Sara Meeks, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., K.Y.T
Sara is a Physical Therapist with over 50 years of clinical experience. Sara devoted over 25 years specializing in the unique management implications of persons with osteoporosis, & developed a comprehensive & effective program (www.sarameekspt.com) for the conservative management of persons with osteoporosis, postural problems and back pain.
We are grateful to Sara for her immense contribution to the development of the Bone Fit™ workshops and for graciously allowing us to adapt some of her research and educational material for the Bone Fit™ workshops.
We wish to acknowledge the following individuals for their contribution in developing Bone Fit™
Phil Chillibeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – University of Saskatchewan – College of Kinesiology
Phil’s research is in the area of exercise and nutritional interventions for improving bone health, mainly in older people. He is the past chair of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s Health and Fitness Program.
Cathy Evans, B.Sc.PT, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator and Assistant Professor – University of Toronto, Dept. of Physical Therapy
Cathy is the Graduate Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. She is a member of the research curriculum team for the MSc.PT program. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto investigating the online community of practice as a professional development approach to advancing the physical therapy management of osteoporosis. Cathy was involved in the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy – Inpatient Rehabilitation and in the Case Management Implementation Strategy for Alberta Health and Wellness.
Kimberley L. Gammage, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, Brock University
Kimberley is an exercise and health psychologist who investigates social-psychological variables related to exercise participation. Her research examines factors related to both the prevention and management of osteoporosis. She is highly interested in social and psychological variables (such as body image and self-efficacy) related to exercise and calcium consumption in adolescent girls.
Lora Giangregorio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – University of Waterloo
Lora’s overall research focus is the promotion of health in chronic conditions and disabilities. She is particularly interested in optimizing function and preventing fracture in individuals who experience bone loss and research aimed at optimizing the evaluation of skeletal health using techniques such as densitometry, bone biochemical markers, computed tomography and ultrasound. Lora is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at Osteoporosis Canada, a multi-disciplinary group who advise the OC board and staff on scientific and medical issues.
Dr. Panagiota (Nota) Klentrou (Committee Chair)
Professor of Kinesiology and Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies – Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University
Nota is an Exercise Physiologist and her research focuses on the effects of exercise and training on health and performance primarily in youth and women. Her publications cover a range of topics related to issues dealing with pediatric physiology, skeletal development and maturation, exercise interventions, Osteoporosis prevention and cardiovascular health. Nota is currently the treasurer of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council at Osteoporosis Canada, a multi-disciplinary group who advise the OC board and staff on scientific and medical issues.
Joyce Pan Mightis, B.Sc. (Kin), CK(ACSM)
Kinesiologist – The Toronto General Hospital – Osteoporosis Program and at The Toronto Western Hospital – Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Joyce graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine and The Ontario Kinesiology Association. She has ten years of working experience in osteoporosis prevention and rehabilitation exercise. Joyce also works at the Toronto Western Hospital Peter Munk Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Her role at the Osteoporosis Clinic is to teach patients rehabilitation/prevention exercises and to educate patients on how to avoid injuries during exercise and during activities of daily living. Joyce co-authored the patient booklet titled “Osteoporosis Exercise Guide.
Marla Roy, B.Sc. PT
Registered Therapist – McMaster University
Since graduating with honours from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Marla has been in active physiotherapy practice at CBI Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre in Hamilton. In 2008, she received Credentialing from the McKenzie Institute of Canada in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
Lubomira Slatkovska, Ph.D.
Doctoral candidate/Research coordinator – Postmenopausal Health and Osteoporosis Research Clinic University Health Network
Lubomira received her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from the University of Toronto in 2002. She furthered her education, by completing a Master of Science in 2005 from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University in the area of menstrual cycle and acid-base balance.