72nd Annual Scientific Meeting

The CAPM&R 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will feature a multi-disciplinary scientific program, renowned guest speakers, an extensive two-day trade show and a great social program. It is a unique opportunity to update your skills and knowledge and to network with healthcare professionals and students with a focus on physical medicine and rehabilitation.

72nd Annual Scientific Meeting

72nd Annual Scientific Meeting

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Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392 Notre Dame
Montebello, QC J0V 1L0

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The CAPM&R 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will feature a multi-disciplinary scientific program, renowned guest speakers, an extensive two-day trade show and a great social program. It is a unique opportunity to update your skills and knowledge and to network with healthcare professionals and students with a focus on physical medicine and rehabilitation.


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Student Eligible membership(s): Medical Student
$500.00$400.00
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Resident Eligible membership(s): Resident
$600.00$500.00
$0.00
Non-Member Available for non-members.
$1,350.00
$0.00
Student (Single Day) Eligible membership(s): Medical Student
$300.00
$0.00
Resident (Single Day) Eligible membership(s): Resident
$360.00
$0.00
Non-Member (Single Day) Available for non-members.
$810.00
$0.00
Speaker (Day Only) Available for speakers who will not otherwise be attending the conference. **Not for Workshop or SIG Presenters**
$0.00
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Exhibitor/Sponsor (Complimentary) Available to sponsor representatives to fill out the "free-registration" perk
$0.00
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Exhibitor/Sponsor Extra Available to additional sponsor representatives, after all "free-registration" perks were used.
$360.00$260.00
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Addons Only Allows for purchase of addons only (eg. dinner tickets, pre-course, etc.). Does not grand admission to main event!
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  1. Registration includes refreshment breaks and lunch, and access to all conference sessions and presentations. Not included but available for purchase: pre-conferences, Workshop 5 "Peripheral Nerve US Demonstration, Sandy Pinkerton Quaich Golf
  2. Registration includes refreshment breaks and lunch, access to all conference sessions and presentations only on the day registered. Only one day may be selected at this rate, registration on multiple single days requires full conference registration. Not included but available for purchase: pre-conferences, Workshop 5 "Peripheral Nerve US Demonstration, Sandy Pinkerton Quaich Golf.
Terms and Conditions

REGISTRATION POLICY:

Full conference registration cannot be shared between two or more delegates - all persons wishing to attend must register individually. Delegate information is shared with exhibitors.

To reduce the risk of accidental exposure to allergens, this conference is a Fragrance-Free Environment. Food allergies and dietary restrictions must be entered during registration. Dietary needs are ultimately the responsibility of the delegate, and some accommodations may not be possible. Failure to identify an attendee's dietary needs may prevent the catering team from fully accommodating those needs. Catering orders are placed 14 days in advance and are finalized 7 days in advance of the event.

DELEGATE CANCELLATION / SUBSTITUTION / REFUND POLICY:

Registration cancellation must be received in writing to the conference office no later than 1 month before the event start date, for registration fees to be refunded. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date. However, substitutions can be made such that a colleague can take your place.

An administration cancellation charge of $100 will apply to all refunds.

Refunds will not be granted to attendees who do not attend the conference and have not cancelled in accordance with the above policy.

CONFERENCE CANCELLATION POLICY:

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to cancel the conference and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration.

The liability of the Organizing Committee is limited to the registration fee. The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to travel expenses (airfare, accommodations, etc.).


Thanks to our Sponsors!

Conference Objectives

At the end of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss current guidelines and updates to management of concussion across different contexts.
  • Identify current options and new innovations in the interventional treatment of cervical spine pain.
  • Discuss emerging techniques for using peripheral nerve ultrasound in diagnosis and management of peripheral nerve conditions.
  • Reflect on the exemplary research and scholarship conducted in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation across Canada.

App

To enhance your participation, we have developed an event app that will serve as your central hub for all conference-related information.
Here's what you need to do before the Conference:

  1. Download the 'CAPM&R' app from your App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Log in using your personal login key provided in this email. If needed, you can request a resend of your login key using the "resend login key" button. Your key is unique to you.
  3. Create your profile to begin networking with fellow attendees, explore the app features, and prepare for the conference.
  4. Ensure you enable Push Notifications to stay updated and not miss any important information.
  5. Refresh the app often as we are still fine tuning and adding speakers to sessions.  We want you to start using the app while we are finalizing. 

Our app offers a comprehensive overview of the conference, including the agenda, speakers, sponsors, delegates, and exhibitors.
Visiting exhibitors is not only informative but also gives you a chance to win exciting prizes by connecting with them via your QR code on the name tag.
Additionally, the app features a chat function that facilitates seamless communication with other delegates, enabling you to schedule meetings and reconnect with peers.
Join us at the welcome reception on Tuesday, May 21, starting at 6:00 PM ET in the Outaouais room at the Fairmont Montebello, to kick off the conference experience and engage with our exhibitors.
Don't forget to stop by the registration desk to collect your delegate items.       
We hope you enjoy using the app and look forward to your active participation at the conference.

 

Relationship with Industry

We are very pleased to introduce CAPMR Co-Developed, Accredited Symposia and Workshops for our Conference. All Co-developed Accredited Learning Activity sessions are pre-approved by the Conference Organizing Committee, and are accredited by the CAPM&R after complying with the accreditation guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The Conference Organizing Committee has acted as the Program Planning Committee for all accredited sessions, and third-parties (including industry, external planners, or communication companies) are not involved in the program development, in order to maintain objectivity and scientific integrity. The Co-developed Accredited Learning Activities are accredited as part of the Conference program under Section 1 and/or Section 3 of the RCPSC's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Program

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Relationship with Industry

We are very pleased to introduce CAPMR Co-Developed, Accredited Symposia and Workshops for our Conference. All Co-developed Accredited Learning Activity sessions are pre-approved by the Conference Organizing Committee, and are accredited by the CAPM&R after complying with the accreditation guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The Conference Organizing Committee has acted as the Program Planning Committee for all accredited sessions, and third-parties (including industry, external planners, or communication companies) are not involved in the program development, in order to maintain objectivity and scientific integrity. The Co-developed Accredited Learning Activities are accredited as part of the Conference program under Section 1 and/or Section 3 of the RCPSC's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Accreditation

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. You may claim a maximum of 20.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.

Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners, healthcare practitioners participating in the QCHP CME/CPD program may record MOC Section 1 or MOC Section 3 credits as QCHP Category 1 or Category 3 credits.

Social Events

Tuesday
Welcome reception in the Exhibit Hall (lots of food)
Wednesday
Cocktail Reception and appetizers in the Exhibit Hall (exhibits tear down)
Resident Social (otherwise a no host dinner)
Thursday
CPRDF Fundraising Dinner paired with the Annual Awards Dinner
Friday
Sandy Pinkerton Quaich and departure (no host dinner)

Air Canada Travel Discount

Discount code: PYAV4PB1
To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code Box.
The booking is to be made to the following city: Montreal, YUL (CA)aircanada.com
The travel period begins Tuesday, May 14, 2024 and ends Friday, May 31, 2024.
Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
For North America' 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares & higher. For International Travel' 10% on standard fares & higher.
However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.

Accommodations

Attendees will receive our group discount when they make their room reservations by contacting the Hotel Reservations team at 819-423-6341.

The group discount was only available until April 19th 2024. After that date, we can no longer guarantee room availability.

Room block closed as of April 19. Hotel is almost sold out of bedrooms. Those looking to stay at the Fairmont should call the hotel to determine availability. The CAPM&R does not have any rooms remaining in the block.
A message from the staff at Fairmont Le Château Monetebello:

Our main priority remains the comfort and satisfaction of our valued guests. We want to assure you that your stay at our property will remain unaffected by any external developments. All of the hotel's business activities remain stable and unchanged at current time.

Group room rate is extended three (3) days prior and three (3) days post the conference dates.
Maximum occupancy is 4 per room. Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $50.00 per night.

Parking, Maps & Information

Scroll through their website with all sorts of information on how to get there, parking and so much more.

Fairmont Details

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Transportation from A to B

Letter of Invitation

The application to request a letter of invitation is found here https://surveys.eventsmgtportal.com/s3/Letter-of-Invitation-Request-Form.

Visa Application Process 

Depending on where you live, you will need to meet certain entry requirements to visit Canada. 

  • To find out if you need a travel visa and/or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), go to the Find out if you need a visa page and answer a few simple questions. To learn about the visa application process, please go to the How to Apply page. 
  • You may need to give your biometrics. This is a mandatory requirement, and you must appear in person at a Visa Application Centre in order to provide your fingerprints and photograph. Find the Visa Application Centre closest to you

This event has NOT been registered with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

We encourage you to start organizing your travels as soon as possible as there may be delays in obtaining your travel documents for entry into Canada. Please note that costs related to travel, accommodation, transportation and conference registration will be your own responsibility. 

Letter of Invitation 

To receive a Letter of Invitation, you must: 

(1) Be a presenter at the conference, as demonstrated by submitting an abstract relevant to the conference topics (to the discretion of the Scientific Planning Committee).

AND/OR 

(2) Be a registered attendee for the conference, as demonstrated by completing payment for your conference registration 

Those who meet either of the above criteria will receive the invitation letter by e-mail (in PDF format) *note: letters cannot be mailed in hard copy. Request Letter of Invitation

Draft Program - Please keep checking back for further details!

Program

Jump to a specific Day

 (Day  1) (Day  2) (Day  3) (Day  4)

(Day 1)

0900-1200
0900-1700

Registration

Lobby

Exhibitor Move In

Outaouais

Poster Board Set up

Mezzanine Canada
1030-1045

Break

Outaouais
1200-1300
1300-1600
1430-1445

Break

Montebello
1700-1800

CPRDF Meeting of the Members & Executive

Meeting
Chair: Dr. Colleen O'Connell

Agenda items to discuss:

1 – Awards CurrentProposed (student)

2 – FinanceFundraising

3 – Fellowship

4 – Membership

5 – Other

Canada
1800-2100

Welcome Reception with Vendors

Outaouais

(Day 2)

0700-0800

Registration

Lobby
0800-0815

Conference opening and welcome

Canada
0815-0900
0900-1000
1000-1030
1030-1100

Visit the Exhibitors

Break
Outaouais
1100-1215
1215-1245

Appetizers in the Exhibit Hall

Networking
Join us in the exhibit hall for appetizers. We will all head to the lunch buffet at 12:45. The Buffet is open to hotel guests from 12:00-12:30 therefore we have staggered access to ensure that we permit those NOT in the conference to eat first. Outaouais
1245-1330

Lunch - Sit down with the Exhibitors

Lunch
Our conference lunch starts strictly at 12:45. We have staggered access to ensure that we permit those NOT in the conference to eat first. Aux Chantignoles
1330-1445

Poster Viewing and Presentations

Poster Hall
Outaouais
1445-1515

Visit the Exhibitors

Break
Outaouais
1515-1600
1600-1700
1700-1800
1800-1900

Visit the Exhibitors

Social Hour
Outaouais
1800-2200
1900-2200

Exhibitor Move Out

(exhibit hall closed)
Outaouais

(Day 3)

