May 12 – Kick off Keynote

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush - Being a Mental Health and Mental Performance Ally in Sport: The role of the Athletic Therapist

Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush is a sport psychology professor, scientist, and practitioner in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in psychological skills training and assessment, mental health, and coaching psychology. Natalie is the Director of the SEWP LAB and the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) - a specialized Centre providing sport-centered mental health care, educational programs, and resources to competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. As a Mental Performance Consultant for the past 25 years, Natalie has helped amateur and professional athletes and coaches of all ages, sports, and levels achieve their performance and well-being goals. A relentless advocate for the field of sport psychology, she has co-founded and chaired the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and has served as the Vice-President of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). Natalie is currently the Past President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and is co-editing AASP’s forthcoming Essential Guide for Mental Performance Consultants. During her down time, Natalie enjoys downhill skiing, kayaking and cottaging with her family!


June 9 – Business Roundtable (Panel: Ron Rappel, Melanie Tuck, Tim Takahashi, and Rick Schaly)

Ron Rappel

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. After the acquisition, Ron served as Vice-President of CBI Health Quebec, responsible for the management and growth of Concordia Physio Sport and CBI Health network of clinics in Quebec. In 2016, Ron was appointed Vice-President of Central Canada with CBI overseeing 75 clinics in Quebec and Ontario. Ron grew CBI 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. 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. He taught 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.

Ron is currently the President and partner of a large family practice medical clinic in Montreal with a staff of 50. Additionally, Ron owns a large medical expertise business and an online business distributing viscosupplement products used with osteoarthritis patients. Aside from Ron’s involvement in business, Ron gives back to the community by serving as a Board Member for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.


Melanie Tuck

Melanie's passion for her career & helping her clients will be the first thing you notice when you meet her. Every day she learns & continues to develop and share her skills & knowledge with her clients, as a mentor to students & fellow therapists.

Since 1989 she has worked high level sport including: Western Hockey League, Division 1 rugby, Junior & Senior Men's football. She has also treated many professional athletes.

With extensive study in Running Biomechanics and Gait Analysis, Injuries to the Knee and Shoulder, Melanie is a manual therapist with a Hands-on approach & loves Exercise Therapy!

Melanie instructed Kinesiology at Red Deer College (Athletic Therapy, Anatomy and Exercise Physiology) from '96-2010, and completed a Masters Degree in Athletic Therapy & Exercise Physiology at the Uof A Specializing in Shoulder Assessment and Rehabilitation ('04).

Melanie opened Collegiate in August 2003 due to a tremendous need in the region & as a way to deliver care in a collaborative environment in Central Alberta.

Since 2003, the Collegiate Brand has grown to 2 clinics in Red Deer and one in Olds.


Tim Takahashi

I am a Certified Athletic Therapist and Member of the CATA since 1996. I hold a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Calgary and a Bachelors Degree of Physical Education from the University of Lethbridge.

I have been in the business of healthcare since opening my first clinic in 1998. Since then, I have owned and operated a total of 9 clinics and currently the Co-owner and Director of the University of Lethbridge Sport Medicine Clinic, Director of KwanTak Management Inc. (an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sport Medicine Physician management company), Co-Owner of: Rebound Health Centre Ltd., Fit Physio, Fit Health, Rebound Performance Centre and Rebound Health Centre Cardston. I am also the founder of the Chinook Bone and Joint Clinic Inc. (Central Intake Clinic for Hip and Knee Arthroplasties), Director of the Southern Alberta Acute Knee Injury Clinic (SAAKIC), Southern Alberta Shoulder Surgical Initiative (SASSI), and U of L Concussion Clinic.

I am currently serving as a Core Committee Member of the Strategic Clinical Network for Bone and Joint Health (SCN-BJH) with Alberta Health Services and the Co-Lead of the Alberta Soft Tissue Knee Transformation Committee. I have served in the past as the Ethics Committee Chairperson for 6 years with the AATA.

I am a Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the U of L and an Instructor at the Lethbridge College in the Exercise Science Program.

My additional professional activities and certifications include Level 2 Doping Control Officer with the CCES since 2008, Civilian Physical Training Instructor in the Police Cadet Program -Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Police Service, CSEP-CEP, CSCS, TSAC-F and Registered Kinesiologist.

In my spare time I teach and train at the Lethbridge Judo Club. I still compete and I am a 3rd degree blackbelt and won a Bronze medal at the IJF World Veteran Judo Championships in 2016. I enjoy hiking and camping with my wife and spending time with my children and grandchildren.


