Meet Our Team

From initial contact through to rehabilitation, our knowledgeable and caring team will provide you with a full circle of care

Ian Lo, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Lo received his medical degree and Orthopaedic surgical residency from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Lo spent two years as a clinician-scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studying soft tissue healing at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Dr. Lo then began his sub-specialization in the treatment of shoulder conditions studying under Dr. Stephen Burkhart (University of Texas, San Antonio, TX) and Dr. Evan Flatow (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY).

Since returning to Canada, Dr. Lo has dedicated his practice solely to the treatment of shoulder conditions and has helped improve the quality of life of thousands of patients across Canada. He currently practices in both Alberta and British Columbia. He is the Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Lo specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder conditions and has pioneered several arthroscopic shoulder procedures. He holds multiple patents for innovative products designed to improve shoulder surgery.

Dr. Lo lectures nationally and internationally and has presented and published hundreds of papers. He has served on the committees of several distinguished organizations including the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA).

Dr. Lo has twice been awarded the ASES Neer Award, the organization’s highest distinction for shoulder research. He is the recipient of the AANA Stephen Burkhart Award, COA Founder’s Medal, and Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Legacy award, all for shoulder research.

He co-authored “A Cowboy’s Guide To Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy,” which was recognized for its ingenuity by the British Medical Association and is now considered a classic text.

Dr. Lo continues to serve as a Shoulder Consultant to the National Hockey League Players’ Association and is the Chairman of the Rocky Mountain International Shoulder Symposium. He was recently recognized as one of the Top 20 shoulder surgeons in North America (the only Canadian Surgeon named) by Orthopaedics This Week.

When he is not working, Dr. Lo spends his free time with his wife and four children. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and fitness training.

Devin Lemmex, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Lemmex completed medical school and his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Calgary. He continued his training by completing a Sports Medicine fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina, followed by another year of subspecialty training in Nice, France with the renowned Prof. Pascal Boileau. Dr. Lemmex has dedicated his clinical practice to arthroscopic reconstruction of the lower extremity. In particular, Dr. Lemmex has a special interest in hip arthroscopy and treating young adults with hip pain.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lemmex has experienced academic success with various research endeavours. He has published many journal articles, book chapters, and clinical commentaries on various topics in both national and international publications. Dr. Lemmex is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba where he is part of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation research team. His academic efforts currently focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients undergoing arthroscopic reconstruction of the hip, knee, and ankle.

Dr. Lemmex currently works in both Winnipeg, MB and Calgary, AB. He is the co-Head team physician for the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League. He previously served as an assistant Team Physician in the NCAA for Duke University and has experience caring for athletes from the recreational to professional level.

Jarret Woodmass, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Woodmass completed medical school at the University of Manitoba followed by residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary. He then completed two years of subspecialty training including Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and complex shoulder reconstruction at the Boston Shoulder Institute, Harvard Orthopaedic Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Woodmass has dedicated his practice to the treatment of complex shoulder and knee pathologies with specific interests in rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, knee ligament injuries and cartilage restoration.

In addition to his clinical excellence, Dr. Woodmass is an established researcher with over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and national or international presentations. He has been the recipient of multiple research awards including the 2018 Dr. Robert Cofield Award and the 2019 Stephen Burkart Innovation Research Award. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and has focused his academic efforts on improving patient outcomes following surgery. He is the Director of Quality Assurance & Outcomes through the Pan Am Foundation and launched the Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROM) registry. He is a member of the Provincial Standards Committee, the Quality Improvement, Innovation and Implementation (QI3) Surgery Council and the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC) executive committee.

Dr. Woodmass currently splits his practice between Winnipeg, MB and Calgary, AB. He is the team physician for the Winnipeg ICE Western Hockey League junior team. He previously served as the assistant team physician for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball League. When Dr. Woodmass is not working he enjoys playing hockey, mountain biking and downhill skiing.

Philippe Magown, MDC, PhD, FRCS(C)​

Dr. Magown obtained his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Dalhousie in Halifax. He received his fellowship and specialty certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015. He concomitantly obtained a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Dalhousie University for his work on stem cell-derived motoneuron reinnervation and muscular optogenetic.

