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Dr. Shawn Thistle Dr. Shawn Thistle B. Kin. (Hons.), DC, Medical Acupuncture, ART®, C.S.C.S, F.R.®
Founder & CEO RRS Education

Shawn is a chiropractor, conference and seminar speaker, knowledge-transfer leader, educator, entrepreneur and medicolegal consultant. He has been in practice since 2004. From 2004 until August 2016 he was Associate Clinic Director at SHAPE Health & Wellness Centre Toronto where he led a multidisciplinary team of health professionals including chiropractors, physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning specialists. He currently sees only private patients.

As a practicing clinician himself, Shawn ensures that RRS Education (Research Reviews, Seminars & Online Courses) provides practical insight into the rational application of current scientific research to clinical practice. Practitioners are faced with the daunting task of staying abreast of emerging research as the volume of evidence-based information grows. Research Reviews help bridge this gap by providing weekly reviews of current scientific articles to subscribers in 15+ countries!

In 2012 Shawn created RRS Education Seminars offering continuing-education seminars for chiropractors and physiotherapists. Courses are offered at premiere locations with gourmet food and wine experiences for attendees.

Fall of 2013 saw the launch of another new service developed by Dr. Thistle. RRS Education Online Continuing-Education Courses offering affordable and topical credit-hour courses, based on existing reviews in the Reviews database, to be utilized from the comfort of home or office.

Since graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Shawn has remained there as a part-time faculty member, lecturing in the Dept. of Orthopedics. As a lecturer and public speaker, he blends contemporary research with his entrepreneurial business acumen and experience in clinical practice to provide passionate, high-energy presentations on topics relating to Chiropractic and Manual Medicine.
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Dr. Kent Stuber Dr. Kent Stuber DC, BSc, MSc

Dr. Kent Stuber graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002, and completed a MSc in Health and Social Care Research from the University of Sheffield in 2008. He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Wales and has practiced in Calgary, Alberta since 2002.
Dr. Stuber has published over 40 articles in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics including patient-centred care, spinal stenosis, sports injuries, prenatal chiropractic care, and diagnostics.
Since 2015 Kent has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and has served as a peer reviewer for numerous medical and chiropractic journals and conferences.
Most importantly, Kent is the proud dad of Morgan and Thomas, and proud husband of Dr. Caterina Lerede.

Dr. Michael Haneline Dr. Michael T. Haneline BA, DC, MPH, FICR

Dr. Haneline attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences–Los Angeles College of Chiropractic with Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Independence University–California College for Health Sciences. In addition, he is a graduate of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic Orthopedics program, and is a Fellow in the Institute of Chiropractic Research (FICR).

Dr. Haneline practiced chiropractic for nearly 30 years and has been involved in education and research since the early 1980’s. He conducted spinal biomechanics research with Chung Ha Suh, PhD, taught continuing education courses for the Motion Palpation Institute, and was the associate director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. Dr. Haneline was a professor in the department of research at Palmer College of Chiropractic West where he also taught courses in evidence-based practice. Immediately before joining UWS, he was the Head of the chiropractic program at the International Medical University.

Dr. Haneline has authored numerous articles which have appeared in peer-reviewed and professional journals and is the author/editor of two textbooks entitled Evidence-Based Chiropractic Practice and An Introduction to Public Health in Chiropractic, both by Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

He is the Chair-elect of the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association. Awards include the Distinguished Service Award (2001) from the American College of Chiropractic Orthopedists, the Distinguished Service Award (2011) from the Chiropractic Health Care Section of the American Public Health Association, and the Most Outstanding Paper Award (2011) from the Chiropractic Journal of Australia.

Dr. Jeff Muir MSc, DC, MSc (Clin Epi)Dr. Jeff Muir

Dr. Jeff Muir is a chiropractor and clinical epidemiologist, attaining Masters degrees in Medical Science and Health Research Methodology from McMaster University, in addition to his DC degree, received from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

He is a former faculty member at CMCC and a CIHR-funded Research Fellow in the Department of Nuclear Medicine at McMaster. Jeff practices part-time in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic in Hamilton and works with the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) research group at McMaster, investigating preventative measures and the socioeconomic burden associated with osteoporosis.

His research interests include systematic reviews, meta-analyses and health technology assessments, with a focus on osteoporosis-related fracture prevention.

Demetry AssimakopoulosDr. Demetry Assimakopoulos DC, Sp. Hons. BA, CSEP-CEP, Medical Acupuncture, FR ®, Dip. CAPM

Dr. Assimakopoulos received his specialized honours undergraduate degree from York University in 2008. Concurrently, he earned a specialty in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counseling, and the title of Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

In 2009, he was accepted to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). Upon graduating from CMCC in 2012, he joined a busy private practice in Midtown Toronto, where he offers manual therapy, rehabilitation and acupuncture to a variety of clients ranging from elite athletes to the general population.

In 2014, Demetry developed a special interest in chronic pain management, when he became the Clinical Coordinator for the University Health Network (UHN) Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. In the hospital setting, Demetry works with a team of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to adequately diagnose and manage chronic pain.

In 2015, he achieved his diplomat in chronic pain management through the Canadian Academy of Pain Management. In 2017, Demetry plans to begin a graduate level Certificate in Pain Management through the University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Ceara Higgins BKin, DCDr. Ceara Higgins

Dr. Ceara Higgins currently practices at The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto in mid-town Toronto and Ashbridges Health Centre on Queen Street East, Toronto, ON.

Dr. Higgins graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). Ceara also holds a certificate in Acupuncture from CMCC and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Acadia University where she specialized in health and wellness and physical activity for individuals with special needs.

Ceara completed a year-long internship through CMCC at the Muki Baum Childrens' Centre where she was responsible for performing musculoskeletal evaluations, preparing and implementing rehabilitation programs, and providing chiropractic treatment to children with special needs. She has a particular interest in prenatal, postnatal, paediatric care, and acupuncture; areas which she will focus on for Research Review Service.

Dr. Brynne Stainsby Dr. Brynne Stainsby BA, DC, FCCS(C)

Dr. Stainsby originally studied Kinesiology at The University of Western Ontario, before her acceptance into the Doctor of Chiropractic program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Following her graduation in 2009, she continued her education in the department of Graduate Education and Research Programs at CMCC, and completed her Clinical Sciences Residency in 2011. In 2012, she successfully completed the College of Chiropractic Sciences Fellowship exam, and currently serves on the Executive of the FCCS(C).

Brynne has a strong interest in research and has published in several peer-reviewed journals, and has served as a peer-reviewer for journals and conferences including the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, The Spine Journal and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference.

She is a faculty member of CMCC, teaching in the SIM lab and campus clinic, and practices in Orangeville, ON. Outside of her practice, she works with hockey teams serving as a team doctor in the GTHL during the season, and working with professional players during the summer. She aims to use these clinical experiences and research skills to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care.

Dr. Josh Plener Dr. Josh Plener BSc, DC
Dr. Plener completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree at York University in 2016. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2020 and was the recipient of the CMCC President’s Award. In addition to entering the Clinical Science Residency program at CMCC, Josh is planning on completing a MSc at the University of Toronto (U of T) through the newly formed partnership between CMCC and U of T.
During his time at CMCC, Josh was involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, most notably with a focus on interprofessional education and manual therapy skills. Josh is currently involved in numerous research projects at CMCC, St. Michael’s Hospital and U of T.
As Josh enters his professional career, he looks forward to being involved in clinical practice, teaching and research.


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  • Gary Maguire, M.Sc., P.T.
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  • Kevin Neeld BSc, MS, C.S.C.S.
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  • Jessica Sleeth BPHE, BA, MPH
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