Dr. James Makokis
Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. He is one of Canada’s most accomplished experts in a variety of fields, including those in and outside of the Indigenous culture. Few individuals can offer such a diverse and unique perspective on issues related to First Nation Communities, TRC Calls to Action, Health, Wellness, Medicine, Two Spirit, LGBTQ2, Indigenous Culture, History, Equality, and Social Programming. His perspective is one that benefits all Canadians. Dr. James Makokis has maintained his cultural beliefs and spiritual practices in all areas of his life. Dr. Makokis’ strong connections to preventative health, spirituality, and Two-Spirit perspective has helped him save lives within the LGBTQ2 and First Nation communities. He also leads one of North America’s most progressive and successful transgender-focused medical practices. He is one of the few physicians in Canada who facilitates the wellness of transgender people through supporting hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. James Makokis holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences, a Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition, and a Doctorate in Medicine. He also received certification from the Aboriginal Family Medicine Training Program. Dr. Makokis is down to earth, genuine, empathetic, sincere, honest, and highly knowledgeable, giving him the ability to understand the different challenges that individuals and organizations face from multiple perspectives. He offers strategic advice for organizational and personal development. He is a leader and well-known expert within the Indigenous, LGBTQ2, and medical communities. Dr. James Makokis has also had a wide range of unique experiences, from traveling alongside former Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a diplomatic mission to Brazil to working with Dr. Patch Adams in the Amazon Jungle. He also served as the Spokesperson for the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s Role Model Program.
Dr. James Makokis is an active volunteer, activist, and consultant. He currently serves on several boards, including the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto and McEwan University’s Indigenous Advisory Council. He was formerly the co-chair of the inaugural Indigenous Wisdom Council of Alberta Health Services, Director of the Board of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), he revived and led the Two-Spirit Circle of Edmonton Society, and served in the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. Dr. Makokis is also the recipient of the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Special Youth Award. This is the highest formal recognition bestowed upon an individual from Indigenous communities. He and his partner, Anthony Johnson who is also Two-Spirit and has a similar story to Dr. Makokis, were recently crowned the Season 7 winners of the Amazing Race Canada. They can present on multiple topics together and showed Two-Spirit resilience, teamwork, and strength, while showing the world new perspectives on LGBTQ2 and First Nation peoples.
As a doctor, national presenter, and proud member of the LGBTQ2 and First Nation community, Dr. James Makokis offers a truly unique perspective when audiences hear his story. His humorous presentations allow audiences to connect to a genuine and authentic character. Every Canadian needs to hear his story in order to discover a meaningful role in the Reconciliation process. We are all very fortunate to be able to listen to Dr. James Makokis and his solutions for our country. He is one of Canada’s most unique experts for multiple organizations and institutions.
Dr. F. Gigi Osler, BSc (Med), MD, FRSC
Dr. Osler is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba, and a dedicated advocate for equity and diversity, physician wellness, global health, and virtual care.
She is Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum, President-Elect of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, 2nd Vice President-Elect of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Regional Secretary for North America and the Caribbean, International Federation of ORL Societies.
As the 2018-2019 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President, Dr. Osler had a profound impact in raising the profile of equity and diversity, both within the profession and the CMA itself. She led the CMA’s involvement in several equity and diversity initiatives, which led to the development of the CMA’s first-ever policy on equity and diversity in medicine. More generally, as the self-described first female surgeon and woman of colour to serve as CMA President, she has been an inspiration to medical women across Canada.
In her leadership roles, she has fostered engagement with physicians and allied health care professionals across Canada and the world. She has been awarded the Doctors Manitoba Health or Safety Promotion Award, a University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada May Cohen Equity, Diversity, and Gender Award. She has been named to The Medical Post’s 2021 Power List, one of Canada’s 2019 Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, a CMA Physician Changemaker, and to the Canadian Women in Global Health List.
Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier
Throughout her career in business management and psychology, Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier has spearheaded a national dialogue on the crucial issues of leadership resilience and workplace health. Drawing on her extensive background in corporate, insurance, governance, and public sectors, she brings national and international perspectives and expertise on mental health and resilience as a key pillar of overall health. She is a bilingual practicing psychologist with over 20 years of experience in clinical, counselling, and advisory workplace psychology and holds a Ph.D. in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business. Marie-Hélène is a Member of the Global Clinical Practice Network of the World Health Organization and past Director on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has presented and authored and co-authored several industry and academic publications and has won numerous academic and industry awards, including the Industry Leadership Award from Benefits Canada.
Stephanie Lurch is a changemaker. She is a contemporary physiotherapist and educator who resists the traditional and, in doing so, stimulates critical thinking. She is a leader, educator, clinician, advocate, storyteller, and humanitarian who is a powerful example of how physiotherapists can give voice to some of the biggest issues facing our patients and our planet. She is adept at finding solutions that will help people thrive.
