University of British Columbia, Canada
Favourite physical activities: spinning, HIIT training, and chasing after her toddler.
Dr. Holtz is a Resident Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports and Exercise Medicine Fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She obtained her Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts — Amherst in 2007 studying dosing exercise as "drug" for metabolic health. Her interest in Exercise Medicine continued in Medical School at UBC when she collaborated with Dr. Erica Frank (Healthy Doc = Healthy Patient Initiative) and Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald (Developmental Pediatrician) and found that 4th year medical students who engaged in more strenuous physical activity were more likely to perceive exercise counseling as being highly relevant to future clinical practice (Holtz et al. Canadian Family Physician 2013). Over 85% felt their training in exercise counselling was less than they required to be effective as practicing physicians.
With the results of their study in hand, Dr. Holtz and her fellow medical student Dr. Kristen Kokotilo petitioned the UBC Curriculum Leads in 2011 to include physical activity prescription into the Family Medicine Seminar Series. This workshop was one of the first of its kind in Canadian undergraduate medical school curricula. At the same time, she co-founded the Wellness Initiative Network (WIN) and started an Exercise in Medicine on Campus Chapter at UBC.
Dr. Holtz met Dr. Kam Shojania during her PGY-2 rotation in Rheumatology. Dr. Shojoania discussed exercise with his patients frequently and when he did, he often used the examining room table paper covering as his canvas. Dr. Shojania jokingly suggested we should make an "app" instead and the beginnings of our open access site was born.
University of British Columbia, BC
Favourite physical activities, cycling, HIIT training, and hiking the forests of BC
Dr. Kam Shojania is a Clinical Professor and the Head of the Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr Shojania is also Chief of Rheumatology at St. Paul's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Shojania is the Medical Director of the Mary Pack Arthritis Program — BC's Provincial Arthritis Program.
Dr. Shojania is a graduate from UBC medical school where he also completed his speciality training in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Rheumatology. Dr. Shojania is an investigator at Arthritis Research Canada (ARC) and at the centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) in Vancouver. His awards include a Clinician-Teacher Award from The Arthritis Society and a UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a recipient of the UBC Master Teacher Award, the Howard Stein Award, the Fay Dirks Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and the Canadian Rheumotology Association Teacher-educator Award. He has been an invited speaker at over 60 national and international meetings. Dr. Shojania has over 100 publications and six book chapters.
In his clinical practice, Dr. Shojania has instituted a mandate to ask every patient every time about physical activity.
Favourite physical activities: Pilates, dance & riding her bike all around Melbourne!
Kelcey is currently completing her PhD in exercise oncology at the Mary MacKilop Institute for Health Research. Her research focus includes exploring the role of exercise in training as a management strategy for cachexia in individuals with advanced cancer. Prior to beginning her PhD, Kelcey completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Kelcey also has experience working as an exercise physiologist and pilates teacher for chronic disease prevention and management.
Favourite physical activities: weightlifting, cycling, hiking.
Derin is a 4th year medical student with a passion for making health accessible. He has spent the past five years conducting community-based research with Live 5-2-1-0, a childhood obesity prevention initiative. Inspired by Dr. Holtz, he co-founded the UBC chapter of Exercise is Medicine on Campus, helping to grow the club to over 200 members. He enjoys volunteering with the Vancouver Street Soccer League and BC Mobility Opportunities Society to facilitate making the healthy choice the easy choice for all. After a short and sweet varsity rowing career, Derin now enjoys cycling, weightlifting, and meditation.
Belinda Chen, PMP
Facility Engagement Liaison, Doctors of BC
Favourite physical activities: Swimming, walking, badminton, tennis.
Web Developer, BAJ Media
Favourite physical activities: Long distance running.
Video Producer, charliegunn.co
Favourite physical activities: Skiing, biking, hiking, hockey.
Experience Designer, laurissa.design
Favourite physical activities: Taekwon-Do, yoga, running, boxing.
Thank you to the following individuals for their feedback and discussion
Chair, Exercise is Medicine Canada National Advisory Council
Professor, School of Kenesiology Acadia University
Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging
Professor, Department of Kinesiology University of Waterloo
School of Health and Human Services Camosun College
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education
Professor and former Course Director, Foundations of Medicine, Island Medical
Treloar Physiotherapy Cancer Recovery Exercise Program
University of British Columbia