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Meet the team

Project Lead

Dr. Carol Cancelliere BSc(Hons), DC, MPH, PhD

Dr. Cancelliere is a clinical epidemiologist with a wealth of experience as a clinician and researcher. She graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2004), and practiced for 10 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

She completed a Masters of Public Health degree at Lakehead University (2011). Upon completion, she led a large international research collaboration, which investigated the prognosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion in adults, children, athletes, and the military. This collaboration led to the publication of 13 systematic reviews and informed the Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent symptoms: Second Edition, 2013. She earned a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research from the University of Toronto (2017), supervised by J. David Cassidy, PhD, DrMedSc, where she investigated the incidence and prognosis of post-traumatic headache in adults. During the program, she completed a research practicum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigating the epidemiology of MTBI visits to emergency departments in the U.S.

Dr. Cancelliere was a Mitacs-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Supervised by Pierre Côté, DC, PhD, her postdoctoral work focused on developing and implementing an evidence-based care pathway for chiropractors managing spinal pain in the Canadian Armed Forces. She has also been a board director of the OCA from 2009-18 and served as chair of the research committee, chair of the finance and audit  ommittee, treasurer, and vice-chair of the board.

Dr. Cancelliere carries out her work at the CCGI as CCRF Research Chair of Knowledge Translation in the Faculty  of Health Sciences at UOIT. She lives in Vaughan with her husband and two little boys.

Research Coordinator

Dr. Hainan Yu, MBBS, MSc

Dr. Hainan Yu completed his medical degree from Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing in 1998, followed by residency training in opthalmology at Gong’an General Hospital, also in Beijing in 2003. He completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on health promotion and health education at the University of Southampton, England in 2005. Dr. Yu was a Research Associate for mulitple projects including the development of the Common Traffic Guideline for the Ontario government (Canada), the Global Spine Care Initiative to develop evidence-informed, practical, and sustainable, spine health care models for communities around the world, a proejct to develop an International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)-based assessment tool for manual medicine, and the development of the Low Back Pain Assessment Guideline for the Haute Autorité de Santé (France). Dr. Yu is now working as a Project Coordinator with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Carol Cancelliere. Meanwhile, he will develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of headaches associated with neck pain, shoulder injuries and ankle injuries based on the Final Report of the Common Traffic Injury Guideline.

Research Coordinator

Leslie Verville, BHSc, MHSc

Leslie Verville completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree with a specialization in Kinesiology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2013. This was followed by her Master of Health Sciences (community, public, and population specialization) degree from UOIT in 2018. Leslie is now working as a Project Coordinator for knowledge translation activities working with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Carol Cancelliere.

Knowledge Broker

Dr. Gaelan Connell, BHK, DC

Dr. Gaelan Connell holds a bachelor in Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014. He currently practices in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Vancouver, BC. He is also undertaking a Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Connell has a keen interest in knowledge translation and implementation science. He is also passionate about running and has completed several trail ultramarathons over the past year.

Research Associate

Dr. Jessica Wong, BSc, DC, MPH, FCCS(C)

Dr. Jessica Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Radiation Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto. She also obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada). Dr. Wong is currently a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the effects of low back pain and mental health symptoms on health care utilization and costs.​

Research Associate

Heather Shearer, DC, MSc, FCCS(C)

Dr. Heather Shearer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CMCC in 2004, completed the CMCC graduate clinical sciences residency program in 2006 and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada) in 2007.  Dr. Shearer was awarded her MSc in Medical Science from the University of Toronto in 2008. She is presently completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the impact of pain on psychological well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy.

Research Associate

Anne Taylor-Vaisey, MLS

Anne Taylor-Vaisey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, and her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario. Since then she has held librarian positions at Trent University, the University of Toronto’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (now Continuing Education and Professional Development), Integrated Healthcare Communications Inc., and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She served as CMCC’s Reference Librarian from 2001 to 2013. Since 2003 she has been Co-Editor and Web Editor of the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL), and has recently been appointed Editor of ICL. As a Research Associate with the Centre, she developed and executed literature searches for the OPTIMa systematic reviews and guidelines, conducted literature searches for many of the Global Spine Care Initiative publications, and continues to work with members of the CDPR team on numerous projects, including the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Initiative.

Budgets and Contracts Officer

Poonam Cardoso, BHSc, PMP

Poonam Cardoso completed her Bachelor of Health Studies (Honours) degree with a major in Health Management at York University in Toronto, Ontario in 2006. Recently, Poonam has completed her Project Management Certificate at Humber College.  As the Administrative Co-ordinator, she manages the budgets and financial needs for the Centre. She is also responsible for the organization and co-ordination of communications with external and internal stakeholders, as well as planning the operational and resource needs of the Centre. For the past seven years, she has worked with Dr. Côté in other capacities and during this time developed expertise in the management of large evidence-based research projects.

Guideline Steering Committee

CCGI Opinion Leaders

CCGI Best Practice Collaborators


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