Aiming to bridge the gap between academia and practice, Stephanie has worked across multiple settings in the health care and education sectors, leveraging her Master of Education and Bachelor of Physical Therapy degrees. She currently is the Leader: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Accountability in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, is a paediatric physiotherapist with the York Catholic District School Board, spearheads educational innovations with the Ontario Internationally Educated Bridging Program (OIEPB), designs and implements neuroscience curriculum for the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto, governs on the Board of Directors at Flemingdon Health Centre, and is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She has served as an examiner for the Physiotherapy National Exam and is a peer reviewer for the provincial College. Her past achievements include, but are not limited to, co-authoring the Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada (2017), collaboratively leading the Anti-Black Racism Accreditation Task Force, which informed the revision of equity-driven accreditation standards for the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC), working with the Cirque du Soleil, and providing thought leadership to both learners and key opinion leaders. She is the mother of pre-teen twin boys who are her "raison d'être" and who give her a reason to stand up for something much larger than herself.
Enid Graham Panel
Attend the Enid Graham Panel discussion, where Enid Graham Memorial Award recipients discuss the future of physiotherapy.
- Dr. Michel Landry
- Dr. Sandy Rennie
- Alison Hoens
- Hilary Crowley
- Dr. Mindy Levin
- Dr. Marilyn MacKay-Lyons
- Dr. Liz Harrison
- Molly Verrier
- Dr. Susan Harris
Facilitated by: Viivi Riis, President, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
The Enid Graham Memorial Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the CPA. Winners are awarded for their years of excellence in their profession.
2020’s Enid Graham Memorial Lecture Award Recipient, Dr. Michel Landry, PT, MBA, PhD, and his Enid Graham Memorial Lecture can be viewed here.
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.
Jennifer Allen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies, a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Her experience includes over ten years working in public and private settings in Canada, and in private, educational, and post-disaster/post-conflict settings internationally. Her work has taken her to Mexico, Nepal, Kuwait, and Iraq. In 2016, Jen worked for the International Organization of Migration as a Physiotherapist Trainer for four months in Nepal at a rehab centre for victims of the devastating 2015 earthquakes. Jen has also been involved extensively in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) for over twelve years in various roles including Chair and Past Chair of the Global Health Division, and as an Executive Member of the Division Chairs’ Committee. She is currently a Physiotherapist Delegate for the Emergency Response Unit of the Canadian Red Cross, and works in Alberta for the Worker’s Compensation Board and Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Joseph Anthony
Joseph Anthony, PhD, PT, is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. He is an experienced educator, teaching EPAs to pre-licensure and post-licensure health professionals, and has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters.
Flavia Ignacio Antonio received her BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, in 2006. In 2011, she received her MSc in Sciences from the Ribeirão Preto Medical School (FMRP–USP), São Paulo, Brazil, and, in 2016, she received her PhD from the same institution. Concurrent with research in women’s health physiotherapy, she operates in private physiotherapy clinical practice in Brazil for more than 11 years. Flavia moved to Ottawa in order to pursue research at the University of Ottawa. She is currently registered as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, under Dr. Linda McLean's supervision. Her research focuses on the nature of pelvic floor muscle involvement in dyspareunia; the outcomes of this research will help to develop new approaches to help women overcome their vulvar pain. Her discipline and research focus in women’s health physiotherapy, specifically research in physiotherapy methods of evaluation of and interventions for the female pelvic floor, resulted in nine published manuscripts so far. Among those, two papers were published in the Journal of Physiotherapy (IF:5.44), the highest impact journal in the field of Physiotherapy.
Natalie Bertrand graduated from the Physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2019. Since then, she has been working at a CBI clinic in Ancaster, treating patients who are private, MVA, WSIB specialty, and post-operative for total hip and knee replacement. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and reading.
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 in the Department of Physical Therapy. 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 University of Alberta and a modest not-for-profit physiotherapy pain program, in conjunction with the University of Alberta's Multidisciplinary Pain Centre.
Courtney Bridgewater is the Rehabilitation Engineer at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Laboratory. She is the RVR Operator. In that role, she has been involved in clinical care, as well as virtual reality research, for amputees, concussions, and big data analytics for the identification of the sympathetic activity across a variety of diagnoses. She has a Bachelor of Engineering, as well as a Masters of Science. In her spare time, she loves to teach dance.
Natasha Campbell is the Clinical Trials Manager at the Centre for Neurology Studies. Natasha holds an MSc in Neuroscience from McGill University, certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and was trained at the Montreal Neurological Institute’s Clinical Research Unit. Clinical research is one way to bring cutting-edge therapies to people who needed them yesterday, helping bridge the bench-to-bedside gap. Natasha’s mission is to connect patients to the latest advances in healthcare by facilitating clinical research in neuroscience, neuroplasticity and brain health.
Dr. Lisa Carlesso
Dr. Lisa Carlesso is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. A clinician for 25 years, her research aims to optimize outcomes for people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders by understanding the multi-dimensional nature of pain and how these complex relationships can enable a personalized approach to rehabilitation. Her current focus is on identifying pain phenotypes in people with knee osteoarthritis and how they may inform prognosis for total knee replacement and stratified conservative care for knee OA.
