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Dr. Emma Stokes, World Physiotherapy
Dr. Emma Stokes is the head of the newly established Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University. She has worked in education for almost 25 years and is on leave from Trinity College Dublin, where she is an associate professor and fellow. Her research and teaching focus on professional practice issues for the profession. She has taught and lectured in over 40 countries around the world.
In 2015, she was elected to serve as President of World Physiotherapy. She was re-elected for a further four years in 2019. She has experience as a member and chair of boards in Ireland and internationally in diverse settings, including education, health, research, and regulation.
Dr. Michelle Kho, McMaster University
Dr. Michelle Kho is an associate professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. As a clinician-scientist, she also cares for patients as a physiotherapist from the Physiotherapy Department in the St. Joseph’s Healthcare ICU in Hamilton. She holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Dr. Kho is leading a clinical research program of very early in-bed cycling in mechanically ventilated patients to improve patient outcomes in collaboration with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Her research is funded by agencies, including the CIHR; Canadian Foundation for Innovation; Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; and the Canadian Frailty Network.
Dr. Michel Landry, Duke University
Michel D. Landry is a professor in the School of Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), and in the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina (USA). Dr. Landry spent seven years as division chief of the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, where he led an important rebuilding of the program that has now grown into one of the top physical therapy programs in the United States. Before leaving Canada, Mike spent a decade at the University of Toronto as a PhD student, post-doctoral fellow, and assistant professor. Prior to his academic career, he held clinical and senior management positions within the private rehabilitation sector in Ontario and within international humanitarian aid and development agencies. He is a health policy and health services researcher and has worked in a number of post-conflict and disaster settings with non-governmental organizations and the World Health Organization. He is also a past president of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a former career scientist at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and lectures widely on the political dynamics of rehabilitation in high, middle, and low income countries.
Ilana Ben-Ari, Twenty One Toys
Ilana Ben-Ari is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of Twenty One Toys. The company’s first product is The Empathy Toy, a 3D abstract puzzle that was originally designed with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to bridge the communication gap between visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool for empathic learning and creative education for people of varying ages and abilities. Already in thousands of schools, homes, and offices worldwide, it was featured in TIME magazine as one of the six new technologies shaping classrooms and offices of the future. Her new product, The Failure Toy, challenges the notion that failure is something to be feared and hidden and, instead, teaches us that failure is something that can be practised and developed as a skill. It surpassed its goals on Kickstarter and will start shipping in 2020. Ilana has won multiple awards, including C2MTL's Emerging Entrepreneur Award. She has spoken at TEDx and at conferences around the world and has been featured in the Guardian and the Independent, among others. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for a decade at studios in Montreal, Helsinki, London, and, most recently, Toronto.
Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.
Jennifer Allen holds a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies, as well as a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Her physiotherapy work experience includes over nine years of experience in orthopaedic and acute care settings. Jen's global health experience includes gender advocacy with the World University Service of Canada in 2008 in Ghana and she completed her final physiotherapy placement in Kenya with the Kenya Working Group in 2010. She lived in Mexico for 18 months from 2013 to 2014, where she worked as an instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at a private university, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). In 2016, Jen worked for the International Organization of Migration (IOM) as a physiotherapist trainer (seconded by AmeriCares) for four months in Sindupalchowk, Nepal, at a rehab centre for victims of the devastating 2015 earthquakes. In 2017, Jen worked as a physiotherapist for the Government of Nunavut for 10 weeks. Currently, she is working in the Middle East.
Angie Andreoli is a physiotherapist and Advanced Practice Leader at Toronto Rehab - UHN, supporting the integration of education, research, and best practice for best patient care. She has worked in the neurosciences for the last 20 years. Angie has her MSc from the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and is a lecturer at the University of Toronto's Department of Physical Therapy.
Laura Brunton completed a combined MPT/PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University. Since graduating, Laura worked as a community physiotherapist in Toronto and in early childhood rehabilitation at Alberta Children’s Hospital, in Calgary. Laura is an assistant professor at Western University's School of Physical Therapy. Her research focuses on exploring fatigue and pain experienced by individuals with cerebral palsy and possible relationships with physical activity. Laura is the current Chair of the CPA's Paediatric Division and will be the moderator for this session.
