"I choose organizations like Embodia because they have sincere and genuine intentions of providing high quality and evidence- informed continuing education with respectable and engaging course providers. Embodia is professional, organized, flexible, accessible and extremely easy to work with. I am humbled and honoured to be part of such an incredible community."
"Joining Embodia has been such a pleasure. I resisted it partly because of my own discomfort with the digital age, social media, etc. However, Maggie and Elie have made it so easy to make the transition to digital sharing of exercises (for patients) and knowledge for clinicians.
The nice part about online learning is the ability to go back and review lectures/concepts that you didn't really get the first time. E-learning also has the advantage of being more cost-effective with less time lost from work, travel and the expense of hosting courses at a physical location.
The second part of joining Embodia which has been a real eye-opener for me was the enthusiastic embracing of digital exercise prescription by my patients. My patients LOVE having an exercise video to follow and reminders on their phone to tell them to do their exercises. This has been very well received by my patients. No more paper handouts!! The trees in beautiful Huntsville, my new hometown, are also saying, "Thank you" :)"
"I am honoured to be a part of Embodia Academy both as a student and an instructor. Embodia is the only Canadian web site of its kind providing high quality on-line education options specifically for Canadian Physiotherapists. I believe every PT should commit to completing 1-2 on-line programs a year offered by the numerous excellent instructors.
I love that I can use the Patient Specific Functional Scale on Embodia so I can quickly and easily measure functional goals with my patients. The exercise video clips and the ability to track patient compliance is also a valuable addition to any physiotherapists’ practice."
"How perfect is it to have a physio who understands the rehab piece and con ed, teamed with a techie partner who understands building platforms and delivering content? I leapt at the chance to partner to bring info to more folks."
"Embodia gives you everything you need to continually learn and grow your practice on your own schedule to build a successful physiotherapy career and reach your potential. Along with the continuing education courses that are taught by top clinical instructors, you have the opportunity to share evidence-based video exercises and education with your patients via a web and mobile app. A game changer for your practice."
"As a physiotherapist, I have always been an advocate for the use of technology for knowledge translation with our colleagues and for treatment of our patients.
Embodia gave me the opportunity I was seeking to publish some of my courses on line to reach a broader audience at a reduced price compared to the fee for a live course.
From the beginning, Maggie was encouraging, supportive, and informative in terms of the vision and the process of using Embodia as a platform.
The editing team was prompt and extremely helpful in getting my material ready for publishing.
The team at Embodia is innovative - always looking for ways to improve the course delivery and publication, to make it easier to access my courses, to check statistics about who has attended the courses and to review their evaluations and questions.
It has been a pleasure working with Embodia. I strongly recommend that physiotherapists access this very helpful platform for ongoing learning and better patient care."
"I think it’s wonderful to be able to search the Embodia Academy for continuing education opportunities across topics/specialties. And I love that it’s a Canadian Company!"
"I first met Maggie at the San Diego Pain Summit and was struck by her enthusiasm and drive. Embodia’s ethos matched mine in that they aim to develop clinical knowledge and skills by guiding people through the maze of clinical evidence in order to develop meaningful, practical skills to use with patients."
"The Embodia team has been absolutely wonderful to work with. As a university instructor, I am accustomed to receiving support for teaching. However, when teaching outside the university system, much of the preparation is done independently. The Embodia team is responsive, skilled and knowledgeable and provides high quality support to better course quality.
It is really exciting for our profession that Embodia is able to support high quality and accessible professional development. Embodia's willingness to collaborate with clinical/academic experts and our national association demonstrates a strong commitment to the betterment of learning opportunities for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and other health professionals. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with the Embodia team!"
"Embodia is more than an academy that houses great courses and content - it is an amazing group of professionals that helped me through the online course development project every step of the way. They took care of all of the technical business and honoured all of my requests for editing. I will definitely be working with them again in the future."
"I have to say I have been absolutely thrilled with Embodia ever step of the way! Even more so, I am excited to discover all the amazing online courses available on Embodia! So much quality on this site! Blessed to have connected on both levels as having MISTY sessions available on Embodia and being able to learn from all other sessions on site. Let the learning continue!"
"Maggie was amazing, and when she explained her new technology to me when it was launched, it seemed like the market she was attracting was where my 'tribe' was. She and her team have created an amazing product and are always open to suggestions and recommendations. They are truly building an amazing platform. It was a no brainer to add my education there."
