Marcel Mazaltarim, M.Sc. — Director
Mr. Mazaltarim has a Master's degree in science from New York University. He has been involved in various treatment centers for addiction, anxiety and depression. He has acquired experience in the clinical field and managing high volume clinics. Marcel is also involved with rTMS(transcranial magnetic stimulation) at the MUHC Neuromodulation Center.
He is the study coordinator for a research on tongue stimulation combined with physiotherapy on traumatic brain injury an multiple sclerosis patients.Marcel acts as a clinical coordinator at the clinic.
Jimmy Ghaziri, B.Sc. — Neurofeedback Coach
Jimmy completed a Bachelor in Psychology(University of Montreal) and performs a Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Montreal.
Neurofeedback trainer with over 7 years experience in the field, he works with a clientele with attention deficit disorder, memory problems, anxiety disorder and depressive feelings. He completed a clinical neuropsychology internship and training Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). In addition, he has published a scientific paper on the structural changes that can bring neurofeedback training, for which he earned the price of the item of 2014 by the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience. He has participated in several international conferences including the Organization for for Human Brain Mapping and Society for Neuroscience
Philippe Mazaltarim — Clinician in Neuromodulation
Philippe works as a clinician in the treatment of patients using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in the Montreal Neurofeedback Center as well as the Neuromodulation Unit of the McGill University Health Center(MUHC), Royal Victoria Hospital.
His expertise also extends to other treatment modalities in the neuromodulation field such as Brainport and the PoNS device(Cranial Nerve Non-Invasive Neuromodulation (CN-NINM)). His knowledge and understanding of these techniques has brought him to work with patients with vestibular impairment, thus balance and gait problems. He treated patients with neurological problems such as post-concussive symptoms due to traumatic brain injury or neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. He serves as research assistant in several clinical trials.
Philippe is a biofeedback trainer. He studied several forms of auto regulation such as heart rate variability training, yoga breathing techniques, Soto Zen Meditation. His 30 years of experience in the practice of Martial Arts brought him the necessary tools to enhance concentration, optimise breathing, manage muscles tensions, and to control mental states. Through his practice and his title of Shihan 5th Dan, he teaches his students the art of bringing spirit to a state of peace and clarity.
Maxime Mazaltarim — Professional exercise trainerMaxime Mazaltarim is a professional exercise trainer that has practiced as a teacher specialized in physical education in schools recognized by the Ministry of Education of Quebec. His practice is based on a long experience in Martial Arts, Yoga(Yantra & Hatha), and Dynamic Energizing Movements.
Internationally recognized as a leader in the field, Maxime has become a Master and has dedicated many years to training other professionals in Yoga, Martial Arts, and Soto Zen Meditation.
He has joined the Montreal Neurofeedback Center team in 2007, where he worked with vestibular patients using the Brainport and the PoNS devices. He was also implicated in the treatment of patients with neurological diseases such as; traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. Because of his knowledge in balance and coordination, Maxime has developed the art of combining basic physiotherapy exercises in order to help patients regain the fluidity and harmony in their movements while improving muscle tone.
Dr. Alain Ptito — NeuropsychologistDr. Alain Ptito is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. He has worked as a Neuropsychologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital since 1983 and he is now Director of the Psychology Department at the MUHC.
Dr Ptito's research program involves the investigation of the mechanisms involved in cerebral reorganization and plasticity in patient populations (hemispherectomy, callosotomy, Parkinson's Disease, stroke and head injury) and his clinical work includes the neuropsychological assessment of these patients. Dr. Ptito studied Clinical Psychology at McGill University (1975) and obtained post-graduate degrees in Experimental Psychology (1979) and Neuropsychology (1986) from the Université de Montréal. His doctoral thesis examined residual vision in the blind field of patients who underwent a hemispherectomy.
He is a member of the Order of Psychologists of the Province of Québec and of the Société des Experts en Évaluation Médico-légale du Québec. His research has been funded by CIHR, NSERC, FRSQ, ONF-REPAR, CASM/NHL and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. For the past several years, he has been using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate motor recovery in stroke and the neural substrates of residual vision in the blind visual field following hemispherectomy. He has also demonstrated that this technique, along with Diffusion Tensor Imaging and evoked potentials, can be used to explore the neural mechanisms underlying traumatic brain injury, particularly in athletes. With his research team, he has reported that there are abnormal activation patterns following traumatic brain injury and that fMRI can serve as an objective method to assess the severity of the injury and subsequent recovery.
Aside from his work with athletes, he is now using the results of his research for the traumatic brain injury population at large, including soldiers, athletes, motor vehicle accident victims and children. In recent years, Dr. Ptito has explored new methods of treatment namely high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on abnormal patterns of functional brain activity, while simultaneously estimating its ability to reduce post concussive symptoms, including depression and cognitive impairment following mild traumatic brain injury. He will also begin to investigate a new neuromodulation treatment approach (stimulation of the tongue) in combination with intensive physical therapy for improvement of gait and balance following mild to moderate traumatic brain injury.
Gabriel Leonard — Neuropsychologist / NeuroscientistGabriel Leonard is Assistant Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery and a clinical neuropsychologist/neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
He is presently principal investigator on a neuro-stimulation study that examines cognitive and physical rehabilitation in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Leonard is an expert in the design and implementation of neurocognitive and behavioural test batteries; he has over 30 years of experience and more than 70 publications and his interests are in development, motor coordination, learning disability, attention deficit disorder, and neurological illness (Head Trauma, Stroke, Parkinson's, ALS, Brain Tumour, Epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis). He is the director of the clinical neuropsychology unit at the Neurological Hospital. Dr Leonard is past President of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience and a reviewer for several international journals.
Dr. Nora Kelner — Clinical Psychogist / NeuropsychologistDr. Kelner has practiced professionally abroad as a clinical psychologist. She completed her Ph. D. studies at McGill University and for the last twenty years has worked in Montreal as a neuropsychologist as part of a medical team of specialists offering clinical services, supervising Psychology students, collaborating with ongoing clinical trials, and designing specific tests batteries to assess a variety of cognitive complaints.
Dr. Kelner has given numerous lectures to educate both healthcare professionals and the public about cognitive function as well as aging. She has presented her work at international meetings and conferences and contributed to scientific papers.
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