Jordan’s physiotherapy practice spans over 20 years in many practice settings. These have included high-profile sports injury clinics, where he treated professional and national team athletes, a clinic in a linear assembly plant at Lear Seating, to the complex and serious injuries found in the outpatient physiotherapy department at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Twenty years in, between all of these places, he has seen every bone you can break and every ligament you can tear. In 2008, he opened Momentum Physiotherapy Clinic in his neighbourhood of Riverside South, in the south part of Ottawa, delivering expert care to clients outside of the city core. In 2016, following his passion for sports and injury prevention in youth, he became a partner in Amped Sports Lab and Momentum Physiotherapy evolved into Amped Physiotherapy.
Dr. Pat Camp, PT, PhD
Dr. Pat Camp is a clinician-scientist at St. Paul’s Hospital and an associate professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. Her clinician-scientist appointment position is jointly supported by the University of British Columbia, Department of Physical Therapy, and the Providence Health Care Research Institute. Dr. Camp is a physical therapist with expertise in pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic lung disease, tele-rehabilitation, and Indigenous lung health. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Lung Association.
John Chan, PT, RAc, FCAMPT
John Chan has received his physiotherapy and acupuncture training in Hong Kong and Canada. He has been teaching acupuncture for more than 10 years. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). John is currently running his private practice office in St. Catharines and teaching the acupuncture course Evidence-based Approach to TCM at McMaster University. Currently, John is a registered physiotherapist and a registered acupuncturist in Ontario. He passed the licensing examination for the General Member category of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.
Amanda de Chastelain
Amanda was elected to the Board in June 2018. Her post-graduate education started at Queen’s University, from which she completed a BA in Life Sciences while working towards her bilingual BSc (PT) at l’Université d’Ottawa, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 1992. She then returned to Kingston, Ontario, working in various settings (hospital, University sports fields, mentoring students, and guest lecturing at Queen’s University) for several years prior to returning to academia, obtaining a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1998. Following some time working as a casual physiotherapist at the Rockyview and Alberta Children’s Hospitals, consulting for the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta, and a family move to the USA, she returned to Canada, re-certified and returned to work at the Alberta Children’s Hospital working full-time treating patients from many clinics, including orthopaedics, complex pain, oncology, and burns. She is passionate about physiotherapy and excited to serve on the Board to make a positive impact on the profession and its highly skilled members. Amanda is currently a member of the CPA Board Governance Committee, as well as the CPA Board Risk Committee. She is also a CPA Board Liaison to the National Student Assembly (NSA).
Wendy Coombs is the CEO and current owner of Momentum Health and Evidence Sport & Spine, a growing group of 11 inter-collaborative multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinics in Calgary, Alberta, offering physiotherapy, sport physicians, chiropractic, massage therapy, physiatry, sport and spinal medicine, psychology, acupuncture, athletic therapy, kinesiology, personal training, and retail goods. This includes clinics in the Calgary City Police Headquarters and the Alberta Ballet Company and School. She is on the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network Board and a mentor with Venture Mentorship Services of Alberta. She was the 2017-2018 president of the Calgary Entrepreneurs Organization and a current board member of EO Canada. She has two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta.
Susan graduated with a degree in physiotherapy in Glasgow, Scotland, before moving to Canada in 1991. In the years following graduation, she developed clinical knowledge and manual therapy skills in both public and private practice and has teaching experience as a sessional lecturer at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, UBC. In 2009, Susan joined two colleagues in opening a physiotherapy clinic in Vancouver's westside, British Columbia. Her primary focus was to attain the best clinical outcomes for each patient. Always curious about what's new in rehabilitation, Susan learned about personalized Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) rehabilitation. This evidence-based novel intervention is supported in the scientific literature by more than 160 peer-reviewed research articles. After becoming certified in BFR, she began implementing it into her clinical practice with impressive results. Finding the science behind BFR fascinating and recognizing its potential as a paradigm-shifting intervention in physiotherapy, Susan became involved in teaching certification courses throughout Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe. This role has led her to provide BFR training to the rehab teams working with the Canadian Military, Canadian professional sports teams, and numerous physiotherapy rehabilitation centres.
Laura is an implementation specialist and the founder of Women Who Lead, a grassroots women's leadership network created to inspire and equip emerging and established women leaders with the skills required for career advancement and leadership in health care. Her scientific work focuses on understanding what motivates clinician behaviour and what makes complex health interventions work (or not). She is clinically trained as a physiotherapist and completed her PhD at the University of Toronto.
