Originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Michelle earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Kinesiology at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2015. During her time at Acadia her interests were directed towards biomechanics, and she completed an honours thesis on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in adolescents and young adults, focusing on muscle activation using surface electromyography. After graduating she spent a summer as a student lab manager and research assistant in the John MacIntyre motion Lab of Applied Biomechanics at Acadia, and presented her undergraduate research at the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Glasgow, Scotland. She is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Research at the Joint Action Research Laboratory in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses gait electromyography in individuals with knee osteoarthritis, attempting to uncover how knee joint function differs between symptomatic and contra-lateral knees during walking. These investigations have implications for understanding mechanisms of knee OA progression and why many people may go on to require total joint replacements in both knees. Michelle has earned the one-year Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship at Dalhousie University (Master’s), and plans to continue to expand her knowledge in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics research.
A native of Elgin, Ontario, Matthew Baker earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Kinesiology from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 2011. He graduated as a two-time Academic All-Canadian and a member of the Dean’s List, with his educational interests lying in exercise physiology and biomechanics. Matthew worked as a rehabilitation assistant in Hanoi, Vietnam for six months before taking the role of Executive Director for a non-profit organization in northern Manitoba from 2012-2014. He completed a Master’s Science in Rehabilitation Research within the Joint Action Research (JAR) Laboratory, School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2016. Matthew is currently a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University, continuing his work in the JAR lab, with his focus on gait perturbations and their impact on walking mechanics in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Matthew has earned the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, Presidents Award and is both a Killam Scholar and a Scotia Scholar.
Originally from Palestine, Sara was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, where her Bachelor of Physiotherapy was earned at University of Sharjah in 2015. She graduated with Honors and completed her thesis on the effect of Kinesio tape on Upper Trapezius myofascial trigger points in Dentists. After her graduation, Sara completed her clinical internship in Amman, Jordan. She is currently a Master’s of science student in Rehabilitation Research at the Joint Action Research Laboratory in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. Her research will investigate the impact osteoarthritis has on knee joint biomechanics and muscle activation patterns during gait in individuals with early to moderate knee osteoarthritis and in particular, the role of joint swelling to influence how the knee works during gait. Sara has earned the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship at Dalhousie University.