Meet our Instructors

Shelly Prosko Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shelly Prosko
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Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people suffering from chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to health providers, offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. 

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

Carolyn Vandyken Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Carolyn Vandyken
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Carolyn has practiced in orthopaedics and pelvic health for the past 33 years.She is a McKenzie Credentialed physiotherapist (1999), certified in acupuncture (2002), and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2017.

Carolyn received the YWCA Woman of Distinction award (2004) and the OPA Distinguished Education Award (2015). She has been heavily involved in post-graduate pelvic health education, research in lumbopelvic pain, speaking at numerous international conferences and writing books and chapters for the past twelve years in pelvic health, orthopaedics and pain science.

Her passion is to break down the silos that we live in as clinicians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julie Wiebe Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Julie Wiebe
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Julie Wiebe, PT, DPT has over twenty-four years of clinical experience in Sports Medicine and Pelvic Health, specializing in pelvic/abdominal, pregnancy and postpartum health for fit and athletic females. Following her passion to revolutionize the way women recover from pregnancy and injury to return to high levels of fitness and performance, she has pioneered an integrative approach to promote women’s health in and through fitness. Her innovative concepts and strategies have been successfully incorporated by rehab practitioners and fitness professionals into a variety of populations (ortho/sports medicine, pelvic health, neurology, and pediatrics). A published author, Julie is a sought after speaker to provide continuing education and lectures internationally at clinics, academic institutions, conferences and professional organizations. She provides direct care to female athletes through telehealth and her clinical practice in Los Angeles, California.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shelley Mannell Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shelley Mannell
PT, BSc , BHSc,
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Shelley Mannell is a Physical Therapist with over 30 years experience serving babies, children, and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad range of clinical skills and research to provide innovative neurobiology-informed treatment of children with movement disorders. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients and families as they matured through the lifespan.

Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and remains committed to improving the care for children through clinical research and education. Shelley is certified in both NDT and SI. She is also a children’s yoga and meditation facilitator and the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids, an evidence-based approach to central stability for children with motor and sensory challenges. Shelley also provides mentoring to therapists world-wide through her blog and her online program. As a respected international speaker, Shelley discusses the dynamic systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rochenda Howard Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Rochenda Howard
B.A. (P.E.), B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc.
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Rochenda is a Physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Toronto.  Additionally, she holds a B.A. in Physical Education (University of Western Ontario) and an M.Sc. Research degree in Rehabilitation Therapy (Queens University, Canada).  

Rochenda has a special interest in muscle function and motor learning and in how biomechanical and muscle / movement imbalances contribute to painful conditions.  She has continued to pursue this passion for more than 25 years, focusing exclusively on the development of a PILATES–based Physiotherapy treatment system. While living in Hong Kong Rochenda had the privilege to work extensively with Julia Ellis (RBS (TTC), FISTD, ARAD), a gifted ballet teacher, choreographer and Pilates ‘guru’ and together they founded the successful BET Pilates Centre in 1994. They were the first to introduce Pilates in Hong Kong and East Asia and the first in the region to offer an exclusively Pilates –based Physiotherapy approach.  In 2013, Rochenda returned to her native Toronto and established a small PhysioPilates clinic in the West- end where she continues to maintain a full-time practice. In 2006, Rochenda published the first rigorously designed research study on a Pilates - based physiotherapy intervention, the results of this study presented at several conferences internationally. 

Rochenda is a passionate educator having co-developed the BET Pilates training curriculum and she has been active internationally teaching and mentoring Physiotherapists in this system since 1996.

In her spare time, Rochenda enjoys competitive swimming, outdoor activities, cycling, travel, spending time with her two daughters and a good espresso.

Contact Information:; (647) 748-1889;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best people, super organized, final product is amazing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Millard Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jim Millard
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Jim is a physiotherapist at the Lifemark Byron Village Location in London Ontario. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). Jim is past vice chair of the Leadership Division of the CPA.

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

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

Antony Lo Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Antony Lo
B.App.Sc.(Physio)(USyd)., Master in Manual Therapy (UWA)
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Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice since 1997.

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

He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes since 2011 and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.

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

I chose Embodia because I was looking for an online education platform that would be able to produce, host and market the many courses I have. I wanted to focus on creating the content – while Maggie and her team are a perfect fit for providing the production and hosting I need. The quality of faculty Embodia have and the reach they have was also an attractive factor.
Joanne Morgan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joanne Morgan
BHK & Dale Ischia, CSEP
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Joanne is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and trained at the Mind Body Medicine Institute in Washington DC as a Cancer Guide. She works with InspireHealth members who inspire her with their courage and strength as they travel through their cancer journey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Debra Dent  Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS (Emeritus) FCAMPT (Retired)
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Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jo-Anne Weltman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jo-Anne Weltman
Physiotherapist, Level III Cuevas MEDEK Practitioner
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Jo-Anne is a physiotherapist with 30 years of experience working with children. Jo-Anne graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She spent time working in San Diego, California and Auckland, New Zealand before settling in Toronto, Canada. After spending several years working in government based services, she started working in private practice, where she could provide a more specialized approach to the children that she worked with. Jo-Anne opened S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory. Motor. Integrated. Learning. Experience) Therapy for Kids in 2017, a private clinic that specializes in all areas of child development, to meet the demand for the level of care that she provides. She continues to research and find the best and most current treatments for all the children that are under her care and connects with specialists all over the world to achieve this. Many parents come to see Jo-Anne from all over the GTA as well as from the US and other countries.

Jo-Anne also travels to various countries to provide the specialized therapy for groups of families who request her services. Jo-Anne’s other side interests include being involved with various paediatric charities and organizations supporting children with special needs. She is an education officer for the Paediatric Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Jo-Anne has an open door policy and invites therapists, nurses, doctors, high school and university students to view her therapy sessions and volunteer in the clinic. She hosts physiotherapy and other student placements from the University of Toronto, Queens University and Dalhousie University. Jo-Anne continues to take courses to further her education and remain well educated in new and a variety of areas of paediatric rehabilitation.  She is currently doing research on hip dysplasia in Cerebral Palsy. Jo-Anne is an advocate for children with special needs and their families and works hard at trying to make changes in many areas to help these children as well as increasing their general level of care by educating those who will provide care to them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joanne Smith  Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joanne Smith
B.A., BRT Dip, C.N.P
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Joanne is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, holds a degree in psychology from York University, as well as a diploma in radio & television broadcasting from Seneca College. As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Joanne runs a successful nutrition business specializing in providing optimal nutritional health for people with neurological conditions (spinal cord and brain injuries), digestive dysfunction and weight loss. Her expertise in the disability community comes from her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury for twenty-five years, as well as her years as host and producer of two national television programs that focus on telling in-depth stories about Canadians with disabilities, the Gemini Award-winning CBC show Moving On, and Accessibility in Action. Joanne’s dedication to raising awareness and improving the lives of Canadians with disabilities led to her receipt of the King Clancy Award in 2006, induction into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2007 and being honoured with the Gabriel Award in 2008.
Dr. Mirella Veras Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Mirella Veras
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Physiotherapist, Cochrane author, researcher and founder of Liveby Tai Chi System of Balance, Pilates instructor and pregnancy and postpartum exercise specialist. She is registered physiotherapist with a postdoctoral in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Montreal with more than 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist, including as a clinician, consultant, professor, and coordinator of health services. She is author of the book Evidence-Based Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and Wellness: A System of Balance for Clinical Practice.”

Dr. Veras has worked with a diverse population, including all age groups and varied diagnoses and she says: “Through my clinical experience and research, I have learned that exercise is one of the most powerful clinical tools available to health professionals who have an interest in working with human movement. It is also one of the best self-management tools for patients to prevent and treat disease.” She also added: “ I have a passion for exercise, My passion for exercise guided me to learn tai chi because I realised the potential of this discipline for rehabilitation and wellness.” and “ As a scientist, I researched the evidence based benefits of tai chi for several health conditions in different areas such as musculoskeletal, neurological, pelvic floor, as well as mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. This knowledge gave me more confidence to continue my journey with tai chi in my physiotherapy practice.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Cormack Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Ben Cormack
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Cor-Kinetic Owner & specialist Ben has a passion for getting people moving and using and understanding movement as an important tool to help others. Originally from a fitness background, Ben has gone on to study Sports therapy and widely in the fields of rehabilitation, pain science and movement over the last 15 years. Ben owns and runs Cor-Kinetic, an educational company who use modern research into pain, movement and neuro sciences to provide a reasoning process and rehab skills to those who also place a priority on using movement and exercise as key competencies. Cor-kinetic have provided educational services for the NHS, Elite level sports clubs and universities as well as individual physio’s, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, sports therapists, rehab, and personal trainers.
Maggie Bergeron Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Maggie Bergeron
RPT, Co-Founder & CEO of Embodia
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Maggie Bergeron is a registered physiotherapist who received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2009 after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa.

Maggie co-founded Embodia in 2014 to modernize the patient experience and to provide a simple, easy way to take continuing education courses to all physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners, regardless of their location, budget, or area of practice.

Maggie is the community director of TechTO Health - a health technology event that brings together thousands of health tech enthusiasts. She also maintains her own physiotherapy practice in the east end of Toronto where she works with people with persistent pain. Maggie currently serves as a mentor, placement host and holds a Status-Only Appointment (lecturer ranking) with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Dean Elterman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Dean Elterman
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Dr. Dean Elterman will review the latest in non-invasive and surgical treatments for common bladder conditions such as stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. Dr. Dean S. Elterman completed his medical degree followed by residency in urologic surgery at the University of Toronto. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2011. Dr. Elterman completed a two-year fellowship in Voiding Dysfunction, Neuro-Urology, Female Urology and Pelvic Reconstruction at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.· Dr. Elterman has worked in the areas of men’s health and survivorship at the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre. He completed his Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Elterman is a member of several professional societies including the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, the International Neuromodulation Society, and the International Society of Men’s Health.
Pelvic Health Solutions Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Solutions

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Pelvic Health Solutions (PHS) is an evidence-based teaching company that aims to educate and empower physiotherapists, healthcare professionals, and everyday people about pelvic health. PHS was founded in 2010 out of the need to develop pelvic health resources in Ontario at a time when it was an under-serviced health concern. PHS provides continuing education courses, mentoring, and clinical resources for a variety of practitioners with the goal of equipping them to deliver evidence-based, biopsychosocial assessment and treatment of pelvic health problems in our province and abroad. Our company also exists as a way to connect people experiencing pelvic health concerns to pelvic health physiotherapists in their area. PHS has ultimately blossomed into a community of curious people who are committed to providing hope and healing to those who suffer from pelvic health issues.
Yonah Krakowsky Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Yonah Krakowsky
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This talk will explore the diagnostic workup and medical/surgical management of patients with vulvodynia. Yonah Krakowsky completed his medical school and urology residency at the University of Toronto. Following the he completed a fellowship in sexual medicine and surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is currently on staff at Mount Sinai Hospital and Women's College focusing on male and female sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Jessica Drummond Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Jessica Drummond
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Jessica will discuss how optimizing digestive function, nutrient dense nutrition, stress management, and optimal sleep can support clients to reach their pain relief goals in an empowered way. We will discuss how the collaboration between a functional nutrition approach and a physical therapy approach is optimal for women with pelvic pain conditions including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis (IC), vulvodynia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and constipation. She is the founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare. Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management. She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Dr. Colleen McDermott Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Colleen McDermott
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Dr McDermott is full-time medical staff in the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals (re-located January 2017 from her full-time position in the Division of FPMRS at St Michael’s Hospital that she has held since 2008). She completed medical school at the University of Toronto and FPMRS Fellowship training at Indiana University. She has two Masters degrees: Pathology (McGill University) and in Clinical Research (Indiana University). Her Research interests are primarily in clinical research related to surgical and quality of life outcomes in pelvic floor disorders.
Kathryn Flanigan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kathryn Flanigan
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Kathryn works as a nurse practitioner at Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team in Kitchener Ontario. She has Level 1 certification for physical therapy rehabilitation for men and women with urinary incontinence. She also facilitates a group for men and women over age 75 called “Gotta Go: But Only When You Want To”, that teaches behaviour modification and pelvic floor exercises to seniors.
Tania Obljubek Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tania Obljubek
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Tania is extremely deserving of our PHS Spotlight. She is by far one of the most modest people I have ever met. She is a brilliant individual with a wealth of knowledge in many areas. She graduated with a BSc from Lakehead University and a physical therapist degree (BScPT) from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a clinical lecturer position at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Tania has worked at Women’s College Hospital for 19 years. She started the pelvic health physiotherapy program at the hospital. When the program closed after returning from maternity leave, Tania moved o to Women’s cancers, specifically breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema and seniors health. She has worked in many areas of the hospital including pre and post natal, osteoporosis, PCOS, chronic disease management and wound care. Tania also has a faculty position at the University of Toronto and lecturer both at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. She has been working in the area of geriatrics for 10 years.
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Marie-Josée Forget
BScPT, Cert. MDT.
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She has 18 years of clinical experience as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1995 and began pursuing post-graduate studies in Pelvic Health in Canada and the USA in 1997 (see list below). She provides continuing education for physicians, nurse practitioners and other health practitioners and has been a regular speaker at the Physio North conference. She was honoured when asked to join Pelvic Health Solutions as an Associate Instructor since 2011 and currently teaches the Non-Internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Courses and the Level I, II, IV courses. She had the pleasure of speaking at her first International conference, in February 2015, for the Combined Section Meeting of the APTA with her teaching colleague, Carolyn Vandyken. Marie-Josée co-owns Gateway Physiotherapy Center in North Bay and operates a satellite pelvic health clinic in New Liskeard.
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Karen Brandon
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Dr. Karen Brandon pursued her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy to further her interest in research and clinical teaching. She was part of freshman class of Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists in 2009. She divides her time now by teaching quarterly course work at Loma Linda University in Women’s and Men’s Health Studies, and Orthopedics as well working as a Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana CA where she is the Regional Clinical Practice Coordinator for Pelvic Rehabilitation for 15 large hospital based clinics. She enjoys staying connected with other professionals by serving as the Southwest Regional Representative to the American Physical Therapy Association for Women’s Health, and a site coordinator for Pelvic Floor Sexual Medicine Group of Southern California. She has presented posters and platform lectures at international interdisciplinary meetings for groups such as IPPS, ISSWSH, and national groups such as APTA, AUGS and AAGL. She served as an item writer and an exam content expert for the ABPTS Board Examiners. Recently she co-edited a journal edition in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation focused on sexual health in seniors. She is guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Riverside and Los Angeles.
Sandy Hilton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sandy Hilton
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Sandy graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) in 1988 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in December 2013. Sandy teaches Health Professionals and Community Education classes on returning to function following back and pelvic pain, and co-teaches Advanced Level Male Pelvic Floor Evaluation/Treatment for Entropy Physiotherapy as well as Neurodynamics and Sensory Integration for Pelvic Pain and a Practical Application of Pain Science course with Pelvic Health Solutions. Sandy’s clinical interest is chronic pain with a particular interest in complex pelvic pain disorders for men and women. Sandy is also pursuing opportunities for collaboration in research into the clinical treatment of pelvic pain conditions. Sandy has co-authored two papers, 2 book chapters and "Why Pelvic Pain Hurts" a patient focussed book.
Mark Milligan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Mark Milligan
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Dr. Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, is an orthopedic manual therapist that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal spinal conditions and is Board Certified in Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion (EIM). He is a full-time clinician. Dr. Milligan serves as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at South College and The University of St. Augustine. Dr. Milligan is also primary faculty for Trigger Point Dry Needling Courses and Musculoskeletal Courses for EIM. Mark has presented at numerous state and national conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the TPTA, APTA, and AAOMPT and is current the Capital Area District Chair for the Texas Physical Therapy Association and has great interest in governmental affairs.
Kathryn Schopmeyer Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kathryn Schopmeyer
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Kathryn Schopmeyer is a physical therapist and program coordinator for patients with complex persistent pain conditions. Dr. Schopmeyer currently works with an interdisciplinary clinical team and was integral in creating an accredited intensive outpatient pain rehabilitation program for US Veterans in San Francisco. Dr. Schopmeyer is actively involved in driving practice changes via national and regional workgroups for the VA. In 2013, she became a Certified Pain Educator through the American Society of Pain Educators. She has created and presented many educational modules to facilitate better understanding of pain neurophysiology for patients and clinicians, and has presented at both regional and national pain management conferences. Dr. Schopmeyer’s primary goals in her clinical work include: fostering active patient engagement, coaching and training behaviors that promote self-care, and teaching people to re-engage in life despite persistent pain. She believes that Education is Therapy and movement is the best medicine.
Keith Waldron Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Keith Waldron
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Keith is a physiotherapist in the state of New York in the United States. He initially obtained his Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 and later returned to academia where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. Over the course of the last 17 years, he has worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools, outpatient clinics, and home care. Since 2012, he has provided physiotherapy care exclusively in the home, working jointly with skilled nursing, occupational therapy, and medical social service professionals to comprehensively address the patient’s medical and social needs. His objective is to provide quality physiotherapy care in the home when insurance regulations cease to cover traditional home services.
Tim Beames Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tim Beames
MSc, BSc(Hons), MCSP
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Tim is a chartered physiotherapist with an interest in complex pain problems and the effect that this can have on someone's ability to function in their daily life and their general wellbeing. Tim graduated from Brunel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. His interest in pain was stimulated by a reflection that more could be done for people with persistent pain problems and many hours of reading whilst commuting in London. This led to him undertaking a Master of Science degree in Pain: Science and Society at King's College London. He teaches post-graduate courses for healthcare professionals in the UK, Europe, America and Australia both independently and for the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI) - a progressive and dynamic group of educators. These courses include Graded Motor Imagery and Explain Pain both of which have strong research to endorse their approach for helping people with pain. Tim is also the co-author of the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook alongside Lorimer Moseley, David Butler and Tom Giles. Tim is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences on pain related topics.
Karen Davis Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Karen Davis
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Dr. Karen Davis is a Neuroscientist whose lab investigates the brain mechanisms underlying chronic pain, pain-attention interactions, how the brain responds to traumatic injuries, plasticity associated with treatment and recovery, and the individual factors that contribute to disease vulnerability and recovery. Dr. Davis has given over 100 invited lectures and published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and is Heads of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Dr. Davis sits on the CIHR Advisory Board for the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, the Scientific Advisory Council of Brain Canada, and is a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Davis was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2009.
Mark Bishop Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Mark Bishop
B.Phty, Ph.D.
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Mark Bishop received his entry-level training in Australia and has more than 25 years of experience working in the management of Musculoskeletal pain conditions. His research examines the Neurobiology of pain development and management to identify potential mechanisms that 1) explain the transition from acute to chronic pain and 2) mechanisms of conservative care for pain. This work has been recognized with numerous research awards. His teaching portfolio covers DPT, residency and fellowship, and graduate coursework nation wide and has been recognized with awards from the FPTA, and Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.
Sharna Prasad Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sharna Prasad
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Sharna is PT with 31 years of clinical experience in treating Chronic Pain. She currently works at Lebanon Community Hospital which has been named the “Pain Mecca” by Oregon Physical Therapy Association. There she co-leads the Movement, mindfulness and Pain Science (MMAPS), an innovative outpatient group pain program, while continuing to see complex persistent pain patients individually. Ms. Prasad is passionate about pain and pain education at all levels and has received grant funding to develop a pain curriculum for high school health classes. She is also a volunteer member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Opioid Health communication and social marketing campaign. At a grassroots level, Sharna is a co-founder of the Mid Valley Pain Alliance, which is a regional collaboration between community members and healthcare clinicians.
Maxi Miciak Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Maxi Miciak
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Dr. Maxi Miciak strives to positively influence the care patients receive and the use of research evidence in health services and policy decision-making. Her work has broad reach, extending from clinical to system levels. Drawing upon her experiences as a physical therapist, Maxi’s research interests probe the factors that influence provision of care from social and systems (e.g. care models) perspectives. Her conceptual framework of the therapeutic relationship in physical therapy is being used in research with uptake in entry-to-practice and post-graduate education and clinical practice. Her expertise has resulted in numerous invitations to speak at local, national, and international webinars, events, and conferences in physical therapy and inter-professionally. Maxi also works to advance the nascent area of research impact assessment. She has collaborated with local, national, and international health system stakeholders to co-develop and implement frameworks to assess research impact on informed decision-making and the scale and spread of research and innovation in the healthcare system. Maxi is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. She received a doctorate in Rehabilitation Science (2015) from the University of Alberta and was the inaugural Cy Frank postdoctoral fellow in impact assessment at Alberta Innovates, Canada.
Antonio Damasio Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Antonio Damasio
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Antonio Damasio is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. Damasio's work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems which underlie memory, language and consciousness. He directs the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which is dedicated to research on the crossroads of neuroscience, social science and the humanities. He received his M.D. from the University of Lisbon Medical School in 1969, and his Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon in 1974.
Neil Pearson Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Neil Pearson
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Neil Pearson is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia. He is founding chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, the first PT to receive the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award, and a previous Director with Pain BC. He has received awards from Queen’s University and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia for his clinical work and teaching.

