Meet our Staff

At The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, we promise you a challenging, engaging and rewarding learning experience that exceeds your expectations. This starts with our amazing faculty! Your classes will be directed by dedicated educators who are passionate about what they do, experts in their fields Furthermore, our outstanding teacher to student ratio ensures you get the individual attention and academic support you deserve, allowing you to achieve the highest level of comprehension and achievement possible.

Robert Johnston

Founder, Principal and Director of Osteopathic Manual Practice

CAO - Robert Johnston, Director, Principal and Professor

“I’ve always been passionate about instilling a new way of thinking in my classroom. Offering each student a unique learning experience tailored to their individual needs is a critical factor in establishing a successful educational program. Our course material isn’t technique-driven or memorized from a textbook. It’s designed to be hands-on, interactive, and really give students a legitimate understanding of human anatomy and physiology.”

The faculty of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy is spearheaded by Robert Johnston, an enthusiastic and highly motivated professor and international lecturer who has proudly devoted his life to the promotion of classical osteopathy in North America and Europe.

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Dr. Dhruva Kumar Revanoor, MBBS, MS

Director of Health Sciences

Dr. Dhruva Kumar Revanoor is a medical professional who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine (MBBS) and Master’s Degree in Surgery (MS) with specialization in Human Anatomy. He has an extensive teaching career as Professor in Anatomy with special contribution to teaching Clinical Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology and Imaging studies for the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Nursing.

Dr. Revanoor is experienced in teaching within a traditional; integrated and USMLE medical curriculum during his career and has contributed to medical education at universities in India, United Arab Emirates and in the Caribbean for over twenty-five years. He has received awards in teaching excellence from Indian Medical Association and from universities in the Middle East and the Caribbean. He is also a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), specialized in abdomen and obstetrics & gynecology, having had substantial hands-on experience in practicing ultrasonography in India. 

Wayne Oliver, M.OMSc


Wayne is enthusiastic about nutrition, health and fitness and has been since playing competitive sports as a youth. He began training in the martial arts at the age of 16 and hasn’t looked back! He has won nine Grand Champion titles, as well as one national title, in tournaments spanning Canada and USA.

Wayne practiced for a short time as a Registered Massage Therapist and decided to further his education to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. He graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy program in 2017, and upon graduation was asked to teach at the Academy and now assists Mr. Rob Johnston in the OMM lab at the Hamilton campus.

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Matthew Lubbock, M.OMSc.

Director of Testing & Evaluation

“The dynamic learning experience at the CAO is something I will appreciate for the entirety of my career. Now being able to reciprocate by helping students think their way through clinical problems can be one of the most incredible experiences.”

Matthew first became familiar with physical therapy from playing hockey all over Canada. The experiences of rehabilitation from injury led him to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. After graduating the pursuit of more knowledge and understanding resulted in Matthew attending the M.OMSc program at the CAO. The principles based education system has left him with a strong clinical foundation and a successful practice in Newmarket, Ontario.

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Brandon Stevens, M.OMSc.

Professor & Clinic Instructor

CAO - Brandon Stevens, Professor

“My goal is to teach students how to work smarter, not harder.”

Brandon is on faculty as a Professor and teaches Osteopathic Principles and Practice/Osteopathic Manual Manipulation. Before pursuing a career in osteopathy, Brandon earned his honours education in massage therapy at the Shiatsu School of Canada. He then went on to become a respected graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and successfully completed the professor training program, in addition to a post-graduate training program in Classical Osteopathy with John Wernham at the John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy in Maidstone, England.

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Sheryl Crotta, M.OMSc.


“The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy is a great place to learn. You’ll be instantly hooked by the engaging classes, team environment and Rob’s charismatic leadership in the classroom.”

Sheryl graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario (1991) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was formerly trained in massage therapy at The Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington from (2002-2012). Sheryl has been a manual practitioner for over 12 years. During this time, she graduated from the 4 year Master in practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M. OMSc.) program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) in Hamilton, Ontario (2011).

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Lee Jarvis, M.OMSc, RPN

Professor & Clinic Instructor

CAO - Lee Jarvis, Assistant Professor

Lee Jarvis was introduced to the practice of Osteopathic Manual Therapy in his teenage years and has been in love with the theory and practice since. Commencing in 2006 Lee attended the McMaster/Mohawk Nursing program with the intention of gaining skills and understandings of the acute medical patient that would eventually come to benefit his Osteopathic education. Lee obtained his Registered Practical Nursing certificate in 2008 and was shortly after accepted as a student of the CAO. Lee worked as a Registered Practical Nurse specializing in stroke rehabilitation during his first, second, and thirds years of education at the CAO. Lee Jarvis graduated the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2013.

