Andre Riopel


 André G. Riopel

BSc.PT.,  Dip.MT.,  MCPA.,  CSTF., FCAMT.

Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy

Advanced Diploma Manipulative Therapy

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Canadian Standardized Test of Fitness Appraiser

Fellow Canadian Academy Manipulative Therapist


Specialty Areas: Orthopedics, Vestibular (balance and dizziness), Functional Capacity Evaluation     



Advanced Diploma, Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Auckland Technical Institute, New Zealand.
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, On.
Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Canada (Dean’s Honour List for Highest Class Average)
Secondary School Honours Graduation Diploma South Porcupine, Canada
Diplome de Graduation d’ecole Secondaire, Timmins, Canada


 Accredited Functional Capacity Evaluator with Ontario Insurance Commission Medical Rehabilitation and Disability Designated Assessment Centre 1994.

Accredited Functional Capacity Evaluator with Ontario Insurance Commission Residual Earning Capacity Evaluation Centre 1996.

Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator: Blankenship Corporation, Macon Georgia, October 1993.

Canadian Standardized Test of Fitness Appraiser certified since 1988.

Fellow Canadian Academy Manipulative Therapist since 1998


 2017                            Unban Poling: Therapeutic Protocols

2015                            Advanced shoulder course Bahram Jam PT Halifax 7NS 8 hours

2012                            Explain Pain.  David Butler Quebec City, 16 hours

2012                            International Federation of Manipulative Physiotherapists Congress, Quebec City  16 hours.

2010                            Recent Advances in the treatment of the shoulder Northeast Seminars, Toronto  16 hours

2009                           Member of organizing committee for Physio North Kinex Conference, Sault Ste                                                Marie – 16 hours + 30 hours volunteer time

2008                           Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference – 15 hours

2006                           Evaluation and Treatment of Lumbar Spine and Sacro-iliac Joint

Bram Jam Sault Ste Marie – 16 hours

2005                           WSIB Program of Care Upper Limb injuries, teleconference – 2 hours

2004                          Association of Designated Assessment Centres Conference – 8 hours

2002                          WSIB Program of Care for Acute Low Back Pain, teleconference – 2 hours

2002                          Current concepts in the Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness

Chicago – 18 hours

2002                          FSCO New Directions in Accident Benefits, Medico Legal issues in Designated                                                Assessment Centres.  Sault College – 5 hours

2001                         Mulligan Concept, Manual Therapy Course Jack Miller – 16 hours

2000                        Thai Yoga Massage. Kam Thye Chow. Montreal – 40 hours

1999                         Myofascial Stretching Dr. Guy Voyer Toronto – 32 hours

1998                        Management of the MVA Patient.  Earl Pettman FCAMT

Hamilton – 24 hours

1998                         The determination of Reasonable and Appropriate treatment for MVA clients.                                                 Association of Designated Assessment Centre.  Toronto – 8 hours

1998                       Conquer Pain: Annual Conference of Orthopedic Division CPA

Montreal – 19 hours

1998                        Evaluation and Treatment of Cervical Myofascial Dysfunction

Bharam Jahm,  Sault Ste Marie – 8 hours

1997                        Iyengar Yoga Training Workshop, Harbour Spring, Michigan – 16 hours


1996                       Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement-Related Pain Syndromes Associated with                                              Muscle Imbalances.  Shirley Sahrmann, London – 16 hrs.

1995                        Pre-placement Screening, Ray Matheson & Associates

Chicago – 14 hrs.

1995                        Myofascial Pain Symposium ,Winnipeg – 32 hrs.

1994-1995            Osteopathic Training Canadian College of Osteopathy, Toronto-128 hrs.

1994                       Vestibular Rehabilitation Conference, Minnesota – 32 hrs.

1994                      Muscle Imbalance Course, V.Janda, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – 20 hrs.

1994                     Ontario Insurance Association Update – 8 hrs.

1993                     Blankenship, Functional Capacity Evaluation Clinical Certification

Macon, Georgia – 35 hrs.

