David Walton PT PhD is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London Ontario), an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab at Western. A graduate of Western's BScPT program in 1999, Dave has had many roles over the years, including clinician, educator, advocate, mentor, and researcher. Following an 8-year clinical career Dave returned to Western to complete his PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2007 with a focus on measuring and predicting pain, disability and quality of life. He is a 2-time winner of the Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award of Excellence, a 2-time nominee of Western's campus-wide Marilyn Robinson Teaching Award, recipient of the 2008 Irish Pain Society Pain Research Award, and the 2014 National Mentorship Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Dave is an active and passionate advocate for both the physiotherapy profession and people in pain. In 2008 he co-founded the Pain Science Division of CPA, and in 2012 he chaired CPA's national Professional Development Task Force. He is a productive researcher with over 50 scientific publications, 80 presentations at national and international conferences, and nearly $1 million in research grants since 2008. Dave's work has contributed significantly to our understanding of pain and disability. He is active in supervision of students and trainees as well as professional organizations, including secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain's Education Special Interest Group, Associate Editor for the scientific journal Manual Therapy, and a Steering Committee member of the North American Spine Society's Allied Health Division and the global Whiplash Consortium. A passionate advocate for patient rights, Dave is currently working with the People in Pain Network to educate and inform professionals and the public on the importance and value of informed pain management through appropriate use of opioids. In his spare time Dave is a dedicated father to his two daughters, a connoisseur of barbecue cuisine, a fan of the blues harmonica, the National Football League, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Amanda graduated from Western University's BScPT program in 1998, and over the last 19 years has worked across both private and public healthcare sectors as a clinician, an administrator and most recently in education accreditation. She also loves photography and will be the project videographer and photographer, documenting our progress as we move from coast to coast.
Hannah and Ashlyn will be along for the ride, and will offer their unique perspective on what mobility means. Both girls are passionate dancers, spending most of their after school time at the dance studio. They also love to travel and seek out new adventures. You may just see them dancing across Canada!