ETeam

The ETeam is a unique service in Canada offering specialized multidisciplinary assessment for clients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Toxic Chemical and Mold Exposure.

The “E” in ETeam stands for environment. Many believe that our modern chemical environment is a factor in the development of these disorders. The ETeam mission is to objectively measure function and dysfunction in clients with these difficult to diagnose conditions.

The ETeam assessment determines a profile of strengths and weaknesses, and provides therapeutic suggestions to assist clients achieve better health. Click here to read a detailed overview of our services.

Below is a summary of out team members and assessment modalities.

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Mr. Gerard Alberts, M.Ed., and Mr. Robb Hadden, M.Ed., M.Sc. are registered psychologists with extensive experience in psychometrics and other aspects of psychological evaluation. They use well-established, standardized tests and procedures to provide a comprehensive cognitive assessment including short-term memory, attention and concentration, speed of mental processing, word finding, and other aspects of cognitive functions commonly affected in persons with ME/CFS, MCS, FM and toxic exposures.

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Dr. Diana Monea, O.D., is an optometrist with a special interest in assessing the effects of toxic exposure, ME/CFS and FM on vision. A complete eye-health assessment is followed by a visual consultation with digital documentation of the corneal map for dryness, retinal photos for signs of eye disease, refractive testing, visual field measurement to determine any visual loss, and a test for color vision changes.

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Dr. Ellie Stein, MD, FRCP(C) is a psychiatrist with experience and interest in ME/CFS, MCS and related disorders. She will undertake a detailed history of the areas that are affected by these disorders and a global review of symptoms to rule out other causes of the problems. The objective of her medical assessment is to confirm diagnosis, identify additional medical or psychiatric disorders, assess medication and supplement use, and provide information regarding lifestyle and management to optimize functioning and quality of life.

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Dr. Anne Woolliams, Au.D. is an audiologist experienced in evaluating the function of the auditory-vestibular system which is one of the systems within the body most sensitive to toxins. These organs may show signs of significant destruction before any other signs of toxicity may be seen. She measures hearing thresholds—the softest sounds which can be heard, determines the functioning of the cells within the inner ear and how effectively sound is transmitted from the inner ear to the level of the brainstem. Dr. Wooliams has recently added treatment for tinnitus to her list of services. She is the only provider of this service in Western Canada.

Cory Fagan, MSc is a kinesiologist and owner of TCR Sport Laboratory in Calgary. Although Cory’s primary clientele are athletes he has a background and interest in chronic illness including cancer survivors and patients with ME/CFS and FM. Incremental Blood Lactate testing assists patients in determining their anaerobic threshold and exercise capacity. Cory provides recommendations for incremental training based on individual capacity. Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing is the gold standard to determine exercise capacity. It is possible to objectively measure whether someone has given a maximal effort. These results cannot be faked. Clients can attend for a traditional one day test or the specialized two day exercise test protocol. The two day protocol, if positive offers confirmation of post exertional malaise the core symptom of ME/CFS.

Dr. Stewart Donalson PhD and Chris Rozell MC: Dr. Stuart Donalson is a recognized expert in QEEG and Brain Biofeedback. Dr. Donaldson has published research on using Electormyography (EMG) in Fibromyalgia. His interest in Chronic Pain goes back many years. Chris Rozell is a provisional psychologist training with Dr. Donaldson with a keen interest in interpretation of QEEGs and helping people function better. They offer:

Quantitative EEG (QEEG) Brain Map: QEEG is a form of assessment which measures the electrical activity of the brain in specific locations. The goal is to determine the type and level of activity at each location, and measure the degree of connectivity between locations. With this objective information, one can gain improved understanding of a person’s functioning, and can potentially explain symptoms that an individual experiences.

Psychophysiology Stress Testing: Using the Thought Technology system, we monitor an individual’s heart rate, breathing rate, sweat response, muscle responses, and temperature while they complete a number of exercises that are designed to be challenging. The level of each physiological response provides us with objective evidence that may relate to symptoms and can provide clear goals to make treatment more efficient/effective.