Qualified Practitioners Make Quality Assessments
PDAC works with expert practitioners across a wide range of disciplines. Most of our assessors conduct both plaintiff and defence assessments.
We are always adding to our roster of qualified practitioners. Our staff can help you select the expert best suited to your specific case.
Dr. Alpert, PDAC’s senior orthopaedic surgeon, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, board-certified as a specialist in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship-trained in spinal reconstructive surgery, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an Executive Member of the Ontario Medical Association Chronic Pain Section, and an Orthopaedic Chronic Pain consultant at several clinics in Ontario.
Dr. Alpert has been trained by the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians in the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th Edition, to determine catastrophic injuries. Dr. Alpert has extensive experience conducting medical-legal evaluations of patients injured in motor vehicle accidents and other types of trauma for chronic pain, disability and catastrophic impairment, for insurers and lawyers, both defence and plaintiff.
Among Dr. Alpert’s court appearance highlights are the Maxwell v. Luck and Arteaga v Poirier threshold motions brought by the defence, where Dr. Alpert was one of the key experts instrumental in the decisions rendered by the judges regarding chronic pain. In both cases, the court accepted the opinion of Dr. Alpert as an orthopaedic/chronic pain expert for the plaintiff and rejected the arguments of the defence experts.
Dr. Steve Blitzer is a qualified chronic pain specialist physician. He is a graduate of University of Toronto medical school in 1981. Subsequently, he completed specialty training in emergency medicine/critical care which involved the treatment of trauma. He is certified in pain medicine – Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and Canadian Academy of Pain Management. He has a background of a large general medical and consulting practice with a special interest in musculoskeletal problems. For the last 12 years his practice focus has been on chronic pain and rehabilitation. He is on the active staff of a local pain clinic. He is on staff at York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto. He is certified to do Non-Economic Loss Assessments for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario. He has extensive experience doing Independent Medical Assessments and Insurer’s Medical Evaluations, Chronic Pain, Disability and Rehabilitation Evaluations. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. He is involved in continuing education projects for physicians and other health professionals. He is the Chief Medical Editor of a national medical journal.
Dr. David Blitzer is a duly qualified Doctor of Chiropractic and Registered Massage Therapist, in good standing, with both respective colleges in Ontario. He primarily practices out of a multidisciplinary Medical Centre in Thornhill, where he sees patients with a wide variety of acute and complex chronic conditions. He has a particular interest in spinal health, biomechanics, physical rehabilitation and patient empowerment. He is certified in Catastrophic Impairment Evaluation (C-CAT), Functional Capacity Evaluation and Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Deron J. Brown, is a duly qualified medical practitioner, licensed to practice medicine in the Province of Ontario, Canada. He is licensed by the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) and is a graduate of The University of Toronto (MD). He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). Dr. Brown is the interim Chief of Surgery and Medical Director as well as the Chief of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at The Scarborough Hospital. He is an Instructor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He practices in the field of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and treats both adults and children for all matter of disease of the Head and Neck including hearing and balance. He has conducted independent medical evaluations for accident benefits, catastrophic assessments, medical-legal evaluations and disability claims.
Dr. Cohen has been a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and licensed to practice within the province of Ontario since 1991. He is a graduate of the Microprogram Insurance Medicine and Medico-Legal Expertise from the Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal. He is accredited with the American Board of Disability Analysts as a Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate. He is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment and listed with the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists. He provides confidential psychological and psycho-vocational assessments and consultation services to adults who are suffering from a variety of conditions related to injury, including anxiety, excessive worry and fears, work stress, depression and chronic pain and disability. He has over 18 years of experience in personal injury and disability evaluation and has performed over 2000 disability assessments in a variety of treatment and legal contexts for both plaintiff and defence. He has been qualified to testify as an expert witness by the Superior Court of Ontario.