Dr. Magown also holds a Clinician Investigator certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He pursued two additional years of subspecialty fellowship training in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary and the Oregon Health and Science University. He subspecialized in surgical treatments of movement disorders, facial pain, and chronic pain during those years.

Dr. Magown has been in independent practice since 2017. He holds an appointment as an attending neurosurgeon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the Health Sciences Centre. He joined Access Orthopedics in 2020, where he provides care in adult spinal disorders and chronic pain. His interest is in neuromodulation, especially for the treatment of chronic pain.

Outside of work, Dr. Magown enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and skiing with his wife.

Kelly Johnston, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Johnston received his medical degree at the University of Alberta in 2001 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Calgary in 2006. Following his residency, he pursued subspecialty training in adult hip and knee reconstruction, hip joint preservation, and trauma. He completed fellowships in adult reconstruction and trauma at the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 2007 and adult reconstruction and hip preservation at the University of California, San Diego in 2008.

Dr. Johnston is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary and has practiced in Calgary since 2008. He is an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Rockyview General Hospital and has acted as the head of the section of hip and knee reconstruction at the University of Calgary since 2014. His practice focuses on adult hip and knee reconstruction and hip preservation, including hip arthroscopy.

Dr. Johnston is active in the research activities of the Division of Orthopaedics at the University of Calgary and has published in a number of peer reviewed journals. He has held a number of peer reviewed grants and is reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Rajrishi Sharma, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Sharma received his medical degree at the University of Alberta in 2006 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at McMaster University in 2011. Following residency, he completed a complex primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty fellowship at Western University and a foot and ankle fellowship at McMaster University. Concurrent with his foot and ankle fellowship, Dr. Sharma fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research at McMaster University.

Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, a member of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the Research Lead for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in Calgary. He is a full time academic orthopaedic surgeon and Clinical Associate Program Lead at the Peter Lougheed Hospital with a practice focusing on hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Sharma continues to be active in research within the Division of Orthopaedics at the University of Calgary and has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and contributed to several book chapters. His research is currently focused on hip and knee arthroplasty, with additional focus on the anterior approach hip arthroplasty and rapid discharge hip and knee arthroplasty. He is passionate about properly evaluating new innovations to provide the best outcomes for patients, evidenced through his numerous contributions to and involvement with the research community.

Andrea Veljkovic, BComm, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Andrea Veljkovic is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports knee, foot, and ankle conditions. She currently works at St. Paul’s Hospital under the University of British Columbia.

In the UBC Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. Veljkovic is the orthopaedic program’s Research Director and Fellowship Director for the Foot and Ankle Adult Reconstruction division.

She also maintains a sports knee, foot, and ankle affiliation with UBC varsity sports teams. She has served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Vancouver Olympics polyclinic, covering short-track speed skating.

Dr. Veljkovic received her medical degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and completed her orthopaedic residency between Edmonton and Halifax. During this time, she had the privilege of working with Dr. Reid, on an elective in Alberta, covering sports teams such as the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos.

After her orthopaedics residency training, Andrea completed a sports knee and shoulder arthroscopy fellowship at UBC under Dr. McCormack. She then trained in sports knee, foot, ankle, and lower extremity reconstruction under Dr. Amendola at the University of Iowa.

During her second fellowship at the University of Iowa, Andrea developed minimally invasive surgical skills for foot and ankle reconstruction and joint preservation. She learned knee preservation techniques such as meniscal transplants, cartilage resurfacing, realignment, and patellofemoral stabilization.

Throughout her two prestigious traveling fellowships, awarded from the Canadian and American Orthopaedic Associations, Andrea took care of multiple sports teams, including the Whitecaps Soccer Club, Simon Fraser University soccer teams, BC Lions Football Club, and the University of Iowa basketball and field hockey teams.

After completing her fellowship training, Dr. Veljkovic held an orthopaedic practice in Nova Scotia. She was the team doctor for Acadia University, dealing with sports knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle pathology.

Later, she took a position at the University of Toronto as a surgeon-scientist. In Toronto, she moved her practice away from shoulder pathology to high-end sport foot and ankle reconstruction, where she continued to treat sports knee.

