INSTRUCTOR BIOS

PRINCIPAL PROFESSOR

ERIC SANDERSON

DO(P.Q.), DOMP (ON.)

Eric Sanderson has an osteopathic manual practice located in downtown Toronto. He operates a busy referral based practice that is focused on providing clients with a wide variety of manual osteopathic techniques, amongst other skills, to address a variety of health issues. As a healthcare provider, Eric has been practicing since 1999 at his clinic in Ontario. Since 2006, he has been teaching fifth year level seminars on mobilization of the Joints.

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The goal of Eric’s varied technical scope and background is to address problems that originate in the connective tissue (fascia), those that are biochemical, or those with a neurological origin (or a combination therein).

Eric graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Biology, and minoring in Physiology and English. He went on to graduate from the Ontario College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999 with a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including courses in Herbal Medicine, TCM Theory and Diagnosis, and Acupuncture.

Eric began his pursuit to study osteopathy and graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy with a Diploma in Manual Osteopathy (DOMP) in October 2005. He produced a thesis entitled “The Dural Connection: A Qualitative Investigation to Enlighten The Current Understanding of the Dura, the Meninges, and their Significance to Osteopathy”, which had been presented to an international jury of Osteopaths and Medical Doctors.

Eric then went on to graduate from the Académie Sutherland Ostéopathie du Québec à Montreal in September 2007, with a diploma in Osteopathy (Diplome en Ostéopathie). He then completed his second thesis, entitled “Osteopathic Treatment of the Dura Mater to Enhance Ocular Convergence” which had been presented in front of an international jury of Osteopaths.

In 2014, Eric completed a post-graduate program in Traditional Osteopathic Studies in Biodynamic Osteopathy, under Dr. James Jealous, in Ashland Oregon.

Eric is currently partaking in a post-graduate program focused on Evolutionary Medicine in the Osteopathic Field (EVOST) in Belgium under the direction of Jean-Paul Hoppner and Max Girardin.

As of 2017, Eric has also integrated aspects of Functional Neurology into his practice and teachings after having attended courses by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation.

Since 2015, Eric has been the principal professor at his self-founded institution, now the Ontario Academy of Progressive Osteopathy in Toronto, where he teaches young aspiring healers the art of osteopathy from an interdisciplinary perspective with the assistance of world-renown specialists/professors in their field.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

SHAWN BELLIVEAU

DO, BSc, CFMP

Shawn is the clinic director at the Centre de Santé Holistique Pilates et plus, in Saint-Eustache on the North shore of Montreal, where he gives conferences, teaches classes, and treats patients. He is passionate about the human body. He views the body as a complex system and knows that in order to truly help people one must understand every portion of the system as well as their interaction. In order to heal, all aspects of the body must be addressed: physical, biochemical, emotional and spiritual.

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Shawn has obtained his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from McGill university, and his osteopathy degree from Sutherland Academy. He is a certified functional medicine practitioner (FMU) and a master practitioner of NLP (NLP society). He also has completed over 500 hours of applied kinesiology, as well certifications in functional neurology, neuro-émotional technique, and retained neo-natal reflexes.

Shawn loves to teach and share his passion for health.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

DR. JOEL BRANDON BROCK

MSN, BSN, DC, NP‐C, DACNB, FICC

  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Diplomate, American Chiropractic Neurology Board
  • Doctoral Student in Nursing Practice, Duke University
  • Fellow, International College of Chiropractors
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Dr. Brandon Brock is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. He serves in Dallas, Texas as a staff clinician at Cerebrum Health Centers, Foundation Physician’s Group, Advantage Health Care Centers, and Innovative Health and Wellness Group. Dr. Brock has a passion for lecturing and giving learners didactic and academic skills in a way that is easy to digest, comprehend, and utilize in a clinical setting. He has developed over 5000 hours of curriculum pertaining to neurology, nutrition, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, immunology, and endocrinology, and teaches learners from multiple educational backgrounds including: medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. He enjoys teaching for Apex Energetics as well as providing education and support to facilitate learning for multiple groups and agencies. This includes state association meetings and governmental panels.