Jeff Cohen has been employed in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 2002, where he has gained experience assessing claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents as well as those suffering from significant medical, emotional, and physical disabilities of various causes. He is experienced working with soft tissue injuries as well as severe orthopaedic impairments and disabilities. He has also worked with those who have had minor, moderate, and severe head injuries and other neurological injuries. Jeff continues to provide vocational rehabilitation counseling, planning, and placement services, and has completed labour market research assignments and vocational opinions.
Jeff graduated from York University with a degree in psychology. He is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC), a serving board member with the Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS), and is designated as a ‘Registered Vocational Professional’ (RVP) and ‘Registered Rehabilitation Professional’ (RRP). He is a member in good standing with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation & Vocational Service Professionals (CVRP) and holds the designation of ‘Certified Vocational Professional’ (CVP). He has also received training to use the transferable skills program developed by Vocationology Inc. and has received the Certified Rehabilitation Vocationologist – Diplomate (CRV-D) designation. He is a certified GATB Test Administrator, is a certified VALPAR Pro 3000 Operator, and has completed his Advanced (Level 2) training in ‘Brain Injury Rehabilitation for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury’ through the Ontario Brain Injury Association and Brock University. He has completed the International Certification in Impairment and Disability Rating (based on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th ed.) through the American Board of Forensic Professionals.
Dr. Day is a licensed clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, practicing in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP), the Association for the Scientific Advancement of Psychological Injury and the Law (ASAPIL), and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA).
Dr. Day holds academic posts as adjunct Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, supervising practicum students at his clinic in Kingston. He is the Chief Psychologist in a private practice in Kingston for the neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatment of adults, serving all of southeastern Ontario. He has served as an expert witness in legal and FSCO hearings for cases relating to accident benefits, tort and Catastrophic Impairment determinations. He has been performing independent assessments and medical-legal assessments since January 2001.
Dr. Dessouki is an orthopaedic surgeon licensed to practice in the province of Ontario and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree in cell biology as well as his MD degree at the University of Western Ontario. His orthopaedic surgical residency was completed at the University of Toronto. He pursued sub-specialty training with two fellowships at the University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital in traumatology and upper and lower limb reconstruction. Dr. Dessouki is currently the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Adult Reconstruction and Trauma Sports Medicine at the Lakeridge Health System. He has an extremely busy practice with specific focus on complex trauma, post-traumatic reconstruction, upper and lower limb joint reconstruction, arthroscopy, and sports medicine.
Dr. Djuric is a physician duly licensed in the province of Ontario. He holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (1990), with his internship in the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University (OSU) Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. His residency was carried out at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) of ODU and his fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Centre, Musculoskeletal & Sport Medicine Section of PM&R in New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Djuric provides physiatry assessments as well as Determination of Catastrophic Impairment evaluations. He is board-certified in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) by the American Board of PM&R as well as the sub-specialty of Pain Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Since completing fellowship training in 1995, the majority of his practice has focused on the evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain and spinal disorders. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at McMaster University, a certified independent medical examiner by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) and certified in the evaluation of disability and impairment rating (CEDIR) by the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP).
Dr. Ducharme is a board-certified emergency medicine specialist in Canada and has practiced clinically since 1981. His current clinical practice is based at Humber River Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton as well as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at Queen’s University.
He is a co-founder of both the Quebec Association of Emergency Physicians and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, and is currently President of the latter. He was CMO and Senior Vice President for AIM Health Group until June 2014. He is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. Dr Ducharme has done extensive research and writing on the subject of acute pain management and is recognized internationally as a speaker in emergency medicine.
He has been a residency program director for emergency medicine trainees for 11 years at McGill and Dalhousie Universities and he is currently the Editor Emeritus of the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ducharme is PDAC’s expert on emergency medicine, including medical negligence in the emergency rooms and other hospital settings.
Dr. Friedlich has been a registered dentist in the province of Ontario since 1986, having graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Dr. Friedlich is registered as a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr Friedlich is a Past President of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and as a Senior Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Friedlich is a clinical instructor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and has a private practice with offices in Brampton and Toronto. Dr. Friedlich is on active staff in the Department of Surgery at the William Osler Health Centre, Chief Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Surgery at Mackenzie Health Centre, and on staff at the Toronto Hospital.