Anniken Chadwick graduated in 2007 with a BSc HONS in Physiotherapy (UK) and became a private practice pelvic health practitioner in BC. She is the owner of The Cheerful Pelvis, a pelvic health clinic in Vancouver, BC, and is passionate about decolonizing the working environment, both for her clinic staff and clients. Additionally, Anniken is an Allied Professional in Integrative Body Psychotherapy and is currently getting her master's - “Contemplative Inquiry in Educational Approaches” at Simon Fraser University, graduating in 2021. Her passion is in the critical analysis of the cultural and educational norms in physiotherapy, with the physical, mental, and spiritual health of physiotherapists (and patients) in mind.
Theodora Chan obtained her M.Sc. Physiotherapy from McMaster University. She works in a private practice in Ottawa and she is currently interested in pelvic health and orthopaedics.
Tory Crawford is a physiotherapist and MSc student at the University of Manitoba's College of Rehabilitation Sciences. As a physiotherapist who has worked extensively in public and private practice, Tory began a master's degree in her mid-career with hopes of researching factors that enable people to access rehabilitation services. Tory's research interests include health services research, primary care, and equitable access to outpatient rehabilitation. In conjunction with her MSc, Tory is currently completing an academic fellowship in health services research through the University of Manitoba's Department of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Vanina Dal Bello-Haas
Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PT, PhD, is a professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Vanina is a physiotherapist, educator, and researcher with extensive experience in the management of people with neurodegenerative diseases and older adults. She has diverse education scholarship interests, including professional issues, peer evaluation, and using technology to enhance engagement and learning.
Dr. Ryan D'Arcy
Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, Eng.L., is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex. He also holds Professorship appointments at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, where he serves as a BC Leadership Chair in neuroimaging and neurotechnology. He has published more than 245 academic works, attracted more than $85 million in competitive research and innovation funding, and has been recognized through numerous awards and distinctions (e.g., Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence and named as a KickAss Canadian). Dr. D'Arcy is a 3X TEDx speaker, who speaks frequently on brain health innovations around the world. Major career scientific advances include the discovery of white matter activation in functional MRI, the world's first VR simulator for neurosurgical training and planning, the development and deployment of the world's first brain vital sign framework, and the utilization of neuroplasticity in brain injury to drive recovery well beyond conventional limits. Dr. D'Arcy received a BSc (with distinction) from the University of Victoria, along with both MSc and PhD degrees in neuroscience from Dalhousie University (Killam Scholar). He did post-doctoral training in medical imaging physics at the National Research Council (NRC) Institute for Biodiagnostics and holds a professional engineering designation in neuroimaging and neurotechnology (Eng.L.). While with the NRC, he spent over a decade leading the development of Atlantic Canada’s biomedical imaging cluster before returning home to BC in 2012 to catalyze and co-lead the development of Surrey's Health and Technology District.
Dr. Laura Desveaux
Dr. Laura Desveaus is an implementation scientist whose scientific work draws on behavioural psychology and implementation science to conduct policy-oriented evaluations of complex health interventions that aim to optimize care. To achieve this, her team examines the process and mechanisms of change, as well as the contextual factors that characterize success (and failure). This approach provides insights into what works best for whom, and in what circumstance, and helps health system partners scale up successful solutions across the system. She completed her PhD (2015) and MScPT (2011) at the University of Toronto and brings her clinical perspective as a physical therapist to her scientific work. Laura is also the Executive Director of Women Who Lead - a non-profit network that equips women in the health care sector with the skills they need for career advancement and leadership roles.
Julia di Paolo
Julia Di Paolo, Reg.PT, is a pelvic health physiotherapist, co-author of Pregnancy Fitness (2018), author of The Labour and Birth Handbook (2016), international speaker, and guest lecturer at the University of Toronto's Physiotherapy Department. She has created and teaches courses on diastasis rectus abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction for health professionals. Working in private practice for over 20 years, she started in orthopaedics, with sports and spine injuries, and then evolved into women’s health; in particular, diastasis recti abdominis. For the last 10 years, her focus has been on the pelvic floor and its relationship to the rest of the body. You can find her at PhysioExcellence, her dedicated Women's and Pelvic Health clinic in Toronto, Canada, where she spends her days helping women prepare for birth, restore the abdominal wall, and cure incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.
Karen Dobbin graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1985 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. Her career centered on neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy, both in the public and private setting, over the following two decades. In 2010, her career focus shifted towards cancer rehabilitation after her personal experience with breast cancer. She enrolled in graduate school at the University of Manitoba and, in addition, diligently pursued extensive post-graduate training and certification in cancer rehabilitation, physical activity and cancer recovery, myofascial dysfunction, and lymphedema management. She is a certified lymphedema therapist, myofascial release therapist, cancer exercise practitioner, and an advanced cancer rehabilitation professional, providing rehabilitation for those with a cancer diagnosis. In 2013, Karen was the recipient of the TELUS-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Fellowship for the support of her graduate research and program development at CancerCare Manitoba. She received her Master of Science degree in 2014, after completing her research thesis with an emphasis on cancer rehabilitation. Since 2015, Karen has received grant funding from the CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba for the provision of physiotherapy, which includes a yearly three-month physiotherapy cancer rehabilitation program conducted in partnership with the University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba. Within this program, she is a clinical instructor at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences for master-level physiotherapy students. Karen is currently working in private practice and at CancerCare Manitoba and passionately provides cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management to improve the lives of those diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Allison Ezzat
Allison Ezzat is a physiotherapist and Research Fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Her main research focuses on the implementation of knee injury prevention programs and best-practice management strategies for knee osteoarthritis. She is also passionate about the role of physiotherapists as part of multi-disciplinary team-based health care.
