Meet our Instructors

Shelly Prosko Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shelly Prosko
PT, PYT, CPI, C-IAYT
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As a Physiotherapist and Professional Yoga Therapist, Shelly is dedicated to bridging the gap between yoga and modern healthcare philosophies and believes this integration is highly effective in creating and sustaining optimal health.

She received her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, her therapeutic yoga training at Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, Yoga Teacher Training at Blissology, and Pain Care Yoga Certification at Life is Now. She considers herself a lifelong student whose curiosity motivates ongoing inquiry, learning and integration of many approaches.

Shelly is a pioneer of PhysioYoga and has been integrating yoga into her physiotherapy treatments since 1998 to help people who suffer from a wide variety of conditions including persistent pain, pelvic floor health issues and breathing dysfunctions.

Currently, she travels extensively offering her well received and highly sought after specialty PhysioYoga courses, teaches Life is Now Pain Care Yoga, lectures at medical college programs, presents at international conferences and is a course instructor at numerous yoga therapy programs.

Shelly is dedicated to actively promoting the integration of yoga into healthcare by inspiring, empowering and educating health professionals, yoga practitioners, students and people in pain about ways yoga can be used safely and effectively to address a variety of health issues and improve quality of life. Please visit www.physioyoga.ca for more information.

"I choose organizations like Embodia because they have sincere and genuine intentions of providing high quality and evidence- informed continuing education with respectable and engaging course providers. Embodia is professional, organized, flexible, accessible and extremely easy to work with. I am humbled and honoured to be part of such an incredible community."

Carolyn Vandyken Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Carolyn Vandyken
BHSc. PT, Cred MDT, CCMA
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Carolyn is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn co-authored the first book on patient-centred pain biology education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain Hurts, and also co-authored three peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain.

She co-owns a Canadian-based teaching company, Pelvic Health Solutions, and teaches internationally on the physiotherapy for pelvic floor problems. She also manages her own practice in Huntsville, Ontario.

"Joining Embodia has been such a pleasure. I resisted it partly because of my own discomfort with the digital age, social media, etc. However, Maggie and Elie have made it so easy to make the transition to digital sharing of exercises (for patients) and knowledge for clinicians.

The nice part about online learning is the ability to go back and review lectures/concepts that you didn't really get the first time. E-learning also has the advantage of being more cost-effective with less time lost from work, travel and the expense of hosting courses at a physical location.

The second part of joining Embodia which has been a real eye-opener for me was the enthusiastic embracing of digital exercise prescription by my patients. My patients LOVE having an exercise video to follow and reminders on their phone to tell them to do their exercises. This has been very well received by my patients. No more paper handouts!! The trees in beautiful Huntsville, my new hometown, are also saying, "Thank you" :)"

Bahram Jam Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Bahram Jam
PT, D.SC.PT, M.PHTY, B.SC.PT, FCAMT
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Bahram is a physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He's taught 1000+ continuing education courses to healthcare professionals across Canada & internationally.

He has instructed over one thousand post-graduate orthopaedic and pain science courses and has been a guest presenter at several physiotherapy and medical conferences across Canada and internationally.

His primary clinical approach is to identify relevant functional impairments and determine the best self-management strategy to maximize patient independence.

"I am honoured to be a part of Embodia Academy both as a student and an instructor. Embodia is the only Canadian web site of its kind providing high quality on-line education options specifically for Canadian Physiotherapists. I believe every PT should commit to completing 1-2 on-line programs a year offered by the numerous excellent instructors.

I love that I can use the Patient Specific Functional Scale on Embodia so I can quickly and easily measure functional goals with my patients. The exercise video clips and the ability to track patient compliance is also a valuable addition to any physiotherapists’ practice."

Julie Wiebe Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Julie Wiebe
PT, MPT, BSc.
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Julie Wiebe, has over 20 years of experience in both Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health. Her passion is to return women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She advocates for the awareness of pelvic health issues in fitness and promotes innovative solutions for women through her blog, videos and social media. She shares her evidence-based, integrative approach internationally with both professionals and women through live and online educational programs.

Her Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston Science concepts have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into avariety of populations. Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education courses and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, professional organizations, state and national professional conferences.

Find out more and connect with Julie at www.juliewiebept.com or via social media Twitter/FB/IG JulieWiebePT.

"How perfect is it to have a physio who understands the rehab piece and con ed, teamed with a techie partner who understands building platforms and delivering content? I leapt at the chance to partner to bring info to more folks."

Darryl Yardley Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Darryl Yardley
PT, B.Kin (Hons), M.Sc.(PT), M.Cl.Sc.(Manip), FCAMPT
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Darryl is currently the Director of Quality, Risk and Therapy Services at the Brant Community Health System. He is the past chair of the Private Practice Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He is a consultant with orthopaedic and neurosurgeons and has a special interest in hip and spine. He is a co-author of, Diagnosis and Management of Femoroacetabular Impingement: An Evidence-Based Approach – Chapter: ‘Evidence for Rehabilitation After FAI Surgery: A guide to Postsurgical Rehabilitation and Supporting Evidence.’ Darryl is the professor of the Business and Entrepreneurship in Physical Therapy course at Western University.

He also lectures at McMaster, University of Toronto and Queen's on business and practice management topics. Darryl is the founder of Mentorship Bootcamp - offering the business training and career mentorship to succeed in today’s competitive market. He consults with many clinic owners to grow their business, and develop the business-acumen of their therapists. He is the co-founder of EnCORE Research, and a partner of the Pelvic Health Research Collaborative. He is the co-founder of Entry to Practice Essentials, the first Canadian PCE study guide.

"Embodia gives you everything you need to continually learn and grow your practice on your own schedule to build a successful physiotherapy career and reach your potential. Along with the continuing education courses that are taught by top clinical instructors, you have the opportunity to share evidence-based video exercises and education with your patients via a web and mobile app. A game changer for your practice."

Debbie Patterson Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Debbie Patterson
Registered Physiotherapist
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Debbie Patterson is an orthopaedic physiotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of persistent pain. Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain. This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain.

For over 25 years her clinical practice has focused on providing evidence based treatment for persistent pain conditions, including chronic low back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and fibromyalgia. She has treated pre teenage children with chronic pain conditions, teenagers, and adults.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Group and later was a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the executive as Secretary for two years. Debbie is committed to postgraduate education of health care providers.

She provides courses on “Pain in Women”, “Fibromyalgia”, and "Understand the Brain to Treat Pain". She also mentors physiotherapists who are interested in developing their passion and skill in the treatment of persistent pain conditions.

"As a physiotherapist, I have always been an advocate for the use of technology for knowledge translation with our colleagues and for treatment of our patients.

Embodia gave me the opportunity I was seeking to publish some of my courses on line to reach a broader audience at a reduced price compared to the fee for a live course.

From the beginning, Maggie was encouraging, supportive, and informative in terms of the vision and the process of using Embodia as a platform.

The editing team was prompt and extremely helpful in getting my material ready for publishing.

The team at Embodia is innovative - always looking for ways to improve the course delivery and publication, to make it easier to access my courses, to check statistics about who has attended the courses and to review their evaluations and questions.

It has been a pleasure working with Embodia. I strongly recommend that physiotherapists access this very helpful platform for ongoing learning and better patient care."

Shelley Mannell Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shelley Mannell
PT, B.Sc, BHSc,
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Shelley has 25 years experience in treating babies, children, and adolescents with physical challenges and gross motor delays. Shelley is a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapy of Ontario. She is also a member of the Neuro-Development Treatment Association (C/NDT) and a contributing writer for Cascade DAFO newsletter and a regular contributor to several blogs. In addition to her clinical work, Shelley has been active in clinical research and served as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University for 10 years. Shelley has a strong commitment to continuing education and now enjoys teaching post-graduate clinical education courses to therapists across Canada.