Dr. Getahun is a qualified orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Ontario, specializing in hip/knee and foot/ankle surgery. He obtained his certification in orthopaedics from the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. He achieved his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in London and performed his post-graduate training at the University of Ottawa.
He has completed two fellowships: the first in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Institute at Sunnybrook Hospital; and the second in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. He is presently practicing as a Consultant Surgeon at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.
Dr. Gladstone is a duly qualified medical practitioner, licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1964. He completed the Neurology Residency Training Program at the University of Toronto in 1969, obtaining his Fellowship in Neurology in 1969. He was appointed Chief Resident in Neurology at the Toronto General Hospital for an additional year ending June 30th, 1970.
Since that time, Dr. Gladstone has been on the staff in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology at the North York General Hospital in Toronto, currently serving as Consultant. He was Chief of the Division of Neurology at North York General Hospital for ten years. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto where he won awards for service and teaching students. He carries an active practice in general neurology.
On July 20, 2017, he received certification from the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and was designated C-CAT (PM), indicative of expertise in catastrophic injury evaluation.
On July 20, 2018, he received certification from the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and was designated as qualified and proficient in medical-legal matters and entitled to use the initials CMLE (ON) after his name (certification in medical-legal expertise in Ontario).
Dr. Gladstone was recently appointed to the Council of Medical-Legal Society of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN). Dr. Gladstone is an experienced disability assessor and has appeared as an expert witness at FSCO and in tort cases. Dr. Gladstone is also a consultant to the Canadian Military and to the WSIB.
Dr. Everton Gooden specializes in ENT (otolaryngology/head & neck surgery). He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1996. He went on to complete surgical training in otolaryngology/head & neck surgery at the University of Toronto and received his surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2001.
Dr. Gooden is currently on staff at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and Chief of Staff at NYGH from 2014 to 2017. He also serves as the Division Head of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Gooden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is a Director of the Board of Governors and Foundation Board of Governors. He has served as President and Vice-President of the Medical Staff Association at North York General Hospital and is the recipient of the 2017 Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award.
Dr. Pushpa Kanagaratnam is a registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario and a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA). She completed her professional degree and PhD in psychology at the University of Bergen and had practiced as a psychologist in Norway since 1996.
Dr. Kanagaratnam has worked with clients in diverse settings including private practice, at community agencies and in psychiatric hospitals. She has experience working with different ethnic groups nationally and internationally and has published peer-reviewed articles and done numerous presentations on the topics of war-related trauma, intimate partner violence, post-traumatic stress and mental health interventions in immigrants and refugees. She is an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and has affiliate status as a Research Scientist in the Social and Epidemiological Research Department at CAMH.
She conducts independent third-party assessments and provides treatment to adults who are psychologically affected following motor vehicle and workplace accidents. She is an approved service provider for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Dr. Kanagaratnam is fluent in Tamil, English and Norwegian.
Dr. Karp is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario (Certificate #4623). He is duly qualified to practice clinical, rehabilitation, and police psychology, which includes psychological, psycho-vocational, fitness to work, fitness for duty, substance abuse, and psychoeducational assessments. He graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and in 1989 he completed an MA in counseling psychology at Simon Fraser University. He completed an internship in vocational rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin in 1990.
As a rehabilitation counselor and more recently as a psychologist, Dr. Karp has over 20 years’ experience in rehabilitation, with particular expertise in vocational rehabilitation, disability management, and fitness for work. In the past he has provided assessment and psychotherapeutic support to injured workers in an outpatient hospital-based rehabilitation setting and offered psychological assessments and psychotherapy in private practice.
Dr. Karp has specialized training as a Substance Abuse Expert Evaluator and has completed training through the Forensic Psychology Program of Alliant University in Psychological Pre-Employment Screening and Fitness for Duty in Law Enforcement. He is also a member in good standing of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.
