The International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA) is saddened to hear about the passing of Jean Kelly.

The International Private Physical Therapy Association (IPPTA) is saddened to hear about the passing of Jean Kelly.

Jean was the chair of IPPTA from 2003 -2005. During her tenure she was an advocate for private physical therapist internationally. Jean is remembered by many as a warm friendly person who was always willing to have a chat and help wherever she could. She led the organisation with her usual friendly personality and professionalism. She made everyone feel welcome and her dedication to private physical therapy was inspirational. Jean will be sadly missed by the profession and on behalf of IPPTA we, the current IPPTA executive, express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

Wilma Erasmus – Chair of IPPTA

Tributes have been expressed from Private Physical Therapy Organisations throughout the world:

On behalf of the US Private Practice Section of APTA we extend our condolences to Jean’s family. We thank Jean and her Family for all she contributed to IPPTA.

Terry Brown

On behalf of the French Federation of physiotherapists and its president Daniel Paguessorhaye

I present my sincere condolences to her family and colleagues.

Olivier Jean MARTY 

On behalf of the Canadian Private Practice Division please pass on our condolences to Jean’s family and friends.  She was one of the first people I met at my first IPPTA meeting in East Bourne in England and has been a great inspiration to me over the years.  She was always warm and welcoming and a wonderful example of what the world family of Physiotherapy should be.  My deepest sympathy to her family.

Donna L Hennig

Sincere condolences from the Swedish Association of Physiotherapy.

Marie Granberg

On behalf of the members of the Swiss Association of Physiotherapy we extend our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues.  Gaby Millasson

Sincere condolences from the Irish Society of chartered Physiotherapists  Margaret Hanlon

On behalf of the Finnish Association of Physiotherapistsour sincere condolences to her family and colleagues.  Jarmo Mäkelä

On behalf of   Private Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy New ZealandI pass on our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues on the passing of Jean. Denis Kelly – Vice Chair IPPTA

On behalf of the Malta Association of Physiotherapistswe extend our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues. Maria Busuttil

I am so sad to hear of Jean’s sudden death. Jean was one of the first people I met when I attended my first IPPA meeting in Barcelona in 2003. I always remember how kind and welcoming Jean was and I have many fond memories of the IPPA meetings we had and the dinners we had and the friendships that developed amongst all the delegates who have been a part of the IPPA family over the years. Jean was a wonderful leader and an advocate for physiotherapy not just in the UK but for physiotherapy worldwide. She will be missed greatly by everyone whose lives she was a part of and is someone I will never forget.

Scott Thomson – Past Chair of IPPTA

We are deeply saddened by the news of Jean Kelly’s passing.  Words cannot express our sorrow.

Polish Society of Physiotherapy  

On behalf of the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association)our sincere condolences to all.  Libby Soderholm 

May I extend my personal condolences to the family and close friends of Jean Kelly. She was a mentor and true advocate for Physiotherapy. Her leadership in our profession will be sorely missed.  God Bless. Jerry Klug – Past Chair IPPTA

On behalf of Axxon, Physical Therapy in Belgium our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. Tim Németh

On behalf of the Royal Dutch Society of Physiotherapy our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues. Brechtus Engelsma –Guus A. Meerhoff MSc.


On behalf of the South African Society of Physiotherapy our sincere condolences to her family and colleagues. Our prayers are with all at this difficult time Samantha Dunbar

On behalf of the Physiotherapy Association of Malawi, we extend our sincere condolences to Jean’s family and friends. Margaret Wazakili

We are very sorry to receive the news of Jean’s passing.  For those who may not be aware, Jean was one of the original participants of a committee charged with developing /drafting/submitting the bylaws of the original IPPA organization to the WCPT and which became an official Sub Group in 1995 in Washington, DC.  She was the representative from the United Kingdom in 1995, joined the Board of Directors in 1999 as Member at Large and succeeded me as Chair in 2003.  Jean and colleagues were instrumental in conducting a very successful and educational 2nd IPPA Conference in March, 2001 in Eastbourne, UK.  She also served IPPA on the WCPT Evidence Based Practice committee.  Jean led our organization with distinction and enthusiasm. We have many fond memories of those years with Jean and her husband and offer our deepest sympathy to her family.   Our profession has lost a wonderful leader and physical therapist.  Rest in Peace.

Peter and Linda Towne. – Past chair of IPPA

On behalf of the German association, Physio-Deutschland, I send you our sincere condolence to her family, to you and colleagues in the UK. I met Jean first at the IPPA general meeting 2003 in Barcelona and it follows a very efficient and constructive period of work in the IPPA EC. I’m proud and grateful that I could be a part of this group under Jeans leadership. Will say, dear Jean, it was a unforgettable time and experience to serve in the EC on behalf of all the delegates all over the world beside you! Kindliness, modesty and helpfulness were her outstanding attributes. We will miss her friendship painfully and by now.

Ruediger v. Esebeck

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