Andrij Ferguson has over 10 years of clinical experience in private orthopedic settings, working with the general population as well as athletes from a wide variety of sports. He graduated from McGill University with a BSc in Physical Therapy in 2007, from Curtin University in Australia with a Clinical Master of Physical Therapy in 2011, and is currently a DSc.PT candidate at Andrews University in Michigan. Andrij has also gained valuable experience as a clinical instructor and sessional instructor with McGill University, as well as serving as the physiotherapy consultant for the College Français Longueuil Junior AAA hockey team since 2013.
Dr. Moni Fricke
Dr. Fricke has been with the University of Manitoba for over 20 years in a variety of roles, including teaching and administrative leadership, and most recently having been appointed the Director of the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. Building on her clinical experiences working in remote communities in northern Manitoba, Dr. Fricke earned her MSc and PhD degrees with a focus on rehabilitation issues in remote First Nations communities. Throughout her career, Dr. Fricke has been a strong proponent of the physiotherapist's role in interprofessional collaborative care, issues of health equity, and social accountability.
Nick is physiotherapist in London, ON deeply passionate about practice skills that don’t often get much attention. Skills like: genuine relationship building, communication, motivational coaching and deep listening to name a few. Without a doubt these are the true clinical superpowers that form the basis of successful client care. Name a more important skill. You may know Nick from his online healthcare platform @hannahmoves (yes, he is a Canadian celebrity). Here he regularly publishes content about clinical practice, health, pain and life in general. Nick is no stranger to ruffling feathers online and will happily defend what he values and views as most important to clinical life. Most recently he launched an 8-week clinical mentorship called Communic8 to explore his passions of education in service of his profession.
Elizabeth (Liz) Harvey
Liz is a physiotherapist and Senior Instructor at the University of Manitoba. She is also a PhD student and completed this work as part of her PhD studies.
Dr. Alison Hoens
Alison Hoens holds two positions - (1) Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker and Clinical Professor within the University of British Columbia's Department of Physical Therapy, and (2) Physiotherapy Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator at Providence Healthcare (PHC). She has facilitated partnerships in over 50 projects with more than 400 researchers, clinicians, decision makers, and patients, procuring more than $13 million in research funding and developed 22 resources and tools that have been accessed over 1/4 million times worldwide.
Janet Holly has 29 years in the management of complex pain (including specialized populations such as mTBI and pain; PTSD and pain) at the Ottawa Hospital as a Senior Physiotherapist. Her research interests as a clinician researcher include the use of virtual reality as a treatment modality for complex regional pain syndrome, as well as using machine learning to investigate sympathetic activation in PTSD, chronic pain, and mTBI. She is a clinical specialist in pain science, who informally mentors clinicians within her LIHN on complex pain, and is a clinician supervisor for physiotherapy students. She teaches nationally on complex pain. A recently completed project which she was a part of was the Alberta Physiotherapy Association and College's Chronic Pain Toolkit.
Patrick Ippersiel is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University. His work is studying the relationship between pain sensitivity, psychological factors, and movement in persistent low back pain. Patrick is a FCAMPT clinician with over 10 years of experience and is a sessional lecturer at McGill University in the Professional Master's program. He completed his BSc. in Physiotherapy at McGill University in 2007 and his Clinical Master in Physiotherapy at Curtin University in Australia. He is currently a part of the Executive for the CPA's Pain Science Division.
Emma Jack is a sport and orthopaedic physiotherapist and owns her own practice, Press Play Physiotherapy and Pilates, in London, ON. She is a graduate of McMaster University’s physiotherapy program and subsequently earned her Masters of Clinical Science in Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy. Emma also holds her Sport Physiotherapy Diploma, is a Fellow of the Academy of Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy, and is a lead therapist with the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team. Sounds pretty cool, right? While those accomplishments and credentials do bring a sense of pride, Emma also recognizes that many of those pursuits are ultimately what also left her feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and burnt out.
Her credentials may span two lines on a business card, but, in recent years, Emma has totally transformed her practice and her life in order to ensure that her career as a physiotherapist does not define her, but, rather, she gets to define what it means to her. She flipped the script on the traditional private practice model and found that in serving her needs first, she is able to serve her clients at a higher level. She feels passionate about sharing her journey so that those who identify with it know they are not alone. Everyone’s career path, goals, and needs are different and Emma is fuelled by helping other health care providers on their journey to personal and professional success.