Mr. Kisilevsky is Medical Director of Vestibular Laboratories & Services, serving clinics devoted to the diagnosis & treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. He is fellowship trained in Otology/Neurotology (Clinical and Research Fellowship) at the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Toronto. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Peter A. Silverman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital and an active reviewer for the Laryngoscope, the Journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (ENT). Mr. Kisilevsky’s assessments of MVA clients provide objective evidence of traumatic damage to the balance system which is relevant to cases of head and neck trauma, musculoskeletal and neural system injuries and post-traumatic psychiatric disorders.
Ms. Koreen is an OT carrying out In-Home/Attendant Care Assessments, Future Care Cost Analysis and Determination of Catastrophic Impairment. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario in good standing, and a member of The Ontario Society of occupational Therapists. She completed a Post-Graduate Certification Program from the Sprott School of Business and Carleton University in Life Care Planning and has earned the credential of Certified Life Care Planner from the Commission on Health Care Certification. She is also Internationally Certified in Impairment and Disability Rating based on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th edition.
Ms. Koreen’s practice includes assessment/ provision of rehabilitation services for individuals who have sustained traumatic injuries resulting in cognitive, physical, behavioural and/or psychological problems as well as supervision of occupational therapy associates. In addition, she has prepared hundreds of Future Care and Costs Analysis (FCC)/Life Care Plans for use in rehabilitation planning, mediation, arbitration, settlement discussion and litigation. She is the co-author of Sprains, Strains and Automobiles: A Medically Illustrated Guide to Commonly Litigated Injuries published by Carswell/Thomson Reuters in November 2011. Ms. Koreen has provided testimony as an expert witness in Ontario on multiple occasions.
Dr. Lau is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthritis Program, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. After graduating in 1994 in medicine from the University of Toronto, he completed his orthopaedic training in Toronto and during this time completed a Master of Science Degree with a specialty in foot and ankle biomechanics. A seven-year residency in orthopaedics at U of T provided him with a wealth of valuable experience. In 2001, Dr Lau went to Baltimore, Maryland for a one- year clinical fellowship in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lau, cross-appointed to U of T as Assistant Professor in orthopaedic surgery, sub-specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports and arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery, foot and ankle arthritis surgery (including ankle replacement and joint transplants), rheumatoid foot and ankle reconstruction and diabetic infection and ulcers. His current research focuses on clinical studies comparing total ankle replacement and ankle fusions, comparing big toe fusions and big toe replacement, and assessing outcome scores used to evaluate surgery.
Dr. Lefkowitz practices as a sports medicine physician, acting as a consultant for sports injuries referred by other general practitioners and pediatricians at the Henry Kornblum Sports Injury Clinic. He also works as an occupational physician, providing assessments, treatments and monitoring of injured workers. He has teaching experience as an instructor for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he provided clinical training and supervision for elective medical students in his office. He has been practicing medicine as a CFPC specialist since 1986 with special interest in occupational and sports medicine. As a team, Dr. Lefkowitz and Dr. Ed Shane carry out chronic pain assessments for PDAC.
Dr. Martow has practiced ophthalmology in Markham for almost thirty years, with special interests in glaucoma and cataracts. He is currently Head of Division of Ophthalmology at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, on staff at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and North York General Hospital and has courtesy status at Saint Michael’s Hospital, Southlake Regional Hospital and Mackenzie Health Hospitals. Dr. Martow obtained his MD at McGill University in Montreal. He did his medical internship at Jewish General Hospital, McGill, his ophthalmology residency at McGill and his glaucoma fellowship at University of Toronto. He has also been a clinician/teacher and lecturer at the University of Toronto.
