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Our multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals are leaders in their respective fields (e.g., sport medicine physicians, athletic therapy, physiotherapy, vestibular therapy, exercise physiology, neuro-optometry, sport dietitian, sport psychology, sport psychiatry, sport audiology and clinical research), many of whom work with high-performance athletes in their daily training environment. Thus, they understand athletes, coaches, and the demands of high performance sport.

 

  • Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  •  Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
  •  Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
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  • Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
  • Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Clinical Research, Post-Doctoral Fellow: Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD is a neuroscientist, exercise physiologist and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. He brings expertise in the neural control of movement and interactions between aerobic exercise and the central nervous system. He is proficient in the development, programming and analysis of robotic tasks for neurologic assessment.
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  • Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
  • Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Clinical Research, Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD is a neuroscientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, funded through an Own the Podium - Mitacs grant. She is also a former elite athlete, two-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist in the sport of cycling, providing a unique understanding of elite performance and the goals and challenges of returning concussed athletes to podium potential. She brings expertise in signal processing and programming skills that are critical for the development, optimization and analysis of tasks for concussion assessment on the KINARM robot.
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  • Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
  • Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Clinical & Research Assistant, Program Coordinator, Clinical Research: Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist. She has extensive experience in acute sport concussion clinical assessment and management, multi-disciplinary research and clinical coordination, research methodology and analysis, research data collection, database management, and is experienced and proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology.
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  • Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
  • Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Clinical & Research Assistant: Kerri Downer, BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist that has been working with Dr. Benson in concussion research since 2011. Kerri has extensive experience in acute sport concussion clinical assessment and treatment, research data collection and database management, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. Kerri has 15 years of experience working with university level football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey and rugby teams.  She was also a part time member of the integrated service team for the Sr Men’s National Waterpolo team from 2011-2017. She is a strong believer in continuing education and has extensive manual therapy training including Muscle Energy Techniques, Strain-Counterstrain, Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release. Kerri has always been an active individual and her current interests include running, hiking and camping.
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  • Jake Benson
    Jake Benson
  • Jake Benson
    Jake Benson
    Clinical / Research Technician: Jake Benson is an undergraduate student in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.  He is trained and experienced with sport concussion clinical assessment tools, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. When not studying or spending time with friends and family, Jake enjoys various forms of recreation in the back country.
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  • Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
  • Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Clinical / Research Technician: Caitlyn Rowland, BFA in Graphic Design and Advertising Design Concentration, is trained and experienced with sport concussion clinical assessment tools, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. Caitlyn’s assets include her organizational skills and high attention to detail, as well as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge rapidly. She is driven to provide excellent customer service, has an outgoing personality with great communication skills.
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  •  Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Dr. David Smith, PhD
  •  Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Exercise Physiologist: Dr. David Smith, PhD is an exercise physiologist and professor emeritus who brings over 35 years of experience in the testing and monitoring of physiological changes that occur in high performance athletes combined with the design of training programs. He has worked with some of Canada’s top coaches in sports including speed skating, swimming, volleyball, ice-hockey, track and field, cross-country skiing and track cycling. He has extensive experience with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols. Dr. Smith is currently Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.
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  • Rosemary Neil
    Rosemary Neil
  • Rosemary Neil
    Rosemary Neil
    Exercise Physiologist: Rosemary Neil is an exercise physiologist and Director of Development and Strategic Programs at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Rosemary is experienced with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols.
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  • Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
  • Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Exercise Physiology Technician / Research Coordinator: Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP, is an exercise physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.  Her roles and experience include sport-related concussion exercise stress testing, exercise prescription protocols, coordination, and research data collection.
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  • Erin Sargent, MKin