Judy graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, ON, and has been presenting respiratory assessment and management courses provincially since 1999, and nationally since 2009. As a member of the Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) of the CPA, she has had ongoing involvement with national cardiorespiratory issues, including participation with the CPA Specialization pilot in 2010. In 2012, she achieved the Clinical Specialist designation for Cardiorespiratory; one of the first three PTs in Canada to successfully complete the program for this area. She has also continued her involvement with the program as one of the assessors. In December 2016, Judy was an invited participant to the national Cardiorespiratory Division's strategic planning day. In 2020, she was invited to present a national webinar as part of the CRD's COVID-19 education series, entitled Expand Your Respiratory Assessment - Blending Evidence and Experience With a Clinical Reasoning Focus. Participation in the CPA's Congress has been a strong interest, having last given a podium presentation at the 2018 Congress in Montreal entitled Physiotherapy Management of MRSA Pneumonia Sepsis in the ICU - The Evolution of a Multi-Modal Intervention Program. There has been an established connection with the Dalhousie University Physiotherapy program as one of their Adjunct Clinical Associates. This included a one-week invitation to assist in teaching the first-year Cardiorespiratory program in September 2018, with a focus to facilitate increased critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in respiratory assessment and management. In 2016, she graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland's Master of Employment Relations program, with the award for Academic Excellence. The fusion of best practice in physiotherapy and in managing employee issues has facilitated projects, such as clinical audits and regional collaboration on projects for enhancing clinical reasoning and more prescriptive interventions.
Dr. Judy King
Dr. Judy King is a physiotherapist and an associate professor in the Physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa. She also maintains a clinical position in the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Hospital. Her research program is focused on education, both patient education as well as education of physiotherapy students and physiotherapists. In 2019, Dr. King was awarded a three-year chair in University Teaching from the University of Ottawa to study Critical Thinking in an Era of (mis)Information. This award is in recognition of her excellence in teaching and strong research program.
Christina Y. Le received a BScKin (2009) and MScPT (2011) from the University of Alberta. As a physiotherapist, she frequently treats individuals with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Her clinical work and personal experience of sustaining an ACL injury motivated Christina to pursue research to better understand the consequences of a sport-related knee injury. Christina is currently a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on understanding the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of active youth following a sport-related knee injury. Health-related quality of life is a multifactorial construct that represents the physical, psychological, and social domains of health. Christina is interested in identifying how the HRQoL of active youth changes after a knee injury and what physical, psychological, and social factors may impact HRQoL. Ultimately, she aims to inform rehabilitation strategies that optimize long-term HRQoL. She has presented her PhD research at various local, national, and international conferences over the last five years. Christina receives funding support from The Arthritis Society and the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network.
Shannon was the first student to enroll in the Master of Physical Therapy and Doctoral (MPT/PhD) dual-degree at the University of British Columbia. She completed the MPT portion of the degree in 2016 and will be completing her PhD in 2021. Her research is focused on identifying functional brain characteristics during various walking tasks post-stroke. Throughout her PhD timeline, Shannon has worked part-time as a physiotherapist in private clinics, as well as a research therapist. She also teaches portions of the neuroanatomy/physiology and adult neurology courses within the UBC MPT program.
Riley graduated from the University of Toronto's Master of Science in Physical Therapy program in 2011. He began his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia after practicing for four years in neurological rehabilitation. In addition to overseeing a multisite clinical trial using robotics in stroke rehabilitation, Riley has coordinated several unique teaching projects in physiotherapy, including a pilot ‘Escape Room’ learning experience. Graduating in early 2021, Riley enters the post-PhD career search with the goal of taking his research and physiotherapy training into the health industry.
Dr. Crystal MacKay
Dr. Crystal MacKay is a scientist at West Park Healthcare Centre and Assistant Professor (status) in the Department of Physical Therapy in the University of Toronto. She is a physical therapist and health services researcher with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods. In her research, Dr. MacKay has examined the burden and impact of musculoskeletal conditions, outcomes of models of service delivery, and patients’ and health care providers’ perspectives on and experiences with musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis. Dr. MacKay also is a certified trainer for GLA:D™ Canada, an exercise and education program for people with osteoarthritis.
Katrina completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2019. She works in private practice in Ancaster and has a special interest in women’s health. As an avid runner and hiker, she enjoys helping patients return to the activities that they love.
Dr. Kevin Marryshow
Dr. Marryshow is a 2012 graduate of New York's Chiropractic College. He has been in private practice for eight years now and is currently the Acting Toronto Regional Director of Myodetox. Myodetox is a lifestyle therapy brand with multidisciplinary clinics across Toronto, Vancouver, and California. As a health care provider from the Black community, Dr. Marryshow has recognized the lack of representation of the BBIPOC community in therapy. Dr. Marryshow and his team at Myodetox have since launched the Myodetox Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program. This program’s purpose is to educate and create access that helps Black leaders in the therapy space create a better future.
Dr. Caitlin McArthur
Dr. Caitlin McArthur is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on improving the effectiveness of, and access to, rehabilitation for people living with chronic health conditions across the continuum of care, particularly home and long-term care. She is interested in fall and fracture prevention and improving functional mobility for clinically complex older adults. She completed her MScPT at the University of Toronto, and her PhD at the University of Waterloo with a specialization in Aging, Health, and Well-Being.
