SVA Concussion Clinic Roster

 

Dr. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABDA
Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Leslie Birkett, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dr. Tracy Brodie, OD, BSc
Christina Drew, MScPT, BScKin

Dr. Breanne Facey, OD, BSc
Dr. Tania Henriques, MD, BSc, FRCP(C)
Dr. James Hutchinson, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Jennifer Kaster, BSc, ND
Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Michel Rathbone, MB, CHB, Ph.D., FRCP(C)
Kerry Roberts, BSc, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Deidre Sperry, MSc, S-LP(C)
Michelle Thwaites, BPHE, MScPT, CAFCI
Carolyn Whiskin, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry, BSc, DC
Paula Modica, B. Kin. Hons., R.M.T.

Jane Storrie

Dr. H. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABDA
Clinical, Rehabilitation, and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Director, SVA Concussion Clinic

Dr. H. Jane Storrie is a duly qualified Psychologist, registered in the Province of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, and completed an internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University. She is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is President-Elect of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).

Dr. Storrie holds the appointment of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, at McMaster University, and has been awarded Diplomate Emeritus status with the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA). She is Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA).

Dr. Storrie is a Director of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society, and a member of the Hamilton Health Sciences' Psychology Intern Committee and the OPA Motor Vehicle Accident Task Force. She is Co-Chair of the OPA Prescriptive Authority Committee. Dr. Storrie is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, and Co-Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and SVA Health Aging Clinic.

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Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Director, SVA Concussion Clinic

Dr. Diana Velikonja is a licensed Neuropsychologist in Ontario. She completed her doctoral degree in Biological and Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo and completed a residency in neuropsychology at McMaster University Hospital. She is a practicing Neuropsychologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she was the Chief of Psychology Practice from 2004 to 2011.

Dr. Velikonja has worked in the Acquired Brain Injury Program since 1996 providing assessment as well as developing treatment for patients suffering from mild to severe injury and impairment. She has also provided neuropsychological consultative services for a variety of pediatric, adult and geriatric neurologically impaired populations. She is also the chair of research in the ABI Program having been awarded research grants and has published articles in the area of ABI.

Dr. Velikonja is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where she teaches and supervises students with their research and clinical activities. She is also a member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Committee for Acquired Brain Injury providing consultation for funding ABI research and has been a member on a number of their expert panels. She was a member of the Board of Director for the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and is currently Co-Chair of the Prescription Priviledges Committee of OPA. Dr. Velikonja is also on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association.

Dr. Velikonja is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, and Co-Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and the SVA Healthy Aging Clinic.

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Leslie Birkett

Leslie Birkett, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist

Ms Leslie Birkett graduated from Queen's University in 1987. She has worked for over 20 years in brain injury rehabilitation with both children and adults in settings ranging from acute care to the community. She has operated her own private practice since 1995. In addition to her clinical work, Ms Birkett is a Professional Associate in the McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science, Occupational Therapy program in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ms Birkett is the co-author of the I CAN assessment, a community-based evaluation of executive functioning. She enjoys collaborative community-based rehabilitation using a "Participate to Learn" approach, and thrives on situations that challenge her creativity and use of best practices and strives to assist her clients with meeting their personal life goals.

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Tracy Brodie

Dr. Tracy Brodie, OD, BSc
Optometrist
Dr. Tracy Brodie and Associates

After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with an Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees, Dr. Tracy Brodie began her practice in Burlington. The business has grown into a full scope practice offering complete eye health examinations, with state of the art diagnostic equipment.

Contact lens fittings can be done using a variety of disposable and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Brodie's frame dispensary has won several awards for best selection of unique and affordable designer glasses.

Dr. Tracy Brodie and Associates offers Vision therapy for those children or adults suffering from binocular vision problems who present with symptoms such as eyestrain, double vision and headaches. Both in office and home treatment programs can be provided.

Even minor concussions can cause significant visual disturbances. The following are signs and symptoms associated with concussion: blurred vision especially with reading; poor reading comprehension; double vision; loss of place while reading; eye pain, headaches; and light sensitivity.

