DR ANTHONY GALEA
Dr. Galea is a Doctor of Medicine, and the Medical Director and Founder of the Institute of Human Mechanics. With a medical degree from McMaster University, he has been practicing Sports Medicine since 1988, counting numerous high-profile athletes as his patients. Dr. Galea became the team physician for the Toronto Argonauts, serving as a physician for the team until 2009. For nine years, he served as a team physician for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team, and as a team physician for Team Canada in the Olympic Winter Games in Japan in 1998.
Dr. Galea has been published in many medical journals and is a frequent academic lecturer – more recently, University of Toronto Orthopedic Sports Medicine Rounds (2019), 10th Annual Orthopedic & Rheumatology Expo (2018), and International Cartilage Research Society (2017). He is also the author of the book, Dr. Galea’s Secrets to Optimal Health – Body and Spirit, and was a recent Ted Talk speaker (2014). Dr.Galea was and continues to be a pioneer in the development of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy as a way to treat his patients’ injuries. He is currently awaiting the publication of his paper “Cyto-Rich/PRP – a novel anti-inflammatory and regenerative autologous blood-derived product for the treatment of Osteoarthritis”.
DR JEFFREY BACHER
Dr. Jeffrey Bacher completed his medical school training
at McMaster University followed by a Family Medicine
residency at the University of Toronto. Since graduation
in 2013, he has worked alongside Dr. Galea and has
subsequently obtained his Diploma in Sports Medicine
from the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise
Medicine. He has also obtained a certificate of added
competence in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the
College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Bacher has experience treating both amateur and professional athletes across a variety of sports. He has extensive training in non-surgical musculoskeletal procedures including ultrasound-guided injections for the treatment of cartilage, muscle and tendon injuries. He is committed to ongoing professional development in Sports Medicine and research in the field of regenerative medicine. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his family and friends, enjoys travel and participating in a variety of sports.
DR IRINA BROKHMAN
Dr. Irina Brokhman completed her Masters degree in
Embryology and Teratology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel,
obtained her PhD at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel and did
her post doctoral training at the Department of Molecular
Genetics, University of Toronto. Her primary research goals
were directed toward understanding the differentiation
potential of embryonic and adult stem cells and its future
application in regenerative medicine. Today, as a VP R&D
and Research Lab Director of The Institute of Human
Mechanics, Dr. Brokhman is on the cutting edge of
technologies that allow the body to heal itself.
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Dr Rizwan Minhas
Dr. Rizwan Minhas has double board certification in Family Medicine and is a licensed physician in the United States and Canada. He also has Board Certification in Pain Management by AAOPM. His interest lies in musculoskeletal medicine and chronic pain medicine. He believes in staying current with the advances of medical science and is training in regenerative medicine. He has expertise in Ultrasound-guided regenerative injection for acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Minhas was a doctor at many sporting events in the United States, from college basketball teams to Wrestling/MMA tournaments. In Canada, he is a Ringside Physician with the Ontario Athletic Association for Boxing, MMA events and UFC bouts.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and practicing mixed martial arts.
Dr Guru Kandasamy
Dr. Guru Kandasamy is a licensed Sports Medicine Specialist who is established as one of the top integrative health practitioners in Toronto, combining his extensive training in Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic & Kinesiology.
Before earning his medical degree, Dr. Guru obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, & became certified in Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University – Department of Anesthesia. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Michigan State University with focused PGY-III Sports Medicine training. Following his post-graduate training, Dr. Guru earned the Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM) & received the GP Focused Practice Designation in Sports Medicine granted by the Ontario Medical Association & Ministry of Health.
Dr. Guru is a board-certified physician in Canada & the U.S. and has served on the medical staff of several professional sports organizations, caring for athletes in the NHL, OHL, MLB, NFL, CFL, in addition to Canadian & NCAA collegiate teams. His clinical expertise includes multidisciplinary management of sport-specific injuries, musculoskeletal procedural ultrasonography, & regenerative medicine with Platelet-Rich Plasma & Viscosupplementation injections. Dr. Guru is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, holding a Clinical Academic Appointment in the Faculty of Medicine, where he continues to teach Integrative Sports Medicine to aspiring medical students & residents.
Dr Michael Gofeld
Dr. Gofeld completed a residency program in Anesthesiology at the University of Tel Aviv in 2001 and fellowship training in Chronic Pain at the University of Toronto in 2005. He defended his Doctorate thesis in Spinal Sonography at the University of Maastricht.
Dr. Gofeld worked in the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre until 2008. He developed the first collaborative pain management program in the province of Ontario for palliative care patients. Then, he was recruited by the University of Washington in Seattle and served as the Director of Clinical Operations at the Center for Pain Relief (CPR).
The CPR was the first multidisciplinary pain program in the World that started in 1967 and immensely influenced the development of the entire Chronic Pain discipline. Dr. Gofeld subsequently led the Neuromodulation Program and was cross-appointed with the Department of Neurological Surgery.
He returned to Ontario in 2013 and joined the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gofeld substantially contributed to developing and launching the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). He served as an interim Medical Director of the Women’s College Pain Clinic, the Advisor on Chronic Pain at the Department of Anesthesia, and the Chronic Pain Registry Committee vice-chair at the Adult Chronic Pain Network Advisory for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario. Dr. Gofeld devoted time and effort to developing the Neuromodulation Program at St Michael’s Hospital and Chronic Pain education at the University of Toronto. He was appointed as Associate Professor.
For two years, Dr. Gofeld served as an Assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Dr. Gofeld is a renowned expert and speaker at international conferences and forums on chronic pain. He served as a member of the editorial boards of several prestigious scientific journals.
He founded the Interventional Special Interest Group at the Canadian Pain Society, the first continuing medical education program for practicing pain physicians in Canada. He started first in North America CME courses in interventional sonography for practicing pain physicians. He is currently holding an appointment as a Director at the World Academy of Pain Medicine United.
Although Dr. Gofeld left the academic practice in 2018, he remained connected with the University of Toronto Pain Medicine Royal College residency program mentoring trainees and helping them acquire the necessary skills. He continued practicing in a community setting, focusing on advanced spine methods, regenerative medicine, and spine sports injuries.
Dr. Gofeld has 22 years of clinical experience in spinal, musculoskeletal, and neurological interventions and comprehensive pain management.
Dr. Gofeld authored or co-authored 57 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters.
Dr. Gofeld is involved in medical research and development via consulting engagement with industry, startups, and technological incubators. He is an investigator and advisor in Heath Canada and FDA-regulated studies.
Dr. Gofeld is a qualified expert in personal injury and catastrophic assessments C-CAT(P).
Dr Imrat Sohanpal
Dr. Sohanpal was trained in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at the University College London Hospital, where he later worked as Consultant before moving to Toronto in 2014. He regularly provided group exam teaching on basic sciences, acute and chronic pain, regional and pediatric anesthesia. He also spent 1 year at the University of Michigan Hospital at C. S Mott Children’s Hospital as an Attendee specializing in pediatric neuroanesthesia, pediatric acute pain and regional anesthesia. Dr. Sohanpal has continued his interest in education as part of the faculty for pain residents of the University of Toronto Pain Program. He has a keen interest in regenerative therapy and has presented his research at Internationally renowned pain conferences. His goal is to continue to provide a high standard of care using evidence-based medicine and to contribute to research and education in pain medicine.
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