@PhysioKarim was born and raised in Mississauga, ON, from two amazing immigrant parents who came to Canada with just their shirts on their backs. Their tough nose and ethic hustle made Karim who he is today. Prior to physio, Karim was, and still is, a Behavioural Psychology Scientist. He’s a graduate of University of Toronto and carries with him over two decades of clinical experience. Karim’s special interests are dry needling and the business of rehab, specifically independent contracting and building brands. By day, Karim is a dry needling ninja and by night, a physiotherapy philanthropist. He is an international lecturer in advanced clinical therapeutics and practice management and the current Chair of the CPA’s Private Practice Division.
Jim has been a practising physiotherapist for 30 years. Jim was born and bred in London, ON, where he still resides and practices. Jim attended Western University, where he completed both a BSc (PT) and a MClSc (PT). Jim completed a clinical DPT in the USA in 2013. He has been a FCAMPT since 2000. Jim is an instructor in the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Master’s Program at Western University. He teaches the Mulligan Concept clinical courses with Jack Miller across Canada. Jim was an owner of Body Mechanics Physiotherapy in London for two decades. He is currently working for Lifemark Health.
Jim Millard is a strong advocate of all things biopsychosocial and mind, body, and spirit. He is passionate about how we communicate with our patients and has been involved in knowledge translation of these crucial foundational skills for the past decade. Jim feels our ability to connect with our patients is our most important asset as clinicians. These so called "soft skills" are the true hard skills in the delivery of compassionate care. Jim believes that personal development is professional development. He is a proponent of an infinite growth mindset. The importance of self-compassion and resilience to our own personal wellness is often neglected. We cannot give away what we don’t already have. Jim has recently expanded his professional profile to coaching and mentoring clinicians to assist them on their own growth and resilience journeys.
Outside of his clinical practice and teaching, Jim enjoys time with his wife, Kell,y and his family now spread out all over southern Ontario. When not writing poetry or songs, Jim can be found in the woods around London or up on the cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula transcending with awe in the mindful presence of nature.
Dr. Pat Miller
Pat Miller, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor (part-time) in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, where she teaches in the MSc Physiotherapy program, as well as the Master of Health Management program. Her research interests include professional practice issues, as well as interdisciplinary education and online learning.
Dianne Millette is the current Registrar and CEO of the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia. A physiotherapist by education, Dianne has spent much of her career working in health professions' regulation. She has a keen interest in advancing quality physiotherapy practice and has been very involved in activities such as the development of the core standards of practice, code of ethical conduct, quality assurance programs, and professional practice support. Dianne is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada, and the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulators. She served from 2014-2017 on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Dianne holds a MHSc-Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a current doctoral student in the Doctor of Science (Rehabilitation and Health Leadership) at Queen's University.
Brenda Mori is a physiotherapist and the Director of Clinical Education and Community Affairs at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the Education Scholars Program in the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Jeannine Noble, PT, MS, RMSK, received her Physical Therapy degree at the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. In the final semester of school, she was introduced to musculoskeletal ultrasound and found it to be a unique specialty in ultrasound that incorporated the anatomy background of physical therapy. Jeannine has performed too many scans to count in multiple specialty practices, including orthopaedic, physical medicine and rehab, and podiatry. She has conducted training for ultrasound manufacturers, as well as for private practices and large groups. She has worked on research projects at Midwestern University, A.T. Still, and various private entities.
Dr. Ethne Nussbaum
Ethne L. Nussbaum, PhD, MEd, BScPT, is an experienced clinician, researcher, and educator. She holds appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and Western University. She is an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network. Her research focuses on the basic science, mechanisms, and clinical effectiveness of EPAs with a special interest in soft tissue repair. Her work is widely published.
Jennifer O’Neil is a physiotherapist and PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Heidi Sveistrup, PhD. Her clinical and research focuses on improving accessibility of rehabilitation services for individuals who have experienced neurological trauma. Her current research is targeting the implementation of tele-rehabilitation to improve access to care, while focusing on community-based rehabilitation. Jennifer is also a part-time professor in the Physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa. She has important experience in global health and is currently the Knowledge Translation Representative at the Global Health Division of the CPA.
Dr. Lori O'Neill
Dr. Lori O’Neill, PT, DPT, is an owner of a cash-based private practice in Chapel Hill, NC, emphasizing a holistic, biopsychosocial physical therapy model for women during the childbearing years and "forever" postpartum. The majority of her 20+ years as a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist have been spent in clinical practice and community outreach, incorporating current evidence-based research with wisdom obtained from previously serving as a Lamaze Labor Support Specialist and DONA Certified Labor Doula. Lori has been a speaker for the Lamaze International Annual Conference, as well as a consultant for multiple childbirth education curriculums. She developed “Your PREGNANT & POSTPARTUM Body” series of free community-based pelvic health education classes for proactive and underserved populations within the North Carolina Triad. Lori earned a BA (Theology), MSPT, and DPT from Wheeling Jesuit University. In 1997, she became a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) Section of Women’s Health and maintains current associations with APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG), and International Alliance of Healthcare Educators Medallion Member (IAHE).
