Doug graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in kinesiology before moving to Montreal to study physiotherapy at McGill. After graduating in 1997, Doug practiced extensively in outpatient orthopaedics and sports physiotherapy and completed numerous postgraduate clinical courses. He completed his Certificate of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2000.
Desiring a better understanding of the role of biomechanics in physiotherapy, Doug completed a Masters degree studying shoulder biomechanics at the University of British Columbia. He published several articles on shoulder biomechanics and has often been asked to review articles for scientific journals. His Masters studies left Doug with the burning question of what effect does biomechanics have on our bodies at a tissue and cellular level. If we can better understand how our tissues are injured and how our cells react, then we can better understand how to promote healing. With this in mind Doug went to the University of Calgary to obtain his PhD in cartilage injury biomechanics.
Currently, Doug is applying his clinical knowledge and research experience to better help his clients achieve their goals. He is also exploring the role of virtual reality technologies such as motion controls and the Wii balance board in rehabilitation. He believes that these technologies not only have the potential to improve treatment outcomes but also to make rehabilitation a lot more fun.