Sports Medicine Clinic
Alexandra Lafrance has been active in high-level sports since her studies in kinesiology at McGill University. In addition to working with the Canadian Olympic Handball Federation, Alexandra was an integral part of the physiotherapist team at McGill University after earning her Master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in 2013. She has worked with several university sports, including American football, soccer, hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She joined INS Québec in 2019 with the short track speed skating development team. She is pursuing studies in manual physical therapy and is a candidate for the Canadian Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy.
Alexia de Macar, Ph.D.
A nutritionist since 2005, Alexia has worked in several high-level sports and artistic environments for over a decade. Alexia holds a Ph.D. in sports nutrition from the Université de Montréal and has shown a strong interest in science and research. In addition to collaborating with INS Québec for many years, Alexia has also worked with Cirque du Soleil artists since 2006, with whom she was responsible for developing the eating disorder intervention protocol. She thus has leading-edge expertise with elite athletes with eating disorders. Alexia is also an experienced and dynamic speaker, regularly requested for sports and scientific events. Alexia advocates a personalized approach, where the athlete is an integral part of the process and for which an interdisciplinary effort is essential.
With a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the Université de Montréal, Antoine worked in a private clinic for 2 years before joining the INS Québec team in 2019, where he works primarily with the short track speed skating development team. In the past, he has also worked with the McGill baseball team and the Rugby Club de Montréal. Very interested in sports, Antoine has trained in the evaluation and treatment of running-related injuries and is currently pursuing his training in manual physical therapy.
Ariane holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Université de Montréal and has been a nutritionist since 2008. She wanted to expand her knowledge in athletic performance and obtained a specialization diploma in sports nutrition with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Always striving to excel, she combines her profession with her great passion: alpine snowboarding. She knows the reality of elite sports, being a former athlete of the Canadian Alpine and Olympian Snowboard Team who performed at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Passionate about sports, she works with an active clientele and high-performance athletes. Her goal is to help each client and athlete to develop their full potential, by adapting their diet to their individual reality.
Brian completed a master’s degree in physiotherapy at McGill University in 2015. After three years of experience working in private clinics, Brian joined INS Quebec in June 2018 as the physiotherapist for the national boxing team. Previously he had followed soccer, hockey, and football teams at university, cégep, and inter-city levels. He worked as the lead therapist for soccer and track teams at the 2017 Maccabiah games in Israel.
Catherine Naulleau, Dt. P., M.Sc.
Catherine holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition from the Université de Montréal. A former elite rowing athlete, she regularly had to lose a few pounds to “make weight,” leading to her interest in nutrition and a career. For more than 12 years, she has worked with elite athletes and active individuals, specializing in combat sports and weight classes. She works in particular with the national judo and artistic swimming team. Always in need of innovation, in addition to being very curious and critical, Catherine continues her passion in her doctoral studies at the Université de Sherbrooke to optimize fast weight loss techniques in combat sports.
A 2016 graduate in family medicine from Université de Montréal, Dr. Charlotte Jacquemin completed her training in sports medicine at McGill University, and thereafter obtained her sports medicine degree from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercice Medicine. Since then, she practises both sports medicine and family medicine. As a former athlete in track and field and downhill skiing, she has an interest in endurance and sliding sports.
A graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Kinesiology and an accredited member of the Fédération des Kinésiologues du Québec, David has been in the field of physical training for 20 years now. In the last few years, he has developed a strong expertise in physical reactivation, helping clients who have suffered concussions from motor accidents and high performance athletics, as well as clients who simply enjoy working out. For 5 years, David has been working with INS Québec to help athletes in their return to sport following the consequences of a concussion.
A graduate of McGill University in kinesiology, Émilie went on to complete her masters in physiotherapy at Université de Montréal. She made her debut at INS Québec in 2015 with the national team of boccia and recently joined the development team in short track speed skating. She is studying manual therapy and is a candidate for the Canadian certificate in sports physiotherapy.
Erik Sesbreno is nutrition lead at the Institut National du Sport du Quebec. He works with targeted athletes and coaches to develop and deliver world-class nutrition support in the daily training environment and develop evidence-based nutrition plans focused on the needs of the sport and the athlete. He also conducts and collaborates in research and innovation projects to further the discipline. He is an International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) level 3 anthropometrist and has developed proficiency at using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and surface anthropometry for assessing and monitoring body composition changes in high performance athletes.
Evelyne holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Activity and is currently pursuing her studies at HEC Montréal. She joined the Institut national du sport du Québec in May 2019. Having worked at the Institut national du sport du Québec from 2014 to 2016 as a medical and sports project manager and a scientific support technician, Evelyne is now involved in the management and administration of the medical clinic and medical and sports services. In particular, she ensures the development and implementation of projects and new services, the improvement of processes, the coordination of interdisciplinary teams, the enrichment of administrative and technical support for the service, all with a constant desire for innovation and efficiency.
Félix Croteau, M. Sc. PT, Ph. D. (c), SPC Dip
Having graduate from McGill with a master’s in physiotherapy in 2011, as well as obtaining a diploma in sports physiotherapy, Felix joined the Institut’s team in 2015. He mainly works with our national women’s water polo team, with whom he has been to three world championships and two panamerican games. Since 2016, Felix is pursuing a PhD in the management of shoulder injuries with a special interest in the measurement of physical risk factors and quantifying training loads.