    Erin Sargent, MKin
  • Erin Sargent, MKin
    Erin Sargent, MKin
    Exercise Physiologist: Erin Sargent, MKin is an exercise physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. She has extensive experience with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols.
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  • Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Melissa Marchand, BBA,
  • Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Clinical / Research Technician, Program Coordinator, Strategic Marketing: Melissa Marchand, BBA, has a marketing background, and is proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and several social media platforms. She is passionate about creating a positive customer experience and  enjoys challenging herself by focusing on multiple projects at one time. Melissa is trained in acute sport concussion clinical assessment tools, research data collection, database management, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology.
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  •  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
     Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
  •  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
     Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
    Sport Dietitian:  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist, is a Sport Dietitian with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary specializing in nutrition prescription for athletes from recreational to national levels throughout phases of training and competition. She is recognized as a national leader within her respective field. 
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  • Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
  • Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Sport Optometry: Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD, is one of the few residency-trained and board-certified Developmental/Neuro-Optometrists in Canada to provide Vision Therapy. As part of her specialty training, Dr. Luk works with many high-performance athletes to provide Baseline Concussion Assessment, Sports Vision Training, and post-concussion vision assessment and rehabilitation.
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  •  Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
  •  Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Sport Psychology: Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC, completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at University of Toronto, her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at University of Calgary. She is a Registered Psychologist working collaboratively with athletes, teams, and coaches, including the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Her expertise is in post-concussion management, recovery from sports injuries, eating disorders, and other personal or mental health concerns that can interfere with athletic performance. Although she has expertise in working with athletes who are experiencing health or injury related challenges, she also helps athletes with other areas of sport psychology such as performance enhancement (e.g., visualization, self-talk, relaxation techniques, team dynamics, healthy body image, etc.), coping with the pressure of competitions (e.g., from parents, coaches, or athlete’s own expectations), or planning ahead for career after sport.
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  • Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
  • Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Sport Psychiatry: Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, completed his undergraduate degree with specialization in pharmacology at the University of Alberta in 2007, before moving to Calgary to complete medical school by 2011. Thereafter, he completed a psychiatry residency ending in 2016. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Dr. Finkbeiner is also a member of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport, and the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Since 2015, Dr. Finkbeiner has been involved as a consultant for a number of sports medicine physicians and clubs, including work with the Calgary Stampeders, University of Calgary, and Olympic athletes. You will otherwise find him at the Peter Lougheed Centre where he works on the inpatient unit for acute psychiatric stabilization, and in the Day Hospital Program for outpatient management. Growing up playing a variety of sports, including lacrosse, hockey, and rugby, Dr. Finkbeiner developed an interest in the unique mental health demands for athletes, as well as the growing awareness of concussions. During his training, Dr. Finkbeiner published a review in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry on the psychiatric outcomes following adult concussion in sport, and he is excited at the opportunity to further this understanding as well as provide mental health treatment and support to those athletes in need.
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  • Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
  • Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Sport Psychiatry: Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC, is a native Calgarian, and a newly graduated psychiatrist with a special interest in the emerging area of sport psychiatry. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with honors, Medical Doctorate and FRCPC in psychiatry with the University of Calgary. Dr. Weatherbee currently works at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, running a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Informed Skills Group and consulting via the Urgent Psychiatric Consult Clinic for family physicians. She will also be involved in the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) inpatient unit at the Rockyview General Hospital in 2018. Dr. Weatherbee worked with the former Matrix Clinic as a resident completing general psychiatric assessments. Her interest in sport psychiatry stems for recognition of the integral relationship between mental and physical health in optimizing performance and overall well-being in athletes of all ages. Dr. Weatherbee played collegiate basketball with the University of Calgary between 2003-2006 as a point guard and shooting guard. After collegiate basketball, she went on to work for the University of Calgary Students’ Union in a variety of capacities, including as the Vice President Academic and as an elected representative on the Board of Governors. Dr. Weatherbee now lives in Calgary with her husband and daughter and enjoys being active, playing women’s league basketball, tennis and golf.
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The Hearing

