How it Works

Acumen Clinic is an innovative model for private orthopedic care in Canada. Acumen, led by Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz, provides assessment, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical care for shoulder and sports injuries in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Okanagan.

 

What you should expect:

When you decide to be assessed at Acumen Clinic you should expect to leave with a clearly described diagnosis, potential treatment options and the feeling that no stones have been left unturned. If you need surgery, the Acumen Clinic team will find a time that fits with your life and ensure that you are prepared for the procedure. Dr. Slade Shantz performs all surgeries personally, and monitors your recovery closely.

About Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz is a Royal College Certified sports and shoulder surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and open surgeries for shoulder, knee, elbow and sports-associated conditions.

As well as holding a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, with his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Slade Shantz completed fellowships in stem cell research and orthopedic trauma at the University of California, San Francisco and shoulder, elbow and sports surgery at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on technology, simulation and clinical trials. Concurrently, he holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at UWO, and advises start-up companies in the digital health field specializing in data use and privacy issues. Dr. Slade Shantz was a co-founder of The Shoulder Centre at Ajax and Pickering hospital, an innovative, patient-centred shoulder treatment centre in Ontario.

Dr. Slade Shantz has focused his career on both being at the cutting edge of surgical techniques and delivering the experience patients expect in terms of communication, punctuality and customer service within the healthcare system. Because of his unique approach Dr. Slade Shantz has been invited to educate other surgeons on current surgical techniques and speak about entrepreneurship and health system transformation.

Dr. Slade Shantz has opted out of medicare billing in Alberta and therefore directly bills patients for services.

A Notice Pursuant to the Opting Out Provision of Alberta Health Care Insurance Act

This is to advise that I, Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz, have opted out of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan effective October 5, 2017.

This will mean that the individual patient—and not the government—will be responsible for the payment of my fees. Patients will not be able to seek reimbursement for these costs from Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. I will abide by the Alberta Medical Association’s Guidelines regarding billing for uninsured services, by the direction from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and Alberta’s Health Information Act.”

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Memberships and Affiliations

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Canadian Orthopedic Association

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

 

Education

Queen’s University – BSc Biochemistry

University of Western Ontario – MD

University of Manitoba – Orthopedic Surgery

University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business

University of California, San Francisco – Fellowship trauma

University of Toronto – Fellowship sports and shoulder

 

Achievements & Awards

The Shoulder Centre – Co-founder

Reviewer – Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma

Publications – 19 peer reviewed publications and 4 book chapters

 

Hospital Affiliations

Ajax and Pickering hospital at Lakeridge Health

The Team

Acumen Reconditioning Specialists

Whitney Dikoume

Athletic Therapist

Chris Sharkey

Performance Enhancement Specialist & Conditioning Coach

Chris Sharkey

Performance Enhancement Specialist & Conditioning Coach

Cayla Galarneau

Athletic Therapist

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Travis Martell

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Travis Martell

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Michael Kicia

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Michael Kicia

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Acumen Executive and Support Team

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Medical Director

LeeAnne Gullett

Acumen Reconditioning Manager

LeeAnne Gullett

Acumen Reconditioning Manager

A brief background:

LeeAnne is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. She has a vast interest in Patient Education and making orthopedic care a smooth transition for patients. LeeAnne obtained her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Health Science at Castleton University in Vermont. She practiced as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the states for 6 years with various sports teams and orthopedic clinics. She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Mercyhurst University. While in Erie, PA she worked as a Division I Women’s Ice Hockey ATC where going to the Frozen Four was one of her favourite memories.

LeeAnne relocated to Canada with her husband where she worked as an Orthopedic Research Coordinator at the PanAm Clinic in Winnipeg, MB. They kept moving west and they found themselves in Edmonton where she was able to connect with the Acumen Team where she is excited to contribute.

Francesca Sebastian

CEO

A brief background:

Francesca has an extensive background in clinical management and quality improvement facilitation. Francesca earned her Bachelors of Technology in Technology Management with a Minor in Health Promotion and a diploma in Biotechnology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. From there she gained experience in the field as a Biochemistry Lab Administrator, a Clinic Manager of an ARP Community Health Centre and as a Quality Improvement Facilitator for the Primary Care Network.  She feels pride in working with the Acumen Clinic Team, building partnerships and transforming health care one patient at a time!

Caitlyn D’Arcy

Clinic Manager, Surgical Coordinator

Caitlyn D’Arcy

Clinic Manager, Surgical Coordinator

A brief background:

Before joining the Acumen team, Caitlyn worked for Bayshore Home Health in Nova Scotia for five years as a Health Care Aid, providing home care and working within Hospitals for Capital Health. She has experience in many fields such as Orthopedics, Nephrology and Liver Transplant, General Medicine and providing in-home support for Palliative Patients and their families. She really enjoys working with patients and appreciates her journey to the Acumen Clinic Team!

Victoria Rosenberger

Patient Care Coordinator