Meet the Prohealthsys Review Team
Leanne Fairweather, MSc, PT, RMT
Leanne Fairweather, MSc, PT, RMT, began her career after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2006. She practiced massage therapy for over ten years with a varied clientele blending orthopedic, neurological, and myofascial techniques. She maintained practices in Vancouver, Berlin, and Montreal, where she completed her Bachelor’s in Health Science through Thompson Rivers University in 2014. Leanne then received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University in 2018. Her passion for women’s health led her to become a pelvic floor physiotherapist in addition to an acute care physiotherapist. She currently works in an acute care hospital in central Montreal, where she is able to satiate her ambition for life-long learning and continue to diversify her skills.
William Borman, PhD
Dr. Borman earned his doctorate in anatomy and cell biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and then began his career at University of Western States (UWS) in 1994 as a faculty member in the department of basic sciences. For several years Dr. Borman served as professor and chair of the basic sciences department and taught courses in gross anatomy, cell biology, histology and human development. In 2013, Dr. Borman accepted the appointment as dean of the college of chiropractic at UWS. Late in 2017, Dr. Borman returned to the faculty in the department of basic sciences and has happily returned to the gross anatomy classroom and dissection lab. If you ask him he’ll acknowledge working with students in the anatomy lab is still, by far, his favorite part of his job. Dr. Borman has been an active participant in programmatic accreditation with the Council on Chiropractic Education since 2001. In this capacity, he routinely participates in, or chairs, site teams as they visit the various DC programs around the country as part of the process of reaffirmation of accreditation.
Dr. Nicola Bennett is a naturopathic doctor and an avid yoga practitioner and teacher. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, and in 2011, ompleted her yoga teacher training and started teaching at Unity Yoga. She decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she completed her doctorate. After graduating in 2017, Nicola began practicing naturopathic medicine at the IV Health Centre. In 2018, Nicola joined Susan Horning at Unity Retreats (Unityretreats.ca) to teach and facilitate local and international yoga retreats. Her kinesiology and natural medicine background enrich her teachings; her classes focus heavily on anatomy and physiology, and using breath work and mindfulness to balance the nervous system.
Dr. Majid Alimohammadi, BSc. (PT), MSc, PhD
Dr. Majid Alimohammadi BSc (PT), MSc, PhD is a tenured Senior Instructor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been teaching anatomy in all its forms to disciplines ranging from medical, dentistry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to nursing, kinesiology, and massage therapy students for over 25 years. Dr. Ali completed his Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy in 1988 at Tehran University, completed his Masters degree in 1992 and Ph.D degree in 1997. After 10 years of clinical practice in physiotherapy, Majid had to make the difficult decision to commit fully to his teaching ambitions but never lost his love of clinical practice. As part of this Ph.D program he received specific training to become an Applied Anatomy Instructor. This required him to attend in numerous different hospital operating rooms observing hundreds of orthopaedic and neurologic surgeries.
Dr. Allison Bachlet PhD, ND, LAc
Dr. Allison Bachlet PhD, LAc, ND is a Physician and Professor of Biology and Nutrition in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from the University of Guelph (2000) and her PhD in Clinical Medicine and Nutrition from the University of Oxford, UK, where she was a Rhodes Scholar (2003). She completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) in 2007 and moved to Hawaii in 2009 to practice Natural Medicine and enjoy the sunshine! In 2010 she completed her Masters of Oriental Medicine and became a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Hawaii. Dr. Bachlet serves as the Pre-Health Professions Specialist at Hawaii Pacific University where she mentors and guides Pre-Medical and Pre-Health students as well as lecturing in Biology and Medicine. In her private practice in Hawaii Kai she focuses on gastrointestinal, endocrine and mental health.
Dr. Daniel DeLapp, DC, ND, MAcOM, LAc
Daniel DeLapp, DC, ND, MAcOM, LAc earned his BS in Nutrition and Biochemistry in 1982 from the University of California-Davis, his DC degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1986, and his Diplomate in Orthopedics in 1989 from LACC. In 1996, he earned his MAcOM from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and in 1997, his ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty at National University of Natural Medicine, teaching minor surgery and dermatology, and has been a full-time clinician at University of Western States (formerly WSCC) for more than 25 years.
