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Allan Besselink, PT, DPT, PhD, Dip.MDT - Besselink Project. Austin, TX, US

Allan Besselink, PT, DPT, PhD, Dip.MDT

Founder | Besselink Project


Individual and community transformation via health mentoring, adaptive learning experiences, advocacy, and innovation.



Allan has a unique voice in the world of sport and health care, one that has been defined by his experiences as physiotherapist, McKenzie practitioner, coach, author, educator, patient, and athlete. Allan is the author of "RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running".

Industry Expertise (4)


Professional Training and Coaching

Health Care - Providers

Health and Wellness

Areas of Expertise (5)

Learning & Teaching



Health Care

Cognitive Science

Accomplishments (5)

Hal Dunlop Shield, Queen's University (professional)


Awarded the 1988 Hal Dunlop Shield for significant contribution to athletic therapy at Queen's University. This is one of seven major athletic awards at Queen's University.

Finisher, 2005 Ironman USA Lake Placid (personal)


Official finisher, 2005 Ironman USA triathlon. The Ironman triathlon is a 140.6 mile adventure - consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.

ACOG Medical Staff, 1996 Atlanta Olympics (professional)


Served as a physical therapist on the medical staff for track and field at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA

Author: "RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running" (personal)


Published first book.

Harold L. Hodgkinson Award (professional)


Awarded the 2022 Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation - "Data Modeling of Cognitive Structure in Physiotherapy Students Learning Gross Anatomy"

Education (5)

Walden University: PhD, Education 2021

College of St. Scholastica: DPT, Physical Therapy 2016

University of Florida: Graduate Certificate, Medical Human Anatomy 2016

McKenzie Institute International : Diploma, Mechanical Diagnosis And Therapy 1998

Queen's University: BScPT, Physical Therapy 1988

Affiliations (3)

  • McKenzie Institute International
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • USA Track And Field

Testimonials (1)

Kami Lerma, | Continuing education webinars

"It was fantastic! I love your presentation style. You give time for the information to sink in before continuing on to the next thought. That helps me a great deal, and I am sure many people would agree with me on that. You definitely keep things interesting and hit all areas from why you do something to how to implement."



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


0 to 4000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee

Research Focus (1)

Data Modeling of Cognitive Structure in Physiotherapy Students Learning Gross Anatomy