As a yoga therapist, Neil is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, faculty in four yoga therapist training programs, and has trained over 2000 practitioners in the integration of pain science, pain care and yoga as therapy through his IAYT approved Pain Care Yoga certificate courses. Neil works for the Doctors of British Columbia developing and delivering Continuing Medical Education on pain management including yoga.

His recent accomplishments include lead contributor to Pain BC’s online Pain Foundations course and their Gentle Movement and Relaxation Series, and author/coeditor of the textbook, Yoga and Science in Pain Care. His patient education book, Understand Pain Live Well Again, published in 2007, has been translated to French and (written) Mandarin. His online pain care programs, First 5 Steps and Pain Care for Life are available at, while is Neil’s pain care website.

Bronnie Lennox Thompson Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Bronnie Lennox Thompson
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Bronnie trained as an occupational therapist and graduated in 1984. Since then she has continued to study at the postgraduate level, writing papers discussing topics including business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. Bronnie completed her Masters in Psychology in 1999 and started her PhD in 2007. One of her many passions is helping people who experience chronic health problems learn to achieve their potential by developing ‘self management’ skills. She has worked in the field of chronic pain management for 16 years.

Bronnie is an educator. She offers an active knowledge of the latest research, integrated with current clinical practice that she communicates to clinicians working directly with people who experience chronically ill health. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch Health Sciences and offers courses, training and supervision for therapists working with people who experience chronically ill health.

 Keith Meldrum Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Keith Meldrum
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As this year's patient panelist, Keith opens up about his experience suffering decades of chronic pain. Keith Meldrum is an amazing human who has lived with chronic pain for nearly 32 years following a serious single vehicle motor vehicle crash in 1986 in central British Columbia, Canada.

Since that car accident put him through emergency surgery, Keith has required multiple follow up surgeries over the years to alleviate suffering from persistent pain. After trying multiple nerve block injection treatments to manage his pain, Keith was deemed to be a candidate in 2005 for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) program at a leading hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SCS for abdominal pain is not common as SCS is most effective for limb pain.

The SCS helped Keith manage his pain and was his introduction to pain science and the biopsychosocial model. The SCS was effective until it had to be replaced in late 2015 and has not been effective since. After revision surgeries, pain specialists determined that Keith would best be served by a new SCS technology available in the United States, but not yet approved in Canada.

Keith is a Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Kelowna Fire Department and is responsible for Communications and Emergency Management.


Kira Stoops Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kira Stoops
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Kira Stoops has been many kinds of pain patients — a pediatric one, when her headaches started at age six; a chronic but active one, when she skied, hiked, backpacked and ski-toured through her 20s; and a severe one, when a nasty neck snap refused to resolve in her early 30s and left her unable to go to the grocery store without overwhelming pain.

Before discovering a biopsychosocial framework, she’d been MRI’d, Rolfed, massaged, physical therapied, injected, needled, chakra-aligned, counseled, supplemented, chiropracted, muscle-activated, medicated, rollered, Egoscue’d, Sarno’d, and more.

Since these treatments, she's muddled through more clinical papers than any state school art major should attempt, spearheaded a Facebook support group for similarly science-minded patients, and is currently taking a massive sabbatical to question everything she knows and to rebuild a life with more SIMs than DIMs.


Kim Hall Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kim Hall
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Founder & Director of Physio2U, Kim graduated with honours as a physiotherapist from Queen’s University in 2005 with extensive experience in acute care, Orthopaedics and stroke recovery, Kim decided to help people who needed rehabilitation the most due to their limited mobility. She created a unique model of physiotherapy service provision including one-hour, 1:1 sessions that include hands-on-treatment, education and exercise prescription based on movement pattern retraining. The Physio2U approach appreciates and understands that the clinician-client relationship is fundamental to recovery and feeling better. She is an active member of the provincial Arthritis Continuing Education (ACE) Network, national Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA), Physiotherapy Association of BC and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In April 2016, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the College of Physical Therapists of BC.
Laura Desveaux Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Laura Desveaux
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Laura is an implementation scientist focused on policy-oriented evaluations of complex health interventions to ensure that new approaches to care actually solve some of our biggest challenges within the healthcare system. Her research involves partnerships to ensure that key players in the system are involved in supporting local and system level change. Key partners include the Digital Health Secretariat of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association, the Ontario Telemedicine Network and Cancer Care Ontario, as well as several technology start-ups. As part of this work, she is focused on advancing scientific methodologies to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving nature of technology. In addition to her research, Laura is passionate about leadership and innovation, and the intersection between the two. She is the founder of the Women's Leadership Network- an interdisciplinary network committed to the development and advancement of women leaders across the health sector. Her hope is that these efforts will support women in their pursuit of career advancement and system leadership.
Embodia Academy Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Embodia Academy

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Embodia is Canada's largest online education learning platform for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals. We believe that learning is an ongoing process and the best way to remain passionate and effective as a practitioner is to open yourself up to new techniques, methods and beliefs. Embodia gives you all the accredited continuing education you need to stay up to date on the latest treatments and advances from the comfort of your own home. Increase compliance and minimize patient discharge with the Home Exercise Program app and an all-star line-up of instructors that will teach you the business side of being a successful PT so you can accelerate your career to become a well respected, in demand, and well paid PT who patients love.
Jessica Bergevin Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jessica Bergevin
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Jessica Bergevin is a physiotherapist who practices extensively within the women’s health landscape. Aside from her clinical practice, she serves as a board member for the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. At the national level, she assumes the role of Communications Chair for the Women’s Health Division of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is passionate about advancing the standards of care for women’s health in Canada and promoting competence in all Physiotherapists working with perinatal populations.
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Dr. Amy Dobbie
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
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Dr. Amy Dobbie is a Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for helping families to establish optimal fertility, nourish healthy pregnancies and raise resilient children. She believes that healthcare should be an empowering and collaborative process that is customized to fit your needs. Dr. Amy practices in Milton, ON with a practice focused on wellness, using natural therapies that treat the root cause of disease or discomfort and that are prevention focused. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, she also holds a Bachelor's extensive training in all things fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatrics; including doula training, bioidentical hormone therapy, pediatric intensives, breastfeeding focused training, fertility symposiums and more. When not in the office, you can find her in the kitchen testing out new recipes, in the garden or hiking in nature.
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Robin Rothenberg
C-IAYT, Director of EYT
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Robin Rothenberg is the program director and founder of Essential Yoga Therapy, an IAYT Accredited Training Program. Robin served as Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) until '07, and remains on the Advisory Council. She is considered one of the foremost experts in the area of yoga therapy for lower back pain and annually teaches her Essential Low Back Training Program based on her book by the same name and the NIH-protocol she co-designed. Her ability to speak articulately to the way in which yoga impacts the nervous system, mind and emotions has led to her presenting at both NAMA (National Ayurvedic & Medical Association) and SYTAR on the subjects of anxiety and stress. In 2010 she was commissioned by a hospital outside to Seattle to develop a program for MS which has grown to be highly successful. Robin has spent the last three years deeply studying the impact of breath on our physiologic health and mind. She is writing a book, "Restoring Prana: A therapeutic Guide to Pranayama and Healing Through the Breath ", Singing Dragon publishers, due out in spring 2019. The breath informs all of her therapeutic work and is particularly critical in her work with those living with inflammatory, chronic pain and auto-immune conditions.
Sarah Haag Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sarah Haag
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Sarah graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. Sarah has pursued an interest in treating the spine, pelvis with a specialization in women’s and men’s health. Over the past 8 years, Sarah has seized every opportunity available to her in order to further her understanding of the human body, and the various ways it can seem to fall apart in order to sympathetically and efficiently facilitate a return to optimal function. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah also completed a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy from the Mckenzie Institute in 2010. Most recently, Sarah completed a 200 hour Yoga Instructor Training Program, and is now a Registered Yoga Instructor. Sarah plans to integrate yoga into her rehabilitation programs, as well as teach small, personalized classes. Sarah looks at education, and a better understanding of the latest evidence in the field of physical therapy, as the best way to help people learn about their conditions, and to help people learn to take care of themselves throughout the life span.
Dr. Aleksa Cenic Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Aleksa Cenic
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His clinical practice focuses on spinal disorders, injuries and disease in adults including cervical, thoracic and lumbar-sacral decompression, instrumentation and fusions. Treatment and care of fundamental peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes: Carpal Tunnel and Ulnar Nerve. Aleksa's practice also includes providing fundamental neurosurgical care of brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and traumatic brain injury in adults.
Dr. Holly Herman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Holly Herman
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Dr. Hollis Herman (Holly) has been a physical therapist for 43 years. Her passion is Women and Men’s Health including LGBTQAI community. Holly is board certified as an Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Biofeedback Specialist and Pelvic Rehabilitation. Holly is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor and an ISSWSH Sexuality Fellow. She has pioneered physical therapy evaluation and treatment of problems that involve orthopedic, urologic, colorectal, obstetric, gynecologic, reproductive and sexual medicine. She maintains a vibrant private practice, HealthyWomen HealthyMen HealthyPeople, in Cambridge, MA, seeing patients in addition to training thousands of health professionals in these areas worldwide. Holly has authored numerous books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles. She has received many grants and awards for her dedication and clinical excellence in physical therapy. Holly co-founded the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in 2005, though, no longer affiliated. Her present courses through HWHMeducation can be viewed on and Holly believes all patients deserve the right to be validated, educated and empowered so that they can live healthy, functional, active lives.
Tynan Rhea Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tynan Rhea
Sexual Health Professional
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Tynan Rhea is a queer, nonbinary settler with German and Czechoslovakian ancestry. Tynan has a private practice in Tkaronto (Toronto) as a sexual health counselor, educator, and aromatherapist. Tynan developed and teaches the Sex & Birth course for Doula Training Canada and is the founder of Tynan approaches their practice from sex-positive, queer & trans-affirming, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and feminist frameworks. You can find Tynan on Facebook, Instagram @TynanRhea or
Dr. Dean Tripp Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Dean Tripp
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Dean Tripp completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, holding several university positions before joining Queen’s University in 2001. Dr. Tripp is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology, and cross appointed to Anesthesiology and Urology at Queen’s. He has been nationally and locally awarded for his excellence in teaching and research (e.g., Excellence in Interprofessional Pain from the Canadian Pain Society; Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching). His research has focused on pain and psychosocial factors associated with adjustment within various patient populations (Chronic Pelvic Pain, Prostate Cancer, Perioperative Pain, Adjustment following Surgery, Inflammatory Bowel Disease). Dr. Tripp has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications & chapters, 5 treatment manuals, has developed 14 annual Pain Education events in Kingston (CME accredited), has presented his research in many national and international forums, and has consulted around the world on clinical research, patient engagement, and how organizations can use Positive Psychology to improve productivity.
Lara Desrosiers Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Lara Desrosiers
Occupational Therapist
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Lara is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in community mental health settings since graduating from McMaster University in 2009. She has a passion for mental health and several years of experience addressing mental illness, trauma, and addiction using occupational therapy frameworks, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other psychotherapeutic strategies. While navigating her own journey with pelvic floor dysfunction, Lara realized the value of applying these strategies in the field of pelvic health and discovered the abundant evidence supporting this application. Currently, Lara is an Occupational Therapist at Homewood Health Centre where she is an advocate for integrating pain education and programming into mental health care. Lara also operates a private practice (Pelvic Resilience) with a mission of supporting individuals experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction and/or persistent pain to address symptoms, manage distress, and navigate each unique experience in a way that promotes whole person wellness.
Dr. Nucelio Lemos Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Nucelio Lemos
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Nucelio Lemos underwent his medical graduation, as well as his gynecology, urogynecology and MIS training and PhD in Gynecology in Sao Paulo Brazil and attended a Fellowship in Pelvic Neurodysfunctions by the International School of Neuropelveology in Zurich, Switzerland. Upon returning to São Paulo, he funded the Pelvic Neurodysfunction Clinics of the Department of Gynecology of the Federal University of São Paulo, which he still currently chairs and where he develops extensive research and teaching of all fields of Neuropelveology: treatment of Intrapelvic Nerve Entrapments and Neuropathic Pain of Intrapelvic Etiology; Nerve-Sparing Radical Pelvic Procedures (including endometriosis and pelvic malignancies); and rehabilitation of paraplegic patients through the Laparoscopic Implantation of Neuroprosthesis. He is past Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Continence Society (2013-2016) and is currently the Chairman of the Scientific and Education Committee of the Latin American Pelvic Floor Association (ALAPP). He is also a Founding Member of the International Society of Neuropelveology and the Director of the School of Pelvic Pain of the International Continence Society Institute. As of January 2017 he has been recruited as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto, where he is starting the Pelvic Functional Surgery and Neuropelveology Clinic, at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Mount Sinai and Women’s College Hospitals.
Jenny Telfer-Crum Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jenny Telfer-Crum
BScHK (Hons), MScPT
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Jenny's passion is helping women to better understand and reconnect with their bodies to help address their pelvic health concerns through education, education and empowerment. Women’s pelvic health has, unfortunately, been considered a taboo topic and has historically been overlooked in health education, our medical system, and our culture as a whole. This means that concerns about bladder leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual pain or pelvic/low back pain that have been overlooked or considered “normal” with aging or after having children. Through her role as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, she has worked with women to identify and talk about these issues, as well as review how to address them through a multifaceted, holistic health approach. This approach includes physiotherapy assessment and treatment (internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles available, as well as gentle manual therapy techniques internally and externally), as well as addressing other contributing factors as such health history, stress, sleep, relationships, exercise.

