Executive

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.


Roxanne Azoory

Chair

Roxanne is the immediate past chair of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA), the Australian equivalent of the NOD. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and holds a Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist title through the Australian College of Physiotherapists and. She currently works at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic in Toronto.

Roxanne graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Psychology in 1998, then from the University of Toronto in 2001 with a BScPT. She started her career in Toronto in neurology and orthopaedics, then moved to Australia for 10 years where she completed her post-graduate MHlthSc in manipulative physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2008. She graduated as a Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist through the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2015 as the class valedictorian.

Roxanne is involved in research in prognosis after whiplash-associated disorders through the University of Sydney and is still closely connected with the Australian physiotherapy community. She still currently sits as an executive member of MPA, chairs a National Curriculum Steering Committee and has held a number of other leadership positions for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Roxanne has been an instructor on post-graduate courses and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She was awarded the NSW Branch Award by the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 2017 for her contribution to the growth of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Australia. She is enthusiastic about advancing the profession on a national and global level, and is very happy to be back in Toronto

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Jasdeep Dhir

Past Chair

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.

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Mujeeb Duranai

Treasurer

Mujeeb is passionate about orthopaedics, patient care, and contributing towards the advancement of the profession. He is a private practise physiotherapist at Align Physiotherapy + Sports Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario.

After receiving his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Mujeeb attended the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Throughout his education, Mujeeb took on leadership roles, culminating in serving as the President of the Physical Therapy Student Association. In 2019, Mujeeb completed an Advanced Health Care Practice Program (MCISc) through Western University and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). A strong believer in active treatment approaches, Mujeeb is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS – National Strength and Conditioning Association). He utilizes his advanced orthopaedic training to mentor other physiotherapists and physiotherapy students interested in challenging their clinical approach and treatment skills.

Mujeeb is a member of the Validity and Bias Committee for the Cochrane Cervical Overview Group, a research team that focuses on optimal treatments for various neck disorders. He is energized by regularly volunteering with physiotherapy students at the University of Toronto, assisting as a small group facilitator and supervising students on their clinical placements.

Outside of the clinic Mujeeb enjoys an active lifestyle, frequently playing indoor and beach volleyball, strength training, and bouldering.

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Mathew Pulickal

Past Treasurer

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.


Emma Plater

Knowledge Translation Committee (KTC) 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.

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Craig Dixon

Senior Resource Chair

Craig is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University. After completing his Masters in Physiotherapy, he started working at the University of Guelph’s Health and Performance Centre where he completed a Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship. Since, he has been very active working with a vast variety of varsity and elite/professional teams and athletes on campus and in the community. Some of the most notable experience in sport is his involvement with Rugby Canada, Golf Canada, the Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club, varsity hockey, rugby and track and field. Aside from sport, Craig remains active in the classroom both as a teacher and student. He continues to take a variety of courses as he works towards his Diplomas in Sport Physiotherapy and Advanced Manual Therapy. He is a sessional lecturer for the University’s Human Kinetics program is a Clinical Instructor for McMaster’s Physiotherapy Program. Craig enjoys treating everything but has a special clinical interest is post-surgical cases and the shoulder.

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Meghan Curle

Junior Resource Chair

Meghan is a private practice orthopaedic Physiotherapist based in Whistler, BC. Her professional practice integrates her passion for leadership, education and evidence-informed client care through clinical practice, her role as a mentor, and her involvement with the University of British Columbia’s MPT program as a clinical skills assistant.

Meghan graduated with her Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia in 2009. She then continued her post-graduate training in manual therapy completing her Master’s of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Manipulative Therapy) through Western University. She is a mentor and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT).

Meghan strives for ever-evolving professional growth through continued learning and collaboration. She hopes to contribute by improving access to professional development for remote and rural clinicians to enhance availability of resources for those communities, thus empowering members of the Physiotherapy profession to provide top quality patient-centered care and evidence-informed practice.

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Lindsay Scott

Communications Chair

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’s 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.

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Tanya Tsui-LorussoTanya Tsui-Lorusso

Special Projects Coordinator

Tanya has been an orthopaedic physiotherapist for 14 years, and currently owns, manages, and practices at two private outpatient physiotherapy clinics. She graduated from McMaster University in 2003 with an Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology and then with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2005.

In 2013, Tanya attained her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT).

As an enthusiastic business owner and clinician, Tanya is committed to a high standard of quality care, professional growth, and life-long learning. She also enjoys being a clinical supervisor and mentor for students studying in Kinesiology, Athletic Therapy, and Physiotherapy programs.

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Jasmine Pollice

Stakeholder Liaison

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 at a private clinic in Montreal and as a course instructor at McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

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