"We are in some of the most exciting times in the health care industry, in the early stages of an evolving health consciousness movement. Embodia is taking charge in bringing together experts who can provide tools, skills and attitude to attain the benefits associated with the opportunities available.
We at HERO’s are honored to be part of the Embodia group of experts. Embodia’s expertise, professionalism and leadership provided us the freedom to share the content and not worry about anything else except presentation.
Embodia truly represents HERO’s -Helping Everyone Realize Opportunities."
For the past 3 years my clinical care has been enhanced and modernized with the help of embodia. I use the home exercise prescription app on a daily basis. The home exercises I prescribe are very technical due to a focus on motor control and the app has proven invaluable to ensure correct technique and better outcomes. Patients love it! And it keeps me on top of what I have prescribed.
Embodia has proven an extremely valuable adjunct to the resource material used when teaching my courses. Participants appreciate a video review of the exercise treatments taught in the practical sessions. My resource book is now 'alive'!"
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Cortree is your direct line to disability education. Curated by industry experts, our courses offer up-to-date information on topics that boost your confidence, competence and community.
Cortree is a social venture owned by the charity Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. We’ve developed Cortree with the help of our vibrant community members, people who get it, who know life with a disability inside out and are excited to share what they know with you. We’ve also worked with industry experts, health care pros, researchers, counsellors, disability specialists – professionals whose experience and expertise are built into every course you take.
We reached out to our community to find out exactly what topics are most important for people with disabilities and families. The answers? Choosing a Wheelchair. Pain Management. Sexual Health. Nutrition & Kitchen Accessibility. Vehicle Modification. These topics represent some of the many dynamic, interactive Cortree courses you’ll find to help improve or enhance your health and well-being. Look for more topics in the coming months to help you make your home accessible, stay healthy, get back to work, and live the life you choose.
Cortree is grounded in the spirit of Peer Support and Independent Living. At Spinal Cord Injury Ontario we’re committed to making life more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. Want to help improve accessibility in Ontario? Just say “Yes! Sign me up!” and you can help Spinal Cord Injury Ontario serve, support and advocate for and with people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.
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"Seeing the work the Embodia is doing on an industry that traditionally has been very resistant to change, is extremely refreshing. Any chance I can have to say I played a small part on a team that is moving an industry forward is something I think anyone can get excited about. Not to mention the team is great and just so easy to work with."
Embodia is a fantastic and easy to use platform to conveniently share education and pre-recorded exercises with my clients. This has saved me time but most importantly my clients love it.
The numerous on-line courses allow me to watch and learn, at my own pace, in the comfort of my home. How perfect is that!
Erik is an experienced and dynamic physiotherapist who has attained advanced training in manual therapy and the McKenzie MDT system.
He worked primarily with national-level athletes and closely with the local orthopedic surgeons. He is also a faculty member of NOSM (The Northern Ontario School of Medicine) where he lectures and hosts in-clinic orthopaedic mentorship for R1 and R2 physicians residents.
He now assists as an instructor to the program while concurrently qualifying to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists, an internationally recognized, highest possible Canadian designation.
Devon was born and raised in Victoria where he has grown deep roots within the community. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from UVic in 2010 and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from UBC in 2014. He spent most of his past working life before becoming an OT supporting children and youth living with a variety of special needs. Prior to joining Tall Tree, Devon previously worked as a community occupational therapist and case manager supporting people with musculoskeletal injury, concussion (and other brain injury), chronic pain, mental health issues, wheelchair and equipment prescription, ergonomics, functional assessments and assistive technology needs.
Over the past years as an OT he has developed experience and a special interest in supporting people with concussion related issues. Combining a keen drive to advance clinical practice and a desire to enhance the quality of treatment for concussion, Devon has come to Tall Tree to help build the best concussion program in Victoria.
Devon has taken post-professional education in concussion management including Evidence In Motion’s 12-month concussion management certification program to advance his clinical competency. He concentrates on offering a fun, creative and supportive environment to encourage success for people of any age. He has experience with pediatric, youth and adult therapy.
Jim is an accredited international teacher for the Mulligan Concept of manual therapy. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). Jim is past vice chair of the Leadership Division of the CPA.
Jim has been assisting Jack Miller with the Mulligan Concept in Canada since 1997 and passed the teacher certification examination in Vancouver in 2007.