Through Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, her goal is to help you feel great - physically and emotionally – so that you can exercise without leaking, enjoy pain-free sex, and resume your preferred activities feeling supported, comfortable and confident. Jenny has always had an interest in women’s health and wellness concerns, including fitness, pain management, stress reduction and sexuality, and she integrates all these topics into her Biopsychosocial approach.

Aside from holding clinic hours in Milton and Burlington Ontario, she also spends time as teaching assistant with Pelvic Health Solutions in Vaughn, Ontario, and Antony Lo - The Physio Detective internationally and Jenny also enjoys singing, dancing, being outdoors and doing various forms of fitness including CrossFit.

Robyn Synnott Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Robyn Synnott
Pelvic Health + Orthopedic Physiotherapist Yoga Teacher CYA-E-RYT500
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Robyn Synnott aspires to help women learn to trust and appreciate their body, to empower them to take charge of their health, and to focus their treatment on what is most important to them. She also has a passion for helping infants to feed and bond with their mothers as well as helping children with pelvic health concerns.

She has worked as a physiotherapist in the Halton region (Burlington, Oakville, and Milton) for the past 10 years. She began working as an orthopedic physiotherapist with a strong focus on osteopathic techniques and pain science. In 2014, she began to narrow her focus to women's health. Since then, she has completed extensive, specialized training in pelvic health. She operates a small practice, Ebb + Flow Wellness, within the calming space of Be Yoga, in Burlington. Recently, she is also offering treatments for infants and mothers to help with breastfeeding, and children with pelvic health concerns at Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry.

Robyn has a special interest in helping women in their reproductive years to feel empowered and to have confidence in the strength that their body holds. She has focused her training in healthy menstrual cycles, fertility, pregnancy, labour/birth, postpartum, pain science, and breastfeeding support. Her training also includes methods to help infants with breastfeeding. She approaches treatment using a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care that truly values the importance of the body, mind, and spirit and includes integrative medicine that addresses lifestyle factors that might be contributing to each clients concerns.

Robyn is one of a select few Canadian physiotherapists that have gone through advanced skills training in labour and birth, and breastfeeding support. Robyn has extensive clinical experience in myofascial release and osteopathic techniques such as craniosacral therapy.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and son; as well as yoga and hiking in her spare time. She loves to garden and cook. When she gets the chance, she loves to travel and explore new places and cultures.

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Amy Wheeler
Ph.D., President IAYT
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​Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 21 years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology.

Amy has extensive Yoga training in the Krishnamacharya Tradition and was certified as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Amy helped to set standards for Yoga Therapist in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

Amy is a Co-Founder of The Optimal State of Living, an organization that certifies Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels.

Amy is President of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT).

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Dr. Ben Fung
PT, Co-Founder UpDoc Media
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With a previous background in Bioengineering & Psychology, Ben has experienced every level of work in clinical healthcare, from laboring as an aide to serving as a program director; in settings such as major trauma hospitals to rural home care.

His career path has thematically revolved around innovation, business strategy, and public roles. Such roles have provided him substantial experience in organizational behavior, public outreach through news media and national conferences, multiple service line developments, market analysis, and operational optimization to which he has also had the privilege in consulting for venture capitalists, healthcare executives, and small business owners.

Ben is currently the COO & Co-Founder for UpDoc Media as well as CFO & Co-Founder for Recharge, a novel blend of Physio, CrossFit, and Mindfulness.

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Jerry Durham
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Jerry Durham helps Physical Therapy Practice owners engage patients for great results. Following graduation from Physical Therapy school, Jerry practiced in a variety of settings, inpatient and outpatient, from small independent clinics to large hospitals and from the very beginning, Jerry questioned why there wasn’t an emphasis placed on treating patients as individuals, with unique concerns and objectives and why more effort wasn’t being made to develop true relationships with patients.

Jerry’s experiences in these settings fueled his drive to prove that you can increase arrivals, decrease no shows and cancellations and achieve great results all through the relationship between your clinic and your patients.


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Melissa Dessaulles
BScPT, BScKin, Cert Pelvic Health
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Melissa is a registered physical therapist with extensive post graduate training in the management and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and perinatal health. She has completed certification in the areas of pelvic floor rehabilitation, pre/ post natal care, urogynecology, orthopedics and neurology.

A graduate of the physical therapy program from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006, Melissa has a special interest in to the area of Women’s Health. It was her journey through pregnancy and postpartum recovery in which she struggled with leaking, diastasis and multiple injuries that she noticed a lack of awareness towards the pelvic floor and a gap in care for postpartum women. 

Melissa is behind the scenes of Mommy Berries where she works to raise awareness of prenatal and postnatal care for all women (follow her on instagram @mommyberrieshealth or on Facebook @mommyberries.

You can also find her in person at Wave Physiotherapy in Kelowna, BC.  

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Stephen-Fritz Millett
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Stephen-Fritz Millett has an extensive background in the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, management and communication. He retired from the Canadian Army in 2016 as a senior officer with mover thirty years of service. For the past ten years he has worked in the corporate world as a training consultant. In addition to this, he has decades of volunteer experience working in not-for-profit community organizations. Steve has had articles published in journals and texts in his area of expertise, “the comprehensive approach.” This is an approach that seeks to bring disparate actors and agencies together to solve complex problems in crisis zones.
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Diane Jacobs
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Diane Jacobs graduated from U. Sask with a physiotherapy diploma in 1971, started using manual therapy in1983, and went solo in 1994. She has been interested in pain science and working cutaneous nerves into the manual therapy story since 1998; she calls this ‘dermoneuromodulating’. She helped to found the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division in 2009 and served on it until 2014. In 2016 she published a book, DermoNeuroModulating. Her time is spent treating, writing, teaching internationally, and presenting. 
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Naomi Casiro
MPT, BSc., PWR! Certified therapist, Bobath trained
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Naomi Casiro is a Physiotherapist and the founder of NeuroFit BC, a Parkinson's only physiotherapy practice. She is a certified PWR! Therapist and has completed both basic and advanced postgraduate training in the Bobath concept. Naomi is an educator for clinicians on the topic of treating Parkinson's both at UBC and through her course "Changing Parkinson's: Exercise as a Primary Treatment". She has a background in Kinesiology and Personal Training and strives to combine the worlds of exercise and rehab to give patients a more effective approach to health and recovery. Naomi is currently running both group and 1:1 Parkinson’s treatment programs and aims to open Vancouver’s first Neuro-Gym to specifically service PD and Stroke patients in the future.TitleChanging Parkinson’s: Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary TreatmentStreamNeurologySummaryResearch showing the benefits of exercise as a primary treatment for Parkinson’s Disease has exploded over the last 5 years. As physiotherapists our expertise is integral in providing effective functional exercise for this population.
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Anthony Teoli
MScPT, Physiotherapist
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Anthony Teoli graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. Anthony currently works as a physiotherapist at CBI Concordia Sport Physio, a private physiotherapy clinic located in Laval, Quebec. He is also the President and Founder of InfoPhysiotherapy (, an online platform dedicated to providing evidence-based continuing education for physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals worldwide. Anthony is currently completing his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. His current research involves better understanding mechanisms of non-traumatic and post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis initiation and progression, clinical outcomes in patients post total knee arthroplasty, gait biomechanics and knowledge translation. Anthony has presented his research and has presented on best practice for knee osteoarthritis management at provincial, national and international conferences.
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Sinead Dufour
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Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health. Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario.
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Amber Morphy
Pelvic Floor Yoga Specialist
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Amber practices a variety of styles of yoga, Ashtanga, Moksha and Yin. Her passion is YIN! She received her Fitness Theory Course and Group Instructors certification through the YMCA and has also attained her CPTN Yoga instructors certification. In August 2009, she had the good fortune to travelling to British Columbia and received her YIN Yoga Teacher Trainer under the guidance of Bernie Clark.
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Acupuncture Division

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The Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association supports physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants in advancing the use of acupuncture as an established core competency in physiotherapy clinical practice.


To promote acupuncture and encourage an actively engaged membership who are committed to lifelong learning and excellence in practice in order to promote health and well-being among their patients.


To provide leadership and direction to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants who are members of the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in advancing the utilization of acupuncture in clinical practice by promoting excellence in direct care, education and research.

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Animal Rehabilitation Division

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The Animal Rehabilitation Division (ARD) is comprised of a group of physical therapists passionate about the physical health and function of our canine and equine patients. We realize the importance of animals in our society and appreciate the joy of seeing them reach their full potential.

The ARD advocates that registered physiotherapists are the professionals of choice to provide animal rehabilitation. The ARD is a resource for the best practice of animal rehabilitation through education, professional development and communication within the animal health care industry. 

The benefits of membership in the division are:

  • Reduced rates on courses
  • Quarterly e-newsletter
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Access to professional malpractice insurance for animal rehab
  • Product discounts
  • Educational opportunities in the U.S.
  • Advocacy
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Cardiorespiratory Division

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The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) unites physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. We provide a valuable forum for our members to share information relevant to working with clients across the lifespan and in all areas of cardiorespiratory.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and encourage networking, we produce our newsletter, the Gas Exchange, three times per year and relay information on job opportunities, online resources, courses and other educational events.

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Global Health Division

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The Global Health Division (GHD) is comprised of a passionate group of physical therapists who have worked in or are interested in working in resource-poor settings globally. We advocate for sustainable collaboration that elevates the profession of physiotherapy worldwide.

Our Vision is to become a strong advocate group for the role of physiotherapists in the area of global health. The GHD strives to become a reliable and valuable resource for its members, through providing access to research, policies, experiences of other members, and opportunities.The GHD aims to foster an understanding of how socioeconomic determinants of health underpin health inequities and how global work comprises responsible strategies to achieve health equity. The GHD strives to support its members to get involved in ethical, collaborative, sustainable and effective global health work. The GHD endeavours to promote the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples through advocating for changes within the physiotherapy profession in the spirit of reconciliation.

The mission of the Global Health Division (GHD) is to advocate for the unique role that physiotherapists have in global health and to encourage Canadian physiotherapists to engage in ethical global health work.

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Leadership Division

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The Leadership Division's role is to coordinate, promote, and provide programs and services for the acknowledgement and development of leadership skills and attributes in physiotherapists.

  • Unites Canadian Physiotherapy Association members who are interested in all aspects of leadership in physiotherapy
  • Makes available information and educational materials related to physiotherapy leadership
  • Develops and offers workshops and links to other professional development opportunities
  • Encourages the development and publication of research in the field of leadership in physiotherapy services in Canada and elsewher
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Neurosciences Division

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Welcome to the Neurosciences Division (NSD), a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

We are a national organization operated by volunteers with a passion for neurological physiotherapy. We connect physiotherapists working in neurological settings to learning opportunities and a community of colleagues across the country.

The Neurosciences Division (NSD) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Our Aim is to assist neuroscience physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in enabling their clients to reach their full potential and participation in their communities through assessment, treatment, assistance, consultation, education, and research.

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Oncology Division

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We are committed to education physiotherapists ad the general public about the essential role of cancer rehabilitation in the continuum of cancer care.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life, independence and well-being of individuals affected by cancer.

Our Mission to promote and advance the practice of physical therapy for cancer patients and survivors by promoting ongoing evidence-based education, facilitating inter-professional collaboration, and fostering the exchange of clinical and research knowledge between its members.

We strive to advocate for the unique role of physiotherapists in the continuum of cancer care; Increase public awarenes of the benefits of physiotehrapy in the care of cancer patients and survivors; Ensure that patients have unencumbered access to cancer rehabilitation services; Promote ongoing professional development; Encourage the development and publication of research within the field of oncology; Provide its members with opportunities for networking and collaboration

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Orthopaedic Division

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The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association helps our members improve their skills and service delivery through education, resources and networking.

With a reputation built on excellent instructors and a rigorous examination process, the Division offers tailored online e-learning, webinars, workshops, courses and practice resources for members at a reasonable cost and time commitment. Members learn from other practicing physiotherapists and stay current with a regularly updated curriculum and program delivery based on providing quality and modern treatment.

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Paediatric Division

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The Paediatric Division is a special interest group within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Our membership consists of clinicians from all practice settings, students, educators, researchers, physiotherapy assistants and administrators all of whom have a passion for promoting participation and enhancing the lives of children and their families. We are dedicated to provide resources and information for paediatric patients and their families to promote participation and function independence in all aspects of life.

Paediatric physiotherapists employ clinical expertise in the early detection of health problems, treatment, education and management of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, cardiorespiratory or acquired disorders/diseases. Paediatric physiotherapists work with children of all ages, from infants through young adulthood to promote participation and functional independence. Paediatric physiotherapists have a unique role in that they not only work with the child, but also their families in the context of their daily home, school and recreational environment.

Paediatric physiotherapists use validated outcome measures to assess the level of strength, flexibility, gross-, and fine-motor coordination and overall functional capabilities to determine participation limitations or restrictions as a result of injury, disease or disability.

Through analysis of objective assessment findings, the paediatric physiotherapist uses evidence-based treatment interventions specifically tailored to the client and their family's goals. Treatment interventions focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.

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Pain Science Division

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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. The mission of the Pain Science Division is to: Foster connections and collaborations between clinicians, educators and researchers interested in pain and physiotherapy, facilitate the bidirectional translation of knowledge between pain research and clinical practice and integrate the professional interests of Canadian physiotherapists within national and international pain networks.

The PSD wants to help advance the level of pain education across the country. Pain is a multi-faceted and complex experience that warrants careful consideration and reflection by both entry-level students and experienced clinicians. Our goal is to address this issue from a multi-pronged perspective. In addition to providing clinicians with opportunities for professional development we also want to be in close communication with university-level educators and clinical specialization regulators. 

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Seniors' Health Division

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The Seniors’ Health Division (SHD) is a special interest group within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. SHD is committed to providing members with services related to older adult health and physiotherapy practice.

It is comprised of physiotherapists from across Canada who work with older adults in a variety of practice settings, including acute geriatric care, geriatric rehabilitative and restorative units, long term care settings, community based and home care settings.

SHD is a member of The International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older Persons.

Vision of the Seniors' Health Division: Older Canadians are moving, moving more and moving better with the help of physiotherapists.

Mission of the Seniors' Health Division: To support our members in providing excellent physiotherapy care to optimize the independence and quality of life of older adults.

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Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC)

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To provide leadership and direction to members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for the advancement of sport physical therapy by fostering excellence in practice, education and research for the benefit of active Canadians.

A dynamic organization, national in scope, which can effectively facilitate research, communication, education and service delivery while providing leadership and recognition in sport physical therapy.

An organization which coordinates, promotes and provides programs and services for the health, safety and optimal performance of all participants in sport and sport physical therapy.

Sport Physiotherapy Canada is committed to act with integrity, to honour the rights and dignity of all individuals, to recognize their responsibility to society, and to pursue a quest for excellence in professional activities by:

  • recognizing and uniting the members of the CPA interested in all aspects of Sport Physiotherapy
  • providing leadership in the advancement of health promotion / injury prevention, education and service to active individuals
  • openly sharing knowledge and information with our partners in the Sports Medicine and Science Community
  • maintaining high standards of the delivery of sport physiotherapy
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Women's Health Division

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The Women’s Health Division (WHD) is a not-for-profit division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) that is managed, operated, and advanced by volunteers with a passion for women’s health. We are a dynamic organization, national in scope, that effectively facilitates communication, education and service delivery for physiotherapy practitioners on topics specific to women’s health.

