaker at previous OIA conferences and was a key member of the conference organizing committee for Rio de Janeiro, which was unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic.  

Jacson has a Masters in Bioethics, Ethics in Research, and Collective Health (UFRJ/PPGBIOS, 2017)and is a Doctoral candidate in Bioethics, Ethics in Research, and Collective Health (UFRJ/PPGBIOS, since 2018).  He is an external consultant for Osteopathic affairs of the Physiotherapy Organizing Committee at the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Rio 2016, and served as an Osteopath at the Athletes’ lympic Village during both the Olympic and Paralympc games.

Natalia Rocha (BR) 

Nominating Organization:  Instituto Brasileiro De Osteopatia LTDA

Graduated 16 years ago, Natalia is the director of the Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia (IBO), the institute responsible for beginning part-time teaching of osteopathy in Brazil (1986), where she also continues to teach. She is responsible for the first public osteopathy outpatient clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1998) and head of the public osteopathy outpatient clinic at Porto Alegre since 2012. She served as Osteopath in the Polyclinic at the Olimpic Village during the Olympic Games – RIO 2016 and was a member of the organizing committee of the  OsteoRIO 2020 Conference, which unfortunately was canceled due to a pandemic.

Currently, as an osteopath and representative of Integrative and Complementary Practices – PICs – she participates in the Technical Commission for Teaching and Research (COAPES) of the Ministry of Health, to discuss the guidelines for outpatient training of the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS).

Line Rolvaag (NO) 

Nominating Organization:  Norwegian Association of Osteopathy

Line has a passion for teaching that has taken her to a leading position at Kristiania University College in Oslo. She is highly appreciated by her colleagues and students and has contributed a lot to the development of Kristiania University College becoming a renowned teaching institution. She has great knowledge of pediatrics, presenting on several post-graduate training courses with excellent feedback. Her knowledge and skills regarding pediatrics have also taken her abroad, f.i. teaching at ”The first Global Conference on Pediatric Osteopathy Conferences and Workshops; Pediatric Osteopathy and Inter-Professional Collaborative Practice, Montreal, 2015, Canada.”

Line has been presenting osteopathy on national TV, newspapers, and magazines, and has also done a series of videos promoting the profession in Norway. She has a strong and clear voice when presenting osteopathy to the public, teaching our future colleagues, post-graduate courses, and contributing to the development of our profession and related regulatory framework.

Line has great knowledge regarding education and the development of teaching. She has an MSc in “Clinical Education”, and her thesis was “Enthusiasm in Clinical Teaching”. She brings new perspectives to osteopathic training, being student-centered and modern.

Line has also been a great advisor for the board of NOF, often providing key elements of knowledge to assist processes regarding the promotion and development of osteopathy in Norway and the Nordic. She has a strong connection to the European osteopathic community and communicates well in English. Since 2019, she has been a member of the OIA Public and Member Relations Committee. Line would be a great asset for the global osteopathic community as a board member of the OIA.

Philippe Sterlingot (FR)

Nominating Organization:  Syndicat Français des Ostéopathe

  • Current Board member, eligible for re-election (2020 seat)

Having initially studied biology, Philippe graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1987, and then as an osteopath in 1996 from the Collège International d’Ostéopathie – CIDO Saint-Etienne. In 2002 he was elected Chair of the Syndicat Français Des Ostéopathes, and in 2007 gained a Masters in Law (Université de Droit et Sciences Politiques de Rennes I) focusing on health.  As a national representative of French Osteopaths, he has been closely involved throughout the process of osteopathic recognition and regulation in France which began in 2002.

Philippe has been a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy since 2003 and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy since 2011. He has also served as a Vice-Chair of the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE) from 2015 to 2018. He was elected board member of the OIA in 2017 and currently chairs its membership committee.

Philippe shares his time between his practice and his national and international activities.

Hanna Tomasdottir (DK)

Nominating Organization:  Danske Osteopater

Originally from Iceland, now living in Denmark for almost 30 years, Hanna has a successful track record in building recognition and achieving regulation for the osteopathic profession. In a pleasingly brief period of time, osteopaths gained full regulation as a primary healthcare profession in Denmark in 2018, under Hanna’s leadership. Hanna has worked with several Danish Government Working Groups since, on the regulation of the osteopathic profession and on multidisciplinary projects in co-operation with the other regulated healthcare professions. She was also appointed by Danske Osteopater to represent the profession in developing the new ‘National Clinical Guidelines for Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Headache’.

Hanna was elected as a Board Member for Danske Osteopater in 2013, where she worked in Public Affairs and Communications, as Vice President, and subsequently President, from 2017. She was elected as Board Member of the former Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE)  in 2017, and in 2018 as Board Member for the new established organization, European Federation & Forum for Osteopaths (EFFO), which is a merger between the European Federation of Osteopaths (EFO), and FORE.  Within the EFFO, Hanna is also the Chair of the Regulation Working Group, currently working on a report ‘Regulation of The Osteopathic Profession in Europe – An Overview’, which will hopefully be a valuable tool in future regulation processes in Europe. Hanna is still practicing as an osteopath in her flourishing clinic in Copenhagen, Q KLINIK, and also works as a freelance health writer, and a health columnist for a weekly woman magazine in Denmark, SØNDAG.

Jan Willcox (US)

Nominating Organization:  American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Current Board member, eligible for re-election (2021 seat)

Dr. Willcox is the Dean and Professor of Family Medicine for the Virginia Campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).  She is board certified in Family Medicine and is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She was recognized as the Outstanding Female Leader for 2020 by the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners.

She was born and raised in Kirksville, MO and received her D.O. degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – the birthplace of osteopathic medicine. Dr. Willcox joined VCOM in 2002 as the founding Associate Dean of Clinical Academic Affairs and played an integral role in the development of VCOM’s curriculum and medical education programs.  Dr. Willcox has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and was recognized as the Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association. In addition to her current role on the Board of the OIA, Dr. Willcox serves as the Chair for AACOM’s International Collaborative, as a member-at-large on the Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine, and as a Board Member of the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association and the Medical Society of Virginia. In non-COVID times she serves on international medical mission trips providing osteopathic care to communities while teaching medical students. She consistently supports the advancement of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine.