Medical Advisers

Norm Buckley, BA (Psych), MD, FRCPC

Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia
Acting Scientific Director, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care Director, Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre
Dr. Buckley is a faculty member of McMaster University since 1988, Dr. Norm Buckley has served three term as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Having held hospital administrative positions as Operating Room Director, Chief of Anesthesia (Chedoke McMaster) and Deputy Chief (Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation), Dr. Buckley’s particular interests are pain, both acute and chronic. His clinical work is focused on chronic pain management at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic, McMaster University Medical Centre.  In 2010, Dr. Buckley established and is the director of the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre.   He is scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. In addition to Dr. Buckley is the nominated principal applicant and Scientific Director of the SPOR-funded Chronic Pain Network.  With $25 million in funding, the focus of the Network is improved health outcomes for Canadians living with chronic pain.

Marli Brown


Marli BrownMarli Brown is a Registered Social Worker in Manitoba who has been involved in a variety of social service environments over the last 15 years. With the depth of front line experience, Marli’s practice philosophy involves a strength based, ecological perspective that explores the person in environment interaction. She works with people and families of all ages, and also participates in larger, systemic advocacy work which focuses on bridging the gaps between the patient’s lived experience and the systemic requirements; in particular in the areas of chronic pain and mental health. Her professional passion is driven by her own experiences within the medical and mental health systems. She has three children, one of whom who has been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. She can be contacted through email:



Brian EmpeyBrian Empey is the owner of Be In Motion Physiotherapy in Oakville, Ontario. Brian is a Registered Physiotherapist and Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist. Brian is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Sports Injury Management Program in 1996, McMaster University’s Physiotherapy Program in 2000 and the University of Western Ontario’s Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy MCIScMT in 2013.Brian specializes in advanced Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine and Acupuncture. He has completed his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) and is a clinical associate and CSL Unit 1 instructor with McMaster University and a mentor within the Orthopaedic Division. Brian participated in the Core Medical Teams for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI and the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.

Dr. Allen Finley MD FRCPC FAAP


Dr. Allen Finley MD FRCPC FAAP, is a pediatric anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years in pain research and management. He is a Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University, and Medical Director of Pediatric Pain Management at IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has lectured widely, with more than 180 invited presentations on six continents. He started the PEDIATRIC-PAIN e-mail discussion list in 1993, bringing together pain researchers and clinicians from over 40 countries. His own research and educational projects have recently taken him to Jordan, Thailand, China, Brazil, and elsewhere. His focus is advocacy for improved pain management for children in both developing and developed countries. On June 9, 2010, he was announced as the inaugural holder of the Dr. Stewart Wenning Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pain Management at the IWK Health Centre.

Dr. Clair Francomano, M.D.

Clinical Genetics
Dr. Clair Francomano, M.D.Dr. Francomano received her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine and medical genetics at Johns Hopkins and joined the full-time Hopkins faculty in 1984. She joined GBMC’s Harvey Institute of Human Genetics in 2005. Dr. Francomano is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has held positions as Clinical Director and Chief of the Medical Genetics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health and Chief of the Human Genetics and Integrative Medicine Section in the Laboratory of Genetics, National Institute on Aging.Dr. Francomano is board-certified in internal medicine, clinical genetics and clinical molecular genetics. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Human Genetics and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.In 2008, and every year since, Dr. Francomano has been named among “Baltimore’s Best Medical Geneticists” by Baltimore Magazine. Her clinical and research interests include the hereditary disorders of connective tissue and skeletal dysplasias. She received EDNF’s Shining Star award in 2012 for her dedication to people with EDS.The Harvey Institute for Human Genetics provides diagnostic capabilities, access to the latest genetic testing, genetic counseling, education, and management for genetic conditions from the beginning of life through adulthood. Our team includes reproductive, pediatric and adult geneticists along with genetic counselors who specialize in the diagnosis and management of genetic conditions. In addition, we collaborate with other medical disciplines to care for individuals with various genetic conditions.

Christine Fung, R.TCMP, R.AC, CTCMAO

Christine FungChristine Fung is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (RTCMP) and Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) practicing traditional acupuncture in the province of Ontario. She is also an elected council member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), the governing body established by the government of Ontario, regulating the practice and conduct of practitioners.Christine have spent the past 7 years working as an acupuncturist helping her patients to achieve their optimal wellness. She strongly believes that traditional acupuncture is an effective alternative medicine in conjunction with conventional medical treatments for ailments such as chronic pain.As a female practitioner and a mother of two children, Christine is particularly interested in treating infertility, and children’s health conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, ADHD, autism, Tourette syndrome (tics).

In November 2010, Christine became a Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist which is an accreditation given by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). NADA is an internationally renowned organization, known for their protocols that have been proven to be effective in providing physical and emotional relief associated with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, anxiety and cravings/urges to use substances.

