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.


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.


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.


Pavlos Bobos, PT, PhD(c)


Pavlos Bobos is a Doctoral Candidate at Western University. He is enrolled in Western's Bone and Joint Institute and he is conducting his research at Roth | McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, Ontario. Pavlos graduated from the University of Athens in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Sports Science, with a specialization in Biology of Exercise. in 2015, he graduated from the School of Physical Therapy at the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece. He completed his Master's degree at Western University in 2016. Pavlos also graduated from the Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapy Bridging Program at the University of Toronto in 2018.


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.