William (Allan) Besselink, PT, DPT, PhD, Dip. MDT

Associate Professor, PT Programs


Austin, TX


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Sports Medicine


Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Walden University
Doctor of Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica
Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, McKenzie Institute International
Graduate Certificate, Medical Human Anatomy, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Queen’s University

Research Interests

Cognitive Structure and Knowledge Organization
Clinical Anatomy

Dr. Allan Besselink, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, is a physical therapist and assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin.

Dr. Allan Besselink, PT, DPT, Dip. MDT, is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He has been in Austin, TX, since 1990. During that time, he has developed a unique perspective on sport- and fitness-related injuries and primary prevention for both the recreational and elite athlete. He has coached a wide variety of athletes in events ranging from the 800 meters to 100-mile ultraruns and Ironman triathlons. He is the author of RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach to Injury-Free Running.

Dr. Besselink is one of 400 practitioners internationally who have attained the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute International in New Zealand, the highest level of training and achievement in the McKenzie Method. His clinical practice is one of the few in the world that specifically focuses on the application of MDT to a sports population.

Dr. Besselink has also had an active role as a consumer advocate, including promoting legislation regarding Consumer Direct Access to Physical Therapy in Texas, speaking to legislators and providing testimony in this role.