Our mission is to provide leadership and direction to members of the CPA for the advancement of physiotherapy practice in women’s health by fostering excellence in practice, education, and research for the benefit of Canadians.

We aim to:

  • Acquire and make available information and educational materials
  • Encourage and develop the publication of research in the field
  • Facilitate communication between and among members
  • Promote ongoing professional development
  • Enhance physiotherapy service delivery specific to women’s health and/or pelvic health.
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Private Practice Division

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Or mission is to provide an interface to engage, educate and elevate the physiotherapy enterprise and to Inspire the entrepreneurial physiotherapist to engage in business best practice, strategic execution and innovation.


  • Develop and share tools, resources and expertise to support the physiotherapist in achieving business excellence
  • Facilitate the highest standards of professional practice management
  • Promote the interchange of professional skills and ideas
  • Accountability and fiscal responsibility
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Leigh Blashki
Yoga Therapist
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Leigh Blashki is widely regarded as the father of yoga therapy in Australia. Founder of the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy, past- President of Yoga Australia, advisory councillor for the IAYT and AAYT and a member of the IAYT Certification and Ethics Complaints Review Committees.

With influence from a number of traditions and teachers, including Sri Yogendra, Swami Gitananda, A.G. Mohan, Donna Farhi and Dr. Richard Miller, Leigh has taught yoga for 38 years and practiced Yoga therapy for 24 years.

He is sought-after presenter internationally and in Australia and has presented on yoga therapy in India, the US, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia in recent years.

In 2013, he was humbled and honoured with an IAYT Presidential Award for extraordinary service to the field of yoga therapy.

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Nydia Tijerina Darby
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Nydia is Doctor of Physical Therapy and an experienced yoga educator. She developed the Therapeutic Astanga Method™ (TAM™) over the course of 38 years and is the Owner & Director of Nydia’s Yoga Therapy Studio and Director of Therapeutics at the Open Hand Institute in Texas.

She is adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University in SA, Texas. She developed and implemented the curriculum for two Yoga 3 hour credit courses offered within the Exercise Sports Science Department.

Nydia is a published author of yoga research in the Journal of Physiotherapy, Theory & Practice 2015. She developed and implemented the Yoga protocol in an extensive Yoga & Breast Cancer research collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center.

She also offers continuing education for Rehabilitation Specialists in order to introduce her method of therapeutic yoga for clinical use and acts as a liaison between the yoga and medical communities in Texas.

Nydia has combined work in orthopedic, spine and pelvic health physical therapy with extensive movement, fitness and yoga experience to create a unique service that melds traditional western physical therapy with traditional eastern Hatha yoga lifestyle practices.

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Timothy Gordon
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Timothy Gordon is an award winning author, social worker and peer-reviewed ACT trainer. He specializes in treating attachment and trauma related disorders.

Tim is also a yoga teacher who integrates movement and yoga practices into his work.

He has worked in research on grant funded projects and in applied settings, including Canada's Parliament.

Currently Tim divides his time between an independent practice where he carries a full time caseload and teaching.

Tim is passionate about empowering people in various settings to integrate acceptance and mindfulness into their work.

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Chrystal Assee

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Chrystal Assee is a clinical yoga therapist, meditation counsellor and mental health professional and the owner and founder of Yogalogy. Yogalogy was born with the ideology of, integrating yoga into conventional mental health modalities. The intention is of helping clients align with their capacity to heal and transform from within.

Chrystal has worked in the mental health field for over a decade and half with children, teens and adults, within various settings such as men’s prisons, social service agencies for child protection, as well as with trauma victims and community agencies for crisis related situations. Her academic path started with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a specialization in human relations.

After her first yoga class close to 10 years ago, Chrystal knew that yoga was powerful beyond measure. She went on to acquire over 1000 hours of yoga trainings, 800 hours in yoga therapy, including iRest, and 400 hours as a yoga teacher.
This led her to integrating the ancient knowledge of yoga into her work with clients with mental health difficulties. The results were consistent with the benefits of healing clients.

Since the birth of Yogalogy it has reinforced her belief that yoga is therapeutic, and she endeavours to keep studying and raising awareness of yoga as a therapy.

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Dr. Louis Liu
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Dr. Louis Liu, completed his Bachelor, Masters and PhD in Engineering, followed by Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University. He is the Head of Gastroenterology in University Health Network and Sinai Health System, and the Director of the Clinical Motility Unit in University Health Network. Dr. Liu has been actively involved in medical education. He established the University of Toronto Neurogastroenterology and Motility Fellowship Program in 2009 and the International Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at UHN and MSH. In addition, he served as the course co-director of the Metabolism and Nutrition Unit in the University of Toronto undergraduate MD Program between 2011-2015. Internationally, he is the University of Toronto Lead of the GI Residency Training Program at Addis Ababa University of Ethiopia and inaugurated the first Endoscopy Training Center in Ethiopia at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital with the support from World Gastroenterology Organization in 2015. He is a dedicated and accomplished educator and researcher who has received multiple education and research awards.

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Rick Lau
Healthcare Entrepreneur
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Has built three 10 million dollar healthcare businesses over the past 15 years including a network of 127 clinics with over 1400 employees. He is one of the most sought-after mentors for clinic owners in Canada and USA where he helps owners double, triple, and even quadruple their revenue while having more freedom than they ever thought possible.

Rick also hosts the largest clinic owner business summit in Canada, ACCELERATE LIVE. Sold out early to a hungry crowd of 300+clinic owners, Rick delivered cutting-edge keynote speeches alongside 19 other 7-figure health business owners.

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Rosen Kolev
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Rosen obtained a Masters degree in Physiotherapy at NSA in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1994. He practiced at the Regional Hospital in his home town of Dobrich until 2001 and ran his own private practice gaining vast experience in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation. During the same period, he was a clinical trainer and teacher at the Physiotherapy Assistants program of the local Medical College.
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Razi Khaddage
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As a biomedical engineer, Razi’s technical expertise enables OrthoCanada’s customers to make more informed decisions - whether looking to better understand why the BNR is important in assessing the quality of an ultrasound, or troubleshooting a technical issue with a modality.
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Seanna Robinson

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Seanna Robinson has been a competitive runner for over 28 years and has been coaching and guiding others for over 20 years. She has been a national level competitor in track & field and cross-country and has completed eleven marathons including one in an Ironman.

As an elite level masters runner (over 40 years of age), Seanna continues to train and race competitively and is continually researching and educating herself on mental and physical ways to improve performance despite getting older. Seanna loves working with athletes of all ages and abilities as she truly believes that helping people to improve through running can help them in so many other areas of life. (She also secretly believes that the world would be a better place if more people were runners J )

Seanna lives in Toronto with her endurance sports junkie husband, two kids and adorable cat. She trains with and coaches dozens of runners in a group which she founded called the Lower East Siders.

Her Personal Bests include:

1500m – 4:36; 10K – 36:40; Marathon – 2:51; Half-Marathon – 1:21; Ironman – 10:38

Seanna Robinson – Credentials

Seanna has a Phys. Ed degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University. She has coached many levels of runners from beginners, to marathoners, to high-competitive track runners. She has led numerous formal running clinics through running retailers and was a coach with the University of Toronto for their Jr. Development track and x-country teams.

Seanna started her corporate wellness company RunningWell Inc. in 2014 and through that has had the opportunity to lead and work with many corporate clients towards their first races and personal bests.

Seanna has written articles for Canadian Running Magazine and continues to be sought out as a speaker for running clinics at stores and corporate events.

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Tammy Boucher
BScPT OrthoCanada Vice President, Sales
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Having practiced as a physiotherapist for 11 years prior to joining OrthoCanada in 2007, clinicians trust in Tammy’s ability to guide them through complicated equipment purchasing decisions, based on their unique needs and budget. Tammy has managed well over 100 clinic setups over the last 10 years.
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Paul Moon
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Paul worked for 15 years as the Chief Operating Officer at one of Canada's largest physiotherapy companies with over 1400 employees. During his time he acquired over 60 clinics, structured 22 partnerships, and sold over 127 clinics.
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Dr O.R. (Femi) Ayeni
MD PhD FRCSC Dip Sport Med.
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Dr Ayeni is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at McMaster University. He is currently the medical director for the Hamilton Tiger Cats (Canadian Football League) and Forge FC (Canadian Premier League) and previously served as the assistant team physician for the New Jersey Nets (National Basketball Association). He has published over 300 academic publications in sports medicine as well as several textbooks focused on sports medicine/research. He is considered a leading authority on hip injuries and conditions in the young adult as this is a substantial portion of his clinical practice. He has spoken widely across the globe on evidence based approaches to evaluate and treat hip related syndromes and conditions.
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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

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As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.
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Stephanie Reynolds
CYA-200, Director of The Willow Studio
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Stephanie is a certified yoga instructor with additional certifications in prenatal, postnatal, and pelvic floor fitness.  She is the owner of The Willow Studio, a yoga, fitness and Pilates studio in Peterborough, Ontario, specializing in core and pelvic floor health.  She has been teaching her signature Pelvic Floor Fitness Workshop and Core & Floor Yoga classes to women across Ontario since 2015. Stephanie is passionate about empowering women to prevent or reverse pelvic floor issues so that they can feel strong and confident in their bodies.

Before becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2014, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Calgary, and has worked in environmental consulting and government policy across Canada.

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Emma Jack
PT, MClSc(Manip. Therapy), BSc(HKin), FCAMPT, Sport Dip.
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Emma Jack is a sport and orthopedic physiotherapist and owns her own practice Press Play Physiotherapy and Pilates in London, Ontario. 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 things are ultimately what also left her feeling intense anxiety, 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 feels passionate about sharing her story and 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 and professionals on their journey to personal and professional success.

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Dr. Ginger Garner
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Dr. Garner is a physical therapist, author, educator and founder of Living Well Institute. She received her master and doctorate degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a licensed athletic trainer (ATC, LAT) professional yoga therapist (PYT), and board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM). She has specialized in chronic pain & orthopaedics in women’s health since 1995 and opened one of the first integrative yoga-based PT clinics in the US in 1999. She launched Living Well, Inc. in 2000 and Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® in 2001, where she has since trained thousands of therapists and doctors worldwide. Dr. Garner is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for translated in 4 foreign languages. She balances teaching and writing with her clinical practice, EudeMOMia,TM located in Greensboro, NC.

Ginger is active in the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as the North Carolina Legislative Chair. She also serves the US National Committee for UN Women as secretary of the board of directors. Ginger is committed to resolving equality issues in healthcare, which she believes is at the heart of nurturing real healthcare reform. In her spare time, Ginger performs with choral groups around the world and also conducts physical therapy-based vocal performance workshops. Ginger lives with her husband, three sons, and their rescue pup, Scout, in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Visit Ginger at
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Dr. Aaron LeBauer
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Aaron LeBauer is the host of The CashPT Lunch Hour Podcast, The CashPT Nation Facebook group and has helped 1000’s of passionate physical therapists create and grow successful businesses without relying on insurance.

He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Massage Therapist, and Baptiste Inspired Yoga Teacher. He opened LeBauer Physical Therapy, a 100% cash-based physical therapy practice in Greensboro, NC with his wife Andra the day after he graduated from PT school in 2008. After seeing 43 patients in one day as a PT student, he knew he could not treat patients effectively in the insurance model. LeBauer started his 100% cash practice so he could treat patients as unique individuals and without influence by insurance reimbursement and has inspired 1000’s of others to do the same even when physicians, professors, and other physical therapists think it’s a crazy idea, unethical or will simply not work.

He is on a mission to save 100 million people from unnecessary surgery by helping other passionate therapists succeed in business and learn how to market directly to patients.

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Katie Kelly, PT
Bsc., MSc. PT Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
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Katie Kelly has been practising as a women’s health and pelvic floor physiotherapist since 2010. She is the owner/operator of her practise, Katie Kelly Physiotherapy, in Moncton, NB. Katie is often a guest lecturer for the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University on the topics of the role of physiotherapy in pregnancy, pelvic floor and exercise for obesity and weight management. She is an active contributing author to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division Newsletter. Katie has formed a relationship with Mount Allison University’s Sexual Health Laboratory to research chronic pelvic and genital pain conditions. She received both her BSc and MSc in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, is a member of the New Brunswick College of Physiotherapists, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division, the Canadian Sex Researcher Forum and the Canadian Obesity Network. Katie’s overwhelming curiosity for pelvic health physiotherapy drives her to continuously take deep dives into topics of interest.
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Alison Bonnyman
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Alison Bonnyman is a physiotherapist and Lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy. She completed her BSc PT from the University of Toronto and MSc in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University. Alison is the Academic Program Coordinator of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program (OIEPBP). Alison is the founder of the Canadian Aquatic Rehabilitation Institute lecturing, consulting and teaching aquatic therapy in Canada.
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Janice Taylor
Private Physiotherapist
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Janice is a physiotherapist with expertise in Aromatherapy. She became a physiotherapist in 2000 and she has since practiced in Orthopedics, Pelvic Health & Pediatrics. She has work as an instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions for the last 6 years.
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Mercedes Eustergerling
BKin, PT, Lactation Consultant
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Mercedes is a women’s health physiotherapist and the founder of Vida Health & Wellness in Calgary, Alberta. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.

Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support and is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is passionate about bringing a physiotherapy approach to the lactation world and bringing lactation into the physiotherapy practice. Mercedes conducts research on breastfeeding and lactation-related conditions, and she teaches courses on infant feeding for health professionals across North America.

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Teresa Liu-Ambrose
PhD, PT, Professor
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Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Health. She is the Research Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Clinic ( and Director of the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory ( Dr. Liu-Ambrose is an associate member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose has a leadership role in two major Canadian Institutes of Health Research initiatives in aging – the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging (CLSA) and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Recognition of Dr. Liu-Ambrose’s research excellence include her national research chair award (Canada Research Chair), 2 national salary awards (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada), 1 provincial salary award (Michael Smith Foundation of Canada), and 2 institution research excellent awards (Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement in Clinical Research and Peter Wall Scholar Award). She also received the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose is known internationally for her work in randomized controlled trials of exercise with cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults. Her research findings have been implemented in health authorities, translated into a provincial-wide program, and influenced international practice guidelines to promote healthy aging.

Dave Walton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dave Walton
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Following a 10-year clinical career, Dave completed his PhD at Western University (London Ontario) in 2010 where he is now Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy and Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab, Honorary Associate Professor with the Discipline of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, and Associate Editor of the scientific journal Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.

He is the Principal Investigator on a number of large-scale initiatives including the SYMBIOME acute trauma recovery cohort study and the Physio Moves Canada qualitative exploration of threats, opportunities, and innovations for physiotherapy practice in Canada. Having authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, he is recognized for expertise in measuring, predicting, and preventing chronic pain and the role of trauma and stress in the experiences of pain, mobility, and quality of life.

Jim Elliott Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jim Elliott

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Jim completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (UQ) in 2007 and a post-doctoral fellowship (2010) also at UQ (CCRE-Spine).

He is currently a Professor of Allied Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Local Health District. Prior to this, Jim was a tenure-track Associate Professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where he remains an adjunct Professor and Principal Investigator of the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Laboratory.


Sarah Oosman Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Sarah Oosman
BSc, MSc, PhD, BScPT
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Dr. Sarah Oosman is deeply committed to Indigenous community driven action research that leads to the development and implementation of culture-based, meaningful health promoting interventions across the lifespan. Dr. Oosman brings a team science approach to her research focusing on community perspectives of healthy aging within, between, and across generations, connecting seniors to youth in ways that are strongly grounded in Indigenous worldview. Her core research team is a partnership with 2 Métis community members (L. Durocher, T.J. Roy) and a medical anthropologist (Dr. S. Abonyi), applying reconciliation into research practice. She explores unique experiential learning opportunities within Indigenous contexts to enhance the development of cultural humility among physical therapy students as a way to positively influence cultural safety in our Canadian health system.
Dr. Sylvia Abonyi Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Sylvia Abonyi
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Dr. Abonyi is an anthropologist working primarily in the area of Aboriginal health. She explores the role of culture in health with a number of research projects located in northern and remote Saskatchewan and across the Prairie provinces. She is an associate professor with the University of Saskatchewan’s Community Health and Epidemiology Department. From 2005-2014, she held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health.
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Dr. Samir K. Sinha
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Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario government to serve as the expert lead of the Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Recently, Dr. Sinha became the founding Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for Canada’s new National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University.

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Sinha’s breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults and around the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health. In 2014, Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly. Dr. Sinha is the co-principal applicant for the CIHR funding opportunity which supported this work.

