Speaker Bios Archive

CMCCTalks 2018: Ctrl Alt Delete Speaker Bios

Take a look back at the 2018 edition, titled 'Ctrl Alt Delete.' Find details about the speakers who gave presentations at the first event held at CMCC.

Dr. Jarrod Goldin

Dr. Goldin graduated from CMCC in 1996. Dr Goldin joined the clinical team establishing CMCC's first full time outreach clinic at Anishnawbe Health Toronto upon his graduation. He helped to grow this clinic from 3 interns 2 days a week to 7 interns 3 days a week making a significant contribution to the clinic and patients. That said, Dr Goldin reflects that he gained so much more then he could give working with such a warm and wonderful community.

Dr Goldin left AHT to join the campus clinic in 2006 and has remained on site to date. Dr Goldin maintained a private practice which he sold in 2012 to join his brother's in a new business venture establishing North America's first and largest insect farm. "I have always had a strong entrepreneurial and disruptive personality, where making a difference and making an impact mattered, this opportunity has been the most significant and 21 years of experimenting has enabled me to be well positioned to see this venture through to being a meaningful business on the Canadian food stage with health and sustainability as the cornerstone to the business".

Dr Goldin has been recognized as both a chiropractor and businessman receiving multiple awards and recognitions on both stages, living in the spirit, as recommended by Steve Jobs of, "staying young and staying foolish"!

Dr. Ashley Hook

Dr. Ashley Hook is from Arnprior, Ontario, a small town west of Ottawa. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science with a Major in Neuroscience and Biochemistry at Carleton University in Ottawa. She then completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at NYCC and a post-graduate Residency in Diagnostic Imaging at CMCC. During the past three years of the residency, she had the privilege of teaching anatomy and radiology to students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at CMCC. She successfully passed my board exams in July of 2017 and received her Diplomate from the American College of Chiropractic Radiology (DACBR).

She has a passion for learning and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science of Human Anatomy and Physiology, which has allowed her to merge her passions for radiology, learning and teaching while gaining an advanced knowledge of the human body that first intrigued her as a young child.

Dr. Luigi Nalli, B.PHE (Hon), DC

Dr. Nalli began his postsecondary education at the University of Toronto, obtaining his bachelors degree in Physical Education and Health. During this time Dr. Nalli enrolled in a mentorship program at U of T which placed him with an Etobicoke Chiropractor. It was during his undergraduate degree and this mentorship program that he knew he wanted to be a Chiropractor. Dr. Nalli attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and graduated Cum Luda and with Clinic Honours in 2012. He immediately sought an associate position at the clinic in Etobicoke where he completed the U of T mentorship program. Within six months Dr. Nalli built a busy associateship and decided to take ownership of that clinic.

Since then, Dr. Nalli has continued with various healthcare related business ventures and now operates an array of business, some of which are: Humber Family Chiropractic, Rehab & Wellness; The Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Specialists; Humber Medical Assessments and a provider network of healthcare professionals through the PainCareCanada.com initiative. Dr. Nalli is also faculty at CMCC in the departments of Clinical Education and Clinical Diagnosis. He also volunteers with the OCA for various programs including policy advocacy and peer mentorship.

He is the recipient of the 2014 OCAs Recent Graduate Award and the 2017 OCA Community Relations Award. Most of all, Dr. Nalli has a passion for health promotion through public education and thus hosts a call-in radio show on Global News Radio 640 Toronto called ‘The Doctor Pain Show’ which has a listenership of tens of thousands.

Ferzin Mahava

Ferzin Mahava is a proud member of CMCC’s Class of 2019 and has a profound interest in the student experience and volunteer work. Given this, she decided early on that she wanted to be an active member of CMCC Students’ Council, where she could be part of an exceptional team of student leaders that share the same vision. From class rep, to her current position of Vice President Student Life, she strives to make a difference in the CMCC student community.

