The ACES Framework of Physical Activity Prescription.
About The Team
We are a group of medical and exercise professionals. The Physician leads are Dr. Kam Shojania (UBC Rheumatology) and Dr. Kaila Holtz (UBC PM&R). Other members of the team include a nurse, students from medicine and rehab sciences as well as a web developer, a filmmaker, a web user experience export, and a health care project manager.
Kaila A. Holtz, MD MSc
PGY-5, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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.

Kam Shojania, MC FRCPC
Clinical Professor and Head, Division of Rheumatology
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.

Kelcey Bland MSc, PhD Candidate
Exercise & Nutrition Research Program, Mary MacKilop Institute for Health Research Australian Catholic University, Australia

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.

Derin Karacabeyli, Medical Student
University of British Columbia, Canada

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
Project Manager
Facility Engagement Liaison, Doctors of BC

Favourite physical activities: Swimming, walking, badminton, tennis.

Greg Burnham
Web Developer, BAJ Media

Favourite physical activities: Long distance running.

Charlie Gunn
Video Producer,

Favourite physical activities: Skiing, biking, hiking, hockey.

Laurissa Barnes-Roberts
Experience Designer,

Favourite physical activities: Taekwon-Do, yoga, running, boxing.

Thank you to the following individuals for their feedback and discussion

Jonathon Fowles, PhD CSEP-CEP

Chair, Exercise is Medicine Canada National Advisory Council
Professor, School of Kenesiology Acadia University

Lora Giangrgorio, PhD

Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging
Professor, Department of Kinesiology University of Waterloo

Lori Zehr

School of Health and Human Services Camosun College

Kristen Lane, PhD CSEP-CEP

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

Kathy Gaul, PhD

Professor and former Course Director, Foundations of Medicine, Island Medical

Sarah Weller, BAppSci(HMS)

Treloar Physiotherapy Cancer Recovery Exercise Program
University of British Columbia

Questions? Comments? Let us know!

The project is funded by St. Paul's Foundation with support of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

The site is designed by, implemented by BAJ Media and utilizes FPDF and libchart libraries.

The ACES Framework of Physical Activity Prescription
Ask every patient every time about physical activity