0800-0815

Research Program Introduction

Podium Presentations
0815-0845
0845-1000
1000-1030

Networking, Posters

Break
Outaouais

*Abbvie Practice *

Outaouais
1030-1145
1145-1245

Sit down lunch

Lunch
Aux Chantignoles
1245-1345
1345-1445
1445-1515

Networking, Posters

Break
Outaouais
1515-1700
1700-1730
1730-1900

Free time to refresh for dinner

Your free time
Your room
1900-2300

CPRDF/ Annual Dinner/Awards

On the grounds
Outaouais

(Day 4)

0700-0800

Registration

Registration
Lobby
0800-0845
0845-0930
0930-1030
1030-1100

Networking, Posters

Break
Outaouais
1100-1215
1215-1230

Quick transition break

Outaouais
1230-1345
1345-1400

Closing Ceremony

Plenary
Outaouais
1400-1800

Fun Run

Free time
Unorganized outside

Sandy Pinketon Quiach / Golf

Golf
Out on the course

Dr. Alice Kam

Dr. Alice S. H. Kam is a Clinician Teacher, the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto (U of T). She earned her MD at the University of Manitoba and her residency at the University of Toronto. To further develop her expertise in medical education, she obtained her Master of Science in Community Health (Health Practitioner Teacher Education) at the University of Toronto in December 2021. She has been actively engaged in teaching medical students, residents, physicians and other health professionals for most of her career. Her education interest lies in Spiral Integrated Design, using a design-based approach to integrate competency learning into clinical practice while offering practical solutions to clinical education research knowledge translation.


Dr. Béatrice Deschenes Saint-Pierre

Dr. Beatrice Deschenes St-Pierre graduated medical school (MD) at Laval University, Quebec city where she concomitantly completed a Master of Science degree (MSc) in experimental medicine (research). Her postgraduate studies in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation were also in Quebec city, she is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPC). She pursued a fellowship training in neuromusculoskeletal ultrasound in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and continued with further training in Paris, France. She is a registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSK), certified by the

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is currently a clinical lecturer at Laval University and University of Alberta and a physiatrist at Quebec University Hospital -CHUQ, Quebec Rehabilitation Hospital -IRDPQ, Laval University Sports Medicine clinic -Clinique du PEPS, MSK Quebec (co-owner) and Body Restoration.


Dr. Celina Lin

Dr. Lin is a physiatrist and clinician educator with a special interest in Prosthetics and Orthotics, as well as Pediatric MSK issues. She has obtained her Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through the Canadian Association of Sport and Exercise

Medicine. In addition to her clinical duties, she is the Competence Committee Chair for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Residency Program at McMaster and has led the implementation of a CBME curriculum in her Division. She is also a candidate in the Clinician Educator Program at McMaster University.


Dr. Chantel Debert

Dr. Chantel Debert is an associate professor and clinician scientist in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, division of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. She is the lead of the Calgary brain injury program and research lead of the Canadian association of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Clinically, she sees patients across the age spectrum from adolescents to elderly with concussion and brain injury. Dr. Debert's research interests include exploring the pathophysiology of concussion through a variety of imaging and fluid biomarkers. She is also interested in evaluating novel treatments for patients struggling with symptoms following concussion.


Dr. Christopher Mares

Dr Mares completed his residency in physical medicine at the University of Montreal in 2020. He then did the chronic pain fellowship at McGill University and currently practices at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal. He is a clinical researcher and is specialized in interventional procedures for chronic pain mostly spinal conditions.


Dr. David Berbrayer

Dr. David Berbrayer is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is presently Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. Dr. Berbrayer is also a consultant at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation and Hospital for Sick Children's, University of Toronto. Dr. Berbrayer is past Vice-President and Chief of Staff at Lyndhurst- the Spinal Cord Centre. Dr. Berbrayer is past Chairman, Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ontario Medical Association (for 25 years).Dr. Berbrayer has completed the Master Teacher program at University of Toronto as well as completed Harvard Macy Scholar Program. He has completed a Physician Leadership Program in HPME, Administration, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.


Dr. David Langelier

Dr. David Langelier is an Assistant Professor for the Division of Physiatry at the University of Calgary and cross-appointed within Oncology. He completed his Medical Doctorate at the University of Calgary in 2013 and his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency in 2018. He completed his fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship at the University of Toronto at the world-renowned Princess Margaret Cancer Centre before becoming an attending where he lead the inpatient consultation service and served on the PMH executive. In 2023 he returned to Calgary as the local and provincial medical lead of Cancer Physiatry services for Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Cancer Care Alberta respectively. Dr. Langelier has a clinical focus on improving functional impairments, maximizing the quality of life in all cancer survivors, and increasing exercise participation in those living with and beyond cancer. He has a special interest in advanced/incurable cancer rehabilitation.


Denyse Richardson

Dr. Richardson is the Head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Queen's University; she earned her BSc (Cum Laude) in Physiotherapy at University of Western Ontario. She earned her MD at McMaster University and completed her General Practice Internship at University of Toronto and PM&R (Physiatry) at University of Ottawa. She later earned her MEd in Health Professions Education at University of Toronto.


Dr. Dhiren Naidu

Professor, Division of PM&R at the University of Alberta

Chief Medical Officer, Canadian Football League

Incoming President, NHL Team Physicians Society

Medical Director and Head Team Physician -Edmonton Oilers

Head Team Physician -Edmonton Elks

Varsity Health Physician -University of Alberta

Contributing author -SCAT5 -Amsterdam Concussion Consensus

Clinical MSK and Interventional Practice -HealthPointe Medical -Edmonton


Dominique Tremblay


Elie Boghossian

Dr. Boghossian obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Montreal. He holds a master's degree in clinical research in biomedical sciences. Dr. Boghossian completed a fellowship in hand, wrist, and peripheral nerve surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He is an associate clinical professor at the University of Montreal and director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program. He practices at the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and at the Gingras-Lindsay Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal since August 2019. Dr. Boghossian is one of the founders of the TetraHand Clinic in Montreal, which focuses on the reconstruction and management of the upper limb in spinal cord injury patients. He has developed a surgical expertise in tendon transfers, nerve transfers, and joint procedures for tetraplegic upper limbs.


