Dirk Everaert received his undergraduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He specialized in orthopedic physical therapy, more specifically spinal manipulative therapy and research on paraspinal soft tissue biomechanics at Emory University, Georgia, USA. He received his PhD in Motor Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 2000.
As a research associate for Dr. Stein and Dr. Mushahwar the University of Alberta, he was involved in clinical trials on functional electrical stimulation (FES) to restore walking in people with neurological conditions (WalkAide footdrop stimulator and FES-brace walking), and to prevent deep venous thrombosis. He was involved in animal experiments using implantation of recording electrodes in the dorsal root gangling to study locomotion, implantation of intraspinal microstimulation devices to restore locomotion after spinal cord injury in animals, and in the preparations for the first human trial.