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Jasdeep Dhir
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Clinical Specialist, Musculoskeletal
Registered Physiotherapist
Director-Ontario Physiotherapy Association
Secretary-National Orthopaedic Division, Canadian Physio. Assoc.
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto
Assistant Clinical Professor (part time)- McMaster University
Co-Founder/Facilitator - COMPASS Interactive Workshops
Twitter @JasDhirPT

Jasdeep Dhir is the owner and director of an outpatient orthopaedic practice and has been treating patients for over 17 years. In that time she has completed her transitional Post Professional Doctorate in MSK Management from EIM and an MClSc (MT) from Western University. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She has also earned the Clinical Specialist, Musculoskeletal designation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  She also instructs and mentors within the Orthopaedic Division education system.  She is as Adjunct Lecturer in the MPT program at the University of Toronto and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (part time) and Sessional Instructor in the MPT program at McMaster University. She is an advocate for the profession as demonstrated by her numerous Committee involvements. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and fills the role of Secretary of the National Orthopaedic Division. She has presented at symposia at both the provincial and national levels. She is also involved in providing and facilitating a variety of continuing education courses. She is the Co- Founder of COMPASS Interactive workshops, which provides continuing education in Interpersonal skills development. She has been recognized for contributions in teaching at the University of Toronto and awarded for excellence in mentorship by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Marlysa Sullivan Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Marlysa Sullivan
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Marlysa is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with over 15 years of experience working with people suffering with chronic pain conditions. She is an Assistant Professor in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Health Sciences at Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds an adjunct position at Emory University, where she teaches the integration of yoga and mindfulness into physical therapy practice in the DPT program. She is also the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being and co-editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain as well as several peer-reviewed articles.

Marlysa has been involved in the professionalization of the field of yoga therapy through the educational standards committee of IAYT, which helped to define the competencies for the field, and in characterizing the yoga therapy workforce through research. Her research interests focus on defining the framework and explanatory model for yoga therapy based on philosophical and neurophysiological perspectives.

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Nicole Sullivan
Owner, Co-Director & Registered Physiotherapist at [mend]physio + Therapy Lead at Volleyball Canada Beach National Team
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Nicole is a physiotherapist, strength and conditioning specialist, lead therapist with Volleyball Canada’s Beach National Team, and co-founder of [mend]physio. An avid learner, she has studied and taught with many teachers in a variety of settings, but continues to learn the most from her patients and their stories. She uses an individualized, evidence informed approach in clinical practice, and is passionate about patient empowerment, simplifying complex concepts, and understanding the barriers to knowledge translation in physiotherapy education and practice.
Diane Lee Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Diane Lee
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Diane graduated with distinction from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in the Science of Rehabilitation in 1976. She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1976 and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy since 1981 (FCAMT). She completed  certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2001, Yoga teacher training in 2012, pelvic floor certification in 2013 and was recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a clinical specialist in Woman’s Health in 2016.

She was an instructor and a chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA’s fellowship examinations (CAMT) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development both for the CAMT program and her own series of courses.

She is well published (books, chapters and journal articles) and the innovator of two pelvic support belts for which she holds the patent; The Com-Pressor and the Baby Belly Pelvic Support (

Diane owns, directs and is a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates She has continued to maintain an on-going clinical practice for over 40 years and while she follows the research evidence closely, she draws from this deep clinical experience for her teaching and lecturing in the clinic, in Canada and internationally.

Diane has had the honour of collaborating with local, national and worldwide authorities to further her own education and integrates this knowledge into courses/models she teaches.  Her combined clinical and education experience culminated in the co-development of The Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (ISM), (Lee Diane & Lee Linda-Joy 2007 – 2013) the model she continues to teach and now solely evolve under the abbreviated title – the Integrated Systems Model – alongside her senior assistants from Diane Lee & Associates.

Scotty Butcher Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Scotty Butcher
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Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and co-founder of Strength Rebels. He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta.He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished.

Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging.

Carrie Smith Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Carrie Smith
BScPT, Certified Canine Rehab Therapist
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Carrie Smith is the owner of Kemptville Physiotherapy Centre in North Grenville. She has been working as a physiotherapist for over 30 years and started treating dogs about 15 years ago. After working in vet clinics with clients for just over ten years, Carrie decided to expand her practice and open up a canine physiotherapy clinic right next to her practice in Kemptville. Her Animal Rehabilitation clinic is one of only three of its kind in Canada.
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Christina Prevett (Nowak)
MScPT, CSCS, PhD (c); Stave Off Co-Owner
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Christina finished her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation, especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in 2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and prevention of disability. She obtained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2014. She interned at McMaster University in Strength and Conditioning. She was a member of the medical staff at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, ON.

Christina teaches internationally on physiotherapy and exercise for the older adult. Her course, Modern Management of the Older Adult with Dustin Jones through the Institute of Clinical Excellence helps therapists provide quality care to their older clients.

Christina is a mom of Mya, a fur mom of Boomer and Bailey and is a national level weightlifter competing in the 64 and 71 kg weight classes

Paul Wright Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Paul Wright
Paul Wright B.App.Sc (Physio), Dip. Ed. (Phys. Ed.), Adv. Dip. Business Management
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Since graduating as a Physical Education teacher in 1987, and then as a physiotherapist in 1990, Paul Wright has opened multiple multi-disciplinary health clinics, closed a few, been locked out of one and sold some others. He has employed countless therapists and support staff, fired some and re-hired others.

Paul has been actively involved in clinical education around the world having lectured to over 25,000 health professionals - in the areas of program design, injury prevention, rehabilitation and business development and even found the time to win multiple titles as a competitive bodybuilder.

Paul Wright is living proof this “Ultimate Health Business Lifestyle” is possible.

At one stage he owned 6 successful Get Active Physiotherapy clinics in Australia, yet still spent more time at home than his wife preferred, never missed a school concert or sports carnival, and visited his clinics for only a few hours each week. While doing this he did not even live in the same city as 5 of his clinics!

Since selling his health businesses Paul now prefers spending even more time with his family and friends, at the beach, or at home working on the Million Dollar Health Professional Program, Profit Club, One on One Coaching, The Practice Acceleration Program, presenting live seminars and working on his most recent passion – The One Minute Practice program.

Karim Meghji Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Karim Meghji
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Karim has a degree in Behavioural Psychology from McMaster University and a Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto. For over a decade he has combined certifications in Medical Acupuncture, Gunn IMS, Spinal Manipulation and other Manual and Active therapy approaches into an Accession of Complimentary Rehabilitative Medicine.

He has extensive work experience in Sports Medicine and Injury Rehabilitation in the private practice setting. In addition to his efforts with the Private Practice Division, he volunteers as a Heath Board Executive within the Shia Ismaili Muslim community designing and implementing Health and Wellness Seminars and Lifestyle Improvement Initiatives.

Mindy Silva Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Mindy Silva
BSc, MScMed, PGCertHealSc
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Mindy is a paediatric physiotherapist with a masters degree in child health and neurodevelopment. She is completing her PhD through the University of Otago with a focus on using available technology to support parents in managing home therapy programmes. The central theme being the integration of behaviour change science into clinical practice. Mindy maintains a part time clinical caseload and also serves on the Guidelines and Consensus Committee of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Paediatric Special Interest Group and The Clinical Reference Group for Cerebral Palsy in the New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Network. Her passion, besides the children and families she works with, is using technology to share the experience and voice of expert clinicians with other therapists and building international clinical networks through wired On Development and The Wired Collective. Wired On Development a free podcast series that showcases clinical excellence in paediatric neuromotor rehabilitation and The Wired Collective is a premium online membership for paediatric physios and occupational therapists who use technology to increase their clinical efficiency, their academic knowledge, and their professional networks.
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Dr. Vanessa Valdes
L.Ac., DPT, OCS.
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Dr. Valdes is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since 2013. She began her career with a B.Sc. (PT) from the University of Alberta in 1980. After working in a variety of clinical settings in Canada, she immigrated to the USA in 1993 and was employed by Mount Sinai Medical center as a clinical specialist in outpatient orthopaedics where she continues to practice. She obtained a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Tristate College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in 1999.

Upon graduation she became a faculty member at that college where she taught point location, orthopaedic evaluation and trigger point classes until 2018. She is a national examiner of the Clean Needle Technique exam, which is a required to become licensed as an acupuncturist in the USA.

She obtained her DPT in 2015 from Arcadia University. As some one dually licensed as a physical therapist and an acupuncturist, she has written about scope of practice issues related to needling treatments.

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Pelvienne Wellness

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Kim Vopni is the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc – a company offering pelvic health programs and coaching for women in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. Pelvienne Wellness is a provider of products and services for women's pelvic health in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. They use a variety of exercise and movement practices to help women dealing with incontinence, organ prolapse, diastasis recti and chronic low back pain.
Tanja Yardley Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tanja Yardley

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Vice President of Outpatient Services for CBI Health Group in British Columbia and past co-owner of Rehabilitation in Motion, Pro-Motion Consulting Ltd. (Multimedia Training Resources) and Ergonomics in Motion (Occupational Health and Safety Consulting). She previously chaired the Business Affairs Committee and served as Vice President on the Board of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and she continues to serve in the Private Practice Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She teaches internationally on clinical best practices and effective communication strategies for complex clinical cases and consults with numerous insurers on best practice service delivery models. She oversees the operations of 47 interdisciplinary clinics, providing mentorship and coaching to clinicians and managers who want to start, grow and sustain a successful healthcare practice. She recently co-authored a book on business ethics and best practices and regularly submits articles to trade publications.
Allan Macdonald Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Allan Macdonald
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Graduated from the Physiotherapy program at McMaster University and with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Allan is a health care professional (Registered Physiotherapist) with clinical and administrative leadership experience in both inpatient and outpatient academic health care settings, with a well established ability to both influence and direct large inter-professional clinical programs. 

Currently the Director of Student Health and Wellness at Ryerson University where he is a member of the Ryerson Student Affairs senior leadership team which works in a collaborative manner to develop a portfolio of supports, programs and services for over 38,000 students. 

Also, he is co-chair the university level Ryerson Mental Health and Well-being Committee, and is responsible for the management, leadership and continued evolution of an integrated health and wellness portfolio that includes the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC), the Ryerson Medical Centre, and Health Promotion.  

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Pia Stampe
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Pia earned her bachelor degree in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008.

 In her early career in Denmark, Pia worked with children in a special education school setting, she helped start the first early intervention home based therapy program for infants in Copenhagen and she was the physical therapy director in a residential facility for young multi-handicapped adults.

In 1998 she opened Pediatric Physical Therapy Services, a private practice providing outpatient services and Early Intervention/Preschool Services. In 2009, Pediatric Physical Therapy Services merged with Step by Step to form the current company.

Pia has extensive teaching experience within the field of pediatric and neurological physical therapy and technology use. She has been teaching about Brachial Plexus Injuries and EMG Biofeedback/EMG Triggered Stimulation throughout the USA and Canada. Her teaching experience also includes courses in how to use current knowledge about neuroplasticity such as using treatment intensives to maximize patient outcomes.

Through extensive continuing education, Pia has gained expertise in assessment and treatment of children and adults with a wide variety of neurological problems. 

Over the past few years Pia and her staff have developed a unique therapy intensive  program for children and adults with conditions such as Brachial Plexus Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Brain Injury.

Joe Tatta Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joe Tatta
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Dr. Joe Tatta is one of the pioneering experts in lifestyle interventions for treating persistent pain. A unique combination of physical therapist, nutritionist, and ACT trainer, he has 25 years of experience in physical therapy, integrative models of pain care, leadership and private practice innovation. He holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist and has trained extensively in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Tatta is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a company dedicated to reinventing pain care through education, research and professional training.

In 2017 he was a key member of the APTA task force expanding nutrition as part of the scope of practice for physical therapists. He is chair of the Physiotherapy SIG at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the parent organization of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also volunteers his time on the New York Physical Therapy Opioid Speakers Bureau and the New York Physical Therapy Association Opioid Alternative Task Force. Dr. Tatta is author of the bestselling book, Heal Your Pain Now and host of The Healing Pain Podcast, featuring interviews and free training from respected pain experts.

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Jesse Awenus
B.A Hons (Kin), MSc.PT, Dip.Manip.PT, FCAMPT
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Physiotherapist and Titleist Golf Fitness Professional. Since finishing at Queen's Jesse has jumped headfirst into continuing education. He believes that no one knows it all and that he can learn from many different disciplines to become an exceptional therapist. Jesse completed his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and has done training in pain neuroscience education, dry needling, and has transitioned into a mentoring role for those looking to build a better therapeutic alliance with their patients. Aside from orthopaedics, Jesse has a keen interest in functional training and sports performance enhancement. He believes in working with and not just on his patients to build a relationship of trust and accountability that fosters good clinical outcomes.
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Lisa Aldworth
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Lisa is a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice at Southern Ontario Counselling Centre in Waterloo, Ontario. In her practice she works with clients on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, post partum mood disorders, coping with chronic pain/illness, relationship issues, and trauma. Within her trauma practice Lisa works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, survivors of relationship violence, and survivors of birth trauma. As a social worker Lisa has worked in a number of in-patient settings including oncology, labour and delivery, NICU and pediatric cardiology. This front line experience has informed Lisa’s therapeutic practice and brings an acute awareness of the vulnerability of the patient experience as well as the inherent hierarchies patients must face within the healthcare system. Lisa’s experiences and observations within this context have resulted in a deep understanding of the patient experience and an understanding of both the complexity and healing potential of patient/healthcare provider relationship. It is Lisa’s firm belief that with a trauma-focused lens, healthcare providers can excel at supporting even the most vulnerable of populations.
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Scott Marcaccio
Co-Founder & CEO Myodetox
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Scott Marcaccio is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Myodetox, a lifestyle and wellness brand operating eight multidisciplinary therapy clinics across Canada and the US. Through the power of their brand-building efforts and industry-leading social media strategy, Scott has led Myodetox to forge ongoing partnerships with global brands including Nike, Samsung, Jordan Brand, OVO, Lululemon and Equinox.
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Jason Silvernail
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Jason Silvernail has been a practicing physical therapist since 1997, on duty in the United States Army as a career military officer with over 25 years of service. Dr. Silvernail has worked with a wide variety of patient populations and settings including orthopedic/sports, chronic pain, amputee and neurological rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.

Dr Silvernail earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Scranton, and his Doctor of Science from Baylor University. He is board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Army-Baylor Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston, earning him a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

A clinician and researcher, he has published clinical commentaries and original research in the medical literature (including the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and he has a prominent professional presence online where you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Opinions expressed by Dr. Silvernail are his own and do not represent the official policy or position of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government.

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Sandra Woods
CIPP/C, M. Bioethics, BA Phil (Ethics)
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Sandra has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, primarily in bioethics. She managed a research ethics board, and was part of an epidemiology team at the CHUM Research Centre. Her industry experience includes healthcare philanthropy and patient privacy protection. She spent 5 years in the Canadian Air Force reserve, specializing in wilderness survival. Sandra was a Major at the Regional Officer-Instructor School, training other officers, while Captain as deputy commanding officer of her squadron.

In May 2016 Sandra was diagnosed with CRPS, following an earlier Colles’ fracture. She now applies her bioethics and research knowledge to advocating for chronic pain patients, often one-on-one.

Her CRPS and chronic pain awareness-raising focuses on HCPs. Sandra has presented to medical students through the MUHC’s Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit (AEPMU), and to medical residents. She was a Patient Partner & Twitter Team member for the 2018 Canadian Pain Society conference. 

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Stephen Shaffer
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Dr. Shaffer is a bilingual (English-Spanish) clinical specialist, educator, and scientist with seventeen years of experience in the physiotherapy profession. After graduating with a master’s degree in physiotherapy he went on to complete residency, fellowship, and academic doctoral training in advanced orthopedics. Initially, he spent years traveling the United States as a traveling physiotherapist but currently works in private practice in Ontario, Canada. During his career he has specialized in the evaluation and management of spinal, extremity, jaw, and headache disorders. Additionally, his professional experience has involved extensive time managing chronic pain as well as both complex and rare cases. In clinical practice he places an emphasis on research-informed evaluation and management as well as manual therapy, clinical reasoning, and shared decision-making. Dr. Shaffer prides himself on making sound decisions on behalf of his patients and strives to ensure that they gain maximal benefit from their healthcare experiences.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Shaffer is a researcher with experience on topics related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and advanced practice physiotherapy rights. He also has experience teaching post-professional courses on cervical spine, jaw, and headache disorders. Currently, he is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT; and is credentialed through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT; When not busy with these activities, Dr. Shaffer leads a team of contributors for the AAOMPT Podcast (, an interview show that addresses a wide array of topics related to orthopedics, and serves as a peer reviewer for an array of scientific journals.