Her passion for healthcare began when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of four. Although there were several obstacles to overcome as an individual living with diabetes, it has also led to her future in chiropractic and the compassion she has for patients seeking chiropractic care. Ferzin’s volunteer work as a Peer Mentor with the Diabetes HOPE Foundation allows her the opportunity to provide support for the next generation of youth living with diabetes.

Prior to attending CMCC, Ferzin completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences honours degree in her hometown of Ottawa at the University of Ottawa. Her goal is to return to our nation’s capital as a practicing chiropractor so that she can be close her family and contribute to the community.

Niki Brown, B.Sc.

Niki Brown grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, earning a B.Sc. in Kinesiology while balancing an athletic career as a volleyball varsity athlete in her first year at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

Niki was always interested in sciences and the human body and she found that a career in chiropractic could satisfy these criteria. It was in Niki’s second year that she was inspired to pursue a career in chiropractic following an information session at UNB. Niki discovered that a career in this field could help her to treat a wide variety of populations from people in acute to chronic pain, athletes, pediatrics and geriatrics.

Niki made the move to Toronto, Ontario in order to attend CMCC, and has worked hard in her CMCC career to support her goals. Now in her final year, Niki is excited to have the opportunity to treat patients and learn everything she can in order to provide her patients with a high quality standard of care. In her first rotation under Dr. Myrtos and during her second rotation under Dr. Kissel she learned the value of patient management, improved manual skills, and proper communication strategies. This past summer, Niki was a member of the Friends for Life Annual Bike Rally; an event in which cyclists travel from Toronto to Montreal over six days in order to raise money for the Toronto’s People with AIDS foundation. Being a part of the rally was truly inspiring and she felt grateful in order to provide the riders and crew with chiropractic care throughout their journey. Niki now teaches a fitness class at the Meighan retirement center, supplements her education by taking extra courses and continues to play volleyball in her spare time.

Niki is eager to see what the future holds for her as she continues to learn and effectively apply so that she may be the best chiropractor she can be.

Dr. Ayla Azad, D.C.

Dr. Ayla Azad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA) in 1995. Soon after graduating she began working at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research where she was involved in clinical research and education.

Dr. Azad has been in private practice at Total Rehab, a multi-disciplinary rehab clinic in Ajax, Ontario since 1999. She has also been teaching at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College since then in the Chiropractic Therapeutics, Principles and Practice and Clinical Diagnosis Departments. Dr. Azad has been on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiropractic Association since 2007 and served as President and Chair of the Board from 2015 to 2017.

Dr. Azad is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Athabasca University.

Dr. Crystal Draper, D.C.

Dr. Crystal Draper is a family-based Chiropractor with a special focus on pregnancy care and pediatrics. Dr. Draper holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in Human Kinetics and Developmental Psychology from the University of Guelph and is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Draper has rejoined CMCC as a course coordinator for Clinical Diagnosis and faculty member within the Chiropractic Techniques and Chiropractic Principles departments. Her involvement at CMCC also includes collaborative research on pregnancy and back pain, has been a platform presenter at ACC-RAC, as well as the upcoming OCA Thrive 2017 workshop. Dr. Draper currently has articles in press surrounding chiropractic and the management of pregnancy and postpartum-related issues.

Dr. Draper currently practices downtown Toronto. Although her practice focus is on prenatal, postpartum and pediatric care, Dr. Draper has provided care at events including Ironman, Toronto Rush games, and was a Medical Lead at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.

CMCCTalks 2017: Turning Points Speaker Bios

Take a look back at the 2017 edition, titled 'Turning Points.' Find details about the speakers who gave presentations at the first event held at CMCC.

Highlights from CMCCTalks: Turning Points

Dr. David Wickes M.A., D.C. President, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Dr. David Wickes is currently the President of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to his appointment in Canada in July 2014, he served as Dean of the College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

His past academic appointments were at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon and the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. Positions held at these institutions included tenured professor, department chairperson, director of training and assessment, dean of clinics, vice president of academic affairs and executive vice president.