"I think it’s wonderful to be able to search the Embodia Academy for continuing education opportunities across topics/specialties. And I love that it’s a Canadian Company!"

Mike Stewart Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Mike Stewart
MCSP, SRP, MSC, PG CERT
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Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist and visiting university lecturer with twenty years of experience managing complex, persistent pain conditions. In addition, he is a dedicated practice-based educator committed to providing evidence-based education to a wide variety of health professionals. His Know Pain workshops have provided clinicians around the world with practical pain education skills.

He has an MSc in Physiotherapy and Practice-based Education from the University of Brighton, and is planning a PhD focusing on pain and communication. His published work has received international praise from the leading names in neuroscience.

"I first met Maggie at the San Diego Pain Summit and was struck by her enthusiasm and drive. Embodia’s ethos matched mine in that they aim to develop clinical knowledge and skills by guiding people through the maze of clinical evidence in order to develop meaningful, practical skills to use with patients."

Geoff Bostick Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Geoff Bostick
PT, PhD
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Geoff obtained his BScPT from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. He then worked in private practice in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Victoria. In 2005, he completed the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. By 2006, Geoff had developed a fervent interest for pain sciences; particularly the cognitive and social aspects of pain. He then began his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta, completing the program in 2011. Currently, Geoff works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (U of A) in the Department of Physical Therapy (PT). He teaches primarily in the orthopaedic portion of the program, but incorporates as much pain education as possible into other courses in the MScPT program. His research interests include neuropathic pain in OA, cognitive factors in chronic pain and various teaching-related initiatives. He also runs a student-led physiotherapy clinic within the Department of Physiotherapy at the U of A, and a modest not-for-profit PT pain program in conjunction with the U of A Multidisciplinary Pain Centre.

Geoff’s current role with the Pain Science Division is the Division Research Representative Committee (DRRC) representative, promoting pain-related research to its members. He is also co-chair of DRRC. The DRRC rep is broadly charged with promoting pain-related research to its members. Geoff is particularly excited about a new initiative called Paincasts – short podcasts discussing pain with some bright people.

"The Embodia team has been absolutely wonderful to work with. As a university instructor, I am accustomed to receiving support for teaching. However, when teaching outside the university system, much of the preparation is done independently. The Embodia team is responsive, skilled and knowledgeable and provides high quality support to better course quality.

It is really exciting for our profession that Embodia is able to support high quality and accessible professional development. Embodia's willingness to collaborate with clinical/academic experts and our national association demonstrates a strong commitment to the betterment of learning opportunities for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and other health professionals. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with the Embodia team!"

Susan Clinton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Susan Clinton
PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
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Susan Clinton completed her Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and graduated with her NAIOMT fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2013. She was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2014.

As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Manual Therapy, Orthopedics and Women’s Health, she has been actively treating patients with pelvic floor, urinary, bowel, reproductive, oncology, persistent pain, sports injuries and post-surgical diagnoses.

Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in governance as a local delegate and alternate delegate, and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines steering committee for the Section on Women’s Health and the Women’s Health Global Initiative. She is the past secretary on the Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors and the former President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

"Embodia is more than an academy that houses great courses and content - it is an amazing group of professionals that helped me through the online course development project every step of the way. They took care of all of the technical business and honoured all of my requests for editing. I will definitely be working with them again in the future."
Helene Couvrette Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY
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Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

"I have to say I have been absolutely thrilled with Embodia ever step of the way! Even more so, I am excited to discover all the amazing online courses available on Embodia! So much quality on this site! Blessed to have connected on both levels as having MISTY sessions available on Embodia and being able to learn from all other sessions on site. Let the learning continue!"

Kim Vopni Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kim Vopni
BA(Psych), Restorative Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
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Kim Vopni, is a Personal Trainer, an author, a passionate promoter of pelvic floor physiotherapy and mother of 2 boys. She also trained as a doula which had her known as The Fitness Doula for many years but as her work broadened to helping women at all life's stages she is now known as The Vagina Coach.

She also trained in a variety of diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) techniques and recognized the strong correlation it has to pelvic floor dysfunction. In 2009 she created the Prepare To Push™ program which is now available in several cities across Canada as a workshop and was also published as a book in 2015.

After educating herself on proactive pelvic floor wellness during her pregnancies she became the Canadian distributor for the EPI-NO which heightened her passion for increasing the awareness on this ‘taboo’ subject. Her main mission is to see pelvic floor physiotherapy covered by the government and considered standard care for all women.

"Maggie was amazing, and when she explained her new technology to me when it was launched, it seemed like the market she was attracting was where my 'tribe' was. She and her team have created an amazing product and are always open to suggestions and recommendations. They are truly building an amazing platform. It was a no brainer to add my education there."

Andy Belanger Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Andy Belanger
Business Coach
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Andy has coached for more than 30 years mentoring, guiding, teaching and developing systems, tools, and techniques to help health care entrepreneurs reach their goals.

Earlier in his career, Andre felt dissatisfied with the quality and direction of business teaching.

What was missing were fundamental and critical basics necessary for short and long term success.

He will show you exactly what to focus on so that you can really succeed as a business owner and a clinician.

Since the death of this father in 1987, using the principles and philosophy of proactive and active care, he created the foundation for a new and exciting approach for clinic owners and teams in optimizing efficiency and positive client experience.

He believes that by solidifying the foundation of a practice/clinic, Teams will be free to maximize their skill, knowledge, and goals, - A successful practice means a healthy economy.

"We are in some of the most exciting times in the health care industry, in the early stages of an evolving health consciousness movement. Embodia is taking charge in bringing together experts who can provide tools, skills and attitude to attain the benefits associated with the opportunities available.

We at HERO’s are honored to be part of the Embodia group of experts. Embodia’s expertise, professionalism and leadership provided us the freedom to share the content and not worry about anything else except presentation.

Embodia truly represents HERO’s -Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities."

Rochenda Howard Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Rochenda Howard
B.A. (P.E.), B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc.
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Rochenda is a Physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1995. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in Physical Education (University of Western Ontario) and an M.Sc. Research degree in Rehabilitation Therapy (Queens University, Canada). Rochenda has a special interest in muscle function and motor learning and in how biomechanical and muscle / movement imbalances contribute to painful conditions. She has continued to pursue this passion over the past 25 years by focusing exclusively on the development of a PILATES–based Physiotherapy treatment system, founding a PhysioPilates clinic in Hong Kong and more recently in her native Toronto. In 2006, Rochenda published the first rigorously designed research study on a Pilates - based physiotherapy treatment and she has been active internationally training Physiotherapists in this system since 1996.

Rochenda believes in outcome based, patient focused 1 : 1 care addressing an injury in the context of the body functioning as an integrated muscle and movement system.

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For the past 3 years my clinical care has been enhanced and modernized with the help of embodia. I use the home exercise prescription app on a daily basis. The home exercises I prescribe are very technical due to a focus on motor control and the app has proven invaluable to ensure correct technique and better outcomes. Patients love it! And it keeps me on top of what I have prescribed.

Embodia has proven an extremely valuable adjunct to the resource material used when teaching my courses. Participants appreciate a video review of the exercise treatments taught in the practical sessions. My resource book is now 'alive'!

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Cortree Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Cortree
Powered by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
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Know how. Right now.

Cortree is your direct line to disability education. Curated by industry experts, our courses offer up-to-date information on topics that boost your confidence, competence and community.