These symptoms can have adverse effects on learning and school performance. The vision problems can persist well beyond the initial concussion. The King-Devick Test, designed specifically for concussions, is one of many tests that can help evaluate eye function and visual integrity. Vision problems do respond well to treatment that can include spectacles and/or optometric vision therapy.

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Christina Drew

Christina Drew, MScPT, BScKin
Registered Physiotherapist/STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor
Kinetic Physiotherapy

From childhood to adulthood Ms Christina Drew has always been surrounded by an active, healthy environment. At age 9, she was introduced to soccer and fell in love. At age 15, she was on the starting squad for the U-18 Team Ontario. Ms Drew was scouted by a plethora of teams from the United States of America, and chose to attend Georgia Southern University. While there she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

During her soccer career, Ms Drew sustained 3 ACL repairs and 3 concussions. It was due to this that she had to put her soccer career on hold. Ever since she can remember she has always had a dream of becoming a Physiotherapist.

The combination of learning the human body, conditions, injuries, and how to rehabilitate individuals was her passion. Ms Drew attended McMaster University from 2005-2007 and received her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. She continued on expanding her knowledge of treatment options by getting certified in STOTT Pilates, Active Release Technique, Manual Therapy, custom bracing (VQ- C-Turner Medical and DONJOY), and yoga. After extensive research and personal experience, Ms Drew has created a neuromuscular warm-up to prevent ACL injuries in female soccer players.

Ms Drew is also the creator of Physio-yoga Therapy (PYT). PYT is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy resulting in a more holistic approach to your treatment experience that can be billed through your insurance coverage.

Being an athlete at heart with limiting injuries, Ms Drew turned to cycling, pilates and yoga as a means of rehabilitation and wellness. She believes that any training regimen should include Pilates and looks forward to passing this great experience off to all her clients.

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Breanne Facey

Dr. Breanne Facey, OD, BSc
Optometrist
Dr. Tracy Brodie & Associates

Dr. Breanne Facey recently graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 2011. She was honoured to be selected by her peers as the valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Prior to entering Optometry, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2007.

Although Dr. Facey is well-versed in full-scope optometry, her specific optometric interests include pediatrics, binocular vision and low vision assessment and rehabilitation. Notably, her interest and aptitude for the field of low vision was recently recognized as she was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Award for Excellence in Low Vision. Dr. Facey is passionate about working with children. With the understanding that vision and learning are so intimately connected, she looks forward to providing eye care for children experiencing visual problems before there is a negative impact on the child's learning potential.

Dr. Facey is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. While in school, she travelled to Thailand on an eye care mission, providing glasses and eye exams to adults and children in need. She looks forward to remaining involved with similar mission-work as a professional Optometrist.

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Dr. Tania Henriques

Dr. Tania Henriques, MD, BSc, FRCP(C)
Physiatrist

Dr. Tania Henriques completed medical school at McMaster University in 2006. She went on to residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University, and passed the Fellowship exams in 2011.

Currently, she practices in Burlington, ON in outpatient physiatry, focusing on electrodiagnostic studies (EMG), as well as sports, car accident and workplace injuries.

She also conducts catastrophic and medical legal assessments in her work with Kaplan Psychologists.

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James Hutchinson

Dr. James Hutchinson, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

Dr. James Hutchinson is a registered Psychologist in the Province of Ontario. He completed Bachelor's degrees in Human Physiology and Psychology from the University of British Columbia before going on to receive Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University.

Dr. Hutchinson did his predoctoral internship with the London Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium in the area of Health Psychology. He is a member in good standing with the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Hutchinson is engaged in private practice with Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, where he provides psychological assessment and treatment services. He is also employed with the Trillium Health Centre-West Toronto WSIB Specialty Hand Program.