A 1977 graduate of the National College of Chiropractic, he completed a two-year residency in chiropractic family practice and subsequently achieved board certification. He is recognized for his work in simulation-based training and developed the chiropractic profession’s first training and assessment center incorporating technology and a formal standardized patient program.

He has widely promoted the linkage of accreditation to continuous quality improvement in the educational setting and was an active member of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) for many years. He has also been a site team evaluator for several other accrediting agencies in the US and Canada. He served as Chairman of the CCE from 2009 to 2012. In addition to his professional doctorate, he has a master’s degree in education and human development, and has aggressively pursued the incorporation of educational technology into chiropractic undergraduate and postgraduate education.

His formal administrative training began in 1997 when he completed the prestigious Institute of Educational Management program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He later earned a certificate in fundraising management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. He is also certified as a peer reviewer of online educational programs through the Quality Matters organization.

Dr. Patricia Tavares BSc, DC, FCCOS(C)

Dr. Patricia Tavares is an instructor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she currently supervises interns during their final year of study at the Sherbourne Health Centre Teaching Clinic, a clinic that serves the LGBTQ community of Toronto. She is also actively involved in research in both Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Each year, Dr. Tavares takes a team of CMCC interns to the Dominican to serve approximately 1,200 patients across the poorest parts of the country. She has also volunteered with Health Mission Outreach in Toronto since 2009 and Homeless Connect Toronto since 2015. In 2013 she joined World Spine Care, a North American charity that works to provide sustainable, integrated, evidence-based spine care in developing countries. She was instrumental in working with local government in the Dominican Republic, including the Minister of Health and Minister of Higher Education, to establish a spine clinic in the small town of Moca in late 2014.

Dr. Tavares is an elected council member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and currently serves as a board member of the College of Chiropractic Orthopedists Canada. She ran her own successful private practice in Toronto for 14 years having graduated from CMCC in 1995. The practice had a special focus on the care of orthopaedic conditions in children and pregnant women. In 2004 Dr. Tavares achieved a speciality designation in chiropractic orthopaedics through National University. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied Microbiology.

Dr. Pierre Côté, DC, PhD

Dr. Côté is an epidemiologist and a chiropractor. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation from the Canadian Government. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, director of the UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Côté graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1989. In 1996, he obtained a Master's Degree in Surgery from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2003, he received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Côté was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders; a large international collaboration aimed at synthesizing the scientific evidence on the problem of neck pain. In 2010, he reviewed and proposed modifications to the definition of catastrophic impairment related to traffic collision for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. More recently in 2012, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. He submitted his report on the management of Common Traffic injuries to the Ontario Government in 2015. Côté is also a member of the European Spine Society Task Force on Research and World Spine Care.

Dr. Côté’s research focuses on understanding the etiology, prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and disability and mental health. Dr. Côté has published more than 190 scientific papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Pain and the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Website: www.cdpr-research.org

Scott Dunham, BSc, DC, MSc

Scott Dunham grew up in Scarborough, Ontario and earned a BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Chiropractic treatment of numerous injuries playing rugby motivated him to attend CMCC, graduating in 2006. While at CMCC, he served on Students Council in various roles including Vice President.

Upon graduation, Dr. Dunham established a multidisciplinary clinic in the Toronto Beaches neighbourhood. He also continued playing rugby – representing both Ontario and Canada internationally. The opportunities this provided took him to Europe, New Zealand and South America to represent the sport.

Shortly after graduating from CMCC in 2006, a turning point arose for Scott and he began teaching at CMCC. This is where he fell in love with teaching. Since then, Dr. Dunham has shifted his focus entirely to the academic world and now holds the role of Manager of Curriculum and Faculty Development at CMCC. He completed a Master of Science in 2014 at McMaster University and is now pursuing a Master of Education degree (MEd).

Dr. Dunham feels extremely lucky to have a patient and supportive wife, and two young girls who motivate him every day to be a better person.