Cortree is a social venture owned by the charity Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. We’ve developed Cortree with the help of our vibrant community members, people who get it, who know life with a disability inside out and are excited to share what they know with you. We’ve also worked with industry experts, health care pros, researchers, counsellors, disability specialists – professionals whose experience and expertise are built into every course you take.

We reached out to our community to find out exactly what topics are most important for people with disabilities and families. The answers? Choosing a Wheelchair. Pain Management. Sexual Health. Nutrition & Kitchen Accessibility. Vehicle Modification. These topics represent some of the many dynamic, interactive Cortree courses you’ll find to help improve or enhance your health and well-being. Look for more topics in the coming months to help you make your home accessible, stay healthy, get back to work, and live the life you choose.

Cortree is grounded in the spirit of Peer Support and Independent Living. At Spinal Cord Injury Ontario we’re committed to making life more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. Want to help improve accessibility in Ontario? Just say “Yes! Sign me up!” and you can help Spinal Cord Injury Ontario serve, support and advocate for and with people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.

Jodi Steele Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jodi Steele
PT, BKin, BSc(PT)
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Jodi earned her kinesiology degree in 1997 and a physiotherapy degree in 1999 from McMaster University. Upon graduation she co-developed an oncology rehabilitation program, Cancer Rehab-The Next Step. In 2005 her husband joined her and founded Cancer Rehab Inc., Canada’s first not-for-profit cancer rehabilitation centre.

In 2009, Jodi designed, developed and launched Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program, which continues to be delivered at sites throughout southern Ontario. For her innovative contributions to society, Jodi received the 2009 Arch Award from McMaster University.

Presently Jodi is a professor at Niagara College. She continues to educate peers through educational lectures focusing on cancer exercise and rehabilitation for health care professionals and lymphedema management in the home care setting.

Best people, super organized, final product is amazing!

Julian D'Angelo Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Julian D'Angelo
Growth Marketing Specialist
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Julian is an experienced growth marketer with proven results implementing both strategic and tactical digital marketing campaigns. He's worked with start-ups, SMEs, Saas products, and publicly traded companies.

His objective as a growth marketer is to build his clients an omni-channel growth engine that results in predictable inputs and outputs to achieve their organizations' KPIs..

"Seeing the work the Embodia is doing on an industry that traditionally has been very resistant to change, is extremely refreshing. Any chance I can have to say I played a small part on a team that is moving an industry forward is something I think anyone can get excited about. Not to mention the team is great and just so easy to work with."

Nelly Faghani Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Nelly Faghani
B.Sc. P.T., M.C.P.A.
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Nelly graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996. Nelly started to treat pelvic health in 1998 and continues to be actively involved in clinical practice, mentoring and teaching. She has helped develop Continence Programs that have been implemented in various long-term care facilities through Ontario. Nelly has been a spokesperson for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, has co-authored a neuro-urology textbook chapter on incontinence and has hosted a round table at the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference.

Nelly is a member of the ICS Children and Young Adult’s Committee and the ICS Physiotherapy Committee. She regularly attends international conferences and prides herself on staying on top of the current pelvic health literature.

Embodia is a fantastic and easy to use platform to conveniently share education and pre-recorded exercises with my clients. This has saved me time but most importantly my clients love it.

The numerous on-line courses allow me to watch and learn, at my own pace, in the comfort of my home. How perfect is that!

Erik Schmidt Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Erik Schmidt
PT, B.Kin (Hons), M.Sc.(PT), M.Cl.Sc., FCAMPT
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Erik is an experienced and dynamic physiotherapist who has attained advanced training in manual therapy and the McKenzie MDT system.

He worked primarily with national-level athletes and closely with the local orthopedic surgeons. He is also a faculty member of NOSM (The Northern Ontario School of Medicine) where he lectures and hosts in-clinic orthopaedic mentorship for R1 and R2 physicians residents.

He now assists as an instructor to the program while concurrently qualifying to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists, an internationally recognized, highest possible Canadian designation.

Devon Cochrane Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Devon Cochrane
BSc, MOT
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Devon was born and raised in Victoria where he has grown deep roots within the community. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from UVic in 2010 and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UBC in 2014. He spent most of his past working life before becoming an OT supporting children and youth living with a variety of special needs. Prior to joining Tall Tree, Devon previously worked as a community occupational therapist and case manager supporting people with musculoskeletal injury, concussion (and other brain injury), chronic pain, mental health issues, wheelchair and equipment prescription, ergonomics, functional assessments and assistive technology needs.

Over the past years as an OT he has developed experience and a special interest in supporting people with concussion related issues. Combining a keen drive to advance clinical practice and a desire to enhance the quality of treatment for concussion, Devon has come to Tall Tree to help build the best concussion program in Victoria.

Devon has taken post-professional education in concussion management including Evidence In Motion’s 12-month concussion management certification program to advance his clinical competency. He concentrates on offering a fun, creative and supportive environment to encourage success for people of any age. He has experience with pediatric, youth and adult therapy.

Jim Millard Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jim Millard
PT, B.Sc(PT), M.Cl.Sc(PT), DIP MT(CAN), FCAMPT
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Jim is an accredited international teacher for the Mulligan Concept of manual therapy. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). Jim is past vice chair of the Leadership Division of the CPA.

Jim has been assisting Jack Miller with the Mulligan Concept in Canada since 1997 and passed the teacher certification examination in Vancouver in 2007.

He is a lecturer at Western University in the MClSc PT program. Jim has presented at symposia both provincially and nationally on manual therapy and on therapeutic alliance/communication themes. Jim is a partner at Body Mechanics in London Ontario where he resides with his family.

Antony Lo Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Antony Lo
B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd)., Master in Manual Therapy (UWA)
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Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice over 21 years.

He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 7 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.

He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!

Joanne Morgan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joanne Morgan
BHK & Dale Ischia, CSEP
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Joanne is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and trained at the Mind Body Medicine Institute in Washington DC as a Cancer Guide. She works with InspireHealth members who inspire her with their courage and strength as they travel through their cancer journey.

She works with a very diverse clientele including elite and recreational athletes, ICBC claimants, and most recently people living with cancer. Her educational background includes a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

Her background is exercise rehabilitation, and has worked with the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Center for over 14 years and is also currently contracted to facilitate the fitness program at the integrated cancer care facility, Inspire Health.

Joanne’s Vancouver studio, Back on Track Fitness, runs exercise programs specializing in dealing with the physical effects of cancer, its surgeries and treatments. Her clients benefit from one on one training, or group classes specifically designed for physical support through cancer recovery.
Robin Kerr Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Robin Kerr
B.AppSc Phty, Post Grad Cert Pelvic Floor Rehab , Level 2 IOM coach Level 4 B.E.T Pilates, Barefoot Training Specialist
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Robin graduated as a physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1985. She has established and been the principal therapist in 4 successful private practices around the world, ranging from the RAAF to Vanuatu, Hong Kong and back to Noosa, Australia.

Early on her clinical focus shifted heavily to the pelvis, low back pain and leg injuries. She has extensive postgraduate biomechanical training in these areas, including gait lab running analysis and has been involved with several elite international and Olympic running related sporting teams. In Hong Kong she established a very successful private practice in which she focused on managing novice to world champion athletes, martial arts movie stars, pelvic floor and lumbo-pelvic pain patients.

Over the last 20 years she has shifted focus to the pelvic floor and persistent pain management, with a preference towards the BPS paradigm and the importance of movement. An avid reader of science research, she currently peer reviews for physiotherapy journals and online research hubs in an attempt to assist physiotherapy to evolve.

