Friday, January 20, 2012

Introducing our staff - Dr. Laura Purcell

Dr. Laura Purcell is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Toronto.  She obtained her medical degree from McMaster University.  Her residency training was in pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She completed a sport medicine fellowship at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Dr. Purcell is the founding president of the Paediatric Sport and Exercise Medicine Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society and has served in this capacity for 9 years.  She is a liaison member of the Healthy Active Living and Sport Medicine Committee of the CPS and has authored many position statements and practise points for the CPS journal.
She is also the founding chair of the Pediatric Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.  She was the chair from 2003-2009.  She was involved in two joint statements between CPS and CASEM.
Dr. Purcell is a member of the Concussion Education and Awareness Committee of ThinkFirst Canada.  She has published many articles on sport-related concussion in pediatric athletes and was an invited panellist at the 2008 Zurich Concussion Consensus conference.  
She has practised pediatric sport medicine for 9.5 years and is currently working as a pediatric sport medicine physician at the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and at The Elliott Sport Medicine Clinic in Burlington, ON.  She has also practised pediatric emergency medicine for 12.5 years and currently works at the McMaster Children’s Emergency Department.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Introducing our staff - Cliff Watling

Cliff Watling has been a Certified Athletic Therapist for 18 years.  He joins The Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic team where he will also be treating as a Registered Massage Therapist.  He brings five years experience working with university athletes (Mt Allison University football and hockey as well as University of Toronto Football).  He has worked a season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 4 seasons for the Burlington Braves of the the Canadian Junior Football League.  Cliff has been practicing in a private clinical setting in Burlington since 2001, working in a multidisciplinary setting.

Although his passion lies in hockey, Cliff enjoys working with all sports and is dedicated to not only treating and caring for injuries, but also injury prevention. He strives to help individuals rehabilitate their injuries to the point where they are better than they were before. 

Originally from New Brunswick, Cliff has been a Burlington resident for the past 9 years and looks forward to working with The Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic team providing Massage Therapy and Athletic Therapy services to all ages of the active public.