Julie Yaworski, BSc Kin

Julie was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She has always been of the attitude to go where opportunity and life takes her. This mindset had her pursue an opportunity to travel throughout Canada the year after high school. For nine months, she traveled around Canada with the not-for-profit organization Katimavik in which she did volunteer work in various communities. Upon returning home, Julie attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She stumbled upon chiropractic in her first year of university and from the time she walked into the chiropractic clinic to the moment she left after her first appointment, she knew that it was the profession she wanted to pursue.

Fast forward four years later and life brought her to Toronto to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. During the summer of 2015, she was fortunate enough to be a part of the Unleash Your Potential 2015 Team in which she and three others biked from Vancouver to Halifax doing presentations to elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs on the importance of healthy habits, setting goals and chiropractic.

Currently, Julie is a fourth year student at CMCC. Her first clinical rotation was at the CMCC clinic with Dr. Myrtos and her second rotation is at Sherbourne Health Centre with Dr. Tavares. She works at the Canadian Chiropractic Association as an intern. This excellent opportunity has allowed her to gain insight into another aspect of the chiropractic profession for which she has developed a passion for - advocacy. Beginning her professional career at CMCC has opened many doors for her and she looks forward to where life will take her next.

Ravi Samlal

Ravi graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in Phoenix, AZ. After starting his career as a Semiconductor Design Engineer in Silicon Valley, each opportunity that followed provided him with a breadth of skills ranging from hardware, software development and a unique soft skill as a Technical Trainer.

As a Technical Trainer, his desire to provide knowledge and information to others to improve their lives is fulfilled. Technology has always inspired him and with his logical mind, he is best prepared to take complex information and position it to any audience. He emphasizes this role because it is the combination of experience and skills that qualifies him to contribute to solving complex problems and yet be inventive to creating processes for improvement with technology.

As technology continues to evolve in our lives, Ravi keeps up with the trend so he can meet the demands of the time. From working with placing transistors on silicon at the micron level, to implementing Cloud computing solutions, he is a technology monster with a personality to make the world a better place, one byte at a time!

Dr. Andrew Wilson, DC

Chiropractor Andrew Wilson noticed a solution to a complex question many developing countries around the world are currently facing: how do rural communities develop sustainable healthcare? He began exploring that solution in 2010, when he started a project called Doctors for Doctors & Nurses for Nurses (DFD/NFN). The project operates out of Nicaragua and provides local scholarships to medical students from rural communities throughout the country.

To explore a more thorough solution on the topic of sustainable healthcare, Wilson traveled and worked as a chiropractor in Tanzania to manage the construction of a rural medical clinic and establish a chiropractic patient population in the community of Kanyama, Tz. Following that, he did similar work in Botswana, working with a rural medical clinic to facilitate interprofessional care. He has since moved back to Toronto to expand the charity DFD/NFN. He currently practices as a chiropractor in Toronto. His goal: to live in a world where all communities have access to the essential human right of healthcare.

Dr. Simon Wang, DC

After growing up in Toronto, Dr. Wang pursued a Kinesiology degree from Western, followed by a Masters in Biomechanics at Waterloo. His interest in the spine began after living with back pain from the age of 14. Working as a TA sparked a love for teaching, which carried on through private tutoring while completing his chiropractic degree at CMCC.

In the summer after graduating from chiropractic college, as luck would have it, a position opened up to teach biomechanics at CMCC, which Dr. Wang continues to do today. Dr. Wang has also had the opportunity to teach and help develop the Biomechanics and Ergonomics curriculum at UOIT, where he taught for 4 years.

Dr. Wang’s private practice has taken him from Kitchener, to Barrie and back to Toronto, where he’s had the pleasure to work with amazing Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Natropathic Doctors, Chiropodists, Acupuncturists, and Kinesiologists. His philosophy on health is that most of the good and bad in our lives, we do to ourselves. Helping the patient understand what they are doing to themselves, and helping them improve, is the job of a great health practitioner and health team.

Dr. Wang is passionate about ergonomics and hopes to someday see posture, classroom/office design, and habitual movement taught and practiced at a grade school level.

Dr. Wang says he is lucky to be married to his wife Amy and be father to their two boys.