Conference Speakers

Below is a list of our confirmed speakers.

Dr. Mike backhouse

Dr. Backhouse is a podiatrist with over a decade of experience in applied clinical research. This highly multidisciplinary research aims to improve outcomes for people with musculoskeletal disease and other long term conditions and has been funded through over £4.5M of grant income.

Prior to joining York Trials Unit, Mike was a senior Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, where he was awarded his PhD in 2011 and held two prestigious National Institute for Health Research Fellowships. Mike has worked with national bodies including NHS England and is a Past President of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology.


Throughout his career, Ivan has held a passion for dermatology. He has promoted podiatric dermatology worldwide working with podiatrists, dermatologists and general practitioners on various education programmes and in researching new technologies and treatments. In addition, he has authored books, published over 100 papers and runs a successful blog. He holds visiting appointments at Universities in the UK and Australia and continues to lecture around the world as well as regularly working in a busy clinic in Hampshire, UK.

MaNDy Bujold

Mandy Bujold is an amateur boxer whose career was launched following a successful 2006 when she claimed the Canadian National Championships and Boxer of the Year titles. Since that time she has won 11 consecutive Canadian National championships, 3 continental championships, a bronze medal at the commonwealth games and 2 back to back Gold’s at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games. Mandy finished 5th at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In 2018, Mandy took some much needed time off to start a family and is now a proud mom to Kate Olympia. Mandy is currently preparing for the 2020 Olympic qualifying events for her chance to represent Canada at her second Olympic Games next summer.

tina del buono

Tina has been a practice manager for 22 years. She lectures nationally on Practical Practice Management, specializing in Complete Practice Efficiencies, Team Building, Staffing Issues, Manager Training and Practice Building Protocols. Tina has written over 400 articles on practice management and has developed, GPS – Global Practice Systems, to create the road map to get your practice from where it is now to where you want it to be, in small practical, achievable steps. She is the Director/Coach and Consultant for Top Practices Virtual Practice Management Institute and manages her husband, John Hollander, DPM practice in Santa Rosa Ca.


Based in Ottawa, Ian provides strategic support and advice on policy development to provincial and national clients, as well as expertise in government relations, communications, stakeholder engagement and project management.

Ian brings a wealth of experience in government working for both political offices as well as the civil service. Prior to joining Santis, Ian served as Senior Policy Advisor to former Ontario Ministers of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins and Dr. Helena Jaczek where he led a number of files related to long-term care, health workforce planning, health profession regulatory affairs, and health promotion.

Ian holds a Master’s degree in public service from the University of Waterloo, and a B.A. (Honours) majoring in History from Queen’s University.

sharon clee

Sharon qualified as a Podiatrist in 1997 and has worked in musculoskeletal and diabetic food clinics. She has worked in a Podiatric surgery unit for over 15 years and qualified as a Podiatric Surgeon in 2013. Sharon is currently a visiting lecturer on the anatomy dissection module of the MSc course for Theory of Podiatric Surgery at Glasgow Caledonian University and has lectured locally and Nationally in the U.K.

Away from Work, Sharon enjoys running and spending time with her 12 year old son. 

Jay Dicharry

Jay is a physical therapist, biomechanics researcher, and author in Bend, Oregon, USA. Jay built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia, and now as Director of the REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend, OR. Jay blurs the lines between clinical practice, coaching, and engineering to solve injury problems and optimize performance.

Jay has published two books and over thirty-five professional journal articles and book chapters, in addition to having had an active research career, and consults and teaches for numerous footwear companies and other industries. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for therapists, physicians, and coaches working with endurance athletes. His research driven focus and expertise in injury prevention, rehab, and performance training is sought out by athletes across the world, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success.


Dr. Robyn Evans is currently the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, involved in research and teaching. She also is a full time family physician in the community. She is part of the faculty of the International Interprofessional Wound Course through the University of Toronto. She is senior faculty for Wounds Canada to support the development of inter-professional education programs for clinicians as well as delivery and evaluation of these programs. She is now co-chair of the foot section for Diabetes Canada.


