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Claudine Lanoix | Tom Fox | Vishali Malhotra


Claudine Lanoix

Claudine LanoixClaudine Lanoix is the mother of five,  the last two of which, Michel and Mathieu,  have Cerebral Palsy. After receiving the diagnosis of CP at eighteen months, Claudine’s involvement in Hyperbarics began as she investigated its use in addressing CP. Using the internet, she was able to draw on the experience Dr. J.J. Machado of Brazil and his experience with the reduction of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. In speaking with Dr.s Richard Neubauer of Florida and Phillip James of Scotland, she was touched by their gracious and patient spirits as they freely lent their expertise in helping her to investigate this new therapeutic intervention for her twins. She began the task of raising funds to travel to England for therapy. Three months later with this task accomplished, she traveled to England for six weeks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Their story was followed closely by the Canadian Broadcasting Company with periodic updates on the progress of the twins in their six weeks abroad. The changes in the twins were so profound that their story raised the interest of parents across North America as many news organizations filmed and reported the dramatic changes in quality of life of her twin boys at age 4 after just 6 weeks of therapy. Conducting interviews in both French and English, her twins’ story reached the ears of many  in both the professional and lay communities. Assisting the twins’ physician, the response of the twins resulted in stimulating the interest of McGill University and agencies responsible for scientific research in the Province of Quebec. As a result of her efforts and the efforts of Dr. Pierre Marois MD, the children’s physician, two research studies were conducted , the first looking scientifically at cerebral palsy and the effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  Claudine was invited to participate as part of the research team at McGill University’s Hyperbaric Center. The results of these initial comprehensive studies conducted in Quebec, have been duplicated by separate research initiatives around the globe and show statistically significant and measurable changes in children with cerebral palsy.

Her involvement in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has taken Claudine from a parent seeking therapy for her children, to a parent spokesperson advocating for the therapy in treating children with Cerebral Palsy, to a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist  within the research team at McGill University to a Faculty participant at International Symposiums and Conferences. Claudine's driving force has been to see the spread of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy throughout  Canada and  the United States  so that the best quality of life can be achieve by children with neurological injuries. “ Small changes are important and they not only change the life of the child but all family members as well.”

Claudine is the founder and president of Island Hyperbaric Centre, a private hyperbaric oxygen clinique located just off the West Island of Montreal in Quebec.

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Tom Fox

Tom FoxTom Fox is the Research Physiologist for the Hyperbaric Institute for Research and Training, a division of Island Hyperbaric Centre in Pincourt QC.  He has worked in the field of Clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen for the last 22 years. During this time, he has been intimately involved with the implementation and the development of  the US Army’s Clinical  Hyperbaric Service at Dwight David Eisenhower Army  Medical Center. He has provided its contract hyperbaric services since its inception in 1997. Prior to accepting his current position in Quebec, Canada, Mr. Fox served as the Chief of the Atmospherics Branch of the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine, Fort Rucker Alabama. In this capacity, he was responsible for hyperbaric/ hypobaric operations and training of US and NATO aviators, flight surgeons and flight medics. Mr. Fox is a senior army aviator and flew twelve years as a Medical Evacuation Pilot for the US Army.

Mr. Fox holds a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master’s of Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University at Dothan. Mr Fox is also a graduate of the US Army Command  and General Staff College.

His experience in the successful integration of clinical hyperbaric oxygen into the medical services of three different countries in three different languages led to his selection as the Vice President for Operations and Training for the American Association for Hyperbaric Awareness (AAHA). Working in cooperation with Congressional leaders and governmental agencies, AAHA is advancing the understanding of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy within mainstream medicine by demonstrating its value as a therapeutic option.

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Vishali Malhotra

Tom FoxVishali joins the staff of Centre Hyperbare de L’Île in conducting quarterly camps and sessional services. Trained at the University of Wolverhampton and the National Institute of Conductive Education (U.K.), Vishali graduated in 2007. Working in both individual and group settings, Vishali brings to our Centre both National and International experience in planning, developing and delivering an unique therapeutic experience called Conductive Education to patients with neurological motor disorders.

Treating infants to adults, Vishali tailors her programs working with individuals, family and caregivers to help her patients achieve their full potential and be the best they can be.

Her ongoing professional affiliations include a position as Director of Beyond NeuroDevelopment Inc, Ontario March of Dimes, Future Footprints (Adelaide, South Australia)

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