Dr. Brock received the most outstanding functional neurology teacher of the year from the ACA council of Neurology for five years straight and two times from IAFNR (International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation). This year Dr. Brock will be receiving IAFNR’s Humanitarian Award as a result of his research on injured Military Veterans and PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Dr.Brock is also the honorable recipient of the prestigious Living Legacy Award from Samford University’s Ida Moffett School Nursing in 2015.

Currently Dr. Brock is working on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duke University, and immediately upon completion of the program at Duke, he is planning on starting a conjoined PhD program with a major in nursing and a minor in behavioral neuroscience. Dr. Brock’s unique blend of clinical and teaching experience along with a background in medicine, chiropractic, neurology, and nutrition has created a very unique clinical background that has helped him treat difficult cases and allowed him to offer comprehensive and multi-perspective angles on education and clinical presentations.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

LINO CEDROS

AT, O.M.T., C.A.M.T.C.

  • Certified Athletic Trainer and Integrative Functional Manual Therapist

Lino Cedros received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine at California State University, Sacramento in 1984. He has worked in every aspect of the athletic training profession, including with high school, college, professional, and Olympic athletes. In 1991, Lino opened a cash-based private clinic, Kinections Inc., in Sacramento, California. The clinic has thrived with Lino’s drive to provide superb patient care through somatic therapy, athletic maintenance and rehabilitation, and sports injury assessment.

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Currently, Lino is in his 32nd year of clinical practice and has over 11,000 hours of continuing education, both receiving and teaching.

Starting in 1991, Lino researched, developed, and instructed classes for the Ursa Foundation based out of Edmonds, Washington with Dr. Loren Rex, D.O., and was on the Ursa Foundation Board of Directors as a senior faculty member.

Lino is recognized as an expert in the field of manual therapy. He has taught both nationally and internationally on the topics of scientific-based rationale of manual techniques. He has been an invited lecturer at the APTA Joint Section Meeting, NATA National Meeting, American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation, and International Conference on Research in Osteopathic Medicine in Ghent, Belgium. Lino also holds faculty status at the Ontario Academy of Progressive Osteopathy in Toronto, Canada.

Currently, Lino is senior faculty and president of Kinections Inc. Treatment Center & Educational Institute (known as ‘The K-Institute’ by the students). He is a talented teacher and outstanding practitioner of Integrative Functional Manual Therapy. He willingly shares his clinical experience with other practitioners to improve their patient care and rehabilitate athletes. He strives to incorporate the latest research into all of the classes he teaches. Kinections Inc. classes are attended by medical professionals from all over the world.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

FREDERIC DUMUNIER

DO(Fr), DOMP (ON.)

Fred is a French Osteopath DO(Fr) and a graduate of IFOGA, a French osteopathic school in Avignon, France. His European style Osteopathy consists a combination of anatomy and physiology applied to understand the complex adaptative system which is the human body and its workings.

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He received an Honourable Mention for his graduate thesis: “Measure of the effects of osteopathy follow-up on the autonomic nervous system with the Heart Rate Variability” and was quoted as a reference in an innovative book in the field.

After settling his private practice in Toronto GTA, he decided to share his knowledge and experiences through innovative student-based courses like Anatomy and Palpation courses. He is actively lecturing in clinics, schools and hospitals in Canada and overseas.

His humanitarian engagement in Haiti led him to be the co-founder and current CEO of Osteopathy for Haiti, a non-for-profit organisation aiming to integrate Osteopathy in hospitals. The goal of the organization is to work in synergy with the medical staff and teach the Osteopathic approach.

Currently, Fred is working on integrating Osteopathy in pre and post abdominal-pelvic surgery as well as developing osteopathic courses using sonographic technology.

