Dr. Laura Cruz,
MSc, MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med

Dr. Laura Cruz trained at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and is a Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has been a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician since 1996. She is the Medical Director of LiveActive Sport Medicine Health and Performance, and on staff at Women’s College Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Dr Cruz is the League Physician for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League and GCG Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, consultant with Hockey Canada Women’s Programme and Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, and a core physician with Skate Canada.

Dr. Cruz is the current Assistant Programme Director for the Dept of Family and Community Medicine PGY3 Sport and Exercise Medicine Fellowship committee. Her Sport Medicine expertise includes concussion management, injury prevention, physical activity promotion, and the care of healthy active women (e.g., Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Exercise and Pregnancy; Female Athlete Triad).

Dr. Rob Meeder
MSc MD FRCPC(Pediatrics)

Dr. Rob Meeder is a staff pediatrician at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and a member of the Orillia Paediatric Teaching Associates in Orillia Ontario. Dr. Meeder completed his undergraduate training in physics at the University of Waterloo, followed by a Masters of Science in Physiology & Biophysics at Dalhousie University. He then completed his Medical Doctor training at McMaster University (valedictorian, Class of ’99) and Post-Graduate Training in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario. His practice is focussed primarily on developmental and behavioural paediatrics. As a masters level cyclist and director of the Centurion Next Wave Cycling team, Dr Meeder has blended his passion for sports and developmental paediatrics by focussing on concussion education and treatment, especially post-concussion syndrome. Dr Meeder resides in Orillia, Ontario with his wife and four children.

Dr. Cameron Marshall
BA(Hons.), DC, FRCCSS(C)

Following graduation from Western University with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology, Dr. Marshall pursued a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. Following his Chiropractic education, Dr. Marshall was one of only 3 students in Canada to be accepted into a two-year post-doctorate residency in Sports Sciences to receive specialized training and designation in the diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries. Dr. Marshall focused his entire residency on the topic of concussions in collaboration with the renowned University of Buffalo concussion research team. Dr. Marshall has been the keynote speaker at several concussion conferences and continuing education seminars and his works have been published in three separate medical journals.

Dr. Paul Hrkal

Dr. Hrkal is a board certified Naturopathic doctor. He is an expert in nutrition and supplemental treatments and has additional training and certification in intravenous and injection therapy. He has a special interest in brain health, neurological disorders, cancer, chronic pain and sports medicine. He also is strong advocate of integrative medicine and lectures across the country to both healthcare practitioners and public audiences. He currently practices in an integrative, multi-disciplinary pain clinic in Vaughan and Mississauga and also is a medical advisor with Advanced Orthomolecular Research.

Dana Clark

Dana Clark trained at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine (department of rehabilitation medicine) and continued to pursue advanced learning earning diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy as well as a diploma in Acupuncture.

He is the director of Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic in Oakville and consulting therapist to the Oakville Soccer Club as well as training centres for elite athletes. He also travels as the therapist for aquatics clubs during national trials.

His interest in sports physiotherapy have helped his clinic become leaders in concussion management, injury prevention, and accelerated rehabilitation.

Dr. Shirley Blanc

Dr. Shirley Blanc
B.Sc., OD

Dr. Shirley Blanc obtained her Bachelor degree in Honours Science at the University of Waterloo, and then graduated with a Doctorate of Optometry in 2001.  She has years of experience working in private practice catering to patients of all ages. In recent years, Dr. Blanc dedicated a significant portion of her practice to assessing and treating patients with traumatic brain injury, due to the need for optometric intervention as a vital component of a post-concussive healthcare team. The skills and education she obtained through an extensive array of specialized courses and certifications in the field of Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation, as well as her clinical experience has enabled her to provide individualized and research-supported strategies for patients with Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome. Dr. Blanc incorporates a multi-disciplinary team-based approach with consideration of vision as an interactive component with other systems in the body.  She has been a speaker for several health professional organizations educating on the topic of vision and concussion, and has received recognition for her volunteer contribution to the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation Association.