Speakers


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

Chad Starkey

Chad Starkey, PhD, AT, FNATA 

Dr. Starkey received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. He is currently a Professor, Coordinator of the Division of Athletic Training, and the post-professional AT program director at Ohio University.

He was a member of the CAATE Board of Commissioners, the Board of Certification Board of Directors, the NATA Education Task Force, the Educational Degree Task Force, NATA’s Leadership, Information, Management, and Education (LIME) Team, National Legal Program, Chair of the Uniform Terminology Project, and served as the First Chair of the NATA Education Council.

Dr. Starkey has authored several textbooks and served as an editor of Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. He also provided injury epidemiological services as a consultant to the National Basketball Association from 1984-2016. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Athletic Therapy in Canada and Athletic Trainers in the United States have faced many of the same opportunities and challenges while working towards the common goal of excellence in healthcare. Separated by 15 years in age, both professions are relatively young in the landscape of healthcare in their respective countries. This presentation will discuss how the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association have learned and benefitted from each other and use this synergy in advancing athletic healthcare in North America and worldwide.

 

LECTURE SPEAKERS

 

Lauren Sergio

Lecture 1: Lauren Sergio

Lauren Sergio is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science. She studied physiology and psychology at McGill University, and did a post-doctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at Université de Montréal. Her research examines the effects of age, sex, neurological disease, head injury, and experience (elite versus non-elite athletes) on the brain’s control of complex visually-guided movement. Dr. Sergio works with a wide range of adult populations, including NHL draft prospects and dementia patients, using behavioural and brain imaging techniques. She is also a Research Affiliate at Southlake Regional Health Centre and part of the York University Sport Medicine team.

 

Loriann Hynes

Lecture 1: Loriann Hynes

Loriann Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. She has been practicing as a Certified Athletic Therapist for 20 years and taught prospective Athletic Therapists at Sheridan College for 15 years. In her move to York University, Loriann has taken on the position of CATA Program Director for the Athletic Therapy program, and is a member of the York University Sport Medicine Team. Loriann’s professional experience and research background offer a unique approach to the identification, assessment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Her research interests lie predominantly in the area of concussion and its relationship to injury via whiplash mechanisms.

 

John Boulay, CAT(C), EMT, DO(Q)

Lecture 2: John Boulay, CAT(C), EMT, DO(Q)

John is a certified Athletic Therapist (Concordia), Paramedic (Dawson EMT-PCP), and registered Osteopath (CEO-DO). He has a passion for the pre-hospital emergency care of sports injuries and pioneered sports first responder courses across Canada some 20 years ago.

He is a part-time faculty member at two CATA accredited institutions where he teaches the advanced sports trauma courses (Concordia, UQTR). John also presents at national and international conferences such as CASEM, ITLS, PHATS, CATA and is active in trauma related research and publications. He regularly trains sports medicine staff of NHL, CFL, national teams, as well as circus shows (Cirque du Soleil, Chinese Circus) world-wide.

He has a lot of field experience in sport trauma as well as over 10 years of EMS work as a part-time paramedic with Urgences Santé (ambulance and MD response vehicles) around Montréal. For over 20 years he was the national and Olympic team therapist for Judo Canada and has responded to many serious spinal and head trauma cases. He initiated a concussion prevention and management program at national level for Judo Canada in response to several head-injury deaths across Canada.

John is the founding past president and a current director with the Quebec Sports Medicine Council and has been on Canadian health care teams for over 15 multi-sport Games, including the summer and winter Olympics, Paralympic, Pan Am, Francophone, Commonwealth, FISU, and Canada Games. He is currently serving as chair of the CTSQ concussion committee and is a member of the CATA High Performance Committee.

 

Mark Gibson, MSEd, MS, AT, PT

Lecture 3: Mark Gibson, MSEd, MS, AT, PT

Mark Gibson is the Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science and Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UW-L), where he has worked since 1985. Prior to his arrival in La Crosse he held positions at Slippery Rock University, Southern Arkansas University and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He is licensed as an athletic trainer and a physical therapist in Wisconsin. He has been active in association leadership holding the numerous positions in the

 

  • Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association;
  • Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association and;
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

He currently serves as Chair of the NATA International Committee. He is a WATA Hall of Fame member and Outstanding Educator. He received the GLATA Dedicated Service Award and Golden Pinnacle Award. He also received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

 

Deanna Errico, PT, MS Ed, MPT, DPT

Lecture 4: Deanna Errico, PT, MS Ed, MPT, DPT

Deanna Errico has degrees from the University at Buffalo, Alfred University, Clarkson University, and Simmons College. She worked as an athletic trainer at Wells College and St Lawrence University, and completed her education to become a physical therapist in 2002. Her academic career includes teaching at Clarkson University and Utica College in their DPT programs. Deanna started her AT leadership involvement as New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) secretary which led to involvement with the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) as Information Center Chair and secretary. She also has held roles as President, and chair of the Hall of Fame, Awards, and Government Affairs committees, and regional representative for NYSATA. While president of NYSATA, she involved more members in the association through task forces and projects. She guided work on improving the scope of practice for ATs in NYS; leading a task force to draft a new bill, and meeting with the physical therapy association and other organizations. She helped initiate a public relations campaign to make more people in NYS aware of athletic training, create a new NYSATA website to support the PR efforts, and a new NYSATA logo with branding. During Deanna’s presidency, NYSATA initiated a Grant program for High School and University ATs to help them develop/improve their athletic training facilities.