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DR. EMMANUEL FRANTZIS

DC, DO(MP)

Emmanuel Frantzis is a chiropractor and manual osteopathic practitioner. Educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO), he integrates a unique combination of chiropractic, osteopathy, advanced exercise and nutritional approaches.

Dr. Frantzis has worked in private practice since 2001 and was a teacher of Osteopathy at CCO from 2008-2015. In addition, he has served as National Team Therapist for Beach Volleyball Canada (1997-2008) accompanying the team to two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004). Dr. Frantzis has published and spoken internationally in the areas of Osteopathic medicine and nutrition.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

SAM GIBBS

BSc, CATC, MT, DOMP, MSc(Cand)

  • Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
  • Director of Clinical Operations

Sam Gibbs is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and has a Master’s of Science degree in Functional Medicine & Human Nutrition. He maintains special interests in functional neurology, immunology and endocrinology.

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Sam has served as a past board executive with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners, Canadian Federation of Osteopaths, Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association, and Ontario Athletic Therapists Association, and is currently a content expert for the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. His keen interest in education lead to the founding the National Basketball Sports Medicine Scholarship with Sheridan College in 2005, and more recently, the Canada Basketball academic scholarship with York University.

Sam has worked with many athletes and sports teams, both professional and elite amateur, and has been named to multiple national medical teams for major international competitions in leadership roles including: Olympic Games, Goodwill Games, World University Games, and Pan Am Games. He served as medical staff with the Toronto Raptors, and has been a Head Therapist and Integrated Support Team (IST) Lead for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Program for over 20 years. He currently maintains the IST Lead position for National Trampoline and has a consultant with National bobsleigh and boxing organizations.

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MAX GIRARDIN

D.O.

As a young man in Africa, Max was interested in nature, its interactions, and the complexity of life. Later, in the early 1980s, Max began his studies in physiotherapy, but soon changed his course, due to his passion for anatomy, and became an osteopath.

In 1983, he completed two years of histology and cytology (microscopy and electron microscopy) under Professor Dekegel in the Pasteur Institute Brabant Brussel.

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In 1985, Max completed two supplementary semesters in anatomical dissections at the free university of Brussels where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with congratulations of the jury. It gave him the opportunity to become pro-sector at the department of morphology and experimental anatomy under the supervision of professor J P Clarijs. He left the department in 1995.

In 1992, in cooperation with professor Cabri from the free university of Brussels and technical university of Lisbon, he and his colleague, Jean-Paul Höppner, founded a special anatomical program at the Rupprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. Today, under their supervision, young osteopaths from all over Europe still benefit from this opportunity to complete their practical studies of anatomy with a capital A, meaning: dissection, human embryology and histology.

From 1992 till 2000, Max gave lectures concerning Physiology, Histology and osteopathy in practice at the College Sutherland in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Max is a fellow of Evolutionary Medicine in the Osteopathic Field (EVOST), which is a think tank for osteopathic philosophy and Form in general. For Max, human physiology, histology, and embryology are important parts of morphology and Form – the very basis to anatomical study.

His interests in the significance of Form has lead him to the concepts of complexity evolution and system theory. Persistent work and an inquisitive mind for more than 30 years in this field has opened a complete set of new perspectives on the meaning of Form to Max.

Studying the writings of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine, brought Max to the conclusion: that A.T. Still was sharing the same views as principles of evolution and complexity but expressed them in another style. Since 2000, Max has given lectures to osteopaths from all over the world in Evolutionary Osteopathy and its particular aspects.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

CRAIG HARNESS

MSc, PhD(c), RMT, DO(Q)

Craig Harness, MSc, PhD(c), RMT, DO(Q), has been in practice since 2005, initially as a registered massage therapist. In 2010, he completed with distinction a BSc degree majoring in Human Sciences from Athabasca University. In October 2012, he completed his studies in Osteopathy at Académie Sutherland d’Ostéopathie du Québec in Montreal and has been registered with the Société Canadienne pour la Tradition de l’Ostéopathie (SoCaTo) since January 2013. In December 2012, he successfully completed a MSc degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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After completing his initial graduate studies he established and currently runs the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Human Dissection Experience (CAM – HD Experience) at Queen’s University. Since 2015, he has been pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in the Experimental Medicine area of specialization at Queen’s University.

