Head Athletic Trainer
Melanie Brousseau Camirand
Player Consultant Western Canada
Billet Coordinator &
Dr. Robert Lafontaine is proud to be the Timmins Rock’s official doctor. Hockey has always been one of his passions. Born and raised in Kapuskasing, he played hockey as a youth in the KMHA. Despite demanding studies at the University of Ottawa and Montreal, he continued to play Canada's beloved sport and continues to play hockey to this day. Better known as Dr. Bob, he is a passionate and loyal Boston Bruins fan.
After graduating with honours from Université de Montréal, he established his practice in Timmins in 2002 as a general orthopedic surgeon with a keen interest in sports injuries. Dr. Bob has been involved with the TMHA and spring hockey leagues as a trainer for his son’s hockey teams for over 5 years. Since June 2013, he has held Level III Trainer Certification from the NOHA.
Dr. Mike Columbus was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario until he left to play hockey in the OHL for the Niagra Falls Flyers. After two years he moved to Sudbury, Ontario to attend Laurentian University and play Varsity hockey for the Voyageurs in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association(CCAA). He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with awards in Clinical Excellency and research. He returned to Timmins to practice Chiropractic with his father, Dr. Bill Columbus; where he developed a passion for treating sports injuries. After a four year, post graduate sports injury specialty program, Dr. Mike received the designation of “Fellow” of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Canada. Additional soft tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique, kinesio taping, ultrasound and electrotherapies compliment his normal Chiropractic treatments.
He has been a treating Sports Chiropractor at the Pan Am games, two Women’s World Hockey Championships, multiple Ontario Women’s Hockey Championships, Canada Summer Games, Ontario Summer Games and numerous local sporting events. He has also been the team trainer for local hockey clubs throughout the years.
Dr. Mike has enjoyed working with the team’s medical and training staff and looks forward to contributing to the health and safety of the players.
Team Massage Therapist
Melanie Brousseau Camirand was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario. She graduated with High Honours in the Massage Therapy program at College Boreal (Sudbury campus) in 2000. Melanie returned to Timmins to open her own practice in hopes to educate the public about the benefits of Massage Therapy. Throughout her 20 years she has broaden her knowledge with Continuing Education Courses like Infant Massage, Cranial Sacral Work, Manual Lymph Drainage, Myofacial Release Technique as well as many others.
Melanie became involved with Hockey Canada in 2012 with both her son’s hockey teams. She has since continued to volunteer in one way or another. She became part of Timmins Rock Staff as the Athletic Therapist in the 2019-2020 season.