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CASEM Wellness Retreat for Sport and Exercise Medicine Physicians

Château Cartier Hotel in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region
October 04 - October 05 2024

Join us on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2024, at the breathtaking Chateau Cartier in Gatineau, QC. Immerse yourself in a rejuvenating experience that combines professional development and personal relaxation.

Our retreat focuses on comprehensive physician wellness, offering you the perfect blend of learning and relaxation in the serene National Capital Region just outside of Ottawa’s core.

At A Glance

  • Morning group classes
  • Conference centered on a comprehensive look at physician wellness
  • Choose your own wellness activities
  • Enjoy included dinner and group activities
  • Swag bag full of wellness essentials included!


Overall Learning Objectives

  • Enhance Physical and Mental Health through various self-care practices to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Empower SEM physicians with tools and strategies to prioritize self-care, mitigate burnout, and enhance overall wellness, thereby promoting long-term career satisfaction and optimal patient care.
  • To cultivate a holistic approach to personal well-being and professional practice, fostering self-awareness, resilience, and skills for sustainable healthcare delivery

Friday – October 4, 2024

8:00 am – Sunrise Yoga & Breakfast

9:00 am – Introduction to Physician Wellness in Sports Medicine – Heather Wheeler, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist

10:00 am – Workshopspick one to attend

  • Mindfulness and Meditation for Physicians – Andrea Alvarez, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Certified MCBT
  • Financial Wellness for Physicians

10:45 am – BREAK

11:00 am – Workshopspick one to attend

  • Nutrition and Health Eating for Physicians – Natasha McLaughlin-Chaisson, IOC Dip Sports Nutr.
  • Crisis Management and Self-Care in High-Stakes Situations – Michelle Mathias, Sport Psychiatrist

11:45 am – LUNCH

1:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Choose Your Own Wellness Adventure (Spa, Golf, Hiking, Cycling, etc)

6:30 pm – Dinner at Lounge Onō and Group Activity

Saturday – October 5, 2024

8:00 am – Mat Pilates or Guided Nature Walk and Breakfast

9:00 am – Building Resilience in Sports Medicine Practice – Stephanie Melanson, MD, Dip. Sport Med.

10:00 am – Workshopspick one to attend

  • Relationships
  • Work-Life Integration – Stephanie Melanson, MD, Dip. Sport Med.

10:45 am – BREAK

11:00 am – Workshopspick one to attend

  • Technology and Time Efficiency – Erika Persson, MD, Dip. Sport Med. and Lindsay Crone, CASEM
  • Self-Care and How to Figure Out What This Means for You – Andrea Alvarez, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Certified MCBT

11:45 am – Closing Keynote and Lunch

  • Mental Health and Stress Management

1:30 pm – Swag Bag Handout, Wrap Up and Take Aways

Choose Your Own Activities

Conference Location and Rooming

Chateau Cartier Hotel & Resort, 1170 Chemin Aylmer

Welcome to Château Cartier Hotel & Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection, where luxury meets comfort and style.

Our luxury hotel in Gatineau features 124 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, each of which is designed to provide the ultimate comfort and relaxation. All of our accommodations are equipped with luxurious bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and amazing views of the surrounding area.

Parking: Free, 2 electric vehicle charging stations are available free of charge for hotel guests.

Hotel Rooms: $179.00/ night (plus applicable taxes). All rooms MUST be booked before Tuesday, Sep 3, 2024

Discounted rates to the Spa and Golf available for all hotel guests.

Book online here.

Statement from CASEM

The Wellness Retreat is supported by funding from CASEM and MD Financial Mangement Inc., and Scotiabank. CASEM is able to offer discounted registration for this retreat due to the support of our sponsors.

Planning Committee

  • Dr. Erika Persson (Chair), MD, FRCPC, Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Amandev Aulakh, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Lindsay Bradley, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Wade Elliott, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Stephanie Melanson, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Sean Mindra, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
  • Dr. Lydia Schultz, MD, CFPC (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.