Christine is actively giving back to the community. Since 2006, she has been facilitating holistic health related programs. She was a former chair of the Bathurst-Finch Women’s Committee and a facilitator at North York Women Centre. Christine is currently an executive board of director of Mississauga Chinese Business Association (MCBA) promoting business related activities in the city of Mississauga.

Christine has received several awards throughout her career. She has received the Community Building Award presented by Bathurst-Finch Network in 2012, Professional Advancement Award presented by College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology in 2011, and Top Acupuncturist in Mississauga presented by Top Choice Awards in 2011 and 2013.

Dr. Juan Guzman, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Juan Guzman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McMaster University and Internal Medicine specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences (Hamilton General Hospital Clinical Teaching Unit). After graduating from medical school in Colombia, Dr. Guzman completed a three year Clinical Research Fellowship in Autonomic Disorders at McMaster University in 2007, this was followed by 3 year residency training in Internal Medicine at McMaster University and 1 year of General Internal Medicine Fellowship. He holds a Masters of Sciences degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. He received the Have a Heart Bursary Program Award by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy in 2009 as young promising clinical researcher in Cardiovascular Sciences. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and he is a board certified Internal Medicine specialist.He has clinical and research interest in Syncope and Autonomic Disorders such as Pure Autonomic Failure, Multiple Syncope Atrophy, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Vasovagal Syncope. He is staff member of the Syncope and Autonomic Disorders Unit as well as the Autonomic Laboratory affiliated to the Arrhythmia Service at the Hamilton General Hospital.Dr. Guzman has published peer review articles, abstracts, and book chapters and has presented his work in multiple meetings around the world.

Dr. Guzman has strong interest in medical education at the graduate and postgraduate level as well as knowledge translation from the teaching hospital to the general practitioner.

Dr. Guzman is an active member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, American Autonomic Society and the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Fraser Henderson Sr., M.D. GUMC Adjunct

Professor Imaging Science and Information Systems (ISIS)
Dr. Fraser Henderson SrProfessor Fraser C. Henderson, Sr., is Director of Neurosurgery of the Spine and Cranio-cervical Junction, Co-Director of Radio surgery and Medical Director of the Acute and Step-Down Neurosurgical units. He specializes in tumors of the skull base, spinal cord and spine, and has worked with Cyber Knife to advance stereotactic radio surgical treatment of spinal and cranio-cervical tumors. Fraser Henderson was foreman on a cattle station in the Outback of Australia before receiving his bachelor’s and Medical degree at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA. He served for with the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force in Beirut, earning the Navy Commendation Medal for preparedness of and treatment of mass casualties following the terrorist bombing attack in Beirut, Lebanon , October 1983. After completing his residency under Phanor Perot at the Medical University of South Carolina, he returned to complete his active duty obligation at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, as Director of Spine. He was Brigade Neurosurgeon for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the 1st Gulf War. He then completed a fellowship in Craniospinal surgery under Professor Alan Crockard at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.Finishing his tour with the US Navy, Commander Henderson joined Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. as Director of Neurosurgery of the Spine and Cranio-cervical Junction. He was Co-Director of the Lombardi Neuro-Oncology Division, Co-Director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center, and Medical Director of the Neuroscience Nursing Units. He was Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Georgetown University, where he was active in advancing CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of chordoma and other complex spinal tumors. He developed intellectual property for three inventions relating to spinal radiosurgery and spinal cancer, including the TPS® –Telescopic Plate Spacer- a vertebral replacement device for metastatic disease and was Principal Investigator in the translational development of a radio-sensitizing drug, and a drug to block the malignant invasiveness of Glioblastoma Multiforme.Dr. Henderson entered private practice in Bethesda Maryland, as Director of Neurosurgery at Doctors Hospital and Director of the Chiari Center of Excellence, where he is focused on the development of the understanding and treatment of deformity induced injury to the brainstem and spinal cord in Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. He is inventor of 11 devices and concepts relating to disorders of the brainstem and spinal cord, has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and given over 130 invited lectures with a focus on craniocervical disorders, Chiari malformation, cancer, radiosurgery and unusual problems of the spine. Dr Henderson lives with his wife, Becky, and three sons- Fraser, Lansdale and Landon- on a farm in Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Dr. S.S. Kohli, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Kohli is a specialist in Critical care medicine, and commonly cares for adults with difficult to diagnose diseases and chronic pain in the ICU. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University and takes a special interest in evidence based medicine, education, and methods to improve quality of care. Lastly, he is a passionate advocate of improving cardiac arrest across the province and serves as the medical director for ACLS at the Michener institute.His main motivation for joining the ILC is to improve the care of those neglected by our health care system because their medical problems are complex, rare, and poorly understood.The care of such patients presents a challenge in terms of resources and mindset. Dr. Kohli comes from a background of space medicine and as a former astronaut candidate, he enjoys being part of a team to help overcome such challenges.

