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Gez, a graduate of the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in 1982, studied under John Wernham, Tom Dummer, Robert Lever, Harold Klug, and Mervyn Waldman—teachers who were only half a step removed from Martin Littlejohn and, therefore, Still himself. Upon graduation, Gez joined Dummer’s practice, where he was exposed to influences that shaped his understanding of how to deepen the healing response by using the most functional approach to bony manipulation. He has taught through the years in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia. Spain, and Sweden. He continues to teach specific adjustment technique (SAT) and approaches to the PRM to ESO graduates, and he is currently expanding his
international teaching commitments to better promote the message of SAT and fields and levels.


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Philippe earned his bachelor of science degree in 1968 and then continued with studies at a School of Physiotherapy, graduating in 1973. He earned his initial diploma in osteopathy in 1979, followed by his national diploma in osteopathy from Atman College in France. Always interested in natural medicine, Philippe has also studied traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy. Philippe founded the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto in 1991. He later established the Canadian Foundation for Education and Research in Osteopathy (FCERO), dedicated to developing treatments for young children with disabilities. Philippe continues to lecture Internationally and to promote the advancement of osteopathy.


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Matvey has been practising in Toronto since 2004, first as a registered massage therapist and later as an osteopathic manual practitioner. Matvey graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2013 with a diploma in osteopathic manual practice. Upon graduation, he received the A.T. Still Award for his research thesis titled Merit of Philosophy in Modern Osteopathic Practice. Matvey also has an extensive background in computer engineering and holds a BSc in computer science from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Matvey is a teaching assistant at various courses at the CCO and is an instructor in joint mobilization techniques for massage therapists.


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Graduated from the University of Toronto in 1974 with an Honours B.Sc in Physiology and Psychology. She completed her massage therapy studies at 3HO Foundation and her shiatsu training at Kikkawa College (Shiatsu). Grace is co-founder and owner of Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic. Grace began her osteopathic studies in 1992 with the Canadian College of Osteopathy and was part of the first graduating class in 1998. She has taught continuing education courses for massage therapists in Hong Kong and throughout Canada and the United States. She has also worked extensively with massage therapy associations in Canada and the United States, including being the founding president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, begun in the early 1990s by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Prior to that she was the founder of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) and was instrumental in the founding of the Canadian Massage Therapists Alliance (CMTA).


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Rishi presents with an extensive background in rehabilitative care. He has an undergraduate degree in physical and health education and returned to school to earn a diploma in massage therapy and subsequently a diploma in sports injury management. He continued his studies, next graduating as class valedictorian from a five-year program in traditional osteopathy from the Canadian College of Osteopathy, then studying medical acupuncture. Rishi owned and operated a private practice in
Ontario, using multiple modalities to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries. He also served as faculty at Centennial College in Ontario, teaching within the college’s health science program. Rishi is truly a life-long learner; his quest for additional knowledge in order to be more effective at helping others led to matriculation at the American University of Integrative Sciences. There he served as president of the Integrative Medicine Club and was invited to assist in the anatomy wet lab and to serve as a teaching assistant for anatomy, physiology, and psychiatry courses. He is currently a Resident Physician at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, in Augusta, Maine. When time allows, you will find him out kayaking along the quiet rivers or lakes of central Maine.


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Steve is a consultant osteopath at the Portland Hospital for Women and Children in London, England. He has taught for more than 40 years, including lecturing in 22 countries on five continents. He serves as a senior lecturer at the British School of Osteopathy in London, England, and as an external osteopathic examiner for Angela Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. He previously served as a research fellow in the Department of Academic Obstetrics at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, and as a council member with the British Osteopathy Association. One of Dr Sandler’s main research interests is the effect of female cyclic hormones on connective tissues and joint mobility. He has published numerous research papers, as well as three books and a video, on osteopathic functional technique.


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Jane is a 2003 graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Soon after graduating, she began serving on the faculty of the CCO Toronto and Winnipeg campuses and the Collège D'Etudes Ostéopathiques (Vancouver and Halifax campuses). In 2014, she earned a master’s degree in clinical research administration at Walden University, solidifying her leadership credentials as director of research for the CCO. She is an
original member of the Compagnon de L'ostéopathie, being selected in 2011 in Montreal. Atman College bestowed the honorary degree of Honoris Causa to Jane in 2008. She served as an executive board member for the World Osteopathic Health Organisation from 2008 through 2011. She is an EVOST fellow, and is an associate member of the Cranial Academy of Belgium.
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