Emma Mauti

Dr. Emma Mauti is a physiatrist working at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). She completed a fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship in June 2023. She is a lecturer and clinician-teacher at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work is in outpatient cancer rehabilitation clinics at both PMCC and TRI, as well as electrodiagnostics clinics at TRI and inpatient acute care physiatry consults at PMCC. Academically, her focus is on medical education and she is actively involved in teaching residents and fellows in the fields of cancer rehab and electrodiagnostics.


Dr. Eugene Chang

Dr. Chang is currently medical lead of the Cancer Rehab & Survivorship program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto Rehab Institute. His background includes completion of PM&R residency training at University of British Columbia, and the Cancer Rehab Fellowship at University of Texas, at MD Anderson Cancer Centre. He completed a Masters of Science in Community Health through University of Toronto, and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, Department of Medicine, Division of PM&R.


Mr. Félix Quentin

Félix Quentin is an orthotist-prosthetist, clinical coordinator at the Gustave Gingras-Lindsay Rehabilitation Institute for the amputee program in Montréal, Québec. His expertise is in adaptations for the upper limb. He has developed a prosthetic articulated finger model that can be made using 3D printers. His current research is based on the use of new technologies to facilitate access to adaptations for all patients.


Dr. Gabrielle Hayduk-Costa

Dr. Hayduk-Costa completed her undergraduate medical education and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Dalhousie University. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies from Acadia University. Her interests in medical education include pursuing a greater understanding of the roles of Academic Half Days, the impact of informal communities on professional identity formation, and ways to optimize the Transition to Practice curriculum. She is now practicing in Kingston, Ontario, and her practice includes Spinal Cord Injury and Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation, and EMG. She also has a special interest in Sleep Medicine, including utilizing non-pharmacologic management of sleep to improve functional outcomes in neuro-rehabilitation.


Dr. Gary Linassi

Dr. Linassi is the Provincial Head for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Saskatchewan Canada. His primary clinical responsibilities include spinal cord injury and amputation. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan with research interests that include self management in spinal cord injury and end of life issues including MAID.


Dr. Gerald Wolff

Dr. Wolff completed his PM&R training at the University of Ottawa in 2009. He is certified in electromyography by the CSCN (2009). He is an electromyographer at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and also has an outside EMG lab. Since 2011 he has been co-director of the Peripheral Nerve Trauma Clinic in Ottawa.



Heather MacNeill

Heather has been creating and researching the effect of educational technologies in healthcare over the past decade and has been teaching EduTech HPE graduate course at University of Toronto since its inception in 2014. She is Faculty lead, Educational Technologies in the Faculty of Medicine, Office of Continuing Professional Development. She is the recipient of the Fred Fallis and Fox award for her work in the area of elearning, with a particular focus in the area of online collaboration. She is a physiatrist and medical director of stroke rehabilitation at Sinai Health System in Toronto.


Dr. Hillel Finestone

Dr. Hillel Finestone is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa, and Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, Bruyere Continuing Care. Dr. Finestone treats patients experiencing musculoskeletal and neurologic pain, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and chronic pain. He also treats stroke in and out-patients in the multi-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation program of the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a frequently sought medicolegal expert on topics related to his specialization.


Dr. Jacqueline Kraushaar

Dr. Kraushaar has been practicing as a Physiatrist at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina, SK since completion of her training at the University of Saskatchewan in 2012. She is currently the Regina Area Department Lead for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the Year 2 Chair and Year 1 Regina Site Co-Coordinator in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is very interested in medical education and is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


Dr. Jaime C. Yu

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 undergraduate 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. Jamie Fleet

Dr. Jamie Fleet is a Physiatrist at Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph's Health Care London. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Western Ontario in Health Sciences, followed by both medical school and residency in Physiatry at McMaster University. Clinically, she focused on stroke rehabilitation and EMG. Dr. Fleet is also finishing a MSc degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her research interests involve secondary stroke prevention, stroke rehabilitation, and falls, fractures, and bone health, in individuals with disabilities.


Dr. Jehane Dagher

Dr. Jehane Dagher serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Montreal. Dr. Dagher is a physiatrist based at the Montreal Rehab Institute where she is the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Chief. She is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students. She is a consultant on the Neurosurgical Trauma ward at the Montreal General Hospital, McGill University. Dr. Dagher publishes on TBI rehabilitation, epidemiology & outcomes. She presents at national and international conferences. To educate the public about concussion prevention, she is often called by journalists for interviews on radio & television.


Jennifer Mcdonald

Dr Jennifer McDonald is a physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of PMR at The Ottawa Hospital and assistant professor at University of Ottawa. She is crossappointed to Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Her clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine and pain management including interventional procedures. Dr McDonald persued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain medicine. She is an EMG CSCN diplomate and ASRA- MSK Ultrasound certificate recipient. She teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.


Jessica Trier

Jessica Trier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Queen's University. She has held several medical education leadership roles, including CBME lead, Competence Committee Chair, and Academic Coach. Her program of research explores how to foster psychological safety in postgraduate medical education. She is an MHPE Candidate at Maastricht University.


Dr. Johan Michaud

Associated professor of physiatry at Université of Montreal. Fellowship in msk ultrasound with special interest in nerve ultrasound.


Dr. Karen Ethans MD, FRCPC (PM+R)

Dr. Ethans is an Associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and is a PM+R specialist with a American Board certified subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She completed her medical school training and PM+R residency at Dalhousie University and practiced for a year in Halifax at the Rehab Hospital She practices at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, where she has been for over 24 years, as well as doing outreach clinics at many personal care homes and to some remote northern communities. She is active in teaching and research, as well as the inpatient and outpatient clinical care of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and people with spasticity from many causes such as stroke, MS, and Cerebral Palsy. With her longterm follow up program wiith people with SCI, her particular interests are management of spasticity, neuropathic pain, neurogenic bladder, and generally hoping to help improve quality of life for those living with SCI.


