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Concurrent Session Biographies

Session A: Early Identification and Treatment of Long Term Pain: Waiting for All the Evidence! What to do with the "Pain" Patient?


  • Janet Holly, BHSc P.T. MSc; Canadian Physiotherapy Association Clinical Specialist in Pain Sciences; Senior physiotherapist, Locomotor Stream; The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
    • 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 24 years of experience working with complex, long term pain and acute pain complicated by other co-morbidities such as paraplegia has fostered a passion in pain management. She is a clinician researcher with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Her present interests include a knowledge translation project aimed at early identification and treatment of neuropathic pain in acute care and exploring research questions around complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) as well as the treatment of pain using virtual reality. She teaches nationally on the subjects of CRPS and complex pain. She is the Communication Liaison for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Division.  She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain CRPS working group COMPACT and the International Research Consortium for CRPS.

Session B: LiveWell – Strengthening Lives Together


  • Genevieve Hladysh, Senior Regional Manager Health Fitness and Aquatics; The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
    • Genevieve is the Senior Regional Manager of Health Fitness and Aquatics with the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, overseeing five membership and one college athletic complex. She is a graduate of Kinesiology from McMaster University and is completing her Masters in Executive Health Leadership at Royal Roads University. She is the lead for the LiveWell partnership between the YMCA, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, a new model of community health which delivers chronic disease self-management programs. 
  • Teri Czajka, HBSc MHSc, Clinical Manager, B2 South, Regional Rehabilitation Out Patient Services and Hand Clinic; Hamilton Health Sciences Regional Rehabilitation Centre
    • Teri is a Clinical Manger in the Regional Rehabilitation programs located at the Hamilton Health Sciences.  Her career, as both a clinician and a manager, has extended across inpatient, ambulatory and community based services.  Her interest lies in the development of sustainable, innovative models of quality rehabilitation programming that are accessible to people across the care continuum.
  • Rebecca Fleck, OT Reg. (Ont.), BA, BHSc (OT), MSc; Regional Stroke Education and Research Coordinator; Central South Regional Stroke Network; Clinical Manager, Neurosciences Ambulatory Center, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit & Neurosciences Research Team Hamilton Health Sciences, General Site
    • Rebecca graduated from McMaster University’s Occupational Therapy program in 2001 and worked as an Occupational Therapist on the Integrated Stroke Unit at the Regional Stroke Center in Hamilton for over 7 years.  Rebecca completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Science with a research focus on community re-integration and working-aged persons post stroke.  Rebecca is currently the Regional Stroke Education and Research Coordinator with the Central South Regional Stroke Network, Clinical Manager with the Neurosciences Program at Hamilton Health Sciences and a Professional Associate with McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science.
  • Ada Tang, PT PhD, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, School of Rehabilitation Science
    • Ada is a physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, and Clinician-Scientist with the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. She has extensive clinical experience in neurorehabilitation, which she carries into her research program that is focused on exercise and cardiovascular health in people living with stroke.

Session C: Autonomy vs. Risk – Finding the Fit for Rehab Ethics


    • Peter Allatt, Ethicist, Sinai Health System (Bridgepoint Active Healthcare) 
      • A clinical ethicist for > 30 years, Peter Allatt has worked in health care facilities throughout the continuum of care and across the GTA. He is the author of six textbooks and the What’s Important to Me: Graphic Values History, a tool for end of life decision making.

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