Dr. McKee is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and is licensed to practice in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. He obtained his MD from Queen’s University in 1985 and completed his fellowship in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) in 1990. Dr. McKee’s main area of clinical practice is musculoskeletal disorders, including motor vehicle accident injuries. He has over 25 years of experience performing independent medical evaluations and has been qualified as an expert witness in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Dr. Mittoo is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and has more than 10 years of academic experience and research experience across various inflammatory diseases. She has nearly 15 years of clinical experience in rheumatology (Fellowship was 2015 to present). Since 2013 she has been the primary teaching preceptor for the Mount Sinai Hospital family medicine trainee program and is currently the York University preceptor for the teaching nurse practitioner program. Since mid-2018 she has been a Peer Assessor in the field of rheumatology, for the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mittoo is a Staff Rheumatologist for the University Health Network (UHN).
One of PDAC’s senior specialists, Dr. Motlani provides chronic pain assessments as well as Determination of Catastrophic Impairment evaluations. He is a physician duly licensed in the province of Ontario and he is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Motlani is fellowship-trained in pain medicine from Wayne State University Medical Centre in Detroit, Michigan and a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is certified in the evaluation and impairment rating (CEDIR) by the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP), utilizing the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.
Dr. Motlani provides chronic pain treatment at the Silver Medical Group Centre for Pain Care in Toronto and at Pain Management Clinic, part of the Taunton Health Centre in Oshawa.
Dr. Nath is a duly qualified medical doctor, licensed to practice medicine by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He has been in active practice since 1994. He is also a medical consultant/medical director to several insurance companies. In his capacity as a life insurance medical director, he estimates life expectancy on individual cases by reviewing the various clinical and insurance studies that are available on large groups of people and then applying the statistics to the individual. He sees a wide variety of single and combination medical impairments such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, renal disease, various cancers, etc. He is considered an industry leader and expert in estimating life expectancy on medically impaired individuals.
Francois Paradis is a Certified Vocational Evaluator with over 16 years of experience in the field of vocational assessment. His experience includes providing vocational evaluation services for WSIB, HRSDC, Veteran’s Affairs, Ontario Works, legal firms and auto/health insurers. Mr. Paradis completed a Master of Arts in Guidance Counselling at Laval University in Quebec in 1995. He obtained a GATB administrator certification in 2002 and became a Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) in 2006. He has been a member in good standing of the Canadian Association for Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS) as well as VRA Canada since 2007 and has been on CAVEWAS’ board of Directors since 2012. He is also a Certified Valpar Operator since 2009 and has been working actively as a vocational evaluator in the Greater Toronto Area since 2002.
Francois Paradis obtained a Vocational Professional Master’s certificate (MCVP) in 2013. He is a certified expert in vocational assessments and transferable skills analysis in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as of 2015, as well as a Canadian Certified Vocational Evaluator (CCVE) as of January 2016.
Dr. Pilowsky is a duly licensed clinical and rehabilitation psychologist. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessments, the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessments, for which she served as President from 2004 to 2005. The emphasis of her practice is in the assessment and treatment of conditions resulting from psychological trauma.
Dr. Pilowsky received her undergraduate degree from York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She has worked in a wide variety of settings, including the Women’s Multicultural Mental Health Clinic, the Regional Women’s Health Centre, the Women’s College Hospital, and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). She has also taught graduate courses in the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Toronto.
Jeanette Podolsky has more than 30 years of experience as a speech pathologist. She began her career in Canada at the York-Durham Aphasia Centre, and later worked with York Region Community Care Access Centres in their Brain Injury program. In 2005, she established a full-time private practice focusing on clients with acquired brain injury who present with speech, language and cognitive communication disorders.
Dr. Wayne Potashner is a duly qualified rheumatologist in the province of Ontario who has been practicing rheumatology for 24 years. In 1985 he obtained his medical degree at the University of Toronto, followed by internal medicine training and a designation in rheumatology. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a member of the Canadian Rheumatology Association and the Ontario Rheumatology Association.
Dr. Potashner is credited with several publications on the subjects of vasculitis and osteoarthritis. He holds a lecturer role at the University of Toronto as well as a clinical teacher position at North York General Hospital, and is affiliated with Sunnybrook Medical Centre. His practice is general rheumatology, including inflammatory diseases and mechanical problems such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, in addition to soft tissue injury.
Dr. Rado is a duly qualified physician who has been licensed to practice in Ontario since 1983. He is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), holding certifications from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 1984 and from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1987.