Loss Clinic

Sport Audiology:  The Hearing Loss Clinic.  Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C) and Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)

 

are the team leaders for the High Performance Sports Audiology Team at The Hearing Loss Clinic. With an shared passion and unwavering commitment to client-centered care, being a part of the BCI team is a natural fit. It’s through this dynamic partnership, The Hearing Loss Clinic and BCI are able to work together towards a common goal centered around industry leading, cutting-edge technology with a laser focused dedication and passionate commitment to serve, change and improve the lives of as many people as possible. As leaders in the field of Audiology, The Hearing Loss Clinic is honored to be a part of a winning team devoted to continuing excellence and leading the way in Canadian sport.

 

  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
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BCI Sport Concussion Team / Association / Club Support

BCI Peer-Reviewed Research Funding / Philanthropic Support

  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
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  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
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  • Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Dr. Brian Benson, BPE (Hons), MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  •  Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
  •  Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
    Contact
  • Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
  • Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD
    Clinical Research, Post-Doctoral Fellow: Dr. Cameron Mang, PhD is a neuroscientist, exercise physiologist and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. He brings expertise in the neural control of movement and interactions between aerobic exercise and the central nervous system. He is proficient in the development, programming and analysis of robotic tasks for neurologic assessment.
    Contact
  • Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
  • Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD
    Clinical Research, Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Tara Whitten, PhD is a neuroscientist and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, funded through an Own the Podium - Mitacs grant. She is also a former elite athlete, two-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist in the sport of cycling, providing a unique understanding of elite performance and the goals and challenges of returning concussed athletes to podium potential. She brings expertise in signal processing and programming skills that are critical for the development, optimization and analysis of tasks for concussion assessment on the KINARM robot.
    Contact
  • Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
  • Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C)
    Clinical & Research Assistant, Program Coordinator, Clinical Research: Madeline Cosh, BKin, CAT (C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist. She has extensive experience in acute sport concussion clinical assessment and management, multi-disciplinary research and clinical coordination, research methodology and analysis, research data collection, database management, and is experienced and proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology.
    Contact
  • Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
  • Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Kerri Downer BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C)
    Clinical & Research Assistant: Kerri Downer, BA, Dip SIM, CAT(C) is a Certified Athletic Therapist that has been working with Dr. Benson in concussion research since 2011. Kerri has extensive experience in acute sport concussion clinical assessment and treatment, research data collection and database management, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. Kerri has 15 years of experience working with university level football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey and rugby teams.  She was also a part time member of the integrated service team for the Sr Men’s National Waterpolo team from 2011-2017. She is a strong believer in continuing education and has extensive manual therapy training including Muscle Energy Techniques, Strain-Counterstrain, Visceral Manipulation, Craniosacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release. Kerri has always been an active individual and her current interests include running, hiking and camping.
    Contact
  • Jake Benson
    Jake Benson
  • Jake Benson
    Jake Benson
    Clinical / Research Technician: Jake Benson is an undergraduate student in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.  He is trained and experienced with sport concussion clinical assessment tools, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. When not studying or spending time with friends and family, Jake enjoys various forms of recreation in the back country.
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  • Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
  • Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Caitlyn Rowland, BFA
    Clinical / Research Technician: Caitlyn Rowland, BFA in Graphic Design and Advertising Design Concentration, is trained and experienced with sport concussion clinical assessment tools, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology. Caitlyn’s assets include her organizational skills and high attention to detail, as well as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge rapidly. She is driven to provide excellent customer service, has an outgoing personality with great communication skills.
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  •  Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Dr. David Smith, PhD
  •  Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Dr. David Smith, PhD
    Exercise Physiologist: Dr. David Smith, PhD is an exercise physiologist and professor emeritus who brings over 35 years of experience in the testing and monitoring of physiological changes that occur in high performance athletes combined with the design of training programs. He has worked with some of Canada’s top coaches in sports including speed skating, swimming, volleyball, ice-hockey, track and field, cross-country skiing and track cycling. He has extensive experience with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols. Dr. Smith is currently Director of Sport Science at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.
    Contact
  • Rosemary Neil
    Rosemary Neil
  • Rosemary Neil
    Rosemary Neil
    Exercise Physiologist: Rosemary Neil is an exercise physiologist and Director of Development and Strategic Programs at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Rosemary is experienced with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols.
    Contact
  • Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
  • Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP,
    Exercise Physiology Technician / Research Coordinator: Jalena Bertagnolli,  CSEP-CEP, is an exercise physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.  Her roles and experience include sport-related concussion exercise stress testing, exercise prescription protocols, coordination, and research data collection.
    Contact
  • Erin Sargent, MKin
    Erin Sargent, MKin
  • Erin Sargent, MKin
    Erin Sargent, MKin