Lisa Boivin

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kųę́ First Nation in Denendeh (Northwest Territories). She is an award-winning author and illustrator of We Dream Medicine Dreams and I Will See you Again, Lisa is a University of Toronto Provost's Post-Doctoral Fellow at KITE (Knowledge, Innovation, Talent, Everywhere) Research Institute at Toronto Rehab Hospital. Lisa uses participatory image-based workshops to educate healthcare providers and researchers about the colonial barriers Indigenous patients navigate in the current healthcare system. She strives to humanize clinical medicine as she situates her art in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images.


Mahrukh Tanweer

Mahrukh is currently in her fourth year of Undergraduate studies in Kinesiology with a major in Motor and Psychosocial Aspects of Movement and a minor in Management. She received a 10-month research scholarship for her project looking at the social experiences of Pakistani older adults in physical activity settings, and how these experiences may be influenced by language, age, gender, culture and religion. A fun fact about Mahrukh is that she speaks Urdu and is able to conduct interviews for this project in Urdu and/or English! Mahrukh may be contacted at mahrukh.tanweer@ucalgary.ca.


Maureen O'Brien

Maureen is pursuing a Master of Science in the Medical Science program at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Ranita Manocha and Dr. Cheryl Barnabe. Originally from Nova Scotia, Maureen completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health (Honours) at St. Francis Xavier University (2022). She is interested in improving the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Her current research examines the feasibility and usability of a novel app that teaches people how to use walking aids called Improving Canadians' Walking Aid Learning, Skills, and Knowledge (ICanWALK©). The results of this research will help those who use canes, crutches, and walkers, such as people living with neurological conditions, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, and joint sprains.


Dr. Natalie Habra

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University, Dr Natalie Habra 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. After acting as the Medical Director of the Amputee Program at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal for several years, she became the Department Head of Rehabilitation Medicine at the CIUSSS du Centre-sud-de-l'île-de-Montréal. She is the co-founder and medical director of the Montreal Osseointegration Clinic. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Université de Montréal in the Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include osseointegration and upper extremity amputations.


Dr. Nimish Mittal

Dr. Nimish Mittal is an Assistant Professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Mittal holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Mittal is a frequently invited speaker at multiple international conferences and has published more than fifty articles in national and international peerreviewed journals. His research and clinical interests are focused on developing models of care for multisystemic issues in hypermobility related connective tissue disorders. Dr. Mittal is passionate about advancement of innovative clinical practices in musculoskeletal joint pains with use of image guided (Ultrasound/X-Ray) injections. Additionally, he is an expert in pains related to rare disorders like Sickle Cell Disease and Ehlers Danlos Syndromes. He is also a provider for several Canadian and international professional athletes.


Rachel Trites

Rachel Trites is a second year resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Queen's University. She grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rachel completed a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo in 2017 where she completed a thesis on barriers to collaborative care in medicine. Rachel completed medical school at Queen's University where she continued to have an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as in physician wellness. Rachel is excited to explore and develop her interests in PM&R and its many subspecialties. Outside of medicine, Rachel enjoys playing basketball, running, exploring new restaurants and spending time with friends, family and her Labradoodle.

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Dr. Ranita Manocha

Dr. Ranita Harpreet Kaur Manocha is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her BA in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at Western University and her MD at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Manocha completed specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Clinician Investigator Program at Western University, during which she obtained an MSc in Medical Biophysics. Dr. Manocha's areas of clinical expertise including orthotics, gait, wheelchair seating, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Manocha also runs the Better Mobility Lab, where her team investigates walking aids, orthoses, and ableism.


Dr. Ricardo Viana

Dr. Ricardo Viana is a physiatrist at Parkwood Institute and an Associate Professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Viana was an cccupational therapist. Dr. Viana completed his medical training in 2008 and his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training in 2013. Dr. Viana's clinical focus is on Stroke and Amputee rehabilitation as well as neuromuscular and pain medicine.

Dr. Viana has two primary research interests. First, is understanding the impact of dual-task performance on mobility, balance and falls for those with amputation. And second, is systematic reviews in support of the Evidence Based Review Stroke Rehabilitation. Dr. Viana also has a growing interest in education, both medical education and knowledge translation in the clinical setting.


Dr. Robert Simpson

Dr Robert Simpson is a Physiatrist and Clinician Investigator based in Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto. Robert studies the development and evaluation of complex interventions in rehabilitation, with a specific focus on wellness.


Dr. Ross Zafonte

Dr. Ross D. Zafonte is the President of Spaulding Rehabilitation, Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of the Department of PM&R at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Zafonte also serves as Chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury and Health and Wellness Programs at Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and MGH, where he developed and oversees a comprehensive brain injury and polytrauma program uniquely designed for members of the Special Operations community. He also provides evaluation and treatment to former NFL players in collaboration with MGH's Brain and Body Program.

Dr. Zafonte is an internationally recognized researcher, publishing more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on traumatic brain injury, spasticity, and other neurological disorders. Dr. Zafonte's textbook, Brain Injury Medicine, is regarded as the gold standard text and go-to clinical reference in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte's work, which involves several large clinical trials, is presently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Dr. Zafonte is also Principal Investigator for the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, a comprehensive research program examining the multifactorial causes that impact the health and well-being of former NFL players.

Dr. Zafonte is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Innovative Clinical Treatment Award from the North American Brain Injury Society, the Distinguished Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the William Fields Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America, the Distinguished Member Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a Distinguished Public Service Medal from the United States Department of the Army for his work with Veterans and service members, and the John Stanley Coulter Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) for professional achievements that have contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation.