Dr. Veljkovic completed her Masters of Public Health at Harvard and leveraged this foundation to further her research on sports and joint preservation.

Her research interests are in clinical epidemiology of early arthritis of the knee and ankle, minimally invasive reconstructive techniques, lower limb alignment of the ankle and knee, and the use of biologics in joint preservation. She has a great interest in alignment restoration in complex knee, foot and ankle deformities, sports injuries, and advanced arthroscopic reconstruction. She also performs ankle arthroplasty.

Andrea has lectured extensively and was recently awarded the UBC Teaching Award. She has published over 60 scientific papers, and her research led her to be a finalist for the AOFAS Leonard Goldner and Roger Mann Awards. She continues to push the envelope on joint preservation of the foot, ankle, and knee.

Rachel Schachar, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Dr. Schachar received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2008 and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Calgary in 2014. She completed fellowships in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at the University of Toronto in 2015, and with the Banff Sports Medicine Group in 2016. Before attending medical school, Dr. Schachar received a Bachelor of Science in exercise and health physiology and a Master of Science in skeletal muscle biomechanics.

Dr. Schachar has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. She is actively involved in undergraduate medical education at the University of Calgary as an instructor in the musculoskeletal undergraduate curriculum and as a mentor in the medical student mentorship program.

Dr. Schachar was a national level synchronized swimmer and represented Canada in several competitions. In 2005, she won gold medals at the World Masters Games in both the team and duet events. After finishing her career in the pool, she went on to coach the sport for ten years.

She has two young boys who keep her busy! When she is not working, Dr. Schachar can be found on the ski slopes chasing powder most winter weekends, or mountain biking and paddleboarding during the summer.

David Sheps, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCS(C) (Medical Director)

Dr. Sheps received his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1997 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002.

Following his residency, he pursued subspecialty training in shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery. He completed a shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003 and an elbow and wrist surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006.

Concurrent with his fellowship in elbow and wrist surgery, Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary.

In 2011, Dr. Sheps attended the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he completed a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. He is presently undertaking a Master of Science in Medical Leadership at Birkbeck, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

In addition to his present clinical work, Dr. Sheps is involved in musculoskeletal care transformation in Alberta with Access Orthopaedics in Calgary and at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre. In his work with the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Dr. Sheps is leading the transition to ‘single point of entry’ for musculoskeletal care in Alberta.

Dr. Sheps is a founding member of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE) and plays a key role in upper extremity research at the University of Alberta. He is the past secretary for the Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society (CSES) and is leading the development of national shoulder rehabilitation protocols in collaboration with CSES. He is also guiding the development of patient information materials for shoulder disorders in collaboration with the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation (COF).

Dr. Sheps is a partner in Gateway Health Solutions, formed to develop innovative ways of delivering musculoskeletal care. Gateway is the parent company of Access Orthopaedics. He is also a partner in Gateway Medical Opinion, whose aim is to provide high quality independent medical opinions to the legal and insurance community.

Navdeep Dhaliwal, MD, CCFP​

Dr. Navi Dhaliwal is a General Practitioner with practice interest in musculoskeletal care. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Debrecen in Hungary and served as Chief Resident during his family medicine residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Navi has worked as an Orthopaedic Hospitalist since 2016 and manages acute trauma and elective surgery patients. He is actively involved in assessing patients with shoulder, hip, and knee problems in triage programs focused on reducing wait times, appropriate utilization of diagnostic imaging, and timely access to comprehensive musculoskeletal care. He has worked alongside Orthopaedic Surgeons and has assisted in the operating room with musculoskeletal surgical procedures.

Dr. Navi Dhaliwal’s skill set as an Orthopedic Hospitalist allows him to ensure that patients are triaged accurately. He also educates patients on process and treatment options.

In his free time, Navi enjoys playing hockey, soccer, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Colleen Kuntze, PT, MScPT, BKin

Colleen graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She also holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary.

Pulled by a great interest in post-graduate education, Colleen has completed training in manual therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. She has also attended several courses on shoulder assessment and rehabilitation. Her qualifications include traditional dry needling and ordering of diagnostic imaging.

