Pierre Côté DC, PhD
Prior to joining UOIT, Dr. Côté held the positions of Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and scientist at the University Health Network, also in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Côté graduated from CMCC in 1989, where he subsequently completed the Clinical Sciences Residency Program in 1991 before going on to pursue his Master in Surgery degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. There, he studied the epidemiology of neck and back pain in the general population before going to earn a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Côté was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000 to 2010 Bone and Joint Decade 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. He is the Principal Investigator of the University Health Network Whiplash Intervention Trial, a randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of three programs of care for the treatment of whiplash injuries. In 2012, Dr. Côté was mandated by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, a regulatory agency of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, to develop a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol for the management of minor traffic injuries in Ontario
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Heather Shearer DC, MSc, FCCS(C)
Senior Research Associate
Chiropractic Clinical Specialist
Dr. Heather Shearer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CMCC in 2004, completed the CMCC graduate clinical sciences residency program in 2006 and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada) in 2007. Dr. Shearer was awarded her MSc in Medical Science from the University of Toronto in 2008. She is presently completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the impact of pain on psychological well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy.
DC, MPH, PhD
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Research Chair in Knowledge Translation
Carol Cancelliere is appointed at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as the CCRF Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the Project Lead for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative.
Dr. Cancelliere completed her Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) at the University of Toronto in 2000, Doctor of Chiropractic degree at CMCC in 2004, and Master of Public Health degree at Lakehead University in 2011, and her PhD in 2017 in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and is supervised by Dr. J. David Cassidy (CIHR Doctoral Award 2013-2016).
Poonam Cardoso completed her Bachelor of Health Studies (Honours) degree with a major in Health Management at York University in Toronto, Ontario in 2006. Recently, Poonam has been certified from the Project Management Institute and completed her Project Management Certificate at Humber College in 2015. As the Research Manager, she manages the financial and contractual needs of the Centre; as well as planning the operational and resource needs of the Centre. For the past nine years, she has worked with Dr. Côté in other capacities and during this time has developed expertise in the management of large evidence-based research projects.
Poonam Cardoso BHSc, PMP
Leslie Verville completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree with a specialization in Kinesiology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2013. This was followed by her Master of Health Sciences (community, public, and population specialization) degree from UOIT in 2018. Leslie is now working as a Project Coordinator for knowledge translation activities working with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Carol Cancelliere.
Silvano Mior DC, PhD, FCCS(C)
Dr. Silvano Mior is Director, Research Partnerships and Health Policy at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). He is a Professor at CMCC and an Adjunct Professor at UOIT. Dr. Mior graduated from CMCC in 1980, where he subsequently completed the Clinical Sciences Residency Program, receiving his Fellowship in the College of Chiropractic Sciences in 1984. He completed his PhD in Health Services with a concentration on outcomes and evaluation at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Mior’s research interests are in the areas of clinical outcomes and program evaluation, health services, and assessing models of interdisciplinary collaborative practice, in particular, patients’ perspective and interests in collaborative care. He developed and implemented a model of collaboration between chiropractors and physicians, and studied the outcomes from provider and patient perspectives. Dr. Mior was a co-investigator and member of the Core Scientific Team and Guideline Expert Panel in a study, funded by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, to develop a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol for the management of minor traffic injuries in Ontario. Currently, Dr. Mior is a principal investigator for the Canadian Armed Forces Initiative, a demonstration project evaluating chiropractic care for the management of musculoskeletal conditions in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel.
Debbie Sutton completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Western University in 1980. In 1988, she completed her Master of Education degree with a focus on educational psychology, and in 1997 she completed her Master of Science degree with a focus on epidemiology at Western University. Ms. Sutton was a Research Associate for the development of the Minor Injury Treatment Protocol project from 2013 to 2015, which involved critical appraisal and synthesis of the literature and the conduct of systematic reviews. She is currently working as a project manager for the Canadian Armed Forces Initiative.
Deborah Sutton BSc, Med, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dr. Jessica Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Radiation Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto. She also obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada). Dr. Wong is currently a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the effects of low back pain and mental health symptoms on health care utilization and costs.
BSc, DC, MPH FCCS(C)
Dr. Hainan Yu completed his medical degree from Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing in 1998, followed by residency training in opthalmology at Gong'an General Hospital, also in Beijing in 2003. He completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on health promotion and health education at the University of Southampton, England in 2005. Dr. Yu was a Research Associate for the Global Spine Care Initiative to develop evidence-informed, practical, and sustainable, spine health care models for communities around the world. He is currently working with Dr. Aartun to develop an International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)-based assessment tool for manual medicine. Meanwhile, he will develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of headaches associated with neck pain, shoulder injuries and ankle injuries based on the Final Report of the Common Traffic Injury Guideline Project.
Health Sciences Librarian
Anne Taylor-Vaisey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, and her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario. Since then she has held librarian positions at Trent University, the University of Toronto's Office of Continuing Medical Education (now Continuing Education and Professional Development), Integrated Healthcare Communications Inc., and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She served as CMCC’s Reference Librarian from 2001 to 2013. Since 2003 she has been Co-Editor and Web Editor of the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL), and has recently been appointed Editor of ICL. As a Research Associate with the Centre, she developed and executed literature searches for the OPTIMa systematic reviews and guidelines, conducted literature searches for many of the Global Spine Care Initiative publications, and continues to work with members of the CDPR team on numerous projects, including the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Initiative.
Kathy P. Smith MHSc
Research Development Assistant
Since 2005 Kathy has worked in varying capacities for the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology. These various roles included being a teaching assistant for several different Faculty’s and Professors at UOIT as well as a research assistant since the winter of 2008, Research Development Assistant for the Faculty of Health Sciences and also as a Sessional Lecture since 2010. Kathy graduated from UOIT with a Masters of Health Science (Health Informatics) in June of 2011. Prior to starting at UOIT Kathy gained great experience from both consulting firms and government positions employed in the field of civil engineering at several different locations in the province. Kathy is currently involved in several aspects of the U-SMART Initiative.