Eric Hammer Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Eric Hammer
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Eric Hammer is a registered physiotherapist and registered psychotherapist. Eric has incorporated a holistic approach to his practice, which has included the use manual therapy, exercise science, acupuncture and pain education. He has a special interest in how the mind and body influence each other in the rehabilitation process. His passion and approach is to empower his patients to reach their greatest potential both physically and psychologically.
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Nick Hannah
PT, MSc(PT), BSc(HKin)
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Nick is a registered physiotherapist and clinic manager of Old North Physiotherapy in London, ON. He received his MPT from Western University in 2015 and has been practicing in the outpatient clinical setting ever since.

You may know Nick from his social media handle and healthcare brand: @hannahmoves. This is an educational platform meant for the public and rehab professionals. Nick tackles different topics like: myths/misconceptions in healthcare practice, pain science and communication, to name a few.

Clinically, his personal interests include: human connection, motivational coaching and helping people rediscover meaning in their lives through movement. He views the ‘therapeutic alliance’ as the single most important feature of healthcare; an aspect that should unify us all in our pursuits of helping others
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Jennifer George
Author, Physiotherapist, Consultant
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Jennifer George is physiotherapist on inpatient rehabilitation. Her 13-year journey as a PT spans across acute care/rehab, outpatient orthopaedics, community care, and long-term care.

In all of these areas, she always lead with a progressive and functional approach to care. She believes there are no limits to one’s own growth and potential and encourages her patients to focus on the solutions to their every day challenges.

Throughout her career and personal journey of being a caregiver, Jennifer has focused on the importance of positive communication as the care delivered in our healthcare system.

This led to publishing her first book, Communication is Care: 9 Empowering Strategies to Guide Patient Healing, which reached bestseller status in medical reference and community care categories upon its launch.

Communication is Care: 9 Empowering Strategies to Guide Patient Healing – is a nonfiction guide that educates healthcare providers on how to communicate with patients to create more empowering experiences and outcomes.

Jennifer is also a strong advocate for personal growth, development, and building community. Her ongoing journey of living in integrity and purpose has also led her to hosting The Healthcare Provider Happy Hour Podcast.

Through her podcasting platform, Jennifer creates a safe space for healthcare providers to unapologetically be themselves after their working day. She also shares ideas to help healthcare providers transform stress to success and fulfillment.

Jennifer is on a mission to help clinicians everywhere focus on their own health and well-being. She mentors current and future healthcare providers on discovering their purpose, achieving fulfilment, and bringing out the best in themselves and their patients everyday.

To connect with Jennifer and learn more, visit

Brittany Vandyken Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Brittany Vandyken
Registered Physiotherapist
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Brittany Vandyken is a Registered Physiotherapist and co-owner of Physio Works Muskoka. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Brock University in 2014 while playing as an Academic All-Canadian on Brock’s varsity basketball team.

Following this, she obtained her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2017 winning several awards and scholarships including Faculty of Health Science Outstanding Achievement Award, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the CPA Award for graduating top of her class. She has received additional post-graduate training in central sensitization, soft tissue release, pelvic floor rehabilitation, breast health and oncology rehabilitation. Brittany has a passion for clinical research on lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, recently publishing a novel research study in the journal Muskuloskeletal Science and Practice, Physical Therapy; a second study is currently under review by the Brazilian Journal of Physiotherapy.

Brittany is grateful to be able to stand on the shoulders of giants in her profession such as Carolyn Vandyken, Darryl Yardley and Sinead Dufour, and is passionate about helping new grads to quickly establish competency and confidence by utilizing current concepts in central sensitization, pain education, and pelvic health.

Natasha Wilch Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Natasha Wilch
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Natasha is the owner of Symphony Rehabilitation in Nanaimo, BC. She opened her clinic 4 short years ago and has loved to speedy path of growth she has experienced since. Natasha believes in offering exceptional client care, collaborative practice and thinking of innovative solutions for her clients.

Three years ago she launched Symphony Rehabilitation’s Telehealth Services. Being one of the first clinics in Canada to offer telehealth this lead to her winning the Futurepreneur Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Canada in 2017.

Natasha believes that in continuing to educate yourself you provide better care to your clients - thus she has continued in education of Concussion, IMS, Acupuncture, Neurology, Chronic Pain, Vestibular Rehab and is currently working on her fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience. Natasha’s passions in her own clinical practice surround Concussion Education, Awareness and Treatment as well as Neurological Rehabilitation. Conscious of serving our community effectively Symphony’s physiotherapy services also include orthopaedics, vestibular rehab, paediatric physiotherapy, pelvic health, chronic pain and oncology rehab. The clinic also offers dietitian, clinical counselling, kinesiology, and occupational therapy treatments both in clinic and via telehealth.

Jennifer O'Neil  Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jennifer O'Neil
PT, PhD (candidate)
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Jennifer O’Neil is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Heidi Sveistrup. Since obtaining her master's degree in physiotherapy (2009), she has focused on accessibility of physiotherapy services for patients with neurological trauma as a clinician, teacher and researcher. Her research interests are focused on the accessibility of physiotherapy intervention and community-based rehabilitation. Jennifer is also a clinical instructor in the master’s program in physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa.

She practices in private clinics specializing in neurological rehabilitation and holds NDT certification in addition to having completed numerous advanced vestibular, neuro-vision- postural and doctoral level courses. His research interests are focused on remote delivery of rehabilitation and community-based rehabilitation. Jennifer O’Neil is also a clinical instructor in the master’s program in physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa.

Jennifer O’Neil est candidate au Doctorat en Science de la Réadaptation à l’Université d’Ottawa sous la supervision du Dr. Heidi Sveistrup. Depuis l’obtention de sa maîtrise en physiothérapie (2009), elle se concentre sur l’accessibilité des services en physiothérapie chez les patients ayant subi des traumatismes neurologiques autant comme clinicienne, enseignante que chercheure. Ses intérêts de recherche sont concentrés sur l’accessibilité d’intervention en physiothérapie et la réadaptation en base communautaire. Jennifer est aussi chargée d’enseignement clinique dans le programme de maîtrise en physiothérapie à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Elle pratique en clinique privée se spécialisant en réadaptation neurologique et détient une certification NDT en plus d’avoir complété de nombreux cours avancés vestibulaire, neuro-vision-postural et de niveau doctoral. Ses intérêts de recherche sont concentrés sur la réadaptation à distance et la réadaptation en base communautaire. Jennifer O’Neil est aussi chargée d’enseignement clinique dans le programme de maîtrise en physiothérapie à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Dalton Laino Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dalton Laino
MScPT(candidate), Co-Founder of The MVMTPTs and the PTCOFFEECAST
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Dalton completed his Masters of Physical Therapy Degree at Western University. Prior to that, he graduated with a Kinesiology degree from the University of Windsor where he discovered his passion for health.

Will Nicholson Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Will Nicholson
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Will is a Co-host of the PTCOFFEECAST, content creator for @themvmtpts, powerlifter, and a passionate physiotherapist.
Dr Shanté Cofield Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr Shanté Cofield
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Dr. C. Shanté Cofield, aka The Movement Maestro, is a former Division I athlete who graduated from Georgetown University and then continued her educational pursuits at New York University, graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and later becoming both a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).

Shanté is the founder of The Movement Maestro LLC, a social-media based company that provides both online and in-person education for movement professionals. Since starting The Movement Maestro LLC, Shanté’s passion for digital business has helped her amass a social media following of over 50,000 people, become an international speaker, and launch her own podcast, Maestro on the Mic, which has been downloaded over 300,000 times to date. With her continued success in the digital space, Shanté’s professional pursuits now center around providing business coaching to movement professionals, with a focus on brand strategy and development in the ever-growing digital marketplace.

Shanté continues to practice as a physical therapist very selectively in a non-traditional, cash-based setting, utilizing a movement-based, neuro-centric treatment approach that incorporates manual therapy, corrective exercises, and techniques such as kinesiology taping, cupping, and IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization).

Shanté is a proud instructor for RockTape, drives a hypergreen Jeep Wrangler, and wishes to leave you with this message:

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

Connor Massimo Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Connor Massimo
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Co-Founder - Pulse Physiotherapy

Connor is a registered physiotherapist and co-founder of Pulse Physiotherapy in Peterborough, ON. He graduated in 2009 from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and then continued on at Mac to complete his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2011. In 2015, he gained FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) designation after several years of post-graduate education in orthopaedic physiotherapy at Western University.

Connor really enjoys giving back to the physical therapy community by providing online and in-person mentorship. He is a group mentor with The Level Up Initiative, an online program that helps students and new-grads become more comfortable with their “soft skills” in communication, critical thinking and growth mindset. He is also a registered provider with Clinical Athlete and a team physiotherapist for the Jr. A Laker’s Lacrosse team in Peterborough. He enjoys providing clinical placements to physiotherapy students from Queen’s University.

Connor’s wife is an emergency room nurse, working hard on the front lines to keep their community healthy. They have two beautiful children who keep them active and young-at-heart!

Dr. Juan Michelle Martin Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Juan Michelle Martin
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Dr. Juan Michelle Martin is an adult and pediatric pelvic health physical therapist who has been practicing for almost 13 years in both outpatient and acute care (hospital based) settings. Over the last 5-6 years she has been practicing telehealth and offering clients an alternative to traditional healthcare. The last 2 years have seen her consulting with individual clinicians as well as private practices to implement telehealth as well as educate staff on its use. Dr. Martin is the founder of the Zero to Telehealth program as well as the Telehealth Taster, two online telehealth programs for clinicians.
Dinah Hampson Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dinah Hampson
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CO-FOUNDER Pivot Dancer
Registered Physiotherapist

Dip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy, Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels, Certified pelvic physiotherapy

Dinah Hampson is a registered physiotherapist with 20+ years experience. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Dinah is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. Dinah was classically trained in ballet, danced with the Young Dancer’s Company of the Newfoundland Dance Theatre and Musical Theatre productions. Dinah regularly assesses and treats dancers from professional dance training programs and companies as well as community/competitive dancers. Dinah is the owner of Pivot Sport Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.

Geneviève Renaud Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Geneviève Renaud
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CO-FOUNDER Pivot Dancer
Registered Bilingual Physiotherapist

Dip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels.

Geneviève, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is a registered physiotherapist with 12+ years of experience in sport rehabilitation. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Geneviève is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. She danced competitively for 20+ years, training in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance and successfully passed the BATD Jazz associate exam with Highly Commended. Geneviève is the creator of the Strong Dancer program and has been asked to teach injury prevention workshops at multiple dance conferences. She currently treats athletes and dancers in a private clinic in Ottawa, Ontario and is a contractor with CSIO.

Synergy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Synergy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Synergy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation has been providing effective and high quality care to patients since 2011.

Synergy’s team has grown into a multidisciplinary clinic that features a well defined pelvic health program and offers specialized rehabilitative Pilates programs.

Our team treats patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and issues; within each practitioner's individual specialty and developed skill set. Synergy sees patients recovering from surgeries, injuries, and complications associated with pregnancy and daily life.

Synergy’s therapists provide high quality one-on-one care with an innovative treatment model to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes. Our rehabilitation protocols are pioneered and created collaboratively by our sports medicine physicians and rehabilitation providers.Each team member focuses on delivering their diagnostic and rehabilitative services in their area of expertise to help our patients achieve their goals.

Riki Richter Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Riki Richter
Synergy Movement Therapy Director, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
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Riki has been teaching movement for 25 years and it has become a vital part of her assessment and treatment. She teaches patient specific movement re-education whether it be lifting a grandchild or performing a high level sport. Riki aims to empower patients to take control of and be involved in their own healing process. Dr. Awan and Riki began collaborating in 2004 and since opening Synergy Sports Medicine in 2011, they have focused on an outcomes based rehabilitation model they called “Movement Based Rehabilitation”.

Riki programmed exercises based on common deficits found by Dr. Awan and created Synergy Movement Therapy Protocols used in their 1-on-1 and group classes including Back Care, Hip & Knee, Neck & Shoulder, Foot & Ankle, Stenosis and Pelvic Health.

Lolli Ursomarzo Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Lolli Ursomarzo
Synergy Senior Movement Therapist
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Lolli specializes in Rehabilitative Pilates, using a wide variety of exercises to help with injury rehabilitation, modification, and prevention. She has extensive practice teaching exercise for core stability, foot stability, scoliosis, stenosis, and lumbar disc issues. Whether in a group class or one-on-one, she believes good results start with making people feel comfortable and cared for, tailoring exercise to suit their needs and ability, and communicating clearly.

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Susan Ting Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Susan Ting
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
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Trained in Sydney, Australia, Susan Ting began her physiotherapy practice in Asia. There she gained clinical experience, ranging from inpatient neuro-rehab and the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in private practice to sports physiotherapy at both national and international level events in Singapore and Hong Kong.

In 1998 Susan met Canadian physiotherapist Rochenda Howard and Julia Ellis on her first BET course. The duo had pioneered the development of Biokinetik Exercise Technique (B.E.T.), a Pilates-based physiotherapy treatment model. In 2005 Susan began formal training and mentorship under Rochenda. After being certified, Susan opened her B.E.T. practice in Vancouver. With Toronto-based Rochenda, she teaches B.E.T. Physio-Pilates as advanced clinical practice to fellow clinicians.

For the last fourteen years, Susan has also integrated the B.E.T. PhysioPilates approach into her work with both the osteoarthritis and autoimmune inflammatory arthritis population at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program (MPAP) at Vancouver Coastal Health, where she also works. She is instrumental in introducing B.E.T. rehabilitation concepts into exercise programs and guidelines for post-hip and -knee replacement rehabilitation. Susan is part of the education faculty at MPAP. She teaches the "Managing Osteoarthritis" component of their Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) program. She also teaches a new course she and her colleagues developed in fall 2017 under ACE: "Advanced Total Joint Arthroplasty Rehabilitation".

Frank Benedetto Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Frank Benedetto
Health & Fitness Business Coach, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, Pn1, TPI-1, FMSC, PES
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I'm one of the most credentialed DPTs in the country. I've built and sold a 7-figure business and launched a fully online platform for Combat Athletes a year before the world went digital in response to the quarantine. I'll give you everything I've learned from this experience and from my relentless pursuit of business education.
Anthony Barone Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Anthony Barone
CPA, CA, LPA Partner, Audit & Accounting at Baker Tilly WM LLP
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Anthony Barone is a partner at Baker Tilly WM LLP with a focus on owner-managed enterprises. He was formerly a partner at Goodman & Associates LLP, a mid-sized firm located in Toronto, focusing on audit and taxation for small and mid-sized companies. Anthony was also a senior manager in the GTA Consumer and Industrial Markets Audit Practice at KPMG LLP, where he spent 9 years specializing in industrial markets clients, including multiple domestic and foreign automotive part manufacturers.

Anthony has a wide range of experience working with clients in various industries and has serviced both large and small public companies and owner-managed businesses.

Diana Perez Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Diana Perez
B.Sc. P.T., M.Sc. Rehab. Science
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Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy Certified Yoga Teacher
Professional Yoga Therapist (PYTI) Wellness Consultant

Diana is a physiotherapist (McGill University B.Sc.1985; M.Sc. 1993) and yoga therapist who has worked in the medical field, sports world and the wellness/fitness industry for over 35 years. She is the founder and previous owner (1997-2009) of the Medi-Club Physiotherapy & Medical Wellness Centre (Medi-Club Physio, Kirkland, Quebec), where she continues to practice as a clinical physiotherapist and yoga therapist.

Diana has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga since 2002. She has 2 teacher training certifications (Hatha & Ashtanga-RYA) and did her Yoga Therapist Certification through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. She is the founder and director of the Canadian Yoga Therapy Institute and has developed and teaches a curriculum of courses to health care professionals on how to integrate yoga into their current clinical practice: Medical Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Musculoskeletal and Neurological PT Practices, Yoga for Pelvic Floor PT Practice, etc.

Diana has presented at various national and international congresses and conferences in the areas of physiotherapy, sports medicine, sports physiotherapy and yoga therapy and taught for 20 years at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy of McGill University. She is a faculty member of various Yoga Teacher Training Programs and teaches numerous yoga and yoga therapy related workshops to yoga teachers throughout NA. She also continues to teach yoga classes and workshops to the public at several locations in the West Island of Montreal.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Physiotherapy Association and was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association from 2007 to 2014.
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Heather King Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Heather King
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Certified in Spinal Manipulation
Certified in Acupuncture
Sport Physiotherapy Certificatet
CEO - Registered Physiotherapist

Heather holds a vision that we live in a world where all of us are living healthy empowered lives. Where all individuals have access to expert healthcare and are guided along a path to to being your best healthy self. Partnering with people to help them move and feel better in their bodies is Heather’s intention. She is eager to help you with a current problem and work with you before an injury or illness starts.

