Larry Robinson, MD, FABPMR
Professor and Chief of the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto

Dr. Larry Robinson serves as Professor and Chief of the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Robinson is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he serves as Program Chief.  He also holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences.  Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >160 publications in the peer-reviewed literature.  He is the developer of the combined sensory index (Robinson Index) for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome.  He has also published key articles on traumatic neuropathy and prognosis of nerve injuries.  In 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine (AANEM).   He has recently led a funded research study assessing the impact of early PM&R consults for trauma patients.

Larry Robinson
President (2020-2022)

Jaime Yu, MD, FRCPC 
University of Alberta

Dr. Jaime Yu joined the University of Alberta, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in July 2016. She completed her medical training at the University of Calgary, graduating with her MD in 2005 and completing residency training in 2010. Dr. Yu started her career as a community physiatrist in Kelowna, BC, with a busy general physiatry practice, seeing patients across the spectrum of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. During her time in Kelowna, she held various academic and administrative leadership roles, including the Faculty Development Director for the University of British Columbia Southern Medical Program (2011-2012), and the Kelowna General Hospital Rehabilitation Program Medical Director (2014-2016). She maintained an active role as a clinical teacher with the UBC Southern Medical Program during that time. Currently, Dr. Yu is based at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for her clinical roles, with focus on stroke rehabilitation and spasticity management. Her academic interests focus on medical education and quality improvement. She completed her Master of Education in Health Sciences Education in 2019. She currently holds educational leadership roles as the Assistant Program Director and Competence-by-design (CBD) Lead for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, as well as the MED 523 Musculoskeletal Medicine course coordinator for the MD Program. Dr. Yu is an active contributor to the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She co-chaired the scientific committee for the 2018 CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting in Whitehorse, YK. She currently sits as a Member-at-large on the executive board of the CAPM&R and is also the vice-chair of the Education Committee.
Jaime Yu
1st Vice-President (2020-2022)
Denyse Richardson, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Associate Professor, The University of Toronto

Clinician Educator, University of Toronto & The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Denyse Richardson is an Associate Professor and Clinician Educator at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physiatry. She is also cross-appointed to The Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies. Her career in healthcare began in Emergency Medical Services, followed by completing a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and working for several years as a physiotherapist. Subsequent to attaining her medical degree, and a fellowship in Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), she completed a Masters in Education, specializing in Health Professions Education. Her dedication towards health professions education is far-reaching. Locally, it extends across to the U of T Faculty of Medicine and with partner faculties and schools of other Health professions. She is a past Program Director for The University of Toronto Physiatry Residency Program. She also initiated a Division Faculty Development program and has had a role at the Uof T Centre for Faculty Development since its opening in 2002. Nationally, she is a Clinician Educator at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada having been involved in the CanMEDS program since its inception and continues to have a leadership role in the Competency By Design Project. She is an active member of the Physiatry Specialty Committee and the has served as an examiner on the RCPSC Examination Board. Many continue to benefit from her educational leadership, as a founder and past Director of the Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in Physiatry, which has just celebrated its 22nd year and the National Physiatry Continuing Professional Development Committee she initiated remains an active part of the education activity of the National Specialty Society. Currently, at The University of Toronto, nationally and with international collaborators, she is working to further the knowledge, practice and implementation of Competency Based Education. In particular, most recently, she had led the development of the Coaching Model being implemented in CBD. Her current educational research interests are in the domains of competency based education, and specifically coaching for improved practice, faculty development, communities of practice, and collaborative interprofessional education and care. Clinical research is in the area of spasticity and neurorecovery.
Denyse Richardson -
2nd Vice-President (2020-2022)
Natalie Habra, M.D., FRCPC, B.Sc PT 
Department Head of Specialized Medicine at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal

For the past seven years, Dr Natalie Habra has been the Medical Director of the Amputee Program and is now the Department Head of Specialized Medicine at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal. She is the co-founder and medical director of the Montreal Osseointegration Clinic. She is also a member of the Montreal Peripheral Nerve Clinic. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Université de Montréal in the Faculty of Medicine.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University, she completed her medical doctorate and residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Université de Montréal. She pursued her interest in amputee care by completing a Fellowship in prosthetics and orthotics, as well as electromyography. She obtained her EMG certification from the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. Her clinical and research interests include osseointegration and upper extremity amputations.
Natalie Habra
Secretary (2020-2022)
Brad Selk, MD, FRCPC 
Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Saskatchewan