Colleen is deeply involved in physiotherapy research. Her contributions have been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

She was involved with the Banff Sports Medicine group on a research initiative on functional outcomes following knee ligament reconstruction. She has also worked as a physiotherapist for the Worker’s Compensation Board of Alberta Shoulder Surgical Review and Integrated Shoulder Rehabilitation programs.

As the co-lead of the Alberta Health Services Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Networks’ provincial initiative, Colleen helps develop clinical care pathways for assessment and management of shoulder disorders. She wholeheartedly believes in the importance of a multidisciplinary treatment approach. Colleen is building universal shoulder post-operative protocols for the Calgary area by utilizing her robust experience working alongside orthopaedic shoulder surgeons.

An active individual, Colleen recognizes the importance of getting her clients moving and returning to their activities. As a result, her physiotherapy practice focuses on manual therapy and functional exercise to address non-optimal biomechanics.

Colleen grew up in Invermere, BC, where she built a love for the outdoors from a very young age. She spends most weekends in the mountains spending time with her family and friends.

Rebecka Huestis, LPN

Rebecka Huestis is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Interventional Procedure Assistant. As a part of the team at Gateway she can assist with post operative care and further expands the scope of support that we can provide to the patients at Gateway Surgery. Prior to working with Gateway Surgery she was working in the sports medicine field specializing in injection therapies. She has had an appreciation for the sports from a young age, competing in competitive soccer, basketball, and bowling. From her involvement in athletics I developed a strong passion for sports medicine, injection therapies and helping patients to control their pain.

Raelyn Willmer, Medical Office Assistant

Raelyn has been involved in the healthcare industry for 15 years, working alongside many specialties, including podiatry, sports medicine, research, and orthopaedics. She takes pride in helping patients navigate the healthcare system to achieve the best results.

Raelyn spent seven years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Raelyn likes reading and going to concerts and sporting events.

Jennie Scherer

Biography to follow soon.

Ian Lo, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Lo received his medical degree and Orthopaedic surgical residency from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Lo spent two years as a clinician-scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studying soft tissue healing at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Dr. Lo then began his sub-specialization in the treatment of shoulder conditions studying under Dr. Stephen Burkhart (University of Texas, San Antonio, TX) and Dr. Evan Flatow (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY).

Since returning to Canada, Dr. Lo has dedicated his practice solely to the treatment of shoulder conditions and has helped improve the quality of life of thousands of patients across Canada. He currently practices in both Alberta and British Columbia. He is the Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Lo specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder conditions and has pioneered several arthroscopic shoulder procedures. He holds multiple patents for innovative products designed to improve shoulder surgery.

Dr. Lo lectures nationally and internationally and has presented and published hundreds of papers. He has served on the committees of several distinguished organizations including the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA).

Dr. Lo has twice been awarded the ASES Neer Award, the organization’s highest distinction for shoulder research. He is the recipient of the AANA Stephen Burkhart Award, COA Founder’s Medal, and Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Legacy award, all for shoulder research.

He co-authored “A Cowboy’s Guide To Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy,” which was recognized for its ingenuity by the British Medical Association and is now considered a classic text.

Dr. Lo continues to serve as a Shoulder Consultant to the National Hockey League Players’ Association and is the Chairman of the Rocky Mountain International Shoulder Symposium. He was recently recognized as one of the Top 20 shoulder surgeons in North America (the only Canadian Surgeon named) by Orthopaedics This Week.

When he is not working, Dr. Lo spends his free time with his wife and four children. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and fitness training.

Devin Lemmex, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Lemmex completed medical school and his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Calgary. He continued his training by completing a Sports Medicine fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina, followed by another year of subspecialty training in Nice, France with the renowned Prof. Pascal Boileau. Dr. Lemmex has dedicated his clinical practice to arthroscopic reconstruction of the lower extremity. In particular, Dr. Lemmex has a special interest in hip arthroscopy and treating young adults with hip pain.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lemmex has experienced academic success with various research endeavours. He has published many journal articles, book chapters, and clinical commentaries on various topics in both national and international publications. Dr. Lemmex is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba where he is part of the Pan Am Clinic Foundation research team. His academic efforts currently focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients undergoing arthroscopic reconstruction of the hip, knee, and ankle.