Hana’s a first-year physiotherapy student at Western University. She is Canadian and of Arab ancestry. Having recently graduated with a MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Guelph, she was drawn to physiotherapy as a career where she can directly implement change in people’s lives through physical rehabilitation and health promotion. She’s excited to learn more about paediatrics and neuro-physiotherapy and is excited to talk to other physiotherapy students and professionals about their experiences in the health care field.
Mercedes is a physiotherapist and international board certified lactation consultant in Calgary, Alberta. She received her BKin in 2003 from the University of Calgary; her MPT in 2010 from Western University; a certificate in pain management in 2014 from the University of Alberta; and an MHM in 2018 from McMaster University. After the birth of her daughter, she studied and subsequently worked as a lactation consultant, becoming an IBCLC in 2019. Mercedes owns and operates Vida Health & Wellness, a multidisciplinary women's health clinic, teaches continuing education courses across North America, and conducts research on breastfeeding-related questions.
Maggie Green is the Managing Director of BMS Canada, a specialist broker that provides insurance coverage and risk management services to health care and regulated professionals across Canada and globally. As the broker on the CPA member insurance program, Maggie and the BMS team work with the CPA to deliver evidence-based industry data to physiotherapist members. Through its international teams, BMS also works with the Australian and New Zealand Physiotherapy Associations, collectively representing more than 40,000 physiotherapists, PTAs, Phys.T.s, and students. A frequent speaker on professional liability, insurance, and risk management, Maggie holds degrees in Human Kinetics, Physiotherapy, and Healthcare Quality. Her research interests and publications focus on health professional practice risk, including medical malpractice trends and liability insurance coverage, as well as how they relate to the quality and safety of care.
Prateek is a final-year physical therapy student at McGill University, who is of South East Asian descent. He currently serves as the President of the National Student Assembly.
Enoch Ho, MPh, RPT, RAcu
Enoch Ho has been involved in teaching and supervising students in clinical practice and research in both physiotherapy and acupuncture for many years. His research interest is very diverse; from studying Hospital Mortality Rate to running clinical trials in acupuncture for stroke patients and CRPS. Enoch is also one of the founders of the acupuncture course Evidence-based Approach to TCM at McMaster University. Enoch has been teaching Advanced Acupuncture for Physiotherapists using the Fascia Energy Meridian Approach and other topics related to acupuncture across Canada. He is a registered acupuncturist in Ontario and passed the licensing examination for the General Member category of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.
Alison Hoens, PT, MSc
Alison Hoens is a clinical professor and physiotherapist knowledge broker in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she is the Research, Education & Practice Coordinator for Physiotherapy at Providence Healthcare – providing support to over 130 physiotherapists and rehabilitation assistants. She is the knowledge translation lead in the UBC School of Population & Public Health, affiliate knowledge broker at Arthritis Research Canada, and a research associate in the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcomes Sciences. Her areas of interest include knowledge translation science and best practice, exercise prescription, and evidence-informed utilization of electrophysical agents.
Dr. Susan Hunter, PT, PhD
Dr. Susan Hunter is an associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Hunter’s research interests are falls and the rehabilitation of geriatric patients, particularly the cognitively-impaired older adult.
Karen Hurtubise is an experienced clinician, program coordinator, and manager in paediatric rehabilitation services. She has developed, implemented, and evaluated an array of rehabilitation services with the aim of improving access to care for youth with chronic conditions and their families. Her research interests include exploring the rehabilitation experiences of youth and parents, parent learning, and program development, improvement, and evaluation. Karen completed a master's of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where she is now an adjunct professor. Currently a doctoral candidate in Health Sciences Research at the University of Sherbrooke, Karen's doctoral thesis evaluates a multidisciplinary intervention and its outcomes and impacts on youth with pain-related disability and their parents. In addition to being an ongoing member and past executive member of the Paediatric Division, Karen is currently the Vice-Chair of the WCPT's International Organization for Physical Therapists in Paediatrics and the founder of an international group of occupational physiotherapists interested in paediatric chronic pain.
