Vancouver, BC, Canada

2021 WESTERN CANADIAN REGENERATIVE REHABILITATION SUMMIT

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Welcome to the 1st Annual Force Balance Technique Summit on Regenerative Rehabilitation!

In a world of revolutionary medical advancements we have assembled a panel of experts to explain and demystify orthobiologics. Imagine - harvesting concentrated platelets and stem cells that, when injected under ultrasound or fluroscopic guidance, can help heal “collagenous anchors” such as tendon, ligament and joint capsules as well as hyaline cartilage.

Regenerative Rehabilitation (combining orthobiologics with physical rehabilitation) is fast becoming an accepted form of care for the chronically injured. Our goals during this two day summit are focused on two main outcomes:

Explain the difference between prolotherapy, PRP and the various forms of stem cells as well as how they are used to treat various forms of soft tissue injury and osteoarthritis.

Educate attendees on the use of peri-operative orthobiologics and how complimentary forms of physical rehabilitation and NMES are utilized to restore pain-free functional movement.

Join us for an educational two days exploring the new and exciting world of Regenerative Rehabilitation!

Sincerely,
Dean Kotopski 

PT; RMT; CAFCI /IMS

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November 19-20

Special guest Dr. Serge Gracovetsky will be delivering a special lecture on the Spinal Engine, a  book that revolutionized how I view collagen and its role in the body

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Dr. Grant Pagdin

MD, CCFP, FCFP, ABAARM

Dr. Grant Pagdin graduated from UBC medical school in 1988.  He served for three years as a Flight Surgeon on an F-18 squadron with the Canadian Air Force, and then settled into family practice in Vernon, BC, and is Canadian board-certified in Family Medicine (CCFP).  He later specialized in Emergency Medicine and worked for a few years in Upstate New York.

Relocating to Kelowna in 2005, his primary interest now is Preventative and Anti-Aging Medicine Services, as well as conducting research in regenerative medicine. He is board certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM).
Dr. Pagdin completed a fellowship in Family Medicine (FCFP) in 2010, and a fellowship in Stem Cell Medicine with the University of South Florida in December, 2015. He is also a fellow with the Interventional Orthobiologic Foundation.

He received a No Objection Letter from Health Canada to conduct clinic research on the use of stem cells for osteoarthritis in January, 2020.  Dr. Pagdin is also a Clinical Instructor with the UBC medical school and assists in the operating rooms at Kelowna General Hospital.  When not working he enjoys triathlons and playing keyboards in a rock band. 

“Stem Cells” for Osteoarthritis: 
A Health Canada Approved Research Project

The power of integrating Orthobiologics into your clinical practice

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Dr. Serge Gracovetsky

PhD

Dr. Gracovetsky graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1968 in nuclear physics and earned a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 1970. He went on to become a tenured faculty at Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) for 27 years. His main interests varied from the control of paper machines, the analysis of the injury process experienced by military jet pilots during emergency ejection, the study of the human spine, the study of the reasoning process of physicians making a diagnosis for lower back pain and various other related (and unrelated) topics. 

In addition, he founded and controlled four technological companies developing products in the field of measurement and the function of the spine. These companies exploited the concept of the spine as being the primary engine driving the pelvis during gait. The technique has been used on over 500,000 patients in many countries. 

Dr. Gracovetsky holds 22 patents, has written a few dozen papers and some books and has presented at a few hundred conferences. Upon retiring as emeritus professor, he went on to buy a clarinet and registered as a music student at his University in Jazz Studies. His most recent acquisition was a Bb tenor saxophone. But his best achievement was to marry his teenage sweetheart and stay with her for 55 years and counting. 

Gravity and the Spinal Engine: 
An Engineering Perspective

Dr. Ryan Martin

MD, FRCSC

Dr. Martin received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He later went on to complete his Orthopedic surgical residency at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB). After completing his surgical residency, he began his sub-specialization. He completed his Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery - Cornell University (New York, NY) and his Sport Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON).

Since returning to Calgary, Dr. Martin has taken up practice centered out of the Foothills Medical Centre. While running a busy Level 1 trauma practice he has focused on the arthroscopic treatment of traumatic knee conditions involving fractures as well as cartilage and ligament injuries.

Dr. Martin travels nationally and internationally to lecture and present his research. He serves on several committees including the Trauma representative for the University of Calgary Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Committee, Co-Chair of the Canadian Orthopedic Residency Forum and Co-lead of the bulk Allograft Cartilage Transplantation Program. He also serves as an Orthopedic Surgeon for the Calgary Stampeders Football Club.

When his is not working Dr. Martin spends most of his time with his wife and son. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, playing hockey and painting. 

A Surgeon's Cautiously Optimistic Approach to Regenerative Medicine in the Perioperative Period

Dr. Jonathon Berghamer

B.Sc., N.D.

