Executives of the Orthopaedic Division are volunteers dedicated to advancing orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada and improving treatment options for patients. Through various committees and positions, Executives manage and update the curriculum and educational programs, develop and share current resources, and deliver networking opportunities and events to members.
Alison Beaton works with general orthopaedic clients as well as athletes of all levels to optimize their movements in sport and in life. Alison combines her specialized training in manual and manipulative therapy with movement pattern and muscle imbalance retraining to promote rapid, safe and effective recovery from injuries and chronic stress. Her extensive experience with elite athletes includes current Olympians, Canadian National Teams, and Cirque du Soleil. She is co-owner of Scotia Physiotherapy, a member of the Integrated Health Services team for Athletics Canada and the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association and works locally with Dance NS and Neptune theatre in Halifax.
Alison graduated from Dalhousie University in 2003, completed an Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2009, a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy (Western) in 2012 and a Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy in 2014 . Alison teaches within the Canadian Physiotherapy Association post-graduate Orthopaedic course system, as well as in the School of Physiotherapy and Department of Anatomy at Dalhousie University. She is the current treasurer, past chair of the Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Section.
Alison has served on Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Section for 8 years as PODCR, vice chair, chair, and treasurer. She instructs and mentors within the Orthopaedic Division education system and has actively attended Congress, Symposium and AGMs over the past 7 years.
As a small business owner and clinician, Alison is active in promoting the profession of physiotherapy within Nova Scotia and across Canada.
Jasdeep Dhir is the owner and director of an outpatient orthopaedic practice and has been treating patients for over 18 years. In that time she has completed her transitional Post Professional Doctorate in MSK Management from EIM and an MClSc (MT) from Western University. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She has also earned the Clinical Specialist, Musculoskeletal designation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor (part- time) and Sessional Instructor in the MPT program at McMaster University and also instructs and mentors within the Orthopaedic Division education system.She was awarded for excellence in mentorship by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2016. She has presented at symposia at both the provincial and national levels. She is also involved in providing and facilitating a variety of continuing education courses. She is the Co- Founder of COMPASS Interactive workshops, which provides continuing education on Communication and Interpersonal skills development.
Mathew is the owner of the Ottawa Physiotherapy and Sport Clinics in Ottawa and has an extensive background in the fields of sports rehabilitation and chronic pain. He was a national level track and field sprinter and now enjoys working with athletes of all levels by providing assessments, evaluations, prescribing conditioning exercises and offering exercise supervision and monitoring for the purpose of improving health, function, work and sport performance.
Mathew graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1997 with degrees in both Human Kinetics and Biochemistry. He received his undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta in 2001, followed by his Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2004. In addition, Mathew is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and is certified in IMS therapy. In 2013, Mathew completed his Masters in Clinical Science at the University of Western Ontario and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Mathew is currently serving on the National Capital Unit Executive Committee (Ottawa, ON) as the marketing organizer and is a co-instructor and clinical mentor in the National Orthopaedic Division syllabus courses. He also enjoys mentoring students who are pursuing their FCAMPT designations. As both a business owner and practitioner, Mathew is committed to helping his staff and clients advance in knowledge, health and wellness.
Division Knowledge Management Committee Representative
Emma is a graduate of the Queen’s MSc PT program and is currently a PhD student in Biomechanics and Neurophysiology at the University of Guelph. She works at the Guelph on-campus orthopaedic and sports clinic, the Health and Performance Centre. She is currently working towards her FCAMPT designation, and has helped to teach laboratory sessions in the McMaster PT program. She has a keen interest in knowledge translation and other ways to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.
Senior Review Editor
Junior Review Editor
Steve completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba in 2008, and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) in 2013 also from the University of Manitoba. As a student he found his passion in orthopaedics, sports physiotherapy and advanced exercise.
In 2018 Steve completed a Master’s of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Manipulative Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario where he also became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Since then Steve has developed a passion for evidenced based practice and leadership within the physiotherapy profession.
Steve is extremely hard working, and takes pride in all the he puts his hands to. He loves the different opportunities that a career as a physiotherapist offers and is committed to lifelong learning.
Lindsay is a private practice orthopaedic physiotherapist in Toronto. Sharing her own passion for endurance sport, Lindsay’s practice focuses primarily on working with runners of all levels to manage and improve resilience to injury, as well as to maximize performance.
Lindsay graduated from Queen’s University with Bachelor degrees in Physical and Health Education and Life Sciences. Upon graduating from the MScPT Program at the University of Toronto in 2012, Lindsay took an immediate interest in orthopaedics and athletics, as she took numerous roles working within the local running community to further her experience with that population. In 2018, Lindsay completed her Masters in Clinical Science at Western University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
With a growing interest in leadership within the physiotherapy profession and advancing orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada, Lindsay is looking forward to taking on new projects within the National Orthopaedic Division.
Special Projects Coordinator
Dianna is a private practice physiotherapist in Ancaster. As a McMaster graduate from the MSc(PT) program in 2010, Dianna instantly took an interest in orthopaedics and athletics working at the McMaster Sports Medicine clinic. At the same time she immediately started the manual therapy courses within the Orthopaedic Division. Having recently obtained her FCAMPT designation, through graduation from the MClSc(MT) program at Western University, Dianna has been utilizing her advanced teachings from the orthopaedic division to provide her patients with the most advanced, evidence based and client centered care. Now, in addition to working in athletics, Dianna has initiated her own private practice, dealing with predominantly orthopaedics clients. In addition to clinical work, Dianna enjoys tutoring within the physiotherapy program at McMaster University and is looking forward to taking on new projects within the National Orthopaedic Division.
Jennifer has worked for the Orthopaedic Division in an administrative capacity since 2001. Her role liaises with and provides support for the National Executive, the Education Committee and the Orthopaedic Division members.
Jennifer also works closely with the CPA in order to ensure the Division’s day to day financials are processed and interpreted according to policy and guidelines as well as organizing financial information in a clear and transparent format for the National Executive’s review.
Her role also includes Coordination of the Written and Case History component of the Advanced Examination as well as coordination of all of the Level MCQ exams in the Orthopaedic Division Education system.
She enjoys working with the ODR editors to assist in creating our newsletter for our members and with the entire National team in bringing our Symposium experience to all of our members each year.
The Orthopaedic Division has over 5000 members and being able to answer questions on a variety of subjects for our members is an important and satisfying piece of her role.
Jennifer lives in Victoria BC with her husband and has three daughters and one grandson
Louise Desjardins brings over 20 years of experience working for public and not-for-profit health and health research organizations. She has extensive knowledge and experience in governance, policy, strategic and operational planning, resource management, partnerships and stakeholder engagement. In addition, she has represented and supported many of these organizations on over 50 national and international boards and committees.
As a strong proponent of continuous learning, she has a B.Sc. (Honours) from Dalhousie University, M.Sc. in nutritional sciences from University of Guelph, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from University of Ottawa
Jasmine graduated from McGill and worked in Montreal for 12 years prior to making the move to Calgary. She obtained her FCAMPT in 2016 and completed her Master’s of Clinical Science in 2018. She currently works in downtown Calgary.