Graduated from UBC Physiotherapy in 2006, Nick Lo has practiced in over 10 private practice clinics in Vancouver. By 2011, he opened his first practice, Physio Room, and followed it up with a second location by 2015. Two years later, he joined Myodetox and rebranded his existing clinics in Vancouver. By 2018, he stepped in as the Chief Operating Officer at Myodetox with a goal to scale across North America. Today, Nick leads all day-to-day operations at Myodetox, a physiotherapy company with 10 clinics across Vancouver, Toronto, and Los Angeles.
Andrew McKenna is a partner with Gowling WLG, working out of the firm's Ottawa office. His practice focuses on medical defence litigation and health law. Andrew regularly acts as counsel for health care professionals in matters before their regulators, as well as the courts. Andrew has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in discipline committee matters, hospital board proceedings, and before various other administrative tribunals. Andrew is a regular contributor and speaker at continuing medical education programs. He is a past instructor of trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and is a volunteer with Pro-Bono Law Ontario.
@PhysioKarim, born in raised in Mississauga, Ontario, 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 physiotherapy, he was, and still is, a behavioural psychology scientist. He’s a graduate of the University of Toronto and carries 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, @PhysioKarim is a dry needle 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.
Paul Moon is a health care entrepreneur and is a co-founder of pt Health, employing 1,400+ employees over 127 locations; Clinic Supplies Canada, an e-commerce site for rehab products in Canada; as well as a co-founder of Clinic Accelerator, the clinic owner's answer to scaling their health business.
Dustin Murdock is a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Master of Physical Therapy program, as part of the class of 2020. Dustin is originally from Fisher River Cree Nation, which is located in Manitoba’s Interlake region north of Winnipeg. Prior to entering the program, he completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Exercise Science at the University of Winnipeg. He then went on to co-find the Fisher River Fitness Center, which provides the community with a space to increase physical activity and build healthy habits. He has worked as a strength and conditioning coach delivering exercise programming to a variety of populations ranging from athletes to elders. Upon graduating from the Physical Therapy program, he aims to integrate his exercise expertise into physiotherapy practice and build physiotherapy capacity in Indigenous communities.
Dr. Kristin Musselman
Dr. Kristin Musselman is a physical therapist, scientist at KITE, Toronto Rehab-University Health Network, and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. She completed a BSc (Life Sciences) and BScPT at Queen’s University, followed by an MSc (Neurosciences) and a PhD (Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Musselman was a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute from 2010-2013. Her research aims to optimize the rehabilitation and measurement of standing and walking following damage to the nervous system with a focus on spinal cord injury or disease.
Realizing that children did not have access to the care they needed to reach their maximum physical potential, Laura Patrick set out to open the first paediatric-specific physiotherapy clinic in British Columbia in 2006. Now, after fourteen years and well over 100,000 client visits later, she has established herself as a business leader and mentor with multiple franchised clinics across Canada. She supports entrepreneurs in bringing a much-needed service to their own communities, while also giving them the tools they need to grow a thriving business. With her ground-breaking approach, Laura is well on her way to giving all children in Canada access to the specialized physiotherapy care they need and deserve.
Dr. Kara Patterson
Dr. Kara Patterson is a physiotherapist, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and a scientist at KITE-UHN. She practised clinically in Canada and the US before completing her PhD at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral training at McGill. Dr. Patterson leads the RELEARN lab, which strives to advance neurorehabilitation practice to improve mobility outcomes for people with neurological conditions. Her research interests include motor learning and novel rehabilitation strategies, including rhythm and dance. Dr. Patterson holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation Clinician Scientist Award and her work is funded by CIHR, NSERC, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Neil Pearson is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He is an engaging educator and a compassionate clinician, able to make the complex understandable, willing to share his knowledge and expertise in pain care, and always eager to learn more. He is a former director of Pain BC, founding chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and creator of Life is Now and the Pain Care Yoga workshops and training program.
Dillon Richards is currently enrolled in the PhD MPT program at Western University, studying the effects of subconcussive impacts on hockey players. His research focuses on the use of objective measures to diagnose and monitor the recovery of concussion.
Viivi took up her role as president of the CPA at the CPA's AGM on June 29, 2019 for a two-year term. Viivi has been a CPA member for over 35 years and has worked as a clinician, manager, business owner and, more recently, as a health policy and research consultant. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Pysical Therapy program and received a master’s degree from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2008. She holds a status appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. More recently, Viivi has returned to clinical practice on a part-time basis, delivering home care services to a largely elderly population in the south Georgian Bay region. As CPA President, Viivi is the CPA Board representative for World Physiotherapy and the North American Caribbean Region of World Physiotherapy, as well as being an ex-officio member on all Board Committees. She is also a Board Liaison to the Branch President’s Forum (BPF) and the CPA Board Representative on the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG).