Dr. Lemmex currently works in both Winnipeg, MB and Calgary, AB. He is the co-Head team physician for the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League. He previously served as an assistant Team Physician in the NCAA for Duke University and has experience caring for athletes from the recreational to professional level.

Jarret Woodmass, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Woodmass completed medical school at the University of Manitoba followed by residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Calgary. He then completed two years of subspecialty training including Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and complex shoulder reconstruction at the Boston Shoulder Institute, Harvard Orthopaedic Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Woodmass has dedicated his practice to the treatment of complex shoulder and knee pathologies with specific interests in rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, knee ligament injuries and cartilage restoration.

In addition to his clinical excellence, Dr. Woodmass is an established researcher with over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and national or international presentations. He has been the recipient of multiple research awards including the 2018 Dr. Robert Cofield Award and the 2019 Stephen Burkart Innovation Research Award. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and has focused his academic efforts on improving patient outcomes following surgery. He is the Director of Quality Assurance & Outcomes through the Pan Am Foundation and launched the Patient Reported Outcome Measurement (PROM) registry. He is a member of the Provincial Standards Committee, the Quality Improvement, Innovation and Implementation (QI3) Surgery Council and the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC) executive committee.

Dr. Woodmass currently splits his practice between Winnipeg, MB and Calgary, AB. He is the team physician for the Winnipeg ICE Western Hockey League junior team. He previously served as the assistant team physician for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball League. When Dr. Woodmass is not working he enjoys playing hockey, mountain biking and downhill skiing.

Philippe Magown, MDC, PhD, FRCS(C)​

Dr. Magown obtained his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Dalhousie in Halifax. He received his fellowship and specialty certificate from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015. He concomitantly obtained a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Dalhousie University for his work on stem cell-derived motoneuron reinnervation and muscular optogenetic.

Dr. Magown also holds a Clinician Investigator certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He pursued two additional years of subspecialty fellowship training in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary and the Oregon Health and Science University. He subspecialized in surgical treatments of movement disorders, facial pain, and chronic pain during those years.

Dr. Magown has been in independent practice since 2017. He holds an appointment as an attending neurosurgeon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the Health Sciences Centre. He joined Access Orthopedics in 2020, where he provides care in adult spinal disorders and chronic pain. His interest is in neuromodulation, especially for the treatment of chronic pain.

Outside of work, Dr. Magown enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and skiing with his wife.

Kelly Johnston, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Johnston received his medical degree at the University of Alberta in 2001 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Calgary in 2006. Following his residency, he pursued subspecialty training in adult hip and knee reconstruction, hip joint preservation, and trauma. He completed fellowships in adult reconstruction and trauma at the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 2007 and adult reconstruction and hip preservation at the University of California, San Diego in 2008.

Dr. Johnston is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary and has practiced in Calgary since 2008. He is an attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Rockyview General Hospital and has acted as the head of the section of hip and knee reconstruction at the University of Calgary since 2014. His practice focuses on adult hip and knee reconstruction and hip preservation, including hip arthroscopy.

Dr. Johnston is active in the research activities of the Division of Orthopaedics at the University of Calgary and has published in a number of peer reviewed journals. He has held a number of peer reviewed grants and is reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Rajrishi Sharma, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Sharma received his medical degree at the University of Alberta in 2006 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at McMaster University in 2011. Following residency, he completed a complex primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty fellowship at Western University and a foot and ankle fellowship at McMaster University. Concurrent with his foot and ankle fellowship, Dr. Sharma fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Research at McMaster University.

Dr. Sharma is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, a member of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health and the Research Lead for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty in Calgary. He is a full time academic orthopaedic surgeon and Clinical Associate Program Lead at the Peter Lougheed Hospital with a practice focusing on hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Sharma continues to be active in research within the Division of Orthopaedics at the University of Calgary and has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and contributed to several book chapters. His research is currently focused on hip and knee arthroplasty, with additional focus on the anterior approach hip arthroplasty and rapid discharge hip and knee arthroplasty. He is passionate about properly evaluating new innovations to provide the best outcomes for patients, evidenced through his numerous contributions to and involvement with the research community.