Dr. Erson Religioso III Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Erson Religioso III
DPT, FAAOMPT
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Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT, is a fellowship trained cash based PT practice owner, entrepreneur, blogger, and sought after lecturer in the topic of Modern Manual Therapy. He has a #CashPT Practice in the Buffalo, NY area, EDGE Rehab and Sports Science, where he specializes in TMD, headaches, spinal care, runners, gymnasts, and chronic pain. His focus is seeing the patient as little as possible, and empowering them with education, self assessment and treatment strategies.

Dr. Religioso is adjunct faculty of SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT program. He also developed a line of manual therapy, mobility, fitness, strength, and rehab products along with pain science education materials at The EDGE Mobility System.

Modern Manual Therapy - The Eclectic Approach is Dr. Religioso’s line of seminars for clinicians that are taught online and in live venues around the world. The Eclectic Approach started with Modern Manual Therapy, and has expanded to include Modern Strength Training, and Modern Patient Education.

Dr. E is now offering his services as both an online clinical mentor to clinicians at Modern Rehab Mastery, travelling OMPT Fellowship mentor, online patient consultations, and online business and social media consultation, #CashPT start up with LeBauer Consulting. He also is part of media company, UpDoc Media, with 2 podcasts, Therapy Insiders and Untold Physio Stories.

Erson is a family man, married to the best woman in the world, and currently has 5 beautiful children. He enjoys running with them, watching them in competitive gymnastics and watching Disney/Pixar movies. He is also a huge tech geek and loves all things Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek. If you see Dr. E out and about, or at a seminar, ask him to grab a beer or coffee and talk about shop or anything!

Sabrina Silla Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sabrina Silla
B.Sc., Pht., D.O.
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Pelvic & Perineal Rehabilitation Physiotherapist & K-Taping Canada Instructor Sabrina is a member of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Québec, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Women’s Health Division), the International Pelvic Pain Society and the International Continence Society.​

During her years of study and work, she worked with the provincial soccer teams of Québec. She attended as a therapist at several Canadian soccer championships. In 2005, she was part of the therapists’ team for the Quebec provincial soccer team during the Canada Games held in Regina. Sabrina attended the first K-Taping Women’s Health Course in Montréal 2016 and has since incorporated it into her physiotherapy practice. Sabrina is a physiotherapist in pelvic and perineal rehabilitation with advanced training in the fields of gynecology, urology, fertility and pre/postpartum treatments.She is involved with women with pelvic and perineal problems and works with clients with vulvovaginal/perineal diseases, urinary problems, pelvic prolapsed and rectal disorders. She also works closely with pregnant women during pregnancy and postpartum to ensure safe and healthy rehabilitation.

Alison Sim Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Alison Sim
BSc(Clin Sci), MHSc(Osteo), MSc Med(Pain Management)
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Alison has a keen interest in educating health professionals about the latest science surrounding pain, especially pain that hangs around- chronic or persisting pain.

Dr. Alison Sim trained as an osteopath in Australia and has completed a Masters degree in pain management. She has been speaking on the topic of pain science and the integration of this knowledge into clinical practice for several years. She is a firm believer that a good understanding of integrated pain science knowledge is powerful for both clinicians and patients, and that manual therapists are among the best placed practitioners to be implementing such approaches in the healthcare setting. She works in private practice in a chronic pain setting in Melbourne, Australia.

She has completed Masters of science in Medicine in Pain Management through the Sydney University Medical School and Royal North Shore Pain Management Research Institute. She has lectured at Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, and RMIT in a variety of science and clinical subject. She has also worked as part of the teaching team at Deakin University Medical School.

Debra Dent  Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS FCAMPT
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Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 41 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Rajam Roose Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Rajam Roose
Founder San Diego Pain Summit
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Rajam Roose entered the massage therapy profession in 1999 and it was during her 16 years in the massage profession that she developed an interest in pain research and became acutely aware of the gaps between current pain research and clinical practice. She began organizing multi-disciplinary continuing education workshops for clinicians in 2013. After hearing physical therapy students express frustration with learning research in their programs but not understanding how to utilize it in their practice, Rajam founded the premier San Diego Pain Summit conference in 2015. In November 2015, she closed her massage practice to focus on the San Diego Pain Summit.

Since then, the Summit has had the honor to present many well-respected researchers, scientists, and clinicians on stage. Rajam is passionate about making a difference in how the U.S. healthcare system manages pain and strives to create an event where clinicians can learn how to add upon their current pain management frameworks. Her natural organizational skills and a penchant for staying current with pain research has helped to make the San Diego Pain Summit a successful event.

"Rajam has a preference for collaborating with other companies and organizations who share a similar vision which is why, in 2018, she connected with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and formerly adopted the IASP Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy as the standard for all current and future San Diego Pain Summit hosted workshops and conferences. Embodia shares a similar vision and Rajam is honored to collaborate and provide Summit conference presentations to their audience. "
Kyle Coffey Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kyle Coffey
PT, DPT, CertMST, CertAPHPT
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Dr. Kyle Coffey is a physical therapist, exercise physiologist, faculty member, and clinical educator who is passionate about educating patients and clinicians about physical therapy, movement, health, fitness, and wellness.

What began as self-application of blood flow restriction (BFR) training to stay healthy while recovering from an upper extremity injury, turned into a love for the research and a desire to safely and effectively apply in both the rehab and training populations. Time is our greatest resource, in life and in the clinic - an adjunct to traditional strength training was needed to help people train and rehab smarter, not harder. Thus Modern Strength Training was born!

In addition to owning his own clinic and educational company, Motus Physical Therapy and Performance, Dr. Coffey is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Exercise Science Program Director at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include the use of blood flow restriction in rehabilitation, the role of physical activity in memory, cognition, and academic achievement particularly in the elementary through high school population, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Dr. Andrew Rothschild Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Andrew Rothschild
PT, DPT
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Dr. Andrew Rothschild is a 2006 graduate VCU’s Medical College of Virginia with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has been a physical therapist for nine years working in a variety of outpatient orthopedic clinical settings. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008 and received his manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2010.

He went on to complete Manual Therapy Residency and Fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby institute in 2011 and 2012 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013. He has served as adjunct faculty and a guest lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University and has also provided lectures at the UT Medical Center in Memphis, TN. Andrew also has additional extensive training in spinal manipulation and dry needling and has served as a clinical mentor not only for students in PT school, but for physical therapists working towards their manual therapy fellowship.

Marie-Helene Jutras Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Marie-Helene Jutras
PT
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Physiothérapeute graduée de l’Université d’Ottawa en 2006, elle a rapidement développé un intérêt marqué envers la clientèle vivant avec des douleurs persistantes. Elle poursuit actuellement ses études au 2e cycle à l’Université McGill, au Certificat en Gestion de la Douleur Chronique.

Marie-Hélène veut transmettre ses notions acquises autant aux professionnels de la santé qu’aux patients. Elle se fait un devoir d’enseigner les données probantes de façon claire et facile à appliquer sur le terrain. Son approche est centrée sur le patient et favorise l’auto-prise en charge de ce dernier dans sa récupération.

Marie-Hélène Jutras is a physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2006. She soon developed a marked interest in persistent pain populations. She is currently studying at McGill University and completing her Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management.

She has created this online course to pass along what she has learned to health care providers and to patients. This is an evidence-based course which is laid out clearly and concisely, and the concepts can be immediately applied in your practice. Her approach is patient-centered and favours patient self-management

Jo-Anne Weltman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jo-Anne Weltman
Physiotherapist, Level III Cuevas MEDEK Practitioner
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Jo-Anne Weltman graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy. She spent 2 years working in the general hospital in Johannesburg, rotating through all the paediatric wards. She then completed her California Physical Therapy Licensing exam and was fortunate enough to work in a hospital in San Diego, learning about Sensory Integration Therapy. Jo-Anne then spent 2 years working in a school for children with Cerebral palsy in Aukland New Zealand, before coming to live in Toronto Canada in January 1997. She completed her Physiotherapy National Exam and started working for Early Intervention Services of York Region, working with a variety of children with Special Needs.