He is a lecturer at Western University in the MClSc PT program. Jim has presented at symposia both provincially and nationally on manual therapy and on therapeutic alliance/communication themes. Jim is a partner at Body Mechanics in London Ontario where he resides with his family.
Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice over 21 years.
He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialisation training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 7 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilises the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.
He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia!
Joanne is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and trained at the Mind Body Medicine Institute in Washington DC as a Cancer Guide. She works with InspireHealth members who inspire her with their courage and strength as they travel through their cancer journey.
She works with a very diverse clientele including elite and recreational athletes, ICBC claimants, and most recently people living with cancer. Her educational background includes a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.
Her background is exercise rehabilitation, and has worked with the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Center for over 14 years and is also currently contracted to facilitate the fitness program at the integrated cancer care facility, Inspire Health.Joanne’s Vancouver studio, Back on Track Fitness, runs exercise programs specializing in dealing with the physical effects of cancer, its surgeries and treatments. Her clients benefit from one on one training, or group classes specifically designed for physical support through cancer recovery.
Robin graduated as a physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1985. She has established and been the principal therapist in 4 successful private practices around the world, ranging from the RAAF to Vanuatu, Hong Kong and back to Noosa, Australia.
Early on her clinical focus shifted heavily to the pelvis, low back pain and leg injuries. She has extensive postgraduate biomechanical training in these areas, including gait lab running analysis and has been involved with several elite international and Olympic running related sporting teams. In Hong Kong she established a very successful private practice in which she focused on managing novice to world champion athletes, martial arts movie stars, pelvic floor and lumbo-pelvic pain patients.
Over the last 20 years she has shifted focus to the pelvic floor and persistent pain management, with a preference towards the BPS paradigm and the importance of movement. An avid reader of science research, she currently peer reviews for physiotherapy journals and online research hubs in an attempt to assist physiotherapy to evolve.
Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT, is a fellowship trained cash based PT practice owner, entrepreneur, blogger, and sought after lecturer in the topic of Modern Manual Therapy. He has a #CashPT Practice in the Buffalo, NY area, EDGE Rehab and Sports Science, where he specializes in TMD, headaches, spinal care, runners, gymnasts, and chronic pain. His focus is seeing the patient as little as possible, and empowering them with education, self assessment and treatment strategies.
Dr. Religioso is adjunct faculty of SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT program. He also developed a line of manual therapy, mobility, fitness, strength, and rehab products along with pain science education materials at The EDGE Mobility System.
Modern Manual Therapy - The Eclectic Approach is Dr. Religioso’s line of seminars for clinicians that are taught online and in live venues around the world. The Eclectic Approach started with Modern Manual Therapy, and has expanded to include Modern Strength Training, and Modern Patient Education.
Dr. E is now offering his services as both an online clinical mentor to clinicians at Modern Rehab Mastery, travelling OMPT Fellowship mentor, online patient consultations, and online business and social media consultation, #CashPT start up with LeBauer Consulting. He also is part of media company, UpDoc Media, with 2 podcasts, Therapy Insiders and Untold Physio Stories.
Erson is a family man, married to the best woman in the world, and currently has 5 beautiful children. He enjoys running with them, watching them in competitive gymnastics and watching Disney/Pixar movies. He is also a huge tech geek and loves all things Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek. If you see Dr. E out and about, or at a seminar, ask him to grab a beer or coffee and talk about shop or anything!
Pelvic & Perineal Rehabilitation Physiotherapist & K-Taping Canada Instructor Sabrina is a member of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Québec, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Women’s Health Division), the International Pelvic Pain Society and the International Continence Society.
During her years of study and work, she worked with the provincial soccer teams of Québec. She attended as a therapist at several Canadian soccer championships. In 2005, she was part of the therapists’ team for the Quebec provincial soccer team during the Canada Games held in Regina. Sabrina attended the first K-Taping Women’s Health Course in Montréal 2016 and has since incorporated it into her physiotherapy practice. Sabrina is a physiotherapist in pelvic and perineal rehabilitation with advanced training in the fields of gynecology, urology, fertility and pre/postpartum treatments.She is involved with women with pelvic and perineal problems and works with clients with vulvovaginal/perineal diseases, urinary problems, pelvic prolapsed and rectal disorders. She also works closely with pregnant women during pregnancy and postpartum to ensure safe and healthy rehabilitation.
Alison has a keen interest in educating health professionals about the latest science surrounding pain, especially pain that hangs around- chronic or persisting pain.