Outside of her work, Heather loves being outside in nature and playing in the mountains. She loves feeling the flow of the trails on her bike, under skis or under her feet with her friends. Enjoying some time in stillness is key to fluid movement and health.

Heather has followed a path to her work as a Physiotherapist through the completion of her Physiotherapy Degree at the University of Toronto. Following the initial into the world of healthcare Heather completed her Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy with Distinction and certification in acupuncture and sports physiotherapy. These courses have lead to opportunities to provide support with the host medical teams at the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympics. Through integrating clinical and course work, Heather has enhanced her assessment and observational skills to better serve you in the the virtual office. With a desire to learn more and discover solutions to empower individuals to be their best healthy selves Heather completed a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. Part of this work has lead to the development of the virtual multi disciplinary healthcare team. We know we must collaborate to get the best results and truly make a change in our health.

Heather and the Cloud Go Health Team look forward to working with you to guide you in feeling and moving your best.

Brad Cote Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Brad Cote
Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), BRAD COTE Founder
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Brad Cote is dual licenced health practitioner (RMT, DOMP) and successful clinic owner from Canada (where healthcare is free). He is the founder of Link Performance Therapy a successful cash pay private practice with a focus on athletes. He has grown his clinic from zero to 7-figures revenue within 18 months of operation using a combination of proven structures, systems and strategies that he now shares with healthcare business owners across North America who are looking to gain new patients and grow their business.
Emma Swaffield Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Emma Swaffield
BSc Kinesiology, MScPT
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Emma Swaffield is a second year MScPT student at the University of Toronto. At U of T, she is a member of the PT Student Council and the Community Engagement committee. She has been working with Embodia for over a year to help build out the exercise library, and has really enjoyed learning about the evolving role of technology in healthcare

Emma is looking forward to entering the workforce as a PT in 2020 (hopefully!). She is honoured to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of PT students to discuss the impact of COVID-19.

Shrey Vazir Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Shrey Vazir
MSc (PT), B.Sc.Kin, Applied MPCPM™
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Shrey is a Registered Physiotherapist and a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator specializing in chronic pain and stress. Having gone through a personal journey with persistent pain, Shrey has embraced mindfulness into his daily practice – both personally and clinically. With his advanced training in the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) program, he has integrated the principles of mindfulness meditation to teach patients and coworkers on how they can better cope with chronic illnesses such as chronic pain and stress. Shrey has also been a guest presenter at the University of Toronto and is deeply involved in their Physical Therapy Department’s pain curriculum. As a passionate clinician who is well-versed with pain neuroscience and evidence-based rehabilitation practice, Shrey’s mission is to inspire current and future rehabilitation professionals to incorporate mind-body approaches in their own practice.
Ryan Wells Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Ryan Wells
H.B.Sc.KIN, MScPT, FCAMPT, Registered Physiotherapist, Dip Advanced Manual Therapy
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Ryan Wells graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to this he earned his Honors Baccalaureate of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. In 2019 he completed his Diploma of Manipulative Physical Therapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. It was his sports background and love of science that lead Ryan to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Having participated in a wide variety of activities has provided Ryan with the knowledge of movement mechanics, injuries, treatment, and exercise prescription for a vast range of conditions. Ryan works at Pivot Sport Medicine in Toronto.
Jenn Evans Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Jenn Evans
MSc PT, BSc Kinesiology, Rebound Therapy Practitioner
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Jenn completed her MSc Physiotherapy degree at Leeds Beckett University in England. While in England, Jenn was introduced to Rebound Therapy through her involvement with a charity which delivered Rebound Therapy to children with disabilities. In addition, Jenn was exposed to Rebound Therapy while on placement in an Adult Learning Disability service. Following these experiences, Jenn recognized that Rebound Therapy can benefit individuals of all ages and abilities. She was inspired to pursue official training in Rebound Therapy and completed her Rebound Therapy Practitioner qualification through Rebound Therapy International Ltd. 

Upon returning to Canada, Jenn founded TheraBounce, an organization which offers Rebound Therapy to children and adults with exceptionalities. TheraBounce also delivers Rebound Therapy Practitioner courses in association with Rebound Therapy International Ltd. 

Because of her continued interest and work with children with exceptional needs, Jenn has been recognized by the paediatric division of the CPA as a 2019/2020 Rising Star. 

Please visit to learn more or email

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Parisa Samet Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Parisa Samet
Certified Yoga Therapist
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Parisa Samet is a Toronto based yoga therapist, instructor, teacher trainer as well as a life coach. Parisa's coaching approach combines talk therapy with emotional freedom technique (EFT or more commonly referred to as tapping). She uses the combination of talk therapy, EFT and various at home exercises to help clients feel free from their anxious thoughts, pains, or stresses. Parisa's multi-disciplinary background in philosophy, yoga, functional movement and coaching are often combined for her private and group coaching sessions, creating a unique and accessible experience for all. Her mission is to compassionately empower her community of clients and patients, so that they can live their healthiest and happiest lives!

Carly Waring Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Carly Waring
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Director of Growth & Operations at Kids Physio Group

Carly started working at Kids Physio Group in 2015 as a part-time receptionist. She quickly realized that although being a clinician wasn’t her dream, she loved the industry, and saw an opportunity to apply her operational skills to help Kids Physio Group scale and open new locations across Canada.

Luckily, Laura- Founder & CEO of Kids Physio Group- saw the potential there as well, and Carly has been in a senior management role at the company ever since. Carly is passionate about finding tangibility in big ideas, cultivating culture, solving problems, and learning at every opportunity. She has been an integral part of Kids Physio’s growth and operational success over the past five years, including their navigation of the COVID-19 crisis.

Kids Physio Group Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kids Physio Group

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Kids Physio Group sets the standard for pediatric physiotherapy, and is renowned globally for making physio FUN.

We were the first to provide this service in British Columbia and to be able to expand across Canada. We are proud to have treated thousands of children of all ages and abilities over the past 10 years. Babies, kids, and teens function differently from adults, and our space and team are equipped to provide the highest quality physiotherapy care, delivered in an engaging way.

Our specialized equipment and treatments focus on improving mobility, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, endurance, gross motor skills, cognition, motor planning, confidence, motivation, and more. With a large, experienced team we are able to provide custom programs based on each child’s distinct needs from birth to 18 years old.

Typically developing children with injuries, or those looking to extend or improve their athletic careers through pre-habilitation enjoy our open space, engaging equipment, and thoughtful treatment plans, while those with lifelong conditions benefit from the playfulness and our creative support to help them stay motivated in their rehabilitation journey.

Laura Patrick Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Laura Patrick
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Laura Patrick is the founder and owner of Kids Physio Group. With a passion for sports, she first graduated from UBC’s Human Kinetics (Exercise Science) program in 2001 before continuing on to receive her Masters in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2003.

Laura founded Kids Physio Group in 2006 in the most humble of surroundings. After 3 years working in the public system with school-aged kids, she recognized a need for all children to have a access to trained pediatric physiotherapists in clinic space designed just for them.

In the past few years, Laura has stepped back from clinical work. Although she still loves taking on the occasional baby motor milestone assessment and the opportunity it gives her to connect with parents, most of her efforts are dedicated to running Kids Physio Group and seeking out new partnerships and markets for us to expand into! On the personal front, Laura loves outdoor adventures with her family in Deep Cove, keeping up her fitness, explore new cities abroad and cooking and eating delicious food!

Dr. Jo Milios Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Jo Milios
Men's Health Physiotherapist
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Jo Milios is an Australian Physiotherapist who has a special interest in Men’s Health, focusing on Prostate Cancer (PCa), Urinary and Erectile Dysfunction, Pelvic Pain, Peyronie’s disease (PD), Exercise and Yoga. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) in 1993, the big gap seen in Men’s Health proved pivotal in her decision to specialize from 2005. Recently completing PhD studies at the University of Western Australia , Jo investigated quality of life outcomes in men undergoing surgery for PCa via a large randomized controlled trial aimed at reducing the impact of urinary continence and erectile dysfunction. A second RCT utilizing therapeutic ultrasound to treat scar tissue in the 1 in 6 men who develop Peyronie’s disease following treatment for PCa was also completed.

Jo has presented her research findings at several international conferences including WCPT15, 17 & 19, APCC 2014-18, CSM 2020 and locally at Men’s Sheds , Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and ANZUS Conferences 2011-2018. Recent publications include papers in the ANZ Continence Journal (2018, 2019) and BMC Urology (2019) with further papers in review, Jo provides workshops throughout Australia and internationally, lectures at Charles Sturt and Curtin University and in 2012 established, ‘PROST! Exercise 4 Prostate Cancer Inc.’a not-for profit organization, which provides an exercise and peer support program for ANY man diagnosed with PCa.

Jo’s passion is education and she will happily provide this in any forum- in person, on-line , via TeleHealth or through the Men’s Health Physiotherapy Facebook group which Physiotherapists can access.

Dr. Jonas Eyford Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Jonas Eyford
President at Recharge Wellness
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I work with companies that demonstrably value employee experience to plug in our refined onsite wellness system. Our Recharge Wellness Stations bring specially trained chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists to your office and run all services through benefits coverage to keep it free for staff and for the host companies.

Our Recharge Wellness Stations are helping to make working in an office healthier and more productive. As far as corporate wellness solutions go, Recharge brings a tangible demonstration of care to groups without cost.
Joletta Belton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Joletta Belton

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Joletta Belton is cofounder of the nonprofit organization the Endless Possibilities Initiative where their mission is to empower people living with pain to live well. They provide experiential learning retreats and workshops for people living with pain as well for healthcare professionals. Jo also has a blog,, where she shares her story through the lens of science in order to give hope to others living with pain and lend valuable insights into the lived experience of pain and recovery to health professionals.
Matt Erb Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Matt Erb
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Embody Your Mind

Matt Erb is a physical therapist with a focus on mind-body integrated care. He has specialization in chronic pain conditions including headache and migraine. He is a leader in translating the construct of integrative healthcare into rehabilitation therapy practice and is an advocate for equipping therapists to safely support and work with the whole person experience. He has a deep appreciation for yoga, the wisdom traditions, and indigenous teachings. Matt is faculty with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, founder of Embody Your Mind, and maintains a clinical practice in Tucson, AZ.
Michael Lee Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Michael Lee
M.A., Dip.Soc.Sci., C-IAYT
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Michael Lee is the Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a leading edge yoga based modality for psycho-emotional well-being, which is an IAYT accredited program. Michael’s conference keynote presentations include the IYTA Conference in Singapore, IAYT Conference 2016, Yoga Journal Conferences, Family Therapy Networker, 2018 Yoga Australia, 2018 Japan Yoga Therapy Conference, and Inaugural Global Consortium on Yoga Therapy in 2018. Michael is the author of two books, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Turn Stress Into Bliss and a contributing author in the APA published text Movement and Expressive Techniques in Clinical Practice and the recently published Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine. Michael also offers programs for Psychotherapists and professionals wanting to apply a yoga based embodied mindfulness approach to therapy and life change, and teaches in various locations around the world.
Antonio Sausys Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Antonio Sausys
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Antonio Sausys is i a somatic psychologist and yoga therapist specializing in grief counseling and therapy.

He studied with Hugo Bilsky and Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Ram Dass, Swami Shankaradevananda, Swami Ekananda, Babashi Singh and Swami Mairtreyananda. He has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Reiki.

Antonio presents his work both nationally and internationally at Schools and Universities and leads retreats at Ashrams, Retreat Centers and Yoga Studios., is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a TV Host for YogiViews and the founder and Executive Director of ‘Yoga for Health’ the International Yoga Therapy Conference. He is the author of ‘Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body’ (New Harbinger).

Matthew J. Taylor Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Matthew J. Taylor
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Matthew J. Taylor creates and shares resources to incorporate smart, safe yoga for yoga professionals and conventional medical professionals. His leadership in the field of yoga risk management, as well as an expert legal witness, make him an expert in yoga safety and injuries. He was president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists when the professional development strategy was established and continues to serve in numerous capacities. His books, “Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation” and “Yoga Therapy as a Creative Response to Pain” and over 30 publications have been the vanguard in integrative rehabilitation.
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Anna Wong
PT, MScPT, BSCH, CAPP, Certificate of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP)
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Anna is a physiotherapist and workshop facilitator on clinician wellness and burnout prevention. Having experienced burnout first-hand, Anna understands how work-related stress can affect your enjoyment of your career, and how it can affect your mental and physical health, your relationships, and your personal life. Her mission is to empower clinicians with tools to optimize their wellbeing so that they can have a thriving professional and personal life. She is passionate about sharing evidence-based strategies backed by positive psychology and mind-body medicine.

She has previously delivered faculty development workshops on clinician wellness at the University of Toronto. She continues to guest lecture at the MScPT program on the topics of wellness and fostering a positive mindset. Her work in clinician wellness and burnout prevention has led her to speak at both local and national conferences. Follow her on instagram @clinicianwellness for updates on upcoming webinars and workshops.

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Tracey Sondik
Psy.D., C-IAYT, E-RYT-500
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Tracey Sondik is a licensed clinical psychologist, E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher, certified C- IAYT yoga therapist, certified MBSR and iRest teacher. Tracey loves teaching therapeutic yoga including Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra for groups and individuals. She leads nationally recognized mindfulness programs and retreats, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training Immersions for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and mental health professionals. Tracey has a strong background in brain/behavior, working as a neuropsychologist with an expertise in neuropsychological assessment, trauma-informed therapies, and integrative medicine. She has spent most of her professional career working in inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings with clients that have a wide-range of brain-based disorders including traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurocognitive disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

Tracey has authored several publications book chapters around holistic behavioral treatment for different mental health conditions, yoga for addiction, and is currently writing a book on yin yoga and mental health that is set to be published in 2021. She created and co-chairs the State of Connecticut State-Wide Integrative Medicine Collaborative dedicated to the use of holistic treatments for behavioral services throughout the state of Connecticut. Tracey is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University Department of Psychiatry, and adjunct faculty member at University of Hartford Graduate School of Professional Psychology in Hartford, CT and Maryland University of Integrative Health Master’s of Science Yoga Therapy program in Laurel, Maryland.

Steffany Moonaz Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Steffany Moonaz
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Steffany Moonaz is a yoga therapist and researcher in Baltimore, MD. She currently serves as Director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, which offers the only Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy in the United States. She is the founder and director of Yoga for Arthritis, which offers yoga programs and trainings for people with arthritis and the professionals who serve them. Her first book, Yoga Therapy for Arthritis: A whole person approach to movement and lifestyle was released by Singing Dragon Press in 2018.
Amoy Jacques Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Amoy Jacques
Founder/CEO of WombCare
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Amoy Jacques successfully completed a Master of Public Health and graduated Summa Cum Laude at the University of Montana on May 12, 2018. She has a sincere passion to improve the health, wellness and policies that support and protect women (particularly those of African descent) during their reproductive years. She was fortunate to gain exceptional experience at two graduate internships in Los Angeles, California. She worked as a public health intern with the Association of Wholistic and Maternal Newborn Health (AWMNH). Together with the executive director, they planned, implemented and evaluated the 2015 Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) conference to improve community-based doula care and midwifery services for minority group women. As a graduate student at the Pasadena Public Health department, she worked with the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health director to develop evaluation tools for the Black Infant Health Program to improve its effectiveness for future expectant black mothers. Additionally, she has been invited as a guest speaker at local Afro-Caribbean events on various topics such as fibroid management, and restoration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Amoy currently works as a Registered Kinesiologist for over 13 years with Altum Health – University Health Network on the planning, implementation and evaluation of chronic disability management programs for injured workers. She is also the Founder/CEO of WombCare – a reproductive health and wellness agency seeking to conduct research with health agencies across Canada and create equitable programs, and policies for women, particularly those from marginalized communities.

Lori Rubenstein Fazzio Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Lori Rubenstein Fazzio
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Yogachemmal Dr. Lori Rubenstein is a Clinical Professor of Yoga and Health at Loyola Marymount University(LMU) in Los Angeles where she teaches in the Yoga Studies Master of Arts and Post Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy programs and is the Clinical Director of Yoga Therapy Rx at LMU where she designed and implemented the first Yoga Therapy internship within an integrative medical clinic. She began her practice of Yoga over 25 years ago as a “spiritual seeker” and soon recognized the health benefits of these practices. A practicing physical therapist, yoga therapist, and meditation teacher, she is a lifelong student and practitioner of Yoga and compassionate care. She took her first Yoga teacher training in 2000 with Matthew Taylor and has since studied with many teachers including Larry Payne, Srivasta Ramaswami, Swami Veda and Richard Miller.