Jo-Anne is looking forwards to continue to mentor and train/teach new therapists to become stronger in this field and will carry on traveling and teaching as many people in as many places to help children all over the world.

Staffan Elgelid Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Staffan Elgelid
PT, PhD, GCFP, RYT500
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Staffan is an associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester NY. He is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. A native of Sweden, Staffan is working with private clients, and has presented at international conferences on a wide variety of topics such as Embodied Anatomy, Guided Imagery, Healthy Aging, Awareness, Core Strengthening, Feldenkrais, and Yoga. Staffan co-edited “Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice” and is co-author of “Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety.” Staffan is on the faculty at YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA and also produces the “On Your Authority” Podcasts.

Anne Pitman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Anne Pitman
M. Sc. E-RYT
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Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.

Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.

Rachel Krentzman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Rachel Krentzman
PT, E-RYT500 Yoga Therapist
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Rachel Krentzman founded and directs Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga in San Diego and organizes Yoga In Medicine Conferences for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Her Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health was published in May of 2016, and her Scoliosis and The Art of Letting Go was released in September 2016. A graduate of McGill University, Rachel completed her 2000-hour teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala at the College of Purna Yoga and has studied intensively with Judith Hanson Lasater. Rachel has integrated yoga into her clinical physical therapy practice since 2002.

Diana Zotos Florio Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Diana Zotos Florio
PT, MSPT, RYT, CSCS
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Diana completed her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga with Cyndi Li. Prior to that she had been a yoga student and a licensed practising physical therapist for 7 years at Hospital for Special Surgery. After having her first child, she became owner of Diana Zotos Yoga and Physiotherapy, an online learning resource and at home Physiyoga visits.

Her teaching and treating philosophy is to combine Yoga and Physical Therapy to provide patients and clients with relief from pain, knowledge about their body, posture reconditioning, and a healthy way to attain and maintain mental focus and balance, muscular and joint health, physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.

She is driven by addressing injury by looking at the whole body and mind for the root cause of pain or discomfort and treating that root using mindfulness, breath and precise alignment. Diana received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from American University, her Masters in Physical Therapy at Hunter College and has attended numerous post­graduate continuing education courses.

She enjoys teaching about Yoga and Physical therapy and has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University.

Alexis Marbach Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Alexis Marbach
Yoga Therapist, Masters Public Health
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Alexis is passionately committed to working with survivors of sexual violence. She believes that traditional modalities to support survivors (counseling, therapy, support groups) do not necessarily work for every survivor and that each individual deserves to have a number of holistic healing options to best meet their needs. It is disheartening that survivors still struggle to get the support and long term care that they need from service providers and from family and friends. It is challenging for informal support networks to understand and conceptualize that healing is a life long process, and that the path to healing and wellness is not linear and often times feels nonsensical. Alexis wants to be able to help survivors develop a toolkit of mental, physical, and breath-work exercises that they can call upon at any time to reduce the influence of a trigger, regain their connection with their body, and calm their mind.

Alexis’s experience working in the field of sexual violence intervention and prevention has lead her to be incredibly sensitive to the needs of survivors. She is conscious of her word choice when giving instruction and provide physical adjustments only after asking a student for permission to be in their physical space. Students know where we are headed, and what kind of poses they will be working on so that they feel as though they can control their physical and mental energy and not be surprised by any parts of class.

Shawnee Thornton Hardy Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shawnee Thornton Hardy
E-RYT500, RCYT, Yoga Therapist, M.Ed
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Shawnee is an Educational/Behavior Specialist, 500 RYT, E-RYT, RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), Yoga Therapist and M.Ed.

She has worked with children with autism and special needs for over 16 years. She has specialized in working with children who have significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits, as well as severe behavior challenges. Shawnee has experienced first hand the benefits yoga can provide to health and overall well-being. Her goal is to bring the experience of yoga to all individuals no matter their differences or challenges.

Shawnee has presented workshops on Yoga to Reduce Stress and Increase Relaxation for teachers and other professionals who work with youth, Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs and Yoga for Teens facing the challenges of mental illness. She wrote a published a book, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with Their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and is the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit.

She started a Yoga School through Yoga Alliance in order to train others in yoga approaches to support children and young adults with autism and special needs. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier more peaceful lives.

Ellyn Stanek Hutton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Ellyn Stanek Hutton
BSN, RN, LMT, ERYT
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Ellyn Stanek Hutton BSN, RN, LMT, opened her business, Wellness Within by Ellyn, LLC, over 19 years ago after working for 19 years as a registered nurse in various settings. She is a Holistic Nurse, certified in mind/body medicine, kundalini yoga, pregnancy yoga and is involved in therapeutic yoga after her training at The Kripalu Center.

She traveled to India in 2005 with her teacher Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa to deepen her practice and align with a broader vision of world needs. Through her work and in her work she remains fervent in practicing modalities to support her own path to healing while at the same time supporting others on their journey towards optimal health and wellbeing.

Her days involve assisting her clients through coaching, massage, yoga and the teaching of mind/body skills such as meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback. She has worked extensively with pregnant women and has published a keepsake anthology entitled, The Colors of Birth, and has created a unique Angel of Pregnancy Pin.

Her recent works include online meditation for CanSurround, a supportive website for cancer patients and families and developing a yoga program for those on bedrest. She considers each day a gift and is grateful for the opportunity to share the journey with others.

Meaghan Adams Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Meaghan Adams
PT, BSc, MSc(PT), PhD(Neuroscience)
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Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs after concussion, with a special focus on women with persistent symptoms.

Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.

Joanne Smith  Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joanne Smith
B.A., BRT Dip, C.N.P
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Joanne is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, holds a degree in psychology from York University, as well as a diploma in radio & television broadcasting from Seneca College. As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Joanne runs a successful nutrition business specializing in providing optimal nutritional health for people with neurological conditions (spinal cord and brain injuries), digestive dysfunction and weight loss. Her expertise in the disability community comes from her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury for twenty-five years, as well as her years as host and producer of two national television programs that focus on telling in-depth stories about Canadians with disabilities, the Gemini Award-winning CBC show Moving On, and Accessibility in Action. Joanne’s dedication to raising awareness and improving the lives of Canadians with disabilities led to her receipt of the King Clancy Award in 2006, induction into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2007 and being honoured with the Gabriel Award in 2008.
Mirella Veras Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Mirella Veras
PT, PhD
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Mirella Veras is currently a PhD Candidate in Population Health and in the Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research, Ontario Training Centre at the University of Ottawa. Formerly, she holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (concentration in epidemiology) from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. Also, she has training in a multi-disciplinary residency program in family health at the State University of Vale do Acarau in Sobral, Brazil, and has specialized training in Activation processes of change in higher education for health professionals from the National School of Public Health ENSP/FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She has worked in primary health care in Brazil for eight years, including as a consultant of the Pan American Health Organization in the Department of Primary Care/Ministry of Health, Brazil. Additionally, she worked as a professor at the Medical School at Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. In Primary Health Care, she worked at the local and federal level. At the local level, Mirella was responsible for a project in Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Primary Health Care program. She was the manager of the decentralized health area as well as the coordinator for The Nuclei of Integral Attention in Family Health Program. At the federal Level, she was directly involved in research projects in the primary health care field and performed epidemiological analyses of the efficiency of the Family Health Strategy.

