This virtual conference will showcase rehabilitation science research, clinical expertise, and highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on the past, present and future of rehabilitation sciences and research.


Conference Information

Date & Time

Dates & Times:

March 24, 2022

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

March 25, 2022

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

All times are in CST UTC/GMC -6hours

Saskatoon does not observe DST which means our timezone now is the same as MDT.

Conference Objectives

  1. Exhibit rehabilitation research and special interest projects
  2. Facilitate interprofessional engagement among researchers and clinicians
  3. Develop strategy and action plans for robust interprofessional rehabilitation research and collaborations

Target Audience

This conference will appeal to researchers, clinicians, administrators and students interested and engaged in the rehabilitation field and keen on contributing to a progressive rehabilitation research path.

Speaker Information

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Veronica McKinney

Dr. Veronica McKinney is the Director of Northern Medical Services, a department of the College of Medicine, Univ. of Saskatchewan. Veronica is of Cree/Métis descent and provides leadership in health development, working with rural and remote northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal communities; the Saskatchewan Health Authority; and various health organizations, tribal councils and bands to support and promote the continued evolution and advancement of healthy communities, families and people.

She is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Indigenous Health Committee, College of Medicine, Univ. of Sask. She teaches and promotes Aboriginal Health at the U of S, as well as serving on many boards and committees. She practices clinical medicine at the Westside Community Clinic in Saskatoon. She has provided services as a Family Practitioner, Emergency Room Physician, Nurse and Lab Technologist over a span of 25 years. She believes strongly in her traditional cultural teachings and applies them to her practice of medicine. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal people’s health, having witnessed and experienced the inequities firsthand.

Keynote Speaker: Ms Katrina Anne Pōtiki Bryant (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu, BPhty, MPhty)


Ms Bryant has been a practicing physiotherapist since 1995. She is a Lecturer and Associate Dean Māori at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy (Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand) where she has been working for 14 years supporting the university's Māori Strategic Framework and Kaupapa Māori Research. She has a special interest for integrating indigenous movement practices into rehabilitation and falls prevention community exercise classes.

Ms Bryant is currently employed by Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou (tribal authority organisation Ms Bryant affiliates to through her Māori ancestry) to conduct research addressing equity for aging Māori accessing rehabilitative and preventative services. Specifically, the research has focused on development and delivery of community-based strength and balance exercise and wellness classes engaging elderly Māori (kaumātua).


Dr. Scotty Butcher

Dr. Scotty Butcher is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and founder of The Strength Jedi. He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta.He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished. Most recently, Scotty has been certified as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher (CMMT), incorporates mindfulness into his research, and has a daily personal practice.


Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on a hybrid rehabilitation/strength training/mindfulness approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging.

Dr. Stacey Lovo

Stacey Lovo BScPT, MSc, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science. She is also a co-PI in the Saskatchewan First Nations Metis Health and Wellness Research Network (CIHR Network Environment in Indigenous Health Research). Stacey teaches in the area of Professional Practice and Physical Therapy Foundations. Her research interests are in the areas of access to rehabilitation care in rural and remote communities using virtual technologies (robotics, telehealth, virtual reality), as well as culturally responsive care for Indigenous populations. Stacey has the privilege of working in collaboration with Indigenous communities and stakeholders to learn about cultural responsiveness, cultural humility, and anti-racism.

Katie Kitchen

Katie Kitchen is a registered occupational therapist and alumnus of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Since her graduation in 2010, Katie has specialized in the areas of mental health and criminal justice. Currently employed as a Community Forensic Mental Health Specialist with Shared Health Manitoba, Katie was a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in December 2020 and has subsequently experienced numerous enduring symptoms of long-COVID.  She shares her insights both as a healthcare professional and as a patient, with the goal of bringing further awareness to the multifaceted challenges of long-COVID.

Marlee Mayer

Marlee Mayer is a registered occupational therapist and alumnus of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences. Since her graduation in 2016, Marlee has worked with adults and older adults in the areas of long term care, long term ventilator unit, communication devices program, geriatric rehabilitation, motor neuron disease clinic and geriatric day hospital. Currently employed as a Occupational Therapist at Deer Lodge Centre, Marlee began working with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in January 2021 seeing clients with long-COVID while continuing to work in other areas at Deer Lodge Centre. Together with the rest of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program team, Marlee’s goal has been to bring further awareness to what people living with long-COVID are dealing with and providing insight into the complex challenges of long-COVID.

Dr. Simon Decray

Dr. Simon Décary is a physiotherapist and assistant professor of rehabilitation at the Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé de l’Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada. He heads the Primary Care Rehabilitation Lab whose mission, grounded in patient-oriented methodology, is to integrate rehabilitation within health systems, specifically in primary care. His research work is funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and includes the implementation of shared decision making in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, he received funding to study the safety of rehabilitation interventions for Long COVID and now conducts a living systematic review of care models and management option for the SPOR Evidence Alliance and COVID-END networks. He engages patient communities with post infectious conditions including Long COVID and myalgic encephalomyelitis.


