Meet our Practitioners, Instructors, and Advisory Board Members.

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Scott Haller

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

President and Lead Instructor,
Shift Concussion Management Program

Owner, Shift Concussion Management Clinical Practice (Guelph, ON)
scott@shiftconcussion.ca

Read Scott's Biography

Since earning his degree in clinical Osteopathy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Science in 2004, Scott has earned a reputation in his field that is second to none. Early in his career, Scott joined the medical rehabilitation staff of both the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and their affiliate team, the Hamilton Bulldogs - an experience that has paved the way for a successful and fulfilling career in sports injury management.

Scott has always been extremely passionate about delivering the highest quality of care to his patients – particularly those suffering from concussion and post concussion syndrome. It is that same passion that inspired him to develop The Shift Concussion Management Program – an education and training platform providing Healthcare Practitioners throughout Canada with evidence-informed concussion assessment and rehabilitation strategies for patients suffering from mild traumatic brain injury.

Scott has received diverse training and mentoring over the course of his career. He is certified in vestibular assessment and therapeutic techniques out of Emory University’s prestigious program in Atlanta, GA, and has spent time shadowing in Pittsburgh, PA under internationally renowned Neuropsychologist Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins. Scott is currently a Credentialed ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) Consultant (CIC) and has significant experience with manual treatment techniques such as osteopathic manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture.

Scott owns and operates a well-known multi-disciplinary concussion rehabilitation clinic in Guelph, Ontario (Shift Concussion’s head office) which specializes in post-concussion care for sport and non-sport related injuries.

In addition to balancing a busy clinic schedule, Scott lends his time speaking to sports organizations, hospitals, schools, and medical clinics throughout the province on the topic of concussion management.

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Kailin Walter
BSc.(Hons), DC

Director of Program Development, Instructor,
Shift Concussion Management Program

Clinician, Shift Concussion Management Clinical Practice (Guelph, ON)
kailin@shiftconcussion.ca

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Kailin completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in 2006. After receiving treatment for numerous sports injuries suffered in competition, she was inspired to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She graduated with top honours, and met Scott shortly thereafter, joining his team at what was then known as Shift Performance Training and Athletic Rehabilitation. Together, Scott and Kailin became keenly interested in concussion management, specifically physical rehabilitation approaches for persistent post-concussion sufferers. They attended many conferences, spoke with experts in the field in those early days and spent time at the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Concussion clinic to learn more.

Since that time, Kailin has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the Shift Concussion Management Program in Ontario, and serves as a clinician and instructor alongside Scott. She has undergone significant training over the years in concussion rehabilitation concepts with particular emphasis in the area of vestibulo-ocular disorders in post-concussion syndrome. She has lectured at numerous concussion seminars with Shift Concussion throughout Canada and strives to continually stay abreast of the research in the field. Her patient-centered and evidence-based approach to clinical practice is highly regarded at Shift Concussion Management amongst patients and staff.

Kailin is responsible for the development and implementation of Shift’s education platform and plays a key role in the training and mentoring of Shift’s clinical team in Guelph, Ontario.

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Ryan Sleik
MSc PT, MSc KIN

Instructor, Shift Concussion Management Program

Owner, Creekside Physiotherapy (Kimberley, BC)

ryan@creeksidephysiotherapy.ca

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Ryan co-owns Creekside Physiotherapy, a multidisciplinary clinic in Kimberley BC that provides concussion and vestibular rehabilitation care for the East Kootenay region. As a rural practitioner he has a unique perspective in working with limited resources and referral options in his region.

Ryan’s graduate research explored the relationship between attention and anxiety and their effects on motor control and balance in a dual-task context. He has treated vestibular disorders and balance issues for the past 17 years and completed his Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation at Emory University in Atlanta in 2016.

Ryan started teaching with the Shift Concussion Management Group in 2015. His interest in persistent pain, whiplash disorders, psychology, and functional neuro-optometry helps him see the many dimensions associated with treating persistent concussion patterns.

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Joe Pendleton
MPK (Kin), R. Kin

Member Relations, Instructor,
Shift Concussion Management Program

Clinician, Shift Concussion Management Clinical Practice (Guelph, ON)

joseph@shiftconcussion.ca

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Joe received his Master of Professional Kinesiology from the University of Toronto in 2017 after completing his honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. During the completion of his MPK degree, Joe discovered the importance of concussion management strategies through working with varsity athletes and personally experiencing a concussion, forcing him to implement the strategies he practices. He is passionate about utilizing an evidence based and collaborative approach to care to ensure the best possible treatment is provided to all. As a Registered Kinesiologist Joe excels in using exercise as a form of rehabilitation and taking an active approach to care for all injuries, including concussion. 

Joe’s particular interest involves the autonomic nervous system and knowledge translation from both a clinician and patient perspective allowing for all to benefit. Joe is particularly interested in how to further care being provided post-concussion through integration of the knowledge provided from the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test along with his strength and conditioning background. Joe continues to pursue furthering knowledge via shadowing opportunities with leaders in the field of concussion management including Dr. Leddy and Dr. Barry Willer.

Prior to joining Shift, Joe has spent time working in other orthopaedic based clinics and sports teams, where he has been exposed to a variety of clientele, from the general population to professional athletes as both a strength and conditioning coach and Kinesiologist.

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Tori Stranges
MPK (Kin), B. Kin (Hons)

Member Relations, Marketing & Research Coordinator,
Shift Concussion Management Program

Clinician, Shift Concussion Management Clinical Practice (Guelph, ON)

tori@shiftconcussion.ca

Read Tori's Biography

Tori completed her academic journey at Brock University completing her Master's in Professional Kinesiology in 2017. Prior to, she graduated from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock University with a Honours Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology (2016) and  a degree in Fitness and Health Promotion at Niagara College (2014). Tori took an interest in concussion while doing research in her Masters, she was moved by the unique presentation of each individuals injury.

As a Niagara Native, Tori continues to contribute to concussion research with the Niagara Region and Brock University as a Research Investigator. Her interests are concussion management but most specifically the autonomic nervous system, mental health and how this dysregualtion can play such a role in the rehabilitation of concussions. She carries her passion for research and helping others into the clinic using evidence based practice. Tori continues to grow professionally through continuing education courses through the American Psychiatric Association, Google Analytics, Government of Ontario and attending workshops and staying up to date on new clinical applications in the literature.

karla Silva

Office Manager,
Shift Concussion Management Program

Shift Concussion Management Clinical Practice (Guelph, ON)

karla@shiftconcussion.ca

Read Karla's Biography

Following her time at Lakehead University for General Sciences, Karla pursued a rewarding career in Medical Administration. She moved to Guelph from Toronto in 2003, and since then has enjoyed being a part of this small yet rapidly growing community.

She was a part of the Family Health Team for more than 13 years prior to joining Shift and has worked alongside practitioners and support staff to ensure the best patient care possible. She helps to ensure our courses, clinic, and membership communications run smoothly.

She’s looking forward to growing in her role with Shift Concussion Management and becoming a part of the Shift family. After work she can be found running after kids (all around town!) and enjoying boxing, football basketball and volleyball games.