Through all of Dr. Zafonte's endeavors—research, academic, clinical, and administrative—he has sought to improve the lives of people with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other catastrophic illnesses.


Dr. Shannon Macdonald

Dr. MacDonald completed medical school at Dalhousie University and her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. She has a MSc in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto. Clinically, she works as a stroke and neurological rehabilitation medicine specialist at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital, Sinai Health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and an Associate Member of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at ICES and a Stroke Distinction Surveyor with Accreditation Canada.


Dr. Shawn Marshall

Shawn Marshall is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Professor and Division Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital. He is also Department Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Bruyere Continuing Care. His clinical practice focuses on acquired brain injury rehabilitation where Dr. Marshall manages in-patients as well as out-patient clinics for persons with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. He is also involved in assessment and treatment of persons with mild TBI/ concussion and persisting symptoms. He has a Master's of Science Degree in Epidemiology and Community Health and is active in research involving brain injury rehabilitation, concussion and persisting symptoms as well as driving and disability.


Ms. Spring Hawes

Spring Hawes is a disability advocate and educator. She is a Regional PLEX Liaison for Praxis Spinal Cord Institute. She also provides ableism training to large and small organizations, including provincial government agencies, labour unions, university and women's organizations, and has spoken about ableism to Senators, MPs, MLAs, local governments, national and local media, doctors, researchers, government agencies, and community leaders. She has served as a board director for Interior Health, one of British Columba's 5 regional health authorities, for the past 6 years. She is the inaugural co-chair of BC's Provincial Accessibility Committee, advising the government on the province's accessibility legislation, alongside the Parliamentary Secretary of Accessibility. She was recently award BC's Medal of Good Citizenship. Spring incurred a C-spine injury in 2005, and is a C-6 complete tetraplegic. She lives independently in Kelowna, BC, where she enjoys her children and grandchildren.


Tatjana Zadravkovic

Dr. Tatjana Zdravkovic Graduated Medical School at University of Belgrade, Serbia and after moving to Canada in 2002 was privileged to work with Pediatric hematology/oncology team at BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver and adults Hematology/ BMT and Radiation Oncology teams in Foothill's Hospital, Calgary as a bed side physician. As a PM&R resident from Saskatoon she discovered a world of Oncology rehabilitation and spent time at MD Anderson in Houston, Sloan Kettering in New York, and Hamilton, Ontario. After graduation joined Hamilton Oncology Rehabilitation team in 2016. Currently Dr. Zdravkovic ( Dr. Z) holds a position of Director of Integrative Oncology Rehabilitation and practice in inpatient and outpatient settings at Juravinski Hospital.


Sydney Knight

Sydney Knight is a third-year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident from Western University in London, Ontario.


Thomas Yau

Hi! My name is Thomas Yau, and I am a 3rd year medical student at the University of Toronto. Outside of medicine, I love playing badminton and eating at new restaurants!


Dr. Everett Claridge

Dr. Claridge is a third-year resident at the University of Alberta PMR Department.


Arun Gupta

Dr. Gupta's clinical practice focuses on musculoskeletal health with a special interest in sports medicine, interventional spine care, ultrasound-guided joint/soft-tissue injections and electromyography. He has published books, abstracts and papers in various peer-reviewed journals and continues to work on a number of independent research projects aimed at improving knowledge in sports medicine and spine care.

He has a particular interest in Reparative and Regeneration Medicine. Dr. Gupta has assisted in the development of the MSK Regeneration and Performance Centre. The goal of his team is to improve patient mobility, function and quality of life.

Recently, Dr. Gupta has taken on the role as the Team Physician for the Alberta Ballet. This is part of a greater initiative to develop a Performing Arts Medical Institute in Calgary. Additionally, Dr. Gupta acts as a consultant to many athletes, both amateur and professional.


Najam Mian

Dr. Mian is a triple-certified, non-surgical Specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine, and Sport Medicine. After completing an undergraduate Pharmacology degree and medical school at the University of Alberta in his hometown of Edmonton, he completed 7 years of specialty and sub-specialty training at the University of Toronto in the Departments of Medicine then Anesthesia. He successfully passed the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) examinations in Physiatry and Pain Medicine, as well as the Diploma of Sport & Exercise Medicine through the Canadian Academy of Sports & Exercise Medicine (CASEM).

He has a diverse musculoskeletal practice in the spectrum of subacute and chronic pain. He is interested in exploring the mechanisms underlying the transition of acute injuries to unrelenting chronic pain, and the potential treatments that can be initiated to prevent this transition from occurring. He sees a wide variety of patient populations from disabled workers to professional athletes; recognizing that an individualized treatment approach is required, following a multi-dimensional, biopsychosocial assessment.

As co-founder of the Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute (www.cprihealth.ca), his goal is to help create a multi-disciplinary team and environment that can comprehensively treat most non-surgical musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions. He is an advocate of the 4 P's approach in which physical, procedural, psychological, and pharmacological treatments can be considered and initiated for comprehensive and effective management.

At the Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, he works with the multi-disciplinary team to reduce opioid consumption in patients who have recently undergone orthopedic, spine or visceral surgery, and help them return to vocational and recreational function.

As Clinical Lead of Pain BC's Project ECHO (www.painbc.ca/ECHO) he develops accredited curricula and moderates presentations/ case discussions for physicians and allied health care practitioners across BC. As Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC he is actively involved with teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.


