scientific advisory board
Dr. Tanya Cabrita
Dr. Tanya Cabrita is a Physiatrist and Sport Medicine Physician. With a unique combination of training, skills and experience blending innovative expertise in spine, sport and pain medicine, Dr. Cabrita’s focus is on wellness, lifelong activity, injury prevention and athletic performance. Her clinical practice includes musculoskeletal spine injuries, arthritis and pain conditions, sport concussions and preventative health and wellness medicine. Dr. Cabrita has advanced training in diagnostic ultrasound, peripheral joint and tendon injections and procedures including regenerative therapies and electro diagnostic testing. Outside of work, Dr. Cabrita enjoys an active lifestyle and has extensive experience providing medical coverage for high school, university and community teams and organizations of all athletic abilities.
Barbara holds both a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Diagnosed with a learning disability in grade one, and author of “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain,” Barbara is also the developer of the world-renowned BrainExTM program, currently used in the four pillars of ABI Wellness. A series of exercises Barbara used to address her own brain deficits while in graduate school, the BrainExTM program’s specific cognitive exercises are still being used, 35 years later, to treat patients with acquired brain injury.
Dr. Gerry Ramogida
Dr. Gerry Ramogida is a chiropractor who utilizes a combination of manual techniques with biomechanical evaluation of athlete movement, in an effort to revive individuals from injury, reduce injury frequency and improve athletic performance. Some of these manual techniques include active release techniques (ART), osteopathic joint pumping and fascial release, contemporary medical acupuncture (where licensed) and chiropractic joint manipulation. Dr. Ramogida works with individuals and athletes of all levels – whether they are looking to improve health, return to and regulate exercise, return from injury or maximize performance – Dr. Ramogida has a solution.
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky is a widely-known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years, Dr. Zaichkowsky was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, until his retirement. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks, where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a “Mindgym.” Dr. Zaichkowsky has authored and edited six books, with the most recent being “The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to raise your mental game to the next level.” Currently, Dr. Ziachkowsky is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations and resides with his wife Linda in SW Florida.
Michael is the author of “Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath.” He is a recognized speaker and advocate for all those whose lives are affected by brain injury. As a science journalist, his reporting has taken him into war zones and behind Vatican walls. Over ten years ago, his stories about veterans with blast-related brain injuries helped create initiatives to better serve America’s war wounded. He has also been instrumental in the development of numerous brain injury programs and projects. He has served on the boards of the American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, the Oklahoma Brain Injury Association, the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Optimization Center, and the Healthy Brain Foundation.
Marc is a talented and passionate business leader with 20 years’ experience in medical device, consumer wearables, and digital health. His corporate work has involved all aspects of medical device and wearable product development from conception R&D to launch and commercialization for international markets. He is known as an expert in biometrics and a thought leader on the technical aspects of digital health. Marc is the former Director of Strategic Business Development for international medical device manufacturer Thought Technology, where he was also Head of Peak Performance, providing technology solutions for athletes in professional and Olympic sport all over the world. Marc holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Biology, and a Master of Biomedical Engineering from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute. He currently lives in Montreal, Canada with his wife, two daughters and their two dogs.