Adjunct Education Course – Orthopaedic Pain Science – 2023

Date & location

March 25-26, 2023
8:30am – 4:30pm
Amped Physiotherapy, 2600 Leitrim Rd Ottawa, ON K1T 3V3

Physiotherapists who treat individuals with both acute and persistent orthopaedic disorders also need to manage the underlying pain science.  This is true even if they do not consider themselves “pain therapists”.

Orthopaedic Pain Science has been built from the ground up and developed with the expertise of our colleagues in the Pain Science Division.

The course will present the current research in pain science and provide evidence-informed approaches to integrate into your clinical practice.

Topics will include:

  • The physiological basis and mechanisms behind typical pain presentations, how to best recognize them and implications for treatment

  • Identification and mitigation of the psychosocial issues that accompany orthopaedic conditions

  • Communication methods to reduce fear, enhance understanding and optimize clinical outcomes

This two-day course will also include the analysis and discussion of case studies that mirror the varied presentations encountered in orthopaedic practice. It is an opportunity for both new and experienced clinicians to learn from the experts and enhance their clinical and patient management skills.

Course instructor:

Janet Holly, PT

Janet graduated from McMaster University in 1991 with her Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy.  In 2012, she obtained the Clinical Specialist Certification in Pain Sciences and completed a Master of Science at McMaster. Her 30 years of experience working with complex, long-term pain and acute pain complicated by other significant co-morbidities has fostered a passion in pain management.

Janet is a Clinician Researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Her current research interest is investigating the use of virtual reality as a treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She teaches nationally on the subjects of CRPS and complex pain.

Janet is a past chair of the Pain Science Division and is an Assessor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Specialty Program. She has had the good fortune to be part of the faculty for the International Association for the Study of Pain CRPS working group COMPACT and a member of the International Research Consortium for CRPS.


Shaun Lapenskie, PT

Shaun is a Physiotherapist and Partner at Quinnrehab in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and has a practice that focuses on patients with complicated musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and extremities.

Shaun graduated from the Physiotherapy Program at the University of Western Ontario in 1997 and in 2000 completed a Masters degree at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia in the area of orthopaedic physiotherapy. He completed a post-professional DPT through the EIM Institute of Health Professions in the United States in 2014 with a focus on orthopaedic disorders and pain management.

Shaun served for six years on the executive (two as president) and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. He is an adjunct lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department at the University of Toronto, assisting in the master’s degree program as well as in the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum, part of the Centre for the Study of Pain at U of T. He is Chair of the Manual Therapy Steering Committee of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a member of the Adjunct Education Committee of the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA.

Additional Course Authors:

Arthur Woznowski-Vu, PT

Arthur s a licensed physiotherapist, PhD candidate, proud dad, husband, and lifelong martial artist from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After a few years of clinical practice and several professional development courses, he became very interested in understanding pain according to the latest science for the benefit of enhancing his effectiveness as a physiotherapist to help people living with pain. This led Arthur to reduce his clinical hours to pursue a PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. He is now in the final year of his PhD. Otherwise, he also does some teaching (McGill University, Université de Montréal). Arthur became the Chair of the Pain Science Division in 2021. He also previously volunteered for the Division as the Knowledge Translation representative (2016-2018), for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as the Co-Chair of the Knowledge Translation Committee (2018-2021), and for his local physiotherapy community as the organizer of a “pain science to practice” discussion group (2015-2020).

Patrick Ippersiel, PhD, FCAMPT

Patrick is a physiotherapist with over 10 years of clinical experience working in private practice. He completed his Bachelor’s at McGill University (2007), a Clinical Master’s at Curtin University in Western Australia (2011), and his PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University (2022). Patrick has developed an interest in managing persistent low back pain and his research work investigates relationships between low back pain, movement, and psychological factors. Patrick is a faculty lecturer at McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, where he is involved with teaching multiple courses in the physiotherapy program curriculum. Patrick is an outgoing executive member for the Pain Science Division (2017-2022).

Kalli Frissell, PT

Kalli is a registered physiotherapist and trauma-informed yoga teacher. After completing a degree in music and business at Western University, she shifted gears and applied for the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Alberta. During her time in the program, she navigated her own experience of persistent pain. This experience, along with a curiosity to learn more about how to help those living with persistent pain led her to join the Pain Science Division as a member of the newsletter committee in 2017. She then served the Pain Science Division as a member of the executive team for 2 years. In addition to working as a physiotherapist, Kalli also teaches trauma-informed yoga and is a proud new co-owner of a Board Game Café. She currently lives in Mill Bay, BC (Vancouver Island) with her fiancé and enjoys spending time rock climbing, hiking, and surfing.


CPA Orthopaedic Division member = $495.00CAD + Tax
Non-member = $545.00CAD + Tax

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2023