Thursday, March 24th


Thursday, March 24th                                               12:00-5:00pm (All times are in CST)

11:45 – 12:00 pm


12:00 -12:25 pm

Welcome – Dr. Teresa Paslawski and Dr. Reg Urbanowski

12:30-1:30 pm


Katrina Bryant - Community research response in Aotearoa New Zealand to COVID 19 Restrictions

5-minute body break

1:35-2:15 pm


Katie Kitchen & Marlee Mayer – Long Covid: On the ground real time evidence and lived experience 

2:15-2:30 pm

Refreshment Break

Concurrent Podium Sessions 1 (10-minute presentations, followed by 5 minute Q&A)


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

2:30-2:45 pm

Post COVID-19 condition: recommended outcomes and outcome measures for rehabilitation – Webber

Student Physiotherapist Professional Portfolios: An exploration of the learner’s perspective of its utility – Frick 

Responsive Methods of Pain Assessment in Indigenous Populations - Zhang

2:50-3:05 pm


A Collaborative & Evidence Informed Approach to the Development of a Long COVID Program in Manitoba’s Provincial Academic Hospital – Sargent

Student Perspectives on the Dark Side of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration – Paslawski

Virtual kehokatowin among multilocal northern Saskatchewan Métis Seniors in the time of Covid-19 - Oosman

3:10-3:25 pm


Advocating for Long COVID rehabilitation support in Manitoba: An Environmental Scan – Thille

A Scoping Review to Identify and Describe Characteristics of Theories, Models and Frameworks of Health Research Partnerships – Tittlemier

Needs Assessment of Physical and Occupational Therapy Services in Saskatchewan Treaty 4 Indigenous Communities – Reichert

3:30-3:45 pm


Three-month recovery from common negative physical, functional, and psychosocial effects among individuals infected with mild COVID-19 - Hussain


Addressing racism in the workplace: Evaluation of a workshop addressing reconciliation – Fricke

5-minute body break

Concurrent Poster Presentations (5 minute presentation, followed by 5 minute Q&A)


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

3:50-4:00 pm

Methodological development for in-field rest break intervention activity intervals to reduce exposure to occupational whole body vibration during agricultural machinery use. - Burnett

Low bone mass and trabecular bone deficits in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis - Zheng

iManus A Smart Telerehabilitation glove for upper extremity dysfunction after stroke - Banihani

4:05-4:15 pm

Which mobility capacity tests best predict daily walking in older adults with outdoor walking limitations? – Gil

Motor Competence and Resistance Training Participation among Women - Scheller

The Development of Playfulness amoung Youth with Disabilities - Bui

4:20-4:30 pm

Physical Activity as an Adjunct Therapy in Quiescent and Mildly Active Inflammatory Bowel Disease - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (Protocol). – Oketola

Gait evaluation of stance control knee-ankle-foot orthosis in a patient with spinal cord injury - Ghoseiri

The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Public Health Measures on the Practice of Primary Care Allied Health Professionals in Manitoba and Ontario - Kaur

4:35-4:45 pm

Blood-flow restricted resistance exercise induced myokine secretion is correlated with changes in muscle strength but not fat free mass – Cordingley

Clinical Role Clarification of Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists in Diabetes Management in Primary Care Settings: A Modified Delphi Study - Proctor

Breast Cancer Shoulder App: Validating Shoulder ROM Measures - Pointer

4:50-5:00 pm

Surrogate Measure of Phantom Hand Motion – Ghoseiri



Friday, March 25th

Friday, March 25th                                               9:00 am – 3:00 pm  (All times are in CST)

9:00-9:40 am

Plenary 2

Dr. Scotty Butcher - Essentials of Long COVID assessment for Rehabilitation Professionals

5 Minute Body Break

9:45-10:30 am

Keynote 2

Dr. Simon Décary - Long COVID: Are Physiotherapists the Key Players to Support Patients? 

15 Minute Refreshment Break

Concurrent Podium Sessions 1 (10-minute presentations, followed by 5 minute Q&A)


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

10:45-11:00 am

Examining fall risk screening and assessment practices across the continuum of care in Saskatchewan - Arnold

The Effect of Load and Volume Autoregulation on Muscular Strength and Hypertrophy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - Hickmott

Long-term impact of COVID-19: A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis – Sanchez-Ramirez

11:05-11:20 am

Validating a portable force plate for in-field evaluation of postural sway - Burnett

Design and evaluation of iManus: a smart portable hand telerehabilitation platform – Asgari

Mobile App for Shoulder Rehabilitation Following Breast Reconstruction: A Pilot Study - Loeppky

11:25-11:40 am

“Be Proactive, Not Reactive”: A Qualitative Description of Fall Risk Assessment, Injury Recovery and Post-Fall Care in Saskatchewan – Arnold

Marked Differences in Pediatric Bone Outcomes due to Inter-rater Variability in Manually Corrected Endocortical Contours - Ghafouri

Does the effect of pulmonary rehabilitation vary according to respiratory conditions? – Sanchez-Ramirez

11:45-12:00 pm


Muscle performance contributes to tibia bone strength, area and mass deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder – Abadi  


12:00-12:30 pm

Lunch Break

12:30-1:30 pm


Dr. Veronica McKinney - Snapshots of Northern Saskatchewan during COVID:  Experiences, challenges, the way forward

5-Minute Body Break

1:35-2:15 pm


Dr. Stacey Lovo - Community Perspectives on Virtual Rehabilitation for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

5-Minute Body Break

2:30 – 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Awards Presentations

Student Opportunities

Student presenters who submit an abstract may enter either the:

1. General podium or poster category (for faculty and students) OR

2. Student poster competition (presentations will be judged and prizes will be awarded).

Interested in adding something dynamic to your resume??

PhD students are invited to participate in evaluating MSc posters! Please contact for more information and to express interest.


There are over $2,100 in prizes available!


Master's Students Doctoral Students
1st place $500 $500
2nd place $350 $350
3rd place $200 $200




General Admission: $50.00

Students: Free
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