We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Greg Wells, CTV Sport Science Analyst and Human Physiologist, will be joining us in Niagara Falls as CATA’s Keynote Speaker!
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.
Dr. Wells is an assistant professor in kinesiology at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. At U of T, Dr. Wells studies elite sport performance, and at Sick Kids he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program where his team explores how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet. And he has personal experience with the challenges and opportunities of adversity and human extremes.
As a high school student, Dr. Wells broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.
Dr. Wells appears regularly on national television and radio and makes ongoing contributions to newspapers, magazines and scientific journals. He is the author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes. Known for making complex science accessible, interesting and fun, Dr. Wells helps everyone sleep, eat, move, perform and live better.
Dr. Kevin Miller is a full Professor in the Athletic Training Program at Central Michigan University. His research interests involve the causes, treatments, and prevention of exertional heat illnesses. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented over 70 international, national, or regional presentations on topics related to heat illnesses. He has co-authored several national and international position statements including the 2015 National Athletic Trainers Association Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illness; the Statement of the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference; and the National Athletic Trainers Association round table on Malignant Hyperthermia in Physically-Active Populations. He is a member of the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical and Science Advisory Board; a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Athletic Training and the journal Exercise Physiology; co-Chair of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Planning Committee; and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s International Committee.
Tara Grenier is a graduate of Concordia University who received a B.Sc. Degree in Exercise Science with Honours in Athletic Therapy. She also attended Georgia State University where she graduated with a M.Sc. Degree in Sports Medicine, specializing in Athletic Training. She has worked with a wide variety of sports and athletes (basketball, football, soccer, hockey, baseball, softball, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, taekwondo & track and field) and at various levels (novice, collegiate, university, semi-pro and professional) in Canada and the USA.
She has always been passionate about helping people and sharing her experience with others. Her career shifted, when she became the Injury Prevention Coordinator at the Montreal General Hospital-McGill University Health Centre, a level-1 Trauma Centre in the heart of the city. She was hired to design, implement and maintain injury prevention programs for the community served by the now named Dr. David S. Mulder Trauma Centre.
Mike McKenney is currently the Interim Director of Sports Medicine at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and is the medical coordinator for the Men’s Ice Hockey program. Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, he completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Gustavus Adolphus College and completed his Master’s Degree in advanced athletic training from North Dakota State University where he performed research that was published in the Journal of Athletic Training. Prior to Northeastern, he has served as an athletic trainer in multiple settings providing medical care for amateur, professional and Olympic-level athletes, as well as extending the services of a physician for a large orthopedic group. At Northeastern, he has worked closely with strength and conditioning staff, athletic trainers, and team physicians to implement policies that drive an athlete-centered performance care model, and works to improve return-to-sport decision making across their entire sports performance department.
Dr. Jacob Resch completed his doctorate at the University of Georgia in 2010 and served as faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington until 2014. Dr. Resch, his wife Celeste and two children Maxwell and Hudson transitioned to the University of Virginia where he serves as faculty within the University of Virginia Department of Kinesiology graduate Athletic Training and Sports Medicine programs. Dr. Resch also serves as co-director of the Exercise and Sports Injury laboratory. The focus of Dr. Resch’s research is to assess the measurement properties of current and novel clinical measures of sport concussion used to assess young and adult athletes. Dr. Resch has published his research in a variety of journals and has presented his findings at regional, national and international meetings.
Doug Richards is a primary care sport and exercise medicine physician and clinical biomechanist.
Educated in medicine at U of T (Class of 7T9), he has worked at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic since 1984, and has been its medical director since 1989.
He has been a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education since 1991. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, which cares for Olympic, Paralympic, national, and provincial team athletes.
Dr. Richards has organized and provided medical services at a variety of national and international sporting events and major games; and he has been team physician for many teams and programs including:
- U of T Varsity Blues intercollegiate teams since 1984
- Canada Basketball women's national teams from 1987-present
- Volleyball Canada’s national beach teams from 1997-2014
- Toronto Raptors Basketball club from 1995-2004
Professor Richards teaches courses and students in kinesiology, medicine, physiotherapy, and human biology in the subject areas of sport medicine, biomechanics, and personal health.
He was a semi-finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer contest in 2008, and a finalist in the same contest in 2009.
His research interests have focussed on concussion in sports and the biomechanics of injury.
He is an avid cyclist who rides around 8,000 km per year. He refuses to sit at work, having purchased a treadmill desk in late 2014.
He is the very proud father of two sons (both professors) and two adorable grandchildren.
Anne Hartley is a prominent Canadian certified athletic therapist, professor emeritus (Sheridan College) and osteopathic manual practitioner. She was a full-time professor in the Bachelor of Applied Health Degree (Athletic Therapy) at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario for 32 years. She has lectured extensively in both Canada and the United States (over 300 workshops). The workshops she teaches include assessment, rehabilitation, modalities and manual therapy. Anne has published 2 assessment texts, Practical Joint Assessment Manual for the Upper Quadrant and Practical Joint Assessment Manual for the Lower Quadrant. She also is well known for her knowledge of therapeutic modalities and has written and produced manuals and charts on ultrasound, transcutaneous nerve stimulation and neuromuscular electrical stimulation. In addition to teaching and writing, Anne maintains an active clinical practice specializing in osteopathic and athletic therapy. She has been part of many Canadian Medical Teams for the Pan Am Games, Olympics, FISU and Paralympic Games. To see future workshops for 2017 please go to annehartleyagency.com.
Michael Boni, DScPT candidate, PT, CAT(C), ATC, FCAMPT, CAFCI
Mike is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Physiotherapist in Canada and is also Certified as an Athletic Trainer in the U.S.A.