He was the Physiatry Consultant at Providence Centre from 1984 to 2002 and since has been on active staff at St. John’s Rehab Hospital (now part of Sunnybrook Hospital) and is the Physiatrist of its Back on Track Program. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto and is a CBL tutor and a clinical skills (musculoskeletal) tutor of first and second-year U of T medical students (Peters-Boyd Academy).
Dr. Rado is a member of the Ontario Medical Association and was a long-serving member of the OMA Physiatry Section Executive. In 2017, he successfully completed the C-CAT (P) training and certification program (CSME-CAPDA). He has successfully completed all course requirements for the University of Montreal’s Degree Program in Insurance Medicine and Medical Legal Expertise and is completing the Thesis component.
Dr. Rado was a principal participant in establishing government mandated protocols for complex multidisciplinary assessments, established and assisted in establishing multidisciplinary assessment centres (DACs), participated in and coordinated multidisciplinary medical assessment teams (including at St. John’s Rehab Hospital). He was a consultant from the inception to the termination of the DAC system. He was the principal of a Disability DAC. He is a founding member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, of which he is a former board member and current member.
He has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in physiatry clinical and medical-legal assessments, including Catastrophic Impairment and has been retained by plaintiff and defence counsel, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, Canada Pension Plan, Workers Compensation Tribunal and various insurers, and others to provide physiatry opinions on a variety of musculoskeletal issues including impairment and disability. Dr. Rado has been accepted and testified as an expert witness in court and arbitration proceedings.
Dr. Rathbone is a neurologist licensed to practice within the Province of Ontario. He holds a medical degree from the University of Liverpool in 1966, a Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1972 and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada with Specialist Certification in Neurology in 1984.
He is a tenured full professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at McMaster University. He runs an active neurological practice and have treated over 30,000 patients with various neurological problems. Additionally, he has treated over 5,000 patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents and/or who have had neurological trauma and its sequelae, including a range of behavioural problems and pain. He is consultant neurologist to the Hamilton Rehabilitation Hospital for acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation. Part of his clinical work is in a combined Neuro-Physiatry Clinic in which he examines patients with various musculoskeletal issues that overlap with neurological ones. He has published over 250 scientific papers and abstracts and also holds a Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Pharmacology, Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Chieti Medical School in Italy. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. He has been accepted as an expert in neurology, neuroscience & neuropharmacology by various levels of courts in Ontario, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as well as in British Columbia and the USA.
Dr. Rivlin specializes in chronic pain & emergency medicine. He is a physician duly licensed in the province of Ontario and has been practicing chronic pain medicine since 2005. In addition to his clinical work, he works as a peer reviewer in chronic pain medicine for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). Dr. Rivlin also holds an advisory role with CPSO in policy setting and development of standards in quality care in chronic pain medicine. He also serves as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Humber River Hospital. Formerly, Dr. Rivlin was Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, where he managed all the activities of the emergency department. He has been active in the Clinical Teachers Association at Trillium and holds the academic post of Lecturer for the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. He is an instructor in trauma management and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, certified as an instructor in trauma care. He graduated from the U of T Faculty of Medicine in 1996, from his residency in family medicine at the University of Western Ontario in 1998 and has been certified as an emergentologist with the College of Family Physicians in 2002. Dr. Rivlin was awarded a fellowship in the College of Family Physicians in 2010 for his commitment to academics in medicine. He is actively involved in medical education, both within the areas of chronic pain management and emergency medicine.