She leads an annual Yoga Therapy Journey to India for study at Kaivalyadhama and the Center for Yoga Therapy Education and Research with Dr. Ananda Bhavanani. Integrating her studies of Yoga, neuroscience, Somatic Experiencing and shamanic medicine, she developed a novel approach to pain care which proved to be effective in a pilot study she conducted with Dr. Ellen Langer at Harvard University. She contributed a chapter, “Body Awareness, Bhavana and Pratyahara” to Yoga and Science in Pain Care and is often highlighted in Yoga Therapy publications and news articles across the world. A frequent presenter at conferences, her research interests include neuroplasticity and the effects of awareness and subtle body practices on health, well-being and transformation.

Chanol Ottley-Allen Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Chanol Ottley-Allen
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Dr. Chanol A. Ottley-Allen is a highly educated Physical Therapist with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Hons.) from McMaster University, Canada, Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Leeds Beckett University, UK and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Florida’s Nova Southeastern University. She is a registered and licensed Physical Therapist in Trinidad and Tobago with 11 years of expert knowledge, clinical experience and reasoning. Chanol has been involved in the health services field for 15 plus years. Through her extensive training and appreciation of the fact that education without practical experience could be vacuous, she consistently adheres to evidence-based interventions thus providing the most effective treatment options to her clients.

Chanol has worked in an orthopaedic outpatient setting for most of her career, but has also managed a healthy caseload of homecare clients; treating a variety of conditions. Throughout the course of her career she has nurtured a special interest in women’s health, recognizing the disabling effect some treatable conditions can have on this underserved segment of the population due, in part, to lack of access and awareness. Her passion areas in women’s health include pregnancy, postpartum care, pelvic pain, urinary and bowel issues. She welcomes the progressive leap towards virtual physical therapy being observed globally, as a means of closing the gap between need and access.

When she isn’t reading journal articles in an effort to stay au courant with the newest research or working on exciting new projects. Chanol is fitting in a morning workout, cooking a meal for her supportive husband while trying to keep up with her energetic toddler!

Dr. Jennifer Hutton Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Jennifer Hutton
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Dr. Jennifer Hutton, aka Dr. Jpop, is a pediatric physical therapist from Nashville, TN. She became interested in PT when her youngest cousin was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Jennifer spent time observing him in different therapies, and subsequently determined that she would work with children in a similar capacity.

She graduated from Loma Linda University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008, and moved back to her hometown. She spent two years treating in an ortho setting before finally transitioning to her dream job with children. Jennifer enjoys treating the developmentally delayed population, as well as children with neurological and orthopedic diagnoses, both congenital and acquired. While the world reminds children with special needs of their limitations, she believes they are all capable of the impossible and helps them see that their special gifts will help them be their best selves. Jennifer loves to showcase her “pop stars” and share creative treatment ideas on Instagram. She is also an instructor for RockTape and is currently working on her own educational content for pediatric movement specialists.

As a Black woman, Jennifer knows what it is like to identify as different, and it has helped in her quest to be an ally for children with disabilities inside and outside of the clinic. Now she is educating others on how to be effective allies to BIPOC and furthering her desire to create a diverse and inclusive space she calls Dr. Jpop’s Neighborhood.

Queenie Wu Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Queenie Wu
PT, Hons. BSc., MScPT, CH
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Queenie is a pelvic health and orthopaedic physiotherapist who received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto after completing her undergraduate studies with honours and high distinction at the University of Toronto (in psychology and human biology). She is also a certified clinical hypnotist and holds a Status-Only Appointment (lecturer ranking) with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her clinical work, Queenie promotes mindful movement and living as a social media influencer (find @QueeniePhysio on Instagram, YouTube or any other platform) through educational posts and video content on physiotherapy, mind-body wellness, stress management and more. She serves as a speaker at wellness workshops, conferences and various university panels. She is also a lead facilitator for the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum at the University of Toronto, which is an integrated and interdisciplinary pain curriculum for all pre-licensure health science students.

More information about Queenie can be found on her website and her Instagram/YouTube/Facebook/Twitter channels @QueeniePhysio.

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Leslie Tempest
PT, Owner ProActive Rehab
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Leslie Tempest, BScPT, is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 1992. She has practiced in a variety of fields and locations, including a 3 year stint in England. Her experience is varied but has primarily focused in an out-patient environment and in private practice since 1996. Over the years she has taken many post-graduate training courses and has developed an interest in biomechanics, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise/exercise as medicine and preventative education. More recently she is delving into understanding the science of pain and how that impacts treatment. She is also fully trained in the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

Leslie became the owner/operator of her own clinic in 1999 and, 20 years later, now operates as ProActive Rehab! As being a business owner is much different that being a clinical physiotherapist, Leslie has also given much of her time over the last years to learning how to do this better. She is proud of her clinic and is confident you will love working with her great team in getting YOU back to living ProActively!

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Vince Cunanan
B.Sc.PT, B.Sc.Anat, Dip.Manip.PT, Fellow of CAMPT, CGIMS
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Physical Therapist
Clinic Director, Clinical Education Coordinator, Sun City Physiotherapy
Past Chair of National Orthopaedic Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Twitter @funsocksphysio

Vince is the Clinic Director of the Lower Mission office and the Clinical Education Coordinator for all of our clinics. “Vinny” has been with Sun City Physiotherapy since 2014, and has embraced the Okanagan lifestyle along with his wife and children. He’s an avid coffee drinker, a sometimes-golfer, and community-building advocate.

Vince is an advanced trained, manipulative Physical Therapist in both Lower Mission and Downtown locations. He is an established clinician with special interest in Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction, orofacial pain, neck disorders, and headache. He has expertise in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, IMS, chronic pain, functional rehabilitation, and exercise management. He has served as Chair of the National Orthopaedic Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and has over 10 years of Board level experience.

Vince trained at the University of Saskatchewan, and completed degrees in 1999 (Bachelor of Science Anatomy) and 2001 (Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy, School of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine). Other formal education includes Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy, 2005, and Certificate in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), 2005. Vince is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) and Instructor and Clinical Mentor with the National Orthopaedic Division
of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He is the recipient of the Continuing Physical Therapy Education, Award of Merit in 2014 (Saskatoon, SK) and was in the top 10 nominees for Kelowna Now’s Best of Kelowna, Best Health Practitioner category in 2016.

Throughout his career, Vince’s caseload has consisted primarily of TMJ disorder, headache, neck and spinal dysfunction. His treatment style emphasizes manual therapy, exercise, and education, along with adjunctive techniques such as IMS. He has been fortunate to collaborate and mentor in an environment with multiple rehab specialists, chronic pain physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons. His philosophy has been to ensure that optimal treatment management is achieved for all patients. He enjoys teaching in his field of practice and taking on a mentorship role for newer therapists.

Dr. Sean M. Wells Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Sean M. Wells
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Dr. Sean M. Wells is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and The National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Wells has taught wellness, nutrition, athletic training, and exercise physiology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He is current owner of Wells Physical Therapy, a concierge physical therapy and training service serving Ponte Vedra, St Augustine, Naples, and Bonita Springs, FL.

His research interest includes lower back pain, nutrition and healing, and aging mechanisms/models. Sean has been published in the area of orthopedics, aging and nutrition, and fitness. He has helped to author and publish three international peer-reviewed journal articles on nutrition and aging mechanisms. He has published one book on the dangers of CrossFit and is currently working on his 2nd book, Nutritional Physical Therapy. He is second author on Wellness and Physical Therapy 2nd Edition, with contributions for nutrition, community wellness and dry needling. He was contributing author to the fitness section of a South Florida magazine for 3 years, and has been featured in Redbook, Muscle and Fitness Magazine, and Eat This Not That blog. Sean provides an array of services from concierge physical therapy, to post-rehab programs, to personal training, with an overarching emphasis on orthopedics, geriatric health, and fitness.

Kregg Ochitwa Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kregg Ochitwa
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Kregg has been a registered physical therapist since 1995. Over the years his caseload has shifted from solely orthopedic to a mix of orthopedic and vestibular. With this background he has also established a reputation for treating concussion, having treated athletes in the NFL, CFL, college ranks, WHL, high school athletes, and the weekend warrior.

In 2008, he completed all of the requirements of the Vestibular Rehabilitation: a competency based course at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. Since then he has continued to take ongoing courses throughout North America in regards to orthopedics, traumatic brain injury, and vestibular therapy. He has also been asked to teach weekend courses and present at various conferences throughout North America and Europe.

In 2010, Kregg opened the North 49 Balance & Dizziness Centre in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The clinic has since grown from a staff of one to five physical therapists, where well over half of the caseload consists of patients with dizziness and/or balance issues.

Dr. Bruce Pinel Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Dr. Bruce Pinel
Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Honours
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Bruce Pinel, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. Honours. Dr. Pinel has been working in the performance, injury management, and health & wellness fields as a practitioner since 2001, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria (School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education). He’s an inspiring, innovative, and leading practitioner and he regularly consults and presents at various organizations and conferences in the health care and performance fields relating to his expertise in performance, injury rehabilitation, health & wellness, stress & adversity management, business leadership, and building resiliency. Dr. Pinel has also worked with a range of athletes and teams at the world-class level at major international events, including multiple medallists at the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, and numerous World Championships. Check out Dr. Pinel’s website at for more information.

Anniken Chadwick Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Anniken Chadwick

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Anniken (she /her) is a physiotherapist and owner of The Cheerful Pelvis: Physiotherapy Clinic for Pelvic Health, in Vancouver, BC. In addition to her ortho and pelvic health schooling, she has training in somatic psychotherapy, and is currently undertaking an MEd in Contemplative Inquiry in Educational Approaches at SFU. Anniken’s first priority for her clinic and practice is integrating relational and subjective approaches into true biopsychosocial physiotherapy care. For her this requires looking inwards, at how we personally show up as professionals, and looking outwards, at how culture and society has shaped our profession for better and worse. Anniken is passionate about developing clinical skills and service protocols at her clinic to explore and develop this approach. To check out the clinic please follow @the.cheerful.pelvis or explore To learn more about Anniken’s ponderings and teachings regarding therapeutic alliance and the biopsychosocial approach follow @the_art_of_physio or
Lois Pohlod Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Lois Pohlod
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Lois Pohlod is a Registered International Sports Physiotherapist living in Calgary, Alberta.  Lois graduated from McGill University with a BSc. in Physical Therapy. As a Sports Physiotherapist Lois has had the opportunity to work with Canada’s top athletes.  Lois was a member of the Canadian Health and Science team for the 1997 & 2013 Summer World University (FISU) Games, the 1999 & 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.  She was the Chief Therapist at both the 2013 Winter FISU Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Lois has been a physiotherapist at the Olympic Games on four occasions – the 2004 Games in Athens, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as the Chief Therapist in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, and as Chief Therapist for Tokyo 2020.  As the Sport Physiotherapist with Team Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team in 2000 & 2004, she experienced the thrill of winning two world championship gold medals.

Lois was presented with the Lifetime Member Award at the CPA Congress 2016. In addition to Sport Physiotherapy Canada interests, Lois uses her training in acupuncture and manual therapy along with K-Taping techniques in the treatment of all active Canadians.

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OrthoCanada is a leading expert in the design and distribution of physiotherapy equipment and supplies to the Canadian rehab industry.

Founded in 1989, OrthoCanada has offices in Gatineau-Ottawa, Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo to provide technical support to healthcare professionals in the fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, athletic therapy, kinesiology, acupuncture and massage therapy and in diverse environments, including clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, universities and colleges, recreational centres, sports teams and associations.

Our product range includes electrophysical agents, modalities, exercise equipment, treatment furniture, orthopedic and postural supports, diagnostic devices and clinic supplies. OrthoCanada is the Canadian distributor for Nustep, Seers Medical, K-Tape, BTL Physiotherapy, ITO Physiotherapy, Multi Radiance Medical, Patient Media, Torex and more.

Kayla Baran Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kayla Baran
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Kayla is a physiotherapist and entrepreneur from Regina Saskatchewan. She graduated with distinction in 2015 from her bachelors in Kinesiology majoring in Humans Kinetics and Adapted Movement Science. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. Kayla believes that it is essential to have a holistic approach to health and wellness. She enjoys using acupuncture, myofascial release and education as part of her treatments. Her areas of special interest include visualization to enhance motor function, goal setting to achieve ideal health and wellness as well as the sensitive nervous system and stress. She has been studying Mind-Body research and participating in numerous courses since 2018.

As a Treaty Four person, she is passionate about upholding the Truth and Reconciliation Act and working towards better health care. She incorporates the use of the medicine wheel into her practise by addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual's health. Her goal is to promote health and well-being as preventative medicine across a person’s life span. She believes that effective treatment includes education and empowering our youth to create a healthier future. Kayla enjoys studying personal development, physical fitness, camping, fishing and traveling with her husband Nick.

Tom Swales Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Tom Swales
MPT, ATC, FCAMPT, AMTc, CSCS, CGIMS, CAFCI, RKC, MCT Concept of Movement Physiotherapy & Performance Wellness and Swales Performance Systems
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Tom Swales is a practicing physiotherapist and strength coach with a particular focus on human movement. He is the founder and creator of Swales Performance Systems (SPS), which educates advanced knowledge of human movement. Toms work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Tom completed his Bachelor of the Arts in Athletic Training with honours at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa while on a soccer scholarship in 2002. He continued on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2006. He holds many advance diplomas and certifications specializing in manual therapy, acupuncture, strength and conditioning and concussion management. He has been a physiotherapist and strength coach for the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team, a Lead Medical Practitioner for Soccer at the TO Pan Am Games as well has a loyal clientele of elite / professional athletes.

Tom’s treatment philosophy includes using manual techniques, acupuncture to restore normal joint and soft tissue mobility, then supplementing it with functional corrective exercise techniques and movement strategies to prevent injury re-occurrence. Patient education on their injury and understanding of how and where movement is produced is an integral part in our treatment philosophy and preventive strategies.

Through his work, Tom has the vision to empower people and help them gain confidence in their potential and abilities. His whole body approach and empathetic character complement his extensive experience perfectly, allowing him to guide his clients through their issues and through the challenge of achieving the healthy bodies they deserve.

Tom teaches his approach to fellow professionals in the health and wellness industry to offer workshops in movement foundations and whole body exercise therapy. Toms integrated knowledge across the fields of human movement, strength and performance has given him the foundation to create a user-friendly framework for assessment and prescription of exercise for all types of physical mobility impairments.

Tom’s social life is busy, filled with clinical work, speaking engagements, writing, self-enhancement and family time with his wife and two young children.

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Josette Curry
CanFit Pro Personal Trainer
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Level 1 C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach, PPS practitioner

Josette has been a Certified Personal Trainer for 19 years and specializes in corrective exercise, golf performance, and nutrition. She is also a Holistic Lifestyle Coach.

Josette was a former professional dancer before shifting her career into the fitness industry. She brings vast knowledge and experience from being trained and coached by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the business. Josette teaching methods involve a combination of pilates, yoga, and strength training. She coaches privately, semi-privately, and in small and large groups. In the summer of 2015, she presented her Stretch & Strength program to 120 person trainers at the World Fitness Expo. Josette is currently an entrepreneur in the Toronto and Northumberland area.

Kyra Kane Embodia Continuing Education Physiotherapy
Kyra Kane
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Kyra Kane has been a registered physical therapist since 1997, with clinical experience in paediatrics and orthopaedics. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and an associate member in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. Kyra has an MSc in Kinesiology and Health Studies, a PhD in Health Sciences, and extensive postgraduate training and clinical experience in biomechanical gait analysis and orthotic intervention. Her PhD research explored individualized prescription of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) for children with cerebral palsy, and she is passionate about translating the evidence in this area to clinicians in order to support its application in practice.

Kyra is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice, and measuring clinical outcomes to promote evidence-based care. She has presented her research nationally and internationally through journals, conferences, lectures, and webinars. Her research activities include examining evidence-based use of AFOs and foot orthoses in children, improving paediatric gait measurement, understanding the experiences of children and clinicians with AFO prescription, and developing a goal-setting tool for orthotic intervention.

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Jules Poulin
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A Registered Massage Therapist since 2000, Jules Poulin has spent the last 12 years taking courses throughout North America as well as studying, researching and writing her own courses on TMJ Rehabilitation.

In 2018, she opened From the Neck Up: North America’s first and only massage clinic dedicated to the rehabilitation of the jaw, head, neck, voice, tongue and ears. With the advent of Covid and having a practice which consists of mostly intra-oral massage, Jules led her team through innovative ways to treat the tissues of the mouth while using PPE, all the while following Public Health and Ministry of Health recommendations ensuring both that patients and practitioners were safe during intra-oral treatments without compromising the integrity and efficacy of the treatments.