SPC Concussion Committee: Heather Clegg, Jenny Dea, Siobhan Karam, Dianna Moulden, Marc Rizzardo, Kathryn Schneider, Ashley Lewis (SPC staff)
Featured Speakers (stay tuned as these are updated!)
Kathryn Schneider PT, PhD
Dr. Kathryn Schneider is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (physiotherapist) in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of sport-related concussion, with an emphasis on the role of the cervical spine and vestibular systems. She led a randomized controlled trial that identified a large treatment effect using multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation in athletes who have persistent
symptoms following sport-related concussion. She was a member of the Consensus Panel at the 4th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, 2012 and an author on the 4th Consensus statement. She is a Scientific Committee Member and Expert Panel Member for the 5thInternational Consensus on Concussion in Sport (Berlin, October 2016). She was selected as Avenue Magazine¹s ‘Top 40 under 40’ in 2012 and was an invited speaker (via videoconference) at the International Olympic Committee medical meetings at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games (2014) and Rio Olympic Summer Games (2016). She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has completed her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and education in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has also taught many courses in the area of concussion, vestibular rehabilitation and the cervical spine.
Siobhan Karam MHSc Physiotherapy, BHK
Siobhan Karam is a physiotherapist at the Cleveland Clinic Midtown in Toronto. Siobhan graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Master of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy/Maîtrise en Sciences de la Santé en physiothérapie. Prior to pursuing her degree in Physiotherapy, Siobhan attended the University of Windsor where she completed a Bachelor of Movement Science in Human Kinetics. She is currently working towards completing her credentials in Manipulative Therapy, and holds a certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. Siobhan largely focuses her physiotherapy practice in concussion management and rehabilitation. She partakes in clinical concussion research and works closely with organizations like One Voice, advocating global concussion awareness and advancement. She is on the Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Committee and serves as Membership Development Coordinator for Sport Physiotherapy Ontario. Siobhan is the founder and CEO of Concussion Lab Inc., a global concussion medical supply company. Siobhan has an extensive background as a national and international level figure skater with 15 consecutive years of competitive experience in the discipline of ice dance. She continues to stay involved in the sport of figure skating as a nationally certified NCCP Ice Dance coach and Skate Canada Integrated Sports Team physiotherapist. She participates on the medical team at a multitude of Skate Canada and International Skating Union events throughout the competitive season. Siobhan is fluent in both English and French languages.
Jamie Kissick MD
Dr Jamie Kissick is a sport medicine physician from Ottawa, practicing at the Ottawa Sport Medicine Centre and Carleton University Sport Medicine Clinic. He is the head team physician for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League, and is a member of the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency Therapeutic Use Exemption Expert Group. Dr Kissick was head team physician of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators from 1992-2002 and the Canadian National Men’s Sledge Hockey Team from 2007-14. He has also been a team physician for the Ottawa Renegades (CFL) and Ottawa Lynx (Triple A Baseball). Dr Kissick has been part of the health care team at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, World University Games, and Canada Games. He was the Site Medical Officer in Ottawa for the FIFA U20 World Cup. With a special clinical interest in concussion, Dr Kissick has been an expert panelist at the Concussion in Sport Consensus Conferences in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Dr Kissick has worked with organizations including Hockey Canada, Think First (now Parachute Canada) and the Coaching Association of Canada in the development of concussion education initiatives.
Martin Mrazik, R. Psych, PhD
Dr. Martin Mrazik is clinical neuropsychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He also serves as the Director of Assessment Services at the University of Alberta’s Clinical Director. Dr. Mrazik previously served as the Clinical Director of the Head Trauma Program and Chief Psychologist at the Millard Center in Edmonton, Alberta for 5 years. Dr. Mrazik’s primary research interests include sport concussion, traumatic brain injury, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Mrazik serves as a consultant to the NHL and CFL regarding sports related concussions.
Marc Rizzardo PT
Marc Rizzardo is presently the IST lead for Badminton Canada. He is a member of the medical committee for the Canadian Soccer Association. Marc has travelled as the lead therapist with both the Women’s National Soccer team (2003 – 2009), the World Cup/Olympic team (including the 2008 Olympics) and the Men’s National Soccer teams since 1980. Marc was the Chief Therapist for the Canadian Medical Health team in both 2012 London and 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He has consulted with many professional and amateur teams and athletes including the Minnesota Wild, EA Sports, UBC, Langara College and Douglas College and he was recently invited to do a presentation to the Medical and Sport Science staff at Manchester United. Marc holds a “A” level coaching license with the Canadian Soccer Association and has been coaching at Langara College since 1986 (with a three year hiatus from 2009 to 2013).
Todd joined Hockey Canada in 1997 as the organizations Manager of the Hockey Canada Safety Program, Speak Out Bullying, Harassment and Abuse Program, and overall risk management programming. In 2016 he completed his Canadian Risk Management Designation at Sprott School of Business in Ottawa and as Director of Insurance and Risk Management now oversees the Hockey Canada accident/dental insurance program, AD and D Insurance Program and works on portions of the Commercial Liability Program. In addition Todd steers the organizations Risk Management initiatives including screening, concussion education, emergency planning and risk assessment
Chantel T. Debert is an academic physiatrist. She has a master’s in medicine from the department of cardiovascular and respiratory sciences. She completed her residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. She currently is a member of the division of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the department of clinical neurosciences at the University of Calgary and a member of Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She is a research physician lead for the Calgary Brain Injury Program. She is the co-lead for the Hotchkiss brain institute traumatic brain injury neuroteam. Clinically, she sees sport concussion, mild, moderate and severe brain injury patients in the both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Dr. Debert’s research interests include outcomes in traumatic brain injury, and appropriate treatment for persistent symptoms following TBI. Specifically, she is interested in diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in traumatic brain injury.