Mark Monsour

Dr. Marc Monsour graduated from the University of Ottawa with an H.B.Sc in Human Kinetics and completed a Masters in Neuroscience at Western University. He then attended Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, where he received his undergraduate Medical Degree and then returned to the University of Ottawa to complete his 5-year residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed a fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute for Interventional Physiatry for pain management in 2020. Dr. Monsour's primary interests include sports medicine, peripheral joint injections, spinal procedures, and nerve blocks. Dr. Monsour travel to Hong Kong annually to teach an MSK ultrasound course for interventions and MSK pathologies. Dr. Monsour past-time includes spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed travelling and having unique/delicious food.


Dr. Jody Young

Dr. Young is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with an interest in musculoskeletal conditions in the active patient population. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University, Dr. Young went on to complete her Family Medicine residency training from the University of British Columbia, Victoria and Rural Program. She served in the Canadian Armed Forces in various roles in clinics, deployed and supporting members with environmental training in both Advance Dive and Flight Surgeon courses. She went on to complete Specialist training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and interventional musculoskeletal pain medicine with the University of Ottawa. Dr. Young values a holistic approach to patient centered care.


Katherine Archibold

Dr Archibold is currently a third year PM&R resident at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Rani Rassam

My name is Rani Rassam and I am a second year medical student at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. I grew up in Mississauga Ontario and completed an undergraduate program at McMaster University where I received a degree in Kinesiology. My academic interests as a medical student include MSK and Neurology, and so, I am interested in pursuing physiatry as a career.


Hila Shnitzer

Hila Shnitzer is a second year medical student at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University. Before attending medical school, she completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queen's University, where she was deeply involved in supporting people with disabilities through initiatives like organizing inclusive sporting events and teaching adaptive swimming lessons. These experiences ignited her interest in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Now, she looks forward to leveraging her medical education to advance the function and well-being of vulnerable populations.


Andrew Peluso

My name is Andrew and I am a second year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine. Before starting medical school, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience. I am interested in medical education and would like to become more involved in curriculum development and creating learning resources for other students as medical school goes on. Outside of school, I am a huge sports fan (go Leafs go) and love to exercise and play different sports.


Shangge Jiang

Shangge Jiang is a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto, Canada. She previously completed a Bachelor of Neuroscience from McGill University. Before medical school, she spent some time working in a remote region in the Yukon Territory, where she observed firsthand the disparities in healthcare access and quality. She is currently pursuing her passion by working on patient safety projects within the rehabilitation setting, an area that presents unique challenges and opportunities for improving care and outcomes.


Chloe Lee

Chloe is a second year Physiatry resident at the University of Calgary. She has an interest in Medical Education, and is conducting her project as part of the University of Calgary Resident Education Scholar's Program. She is also this year's recipient of the Canadian Association of Medical Education's Learner Health Professions Grant. She is excited to share her research and hear your thoughts!


Matthew Downder

Matthew Downer is a medical student at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) with a longstanding interest in rehabilitation and healthy aging. During his BSc in Neuroscience and pre-clinical MD studies at MUN, Matthew worked at the Rehabilitation Research Unit of NL, where his research focused on improving rehabilitation and promoting healthy aging in adults living with Multiple Sclerosis or post-stroke. In 2019, Matthew took leave from his MD studies to complete an MSc in Epidemiology and a DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His doctorate examined long-term prognosis and outcomes after stroke in the Oxford Vascular Study, a prospective population-based incidence study in Oxfordshire, UK. Since 2020, Matthew has also been a Fellow at the National Institute on Ageing at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he has been involved in several health policy initiatives aimed at improving the lives of older Canadians.


Emiliyan Staykov

am a graduating medical student from McMaster. I will be starting my PM&R residency at Queen's this coming July. My interests include prosthetics and orthotics, social determinants of health and chronic pain.


Michael Catapano

Dr. Catapano's research is focused on clinical outcomes after musculoskeletal injury. It is split between two topics in which he holds clinical expertise: rehabilitation after high-energy orthopedic trauma and ultrasound-guided therapeutic musculoskeletal procedures. He is involved in several randomized control trials, including the use of anabolic steroids for muscular recovery after high-energy trauma, as well as a leading author on numerous systematic reviews evaluating non-operative interventions for fractures and non-operative injuries.


Bich Han Nguyen

Dr Bich-Han Nguyen obtained her MD from Université Laval in 2007, and graduated from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Université de Montréal in 2012. She did a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2013. She currently works as a physiatrist at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal in inpatient SCI and stroke rehabilitation. She also works at the Clinique de Médecine du Sport et Physiatrie Rockland where she performs fluoroscopically-guided lumbar injections. She has been residency program director for the Université de Montréal PMR program since 2017, and is currently also responsible for the teaching of anti-oppressive care as part of the Medical Professional Identity course in the new, updated medical curriculum of the Université de Montréal's MD program.


Alexandre McDougall

Dr. Alex McDougall completed his medical school training at Western University. He completed his residency training in PM&R at the University of Toronto. He is currently finishing his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York city specializing in sports and spine medicine.


Timothy Lapp

McMaster Medical graduate 1989

Queen's PMR graduate 1995.

Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University, and private PMR practitioner in Huntsville Ontario since 1995. The role includes predominantly out-patient practice including electrodiagnosis, as well as in-patient consultation to support PCP's and fellow consultants, District Stroke Centre Lead, Huntsville NOSM Lead for innovative teaching and research. Lives in a home in the woods in Muskoka, on a lake suitable for summer and winter activities. You should try it:)


Melissa Weidman

Melissa Weidman is a current clinical fellow in Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto, working at both Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital. She completed her residency in PM&R at the University of Toronto after obtaining her MD degree from McMaster University. Throughout her fellowship, she has also been working part time in a community sports medicine clinic. Her academic interests include expanding awareness of cancer rehabilitation, both within the oncology and physiatry communities, medical education, and the presence of PM&R in acute care hospitals.


Saroop Dhatt

Saroop is currently a fourth year resident in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitaiton at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Portland, followed by medical school at UBC.