Dr. Alison Sim trained as an osteopath in Australia and has completed a Masters degree in pain management. She has been speaking on the topic of pain science and the integration of this knowledge into clinical practice for several years. She is a firm believer that a good understanding of integrated pain science knowledge is powerful for both clinicians and patients, and that manual therapists are among the best placed practitioners to be implementing such approaches in the healthcare setting. She works in private practice in a chronic pain setting in Melbourne, Australia.
She has completed Masters of science in Medicine in Pain Management through the Sydney University Medical School and Royal North Shore Pain Management Research Institute. She has lectured at Australian Catholic University, Victoria University, and RMIT in a variety of science and clinical subject. She has also worked as part of the teaching team at Deakin University Medical School.
Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with 41 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.
Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.
She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.
"Rajam has a preference for collaborating with other companies and organizations who share a similar vision which is why, in 2018, she connected with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and formerly adopted the IASP Curriculum Outline on Pain for Physical Therapy as the standard for all current and future San Diego Pain Summit hosted workshops and conferences. Embodia shares a similar vision and Rajam is honored to collaborate and provide Summit conference presentations to their audience. "
Dr. Kyle Coffey is a physical therapist, exercise physiologist, faculty member, and clinical educator who is passionate about educating patients and clinicians about physical therapy, movement, health, fitness, and wellness.
What began as self-application of blood flow restriction (BFR) training to stay healthy while recovering from an upper extremity injury, turned into a love for the research and a desire to safely and effectively apply in both the rehab and training populations. Time is our greatest resource, in life and in the clinic - an adjunct to traditional strength training was needed to help people train and rehab smarter, not harder. Thus Modern Strength Training was born!
In addition to owning his own clinic and educational company, Motus Physical Therapy and Performance, Dr. Coffey is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Exercise Science Program Director at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include the use of blood flow restriction in rehabilitation, the role of physical activity in memory, cognition, and academic achievement particularly in the elementary through high school population, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
Dr. Andrew Rothschild is a 2006 graduate VCU’s Medical College of Virginia with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has been a physical therapist for nine years working in a variety of outpatient orthopedic clinical settings. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008 and received his manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2010.
He went on to complete Manual Therapy Residency and Fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby institute in 2011 and 2012 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013. He has served as adjunct faculty and a guest lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University and has also provided lectures at the UT Medical Center in Memphis, TN. Andrew also has additional extensive training in spinal manipulation and dry needling and has served as a clinical mentor not only for students in PT school, but for physical therapists working towards their manual therapy fellowship.
Physiothérapeute graduée de l’Université d’Ottawa en 2006, elle a rapidement développé un intérêt marqué envers la clientèle vivant avec des douleurs persistantes. Elle poursuit actuellement ses études au 2e cycle à l’Université McGill, au Certificat en Gestion de la Douleur Chronique.
Marie-Hélène veut transmettre ses notions acquises autant aux professionnels de la santé qu’aux patients. Elle se fait un devoir d’enseigner les données probantes de façon claire et facile à appliquer sur le terrain. Son approche est centrée sur le patient et favorise l’auto-prise en charge de ce dernier dans sa récupération.
Marie-Hélène Jutras is a physiotherapist and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2006. She soon developed a marked interest in persistent pain populations. She is currently studying at McGill University and completing her Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management.
She has created this online course to pass along what she has learned to health care providers and to patients. This is an evidence-based course which is laid out clearly and concisely, and the concepts can be immediately applied in your practice. Her approach is patient-centered and favours patient self-management
Jo-Anne Weltman graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy. She spent 2 years working in the general hospital in Johannesburg, rotating through all the paediatric wards. She then completed her California Physical Therapy Licensing exam and was fortunate enough to work in a hospital in San Diego, learning about Sensory Integration Therapy. Jo-Anne then spent 2 years working in a school for children with Cerebral palsy in Aukland New Zealand, before coming to live in Toronto Canada in January 1997. She completed her Physiotherapy National Exam and started working for Early Intervention Services of York Region, working with a variety of children with Special Needs.
Jo-Anne is looking forwards to continue to mentor and train/teach new therapists to become stronger in this field and will carry on traveling and teaching as many people in as many places to help children all over the world.
Staffan is an associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester NY. He is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. A native of Sweden, Staffan is working with private clients, and has presented at international conferences on a wide variety of topics such as Embodied Anatomy, Guided Imagery, Healthy Aging, Awareness, Core Strengthening, Feldenkrais, and Yoga. Staffan co-edited “Yoga Therapy: Theory and Practice” and is co-author of “Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety.” Staffan is on the faculty at YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA and also produces the “On Your Authority” Podcasts.
Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.
Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.
She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.
Rachel Krentzman founded and directs Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga in San Diego and organizes Yoga In Medicine Conferences for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Her Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health was published in May of 2016, and her Scoliosis and The Art of Letting Go was released in September 2016. A graduate of McGill University, Rachel completed her 2000-hour teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala at the College of Purna Yoga and has studied intensively with Judith Hanson Lasater. Rachel has integrated yoga into her clinical physical therapy practice since 2002.
Diana completed her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga with Cyndi Li. Prior to that she had been a yoga student and a licensed practising physical therapist for 7 years at Hospital for Special Surgery. After having her first child, she became owner of Diana Zotos Yoga and Physiotherapy, an online learning resource and at home Physiyoga visits.
Her teaching and treating philosophy is to combine Yoga and Physical Therapy to provide patients and clients with relief from pain, knowledge about their body, posture reconditioning, and a healthy way to attain and maintain mental focus and balance, muscular and joint health, physical fitness, strength, and flexibility.
She is driven by addressing injury by looking at the whole body and mind for the root cause of pain or discomfort and treating that root using mindfulness, breath and precise alignment. Diana received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from American University, her Masters in Physical Therapy at Hunter College and has attended numerous postgraduate continuing education courses.
She enjoys teaching about Yoga and Physical therapy and has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University.
Alexis is passionately committed to working with survivors of sexual violence. She believes that traditional modalities to support survivors (counseling, therapy, support groups) do not necessarily work for every survivor and that each individual deserves to have a number of holistic healing options to best meet their needs. It is disheartening that survivors still struggle to get the support and long term care that they need from service providers and from family and friends. It is challenging for informal support networks to understand and conceptualize that healing is a life long process, and that the path to healing and wellness is not linear and often times feels nonsensical. Alexis wants to be able to help survivors develop a toolkit of mental, physical, and breath-work exercises that they can call upon at any time to reduce the influence of a trigger, regain their connection with their body, and calm their mind.
Alexis’s experience working in the field of sexual violence intervention and prevention has lead her to be incredibly sensitive to the needs of survivors. She is conscious of her word choice when giving instruction and provide physical adjustments only after asking a student for permission to be in their physical space. Students know where we are headed, and what kind of poses they will be working on so that they feel as though they can control their physical and mental energy and not be surprised by any parts of class.
Shawnee is an Educational/Behavior Specialist, 500 RYT, E-RYT, RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), Yoga Therapist and M.Ed.
She has worked with children with autism and special needs for over 16 years. She has specialized in working with children who have significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits, as well as severe behavior challenges. Shawnee has experienced first hand the benefits yoga can provide to health and overall well-being. Her goal is to bring the experience of yoga to all individuals no matter their differences or challenges.
Shawnee has presented workshops on Yoga to Reduce Stress and Increase Relaxation for teachers and other professionals who work with youth, Yoga for Children with Autism and Special Needs and Yoga for Teens facing the challenges of mental illness. She wrote a published a book, Asanas for Autism and Special Needs – Yoga to Help Children with Their Emotions, Self-Regulation and Body Awareness and is the creator of the C.A.L.M.M Yoga Toolkit.
She started a Yoga School through Yoga Alliance in order to train others in yoga approaches to support children and young adults with autism and special needs. Shawnee is dedicated to helping support youth in developing strategies to cope with stress in order to live happier, healthier more peaceful lives.
Ellyn Stanek Hutton BSN, RN, LMT, opened her business, Wellness Within by Ellyn, LLC, over 19 years ago after working for 19 years as a registered nurse in various settings. She is a Holistic Nurse, certified in mind/body medicine, kundalini yoga, pregnancy yoga and is involved in therapeutic yoga after her training at The Kripalu Center.
She traveled to India in 2005 with her teacher Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa to deepen her practice and align with a broader vision of world needs. Through her work and in her work she remains fervent in practicing modalities to support her own path to healing while at the same time supporting others on their journey towards optimal health and wellbeing.
Her days involve assisting her clients through coaching, massage, yoga and the teaching of mind/body skills such as meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback. She has worked extensively with pregnant women and has published a keepsake anthology entitled, The Colors of Birth, and has created a unique Angel of Pregnancy Pin.
Her recent works include online meditation for CanSurround, a supportive website for cancer patients and families and developing a yoga program for those on bedrest. She considers each day a gift and is grateful for the opportunity to share the journey with others.
Meaghan earned her physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University, and completed Fowler-Kennedy’s Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship before earning a Certificate in Sport Physiotherapy from Sport Physiotherapy Canada. She also holds a Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University. Meaghan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, studying how concussions affect brain function and sensory integration, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at York University studying the integration of cognition, motor function, and sensory inputs after concussion, with a special focus on women with persistent symptoms.
Meaghan serves as the vice-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.
Mirella Veras is currently a PhD Candidate in Population Health and in the Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research, Ontario Training Centre at the University of Ottawa. Formerly, she holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (concentration in epidemiology) from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. Also, she has training in a multi-disciplinary residency program in family health at the State University of Vale do Acarau in Sobral, Brazil, and has specialized training in Activation processes of change in higher education for health professionals from the National School of Public Health ENSP/FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She has worked in primary health care in Brazil for eight years, including as a consultant of the Pan American Health Organization in the Department of Primary Care/Ministry of Health, Brazil. Additionally, she worked as a professor at the Medical School at Federal University of Ceara, Brazil. In Primary Health Care, she worked at the local and federal level. At the local level, Mirella was responsible for a project in Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in the Primary Health Care program. She was the manager of the decentralized health area as well as the coordinator for The Nuclei of Integral Attention in Family Health Program. At the federal Level, she was directly involved in research projects in the primary health care field and performed epidemiological analyses of the efficiency of the Family Health Strategy.
Deri is an expert in positive possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 12% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a TEDx Speaker, Trainer and Organizational Consultant, Deri works with organizations who want to create happy, healthy, humane workplaces for increased positivity, productivity, and prosperity!
She has been a popular instructor in the University of Winnipeg’s Management Studies Program for over 15 years, designing full-credit courses and seminars in Resilience, Positive Psychology, Team Building, and Leadership Development. Deri’s client resources, including two books ‘Wake Up To Your Habits’ and ‘What’s Your Story? You Decide’, and an APP called ‘Mood Manager’, provide a rich resource of strategies and tools to shift your emotions, adjust your thinking, and positively impact your results.
Randy is one of the premier Sport Physiotherapists in Canada. He has provided care and advice for some of the best athletes in the world in the field of injury recovery, return to sport and athlete development.
As well, he has coordinated care and development for multiple national teams including the Canadian Figure Skating and Freestyle Ski team, and consults with other national teams on the design of their integrated support for athletes. He has worked at the national/international level with hockey, basketball, soccer, volleyball, skiing, snowboard, figure skating, football, golf, athletics, triathlon, tennis, cross country skiing, wakeboard, swimming and diving, gymnastics, baseball, and Paralympic sports.
Melissa is a registered social worker with over 10 years experience in the field of mental health and addiction. Currently, she works full time in the adult outpatient Mental Health and Addiction Program at Grand River Hospital delivering group and individual therapy to adults in acute mental health crisis. In addition to her work at the hospital, Melissa works at Qualia Counselling Services, a full service counselling agency specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She also provides field supervision to Laurier's MSW students.
Melissa holds an BA (hons.) in Psychology from York University and a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is certified in Concurrent Disorders and is credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. In order to help people unlock their full potential, Melissa has certified in the Daring Way, a highly experiential methodology in developing shame resiliency based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.
Fraser is a pelvic health advocate and educator who works with persons of all genders experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health. Michelle’s dedication to making pelvic health internationally accessible is furthered by her commitment to her own continuing education.
Fraser graduated with her physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1994. In 2004 she obtained her Advanced Diploma of Manipulative Therapy, and she is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. Fraser is an associate instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).
She will soon be launching online pelvic health physiotherapy consultations for persons in rural and remote areas of Canada and beyond.
He has spent 2 1/2 years completing a MSc in spine biomechanics, 4 full time years in chiropractic college and seven years working as a researcher in exercise and clinical biomechanics. After working for several years spent an additional 2 years obtaining a MSc in Physiotherapy.
Following his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Greg was awarded the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Gold Medal for highest academic performance in Kinesiology.