Jocelyn Faubert is a full professor and director adjoint ( equivalent of vice dean) of research and graduate studies at the School of Optometry of Université de Montréal. He also holds the NSERC-Essilor Industrial Research Chair on Visual Function (since 2003). His research interests are diverse dealing from low- to high-level perceptual and cognitive processing, human performance, development, aging, optics and photonics spanning from a fundamental perspective to translational research. He has published over 166 research articles in peer-review outlets in numerous fields including experimental psychology (e.g. Psychological Science, Memory & Cognition, Frontiers of Psychology) sports science (e.g. Journal of Sports Psychology & Exercise, Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology) vision science (Journal of Vision, Vision Research, Perception and Psychophysics, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science) neuroscience (e.g. Brain, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience) engineering (e.g. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation) optics-photonics (e.g. Optics Express, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Journal of Nanophotonics) rehabilitation (e.g. Journal of Neurotrauma, Brain Injury, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair) development (e.g. developmental psychopathology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders) gerontology (e.g. Journal of Gerontology, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) and general journals (e.g. Scientific Reports, PloS One). He has 12 distinct patents spanning from biophotonics, brain imaging, optical designs, and behavioural procedural methods for which the great majority have been licensed or sold to companies such as Essilor, CogniSens and Annidis health. He was also a founder of two spinoff companies (Ophtalox and CogniSens) and recently a not for profit organization ‘The NeuroTracker Applied Research Center’ that is focussed on the translational research related to the use of the NeuroTracker System and other technologies originally developed in his laboratory. The NeuroTracker system is now deployed globally on all the main continents and has close to 400000 individuals users worldwide. In regards to performance, it is used in most of the major sports leagues such as the NHL (Hockey), NBA (Basketball), NFL (American football), EPL (Soccer), Top 14 (Rugby) and the most of the Special Forces in the US military such as the Navy Seals Special Operations. Numerous Universities and medical centers around the world now also use the NeuroTracker system for various uses.
Jon Cornish works for TD Wealth Private Investment Counsel and has been a banker with TD for nearly 7 years. Cornish is best known for his legendary nine years playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 2014, Jon took home the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award for the third time. He was selected a CFL all-star three times.
Cornish, after being awarded 2013’s Most Outstanding Player, was the winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete. He is a two time Grey Cup Champion, winning in 2008 and 2014.
Jon Cornish is a Human Rights Advocate, speaking out for Minority and LGBT rights. Jon is Co-Chair of Western Canada’s You Can Play board. He volunteers with Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and Wood’s Homes. You can follow Jon on Twitter @jonnycornish / Instagram @cornycornish
Pamela Fuselli became the Vice President, Knowledge Transfer and Stakeholder Relations in July 2012 when Parachute was created. Prior to that she was the Executive Director at Safe Kids Canada. Pamela has worked in the health care/injury prevention field for over 18 years. She is responsible for leading Parachute in translating evidence to action through strong relationships with key stakeholders and organizations across Canada. She is a member of numerous committees such as the Canadian Collaborative Centres for Injury Prevention, the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Injury Prevention Committee and is the Chief Editor the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP). In addition, Pamela is a speaker and a media spokesperson on a wide range of injury prevention topics, public policy issues and knowledge mobilization.
Pamela was responsible for publications including The Cost of Injury in Canada Report (2015) and the Canadian Injury Prevention Resource the first such resource in Canada. Her areas of interest are centered on knowledge mobilization resulting in behaviour change, the impact of good public policy on injury prevention and the importance of collaboration to further the impact on social change.
Pamela received her BSC in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1992, her BHA (2002) from Ryerson University and MSc (2010) in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
Roger Zemek, MD, is a Pediatric Emergency Physician practicing at the Children’s Hospital of Ontario (CHEO) in the Emergency Department as well as a Senior Scientist in the CHEO Research Institute. He completed his undergraduate studies in Applied Mathematics at Yale University, and his medical school and pediatric residency at Columbia University in New York City. He completed his Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship training at McGill University. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and holds a Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion at the University of Ottawa through the Brain and Mind Institute. He is the Director of Clinical Research at CHEO, and is the Vice-Chair of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) network. He is the principal investigator on multiple federal peer-reviewed grants, with expertise in pediatric concussion. He led the largest concussion study in the world to date examining the predictors for Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms in children suffering a concussion, and led an international team for the development of guidelines for the management of pediatric concussion.
Timberly is Vancouver based physiotherapist. An alumna of the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, Timberly has also taken on a teaching role in the school and enjoys educating the physiotherapists of the future.
Timberly is very active in the sport physiotherapy community at the regional, national and international levels. Most recently, she is the Therapy Lead for the ever exciting Canada 7s World Rugby tournament in Vancouver. She was the Venue Medical Manager at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and has traveled the world as a team therapist for both Rugby Canada and Field Hockey Canada. As an avid runner and cyclist, Timberly has developed strong ties to both the running and cycling communities in Vancouver.
Timberly obtained her Diploma from Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) in 2007 and in 2012 was awarded the prestigious David Magee award for her outstanding contribution to Sport Physiotherapy in Canada. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for SPC.