Executives

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

Chair

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.

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Vince Cunanan

Past Chair

Vince is an established physical therapy clinician in Kelowna, BC. He practices with special interest in Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction, orofacial pain, spinal disorders, and headache. Over the last 15 years, he has developed his expertise in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), chronic pain, functional rehabilitation, and exercise management.

Vince trained at the University of Saskatchewan, and completed degrees in 1999 (Bachelor of Science Anatomy) and 2001 (Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy, School of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine). Other formal education includes Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy, 2005, and Certificate in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, 2005. Vince is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) and Instructor and Clinical Mentor with the National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Vince has been active with the Orthopaedic Division for several years. He has served four years on the Saskatchewan Section of the Orthopaedic Division as Treasurer. He has served near five years on the National Orthopaedic Division, as Treasurer, and currently as Chair. Since November 2014, “Vinny”, his wife, and two daughters moved from Saskatoon to embrace the skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, tennis, and water and wine activities that the Okanagan has to offer. Shortly after moving, Vince was recognized and honored by the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association, with a Continuing Physical Therapy Education Award of Merit, in 2015.

It has been Vince’s desire to serve his community no matter where. His pathway has been shaped through collaboration and mentorship. To reciprocate what has been provided for him, he teaches in his field of practice and enjoys taking on a mentorship role for newer therapists and current physical therapy students.

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Blayne Burrows

Vice Chair

Blayne is a private practice physiotherapist in Edmonton, Alberta. She started her career in Saskatoon, after completing her education at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. In 2012, Blayne completed her Masters of Clinical Science from Western University, and obtained her FCAMPT credentials. Blayne has been an active member of the National Orthopaedic Division Executive since 2012, and has also volunteered with Physiotherapy Alberta and the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists. She enjoys mentoring and teaching, and hopes to continue to pursue both of these in the future. She has been fortunate to have excellent mentors and colleagues who push her clinically and personally on a daily basis, and is passionate about the future of PT in Canada. Outside of PT, Blayne enjoys spending time with her husband and finding unique ways to answer the question “why” for their two toddlers. She moderately/minimally enjoys home renovation projects, and loves to spend time outdoors.

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Jasdeep Dhir

Secretary

Jasdeep has been practicing in an Out-Patient Orthopaedic setting for over 15 years and has helped numerous clients with vast impairments maximize their overall function. She graduated with her BSc (PT) from Western University in 2000. Since that time she has gone on to complete her transitional Post Professional Doctorate in MSK Management from EIM and in July 2015 completed her MClSc (MT) from Western University. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She also Instructs and Mentors within the Orthopaedic Division education system. She spends time as a clinical reasoning and skills lab facilitator within the MPT and Bridging programs at the University of Toronto and McMaster and in the MClSc (MT) program at Western University. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. 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, and was recognized for excellence in mentorship at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress 2016.

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Elizabeth van Zutphen

Treasurer

Liz has practiced physiotherapy since 2002 when she graduated from Dalhousie University with BSc PT. Most recently she completed her MClSc MT from Western University and achieved her FCAMPT designation. Liz is the owner of Balance Physiotherapy and since starting the clinic is 2004 has worked with physiotherapists and massage therapists helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. Liz enjoys treating patients and uses a combination of manual therapy and dry needling in her approach. Liz spends many hours advocating for the profession of physiotherapy through her volunteer work with the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy association. She has served as secretary and treasurer for the Nova Scotia Ortho Section and as secretary and treasurer of the Nova Scotia Private Practice Division. Liz is an athletic person who enjoys basketball, running swimming, yoga, snowboarding and weight training. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

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Mathew Pulickal

Senior Review Editor

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.

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Kirsten Lemmon

Junior Review Editor

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Emma Plater

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.

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Dianna Moulden

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.

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Jennifer MacMillan

Division Administrator

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

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Anthony Teoli

Student Rep

Anthony Teoli graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. He has gained experience working with oncology patients, patients with neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis, stroke and cerebral palsy) and patients with musculoskeletal injuries in both the hospital and private clinic settings. Anthony currently works as a physiotherapist at CBI Concordia Sport Physio, a private physiotherapy clinic located in Laval, Quebec. He is also the founder and editor of InfoPhysiotherapy (www.infophysiotherapy.com), an educational website dedicated to promoting evidence-based practice among physiotherapists.

Anthony has a keen interest for research and knowledge translation, having conducted two research studies examining the relationship between knee osteoarthritis and walking biomechanics. This research was presented at provincial, national and international conferences. His first peer-reviewed article was published in July 2016, along with two co-authors. Anthony continues to conduct research on knee osteoarthritis in collaboration with researchers from McGill University.

Lastly, Anthony sits on the Executive Committee as the Head of Student Representatives for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, working toward facilitating the communication between physiotherapists and physiotherapy students across Canada.

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