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Our Mission

Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

Pediatric Sports Medicine

​Young athletes often require additional time and assessment to take into consideration the ever-changing developmental phases of childhood.​​

At Fortius Sport & Health our specialists focus on two types of pediatric medicine: Pe​diatric Rheumatology and Pediatric Sport & Exercise Medicine.


Pediatric patients are at higher risk for overuse injuries and burnout. Oftentimes, an adult-based approach is not equally appropriate for children and may need to be modified. Our pediatrician is able to assess both the physical and emotional impact of an injury in the context of a child's developmental stage.

Furthermore, the pediatric specialist is able to assess for other medical conditions which may affect a child's ability to participate in sport and/or exercise such as diabetes, asthma, or post-chemotherapy. Children with a history of concussion may also need additional support to ensure safe return to learning and return to play.



Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is a chronic disease most often looked after by a specialist doctor known as a Pediatric Rheumatologist. Children of any age can be affected, as young as a toddler, all the way up to a teenager. The treatment of arthritis in children usually consists of medications and physiotherapy.

Questions regarding alternative causes of symptoms sometimes arise and the pediatric rheumatologist is able to assess for inflammatory causes of joint complaints.​ If you are concerned about juvenile arthritis or other rheumatologic condition, or your child has muscle or joint complaints (e.g., aches, pains, swellings, dysfunction in muscles or joints, including back), we can help. 


Appointments with our Pe​diatric Sport Physician/Pediatric Rheumatologist requires a referral from your family doctor, and the fees are covered under the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). ​


We believe it takes a community to keep athletes healthy. The Fortius Institute is committed to interdisciplinary communication and community collaboration with family physicians, therapists, coaches, and other specialists. ​Click the button below to learn more about our referral process. ​

 Meet the Team

Fortius Sport & Health has attracted some of the leading names in sport and exercise medicine, who work together as a fully integrated practitioner team.



Dr. Tommy Gerschman | Pediatric Rheumatologist Tommy Gerschman | Pediatric Rheumatologist