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Jennifer Kaster

Dr. Jennifer Kaster, BSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Balance Point Health Centre and Hassard Chiropractic Clinic

Throughout her life, Dr. Kaster has experienced firsthand the incredible healing power of complementary medicine. It was through these experiences that her passion for naturopathic medicine developed.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in 2003 at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Kaster continued her studies in the four year program at the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the Board of Directors Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors as well as the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

In addition to her schooling, she has taken extra training courses in Women's Health, Nutrition and BioEnergetic Sciences. Dr. Kaster strives to continually learn and update her skills as a naturopathic doctor.

Integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom, Dr. Kaster utilizes the core naturopathic treatment modalities.

Dr. Kaster provides a comprehensive and supportive approach to health care, while treating each patient with compassion and empathy. She is passionate about naturopathic medicine and looks forward to assisting you in achieving your health goals.

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Cherisse McKay

Dr. Cherisse McKay, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

Dr. Cherisse McKay is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, with specialization in the practice of clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and International Neuropsychological Society.

She received her Honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She completed Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Clinical Psychology Program (Clinical Neuropsychology stream) at the University of Windsor. She completed her internship training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Bloorview Kids Rehab, an acute pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care hospital, and was subsequently employed there. She specializes in working with clients who have sustained an acquired brain injury resulting from various causes (motor vehicle accidents, stroke, encephalitis, etc.). In addition to numerous presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to traumatic brain injury, she is currently the primary investigator for several multidisciplinary research studies investigating neuropsychological outcome, cognitive reserve, and ecological validity in acute pediatric brain injury populations.

Dr. McKay has been an associate of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates since January 2009. She provides pediatric and adult neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment services. Dr. McKay also provides clinical supervision and consultation for behaviour and rehab therapists working in the community, as well as consultation with multidisciplinary team members regarding the neurobehavioural and psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents.

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Michel Rathbone

Dr. Michel Rathbone, MB, CHB, Ph.D., FRCP(C)
Neurologist

Dr. Michel Rathbone holds a medical degree from the University of Liverpool, a Ph.D. from McMaster University, and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada with Specialist Certification in Neurology. In addition to his duties as a tenured full professor in McMaster's Department of Medicine, Dr. Rathbone runs an active neurological practice and has treated over 20,000 patients.

His research primarily involves trauma in the nervous system and means of ameliorating its effects, and he has published over 250 scientific papers and abstracts throughout his career. He holds a visiting professorship with the University of Chieti Medical School in Italy, an institution that awarded him the Supremum Magistrum for outstanding contributions to his field in 1998, and is a teaching faculty member of IPOKRaTES, an international medical educational forum.

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Kerry Roberts

Kerry Roberts, BSc, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Pharmacist, Certified Menopause Practitioner
Brant Arts IDA Dispensary

Kerry Roberts graduated from the University of Brighton (England) in 1999. She has since practiced pharmacy in the Halton and Hamilton Regions for 14 years. She is currently a pharmacist at Brant Arts Dispensary in Burlington, where she runs a Women's Health and MedsCheck Program. Kerry specializes in various areas of pharmacy, such as diabetes, medication scheduling and education, compounding, and smoking cessation. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

From 2001-2008, Kerry served as a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto's third and fourth year Pharmacy Practice courses. She participates in the development of continuing education courses for both pharmacists and physicians alike. Kerry sits on numerous committees with the Ontario College of pharmacists, where she is involved in the Quality Assurance Program for pharmacists.

Through her thorough MedsCheck Program at Brant Arts Dispensary, Kerry strives to make sure patients are well educated on numerous aspects of their medication regimen and medical conditions. She works together with her patients to ensure that they are optimizing their medications and supplements for overall better health and wellbeing.

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Deidre Sperry

Deidre Sperry, MSc, S-LP(C)
Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms Deidre (Dee) Sperry is a Speech Language Pathologist in good standing with College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders. In 1998 she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at New York University Brain Injury Day Treatment Program studying Holistic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Over the course of Ms Sperry's 20 years of working with people who have sustained Acquired Brain Injury she has had the opportunity to work in many different settings. She has worked in Acute Rehabilitation, Slow to Recover Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. But, it is her work in the community that is her primary area of focus. In this special area of practice Ms Sperry has learned how important communication skills are to everyday living in the real world.

