Chief Examiners

Lenerdene LevesqueLenerdene Levesque

Graduated from Queen’s University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and completed a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulation (MCLSc) from Western University in 2008.

She has an Advanced Diploma in Manual/Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) and has taught, mentored, and examined students in the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Manual therapy courses for the last 22 years.

Has been an examiner for the National Orthopaedic Division since 2004 and appointed Chief Examiner in 2011

Recipient of the CPA Mentorship Award 2009

Adjunct professor Western University MClSc (manipulation)

Member of the International Federation of Manipulative Physical Therapy (IFOMPT) Standards Committee since 2012

She has spoken nationally and internationally on clinical reasoning and manipulative therapy

Her research integrates clinical decision making and lumbar spine manipulation

Owner and clinician of Physiofirst Orthopaedic and Sports Centre in Ottawa


Richard BourassaRichard Bourassa

Graduated from University of Saskatchewan 1977 Dip.PT and BPT 1982

M.Sc (Community Health and Epidemiology) 2000

Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA in 1993

Instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA since 1990 and an Examiner since 2001. He has been a Chief examiner since 2005

Recipient of the Golden Hands Award given by the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA in 2014

Recipient of a CAMPT Life Membership in 2015

Recipient CPA Honorary Membership 1996

In private practice in Saskatoon

Clinical Associate Professor School of Physical Therapy; Part-time Clinical Instructor, College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan


Lorrie MaffeyLorrie Maffey

Current qualifications (BMRPT, MPhty, FCAMPT, Certificates in Medical Acupuncture/UBC GunnIMS/Sport Physiotherapy, Clinical Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy).

I thrive on the challenge of working with competitive athletes, and flourish at treating clients who have become injured in their daily life who are striving to gain their physical mobility back.

I thoroughly enjoy working as a team on the IFOMPT Standard Committee as well as educating and being a mentor to post and graduate physiotherapists in my role as an Orthopaedic Division Mentor/Instructor/Chief Examiner and a UBC GunnIMS Instructor/ Examiner.


Jill RobertsonJill Robertson

Graduated from Dalhousie University in 1987 with a BScPT and in 2001 with an MScPT (thesis on manual therapy techniques for hip extension).

Received her Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 1996.

Works at Jill Robertson Physiotherapy and Consulting and teaches at Dalhousie University.
Chief Examiner and Instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA.

Received the CPA Mentorship Award in 2009 and the NS Physio of the Year in 2012.

She is designated a Clinical Specialist in MSK by CPA. She has been the Chair of the NS Ortho Section, the National Orthopaedic Division and the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy.


Roland LavaléeRoland Lavalée

BMRPT 1983 – University of Manitoba.

In 1989 he earned his FCAMPT through the National Orthopaedic Division’s (NOD) community system.
Examiner since 2005 and in the summer of 2017 was appointed as a Chief Examiner.

Faculty appointment with the University of Manitoba’s College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Has been teaching post-graduate NOD physiotherapy courses in Manitoba and parts of Canada since the late 1980’s.

He earned a Clinical Masters in Physical Therapy – Manipulative Physiotherapy Western University in 2010.

His 5-year tenure as Chair of the National Education Committee – ends in October of 2017.


Scott WhitmoreScott Whitmore

Graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy.

Received his Diploma of Manipulative physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopaedic Division in 1999.

Active Instructor and Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division curriculum since 1999.

Involved in mentoring physiotherapists through the Diploma of Manual and Manipulative examinations, and the Clinical Masters of Manipulative Therapy program at Western University.

Co-owner of Manual Concepts Physiotherapy in Guelph, ON.


Heather Gillis

Heather Gillis is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario physiotherapy program. She has also completed a Masters of Science in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario. She holds an academic position in both the MPT (professional program) and the MClin Sc (Manual and Manipulative Therapy Field) at UWO. She has an active role in the Orthopeadic division providing mentorship for students, is a registered instructor and examiner for the Orthopedic Division curriculum and examinations.