Since starting his post graduate clinical studies, he has gained knowledge in several specialized areas including:

  • anatomy and histology
  • biomechanics
  • cellular biology
  • treatment of all the fasciae of the body
  • both fluidic and mechanical treatment of all the joints of the body
  • osteopathic cranial manipulation including treatment of the cranial nerves and special senses
  • treatment of all the viscera of the body
  • autonormalization (self-treatment) exercises
    • of the muscles and their connective tissues
    • of each spinal level for the purpose of decompression
    • for the lower limbs and spine to rehabilitate the proprioceptive system

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

GUILLAUME JEAN

DO

Guillaume emerged into the world of health at the age of 30. Already familiar with biology, he was driven to osteopathy in 2007 at the Sutherland Academy of Osteopathy of Quebec. He obtained his diploma of osteopathy (D.O.) in June 2018 having written a thesis on « The osteopathic treatment of coxarthrosis using the lumbo-pelvi-femoral complex » in front of an international jury.

During his osteopathic studies, he also completed a 3 year course in soma training with Guy Voyer, an osteopath and biomechanics expert renowned all over the world. He has taught private and group training classes from 2009 to 2017.

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Since his early beginnings, Guillaume has been passionate about biomechanics, sports, martial arts, and movement. He remains aware of the latest developments and advances in these fields.

Since 2017, he has studied a branch of applied kinesiology, via the integration of Chapmans Reflexes given by Shawn Belliveau D.O., and he has demonstrated a marked interest in functional medicine, functional neurology, Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP), and nutrition.

Guillaume opened his clinic in 2009 and has practiced non-stop ever since. He is the father to 4 children and chooses to live and practice far from the large cities, at the heart of small communities, while always offering the highest level of excellence to his patients. He has a capacity to assimilate concepts quickly and teach them in a simple and practical manner. All of his patients will testify to his passion, his dynamism, and his philosophical reasoning.

Guillaume uses a large inventory of osteopathic techniques and exercises in order to allow him to take a variety of patients through a process to improve their health, and increase their vitality. Beyond the osteopathic experience, he aims to undertake a full holistic view of his patients.

He begins his teaching career at the OAoPO with a body of highly qualified professors, accepting the challenge with humility and allowing himself to be inspired by his colleagues.

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

C. GUS KANDILAS, DOMP

MSc, CAT(C), ATC, R.Kin, Ret

  • Certified Athletic Therapist
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
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Gus is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, a Certified Athletic Therapist, and a Registered Kinesiologist.

Gus is a graduate of the University of Windsor and holds a Master’s degree from Indiana State University in Athletic Therapy. In 2003, Gus completed his degree in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto.

He uses his skill sets as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and a Certified Athletic Therapist in his clinical practice. Gus is the owner of the Burlington Centre for Osteopathy and Athletic Therapy, where he works with a dynamic group of practitioners.

Gus has taught for over 25 years at York University in the Athletic Therapy Certificate program, which falls under the umbrella of Kinesiology and Health Science.

Since 2015, Gus has also taught at the Ontario Academy of Progressive Osteopathy in Toronto.

In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Gus has represented Canada in both National and International games and events as a therapist:

  • Chief therapist at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in 2004
  • Chief therapist at the World Kickboxing Championships in 2005
  • Chief therapist at the World Karate Championships in Bremen Germany
  • Lead Medical Practitioners for Combative Sports (including Karate) at the 2015 Pan AM Games in Toronto.  

As the Medical director for Karate Canada and Combative Sports Canada (CASK), Gus has also been involved with several National and International Championships with these sports.

Gus has been a board member with different National and Provincial organizations related to Athletic Therapy, and is currently a board member with the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association, in the role of Education and Scope of Practice.