In addition to working directly with people struggling with impaired communication, Ms Sperry has also partnered with other health care professionals to develop a set of outcome measures (Sperry Lear Social Disability Scales), The Self Assessment of Communication Skills and the I CAN: A Community Based Evaluation of Executive Functioning. She has presented her work both at home in Canada and in international settings. Ms Sperry has a strong interest in the use of technology to assist people with Cognitive Communication Disorders and uses her knowledge to help people participate in the activities of their everyday lives.

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Michelle Thwaites

Michelle Thwaites, PT, BPHE, MScPT, CAFCI
Registered Physiotherapist, Acupuncture, Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
Alton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic

Ms Michelle Thwaites has been working in orthopaedic physiotherapy with a special interest in sports injuries since completing her Masters' degree in Physiotherapy in 2006. With an extensive background as a national level track and field athlete, Ms Thwaites understands the need for athletes to maximize their physical capacity in order to perform to their highest levels. Her goal is to help you return to your usual lifestyle and level of activity as quickly and safely as possible.

Ms Thwaites is a registered physiotherapist who has taken courses focusing on rehabilitation of the vestibular system. Following concussion, symptoms can include dizziness, poor balance, and an inability to tolerate physical activity. Ms. Thwaites will assess your condition and provide you with hands-on treatment and home exercises to decrease dizziness, improve balance, and get you back to your usual level of activity.

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Carolyn Whiskin

Carolyn Whiskin, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Pharmacist, Certified Menopause Practitioner,
Compounding Specialist Brant Arts IDA Dispensary

Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm, graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1986. Carolyn is the director of pharmacy programs for the Charlton Centre for specialized treatment in Hamilton Ontario. She also practices pharmacy at Brant Arts Dispensary in Burlington, ON, where she runs a highly successful compounding service and women's health program. In addition to this, Carolyn specializes in arthritis, pain, and smoking cessation. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

In addition to her busy practice, Carolyn helped to write the first year communications course for pharmacy students at University of Toronto, and has lectured at U of T, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University. She has worked at St. Joseph's Hospital as the rheumatology pharmacist and at Mc Master University Medical Centre in Hamilton writing continuing education programs for pharmacists. She initiated the Pharmacist/Physician Collaboration Committee in Burlington and is a member of their Diabetes Collaborative Working Group.

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Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry, BSc, DC
Chiropractor
Longevity Wellness

Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry is a Chiropractor and owner of Longevity Wellness, a multidisciplinary wellness centre, which includes Chiropractic Care, Naturopathic Medicine, Registered Massage Therapy and a Doctor Supervised Weight Loss Program.

After completing her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Hintz-Parry attended New York Chiropractic College where she was chosen to be a select group of students to be trained at the U.S. President's Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD. NNMC residency is a one of a kind and premier opportunity for applying chiropractic clinical knowledge in an integrative patient care setting. Following her graduation as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Hintz-Parry pursued post-graduate courses in Pediatrics and Pregnancy care, earning a Fellowship with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Hintz-Parry works with people of all ages, from babies within hours of their birth, to seniors in their nineties. She acknowledges the very different needs of people in different stages of life, and has the knowledge and skills to provide safe, effective care for all.

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Paula Modica, B. Kin. Hons., R.M.T.
Registered Massage Therapist
Longevity Wellness

Ms Paula Modica has been practicing massage therapy for 13 years. She began her education at McMaster University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Honours, while she worked as a personal trainer. She then practiced cognitive-behavioural therapy for 1.5 years treating patients suffering with chronic pain and associated depression, working very closely with physicians of many specialties. Ms Modica then decided that rehabilitation therapy was definitely her passion, but wanting a more hands-on approach she began her massage therapy training.

In 2002, Ms Modica graduated from the Canadian Therapeutic College, with a diploma in massage therapy, and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists. While her specialties in massage therapy include deep tissue massage and sports injury treatments, she has also completed further training in hydrotherapy, IFC/TENS, AIS (assisted isolated stretching), kinesiotaping and level 1 acupuncture treatments.

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