Andrea Veljkovic, BComm, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Andrea Veljkovic is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports knee, foot, and ankle conditions. She currently works at St. Paul’s Hospital under the University of British Columbia.

In the UBC Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. Veljkovic is the orthopaedic program’s Research Director and Fellowship Director for the Foot and Ankle Adult Reconstruction division.

She also maintains a sports knee, foot, and ankle affiliation with UBC varsity sports teams. She has served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Vancouver Olympics polyclinic, covering short-track speed skating.

Dr. Veljkovic received her medical degree from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, and completed her orthopaedic residency between Edmonton and Halifax. During this time, she had the privilege of working with Dr. Reid, on an elective in Alberta, covering sports teams such as the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos.

After her orthopaedics residency training, Andrea completed a sports knee and shoulder arthroscopy fellowship at UBC under Dr. McCormack. She then trained in sports knee, foot, ankle, and lower extremity reconstruction under Dr. Amendola at the University of Iowa.

During her second fellowship at the University of Iowa, Andrea developed minimally invasive surgical skills for foot and ankle reconstruction and joint preservation. She learned knee preservation techniques such as meniscal transplants, cartilage resurfacing, realignment, and patellofemoral stabilization.

Throughout her two prestigious traveling fellowships, awarded from the Canadian and American Orthopaedic Associations, Andrea took care of multiple sports teams, including the Whitecaps Soccer Club, Simon Fraser University soccer teams, BC Lions Football Club, and the University of Iowa basketball and field hockey teams.

After completing her fellowship training, Dr. Veljkovic held an orthopaedic practice in Nova Scotia. She was the team doctor for Acadia University, dealing with sports knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle pathology.

Later, she took a position at the University of Toronto as a surgeon-scientist. In Toronto, she moved her practice away from shoulder pathology to high-end sport foot and ankle reconstruction, where she continued to treat sports knee.

Dr. Veljkovic completed her Masters of Public Health at Harvard and leveraged this foundation to further her research on sports and joint preservation.

Her research interests are in clinical epidemiology of early arthritis of the knee and ankle, minimally invasive reconstructive techniques, lower limb alignment of the ankle and knee, and the use of biologics in joint preservation. She has a great interest in alignment restoration in complex knee, foot and ankle deformities, sports injuries, and advanced arthroscopic reconstruction. She also performs ankle arthroplasty.

Andrea has lectured extensively and was recently awarded the UBC Teaching Award. She has published over 60 scientific papers, and her research led her to be a finalist for the AOFAS Leonard Goldner and Roger Mann Awards. She continues to push the envelope on joint preservation of the foot, ankle, and knee.

Rachel Schachar, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)

Dr. Schachar received her medical degree from the University of Calgary in 2008 and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Calgary in 2014. She completed fellowships in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at the University of Toronto in 2015, and with the Banff Sports Medicine Group in 2016. Before attending medical school, Dr. Schachar received a Bachelor of Science in exercise and health physiology and a Master of Science in skeletal muscle biomechanics.

Dr. Schachar has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. She is actively involved in undergraduate medical education at the University of Calgary as an instructor in the musculoskeletal undergraduate curriculum and as a mentor in the medical student mentorship program.

Dr. Schachar was a national level synchronized swimmer and represented Canada in several competitions. In 2005, she won gold medals at the World Masters Games in both the team and duet events. After finishing her career in the pool, she went on to coach the sport for ten years.

She has two young boys who keep her busy! When she is not working, Dr. Schachar can be found on the ski slopes chasing powder most winter weekends, or mountain biking and paddleboarding during the summer.

David Sheps, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCS(C) (Medical Director)

Dr. Sheps received his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1997 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002.

Following his residency, he pursued subspecialty training in shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery. He completed a shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003 and an elbow and wrist surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006.

Concurrent with his fellowship in elbow and wrist surgery, Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary.