Dr. Jonathon Berghamer, N.D. began his study of health and science at the University of Guelph from which he graduated in 1997 with an Honours Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Subsequently, Dr. Berghamer discovered his passion for medicine and the art of healing as independent study and travel brought him through Central America and South East Asia. Upon returning to Canada, he enrolled at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and upon graduating with top honours, received the prestigious BINM award for Clinical Excellence. After graduation, he completed a 2-year mentorship with a focus in Applied Kinesiology, Physical Medicine and Regenerative Injection Therapies.

Dr. Berghamer began his practice with the Naturopathic Team at Ocean Park Natural Therapies in 2008 and practiced there until September 2012. In 2009, he joined the team of physiotherapists at Parkway Physiotherapy in Victoria part-time and was a key member of their team until August of 2012. Upon the birth of his daughter, Avikah, Dr. Berghamer decided to stay close to home, and helped open Vancouver Integrated Health in Burnaby, where he now practices full time. Vancouver Integrated Health is now Catalyst Kinetics Group.

Dr. Berghamer believes optimal health is attainable for all through prevention, education and a commitment to one’s own well-being. In following the Naturopathic principles, Dr. Berghamer endeavors to treat the whole person, educate and focus on the causes of disease in order to resolve health conditions. 

A Naturopathic Approach to
Orthobiologics

Derek Hansen

CSCS

Derek is an International Sport Performance Consultant that has been working with athletes all ages and abilities in speed, strength and power sports since 1988. His coaching career started in Track and Field, providing instruction to sprinters of all ages eventually working with collegiate sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.  He worked as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Simon Fraser University for 14 years, the first non-US member of the NCAA. He also serves as a performance consultant to numerous professional teams in the NFL, NBA, MLS, Bundesliga and NHL, as well as major NCAA Division 1 programs throughout North America, specializing in speed development, strategic performance planning, return-to-competition protocols and neuromuscular electrical stimulation programming.

Derek’s experience with electrical stimulation as a professional began in 1995 in his daily work with athletes.  His initial applications for electrical muscle stimulation devices was to improve muscle fiber recruitment in sprinting and explosive athletes.  He soon discovered that these same properties could be used to assist in the comprehensive rehabilitation of both high performance athletes and the general population, particularly when combined and superimposed with exercise.  Derek has since been consulting with top professional teams and athletes on the use of electrical stimulation for both performance and rehabilitation purposes, including recovery applications, strength building and post-surgical interventions in lieu of conventional exercise and regular locomotion.  More recently, Derek has been involved in the development of protocols around the use of electrical stimulation modalities to improve the efficacy of orthobiologic treatments and therapies.

Electrical Stimulation Applications Around Use of Orthobiologics

Dr. Steven Helper

MD, FRCPC

Dr. Helper completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia in 2006. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Interventional Spine at the Penn Spine Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Helper moved back to Vancouver in 2007, where he spent the next eleven years practicing interventional spine pain management at the False Creek Surgical Centre.

In October 2018, he joined his colleagues at Kinetix Integrated Orthopaedic & Regenerative Medicine. His clinical practice remains focused on the diagnosis and management of spine pain disorders with the use of fluoroscopically guided injection procedures. He has begun to explore the potential benefits of regenerative treatments for spine pain.

Combining the Research with First-Hand Experience: Platelet Rich Plasma

Dean Kotopski

PT, RMT, CAFCI/IMS

Dean Kotopski is a 30 year veteran of physical rehabilitation with certifications in physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and IMS. Dean began his professional career as an auto mechanic at the age of 18 with a passion for movement and all things mechanical. His enjoyment of athletics and academics soon led him to pursue a career in physical rehabilitation. 

Dean is past orthopaedic director of a stem cell clinic in Bellingham, Washington where he learned how to combine BMAC and SVF derived stem cells with customized strengthening programs. He has written papers specifically addressing the need for orthobiological support through rehabilitation as well as the necessity for symmetry and stability of the spino-pelvic ring. His unique skill set has been employed by professional organizations such as the BC Lions, Skate Canada, Cirque du Soleil, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Ravens, Coquitlam Adanacs and professional fighters in the UFC , K1 and Strikeforce. He has lectured multiple times to the Trial Lawyers of BC, UBC medical students and various professional sports teams and organizations. He now spends much of his professional time perfecting and promoting Force Balance Technique™, a 3 stage system of treatment involving bio-mechanical and neuro-motor rehabilitation combined with the use of stem cells and Platelet Rich Plasma. 

Supporting Orthobiologic Interventions with a Comprehensive Physical Therapy Approach

Tyler Optiz

DPT, SCS, CSCS

Tyler Opitz is a board certified sports specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and trained Physical Therapist at the Andrew’s Institute-Rehabilitation in Gulf Breeze, FL specializing in Sports Medicine, Orthopedic rehabilitation and Outpatient Care.

He specializes in rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities while using combined methods of corrective exercises, SFMA/FMS principles, criteria based rehabilitation, with manual therapy incorporating Maitland and Graston Techniques to achieve optimal patient outcomes. He has reformed, integrated, and co-authored return to play criteria for athletes, protocols, criteria based rehab principles and is currently working on research project involving the use of stem cells for chondrogenesis of chondral defects in the knee.

Use of Blood Flow Restriction Technologies with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

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