At The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, we promise you a challenging, engaging and rewarding learning experience that exceeds your expectations. Your classes will be directed by dedicated educators who are certified, highly experienced and personable. 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, M.OMSc.
Founder, Principal and Director of Osteopathic Manual Practice
“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.
Admissions & Student Services
“Every day I get to help applicants and students discover what they were born to do. It is incredibly rewarding.”
Adriana directs the Admissions & Student Services of the school and handles everything that falls outside of teaching and curriculum. She is the “voice of the CAO” handling all contact with the public with regards to admissions, community outreach, international relations and special events. Adriana continues to support CAO students after they graduate as the Communications Liaison for the Ontario Osteopathic Association, the association that professionally represents all CAO grads
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.
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.
Dr. Larry Belbeck, DVM
Dr. Belbeck is the current Director of the CAO’s Anatomy, Physiology and
Dr. Belbeck has been involved in problem based medical education for 45
years at The University of Western Ontario, Memorial University of
Newfoundland and McMaster University where he retired as Professor Emeritus
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.
Brandon Stevens, M.OMSc.
Professor & Clinic Instructor
“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.
Samuel Jarman, M.OMSc
Samuel Jarman graduated from York University in 2008 with an Honors Degree in Kinesiology. Mr. Jarman then worked as a clinical Kinesiologist in a multidisciplinary clinic for 3 years. In this time Mr. Jarman realized he needed to learn more effective ways to help patients and was accepted to the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2011. Mr. Jarman completed the program and is now running a successful private practice in Hamilton, Ontario as well as maintaining a teaching position at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy where he teaches Osteopathic Theory as well as assisting in Osteopathic Manual Manipulation Labs. Mr. Jarman also has the honor of being an apprentice to Robert Johnston, principal of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.
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).
Lee Jarvis, M.OMSc, RPN
Professor & Clinic Instructor
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.
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.
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.
Donnie Smith, M.OMSc.
Testing and Evaluation
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.
Andrew Komer, M.OMSc.
Assistant Professor & Clinic Instructor
Marc Tellez, M.OMSc., MSEd.
Clinic 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.