    Exercise Physiologist: Erin Sargent, MKin is an exercise physiologist with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. She has extensive experience with sport-related concussion exercise stress testing and exercise prescription protocols.
    Contact
  • Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Melissa Marchand, BBA,
  • Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Melissa Marchand, BBA,
    Clinical / Research Technician, Program Coordinator, Strategic Marketing: Melissa Marchand, BBA, has a marketing background, and is proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and several social media platforms. She is passionate about creating a positive customer experience and  enjoys challenging herself by focusing on multiple projects at one time. Melissa is trained in acute sport concussion clinical assessment tools, research data collection, database management, and is proficient with the KINARM robotic assessment technology.
    Contact
  •  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
     Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
  •  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
     Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist,
    Sport Dietitian:  Kelly Drager, MSc, CSSD, RD, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist, is a Sport Dietitian with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary specializing in nutrition prescription for athletes from recreational to national levels throughout phases of training and competition. She is recognized as a national leader within her respective field. 
    Contact
  • Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
  • Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD,
    Sport Optometry: Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD, is one of the few residency-trained and board-certified Developmental/Neuro-Optometrists in Canada to provide Vision Therapy. As part of her specialty training, Dr. Luk works with many high-performance athletes to provide Baseline Concussion Assessment, Sports Vision Training, and post-concussion vision assessment and rehabilitation.
    Contact
  •  Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
  •  Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC
    Sport Psychology: Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, R. Psych. BSc, MD, FRCPC, completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at University of Toronto, her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at University of Calgary. She is a Registered Psychologist working collaboratively with athletes, teams, and coaches, including the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Her expertise is in post-concussion management, recovery from sports injuries, eating disorders, and other personal or mental health concerns that can interfere with athletic performance. Although she has expertise in working with athletes who are experiencing health or injury related challenges, she also helps athletes with other areas of sport psychology such as performance enhancement (e.g., visualization, self-talk, relaxation techniques, team dynamics, healthy body image, etc.), coping with the pressure of competitions (e.g., from parents, coaches, or athlete’s own expectations), or planning ahead for career after sport.
    Contact
  • Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
  • Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, PhD
    Sport Psychiatry: Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, completed his undergraduate degree with specialization in pharmacology at the University of Alberta in 2007, before moving to Calgary to complete medical school by 2011. Thereafter, he completed a psychiatry residency ending in 2016. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Dr. Finkbeiner is also a member of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport, and the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Since 2015, Dr. Finkbeiner has been involved as a consultant for a number of sports medicine physicians and clubs, including work with the Calgary Stampeders, University of Calgary, and Olympic athletes. You will otherwise find him at the Peter Lougheed Centre where he works on the inpatient unit for acute psychiatric stabilization, and in the Day Hospital Program for outpatient management. Growing up playing a variety of sports, including lacrosse, hockey, and rugby, Dr. Finkbeiner developed an interest in the unique mental health demands for athletes, as well as the growing awareness of concussions. During his training, Dr. Finkbeiner published a review in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry on the psychiatric outcomes following adult concussion in sport, and he is excited at the opportunity to further this understanding as well as provide mental health treatment and support to those athletes in need.
    Contact
  • Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
  • Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC,
    Sport Psychiatry: Dr. Pamela Weatherbee, BSc (Hon), MD, FRCPC, is a native Calgarian, and a newly graduated psychiatrist with a special interest in the emerging area of sport psychiatry. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with honors, Medical Doctorate and FRCPC in psychiatry with the University of Calgary. Dr. Weatherbee currently works at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, running a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Informed Skills Group and consulting via the Urgent Psychiatric Consult Clinic for family physicians. She will also be involved in the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) inpatient unit at the Rockyview General Hospital in 2018. Dr. Weatherbee worked with the former Matrix Clinic as a resident completing general psychiatric assessments. Her interest in sport psychiatry stems for recognition of the integral relationship between mental and physical health in optimizing performance and overall well-being in athletes of all ages. Dr. Weatherbee played collegiate basketball with the University of Calgary between 2003-2006 as a point guard and shooting guard. After collegiate basketball, she went on to work for the University of Calgary Students’ Union in a variety of capacities, including as the Vice President Academic and as an elected representative on the Board of Governors. Dr. Weatherbee now lives in Calgary with her husband and daughter and enjoys being active, playing women’s league basketball, tennis and golf.
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  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
  • Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Megan Kee, M.Sc, R.Aud (C)
    Founder, Medical Director, Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Clinical Research: Dr. Brian Benson, MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med. is a sport & exercise medicine physician and clinician scientist with extensive experience in sport-related concussion research, clinical assessment and management. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary.
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  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
  • Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Dr. Whitney Reaman, M.Sc R.Aud (C)
    Clinical Research: Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, FRCPC is an Associate Professor, physiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Calgary with a primary interest in assessment of sensorimotor recovery in stroke using robotic assessments. He has extensive background and knowledge in robotics, neurological sensorimotor impairment, neurological recovery and vision.
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