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FICS President

jpegPeterGarbuttDr Pete Garbutt, B.Sc., M.Chiro, M.Chiro.Sp.Sc, ICCSP, FASMF

Author and adventurer, Dr. Pete Garbutt runs a multidisciplinary private practice in Canberra, having graduated from Macquarie University in 1995. He holds two postgraduate qualifications in sports chiropractic, a master of chiropractic sports science, Macquarie University (2000) and ICCSP (2006). In 2015 Pete became the first chiropractor to be admitted as a fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and also the first person to stand up paddle on Australia’s 5 glacial lakes during a 13hr hike/paddle through the Australian Alps.

Dr. Garbutt is the Founder (2011) and Director of ENHANCE Running and served as the Chairperson for Sports Chiropractic Australia branch of Sports Medicine Australia and stepped into the role of president of FICS. Later the same year, Pete was awarded Australian Chiropractor of the Year and published his first book, ‘The Running Machine’.

Pete lectures nationally and internationally and his extensive sports chiropractic experience includes being Medical Coordinator for the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour since 1996 and being the official chiropractor for Australian national events and teams in various sports including soccer, triathlon and water polo.

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FICS 1st Vice President

BradleySandlerDr Bradley Sandler, M.Chiro, ICCSP

Dr Bradley Sandler, who practices at the Bryanston Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chiropractic from the University of Johannesburg in 2006. He obtained his ICCSP in 2009 and is a fully accredited sports chiropractor through the South African Sports Medicine Association.   Dr Sandler, who represents the African region on the FICS Executive Council, is the former treasurer for ChiroSport of South Africa. He was a chiropractic faculty member and lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. As a sports chiropractor he has worked in his community nationally and internationally. He most recently worked at the Paralympics in Rio 2016 and has served on the FICS team at the World Games in Koahsiung, Taiwan (2009) and Cali, Colombia (2013).

FICS 2nd Vice President

JohnDownesDr John Downes, DC

Dr John Downes (Life University, 1986) is currently the longest-serving member of the FICS ExCo. Formerly he represented the US Sports Chiropractic Federation on the ExCo, presently he is a member at large.

For the past ten years he has been Director of International Programs at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, where his faculty positions since 1991 have included Head, Technique Department and Director of Sports Chiropractic. He continues to teach in the Sports Health Science Master’s program.

John has over 35 years of sports chiropractic practice experience. Since 1996 he has served the Costa Rican Olympic Team at the national, Central American Games and Olympic levels. He is in demand internationally as a lecturer and technique instructor. He is a board member of the Council on Extremity Adjusting and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy.

FICS Secretary-General

GraemeHarrisonBrownGraeme Harrison-Brown

Mr Harrison-Brown, who holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has extensive business management experience and success, and brings impressive credentials to the part-time but key leadership role of FICS Secretary-General.

For 12 years until late 2016 he was CEO of Connexxion Pty Ltd, an information, communication and technology (ICT) company that grew significantly under his leadership. This was in a field, ICT, which demands constant innovation as well as strong corporate planning and management.

Earlier in his career Mr Harrison-Brown spent over 20 years from 1982-2004 with the Australian Department of Defence: Air Force, in senior management positions from 1999 managing regional then Australia-wide budgets from $5 million to $350 million, and building relationships with many stakeholders in the governmental, not-for-profit and private sectors.

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FICS Secretary

MercedesMaria Mercedes D'Acosta, DC

Mercedes D’Acosta Montaño attended UNEVE in Mexico, graduate in 2008 and then she attended Parker college for a “faculty development” course She has been involved for 8 years with FMQD (Mexican federation of sports chiropractic) She has attended national and international events such as the world games international and the rugby Caribbean and Central American qualification games locally

She is the immediate/past President of the Mexican sports chiropractic federation 2015-2018. She has created alliances with the national football league of Mexico, and in 2017 she took care of bringing the ICCSP to Mexico for the first time in more than 20 years.

She is involved directly with docs as the representative of Latin America, and a partner in her own chiropractic office. She is a dedicated member who looks for new alliances with sports federations, such as automobile formula 1, soccer, rugby and many others. She also has promoted the profesión in radio and televisión on docens of programs. 

FICS Chief of Finances

BrianNookDr Brian Nook, DC

Dr. Nook (Northwestern College of Chiropractic, 1983) practiced in Schaller and Holstein, Iowa then took leave to teach at the Technikon Natal Department of Chiropractic in Durban, South Africa from 1996 to 1999.
He was later the Dean, School of Chiropractic and Sports Science, Murdoch University, Western Australia (2003-13) and Dean and Head of College at the Australian College of Physical Education in Sydney Olympic Park (2014-16). His current position is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus in San Jose.

Brian has been a member of FICS since 1987. He has served as the First Vice-President and on several commissions. Brian currently serves on the Education and International Federations Commissions, and is the FICS Liaison to the International World Games Association (IWGA). He has been a team physician and Chef de Mission at many sporting events throughout the world. He has served at four Olympic Games, three All Africa Games and three World Games.