Practice Leaders

Vocational Rehabilitation Practice Leader & Director:

Ms. Maria Ross, B.Sc. OT Hons., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Ms. Maria Ross graduated from Queen’s University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy, Honours, in 1993. Ms. Ross has subsequently undertaken post-graduate courses through the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. She has completed additional training, with certification, in the following areas: Acquired Brain Injury; Ergonomics; the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®); the Workwell Systems Functional Capacity Evaluation; and Vocational Aptitude Testing. Ms. Ross completed training in the AMA Guides to Impairment Ratings, 4th Edition in 2012.

Ms. Ross has worked in vocational assessment and rehabilitation for the past 21 years; first with the Vocational Assessment Unit at Chedoke McMaster Hospital, then within her own practice, Ross Rehabilitation, in Hamilton. Based on peer selection, Ms. Ross works with the Institute for Work and Health in their knowledge transfer exchange program to assist in the dissemination of research related to work disability and rehabilitation. Ms. Ross has been accepted as an expert witness by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the areas of occupational therapy, vocational assessment, and vocational rehabilitation.

Occupational Therapy Practice Leaders:

Ms. Asma Malik, B.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), Certified Life Care Planner

Ms. Asma Malik is a registered Occupational Therapist and a Practice Leader at Ross Rehabilitation. Her clinical practice focuses on assessing and treating individuals who have sustained functional impairments due to personal injury, disability or medical malpractice. She has been working in Ontario since 1997 with individuals who have mental or behavioral disorders, chronic pain, cognitive impairments, orthopedic injuries or neurological conditions. Ms. Malik has been approved as an Occupational Therapy Assessor for Catastrophic Impairment Determination by FSCO (since 2005) and her work is well recognized in this area. She has testified at legal proceedings and is a qualified expert witness by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and FSCO. Ms. Malik is a Canadian Certified Life Care Planner and has extensive experience and expertise in quantification of damages in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice.

Ms. Malik graduated from School of Occupational and Physical Therapy, Seth G.S. Medical College, King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, University of Mumbai, India, 1995. She is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Ms. Malik’s post-graduate continuing education has been in the areas of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) at McMaster University, ADL Profile, a criterion-referenced measure of independence in everyday activities for individuals with a traumatic brain injury, the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAPTM) and Life Care Planning Program through University of Florida.

Ms. Jane Zambon, M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Ms. Jane Zambon graduated from McMaster University with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007. She has been accepted as an expert witness by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the area of Occupational Therapy. Ms. Zambon has completed post-graduate continuing education in the areas of ergonomics, accessibility, attendant care assessment, functional capacity evaluations, traumatic brain injury and Life Care Planning.  She is a certified evaluator for the administration of the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) and ADL Profile, a criterion-referenced measure of independence in everyday activities for individuals with a traumatic brain injury. She is a Certified Life Care Planner, with experience preparing Medical Legal Reports and Future Care Cost Assessments.

Ms. Zambon has provided rehabilitation consultation services through Ross Rehabilitation & Vocational Services since 2008. Ms. Zambon also has 9 years of experience as a Rehabilitation Caseworker in the auto and long term disability insurance sectors, working with a variety of client populations, including those with soft tissue injuries, orthopaedic injuries, chronic health conditions, and those with psychological and psychiatric impairments and chronic pain. Ms. Zambon is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Physiotherapy Practice Leader:

Ms. Cheryl Wylie, M.Sc. PT, M.C.P.A.

Ms. Cheryl Wylie is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2007 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and McMaster University in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy. She continued her education and completed with success the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course in Atlanta, GA hosted by Emory University and the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a Trained Provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program. She has completed Manual Therapy courses from the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA Level 1 and 2 Upper Extremity and Part 1 and Part 2 from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).

Ms. Wylie is a Clinical Instructor with the McMaster School of Rehabilitation Sciences since 2012. She has experience as a Research Coordinator with the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department at McMaster University, conducting clinic based research projects and FDA studies. Ms. Wylie’s clinical practice in physiotherapy has focused on acquired brain injury and concussion rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation, and complex orthopaedic rehabilitation. On the weekends, you can find Cheryl either mountain biking, sailing or snowboarding.