Allison Gaudet is a physiotherapist at Grand River Sports Medicine Centre in Kitchener and Cambridge, ON. She is also a part time sessional assistant instructor at Western University. Before moving back to Ontario in August 2017, she had the privilege to practice as a Civilian Physiotherapist at the Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton. Her passion lies in injury prevention, keeping athletes in sport and enhancing performance with these athletes. Allison earned her BSCKin from University of Waterloo in 2005, MScPT from the University of Alberta in 2009, and her MCIScPT program at Western University in 2017.

aileen GUnDa

Aileen Gunda is a medical device reprocessing expert, consultant, educator, and speaker, who is certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Aileen has 18 years of experience in the field of reprocessing medical devices and, since 2017, has been the principal for Medical device reprocessing consulting services and a presenter at the Faculty of Dentistry Continuing Education on the Canadian standards and best practices in reprocessing of medical devices.

Her drive for staff and patient safety with a precision-focus, Aileen has been providing expert advice to healthcare professionals in hospitals and clinical settings that have resulted in educating staff in the proper handling of medical devices, achieving compliance and streamlining efficiencies. Aileen has gained a reputation for creating safe-working environments within standards, utilizing resources effectively, and facilitating audits with a keen eye for detail

dr. Ahmed Kayssi

Dr. Kayssi is a vascular surgeon at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a wound care physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. He obtained his medical degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario before relocating to Toronto to pursue training in general and vascular surgery. He subsequently completed a fellowship in limb preservation and wound care under the supervision of Dr. Richard Neville in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Kayssi is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health, where he obtained a Master's of Public Health focusing on quantitative methods, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

PROFESSOR karl landorf

Dr. Karl Landorf is a Professor of Podiatry and Deputy Director of Research in the School of Allied Health, Health Services and Sport at La Trobe University, Australia. He has authored more than 125 scientific articles in the fields of podiatry, orthopaedics, movement science, rheumatology, sports medicine and general medicine. According to Web of Science, Karl is the #1 published author in the world for plantar heel pain and #2 for foot orthoses. He is the current Chair of the Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation and past Deputy-editor of Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.


Randall K. Moore, B. SC. Podiatric, Med, D. CH. is a registered chiropodist with a degree in podiatric medicine who has practiced in the Scarborough area for over the past 25 years. He is a former Director of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, a recipient of the Presidential Award and is also an active member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Specialists. In addition, Randy recently won an award with the Scarborough Mirror's "Reader's Choice" Award. Randy competes in marathons and challenging runs, including the 2008 Great Wall of China Marathon, 2009, Mississauga Marathon, 2009 & 2015 New York City Marathons, 2011 & 2014 Boston Marathon, and the 2011 Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland.


Dr. Ornstein is Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons Group, LLC and President and Chief Executive Officer of Podiatric Super Group Management, LLC. In addition, he is Consulting Editor for Podiatry Management Magazine and Faculty Coordinator of the four-year practice management course at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), and served as Immediate Past Chairman of American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM). Dr. Ornstein has been in private practice for over twenty-five years and currently serves as Medical Director of Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center, LLP with an office in Howell, New Jersey where he currently resides


Dr. Paicos is a native of Massachusetts, a second-generation Podiatrist (his father retired at the age of 90). He was a graduate of the charter class of Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in 1986. His residency training was completed at West Roxbury VAMC, followed by a clinical Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following his postgraduate training, he founded Affiliates in Foot Care, PC and was the President and CEO from 1990 until May of 2015. During his clinical practice he achieved Board certification from both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (1992) and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (1995). His passion for limb preservation focused his career with hospital-based relationship including Associate Medical Director for Winchester Hospital's Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, a relationship he enjoyed for close to fifteen years. He served as Service Chief of Foot Surgery at Winchester Hospital 2008-2015. 

juliAn paviEr

Julian has been a Consultant Podiatric Surgeon in the NHS in UK for 17 years and also works in two private hospitals. He performs around 450 foot surgery procedures per year and is currently a surgical tutor and examiner and sits on the College of Podiatry examinations board.

He is an visiting lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University where he leads on the anatomy dissection module for MSc students.

Outside of work Julian enjoys Fly fishing around the world and has a new-found passion for running.

Patrick Rainville

Patrick Rainville graduated as a Chiropodist from the Michener Institute in 1997. He established a Chiropody practice in Timmins with his wife, Tina. The Rainville's employ a staff of 15, which includes support staff, Nurses, a Pedorthist, and Chiropodists. He is a registered member of The College of Chiropodists of Ontario, a member of the CFPM and the OSC. He currently sits on the Michener Institute's Chiropody PAC committee. He is a College of Chiropodist practice assessor and a clinical site for 3rd-year Chiropody students. Patrick has a particular interest in indigenous foot health and is actively engaged to help his colleagues succeed in their practice.