Arianne Simonne Paine
Simonne graduated from the M.Sc. Physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2019. She currently resides in Northwestern Ontario in the City of Dryden and provides physiotherapy in outpatient, inpatient, and home care environments. In her spare time, Simonne enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and baking.
Dr. Joanne Parsons
Dr. Joanne Parsons is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. Through her clinical career, Dr. Parsons has worked with many sports teams and at events as a therapist, including the Maccabi Games in Israel. Her PhD, completed at the University of Manitoba and funded by a CIHR Doctoral Research Award, focused on risk factors and prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injury in young female athletes. Her current research program looks at the use of resistance training activities to maximize health and performance, as well as decrease injury risk, across diverse populations. She is also involved with a group of like-minded colleagues who are investigating the effects of changes to publicly funded physiotherapy services on health and access inequities.
Sunil Pokhrel is a public health physiotherapist by profession and also alumni of the Erasmus Mundus, a prestigious scholarship of European Union. In a capacity of Rehabilitation Specialist of Handicap International, he supports the implementation and quality assurance of HI rehabilitation activities in Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal. Sunil brings the first class experience on integrating rehabilitation into the country's health system both in development and humanitarian context, and in close collaboration with the professionals, users, and government and UN agencies. He spearheaded to assist the Ministry Health in Nepal to develop the rehabilitation module for district health information system 2, and provided his rehabilitation technical stewardship in placing rehabilitation in health policies, humanitarian response plans and strategies. He is a present advisor and past general secretary of Nepal physiotherapy association. He has led the advocacy of rehabilitation in health clusters and its response in major natural disasters of Nepal such as 2015 Nepal’s earthquake and 2019 Windstorm disaster. He has an interest in rehabilitation diplomacy to forefront it as the key public health agenda.
Martine Quesnel is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Mentorship for the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program and an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has been practicing for 23 years. She is passionate about clinical education, mentorship, and neurological physical therapy practice.
Dr. Adria Quigley
Dr. Adria Quigley obtained her PhD in Health from Dalhousie University, during which she worked closely with Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities to study the feasibility and impact of yoga on cognitive and physical function among people living with HIV. Her clinical experience includes acute care, geriatric rehabilitation, long-term care, and outpatient neurotherapeutics. Dr. Quigley is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University, where she is testing an innovative approach to enhancing adherence to lifestyle interventions for people living with HIV.
Dr. Sandy Rennie
Dr. Sandy Rennie graduated with a diploma in Physiotherapy in 1972, followed by a one-year degree completion (BPT) in 1976 at the University of Alberta. He completed his MSc in 1985 (Physical Education) and PhD in 2002 (Educational Administration and Leadership) at the University of Alberta. He has been teaching electrophysical agents (EPAs) in entry-level Physiotherapy programs since 1981 and has provided continuing professional development courses and webinars in EPAs for over 30 years. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and a part-time professor in the Physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Eric Robitaille
Dr. Eric Robitaille, PT, PhD, is the physiotherapy team leader for 31 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Detachment Meaford at the Fourth Canadian Division Training Centre. Dr. Robitaille is a public service physiotherapist with 15 years of clinical experience, treating CAF members with neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, and 10 years of clinical research in the areas of musculoskeletal injury management and knowledge translation.
Dr. Lisa Saladin
Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Medical University of South Carolina. In that capacity, she serves as the chief academic officer of the university, directly reporting to the President. She has administrative oversight and leadership over all six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Profession, and Graduate Studies); the Hollings Cancer Center; the Offices of Research, Education, and Student Life and Gender Equity; and the MUSC Library. Prior to serving in this role, she was Dean of the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she has been a faculty member for the last 30 years. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Medical Rehabilitation (PT), a Master of Science in Anatomy from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in Physical Therapy from the Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Lisa has been an active participant in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 28 years and a strong advocate for the profession. She was elected to the APTA Board of Directors in 2008 and completed her term as APTA Vice-President in June 2018.
Lynn Schulte has been a pelvic health physical therapist for over 30 years and is the founder of the Institute for Birth Healing Inc. Her expertise is in diagnosing and treating issues and conditions experienced during pregnancy, labour, and in the postpartum period. After treating thousands of postpartum clients, Lynn discovered a common birth pattern that is created in the pelvis after birth and created techniques to effectively release these patterns that minimize pain and improve function. Due to the success rate from these techniques, Lynn has created holistic training programs for health professionals licensed to do bodywork. The courses are offered live, both in person and online, for Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant and Postpartum Body, and in-person only for the Advanced Treatment of the Postpartum Body course. Additional online courses are available for birth professionals; Confidence in Your Core, Pelvic Floor and More, and Facilitating a Smoother Birth and Faster Recovery. The Holistic Treatment courses can be taken individually or applied to the certification process to help birth professionals become Certified Birth Healing Specialists. The Professionals directory on the website with the practitioners who have successfully completed the courses is available as a support to moms. She has presented at Doula and Midwifery conferences, as well as for the Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH) in 2019. Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri.
