The Pain Science Division is a special interest group of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association that serves physiotherapists who have an interest in better understanding and managing pain and in connecting with likeminded clinicians, educators and researchers.


Janet Holly, BHSc, PT, MSc


Janet is a Clinical Specialist in Pain Science with 27 years of experience in complex pain. As a Clinician Researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, she gets to explore the use of virtual reality as a treatment for CRPS. She also has an interest in the use of big data analytics to study the 'language of the autonomic nervous system,' and has benefited greatly by partnering with engineers. She has participated in the International Association for the Study of Pain CRPS COMPACT group and Physiotherapy Alberta's Chronic Pain Working Group. She is a member of the International Research Consortium for CRPS. She loves to teach both phsyiotherapy students and physiotherapists from across the country.

Most importantly, Janet enjoys spending time with friends and family, kayaking, camping, hiking, and traveling.


Arthur Woznowski-Vu, PT, PhD(c)


Arthur Woznowski-Vu is a registered physiotherapist from Montreal, QC. He is actively involved in both clinical practice and research. As a clinician, Arthur has been working in private practice since completing his MSc(A)PT at McGill University in 2013. He completed over 20 professional development courses within his first couple of years of practice in order to rapidly advance his clinical expertise, with a special interest in applying pain science in physiotherapy. In 2016, Arthur started a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. His thesis focuses on persistent musculoskeletal pain and biopsychosocial indices of sensitivity to physical activity. Arthur has been awarded multiple local and university-level doctoral scholarships, as well as prestigious federal and provincial doctoral training awards - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé (FRQS); Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST). Despite starting a PhD, Arthur has kept some part-time clinical hours due to his belief in the bi-directional value that research and clinical practice contribute to one another.

Arthur believes that pain science has a very important, yet undervalued, role to play in the daily clinical practice of most physiotherapists; but, conversely, he also believes that physiotherapy clinicians’ work experience and insights have a very important, yet undervalued, role to play in the conduct of pain research. Using an approach based in collaboration and inclusiveness, Arthur aims to promote both evidence-based practice and practice-based research for the benefit of helping physiotherapists help people living with pain.

Outside of the world of pain science and physiotherapy, Arthur is a proud husband and father, as well as an avid martial artist.


Vanitha Arumugam, PT, PhD


Vanitha is an internationally trained physiotherapist; she graduated from the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical Univresity in Chennai, India, with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2007), followed by a Master of Physiotherapy (2009). She completed her PhD in Western University in the field of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (2016) based from Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) at St. Joseph Health Care in London, Ontario.

Vanitha`s research focuses on evidence-based practice among health professionals involved in pain management. She currently practices at St. Joseph Health Care in the chronic pain clinic, and she is also a certified pelvic health therapist. She volunteers with Wheel Dance Canada participants and is a certified Wheel Dance Classifier. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and loves to explore multiple cuisines. She believes holistic well-being is crucial to optimal health. She is excited to be a part of the PSD and hopes that it will be a learning and growing experience.


Patrick Ippersiel, PT, M.Cl.PT, PhD(c)


Patrick Ippersiel, BSc (PT), MPT, PhD(c), is a physiotherapist with 10 years of clinical experience working in private practice. He completed his Bachelor's at McGill University (2007) and his Clinical Master's at Curtin University in Western Australia (2011). Over time, Patrick developed an interest in managing persistent low back pain and is currently undertaking a PhD which explores the relationship between low back pain, movement, and psychological factors. Since 2016, he has been a sessional lecturer in McGill's Physical Therapy Program, assisting with multiple courses in the curriculum.


Tori Etheridge, BKin, MPT

Knowledge Translation Committee Representative

Tori Etheridge (Arca) is a registered Physiotherapist who is an active member of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with her Masters of Physiotherapy and her Bachelor`s of Kinesiology. She currently holds the position of Rehabilitation Supervisor for the Surrey Neuroplasticity Clinic and will begin her position as a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC in July 2019.

Tori is a certified Vestibular Therapist with a special interest in concussions, chronic pain and vestibular disorders. She is passionate about patient engagement and empowerment, and has contributed educational pieces for PABC, UBC, Pain BC and the BC Balance and Dizziness Association.

Tori has clinical experience working in public healthcare, private practice and neurological research. She has also participated in global health initiatives by travelling to Uganda, Africa, with UBC`s Sustainable Orthopedic and Trauma Group. Tori plans to continue collaborating and promoting evidence-based practice through her role as a knowledge translator for the Pain Science Division. She is excited for the opportunity to grow and learn from those around her.


Kalli Frisell, MScPT

Newsletter Editor

Kalli Frissell is a newly registered physiotherapist, who currently lives and works in Red Deer, Alberta. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Business at Western University in 2015, Kalli decided to shift gears to pursue a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. She is a strong advocate for the use of therapeutic yoga and midfulness practices within physiotherapy treatment as methods to aid in reduction of fear of movement and promotion of autonomic balance, among additional health benefits.


Kyle Vader, PT, PhD Candidate


Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist in an interprofessional chronic pain program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Science Program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Kyle’s doctoral thesis is focused on team-based primary care for the management of chronic low back pain. He is currently supported by a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral Award (CGS-D) awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Prior to his doctoral work, Kyle earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from McMaster University.