Abeer Alomari

Dr. Abeer Alomari is a senior fellow at the Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto. She also has completed a fellowship in interventional musculoskeletal pain management at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division at the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Alomari is also pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Her clinical and research interests focus on complex musculoskeletal pain, ultrasound and fluoroscopy-guided interventions. She has lectured at both national and international conferences and has been recognized as a distinguished fellow by Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine.


Aditya Dhariwal

Aditya Dhariwal has a BSc from the University of British Columbia. He is a research assistant in Dr. Bill Miller's lab at the University of British Columbia exploring the impact of real-world assistive technology solutions on people with physical disability.


Marie-Michèle Briand

Dr. Briand obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology at the Université de Montréal before studying medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke. She then decided to specialize in physiatry at Université Laval. After graduating, she spent over a year in Belgium with the Coma Science Group at the Université de Liège, specializing in disorders of consciousness. She now holds a position at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, where she is involved in the management of moderate-to-severe TBI and disorders of consciousness of all etiologies. She is also in her 3rd year of a doctorate in biomedical sciences, with the aim to become a clinician-scientist.


Paul Woolfrey

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.


Caitlin Cassidy

Dr. Caitlin Cassidy completed her MD at the University of Ottawa in 2009 and went on to her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Western University, graduating in 2014. She is an Associate Professor in the Dept of PM&R with a cross appointment to the Dept of Paediatrics at Western University. She is the Medical Director of the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) program for adolescents and adults with childhood onset disability at Parkwood Institute in London, Ontario. She is active in medical education (with a focus on musculoskeletal medicine). Her research focuses on the transition to adult care for people with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.


Béatrice Soucy

Béatrice Soucy graduated from the Université de Montréal PM&R program in late 2022. She worked in Fredericton and Montreal before heading to Calgary where she is currently undertaking a Neuromuscular Medicine and Electromyography fellowship. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends (ideally around a great meal!), baking, board games, hiking, and taking care of her plants.


Stéphanie Jean

Native from Quebec City, Dr. Stéphanie Jean is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist. She completed her Doctorate of Medicine in 2016 at the Université de Montréal. Her interest for musculoskeletal problems and management of complex care in neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation also led her to complete her residency training in PM&R at the Université de Montréal in 2021. At the same time, she also completed a Master in Biomedical Sciences (M. Sc.) at the Université de Montréal in 2021. Dr. Jean then completed a one-year fellowship in Amputee and Burn rehabilitation at the University of Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is now working in Montreal, Canada, delivering care for patients who need amputation and/or burn rehabilitation.


Lalith Satkunam

Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Alberta. Adjunct appointment in the Division of Anatomy. Medical Lead of the Spasticity Program for adults at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Areas of clinical interest Adult Spasticity and Electrodiagnosis. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in Spasticity management. Medical Advisor Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Chair of a faculty for mentoring in chemodenervation for practising physicians. Extensively involved with undergraduate & postgraduate medical education and has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards. Recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Clinical Mentorship Award in 2013. Received an Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2008 for his exemplary contribution to the field of Physiatry in Canada. Past residency Training Program Director in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Alberta. Past Chair of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and surgeons of Canada.


Geneviève Sirois

Diplomate from U of MOntréal 2009

Fellowship in Neurorehabilitaiton and Spasticity in Toronto Rehab Institute 2010

Physiatrist at the multidisciplinary spasticity clinic in Qc City and medical chief of TBI ward unit in IRDPQ ( institut en réadaptation et déficience physique de Québec)

President of CME for the Physiatrits Quebec Association

Proud Hockey and scout mom


Mahrukh Tanweer

Mahrukh is a fourth-year honors student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, majoring in Mind Sciences and minoring in Management and Society at the University of Calgary. She was a summer student in the Better Mobility Lab and has just finished her undergraduate honors thesis in the lab. Mahrukh's research examined the use of a novel app (ICanWALK) as a teaching tool for healthcare trainees to learn how to fit and use walking aids. One of her goals is to incorporate this app as a teaching tool in medical education.


Caitlin Cassidy

Dr. Caitlin Cassidy is a physiatrist at Parkwood Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is also cross appointed to the Department of Paediatrics. Her primary clinical and research roles revolve around the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) program at Parkwood Institute. The TLC program provides longitudinal rehabilitative care to adolescents and adults living with a physical disability of childhood onset, many of whom experience mobility challenges and may struggle to find accessible opportunities to increase their fitness and activity levels.

Dr. Cassidy's research interests include the natural history and long-term outcomes of people with these conditions, and collaborates closely with Dr. Laura Brunton from the School of Physical Therapy at Western University to determine the impacts that access to activity and wellness programming have on pain, fatigue and other outcomes for people with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Dr. Cassidy also acts as the discipline lead for Musculoskeletal Medicine in undergraduate medical education at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.



Geraldine Jacquemin

Dre Jacquemin obtained her medical degree and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Montreal. She completed a fellowship in spinal cord medicine in Seattle at the University of Washington. She also holds a Master's Degree in Public Health. She is an associate professor and chief of the spinal cord injury program at the Gingras-Lindsay Rehabilitation Institute. She is the physiatrist part of the TetraHand Clinic in Montreal, which focuses on the reconstruction and management of the upper limb in spinal cord injury patients.


Dominique Tremblay

Dr Dominique Tremblay is a plastic surgeon with advanced training in hand surgery and peripheral nerve surgery at Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital and Santa Cabrini Hospital (CIUSSS Est de l'Ile de Montréal). She is also the Division chief of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Montreal.

Dr Tremblay obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from McGill University and went on to obtain her Doctorate in Medicine with specialization in Plastic Surgery at Université de Montréal, Québec. Dr Tremblay completed her Fellowship in the Department of Hand Surgery & Peripheral Nerve Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Dr Tremblay is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and holds many other professional memberships.