France graduated from the Université de Montréal in physiotherapy in 1989. She began her practice in 1989 as a physiotherapist at the Physiothérapie du Sport du Québec clinic. Regularly called to work with Olympic athletes and athletes of all levels and disciplines, she has developed expertise in the field of sports physiotherapy over the course of 30 years. She became an osteopath in 1998, graduating from the Centre Ostéopathique du Québec, where she has taught for 18 years.
Dr. Ostiguy holds a doctorate in family medicine from Université de Laval in 2014, completed her fellowship in sports medicine at McGill in 2015 and obtained a sports medicine degree from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine the same year. An active member of the Institute’s medical team since 2016, Dr. Ostiguy is, among other things, a physician for the Concordia men’s hockey team, the national judo team and the Canadian Regional Training Centre (CRCE) for short track speed skating. Former road cycling athlete, Dr. Ostiguy is passionate about competitive sports.
A doctor at the INS Québec clinic since 2014, Dr. Hébert holds a diploma from the Université de Sherbrooke in family medicine. A member of the national boxing team, he is an accredited Certified Ringside Physician from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A badminton athlete having participated twice at world university championships, Dr. Hébert is passionate about hockey, soccer and running, among other things, he also completed seven marathons in addition to an Ironman.
Jean Sébastien Rondeau
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in athletic therapy from Concordia University and now in his fifth year of osteopathic study, Jean-Sébastien recently joined INS as a multisports therapist after having spent five years as head therapist at the Montreal Impact. Passionate about biomechanics, his therapeutic approach is based as much on manual therapy as on movement therapy.
Jonathan Deslauriers, Ph.D.
A graduate in Neuropsychology from the Université de Montréal (Ph.D. Psychology R/I, neuropsychology option), he has been conducting assessments of children, adults and the elderly since 2014. He is currently acting as a consultant for the Institut national du sport du Québec in the management of concussions in high-level athletes. In addition to a subspecialization in sports neuropsychology (concussion), he also has expertise in attentional disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and issues related to aging.
With a bachelor’s in physiotherapy from Université de Laval and a doctorate in family medicine from Université de Montréal, Dr. Rainville holds a diploma in sports medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Having worked as a sports physiotherapist in Texas and in California at the beginning of her career, Dr. Rainville is an emergency physician at the CHUM since 2003. She is a clinical instructor at the Université de Montréal and works with the Carabins as a sports physician. Involved at the INS Québec clinic since 2007, Dr. Rainville has worked with the synchronized
Josiane graduated from Université de Laval in physiotherapy in 1993. She holds a degree in sports physiotherapy and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Physiotherapy, FCAMPT. She is also a manual therapy teacher with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. At INS Québec, Josiane accompanies and works mainly with the national figure skating team but is also involved with several other sports. In 2017, she was part of the Canadian medical team at the Universiade which took place in Taiwan.
Kathleen completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2009. During her studies she worked with the Varsity Women`s Soccer Team. Upon graduation, she worked for 5 years in a private sports medicine clinic before joining the team at INS Québec in 2014 as the team therapist for the Senior National Artistic Swimming Team. Since then, she has also joined the Integrated Support Team for the Paraswimming High Performance Centre and works with a multisport clientele at the INS Québec clinic. Kathleen completed her Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy in 2018 and continues to work towards her fellowship of manipulative therapy (FCAMPT), having completed the intermediate exam in 2019.
Holding a Master’s in Physiotherapy from the Université de Montréal earned in 2016, Marie-Anne joined the Institut national du sport du Québec team in 2019. Certified in sport physiotherapy, Marie-Anne has been involved for several years with the Carabins women’s volleyball team at the Université de Montréal. She has also worked with athletes from various sports disciplines such as soccer, gymnastics, taekwondo and artistic swimming. She completed her Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2019. She is currently pursuing her studies in manual physical therapy.
Martin Fréchette holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the faculty of medicine of Université de Montréal. In addition to being an accredited nutritionist at INS Québec and at the Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke regional multi-sports training centre, Martin is a co-holder of the nutrition module of the advanced coaching diploma of the national coaching certification program. He is also a lecturer at Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University. In 2013, he held the position of Director of Food Services at the Canada Games which took place in Sherbrooke.
A member of the Institut national du sport du Québec team since 2011, Dr. Suzanne Leclerc is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. She also holds a Certificate of Additional Proficiency in Sport and Exercise Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She completed a doctorate at McGill University on sports-related concussions. Dr. Leclerc is still involved in research on concussions and has collaborated on various publications and conferences on the issue of concussions in sports and other sports medicine-related topics. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Université de Montréal. She teaches the musculoskeletal exam to family medicine residents and teaches nurse practitioners at the Université de Montréal. Dr. Leclerc practises sports medicine at the medical and sports clinic of the Institut national du sport du Québec.
Dr. Leclerc has been involved with various national teams since 1998. She was the physician for the national women’s hockey team from 1998 to 2005, and was a physician for their team in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. She was the Chief Medical Officer of the national short track speed skating team from 2003 to 2018 and was involved in supporting the team at the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Dr. Leclerc has been the physician of the women’s national water polo team since 2007 and of the men’s team since 2018. She was part of the medical team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and several Panamerican games (2011, 2015 and 2019).
Dr. Leclerc has contributed to many sports organizations, having previously held the positions of Chair of the CMSQ (Conseil de Médecine du sport du Québec) and Chair of the AQMS (Association québécoise de médecine du sport). Dr. Leclerc continues to meet the challenges and engage with various committees at the national level. She sits on the national committee for the degree in sports medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine.