6th Annual Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic Conference: Exercise as Medicine

Keynote Presenters & Conference Schedule

Dr. David C. Reid

Dr. David C. Reid is one of Canada's finest experts in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. In 1978, he was named the Canadian Orthopaedic Association's North American Travelling Fellow and the following year, he received a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and certification as a specialist in orthopaedic surgery. Subsequently, he was awarded the Lord Nuffield Scholar in Orthopaedics from Oxford University and in 1980 the University of Liverpool conferred on him a Master of Surgery degree. From 1964 onward, he consistently and generously dedicated a substantial part of his professional life to student athletes who participated in programs at the University of Alberta.

Scholar; award-winning teacher; author of numerous books, articles and publications; physiotherapist, physician and surgeon; innovator and philanthropist: Dr. Reid has been the recipient of over 30 awards. The University of Alberta is proud to have named him to the Sports Wall of Fame in 2006.

Dr. Reid founded the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Sports Therapy Division and in 1987 he co-founded the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic and was named its first and only director, to date. During his career, Dr. Reid has been the team physician for most of the Golden Bear and Panda teams. He has carried out duties as team physician for Alberta's Winter Games, Alberta's Youth Soccer team and Team Canada at the 1998 World Hockey Championships, as chief physician for the Canada Winter Games (1975) and as chief of medical operations for the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. He has also served as an orthopaedic consultant for the World Cup Wrestling Championships, the World Figure Skating Championships, the World Junior Men's Basketball Championships and for the Alberta Ballet Company, the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Olympic team, the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Eskimos. 


Dr. Constance Lebrun

Dr. Constance Lebrun is a professor for the Department of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. She is also an adjunct professor in the U of A's Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation and an adjunct professor in the U of A's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, all at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Lebrun specializes in primary care sport and exercise medicine and care of musculoskeletal and medical issues in active individuals.  She has a special interest in health considerations of active females and return-to-play issues, such as concussion in sport. In 2008, she won a Founders’ Award from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in recognition of service exemplifying “The Best in Sports Medicine." In 2010, she won a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).


Dr. Margie McNeely

Dr. Margaret (Margie) McNeely is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. She currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Oncology (Division of Radiation Oncology) and performs clinical research in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Cross Cancer Institute.





Dr. Terry DeFreitas

Dr. Terry Defreitas is the director of sports medicine services and clinician at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, as well as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is chief medical advisor for Taekwondo Canada, Edmonton Huskies football and former FC Edmonton team physician. 

Dr. DeFreitas’ research interests include interdisciplinary care models, team-based care and the application of platelet rich plasma for chronic musculoskeletal injuries.


Ian Hallworth

Ian Hallworth has practiced as a physical therapist at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic since 1996. He has been involved with U of A Varsity Athletics, the Alberta Ballet, Edmonton Eskimos and Edmonton Oilers as a therapist and consultant. Ian has four degrees from the University of Alberta: one in education with four years teaching K-9; one in physical education, along with national certification in athletic therapy, together with graduate courses in sport performance and exercises physiology; a physical therapy degree, along with national certifications in sports physical therapy; and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science.



Dr. Amber Mosewich

Dr. Amber Mosewich is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta. Dr. Mosewich's research interests focus on the examination of stress, coping, emotion, and resultant cognitive and behavioural responses within the sport domain. The sport context can present many challenges, and ensuring athletes have the skills and resources to effectively manage different issues in sport is essential to promote adaptive responses to stress and emotion and foster successful sport experiences that are also positive and healthy.

A key directive of her work is to understand the psychological skills and resources necessary to facilitate successful and positive sport experiences and how best to foster their development.


Dr. Doug Klein

Dr. Doug Klein is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta. Dr. Klein co-founded Edmonton’s MOVE program. In 2012, Dr. Klein founded the CHANGE ALBERTA research team. The CHANGE program links people at risk of chronic disease with a registered dietitian and an exercise specialist. Its goal is to increase physical activity, promote healthy eating and reduce obesity in adults at risk of chronic disease due to lifestyle. This multi-disciplinary team brings together clinicians, administrators, basic science researchers and experts in nutrition, exercise, gerontology and health economics.


Dr. Mark Sommerfeldt

Dr. Mark Sommerfeldt is an assistant professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta. Dr. Sommerfeldt is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the assessment, management of sports related injuries and the surgical treatment for problems of the knee and shoulder and is the consultant orthopaedic surgeon for the Edmonton Oil Kings.