Stephen Mader – President/Certified Medical Illustrator
BSc, BScAAM, MScBMC, CMI, FAMI
1-800-721-1721 ext 26
Stephen Mader is a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI) and is the President of Artery Studios. As well as undergraduate degrees in biology (BSc) and medical illustration (BScAAM), he holds a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) from the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His graduate work examined personal injury lawyers’ perceptions of effective visual communication tools, with his research findings published in the Journal of Biocommunication (2005). Stephen has contributed illustrations to numerous publications, including Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy (9th edition), The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Anatomy and Impairment as well as their guide to Demonstrative Advocacy. He has extensively presented and written papers on medical-legal visualization.
Stephen leads Artery Studios in visual problem-solving and creative direction and testifies as a qualified expert in medical illustration. He started the company from the spare room of his house after gaining four years of visual communication experience as a medical illustrator in the art department of Toronto General Hospital / University of Toronto.
Stephen also serves on the board as well as numerous committees of the Association of Medical Illustrators, the North American and international professional body for the medical visual communications industry. His recreational activities include fitness, travel, painting, real estate, collecting art, reading, appreciating cultural activities and heading to the cottage for R&R.
Mark Abraham – Director of Business Operations
BMath (Hon), MBA, FP&A
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As Director, Mark leads the Business Operations Team and oversees a broad range of services that support the studio’s mission by pursing new business opportunities, providing smooth internal operations, and ensuring fiscal responsibility.
Mark joined Artery Studios in 2008 and brings 18 years of analytical and management experience to the role from diverse sectors such as aerospace, information technology, healthcare, and post-secondary education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and graduated with top honors from the MBA program at York University’s Schulich School of Business with a specialization in strategic management. Mark is a Certified Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis professional and brings a deep level of business and financial acumen to the studio.
Inspired by Artery’s commitment to help the injured, Mark has sought out additional ways to give back to the broader community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and the Ontario Paraplegic Foundation.
Michelle Young – Client Services Manager
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Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. She completed her undergraduate research project in cardiovascular health, and her thesis compared the role of genetics versus behavioural and environmental factors in hypertension.
Prior to joining the Artery Studios team, Michelle spent nine years working in the pharmaceutical research industry. Her project management and client service experience, as well as her training in business communications, are pivotal to her role as our clients’ primary point of contact. She is committed to ensuring smooth and timely production of visuals by maintaining regular communication and closely monitoring the studio’s internal workflow.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys creative writing, taking beach vacations, and pounding it out on a punching bag in boxing class.
Dino Pulerà – Associate Art Director/Certified Medical Illustrator
BSc, MScBMC, CMI
1-800-721-1721 ext 27
Dino earned his Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto in 1996. After graduation, he worked as a medical and scientific illustrator and animator producing visuals predominately for undergraduate textbook publications. Dino joined Artery Studios in 2003 to provide art direction and medical illustration leadership. His expertise lies in problem-solving, integration of technology into the workflow, and innovating visual solutions for the studio – including in the 3D arena.
His current publishing projects include creating illustrations of North American and Asian meat-eating dinosaurs and working on improving and revising his co-authored book The Dissection of Vertebrates.
Jennifer Bosy Platt – Medical Illustrator
BSc, MSc, MScBMC
1-800-721-1721 ext 23
Jennifer has always enjoyed illustrating scientific subject matter. Following the completion of her Master of Science in botany, she developed an interest in human anatomy and pursued her Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC), conducting research on illustration communication techniques.
As Artery Studios’ first professional production employee, Jennifer has been involved in the company’s growth and evolution. She continues to find Artery’s mandate of helping others through visuals to be highly rewarding – fulfilling her love of both art and science.
Ken VanderStoep – Medical Animator/Illustrator
BSc (Hon), MScBMC
1-800-721-1721 ext 35
As Artery Studios’ senior-most animator, Ken plays a key role in the production of motion-media. While having his hand in a wide range of projects from illustration to Flash development, Ken’s greatest strengths are 3D modeling and animation.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in biology (BSc) and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) from the University of Toronto. His graduate research involved using 3D animation techniques to assist in HIV related, virology education.
Working with the latest 3D animation technology, Ken has produced a number of award-winning animations.
Sherry Lai – Medical Illustrator/Animator
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Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto with a specialization in new media. Her master’s research project involved exploring animation as an effective tool for showing aortic valve pathology. Sherry has contributed illustrations to Spine and Techniques in Ophthalmology.
An accomplished illustrator, Sherry maintains a particular focus on depicting pathology, surgical concepts and the human form. Other than medical illustration, Sherry’s passion in life is to travel the world and be inspired by it.
Kimberly Chin – Medical Illustrator/Animator
BSc (Hon), MScBMC
1-800-721-1721 ext 38
Prior to graduating from the Masters of Science in Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto in 2008, Kimberly earned a degree in biology with a minor in art history from McMaster University. She has also completed the art fundamentals program from Sheridan College.
Her master’s thesis was a comparative study examining the effectiveness of various interactive presentations on the comprehension of factual evidence in a complex medical malpractice case.
Aside from her passion for art and science, Kimberly enjoys traveling, archery, yoga, piano and baking sweet treats for the studio.
Sheena Gingerich – Medical Animator/Illustrator
BSc (Hon), MScBMC
1-800-721-1721 ext 22
Sheena splits her time at Artery between medical illustration and 3D animation. In 2011, she obtained her MSc in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. A highlight of her graduate work was her master’s research project, an animation that showcases new advances in cancer imaging. Sheena enjoys research and storyboarding. She loves the challenge of explaining complex science and medicine through visual media. When she’s not at work, Sheena can often be found playing ultimate frisbee or curled up with a good book.
Laurie Contois – Administrative Associate
1-800-721-1721 ext 32
As Administrative Associate, Laurie is involved in all aspects of studio administration. Laurie obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph, specializing in human nutrition and physiology. Laurie has experience in many administrative areas, including reception, payroll/accounting and customer service. Laurie is intrinsic to the studio with her research, report writing and quality-control abilities.