Rick Schaly

Rick has spent 33 years developing and growing an integrated multi-dimensional health care company. His experience includes operating Sports Medicine, an innovative multidisciplinary rehabilitation company, and a strength and conditioning business, Mind to Muscle located in Barrie, who trains athletes to reach their maximum performance potential. In addition to these ventures, he is the CEO of Trainers Choice, a manufacturer and international distributor of sports medicine and active lifestyle products primarily sold into the pharmacy mass retail market.

In 2010, Rick constructed the Eagle Ridge Professional Complex, a 100,000 square foot medical development which is home to several medical and health services that combine to provide a regional community health hub. This venture has promoted relationships with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, the Barrie Community Health Centre and the Huronia Urgent Care Centre form a dynamic and cohesive community facility.


September 8 – Fall Keynote Presentation

Brett Bartholomew - Creating the Optimal Coaching Environment: Addressing Athlete Learning Styles, Skill-Acquisition & Transfer

Brett Bartholomew is a performance coach, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and host of a top-ranked podcast. After nearly losing his life as a teenager, in part due to poor medical care, Brett founded the leadership development company Art of Coaching™ which focuses on the unique role optimized communication plays within organizations and elite teams. His experience includes working with members of Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Special Forces, and sporting organizations and professional athletes. His book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In, achieved international “Best Seller” status in two categories and has been ranked as “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall.” Conscious Coaching has since crossed over into other industries and is used by universities worldwide as source material to help guide future leaders and professionals. The Art of Coaching Podcast exploded onto the scene in 2019, experiencing 409% growth in less than 12-months, nearly a million downloads and subscribers in over 200 countries, all while remaining focused on hard-hitting topics centered around real-world leadership strategies implemented by everyday people as opposed to celebrities. From a philanthropic standpoint, Brett is the Vice President for the non-profit organization Movement2Be, which helps youth in underprivileged communities learn more about physical activity and proper movement. He is also a member of the Alumni Advisory board for Kansas State University and was awarded their “Alumni Entrepreneur Award” in 2017 for his contributions to community affairs, organizations, and service groups and support K-State’s College of Human Ecology. Brett is currently conducting his doctoral research focused on the role of power dynamics, persuasion, and optimizing change management within organizations at the University of Central Lancashire. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and son.


November 17 – Fall Keynote Presentation

Meryl Wheeler - The Specialist Approach to Acute Knee Injuries

Meryl is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Non-Physician Expert (NPE) in Acute Knee Injuries. In 2008 she jumped at the opportunity to help develop and implement the Acute Knee Injury Clinic (AKIC) at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre where she has been for the past 13 years. Over the past 13 years Meryl has evaluated over 14,500 knees and has been directly involved in the training and mentoring of NPE’s and sport medicine fellowship candidates in the evaluation and management of acute knee injuries.

Currently she is the clinical coordinator for the UofC Sport Medicine specialty clinics including the AKIC, Acute Sport Injury Clinic, Shoulder Clinic, and the Acute Sport Concussion Clinic. Meryl also pursued her passion for educating others on a variety of injury, wellness, and fitness topics through her 20 year career in teaching as a sessional lecturer with Mount Royal University. Although recently retired from teaching, Meryl taught extensively at MRU in both the Faculty of Health, Community, and Education and the Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension. Her love of teaching led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education specializing in adult, community, and higher education.

Meryl merges her passion for teaching and her expertise in knee injuries to offer continuing education course opportunities with her MSK Masterclass business partner Jodi Toews. 

She lives in Calgary with her husband where they share a love of wine, fitness, traveling, and golf 


December 15 Webinar - Prevention, detection and management of concussion in sport

Dr. Kathryn Schneider

Dr. Kathryn Schneider BKin(Hons), BHScPT, DSc, PhD, DipManipPT
Associate Professor, Clinician Scientist
Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Clinical Specialist-Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Kathryn Schneider is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention, detection and treatment of sport-related concussion. Her work has identified a large treatment effect using multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has expertise and certification in vestibular rehabilitation. She was recognized by Avenue Magazine as “Top 40 Under 40” in 2012 and was the recipient of the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award in 2015. She has been involved as an Expert Panelist at the 4th and 5th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport and Scientific Committee member and led/is leading the methodology informing the 5th and 6th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport. Invited speaking highlights include the 4th, 5th and upcoming 6th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical meetings at the Sochi, Rio and PyeongChang Olympic games, and many additional International and National sport meetings. Her clinical practice focuses on the treatment of recreational to elite/professional athletes with ongoing symptoms following sport-related concussion. Over the past 8 years, she has worked with many local, provincial and national sport organizations and health care teams to develop and implement evidence-based concussion protocols and processes. She is a member of the Federal Government Working Group on Concussion in Sport and is the co-lead of the integrated Knowledge Translation and Patient and Stakeholder engagement committee of the Canadian Concussion Network.