Deri Latimer Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Deri Latimer
CSP, Positivity Speaking
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Deri is an expert in positive possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 12% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a TEDx Speaker, Trainer and Organizational Consultant, Deri works with organizations who want to create happy, healthy, humane workplaces for increased positivity, productivity, and prosperity!

She has been a popular instructor in the University of Winnipeg’s Management Studies Program for over 15 years, designing full-credit courses and seminars in Resilience, Positive Psychology, Team Building, and Leadership Development. Deri’s client resources, including two books ‘Wake Up To Your Habits’ and ‘What’s Your Story? You Decide’, and an APP called ‘Mood Manager’, provide a rich resource of strategies and tools to shift your emotions, adjust your thinking, and positively impact your results.

Randy Goodman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Randy Goodman
B.Sc.PT., Dip. Sports P.T.
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Randy is one of the premier Sport Physiotherapists in Canada. He has provided care and advice for some of the best athletes in the world in the field of injury recovery, return to sport and athlete development.

As well, he has coordinated care and development for multiple national teams including the Canadian Figure Skating and Freestyle Ski team, and consults with other national teams on the design of their integrated support for athletes. He has worked at the national/international level with hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, skiing, snowboard, figure skating, football, golf, athletics, triathlon, tennis, cross country skiing, wakeboard, swimming and diving, gymnastics, baseball, and Paralympic sports.

Melissa Pyne Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Melissa Pyne
BA, MSW, RSW
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Melissa is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Currently, she works full time in the adult outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Program at Grand River Hospital delivering group and individual therapy to adults in acute mental health crisis. In addition to her work at the hospital, Melissa works at Qualia Counselling Services, a full service counselling agency specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also provides field supervision to Laurier's MSW students.

Melissa holds an BA (hons.) in Psychology from York University and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is certified in Concurrent Disorders and is credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. In order to help people unlock their full potential, Melissa has certified in the Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

Yonah Krakowsky Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Yonah Krakowsky
MD, FRCSC
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Yonah Krakowsky completed his medical school and urology residency at the University of Toronto. Following the he completed a fellowship in sexual medicine and surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is currently on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and Women's College focusing on male and female sexual dysfunction.
Michelle Fraser Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Michelle Fraser
BA, BScPT, FCAMPT, CYT, MEd
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Fraser is a pelvic health advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health. Michelle’s dedication to making pelvic health internationally accessible is furthered by her commitment to her own continuing education.

Fraser graduated with her physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1994. In 2004 she obtained her Advanced Diploma of Manipulative Therapy, and she is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. Fraser is an associate instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

She will soon be launching online pelvic health physiotherapy consultations for persons in rural and remote areas of Canada and beyond.

Greg Lehman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Greg Lehman
DC, MSCPT
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He has spent 2 1/2 years completing a MSc in spine biomechanics, 4 full time years in chiropractic college and seven years working as a researcher in exercise and clinical biomechanics. After working for several years spent an additional 2 years obtaining a MSc in Physiotherapy.

Following his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Greg was awarded the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Gold Medal for highest academic performance in Kinesiology.

As a faculty member at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College he developed a research program that produced more than 20 publications on exercise biomechanics, golf fitness andthe science of manual therapy and has taught more than 25 graduate students in Spine Biomechanics and Research Instrumentation and supervised more than 50 students and 20 undegraduate research theses.

Sanjeev Bhatia Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sanjeev Bhatia
PT, MBA
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Originally a physiotherapist, Sanjeev Bhatia spent 10 years being at the forefront of running and growing one of the largest network of rehab clinics in Canada and, more recently, served as the VP, Operations for Myodetox - one of the fastest growing rehab companies in the world reaching millions of people via social media each month.

In the first half of his business and technology career, Sanjeev spearheaded the design and development of a proprietary practice management software as well as its associated technologies. As such, he has worked with hundreds of clinic owners, therapists, front desk staff, managers, and executives to understand how they work, master how to implement change in the business, and ensure staff “buy-in".

Currently, Sanjeev works as a rehab technology advisor, is co-founder of CallHero, and facilitates working sessions each week with clinic owners across the country to implement the ultimate blueprint on running a clinic - aligning patient experience and operations with revenue growth strategies

Ben Cormack Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Ben Cormack
PT
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Cor-Kinetic Owner & specialist Ben has a passion for getting people moving and using and understanding movement as an important tool to help others. Originally from a fitness background, Ben has gone on to study Sports therapy and widely in the fields of rehabilitation, pain science and movement over the last 15 years. Ben owns and runs Cor-Kinetic, an educational company who use modern research into pain, movement and neuro sciences to provide a reasoning process and rehab skills to those who also place a priority on using movement and exercise as key competencies. Cor-kinetic have provided educational services for the NHS, Elite level sports clubs and universities as well as individual physio’s, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, sports therapists, rehab, and personal trainers.
Maggie Bergeron Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Maggie Bergeron
RPT, Co-Founder & CEO of Embodia
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Maggie Bergeron is a registered physiotherapist who received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2009 after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa. Maggie co-founded Embodia in 2014 to modernize the patient experience and to provide a simple, easy way to take continuing education courses to all physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners, regardless of their location, budget or area of practice. She is also the host of HealthTO - a health technology event that brings together 200 health tech enthusiasts bi-monthly to network, learn, and collaborate. She has been an invited speaker at Universities, technology symposiums and healthcare conferences across Canada. Maggie currently serves as a mentor, placement host and holds a Status-Only Appointment (lecturer ranking) with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Dean Elterman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Dean Elterman
MD, MSc, FRCSC
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Dr. Dean Elterman will review the latest in non-invasive and surgical treatments for common bladder conditions such as stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. Dr. Dean S. Elterman completed his medical degree followed by residency in urologic surgery at the University of Toronto. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2011. Dr. Elterman completed a two-year fellowship in Voiding Dysfunction, Neuro-Urology, Female Urology and Pelvic Reconstruction at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.· Dr. Elterman has worked in the areas of men’s health and survivorship at the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre. He completed his Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Elterman is a member of several professional societies including the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, the International Neuromodulation Society, and the International Society of Men’s Health.
Pelvic Health Solutions Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Solutions