1993                     McKenzie Institute International Conference, Toronto – 16 hrs.

1992                    Exploring Adult Education

Ontario Workers Compensation Institute, Sudbury – 16 hrs.

1992                    Abnormal Neural Tissue Tension: Assessment and Treatment

Robert Elvey,  CPA – Orthopedic Conference, Toronto – 16 hrs.

1991                    Front Line Leadership

Management Course

Group Health Centre – 30 hrs.

1991                   American Back Society & World Federation of

Chiropractic Conference, Toronto – 30 hrs.

1990                  Desktop Publishing with Wordperfect

Community Computing – Sault Ste Marie – 8 hrs

1990                 Ergonomics in the Workplace I

University of Michigan, Ann Harbor, Mi – 35 hrs.

1989                 Industrial Rehabilitation

Keith Blankenship

Toronto, Ontario – 20 hrs

1984‑86         Mckenzie Institute Part A,B,C,D Manual Therapy Courses

London, Toronto

Wellington New Zealand, Detroit USA – 150 hours

1983‑85          E2‑E3, V2‑V3 Manual Therapy Courses

Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Canada – 75 hour

1982               Orthopedics with Rene Caillet M.D.

Sault Ste Marie, Canada

1982                Grey Cup Sports Medicine Symposium

Toronto, Canada

1982               3rd Annual Sports Physiotherapy Symposium

1981               Level I Sports Physiotherapy Certificate

1981               St Johns First Aid Certificate

1979              Athletic Injury Management Certificate



1996-1997                  Organized and taught Manual Therapy and Exercises for Common                                                     Orthopedic Problems.

A 6 month course for 24 physiotherapists from Algoma District and Upper Michigan.


1996-2000                               Ontario Insurance Commission Loss of Earning Capacity Designated Assessment Centre (DAC)


1994-present               Back In Motion Physiotherapy, a private owner-operated Physiotherapy clinic.


1994-2005                               Functional Capacity Evaluator for Algoma Assessment Centre [Ontario Insurance Commission Medical & Rehabilitation Designated Assessment Centre (DAC)].


1989‑1993                               Developed and managed the Group Health Centre’s Industrial Rehabilitation Program (a WCB Community Clinic).  Responsible for all program development, patient liaison, managing staff of six, budgeting & clinical implementation.

Group Health Centre, Sault Ste Marie, On.


1989‑1990                   Strain Prevention Program Co‑ordinator, Algoma Steel Corporation

One year contract position to develop and implement plant wide program to reduce strain injuries.


1989‑1990                   Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology -Sessional Teacher

            Manual Therapy for Physical Therapist

A 1 year course in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for 20 physiotherapists.

Sault Ste Marie, On


1981‑1990                   Group Health Centre

Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic

Sault Ste Marie, Canada

Senior Physiotherapist


1987‑88                       Roger Main Manipulative Physiotherapist Locum Position

Wairoa,  New Zealand



1983‑84                       Sports Canada National Cycling Team – Physiotherapist (Soigneur)

1983 World Championships Switzerland

1984 Olympic Preparation Europe

Therapist for Canada’s National Men’s and Women’s Cycling Team

2 X 3 months contracts in Europe World Championships

Olympic Preparation


1983                            Northwick Park Hospital and Research Centre

London, England

Cultural Exchange Physiotherapist


1984‑89                       Custom Physiotherapy Equipment

Sault Ste Marie, Canada

Co‑owner of company.  Manufacturing, sales and

repairs of physiotherapy equipment.


1981‑2000                   Ontario Wrestling Federation

Sports Physiotherapist

Local, National and International Competitions


1981‑87                       Soo Greyhounds Amateur Hockey Club

Team Physiotherapist

Sault Ste Marie, Canada


1980‑81                       University of Western Ontario Wrestling Team

London, Canada

Athletic Therapist


1979‑2006                   Official for Amateur Wrestling

Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association


1992-present               President Sault Cycling Club


1990-2005                   Chair City of Sault Ste Marie

Bicycle Advisory Committee




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<          Member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic and Research Divisions


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