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Susanne F. Wallace, DO
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Susanne F. Wallace, DO

Susanne F. Wallace, DO (Germany), is a multidisciplinary practitioner who was originally trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Giessen in Germany. She began working in clinics as a physiotherapist in 1987. She started studying osteopathic approaches to patient care in 1993. From 1997 to 2002, she was a student at the School of Classical Osteopathic Medicine (Schule für klassische Osteopathische Medizin) in Germany. She obtained her DO degree from the German Academy for Osteopathy in 2009 with a thesis focusing on the osteopathic treatment of women with endometriosis. She has practiced osteopathy in her own clinic in Alberta since 2008. In addition to her osteopathic credentials, she is also licensed in Germany as a naturopath, and she has studied homeopathy. She practices in Germany as well as in Canada. Besides her clinical practice, she teaches many postgraduate workshops and provides language translations of osteopathic literature and workshops.

Laura Leslie, DO
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Laura Leslie, DO

Laura Leslie, CAT(C), DO, is an osteopath and a certified athletic therapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience at Concordia Physio Sport, a partner of the CBI Health Group. She specializes in the clinical assessment and treatment of concussions and is an international speaker on this subject. She is also a member of the faculty in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University, where she has taught for the past 22 years. In addition, she is a clinical consultant to B2Ten, a non-profit organization supporting Olympic athletes. And she is a member of the Corporation des Thérapeutes du Sport du Québec (CTSQ) Concussion Committee, working toward the development and implementation of concussion standards for athletic therapy in Quebec. Ms. Leslie was awarded the William Garner Sutherland prize for her 2000 quantitative clinical thesis on post-concussion syndrome. She is a former member of the Canadian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team.

Brian Degenhardt, DO
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Brian Degenhardt, DO

Brian Degenhardt, DO, C-ONM, is the assistant vice president for osteopathic research at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and the director of the A.T. Still Research Institute at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In these capacities, he oversees numerous areas of research, particularly in the areas of palpatory diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment. His published work demonstrates a broad scope of research, including in the reliability of palpatory diagnostic tests, otitis media, pneumonia in the elderly, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, objectification of somatic dysfunction, association of biomarkers with OMT, and health benefits of wellness programs. Based on his research experience, he developed the Advancing Skills in Osteopathy Program, which uses state-or-the-art instrumentation to provide objective feedback to advance palpatory skills in DOs at all stages of training.

Reuben P. Bell, DO, PhD
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Reuben P. Bell, DO, PhD

Reuben Bell, DO, PhD earned a BSc and MSc in zoology from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After an internship and residency in Portland, Maine, he became board-certified in osteopathic family practice. Following 10 years in general practice in rural Maine, he moved to Pennsylvania to attend the seminary in an e ort to better understand the interaction of body, mind, and spirit. While there, he was an associate professor of biology at the Bryn Athyn College. After earning a master of divinity degree, Reuben was ordained by the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian). Returning to Maine, he became an associate professor of family medicine and the director of medical humanities at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), where he was also adjunct associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Still with UNECOM, he then practiced geriatric medicine, with a focus on end-of-life care. Reuben integrates a lifetime of learning into the holistic practice of finding health.

Philippe Druelle, DO
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Philippe Druelle, DO

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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