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Pelvic Health Solutions is an evidence-based teaching company that was founded in 2010 by Nelly Faghani and Carolyn Vandyken, out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario, an under serviced health concern in this province. Since the inception of our teaching company, pelvic health physiotherapy has blossomed from a handful of physiotherapists to well over 300 therapists now rostered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists. Pelvic Health Solutions provides continuing education courses for a variety of practitioners, including mentoring and clinical resources for therapists to utilize with their patients. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, biopsychosocial resources to patients and health care practitioners for the assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad.
Yonah Krakowsky Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Yonah Krakowsky
MD, FRCSC
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This talk will explore the diagnostic workup and medical/surgical management of patients with vulvodynia. Yonah Krakowsky completed his medical school and urology residency at the University of Toronto. Following the he completed a fellowship in sexual medicine and surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is currently on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and Women's College focusing on male and female sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Jessica Drummond Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Jessica Drummond
DCN, CCN, PT
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Jessica will discuss how optimizing digestive function, nutrient dense nutrition, stress management, and optimal sleep can support clients to reach their pain relief goals in an empowered way. We will discuss how the collaboration between a functional nutrition approach and a physical therapy approach is optimal for women with pelvic pain conditions including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis (IC), vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and constipation. She is the founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare. Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Dr. Colleen McDermott Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Colleen McDermott
MD, MSc, FRCSC
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Dr McDermott is full-time medical staff in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals (re-located January 2017 from her full-time position in the Division of FPMRS at St Michael’s Hospital that she has held since 2008). She completed medical school at the University of Toronto and FPMRS Fellowship training at Indiana University. She has two Masters degrees: Pathology (McGill University) and in Clinical Research (Indiana University). Her Research interests are primarily in clinical research related to surgical and quality of life outcomes in pelvic floor disorders.
Kathryn Flanigan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kathryn Flanigan
NP-PHC, BScN MN
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Kathryn works as a nurse practitioner at Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team in Kitchener Ontario. She has Level 1 certification for physical therapy rehabilitation for men and women with urinary incontinence. She also facilitates a group for men and women over age 75 called “Gotta Go: But Only When You Want To”, that teaches behaviour modification and pelvic floor exercises to seniors.
Tania Obljubek Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tania Obljubek
BScPT , MLD
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Tania is extremely deserving of our PHS Spotlight. She is by far one of the most modest people I have ever met. She is a brilliant individual with a wealth of knowledge in many areas. She graduated with a BSc from Lakehead University and a physical therapist degree (BScPT) from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a clinical lecturer position at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Tania has worked at Women’s College Hospital for 19 years. She started the pelvic health physiotherapy program at the hospital. When the program closed after returning from maternity leave, Tania moved o to Women’s cancers, specifically breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema and seniors health. She has worked in many areas of the hospital including pre and post natal, osteoporosis, PCOS, chronic disease management and wound care. Tania also has a faculty position at the University of Toronto and lecturer both at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. She has been working in the area of geriatrics for 10 years.
Marie-Josée Forget Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Marie-Josée Forget
BScPT, Cert. MDT.
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She has 18 years of clinical experience as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and began pursuing post-graduate studies in Pelvic Health in Canada and the USA in 1997 (see list below). She provides continuing education for physicians, nurse practitioners and other health practitioners and has been a regular speaker at the Physio North conference. She was honoured when asked to join Pelvic Health Solutions as an Associate Instructor since 2011 and currently teaches the Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Courses and the Level I, II, IV courses. She had the pleasure of speaking at her first International conference, in February 2015, for the Combined Section Meeting of the APTA with her teaching colleague, Carolyn Vandyken. Marie-Josée co-owns Gateway Physiotherapy Center in North Bay and operates a satellite pelvic health clinic in New Liskeard.
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Karen Brandon
DSc PT WCS BCB-PMD
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Dr. Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy to further her interest in research and clinical teaching. She was part of freshman class of Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists in 2009. She divides her time now by teaching quarterly course work at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working as a Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana CA where she is the Regional Clinical Practice Coordinator for Pelvic Rehabilitation for 15 large hospital based clinics. She enjoys staying connected with other professionals by serving as the Southwest Regional Representative to the American Physical Therapy Association for Women’s Health, and a site coordinator for Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Group of Southern California. She has presented posters and platform lectures at international interdisciplinary meetings for groups such as IPPS, ISSWSH, and national groups such as APTA, AUGS and AAGL. She served as an item writer and an exam content expert for the ABPTS Board Examiners. Recently she co-edited a journal edition in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation focused on sexual health in seniors. She is guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Riverside and Los Angeles.
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Sandy Hilton
DPT
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Sandy graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) in 1988 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in December 2013. Sandy teaches Health Professionals and Community Education classes on returning to function following back and pelvic pain, and co-teaches Advanced Level Male Pelvic Floor Evaluation/Treatment for Entropy Physiotherapy as well as Neurodynamics and Sensory Integration for Pelvic Pain and a Practical Application of Pain Science course with Pelvic Health Solutions. Sandy’s clinical interest is chronic pain with a particular interest in complex pelvic pain disorders for men and women. Sandy is also pursuing opportunities for collaboration in research into the clinical treatment of pelvic pain conditions. Sandy has co-authored two papers, 2 book chapters and "Why Pelvic Pain Hurts" a patient focussed book.
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Mark Milligan
PT, DPT, CERT TPS, OCS, FAAOMPT
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Dr. Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, is an orthopedic manual therapist that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal spinal conditions and is Board Certified in Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion (EIM). He is a full-time clinician. Dr. Milligan serves as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at South College and The University of St. Augustine. Dr. Milligan is also primary faculty for Trigger Pint Dry Needling Courses and Musculoskeletal Courses for EIM. Mark has presented at numerous state and national conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the TPTA, APTA, and AAOMPT and is current the Capital Area District Chair for the Texas Physical Therapy Association and has great interest in governmental affairs.
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Kathryn Schopmeyer
DPT, CPE, CSCS
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Kathryn Schopmeyer is a physical therapist and program coordinator for patients with complex persistent pain conditions. Dr. Schopmeyer currently works with an interdisciplinary clinical team and was integral in creating an accredited intensive outpatient pain rehabilitation program for US Veterans in San Francisco. Dr. Schopmeyer is actively involved in driving practice changes via national and regional workgroups for the VA. In 2013, she became a Certified Pain Educator through the American Society of Pain Educators. She has created and presented many educational modules to facilitate better understanding of pain neurophysiology for patients and clinicians, and has presented at both regional and national pain management conferences. Dr. Schopmeyer’s primary goals in her clinical work include: fostering active patient engagement, coaching and training behaviors that promote self-care, and teaching people to re-engage in life despite persistent pain. She believes that Education is Therapy and movement is the best medicine.
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Keith Waldron
PT, DPT.
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Keith is a physiotherapist in the state of New York in the United States. He initially obtained his Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 and later returned to academia where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. Over the course of the last 17 years, he has worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools, outpatient clinics, and home care. Since 2012, he has provided physiotherapy care exclusively in the home, working jointly with skilled nursing, occupational therapy, and medical social service professionals to comprehensively address the patient’s medical and social needs. His objective is to provide quality physiotherapy care in the home when insurance regulations cease to cover traditional home services.
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Tim Beames
MSc, BSc(Hons), MCSP
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Tim is a chartered physiotherapist with an interest in complex pain problems and the effect that this can have on someone's ability to function in their daily life and their general wellbeing. Tim graduated from Brunel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. His interest in pain was stimulated by a reflection that more could be done for people with persistent pain problems and many hours of reading whilst commuting in London. This led to him undertaking a Master of Science degree in Pain: Science and Society at King's College London. He teaches post-graduate courses for healthcare professionals in the UK, Europe, America and Australia both independently and for the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) - a progressive and dynamic group of educators. These courses include Graded Motor Imagery and Explain Pain both of which have strong research to endorse their approach for helping people with pain. Tim is also the co-author of the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook alongside Lorimer Moseley, David Butler and Tom Giles. Tim is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences on pain related topics.
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Karen Davis
Ph.D.
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Dr. Karen Davis is a Neuroscientist whose lab investigates the brain mechanisms underlying chronic pain, pain-attention interactions, how the brain responds to traumatic injuries, plasticity associated with treatment and recovery, and the individual factors that contribute to disease vulnerability and recovery. Dr. Davis has given over 100 invited lectures and published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and is Heads of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Dr. Davis sits on the CIHR Advisory Board for the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, the Scientific Advisory Council of Brain Canada, and is a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Davis was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2009.