Deanna’s research interests are the environment (writing multiple NATA News articles on this topic), & hypermobility syndrome, and has received NYSATA awards: John Sciera Service Award (2005), the Sheehan Award (2009), and 2018 induction into the NYSATA Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the EATA Presidential Award (2009), and EATA Cramer Award (2018). She received the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2013. 

 

 

Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Lecture 5: Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Jay Hertel is the Joe H. Gieck Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia where he holds academic appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Orthopaedic Surgery and co-directs the Exercise & Sports Injury Laboratory. His primary research focus is lateral ankle instability which he studies using diverse methods ranging from laboratory-based assessments of biomechanics and motor control to evidence-based practice principles inherent to clinical epidemiology. Dr. Hertel has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at numerous national and international sports medicine conferences. His research has been funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation, and the National Football League Charities. Dr. Hertel is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. In June 2018, he will become the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training.

 

PRE-CONFERENCE SPEAKER

 

Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C)

Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C)

Jonathan has a successful private practice in Markham, Ontario. He specializes in manual therapy with his own innovative application of hands-on techniques. He is active as a writer being a regular contributor to journals and newsletters in the Massage Therapy, and Athletic Therapy domains and he has taught at two Colleges of Massage Therapy. Jonathan's entertaining and informative workshops have been presented across Canada at conferences of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario, Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. They have been recognized for their exploration of the fundamentals of body mechanics, and the implementation of familiar hands-on techniques in innovative ways to make that quantum difference to the athlete's status. He has served as Ontario President and Vice President for the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and chairs the Education Committee nationally in the organization.

 

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

 

Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C)

BO1: Jonathan Maister, RMT SMT(C), CAT(C)

Jonathan has a successful private practice in Markham, Ontario. He specializes in manual therapy with his own innovative application of hands-on techniques. He is active as a writer being a regular contributor to journals and newsletters in the Massage Therapy, and Athletic Therapy domains and he has taught at two Colleges of Massage Therapy. Jonathan's entertaining and informative workshops have been presented across Canada at conferences of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario, Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. They have been recognized for their exploration of the fundamentals of body mechanics, and the implementation of familiar hands-on techniques in innovative ways to make that quantum difference to the athlete's status. He has served as Ontario President and Vice President for the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and chairs the Education Committee nationally in the organization.

 

Ira Snytte, CAT(C), D.O(Q)

BO1: Ira Snytte, CAT(C), D.O(Q)

Ira is the owner and operator of a successful Sports Medicine Clinic in Montreal. He Certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1995 and then acquired his license as an Osteopath in 2002. His hands-on approach to treatment incorporating the mind/body, Biodynamics and somato-emotional relationship has yielded outstanding success in treating his patients. He is also a strong believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is able to incorporate a host of diverse approaches to his clinical work. Ira regularly shares his knowledge with student therapists who have benefited from his clinical experience and outstanding skill-set. Ira has traveled regularly as a senior therapist with the Canadian Medical Team to the Maccabiah Games, 2017 having been his 6th participation in this international sports event. In his spare time he connects with his family enjoying nature by running, hiking, swimming, and cycling.

 

Chellaine Shockness Haye, MBA, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS

BO2: Chellaine Shockness Haye, MBA, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS

Chellaine Shockness Haye (The Athlete's CoachTM) is a nationally recognized Sports Business Speaker and Coach, and is the Founder of the 5IFTH¼, a company established to equip the professional athlete with career, business and personal brand design for life after the game.

A business and personal branding strategist, Chellaine works with clients to launch their ideas into fun, creative and profitable businesses, and establish powerful, authentic and memorable brands.

Chellaine holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas; a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology from York University; and a Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. She is a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), with certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. In 2013, Chellaine was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society (BGS), recognizing the “Best in Business” worldwide, and in 2015 was nominated to the BGS Executive Board.

 

Beth Albert Halford, PT, DPT, BKin, FCAMPT; Pelvic Health and Orthopedic Physiotherapist

BO3: Beth Albert Halford, PT, DPT, BKin, FCAMPT; Pelvic Health and Orthopedic Physiotherapist

Beth Albert Halford is a physiotherapist and owner of KW Pelvic Health. She is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hamphshire, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Her current practice focuses primarily on pelvic floor dysfunction and orthopedic physiotherapy. A former varsity athlete, Beth is an avid runner and triathlete and Mom of two. Since giving birth she has qualified for multiple Boston Marathons, completed several Ironman and Half-Ironman triathlons, and competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Beth is passionate about returning women to sport before, during and after pregnancy.

 

James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.