Michael Sangster is a physiotherapist, a recent graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Utica College, and a clinical specialist in Pain Science. His primary clinical interests are pain management and global health. Mike has worked extensively in both adult and paediatric complex pain and he is currently the physiotherapist on the Complex Pain team at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy, an external advisor to the Canadian Pain Task Force, a contributing chapter author to the Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain, a TEDx speaker, and a co-developer of an online module for the pain curriculum at SickKids in Toronto, Canada. Mike is a founding member of the Pain Science Division Executive. Mike is passionate about global health and travels annually to resource scarce regions of the world, through his non-governmental organization Project Next Mile, to participate in capacity building initiatives with local clinicians.
John Sharoun, FIIC, CFCIAA, CRM
John Sharoun commenced his insurance career in 1973 and has occupied numerous processive roles within the independent adjusting field for nearly half of his professional career. He has been with Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. since 1995 and was named CEO in January of 2007. In July of 2013, John was named CEO for Crawford's Specialty Markets division for the Americas.
Dr. Jenna Smith-Turchyn
Dr. Jenna Smith-Turchyn is a physiotherapist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. She is also an assistant clinical professor (adjunct) in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her research focuses on the area of exercise oncology and cancer rehabilitation, specifically, researching implementation characteristics to effectively put the research evidence into clinical practice.
Marquise Swaby is a physiotherapy resident working in the Vaughan area. Through his education and involvement with organizations within the community, Marquise has found fulfillment in promoting health and providing empowerment to individuals. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Georgia, Marquise has seen and experienced the underrepresentation and prejudice against people of colour within the work field and community. As a young Canadian-Jamaican, Marquise sees the importance of addressing the issue of racism through dialogue and education. Therefore, he seeks to provide platforms where all students and clinicians can participate, listen, take action, and self-reflect on their own prejudices and opinions regarding anti-racism and allyship. He hopes to see a future with more representation, opportunities, and appreciation for the BBIPOC students, clinicians, and communities.
Denise Taylor is the Manager of the North West Regional Rehabilitative Care Program and Physiotherapy Professional Practice Leader in Thunder Bay. Denise has worked in neurological rehabilitation for 26 years. She has a passion for system integration and is a strong advocate for clinicians and clients in the north, access to rehabilitation for Indigenous populations, and breaking down geographical barriers with the use of technology. Denise completed her Master of Public Health in 2010, the post-graduate Stroke certificate in 2014, and the Rotman Leadership program in 2018. She enjoys playing hockey, cycling, and being with her husband and two teenage children.
Mari Udarbe Han
Mari Udarbe Han is a registered physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Manitoba and is currently practising in London, Ontario. With almost 10 years of experience in orthopaedics, Mari is an advocate for artist wellness, dance medicine, and cultural education. Mari is also passionate about living into the anti-racism journey and collaborating with her peers to help make meaningful change within the physiotherapy field, starting with the BBIPOC PT Student Collective to be launched in 2021!
Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist at Kingston Health Sciences Centres and a PhD student in Rehabilitation Science, supervised by Dr. Jordan Miller, at Queen's University. His research focuses on pain, rehabilitation, and primary health care. Kyle is currently supported by a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Sue Van Evra, BSc, MSc, BHSc(PT), Dipl. Canine Rehab
Sue Van Evra obtained her physiotherapy degree from McMaster University in 1993 after completing an MSc in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario. Sue has spent 26 years working in outpatient orthopaedics and has studied canine rehabilitation since 2006. Sue has completed many advanced human and canine courses. Sue’s passion for the canine world makes her excited to be able to use her experience and knowledge of physiotherapy principles to rehabilitate the canine population. Sue has completed her diploma in Canine Rehabilitation and is on the Advocacy Committee for the CPA's Animal Rehabilitation Division (ARD).
David Walton, PT, PhD
David Walton is an associate professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, with cross- or honorary appointments in the Schulich School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. David is an associate editor for the scientific journal Musculoskeletal Science and Practice and is recognized for his expertise in the area of pain and trauma, health professional education, and critical rehabilitation futurism.
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