Dr. Majid Doroudi, BSc (PT), MSc, PhD
Dr. Majid Doroudi, B.Sc. (PT), M.Sc., Ph.D. earned his B.Sc. in Physiotherapy in 1988, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Anatomical in 1991 and 1995 respectively from Tehran University in Iran. Arriving at University of British Columbia in 2001, Dr. Doroudi started his career as a sessional lecturer and then Instructor. He got his tenure position at UBC in 2008. He has been involved in teaching medical and dental students as well as allied health such as nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, massage therapy for over 25 years. He has been able to successfully integrate the basic and clinical sciences throughout his career in teaching as an anatomical sciences instructor and in his practice as a physiotherapist. He has been awarded seven grants by Faculty of Medicine at UBC to develop integrated modules used by medical students in their curriculum. He is the recipient of Killam Teaching Award, the most prestigious teaching award in UBC, ten Medical Undergraduate Society Teaching Awards, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Faculty of Dentistry. He is the co-author of “M&M Essential Anatomy” text book.
Magdalen Farley, RMT
Susan Horning, BBA, CHT, ERYT
Founder of Unity Yoga in Vancouver, BC, Susan is a devoted practitioner of yoga, teacher, herbalist, astrologer, and Thai masseuse. She has a passion for community building, and sees yoga as a foundation for healthy and holistic living. Her background includes certificate training in Ashtanga and Anusara traditions, as well as trainer level Acroyoga and Thai Massage. She teaches inspired partner classes and encourages people to look beyond their own mat toward one another, where the practice of yoga becomes a practice of cultivating healthy relationships. Insight yoga and meditation inspire her personal practice, and sharing the gifts of silent reflection is always an integral part of her offerings. Susan offers retreats locally and around the world (Unityretreats.ca), as works privately as a Clinical Herbalist (UnityHerbals.ca).
Dr. Syed Ahmed Hussain, PharmD, M.Phil, PhD, FRSH, FRPharmS, BCPS, RMT
Dr. Syed Ahmed Hussain, PharmD, M.Phil, PhD, FRSH, FRPharmS, BCPS, RMT is a Professor of Clinical Medical Sciences at Heritage College in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Hussain teaches and conducts research in the areas of Clinical Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy, with research papers published in various national and international journals. Dr. Hussain has spent years as a Clinical Pharmacist, and taken leadership roles in teaching, research and production/manufacturing over the course of his career. He provides advice and guidance to students regarding academic courses and career decisions, and has served on faculty committees addressing matters such as curriculum planning and degree requirements. He has also been involved in pre-clinical and clinical trials for new drugs prior to their approval.
Richard Lebert, RMT
Richard Lebert is an educator and health care professional with a focus on inter-professional collaboration and person-centered care. He is Associate Faculty in The School of Health Science at Lambton College and a Registered Massage Therapist with over 10 years experience. In addition to his training as a massage therapist, Richard has certification in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and a Certificate of Online and Open Learning from The University of Windsor. Richard is the developer of The RMT Education Project, an evidence-based resource for massage therapists, he also contributes to many publications promoting the value of evidence-based massage therapy. His work has been featured in Canadian Chiropractor Magazine, Massage Therapy Today, and Massage Therapy Canada.
Dr. Drew Jamieson, ND
Dr. Drew Jamieson holds Bachelor of Science and Naturopathic Physician designations. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has extensive work experience with sports specific training, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation protocols. In addition to his practice, Dr. Jamieson is a part time faculty member at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where he teaches Exercise Therapeutics and assists with the Physical Medicine and Spinal Manipulation classes. He has also undergone continuing education training in Prolotherapy, Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification (TBM), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Taunya MacDonald, BA, RMT
Taunya MacDonald, RMT is a registered massage therapist, graduating from the 3000 hours West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s program. Previous her work experience has ranged from the bustle and repetition of being a waitress and bartender, to endless hours of sitting in a cubicle while working for a telephone company; both have provided useful insight into the different physical challenges patients face, and how their effects can be treated with manual therapy. Always a student favorite, she loves to learning, sharing knowledge, and empowering other people lead, becoming a teaching assistant for Professional Health Systems. She wants people to understand why they’re having a problem, and how to resolve it – to empower you to participate in Wellness. She uses a variety of techniques including the use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Rock Tape and a variety of other physical medicine modalities and postural retraining modalities.
