Faculty & Staff

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.

Director, Principal and Professor

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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Adriana Sauvé


CAO - Adriana Sauvé, Vice-Principal

“Every day I get to help applicants and students discover what they were born to do. It is incredibly rewarding.”

Adriana is the acting Vice-Principal 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. She also oversees all scheduling, student services, and academic policy.

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Dr. Larry Belbeck, DVM

Director of Sciences and Professor

CAO - Larry Belbeck, Director Of Sciences

Dr. Belbeck is the current Director of the CAO’s Anatomy, Physiology and
Pathophysiology curriculum.

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.

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Brandon Stevens, M.OMSc.


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 Manipulative Medicine. 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.

Assistant Professor

CAO - Sheryl Crotta, Assistant Professor

“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

Assistant Professor

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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Samuel Jarman, M.OMSc

Assistant Professor

CAO - Samuel Jarman, Assistant Professor

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.

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Paul McQuade BSc Ost. Med.

Lab Assistant

Paul McQuade Bio Photo

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Osteopathic Medicine, after qualifying from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine, London, England. His original introduction to Osteopathy was as a patient at the Institute of Classical Osteopathy,Dorking, England. After qualifying, Paul returned to his native Belfast, Northern Ireland to set up a private practice. During this time, Paul did training with the Titleist Performance Institute becoming the sole golf industry accredited Osteopath in Ireland.

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Donnie Smith, M.OMSc.

Lab Assistant

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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Adam Houston, M.OMSc.


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.

Andrew Komer, M.OMSc.


Andrew graduated in June 1994 from Conestoga College in Business Administration Accounting and had a successful career in the Accounting profession for 12 years.

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