Board of Directors & Staff


Carl Dalton is the Vice President of Dalton Associates Psychological Services, a large group mental health practice that serves the province of Ontario. Carl holds a Masters of Social Work Degree and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Carl brings 15 years of clinical and business leadership experience in education, mental health and addiction fields. Throughout his career, Carl has learned that the key to providing comprehensive services for a community’s or organisation’s complex needs is through collective interventions that emphasise quality services, clear outcomes/goals, communication, and mutual respect.

Shelley Gardiner has been a registered Speech-Language Pathologist for 25 years and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including a small town hospital, big city hospital and a children’s treatment centre. Currently she is an active member of the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) MVA and ABI professional interest groups. Through OSLA she helped organize conferences which brought a number of highly respected speakers such as Roberta DePompei and Tim Feeney to the Toronto area. For the past 15 years she has operated her own private practice. As a sole provider in private practice she understands the challenges that comes from trying to run your own business and provide good clinical care; particularly in the ever changing world of MVA. She will be leading the Sole Practitioner Interest Group.

Tracey Milner is co-founder of Complex Injury Rehab, focused on complex injuries and neurorehabilitation. She is the co-creator of the tablet-based neurofunctional assessment, BrainFx 360, which is meeting its mission to measure and understand the effects of mild to moderate brain disorders on real world function sensitively and reliably across Canada and potentially in the United States. She is an Occupational Therapist with more than14 years in neurorehabilitation practice with adults and children. Over the course of her career, she has led rehabilitation teams as part of two national health organizations and presented at many brain injury and long term care conferences in Canada and the United States. She is an adjunct lecturer with The University of Toronto and on Faculty for the Health Coach Certificate at York University. Tracy was extensively involved responding to FSCO’s Expert Panel on Catastrophic Definition through the preparation of the ORA’s Panel of Experts Report of May 13, 2011, multiple presentations to government standing committee, and through the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists’ stakeholder submissions with more than 10 years in its auto sector committee, where she was co-author on the reflective practice resource on the assessment of attendant care.

Joel Villanueva is a Physiotherapist and a co-owner/director of clinic services at Physio-Logic Rehabilitation Services. Physio-Logic is a rehabilitation clinic that provides neurological and orthopedic services in the clinic, community and home settings. Physio-Logic provides Physiotherapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Pilates. Joel received his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Upon graduation, Joel practiced in the renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston for 6 years. He worked in the inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings, with a focus on traumatic brain injury and post stroke rehabilitation. Joel then moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked for three years in the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, acute care, and skilled nursing facilities. In 2010, Joel moved to Toronto to follow his future wife. Since moving to Toronto, Joel has been working at Physio-Logic and became a co-owner and director in 2012.


David Frake is a Physiotherapist and owner/director of Balance Physiotherapy. Balance Physiotherapy is a neurological and orthopedic practice serving adults and children in clinic, community and home settings. Balance Physiotherapy employs the services of 12 physiotherapists and 3 massage therapists across two locations in the GTA. Balance is clinically affiliated with the University of Toronto. David’s educational background is in Science (physiology/kinesiology) (Waterloo) and Physiotherapy (Ottawa). He has taken numerous post-graduate clinical courses including Bobath normal movement studies and acupuncture (AFCI). Clinically, his expertise was developed at the ROHCG- Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, TRI- The Lyndhurst Centre and several private orthopedic practices. His clinical experience includes work in Asia, Africa and the UK. He has an affiliation with the University of Toronto as a clinical facilitator. He is also a member of Canada’s National Triathlon Team both as a physiotherapist and athlete and competes nationally as an elite cyclist. David brings with him to the Alliance Board of Directors, a membership in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, five years as a member of the Ottawa District Executive of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA), 3 years as a voting delegate at the OPA’s annual general meeting and a delegate to the first OPA Planning and Priorities Assembly.

Pat Gaughan is the President and CEO of Bartimaeus Rehabilitation Services and has been with the company since its inception in 1988. Pat has over 30 years of experience working with children, youth and adults in the Children’s Mental Health, developmental, addictions and rehabilitation sectors. Pat is the past president of the GTA branch of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counselors and past member of the OACYC Board of Directors. He is currently the President of the Board for the Reach Out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.), an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre located in the Halton Region.

Rick Hadleycrane is the Director of Business Development and Manager at Lawlor Therapy Support Services Inc. Lawlor provides RSW services as well as specialized programs such as technology training and recreational therapy to individuals with an ABI. Working with the company for the past 14 years, Rick has experienced growth within the company from developing client programs, staff supervision, and most recently creating the technology training program. Rick originates from Nova Scotia where he attended University, achieving his B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and History, as well as his C.P.A. Prior to relocating, Rick worked for several Social Service programs including: The Society for Treatment of Autism, Children’s Aid Society, and Mi’Kmaq Family Services.

Dr. Philip Palmer is a Board Certified Specialist in Rehabilitation as a diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (DACRB). He is also a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehabilitation Specialists (ISCRS), and Internationally Certified in Impairment and Disability Rating. He has completed a peer review journal article and has lectured as a guest speaker for the ACRB Diplomate program. He has worked with AC Milan and the New York Rangers using the Optogait dynamic movement assessment tool. He continues to perform specialized dynamic movement assessments for professional teams and for specialized rehabilitation programs. He is also a collaborator for Sick Kids Exercise Medicine Research Lab – Optogait Clinical Research. He has performed examinations on behalf of insurers and claimants throughout his practice. He is currently a Member of the Canadian and Ontario Chiropractic Associations as well as a fellow of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board. In private practice since 1997, he has been Clinical Director at Genesis Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic since 1998.


Laurie Davis has been Executive Director of the ORA since November 2013. She is a founding Alliance Board member and was Executive Director of Therapacc Inc. now a Division of Closing the Gap Healthcare Group, from 2001 to 2012.. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario. She lives in Peterborough.
Prior to joining Therapacc Inc. Laurie operated a consulting practice focussing on program and organizational development, pay and employment equity, human resources and communications. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Ontario Rehab Alliance she operates a management consulting practice and is an occasionally published freelance writer.

Help Desk & “SABS Guru”

Candice Thornton’s support comes to us courtesy of ORA member Dalton Associates where she holds two titles: Manager of Rehabilitation Services and Privacy Officer. As Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Candice is the “go to” person at Dalton Associates for MVA and WSIB related inquiries. She helps find accessible and effective psychological support and ensures that service providers are aware and compliant with all legislation. Candice works with insurers, healthcare providers, and legal representatives to ensure that all parties are working together to provide the best care possible for the client.

Candice led Dalton Associates through Service Provider Licencing, is responsible for Ontario Claim Form (OCF) administration, and has an in depth knowledge of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) legislation, and the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). As the Privacy Officer for Dalton Associates, Candice is well versed in PHIPA and privacy law.

Candice is also a Registered Massage Therapist, practicing at an interdisciplinary clinic in Erin, Ontario.

Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Lindsay Weir has been the Administrative Assistant for the ORA since 2014. She is also the Office Administrator for a speech-language pathology service provider in Waterloo, Ontario. She also volunteers with Hospice of Waterloo Region as a client support volunteer. Prior to working in administrative support Lindsay worked in human resources and education. Her educational background is in human resources and philosophy with a focus on Bio Ethics.  She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.