BO4 & BO8: James Gardiner, CAT(C), CSCS, RKin.

James Gardiner is a Certified Athletic Therapist (CATA) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA). He currently serves as the Assistant Manager of the Sport Injury Clinic at York University, overseeing 60 AT students and 15 Varsity teams and is pursuing his MSc. in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Prior to joining YU, Gardiner served as the Spring Training intern with the Toronto Blue Jays for 3 consecutive years before being named the Head Athletic Trainer with the organization’s minor league affiliates in the NY-Penn League (Auburn Doubledays) and the Midwest League (Lansing Lugnuts). A firm believer in the natural union between AT and S&C, James strives to remain current in the most recent evidence-based principles and applicable practices in both fields by remaining present amongst the athletic population he serves in the training facilities, on the sidelines and in the therapy clinic.

 

George Matos, CAT(C), CSEP-CPT, RCRT, BA Kin, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist

BO5: George Matos, CAT(C), CSEP-CPT, RCRT, BA Kin, Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist

As a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialists (MSIP) for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), George is responsible for servicing the Health Sciences Center, and Laundry Facilities.

Since graduating in 2000 from the University of Winnipeg, George has certified as an Athletic Therapist, Personal Trainer and Reflexology Therapist. Within his role, he is expected to have a thorough understanding of all the positions held within the region. George assists with the management and training of the Safe Patient Handling Program and is expected to review and investigate ergonomic injury near misses, perform ergonomic assessments, Physical Demands Analysis and participate in Return to Work meetings. George also develops programs and presentations promoting health and safety and workplace injury prevention. Having previously been in private practice and co-business owner, George has been a part of the WRHA since 2010 and been working in the health care field for 18 years.

 

Susan Thorvaldson, BA (Kin), CAT(C)

BO5: Susan Thorvaldson, BA (Kin), CAT(C)

Susan Thorvaldson is a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Specialist within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). Her portfolio includes the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) – the largest hospital in Manitoba. Susan provides a range of services to employees at HSC, including office ergonomic assessments, physical demands analyses, participating in return to work planning and training in body mechanics. With a certificate in Health Services Leadership and Management, she heads the working group responsible for provincial MSK safe work procedures in healthcare. In addition, she is one of the leads of the provincial Safe Patient Handling – Long Term Care program. Susan’s background as a CAT(C) gives her a strong knowledge base in injury prevention through proper body mechanics and exercise. Working with the WRHA since 2009, Susan has brought her philosophy of planning, prevention and prehabilitation to help the staff of the WRHA.

 

Dave Wright, CAT(C)

BO6: Dave Wright, CAT(C)

Dave Wright has been a practicing Certified Athletic Therapist for over 30 years. He has recently acted as an Athletic Therapist for the University of Guelph Gryphons. Previously, Dave served as Director of Athletic Therapy for Ottawa Sports Entertainment Group managing the medical and conditioning departments for the 2016 Grey Cup Champions CFL Ottawa REDBLACKS, the USL Ottawa Fury FC and the OHL 67’s hockey team.

Prior to this time in Ottawa, Dave was the Head Athletic Therapist with the CFL Toronto Argonauts Football Club winning the 100th Grey Cup Championship in 2012. He also held a faculty position with the University of Guelph/Humber teaching in the Kinesiology degree program and instructing at Humber College in the Fitness and Health Promotion program.

Dave also served as a Level VI hockey referee, officiating in the OHA, OHL, AHL and IIHF levels. He earned several prestigious assignments, including officiating at the IIHF World Junior Championships, the IIHF World Championships and at the Memorial Cup.

 

Alicia Crelinsten, MSc., CAT(C), ATC, CSCS

BO9: Alicia Crelinsten, MSc., CAT(C), ATC, CSCS

Alicia has travelled the world working with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Team and Cirque du Soleil as an Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has experience in a wide range of sports at the elite level and has worked at multiple Major Games. Originally from Montreal, she has moved west to Vancouver to follow her passion for injury prevention.

Alicia graduated from Concordia University and then went on to complete a Master’s in Sports Medicine at Western Michigan University.

Alicia is currently working with MoveSafe, an injury prevention consulting company. She also chairs CATA’s High Performance Providers Committee.

 

en Schrafft, ACC, BA

BO10: Jen Schrafft, ACC, BA

Jen Schrafft is professional coach and facilitator who studies human behaviour and burnout. She focuses on the importance of being aware of the habits we create and changing them to work for us, not against us.

After years of working in corporate event planning, Jen found herself unfulfilled and exhausted. Instead of feeling proud of producing million dollar events in places like Hong Kong and Monaco, she felt depleted and frustrated. Why? Just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should do it.

Jen helps other professionals who struggle to keep all the balls in the air: career progression, family, paying bills; carpooling – you name it. She helps her clients figure out what balance looks like to them, and together they create and implement actions plans.

Jen runs a private coaching practice in Burlington, Ontario, speaks at events and provides training and workshops on the ever elusive topic of Work /Life (Balance), Habits and Momentum, and Guilt.