As a faculty member at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College he developed a research program that produced more than 20 publications on exercise biomechanics, golf fitness andthe science of manual therapy and has taught more than 25 graduate students in Spine Biomechanics and Research Instrumentation and supervised more than 50 students and 20 undegraduate research theses.
Originally a physiotherapist, Sanjeev Bhatia spent 10 years being at the forefront of running and growing one of the largest network of rehab clinics in Canada and, more recently, served as the VP, Operations for Myodetox - one of the fastest growing rehab companies in the world reaching millions of people via social media each month.
In the first half of his business and technology career, Sanjeev spearheaded the design and development of a proprietary practice management software as well as its associated technologies. As such, he has worked with hundreds of clinic owners, therapists, front desk staff, managers, and executives to understand how they work, master how to implement change in the business, and ensure staff “buy-in".
Currently, Sanjeev works as a rehab technology advisor, is co-founder of CallHero, and facilitates working sessions each week with clinic owners across the country to implement the ultimate blueprint on running a clinic - aligning patient experience and operations with revenue growth strategies
Neil is the founder and director of Neil Pearson Physiotherapist Corporation, which operates as life is now. He focuses on providing the knowledge and tools for effective pain self-management, through two avenues: Pain Care Education, and Pain Care Yoga.
Neil works as a registered physiotherapist, and a certified yoga therapist in Penticton, BC, Canada. He is an educator: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, faculty with the BC Medical Association enhancing knowledge and clinical practice of primary care MDs, and a faculty member in five yoga therapist training programs. Near home, he is active in providing, and researching the effectiveness of group pain education within both primary and secondary pain care.
Neil is the founding Chair of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the first PT recipient of the Canadian Pain Society’s top honour for Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education.
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Jenny's passion is helping women to better understand and reconnect with their bodies to help address their pelvic health concerns through education, education and empowerment. Women’s pelvic health has, unfortunately, been considered a taboo topic and has historically been overlooked in health education, our medical system, and our culture as a whole. This means that concerns about bladder leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual pain or pelvic/low back pain that have been overlooked or considered “normal” with aging or after having children. Through her role as a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, she has worked with women to identify and talk about these issues, as well as review how to address them through a multifaceted, holistic health approach. This approach includes physiotherapy assessment and treatment (internal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles available, as well as gentle manual therapy techniques internally and externally), as well as addressing other contributing factors as such health history, stress, sleep, relationships, exercise.
Through Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, her goal is to help you feel great - physically and emotionally – so that you can exercise without leaking, enjoy pain-free sex, and resume your preferred activities feeling supported, comfortable and confident. Jenny has always had an interest in women’s health and wellness concerns, including fitness, pain management, stress reduction and sexuality, and I integrate all these topics into my Biopsychosocial approach.
Aside from holding clinic hours in Milton and Burlington, she also spends time as teaching assistant with Pelvic Health Solutions in Vaughn, Ontario, and Antony Lo - The Physio Detective internationally and also enjoys singing, dancing, being outdoors and doing various forms of fitness including CrossFit.
Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 21 years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology.
Amy has extensive Yoga training in the Krishnamacharya Tradition and was certified as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Amy helped to set standards for Yoga Therapist in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).
Amy is a Co-Founder of The Optimal State of Living, an organization that certifies Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels.
Amy is President of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT).
With a previous background in Bioengineering & Psychology, Ben has experienced every level of work in clinical healthcare, from laboring as an aide to serving as a program director; in settings such as major trauma hospitals to rural home care.
His career path has thematically revolved around innovation, business strategy, and public roles. Such roles have provided him substantial experience in organizational behavior, public outreach through news media and national conferences, multiple service line developments, market analysis, and operational optimization to which he has also had the privilege in consulting for venture capitalists, healthcare executives, and small business owners.
Ben is currently the COO & Co-Founder for UpDoc Media as well as CFO & Co-Founder for Recharge, a novel blend of Physio, CrossFit, and Mindfulness.
Jerry Durham helps Physical Therapy Practice owners engage patients for great results. Following graduation from Physical Therapy school, Jerry practiced in a variety of settings, inpatient and outpatient, from small independent clinics to large hospitals and from the very beginning, Jerry questioned why there wasn’t an emphasis placed on treating patients as individuals, with unique concerns and objectives and why more effort wasn’t being made to develop true relationships with patients.
Jerry’s experiences in these settings fueled his drive to prove that you can increase arrivals, decrease no shows and cancellations and achieve great results all through the relationship between your clinic and your patients.