Dr. Kristianna Martiniuk, MD, BSc, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Martiniuk is Lead Physician at the Trafalgar Sheddon Family Health Organization and is an active staff member at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital with privileges in Obstetrics, Surgical assists, Pediatrics, Maternal-child committee member.  In addition to her dedication to her patients, Dr. Martiniuk offers her expertise as the site lead for EMR implementation to support the entire practice.  As Fellow, the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Dr. Martiniuk’s dedication includes Family Physician Mentor Collaborative Stroke Care. Dr. Martiniuk lives within the Halton Region and is married with 4 children.
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Dr. Roberto Mendoza, MD, MSc, FACMG

Dr. Mendoza obtained his Medical and Master’s degree in Biology with emphasis in Human Genetics degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He completed a residency in paediatrics at the State University of New York in Brooklyn and a fellowship in clinical and metabolic genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Dr. Mendoza has a long standing interest in the genetics of skeletal dysplasias, inherited bone disorders and  connective tissue disorders.

Gail Ouellette, Ph.D., CCGC

Gail OuelletteGail Ouellette is a geneticist and a certified genetic counsellor. She is a co-founder and president-CEO of the Quebec Coalition of Orphan Diseases (Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines, RQMO) and of the Rare Disease Information and Resource Centre. She is also coordinator of the Orphanet-Quebec project. She obtained her Ph.D. in molecular genetics at Université de Montréal. She did her postdoctoral studies in genetic epidemiology at the Centre for Human Genetics in Leuven, Belgium. She was a researcher at Algene Biotechnologies and Signalgene where she worked in gene discovery for complex diseases in founder populations. In 1999, she left the laboratory and the computer to train for a Master’s in Genetic Counselling at McGill University in order to do clinical genetics. She worked as a genetic counsellor at the Centre hospitalier universitaire of Sherbrooke and at Procréa Cliniques in Montreal. Since 2005, she has been involved with various patient organizations in Canada and co-founded the RQMO in 2010.

Christina Pridmore, R. Kin, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O.

Registered Kinesiologist, Osteopathic Manual Practioner
Christina graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University in 1996.    She furthered her education by becoming a certified Pilates Instructor with Stott Pilates in 2001.  As a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, Christina works with patients to improve physical health by creating personalized exercise programs which focus on injury rehabilitation, prevention and improved strength, flexibility and biomechanics.Christina graduated as Valedictorian from Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto in 2013.  She completed her post-graduate thesis entitled, “The effect of global osteopathic treatment on accommodative insufficiency in children aged 7-15 years”.  Her research won the William Garner Sutherland award for the advancement of clinical osteopathy.

Christina’s treatment philosophy involves a continuum of care, incorporating both osteopathy and therapeutic exercise, to help patients reach their individual goals.  She works with people of all ages and abilities with a particular interest in chronic conditions and pediatric osteopathy.

Dr. James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, FAANS


Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen’s University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) before entering the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Training Program in 1982. His training included a research fellowship at the Brain Tumor Research Centre, the University of California San Francisco where he obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology (1984-1987). Dr. Rutka assumed his appointment in the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery in 1990, and has been on the surgical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery since that time. Dr. Rutka’s primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumors. He has over 450 peer reviewed publications.In 1999, Dr. Rutka was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery, and was appointed Chairman of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. From 1999-2011, Dr Rutka held the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery. In 2009, he was the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting. In 2010-11, Dr Rutka served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In 2011, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. In 2013, he became the first Canadian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery. In 2015, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Stephane Treyvaud, Psychiatrist

M.D., F.R.C.P. (C), FMH (Switzerland)
345 Lakeshore Road East, Suite 408
Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1J5
Tel: 905-338-1386


Dr. Treyvaud is an adult, and child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, of the equivalent college in Switzerland (FMH) and a full member of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association. His medical training includes specializations in Mind/Body Medicine, Psychoanalysis, Jungian Psychology, Existential Psychotherapy, Developmental Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Interpersonal Neurobiology. With Northrop Frye he studied matters of the imagination and spirituality.Dr. Treyvaud has been running a private psychiatric practice for over 25 years. 15 years ago he founded The Mindfulness Center in Oakville, which incorporates a stress reduction clinic. He has developed an integrative approach to mindfulness, which encompasses both psychotherapy and meditation. He runs regular 12-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs for beginners and year-long Mindfulness Intensives for people who want to make mindfulness a way of life. He gives regular lectures, workshops and seminars at various institutions, and has presented yearly workshops across Canada at the annual meeting of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association. His website can be found at
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