Mike’s treatment expertise is in the field of manual therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists.
He is a faculty member at York University teaching Athletic Therapy courses and serves as an Examiner and Chief Instructor within the post-graduate Diploma Program of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He has developed a series of 1-day Manual Therapy Workshops, which is exclusively available for Athletic Therapists.
Currently, Mike is pursuing his Doctorate of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan, USA.
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.
Mike Robinson holds a Masters in Athletic Training from Ohio University, a Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College, is a Certified Athletic Therapist, a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Registered Kinesiologist. Currently Mike is working on his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at Western University in London, Ontario with a focus on the reliability and validity of concussion assessment tools. Mike is also a part-time faculty member at Sheridan College in the Athletic Therapy program, sits on various provincial and national Athletic Therapy committees, is a published author within his field and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences including at the 5th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany.
Jonathan Ritchot, CAT(C), CEP, CSCS
Jonathan Ritchot is the Adapted Strength and Conditioning Specialist at PISE leading programs for persons with a physical disability whose abilities range from first involvement to Paralympic medalists. Jonathan also works as an Athletic Therapist for both able bodied and Paralympic sport and uses this experience to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance goals.
Ian Murray B.P.H.E. Dip SIM, CAT(C), MATCSM
Ian has been a Practicing Certified Athletic Therapist for over 20 years. After receiving his Honours Degree from Laurentian University's School of Human Movement , Ian attended Sheridan College and obtained his Diploma and his Certificate as a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1995. After becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist, Ian was fortunate to have worked at The University of Toronto, involved with the Varsity Football Team and David L. Macintosh Sports Injury Clinic. Afterwards Ian worked at Ryerson University as the Head Therapist with the Varsity Hockey Team, as well as with the Dance Program and Sports Medicine Clinic at the University. After working at Ryerson, Ian accepted a position with Cirque du Soleil as "Tour Athletic Therapist", attending to the needs of the Performers, with respect to Emergency Medical, injury prevention and rehabilitation, traveling throughout the United States, Japan and Europe for a period of 10 years. After finishing with Cirque du Soleil, Ian accepted a position at "Core Strength" in Toronto a multidisciplinary facility who's focus was on Personal Training and injury prevention and rehabilitation with an emphasis on Neuromuscular Stability, utilizing a technique called Muscle Activation techniques, or MAT.
Laura Leslie, B.Sc., CAT(C), D.O.
Laura Leslie is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Osteopath with over 24 years of clinical experience at Concordia Physio Sport (N.D.G.). She is currently part-time faculty within the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University where she has taught for the past 20 years. Laura is a clinical consultant to B2Ten, non-profit organization supporting Olympic medal hopeful athletes. She is also member of the Corporation des Thérapeutes du Sport du Québec (CTSQ) Concussion Committee, working towards the development and implementation of concussion standards for Athletic Therapy in Quebec.
In 2000, Laura completed her Osteopathic thesis dissertation on the “The effect of Osteopathic Treatment in the Multiple Sequalae of Symptoms of Post-concussion Syndrome”, emphasizing the importance to a sound clinical approach to treating post-concussion syndrome and head trauma. Laura specializes in the treatment of patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome.
Dr. Jordan Utley is the program director and associate professor of the Master of Health Science Athletic Training program. Prior to her work at the University of St. Augustine, she served as the director of teaching and learning and as athletic training research faculty at Weber State University, as well as a faculty member at the University of North Texas, Denton, where she also developed an athletic training program. She has a PhD in Experimental Psychology, a Masters in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelors in Athletic Training.
She has also served as the director of fitness management and an instructor at DePaul University and as the director of athletic training and instructor of health science at Chicago State University. She is a certified athletic trainer who implemented various cognitive interventions with athletes rehabilitating from sport-injury while earning her doctorate.
She has worked with athletes from all levels, including providing sports medicine services to United States Soccer teams, Olympic athletes, and extreme sport athletes. She serves as a committee member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Post Professional Education Committee (PPEC) and the Transition to Practice Workgroup where she is collaborating with others to create change for the future athletic training. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.
Mike completed his degree in Kinesiology and the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at McMaster University. He began developing his knowledge and skills in the area of acute injury management while in the Athletic Therapy program at York University. Once in the PA program he focused his education on Emergency Medicine. Since completing the PA program in 2013 he has been working as a PA in the Sunnybrook Emergency Department, caring for patients of all acuity levels. In addition to maintaining certification as a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA), he is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Core Independent Practitioner of the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society (CEUS).
Ron Rappel was one of the founding partners of Concordia Physio Sport, a group of clinics in Montreal. In 2005 Ron sold six Concordia Physio Sport clinics to CBI Heath, Ron is currently the Vice-President of CBI Health Quebec, responsible for the management and growth of Concordia Physio Sport and CBI Health network of clinics in Quebec through solid business development and acquisition strategies. Ron is passionate about the growth of clinics that offer the highest quality of care within a financially successful framework. Currently Ron oversees a network of 20 clinics and over 250 employees. Prior to entering into private practice, Ron served as the Head Athletic Therapist at Concordia University for 18 years as well as a faculty member at Concordia University, teaching courses in Emergency Care and Business of Sports Medicine for 16 years. Ron was heavily involved with the CATA serving on various committees; as well Ron is a past President of the CATA. Aside from Ron’s involvement in business, Ron gives back to the community serving on the Lakeshore General Hospital Board and Chairing of the annual golf tournament raising over 1 million dollars and most recently Ron served on the Board of Director for St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Golf.