Dr. Jay Shaw
Dr. Jay Shaw is a scientist at the Institute for Health System Solutions and the Virtual Care at Women's College Hospital, as well as Research Director of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Health at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He has a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He studies health innovation from social science perspectives and his work seeks to advance equity and social justice in health care.
Dr. Lisa Sheehy
Lisa Sheehy is a physiotherapist who graduated from McMaster University in 1992. She has worked in hospital and private clinic settings, including in geriatric and neurological rehabilitation. She returned to school in 2004 and completed her MSc and PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University in 2013. She has worked at Bruyère Research Institute since 2014, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow and now as a Research Associate. Her primary research area is the use of technology for rehabilitation.
Liris Smith is a mother of two and a physical therapist who has worked for almost three decades in rural/remote/northern practice and leadership. She is a PhD Health Sciences candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. Her presentation describes her research and experience working with older Métis adults to understand how they experience physical activity in northern Saskatchewan.
Malka Stromer is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer whose clinical skills were fostered at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Malka has spent the past 14 years of her career sharing her enthusiasm for sonography as a professor, first at her alma mater, Mohawk College, and then at Gateway Community College. She has authored a chapter in a sonography text and has won awards through the SDMS and the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. Malka has been working with interdisciplinary faculty at several universities to enhance their ultrasound knowledge and skills in order to integrate ultrasound into health care professional curriculum.
Anthony Teoli works as a physiotherapist in private practice at Action Sport Physio in Rosemere, QC. He is a PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. His research focus involves better understanding mechanisms of non-traumatic and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis initiation and progression, clinical outcomes and persistent pain in patients after total knee replacement, gait biomechanics, and knowledge translation. Anthony has presented his research and has presented on best practices for knee osteoarthritis at provincial, national, and international conferences. He assists with teaching at McGill University and provides a one-day course on knee osteoarthritis assessment and management across Canada. Anthony is also the founder and President of InfoPhysiotherapy, an online platform dedicated to facilitating knowledge translation and providing evidence-based lectures and courses for physiotherapists worldwide. In less than three years, Anthony has successfully built a brand and leveraged social media marketing to amass over 50,000 followers across InfoPhysiotherapy social media platforms. Anthony is also active professionally at the international level, sitting on the Communications Committee and the Rehabilitation Discussion Group Early Career Researchers Sub-Committee of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI).
Dr. Patricia (Patty) Thille
Patricia Thille, PhD, BSc(PT), is a sociologist and physiotherapist, who works as an Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Thille applies critical social scientific theories and a range of qualitative methodologies in her health services and health professions education research. Her work focuses on stigmatization, health behaviour change, and chronic disease management in primary care and rehabilitation settings.
Dr. Jacqueline van Ierssel
Dr. Jacqueline van Ierssel is a physiotherapist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her research focuses on functional outcomes and clinical decision-making regarding return to sport following a concussion, and she developed the Concussion Recovery Questionnaire (CORE-Q), a concussion-specific measure of the functional capacity. She is the founder of RTP Concussion and instructs nation-wide concussion management courses. She is an expert panelist for the ONF Pediatric Concussion Guidelines and expert consultant on WSIB mTBI Program of Care Guidelines. She has been a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto and is Past Chair of the CPA's Sport Division (Sport Physiotherapy Canada), Ontario Section.
Dr. Sandra Webber
Dr. Sandra Webber is a physical therapist and researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba. In her research, she frequently uses technology to provide objective measures of activity performance (what people do in their everyday lives in terms of physical activity and sedentary behaviour). She is also interested in studying educational issues relevant to physical therapy to ensure that future clinicians are able to meet the needs of the populations they serve.
Jessie Wong graduated from UBC and has been working in private practice as a physiotherapist since 2011. She is a partner of several Myodetox locations in Vancouver and is currently the Regional Director of Myodetox Vancouver. Jessie helps lead the operations and development in Vancouver with a team that is expanding to 100+. As a team leader, Jessie is passionate about representation and inclusion in the growing workplace.
Tanja is a BC physiotherapist (past PABC Board member), business leader, and Health and Technology Innovation Lead who works alongside Dr. D’Arcy and his team at HealthTech Connex in Surrey. She is also part of the clinical faculty at the Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic, which employs several other BC physiotherapists and, alongside them, is keenly involved in the research mandate of the adjoining Centre for Neurology Studies. She assists with identifying and qualifying emerging technological solutions and novel treatment approaches, supports research and development, and, ultimately, helps to facilitate clinical trials leading to adoption in a clinical environment, bringing these innovations to life for the clients we serve.
Christina (Tina) Ziebart
Christina (Tina) Ziebart is a registered kinesiologist and certified exercise physiologist, studying to become a physical therapist. She graduated her undergraduate and master’s from the University of Waterloo in Kinesiology. She is currently working on her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. In research, Tina has published several studies on exercise and posture in people with osteoporosis. She will continue her research in her PhD, gaining a better understanding of patient’s expectations related to exercise and through a randomized controlled trial on the effects of exercise, nutrition, and falls prevention for fracture prevention.