Dr. Helen rees

Dr Helen Rees is a licensed New Brunswick Podiatrist. She graduated from the University of Southampton, England in June 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. Helen has been in private practice for the past 7 years and is the sole proprietor of Atlantic Podiatry in New Brunswick, Canada. Dr Rees also works for Horizon Health as part of the High Risk Diabetes Foot Clinic Team.

Dr Rees is the past President of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine. She has spoken at numerous conferences. Dr. Rees enjoys volunteering and fundraising with local charities and non-profit organisations in New Brunswick.

Grant Schwartz

The small town of Bloomingdale, Ontario just seems too small to produce someone so talented and now TV-famous thanks to Vegas Rat Rods. Bloomingdale is where Grant Schwartz grew up.

After losing his father at a very young age Grant credits part of his passion for cars to Carl Zenger, his godfather, and Grant “Homer” Kay who both always had some wild bike or car around.

Early on Grant opened up his first fabrication shop. After a few different ventures in between, including working in a hot rod shop, and helping larger companies get their feet on the ground, he always came back to working for himself and owning his own business.

Grant has a great personality, is humble, and the local hot rod community knows he is as talented as they come.

Jonathan Tomines

I am Jonathan Tomines, aka The Toe Bro, a foot specialist (Chiropodist) in Toronto, Canada. Being a foot specialist is not only my profession but my passion! I grew up watching and helping my father, who was also a Chiropodist for over 30 years, in the same office I am now practicing in.

I love my job and helping people with their feet! I started a YouTube Channel to share some of the interesting things I see every single day in my office such as ingrown toenail removal, wart removal, laser treatment for fungal nails, and warts. I wanted to raise awareness for this profession as well as information on how they can protect your feet from harmful disorders and how they can improve your foot health. 100 million views and over 350,000 subscribers later, “The Toe Bro” is now a 6-episode series on A&E and continuing to spread awareness about his profession. I would love to share how I decided to start, how I got started and what I have learned throughout my social media and television experience.

Michael E. Turcotte

Michael E. Turcotte B.Sc. Hons. D. Ch. IIWCC-CAN Chiropodist / Foot Specialist is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is also a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine. Michael has been practicing for 28 years, and his credentials include: Past President of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine, University of Brighton Eastbourne, England –Degree of Bachelor of Science Honors, Toronto Institute of Medical Technology Chiropody Program, First graduation class for soft tissue surgery and local anaesthetics, Pharmacology for Chiropodists Michener Institute, IIWCC-CAN wound care, University of Toronto, Cornwall Community Hospital Board Chair 2013-2015Board of Directors CCH 2005-2015, and Governance program Queens University through CCH.

Warren Weeks

Warren Weeks sold his first newspaper to his grandmother at the age of five, worked as Wayne Gretzky’s PR handler for a day in 1998, and got 72,000 people to join a campaign to get former NHL coach Pat Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Over the past 25 years, he’s helped hundreds of organizations improve their marketing, media relations and storytelling. He’s worked with companies like Shopify, SickKids, Manulife, RBC and hundreds of others.

J. richard werkman

J. Richard Werkman, D.CH.,B.Sc. has been practicing since 1991. Rick is a graduate of the Michener Institute Chiropody program and a graduate of Sunderland University with a B.Sc. Podiatric Medicine. Rick has been in private practice for over 28 years with a focus on biomechanics and sports medicine. He attributes his years of success in the profession to his supportive staff, his patients and the medical practitioners in the community. Rick has been a clinical site educator for the Chiropody Program of the Michener Institute mentoring his first student in 2003. He currently is a board member of the OSC and a member of the CFPM.

Vicki werkman

Vicki is the clinical director at Werkman, Boven & Associates. She started in the dental community in 1984 as a certified dental assistant, moving into the role of surgical assistant for Oral Surgery. Since then she has performed several different roles in the medical community-trainer for patient management software (Tracker), managing her husband’s chiropody practice, and surgical assistant with the Medical Mission International. Vicki was a past CFPM board member for the assistant program, chairing the development of today’s CFPM assistant’s program.

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