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Mark Bishop
B.Phty, Ph.D.
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Mark Bishop received his entry-level training in Australia and has more than 25 years of experience working in the management of Musculoskeletal pain conditions. His research examines the Neurobiology of pain development and management to identify potential mechanisms that 1) explain the transition from acute to chronic pain and 2) mechanisms of conservative care for pain. This work has been recognized with numerous research awards. His teaching portfolio covers DPT, residency and fellowship, and graduate coursework nation wide and has been recognized with awards from the FPTA, and Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.
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Sharna Prasad
PT
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Sharna is PT with 31 years of clinical experience in treating Chronic Pain. She currently works at Lebanon Community Hospital which has been named the “Pain Mecca” by Oregon Physical Therapy Association. There she co-leads the Movement, mindfulness and Pain Science (MMAPS), an innovative outpatient group pain program, while continuing to see complex persistent pain patients individually. Ms. Prasad is passionate about pain and pain education at all levels and has received grant funding to develop a pain curriculum for high school health classes. She is also a volunteer member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Opioid Health communication and social marketing campaign. At a grassroots level, Sharna is a co-founder of the Mid Valley Pain Alliance, which is a regional collaboration between community members and healthcare clinicians.
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Maxi Miciak
Ph.D, BScPT, BPE
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Maxi Miciak has completed her doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta (UofA), Edmonton, Canada. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Alberta Innovates and UofA, serving as the inaugural Cy Frank Fellow in Impact Assessment. Her research focuses on operationalizing patient-centred care by developing, implementing, and evaluating care models that impact the patient-practitioner therapeutic relationship, including how health services and policies support this relationship. Her interest in this area developed over 13 years as a clinician working in private practice and on interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams supporting people with chronic physical conditions and psychological dysregulation. She is currently engaged in developing frameworks to evaluate research impact on informed decision making and the scale and spread of research and innovation in the health system. Maxi has published 6 peer reviewed papers and 3 invited articles for practice-related reviews. She has 6 juried presentations and has given invited presentations on therapeutic relationship in physiotherapy at national, provincial, and local conferences and professional seminars. During her doctoral studies, Maxi received scholarships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, UofA, and Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association as well as a Thesis Operating Grant from the Department of Physical Therapy, UofA.
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Antonio Damasio
Ph.D.
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Antonio Damasio is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. Damasio's work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems which underlie memory, language and consciousness. He directs the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which is dedicated to research on the crossroads of neuroscience, social science and the humanities. He received his M.D. from the University of Lisbon Medical School in 1969, and his Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon in 1974.
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Neil Pearson
MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500
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Neil is the founder and director of Neil Pearson Physiotherapist Corporation, which operates as life is now. He focuses on providing the knowledge and tools for effective pain self-management, through two avenues: Pain Care Education, and Pain Care Yoga. Neil works as a registered physiotherapist, and a certified yoga therapist in Penticton, BC, Canada. He is an educator: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, faculty with the BC Medical Association enhancing knowledge and clinical practice of primary care MDs, and a faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs. Near home, he is active in providing, and researching the effectiveness of group pain education within both primary and secondary pain care. Neil is the founding Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the first PT recipient of the Canadian Pain Society’s top honour for Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education.
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Bronnie Lennox Thompson
Ph.D.
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She trained as an occupational therapist, and graduated in 1984. Since then she continued to study at postgraduate level and her papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. Bronnie completed her Masters in Psychology in 1999, and started her PhD in 2007. One of her many passions is to help people experiencing chronic health problems learn to achieve their potential. She has worked in the field of chronic pain management, helping people develop ‘self management’ skills for 16 years. Many of the skills are directly applicable to people with other health conditions. Bronnie is also an educator, she offers an active knowledge of the latest research, integrated with current clinical practice, and communicated to clinicians working directly with people experiencing chronic ill health. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch Health Sciences and also offers courses, training and supervision for therapists working with people experiencing chronic ill health.
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Keith Meldrum
Patient
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As this year's patient panelist, Keith's open up about his experience on suffering chronic pain over decades. Keith Meldrum is an amazing human who has lived with chronic pain for nearly 32 years, following a serious single vehicle motor vehicle crash in 1986, in central British Columbia, Canada. Since a car accident that put him through an emergency surgery, Keith has required multiple follow up surgeries over the years suffering from persistent pain. After trying different nerve block injection treatments to manage pain, in 2005 Keith was deemed to be a candidate for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) program at a leading hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SCS for abdominal pain is not common as it is most effect for limb pain. The SCS helped Keith manage his pain and was is introduction to pain science and the biopsychosocial model. The SCS was effective until it had to be replaced in late 2015 and since then it has not been effective. After a few revision surgeries, the pain specialists determined that he will best be served by a new SCS technology that is available in the United States, but has not yet been approved in Canada. Keith is a Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Kelowna Fire Department and is responsible for Communications and Emergency Management.
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Kira Stoops
Patient
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Kira Stoops has been many kinds of pain patients—a pediatric one, when her headaches started at age six. A chronic but active one, when she skied, hiked, backpacked and ski-toured through her 20s. And a severe one, when a nasty neck snap refused to resolve in her early 30s, leaving her unable to even go to the grocery store without overwhelming pain. Before discovering a biopsychosocial framework, she’d been MRI’d, Rolfed, massaged, physical therapied, injected, needled, chakra-aligned, counseled, supplemented, chiropracted, muscle-activated, medicated, rollered, Egoscue’d, Sarno’d, and more. Since then, she's muddled through more clinical papers than any state school art major should attempt, spearheaded a Facebook support group for similarly science-minded patients, and is currently taking a massive sabbatical to question everything she knows and rebuild a life with more SIMs than DIMs.
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Kim Hall
PT
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Founder & Director of Physio2U, Kim graduated with honours as a physiotherapist from Queen’s University in 2005 with extensive experience in acute care, Orthopaedics and stroke recovery, Kim decided to help people who needed rehabilitation the most due to their limited mobility. She created a unique model of physiotherapy service provision including one-hour, 1:1 sessions that include hands-on-treatment, education and exercise prescription based on movement pattern retraining. The Physio2U approach appreciates and understands that the clinician-client relationship is fundamental to recovery and feeling better. She is an active member of the provincial Arthritis Continuing Education (ACE) Network, national Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA), Physiotherapy Association of BC and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In April 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the College of Physical Therapists of BC.
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Laura Desveaux
PT, PhD
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Laura is an implementation scientist focused on policy-oriented evaluations of complex health interventions to ensure that new approaches to care actually solve some of our biggest challenges within the healthcare system. Her research involves partnerships to ensure that key players in the system are involved in supporting local and system level change. Key partners include the Digital Health Secretariat of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario Telemedicine Network and Cancer Care Ontario, as well as several technology start-ups. As part of this work, she is focused on advancing scientific methodologies to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving nature of technology. In addition to her research, Laura is passionate about leadership and innovation, and the intersection between the two. She is the founder of the Women's Leadership Network- an interdisciplinary network committed to the development and advancement of women leaders across the health sector. Her hope is that these efforts will support women in their pursuit of career advancement and system leadership.
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Embodia is Canada's largest online education learning platform for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals. We believe that learning is an ongoing process and the best way to remain passionate and effective as a practitioner is to open yourself up to new techniques, methods and beliefs. Embodia gives you all the accredited continuing education you need to stay up to date on the latest treatments and advances from the comfort of your own home. Increase compliance and minimize patient discharge with the Home Exercise Program app and an all-star line-up of instructors that will teach you the business side of being a successful PT so you can accelerate your career to become a well respected, in demand, and well paid PT who patients love.
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Jessica Bergevin
PT
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Jessica Bergevin has over ten years experience teaching Pilates and evidence-based exercise. She currently practices as a physiotherapist and Physiopilates instructor at Synergy Physiotherapy + Pilates in Halifax Nova Scotia. Jessica is the mother of two young girls and strives to be a valuable resource in the pre- and post-natal community. Her academic background is comprised of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Physiotherapy from Queens University. She has advanced training in pain science, pelvic health, diastasis rehabilitation, and sports injuries. Jessica serves as a board member for the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. At the national level, she assumes the role of Public Relations Co-Chair for the Women’s Health Division of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association. CPA member since 2011.