Team

The trainers of NeuroMotrix

Living with a neurological disorder should not be a barrier to physical activity, but rather a motivation to do more. You have to know what to do … NeuroMotrix trainers accompany you to a more active life by taking into account your illness, its evolution and your symptoms.

Liliane Cefaloni

Liliane Cefaloni

  • Kinesiologist, B. Sc, (UQAM), member of the Fédération des kinésiologues du Québec
  • Graduate microprogram in rehabilitation, University of Sherbrooke (in progress)
  • Certification in Rehabilitation for Chronic Pain, Institut de kinésiologie du Québec
  • Experience training for people with neurological disorders (Viomax Center) and seniors (Place des aînés and at the Research Center of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal)
  • Experience in coordination and management
  • National Lifeguard and Swimming Lessons and Aquafitness
  • French and English

 

 


Martine Lauzé

Martine Lauzé

  • Kinesiologist, member of the Fédération des kinésiologues du Québec
  • Lecturer in the Département des sciences de l’activité physique at l’UQAM (physiology course of aging)
  • Master’s degree in kinanthropology (in progress), UQAM
  • Personal trainer, certified by the Association nationale des intervenants en entraînement (ANIE)
  • Group fitness instructor, certified by the University of Victoria
  • Experience in training people with neurological disorders and the elderly
  • French and English

 

 


Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier

Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier

  • Kinesiologist, Member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • Master in kinanthropology, UQAM
  • Personal trainer, certified by the Association nationale des intervenants en entraînement (ANIE)
  • Spinning course facilitator, certified by the Association nationale des intervenants en entraînement (ANIE)
  • Experience in training people with neurological disorders and the elderly
  • French and English

 

 


The founders of NeuroMotrix

The founding team of NeuroMotrix is made up of four kinesiologists with different graduate diploma and complementary professional experiences. They share a personal journey that has led them to work closely with people with neurological disorders. All four are physical activity enthusiasts, both in their practice and their scientific foundations, want to use their passion to benefit people with neurological disorders. With NeuroMotrix, they put their strengths together to provide these people with simple and effective ways to take advantage of the positive effects of physical activity and enjoy a better quality of life.

Benoit Carignan

Benoit Carignan

Benoit holds a master’s degree in kinanthropology. He is currently completing a doctorate in biology at UQAM. His doctoral project focuses on the development of a tool to automatically detect motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. He has technical skills and analytical skills that are highly beneficial to NeuroMotrix.

 

 


Jean-François Daneault

Jean-François Daneault

Jean-François holds a Master’s Degree in Kinanthropology from UQAM and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. His graduate studies focus on Parkinson’s disease. His passion for neurological disorders prompted him to continue his research. Since July 2014, he is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. His scientific knowledge and research experience provide a solid foundation for the development of NeuroMotrix.

 

 


Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier

Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier

Catherine holds a master’s degree in kinanthropology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA Sciences and Engineering) from the School of Management Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Catherine has extensive experience in private coaching. She worked for six years at the Nautilus Plus and held several positions, including personal training and branch management. For more than two years, she was a coordinator of a research laboratory on the evaluation of movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, of the Research Center of the University Institute of Geriatrics of Montreal (CRIUGM). She was responsible for accounting, human resources and research projects, including one at several sites across Canada. She currently holds the position of Manager of External Affairs and Partnerships at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health. Her experience in the field of fitness combined with that of manager is an important asset for NeuroMotrix.

 

 


Martine Lauzé

Martine Lauzé

Martine holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is currently completing a master’s degree in this field. Her work focuses on aging and the effects of physical activity on maintaining the autonomy of the elderly. For three years she participated in the research work of a laboratory for the evaluation of movement disorders at the Research Center of the Institut universitaire de gératrie de Montréal (CRIUGM) and has also collaborated on projects of the Huntington Society of Québec and the Parkinson Society of Greater Montreal. In addition, she worked as a personal trainer at Nautilus Plus and subsequently in her own company. She also holds a post-graduate degree in social administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has worked in logistics, management and international relations for several years. She has management skills and physical activity skills that are of great use for NeuroMotrix.

 

 

Overall, the NeuroMotrix team has experience in the world of scientific research which ensures a rigor in the development of the company’s activities. The team has a network that extends into several departments of kinesiology and research laboratories in universities in Quebec and elsewhere, in organizations bringing together people with neurological disorders and their loved ones as well as in the Quebec Network for Research On Aging, at the Research Center of the University Institute of Geriatrics in Montreal, at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and at the Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Promoters are distinguished by their profiles of researchers and clinical professionals as well as their management experience. The added value of NeuroMotrix is based on their ability to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and physical activity intervention to improve the quality of life of people with neurological disorders.

The NeuroMotrix team keeps fit!

In their spare time, the founders regularly engage in physical activity. Benoit, a former karate champion, went on to endurance training a few years ago. Jean-François, a great amateur of alpine skiing, practices this sport during the winter. Benoit and Jean-Francois both completed an Ironman. Open your eyes! You may meet them on the road! For her part, Catherine keeps fit by playing in a senior basketball league and ultimate frisbee in addition to running. Martine is also a runner. She met several personal challenges, from the 10 km to the marathon, the objectives that allowed her to excel. She also does several outdoor activities, including hiking and cross-country skiing.

Excited to integrate physical activity into their daily lives, the founders of NeuroMotrix almost always move on foot or by bike, rain or shine!

La solution en entrainement pour les personnes atteintes de troubles neurologiques