Board of Directors

Meet the current CAPM&R Board of Directors!

Dr. Jaime Yu

President

Year:2024

Dr Jaime Yu is a physiatrist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. She completed her PM&R training at the University of Calgary, and started her early career as a general community physiatrist in Kelowna, BC. Her clinical practice is focused in stroke rehabilitation and spasticity, and her academic focus is in medical education with several leadership roles at the undergradute and postgraduate levels. She is one of the course directors of the Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in PM&R and has served on the CAPM&R board of directors since 2018.


Dr. Grace Li

Director

Year:2024

Dr. Grace Li provides specialized rehabilitation services at a variety of Lower Mainland hospitals and outreach for post-neurologic injury and post- orthopedic trauma rehabilitation. Her other interests include EMG and nerve conduction studies and complex upper extremity rehabilitation. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation consultations are provided for patients with neurologic, musculoskeletal, or complex injuries.

For the UBC Division of PM&R, she is the contact person for medical students interested in elective experiences in physiatry in Vancouver.


Dr. Denyse Richardson

Director

Year:2024

Dr. Denyse Richardson is a Professor, Department Head and a Clinician Educator at Queen's University. Her career in healthcare began in Emergency Medical Services and continued as a physiotherapist prior to returning to medical school. Subsequent to her fellowship in Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), she completed a Master in Education, specializing in Health Professions Education.

She is passionate about collaborative relationship-centered care, demonstrating this daily, having often been recognized by colleagues, learners and patients for her dedication to and advocacy for her patients and families needs.

Among her many scholarship interests is continuing learning and she welcomed the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Sarah Dobrowloski in developing this webinar series, "Wellness dialogues: Crucial conversations in pursuit of Health for All" to stimulate us to seriously consider the meaning of health and how we can work together to improve Health for all Canadians.


Dr. Brad Selk

Treasurer

Year:2024

Currently in his 12th 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.


Dr. Ranita Manocha

Director

Year:2024

Dr. Ranita Manocha is a physician-scientist in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her BA in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at Western University in 2008, followed by her MD at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Dr. Manocha completed specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Clinician Investigator Program at Western University (2018), during which she obtained an MSc in Medical Biophysics. Dr. Manocha specializes in connective tissue disorder rehabilitation, neurophysiological diagnostic testing, and bracing and wheelchair seating.


Dr. Paul Woolfrey

Director

Year:2024

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.


Dr. Adam Kassam

Director

Year:2024

Dr. Adam Kassam is a physiatrist and adjunt faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. He was elected as the youngest President and first physiatrist in the Ontario Medical Association's 140 year history of the organization. As President, Dr. Kassam led the 43 000 member profession during the pandemic, educated and vaccinated the public, and launched the OMA's public advocacy campaign "Prescription for Ontario" while playing a central role in the new governance model of the organization. Dr. Kassam was instrumental in leading the OMA through negotiations and ratification of the Physician Services Agreement with the Ministry of Health of Ontario. Dr. Kassam is a health systems thought leader whose expertise is actively sought after by media, organizations, companies, institutions and governments. Dr. Kassam graduated with a BA from Cornell University, and MD from Dartmouth Medical School and an MPH from Columbia University.


Dr. Eldon Loh

Director

Year:2024

Dr. Eldon Loh is a Physiatrist at Parkwood Institute aand an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. He completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta in 2010 and a clinical fellowship in interventional pain management in 2011. His research interests include improving the management of chronic neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury, and the development of novel and improved techniques for interventional pain management of axial spine pain.

He is Chair of the panel that developed and updates the Canadian Best Practice Guidelines for Neuropathic Pain after spinal cord injury and works with international partners to improve point-of-care tools for implementing the guidelines. His interventional pain research focuses heavily on a bench to bedside approach, utilizing anatomical findings to inform clinical practice. He has also examined the impact of Ontario's healthcare utilization of different interventional procedures such as radiofrequency ablation and paravertebral nerve blocks.


Dr. Jehane Dagher

Director

Dr Jehane Dagher is a physiatrist and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Montreal. She is head of the TBI program at the Montreal Rehabilitation Institute. She teaches residents and sits on the PM&R program committee. She is a consultant at the Montreal General Hospital. She has published more than 30 articles on TBI in scientific journals. She does national and international conferences. To educate the public about concussion prevention, she is often called by journalists for interviews on radio or television.


Dr. Larry Robinson

Past-President & ISPRM 2026 Chair

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 and is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >200 publications in peer-reviewed literature. He has recently served as is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief examiner for the EMG section of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He developed a method for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome known as the Combined Sensory Index (he prefers the name "Robinson Index"). In 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine (AANEM). He is will serve as chair of the 2026 ISPRM Congress in Vancouver.


Ms. Heather Dow

Executive Director

  • 25+ years of leadership in Charities, Not-for-Profits (NFP) and National Specialty Societies (NSS)
  • Senior Manager at Events & Management Plus Inc. in Kingston, ON.
  • Credentials; Certified Association Executive (CAE); 2015 and Certified Professional in CPD (Healthcare) (CPC(HC)) awarded June 2021 (1 of 8 recipients & only individual representing an NSS).
  • Holds the title of ED/CEO for the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R); Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Congress (CANOSC) (co-Founder); Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA) (co-founder); Toronto Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Conference (TPMRC) (co-founder); Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP); and the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA).
  • Chair of the CEO Roundtable of Canadian National Medical Organizations, member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) CEO Working Group, CPD Rapid Response Committee, CPD-A Virtual Reality program Committee, and CPD Accreditation Committee. Member of the Community of Interest Working Group for the Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement and Director for Mountain Bike Kingston.
  • Several published peer-reviewed journal articles in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pathology specialties.
  • Hobbies; riding my Tennessee Walker mare Georgie, autocross or lapping (Shannonville, Tremblant, or Calabogie), touring on my 1100cc Honda Shadow, Highland Dancing, riding single track on a mountain bike, weight training, hanging at cottage and enjoying time with family.