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Dr. Yasir Rehman, MD, MSc, PhD


Dr. Rehman is a PhD candidate researching chronic pain and and currently pursuing a certificate in “teaching skills and learning” from McMaster University. He completed fellowship in neurology and MSc in neuroscience from McMaster University in 2014. Dr. Rehman is experienced in didactic and problem based learning and integrates small group discussions during teaching. Dr. Rehman has a strong background in anatomy, physiology and pathology and has excellent skills in neuromuscular examination. He taught neuromuscular examination and history taking to medical students during neurology fellowship. Dr. Rehman is also experienced in writing exam questions, MCQs and OSCE scenarios. His research interests include but not limited to musculoskeletal pain, knowledge translation and patient-doctor communication. He is an approachable person and supports his students for professional growth and development.

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Holly Webster, M.OMSc.

Assistant Professor & Clinical Instructor

Holly Webster graduated and received her M.OMSc from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2016. Her academic achievements include being the recipient of the AT Still Medal of Honour for scholastic acknowledgement.

She currently holds a faculty position at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy where she teaches Osteopathic Theory as well as being involved in a clinical supervisory role for the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy Student Clinic.

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Adam Houston, M.OMSc.

Assistant Professor & Clinical Instructor

The path that Adam has taken to achieve his current healthcare knowledge and manual therapeutic skills has been full of practical training and real world experience. Adam’s degree in Kinesiology, Paramedic Diploma, and Massage Therapy Certificate was a precursor to finding his true passion in Osteopathy. It was only after studying with an osteopath that dedicated Adam to focus his energy in the practice of Classical Osteopathy since 2012 at The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. Currently, Adam runs a private practice in Burlington, Ontario.

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 Marc Tellez, M.OMSc., MSEd.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Instructor, Inductions Instructor

Before beginning his studies at the CAO, Marc worked in the field of applied behavioural analysis, first as an instructor-therapist implementing intensive behavioural intervention for children with autism, and later as a group facilitator delivering social skills, communication and parent education curricula. His interest in crafting learning environments lead him to complete a Master’s of Science in Education. Marc helps students optimize their learning in the Inductions course, supervises the student clinic, and practices in Hamilton.

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Stacia Vartanian, M.OMSc.

Clinical Instructor

Stacia began teaching yoga in 2012. Shortly after, she was introduced to Classical Osteopathy by a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) and, was instantly captivated. She began her education at the CAO in 2013, and received her M.OMSc in 2017.
Currently, Stacia operates a private practice in Hamilton,Ontario working as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, and Clinical Instructor at the CAO.

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Donnie Smith, M.OMSc.

Testing and Evaluation

CAO - Donnie Smith, Lab Assistant

Donnie Smith studied industrial engineering at McMaster University. He spent ten years after university racing as a professional cyclist. After racing nationally and internationally he turned to the profession that kept him healthy over his career. He started with Massage Therapy then moved on to get his full Active Release Master certificate. Donnie has been in professional practice for fourteen years and owns a successful clinic in Dundas, Ontario. He completed his M. OMSc with the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2010.

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Andrew Komer, M.OMSc.

Assistant Professor & Clinic Instructor​


“My Osteopathic education led me down the path of understanding how the disease process relates to anatomy and physiology and how Osteopathy can help our patient’s up-build health.”

Andrew graduated in June 1994 from Conestoga College in Business Administration Accounting and had a successful career in the Accounting profession for 12 years. In June 2008 Andrew began his second career as a health care professional and graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and then obtained his registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Andrew obtained his M.OMSc designation as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2014.

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Carolyn Heir

School Administrator

“Work smarter, not harder”
This is a simple phrase but its at the heart of Carolyn’s work philosophy. Carolyn has worked within many organizations from the world’s largest employers to small family run businesses. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the CAO. She is exceptionally well organized and will happily share her tips and tricks to running a successful office. Ask her about pens and note paper.
Carolyn is here to assist with school admissions. And she is always a great resource for student assistance.
If you need help with anything, please drop by her office or send her an email.

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