Dr. Marisa Marciano
Dr. Marisa Marciano is Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist (AHG) with expertise in both the education and clinical applications of therapeutic nutrition & phytotherapy. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and medical training from a Naturopathic Institution where she is currently both a clinical and academic faculty member within the department of Botanical Medicine. Also recognized for creating the celebrated online herbal resource TheNaturopathicHerbalist, Dr. Marciano is considered a passionate educator who believes in empowering her patients & students to take a “hands-on-herbal” approach to both their health & their herbal education, and regularly runs herbal medicine making workshops aimed at fostering a deeper connection between people & plants.Her overall approach to wellness emphasizes the use of therapies inherently in tune with Nature, believing in the body’s innate capacity to heal when provided with the ancient knowledge & foundational therapeutic potential of plant medicine in all its forms.
Nick Murray, BHK, CAT(C)
Nick Murray BHK, CAT(C) is a certified athletic therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, and is currently the head Athletic Therapist for Douglas College. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics from UBC and his Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal College. Nick has had extensive experience working with elite, national level amateur and professional hockey players. He has been the head athletic therapist of the Vancouver Giants hockey team in the WHL and worked with Hockey Canada at the IIHF U-18 World Championships and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He has also worked with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL.
Erin Reeds, MSc (PT)
Eric T. Stefanowicz DC, MS, DACBR
Dr. Eric T. Stefanowicz is an Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Radiologist, and Coordinator of Diagnostic Imaging at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. He is originally from northern New York and graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry in 2011. He then graduated from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2014. In 2018, he completed a Master of Science in Diagnostic Imaging from NYCC. As a part of the MSDI program, he completed an intensive three-year diagnostic imaging residency. After which he completed his thesis on the effects of kinesiology taping inspected using diagnostic ultrasound, and completed his American Chiropractic Board of Radiology examinations. He achieved the designation Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR). Dr. Stefanowicz teaches primarily diagnostic imaging courses for the chiropractic department, and works in the clinic obtaining and reporting on x-ray studies. His research interests are chiropractic case reports and diagnostic imaging education.
Dr. Michael Tassone, BSc, ND
Dr. Andrew Vargo, MSc, MD
Dr. Vargo, MD earned his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan and honed his clinical knowledge while attending patients as an intern and a resident physician. He left medicine to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry as a scientific liaison, and there discovered a passion for education and research. He has taught a wide range of disciplines – including nursing, massage therapy, university, and naturopathic medical students – and designed educational programs for primary care and specialist physicians. Dr. Vargo is committed to guiding students to become better critical thinkers and more proficient clinicians by clarifying the science of the human body in health and disease.
Dr. Nikita Vizniak, BSc, DC, RMT, ERYT
Outside of private practice, Dr. Nikita Vizniak has been a professional educator for 20+ years and the author of textbooks, posters, and continuing education resources used around the world. His writings, videos, and online content have been translated into many languages and help millions of students, clinicians, and instructors apply functional anatomy and assessment knowledge to sports medicine and differential diagnosis with best practices of integrated multidisciplinary person-centered management. Dr. Vizniak is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and loves teaching and empowering students and clinicians with skills and confidence. He focuses on methodology that results in accurate assessment for more effective treatments (‘Achieve clinical excellence by working smarter not harder’). Here is his CV. Book a consultation with Dr. Nikita Vizniak online (prohealthclinics.com) or your next continuing education event (prohealthsys.com). Follow him on Facebook and Instagram: @nikitavizniak
Niki Wadhwa, RYT
Niki Wadhwa has been practicing yoga as a way of life for 36 years. She maintains a traditional Indian approach to Yoga, using her training and experience to guide students in their journey to lead a powerful and healthy life. Her own practice incorporates Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. Niki is trained in Advanced postural alignment from Isva Yoga, an intensive 1100 hour Advanced Teachers Training, and a 100 hour Yoga Therapy program for management of health conditions from the The Yoga Institute, the world’s longest established yoga school based in Mumbai, India. She is a registered RYT- 500 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, USA. After completing her Bachelor in Economics and Masters in Marketing in 2003, she worked in finance and business operations before co-founding an alternative health research company in 2010. She founded the International Yoga Network platform where yoga students can share their knowledge to benefit others and deepen their personal practice.
Stewart Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT
Stewart Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT is a Manual Therapist and Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) teacher. He began practicing in 1994 and teaching NMT in 1998, after an earlier career as a hematology medical technologist. Stewart practices in Dedham MA where he uses a combination of neuromuscular techniques, trigger point deactivation, movement retraining, and pain neuroscience education to treat enigmatic, chronic pain conditions. Stewart teaches Manual Trigger Point Therapy (MTT) for Myopain Seminars. He travels throughout the US, Canada, the Emirates, and New Zealand to teach. Students learn effective and permanent deactivation of trigger points in 170 muscles.