Dr. Rockman is a certified member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is duly qualified to practice clinical psychology and perform psychological and neuropsychological assessments and related evaluation and treatment of general mental health problems. Dr. Rockman is AMA Guidelines Certified. She has conducted assessments for medical/rehabilitation, disability and catastrophic impairment for independent medical examination purposes and insured clients. She has experience in different healthcare environments including hospital institutions, private clinics and universities. She has worked in different countries and has been practicing in Canada since 2001. Dr. Rockman has experience performing assessments and therapy with clients involved in personal injury, motor vehicle and work-related accidents. She has specialized in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. For the last several years, her practice has also focused on the assessment of personal injury clients, learning disabilities and clinical assessment for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. Having practiced on three continents, she is experienced in dealing with populations from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Ms. Sesel works as an independent consultant in the private sector since 1999 and has consulted with various health care companies. Occupational therapy roles and responsibilities include: coordinating hospital discharges, coordinating equipment and services, conducting home-based functional assessments, CAT determination assessments using the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOS-E) and/or the mental behavioral CAT approaches, follow-up assessments, treatment/education sessions, implementing functional restoration programs, job site analysis and ergonomic assessments for clients who have sustained physical, orthopaedic, psychological, neurological and/or cognitive injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Other responsibilities may include the coordination of return to work programs, ongoing treatment and liaison with clients, their families and other health care providers, the creation and monitoring of rehabilitation programs, as well as case management functions. Ms. Sesel also carries out a two-day situational assessment.
Dr. Shah is an ENT (Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgery) specialist, certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto, and practices at North York General Hospital, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Shane is a duly qualified chiropractor, registered to practice in the province of Ontario. He is a specialist in rehabilitation as a Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation and is a past president of the College of Chiropractic Rehabilitation Sciences [Canada]. Dr. Shane is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board, a Diplomate of both the Canadian and American Academies of Pain Management and a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Professionals. He is currently a member of the Canadian and Ontario Chiropractic Associations. Since 1994 he has conducted hundreds of assessments for individuals suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, initially as a rostered practitioner to three DAC facilities and later as an insurer examiner and independent medical assessor. He currently conducts multi-disciplinary chronic pain assessments and functional ability evaluations (FAE) and is a consultant for several rehabilitation and chronic pain facilities.
Dr. Leon Treger has been providing a full-service dental facility in the community for more than 30 years. Quantum Health Dental is a family oriented dental practice providing services from routine dental check-ups and cleanings to more complex cosmetic and restorative treatment.
For the past fourteen years Dr. Leon Treger has been working with medical assessment agencies, insurance companies and legal professional as a professional advisor to evaluate trauma and/or disease in relation to impairments to TMJ and dental dysfunction and muscular-skeletal injuries.
Dr. Waisman is a physician licensed to practice medicine in the province of Ontario. He is a Royal College certified subspecialist in forensic psychiatry, one of a few such experts practicing in Ontario. He is the Head of Neuropsychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie and a Staff Psychiatrist at Ontario Shores Psychiatric Hospital in Whitby. Dr. Waisman is a consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He teaches and mentors residents and fellows in forensic psychiatry and is also a member of the Ontario Review Board.
Dr. Waisman has extensive experience in objective evaluation in the context of personal injury litigation and in treating patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorder, chronic pain and brain injury. He has qualified as an expert in the field of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the Ontario and Superior Court levels.
A partner in Litigation and Valuation Services at RSM Canada, Ian Wollach provides PDAC with his expertise in computing the value of clients’ past income replacement benefit (IRB) entitlements, due to their motor vehicle accident, pursuant to Subsection 7(4) of the SABS regulations.
Mr. Wollach practices in the areas of personal injury and other damages claims, economic loss quantification and forensic and investigative accounting services. He specializes in litigation support services, determining economic loss and damages for purposes of personal injury and corporate / commercial claims. Ian also assists in resolving disputed no-fault motor vehicle insurance claims and in addition to a variety of published articles, has presented numerous sessions on topics related to insurance and economic loss issues.
A CPA, CA, with an MBA majoring in economics and finance, and designated by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada as a specialist in investigative and forensic accounting, Mr. Wollach has provided expert witness testimony on over 140 occasions. He has given testimony on business losses, damages, wrongful death and economic loss and related issues, for plaintiffs, defendants and insurers.
Has also been a frequent speaker, and has also written extensively on, topics related to no-fault benefit entitlements, the calculation of personal injury and business losses and associated economic issues.