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Dr. Asha Menon (P.T)
Branch Administrator, Faculty | BSc P.T., Dip. MDT.
Founding Director. Presently in the position of Executive Director of McKenzie Institute India and Faculty.
Asha is responsible for bringing the McKenzie education to India for the benefit of the Indian patients, so that more Indian physiotherapists could undertake the training. In doing this, her goals are providing the benefits of patient empowerment and self management to mechanical spinal and extremity patients and thereby reducing the health care costs in India. Since doing her first McKenzie course in 2003, her one point agenda was to bring this globally successful management to the Indian patients, and make MDT assessment the primary assessment by all Physiotherapists in India.
She has lived and worked in Mumbai, and completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from Seth G. S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai University, in Nov 1988. She has been an active member of the physiotherapy profession in India. She embarked on the MDT education in 2003, became a Credentialled McKenzie Therapist in 2009, and attained the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 2012. She is in Private Practice in Mumbai, India. She owns the only Certified McKenzie Clinic of India ‘Back Neck and Joints’, which attracts patients from all over India for favour of MDT management. She is the Chief Clinical Principal in the ‘Certified McKenzie Clinic’ at The Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, JVPD, Mumbai. She is the first in India to be accepted as Faculty on Probation for India, by The McKenzie Institute International, completing her training to be India's first Faculty licensed to McKenzie Institute International.
Kick-starting the McKenzie courses in India in April 2008, on April 20th, she started the online study group for the benefit of the physiotherapists undergoing the MDT Certification Programme, a befitting gift to Robin on his birthday. This was followed by establishing a study group in 2009 in Mumbai which met once in a month. This study group was nurtured to grow, so that, those in the MDT education who volunteers in this development are given an opportunity to contribute to the MDT growth in India, by leading their respective groups. The study group has thus grown to have various group captains with a main group leader, facilitating transmission of any message to the entire MDT education group, besides organising the study group. This work was to cumulatively contribute towards the establishment of McKenzie Institute in India. From 2008 to 2012, with 23 courses, 4 Credentialling Examinations and 62 Credentialled Therapists, McKenzie Institute India was formally inaugurated in Nov 2012 with an Opening Ceremony and MDT Symposium, and incorporated as a Section 25 company, for charitable purpose in Jan 2013.
Asha has presented several lectures and presentations on MDT all over India: at Universities, Conferences, Academic Institutions, General Public etc. She has published articles on MDT in peer reviewed journals, Journals on Physiotherapy in India, and local medical journals.