Bradley Selk, MD, FRCPC Bradley Selk is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Currently in his 10th year of practice, Brad has enjoyed a vibrant community practice with a focus on Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal medicine. He serves as the lead clinician educator for neuromuscular medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program . He enjoys teaching residents and medical students alike. Brad is also the Co-Director of the Neuromuscular lab at Saskatoon City Hospital in Saskatoon.
Brad Selk
Treasurer (2019-2021)
Paul Woolfrey, MD, FRCPC 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Memorial University

Dr. Woolfrey received his MD from Memorial in 1992 and Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Dalhousie University in 1997. He is Physiatrist for a 10 bed in-patient Unit at Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook, NL.  He has a special interest in the management and rehabilitation of Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity, Amputees, Neuromuscluar Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Pain. Dr. Woolfrey has been on the CAPM&R executive since 2018 and Education Committee since 2016. He was Chair of the CAPM&R Pain Special Interest Group from 2014 -2016. He was Co-Chair of the Annual Scientific Meeting CAPM&R and course in Clinical Pearls in Non- Malignant Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2014. He served on the Newfoundland and Labrador Integrated Stroke Strategy (ISSAC) and was recognized by the Canadian Paraplegic Association in 2006. He is presently on the steering committee for the Spinal Cord Injury Network of the Atlantic Provinces (SCINAPS). He has been recognized for his contribution teaching and has published review articles in the Journal of CME in Fibromyalgia and Repetitive strain Injury.  He enjoys teaching medical students and residents and is an advocate for persons with disabilities.    

Paul Woolfrey
Member-at-Large (2020-2022)

Ranita Manocha, MD, FRCPC 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Calgary

I grew up in London, Ontario where I received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western University. I attended medical school at the University of British Columbia, and during my residency I completed a Master of Science in Medical Biophysics at Western. I’ve also done electives as a medical student and resident in many places – from Castlegar, BC to Fredericton, NB, and many other places in between.I enjoyed every rotation in medical school, but I felt like physiatry was one of the few areas in medicine where I could see patients as real individuals, valuing their personal goals and appreciating their social situations. I decided to pursue the Clinician Investigator Program to improve the scientific basis for rehabilitating elbow injuries, because in general in physiatry there is not a lot of high-quality evidence to guide patient care, compared to other areas in medicine. Dr. Eric Cassell, a former internist, once wrote, “Quality of life is not just a variable, it is where we live.” Every day, I get to work with patients and appreciate the physiology behind their medical condition, the physics of their movement, and how that can be enhanced. But I also get to see beyond the science and appreciate the spirituality, humour, and resilience of patients and their families. It’s incredibly challenging and rewarding.


Ranita Manocha
Member-at-Large (2020-2022)

Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT 
Executive Director, CAPM&R

Heather Dow, CAE, CPC(HC), CPhT, brings over 25 years of leadership in the management of Charitable and Not-for-Profit organizations to her role as a Senior Manager at Events & Management Plus Inc. in Kingston, ON. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a professional designation in not-for-profit leadership earned in 2015 and holds the title of Executive Director/CEO for the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R); Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadiennes des pathologistes (CAP-ACP); the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA), Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Consortium (CANOSC) and the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (CSGNA).

Driven by her passion for lifelong learning and continuing education, Heather serves as CPD/CME Accreditation Manager for the CAPM&R, CAP-ACP, and CANP. She manages the certification of Pathologists Assistants in Canada (CCCPA), Electromyography (EMG) Exams and serves as Canada's pathology representative to the International Liaison for Pathology Presidents (ILPP), and to the International Pathology Council (IPC).

Heather also specializes in association governance and provides significant organizational and governance support to Hereditary Angioedema Canada (HAEC). She also volunteers on several national committees including Vice Chair of the CEO Roundtable of Canadian National Medical Organizations, member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) Rapid Response Team – CPD, and the RCPSC National Specialty Summit Committee for the National Accreditation Conference. Heather has contributed to several published peer-reviewed journal articles in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pathology specialties and is the Content Manager of the Canadian Journal of Pathology (CJP). In addition to her primary job functions, she served as the project lead for University of Toronto’s “100 Years Since the Discovery of Insulin” Scientific Symposium.

In her spare time, Heather can be found hacking through the fields on her Tennessee Walker, autocross or lapping (Shannonville, Tremblant, or Calabogie), touring our great country on her 1100cc Honda Shadow, Highland Dancing where the bagpipes sound, riding single track on a mountain bike, lifting weights at the gym, watching the sun rise or set on the lake, and enjoying time with family.