In 2011, Dr. Sheps attended the Sauder School of Business at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he completed a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration. He is presently undertaking a Master of Science in Medical Leadership at Birkbeck, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

In addition to his present clinical work, Dr. Sheps is involved in musculoskeletal care transformation in Alberta with Access Orthopaedics in Calgary and at the Edmonton Bone and Joint Centre. In his work with the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Dr. Sheps is leading the transition to ‘single point of entry’ for musculoskeletal care in Alberta.

Dr. Sheps is a founding member of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE) and plays a key role in upper extremity research at the University of Alberta. He is the past secretary for the Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society (CSES) and is leading the development of national shoulder rehabilitation protocols in collaboration with CSES. He is also guiding the development of patient information materials for shoulder disorders in collaboration with the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation (COF).

Dr. Sheps is a partner in Gateway Health Solutions, formed to develop innovative ways of delivering musculoskeletal care. Gateway is the parent company of Access Orthopaedics. He is also a partner in Gateway Medical Opinion, whose aim is to provide high quality independent medical opinions to the legal and insurance community.

Navdeep Dhaliwal, MD, CCFP​

Dr. Navi Dhaliwal is a General Practitioner with practice interest in musculoskeletal care. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Debrecen in Hungary and served as Chief Resident during his family medicine residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Navi has worked as an Orthopaedic Hospitalist since 2016 and manages acute trauma and elective surgery patients. He is actively involved in assessing patients with shoulder, hip, and knee problems in triage programs focused on reducing wait times, appropriate utilization of diagnostic imaging, and timely access to comprehensive musculoskeletal care. He has worked alongside Orthopaedic Surgeons and has assisted in the operating room with musculoskeletal surgical procedures.

Dr. Navi Dhaliwal’s skill set as an Orthopedic Hospitalist allows him to ensure that patients are triaged accurately. He also educates patients on process and treatment options.

In his free time, Navi enjoys playing hockey, soccer, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Colleen Kuntze, PT, MScPT, BKin

Colleen graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She also holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary.

Pulled by a great interest in post-graduate education, Colleen has completed training in manual therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. She has also attended several courses on shoulder assessment and rehabilitation. Her qualifications include traditional dry needling and ordering of diagnostic imaging.

Colleen is deeply involved in physiotherapy research. Her contributions have been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.

She was involved with the Banff Sports Medicine group on a research initiative on functional outcomes following knee ligament reconstruction. She has also worked as a physiotherapist for the Worker’s Compensation Board of Alberta Shoulder Surgical Review and Integrated Shoulder Rehabilitation programs.

As the co-lead of the Alberta Health Services Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Networks’ provincial initiative, Colleen helps develop clinical care pathways for assessment and management of shoulder disorders. She wholeheartedly believes in the importance of a multidisciplinary treatment approach. Colleen is building universal shoulder post-operative protocols for the Calgary area by utilizing her robust experience working alongside orthopaedic shoulder surgeons.

An active individual, Colleen recognizes the importance of getting her clients moving and returning to their activities. As a result, her physiotherapy practice focuses on manual therapy and functional exercise to address non-optimal biomechanics.

Colleen grew up in Invermere, BC, where she built a love for the outdoors from a very young age. She spends most weekends in the mountains spending time with her family and friends.

Rebecka Huestis, LPN

Rebecka Huestis is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Interventional Procedure Assistant. As a part of the team at Gateway she can assist with post operative care and further expands the scope of support that we can provide to the patients at Gateway Surgery. Prior to working with Gateway Surgery she was working in the sports medicine field specializing in injection therapies. She has had an appreciation for the sports from a young age, competing in competitive soccer, basketball, and bowling. From her involvement in athletics I developed a strong passion for sports medicine, injection therapies and helping patients to control their pain.

Raelyn Willmer, Medical Office Assistant

Raelyn has been involved in the healthcare industry for 15 years, working alongside many specialties, including podiatry, sports medicine, research, and orthopaedics. She takes pride in helping patients navigate the healthcare system to achieve the best results.

Raelyn spent seven years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. Raelyn likes reading and going to concerts and sporting events.

Jennie Scherer

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