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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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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Speaker (Day Only) Available for speakers who will not otherwise be attending the conference. **Not for Workshop or SIG Presenters**
Exhibitor/Sponsor (Complimentary) Available to sponsor representatives to fill out the "free-registration" perk
Exhibitor/Sponsor Extra Available to additional sponsor representatives, after all "free-registration" perks were used.
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


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.


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.


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.


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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.


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

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

Air Canada Travel Discount

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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.


Attendees will receive our group discount when they make their room reservations by clicking the button below or by contacting the Hotel Reservations team at 819-423-6341. The group discount will only be available until April 19th 2024. After that date, we can no longer guarantee room availability.

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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

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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).


(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!


Jump to a specific Day

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(Day 1)



Mezzanine Canada

Exhibitor Move In


Poster Board Set up

Mezzanine Canada

Indigenous health and reflective practice

Pre-Course Workshop 5
Lisa Boivin Montebello

Welcome Reception with Vendors


(Day 2)



Mezzanine Canada

Conference opening and welcome


Visit the Exhibitors


MSK/Sports Medicine SIG - Exploring development of Sports Medicine SIG within CAPMR

Nova Scotia/New Brunswick

Appetizers in the Exhibit Hall


Lunch - Sit down with the Exhibitors

Aux Chantignoles

Poster Viewing and Presentations

Poster Hall
Mezzanine Canada

Visit the Exhibitors


Visit the Exhibitors

Social Hour

Exhibitor Move Out

(exhibit hall closed)

(Day 3)


Research Program Introduction

Podium Presentations

Networking, Posters

Mezzanine Canada

Networking, Posters

Mezzanine Canada

Networking, Posters

Mezzanine Canada

Free time to refresh for dinner

Your free time
Your room

(Day 4)



Mezzanine Canada

Networking, Posters

Mezzanine Canada

Workshop 5 - Peripheral Nerve US Demonstration


Quick transition break

Mezzanine Canada


Working Lunch

Closing Ceremony


Fun Run

Free time
Unorganized outside

Sandy Pinketon Quiach / 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. Beatrice Deschenes 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.

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.

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 Harissi 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.

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.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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. 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 Zafonte is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton's Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham, and Women's Hospital as well as President at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (SRN) within the Mass General Brigham health system. His work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD, NIDILRR, and the Football Players Health Study at Harvard. He is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr Zafonte has received numerous recognition awards including those from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the International Society for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Society of Australia and New Zealand, and the US Army.

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.

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.

Mark Monsour

Dr. Jody Young

Dr Young is a physical medicine and rehab physician working with the militar

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.

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.