Friday, January 15, 2010


NY Daily News Article:

Catalano, a former kinesiology student at the University of Waterloo, was expecting to meet with federal agents and prosecutors in Buffalo this week, but that meeting is off said Calvin Barry, her attorney in Toronto.

“She has found new employment, and she is continuing to cooperate with the authorities,” Barry told the Daily News.

Barry said he believes law enforcement officers on both sides of the border are working together on parallel investigations. He said he did not know of any grand jury investigations into Catalano or Galea.

Brian Greenspan, Galea's attorney, has strenuously denied his client was involved in providing performance-enhancing substances to athletes.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Updated: January 11, 2010, 8:09 PM ET

Feds delay case against doc's assistant
By Mike Fish

A scheduled Tuesday court appearance for Mary Anne Catalano, a former assistant to a controversial Canadian doctor who has treated a bevy of elite athletes, including Tiger Woods, has been extended until March 12 in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.

Catalano was arrested Sept. 14 at the U.S.-Canadian border near Buffalo after federal agents searched her car and found ampules of misbranded drugs, including human growth hormone, syringes and miscellaneous medical supplies. She told authorities that the supplies belonged to her Toronto-based boss, Dr. Tony Galea, who was subsequently arrested on drug-related charges by Canadian authorities. Galea is also under investigation by the FBI office in Buffalo and health officials in Florida, where he reportedly was without a license when he treated Woods.

After being stopped at the border in September, the 32-year-old Catalano waived her rights and acknowledged to agents that she knew it was "illegal" to attempt to bring the items into the U.S. and that she did so at the request of Galea, who she said had been flagged previous times at the border. Her Toronto-based attorney, Calvin Barry, said Catalano has been cooperating with Canadian authorities as well as with the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

She could possibly shed significiant light on the source of the illegal substances as well as which, if any, athletes used banned drugs.

Galea, who already faces Canadian charges involving HGH and Actovegin, a derivative of calf's blood, has a client list that includes former Canadian Olympic gold medalists Donovan Bailey and Mark McKoy, as well as other prominent American professional athletes. The doctor has in the past acknowledged personally using HGH himself and in the treatment of some patients, though vehemently denying it use in his caring for athletes.

On Monday, a sealed affidavit by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana accompanied the request to extend the date for consideration of dismissal of charges against Catalano until March 12. Campana refused to discuss the supporting affidavit, telling "I wouldn't give any explanation other than what is in writing."

Barry said of his client's rescheduled March 12 appearance: "It is just to see where they are with the investigation and decide whether they are going to go ahead and set a trial date -- resolve it, withdraw it. There are a number of options that could happen."

Mike Fish is an investigative reporter for

Friday, January 8, 2010

Calvin Barry Defends Ex Assistant to Tiger Woods Doctor

MaryAnne Catalano, ex-assistant to Tiger Woods doc Tony Galea, to meet with feds next week
By Nathaniel Vinton

Friday, January 8th 2010, 3:00 PM
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MaryAnne Catalano, a former assistant to the controversial Canadian sports medicine doctor Tony Galea, will meet with prosecutors and federal agents next week in Buffalo, her lawyer said Friday.

Catalano will likely be asked about her former boss, who treated Tiger Woods and other professional athletes and is now facing drug charges in Canada involving human growth hormone, which is banned in sports, and Actovegin, a derivative of calf’s blood.

On Sept. 14, Catalano was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border near Buffalo after agents there searched her car and found ampoules of HGH, syringes, and medical supplies she said belonged to her boss.

“She’s cooperating with authorities,” said Calvin Barry, Catalano’s attorney in Toronto. “We’re going to meet with the prosecutors and meet with the agents sometime next week.”

A criminal complaint filed by the border agent who arrested her argues there is probable cause to charge Catalano with smuggling, but Barry has said he expects her to be treated as a witness in the case.

Galea treated Woods to platelet-rich plasma therapy, and his attorney has vehemently denied that he was involved in providing performance-enhancing substances to athletes. He is accused of violating laws including selling an unapproved drug, conspiracy to import, conspiracy to export, and smuggling.

In addition, Galea is being investigated by the FBI field office in Buffalo, as well as the investigators for the Florida Department of Health, following reports that Galea treated Woods in that state, where he never had a medical license.

After studying kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Catalano worked for Galea from around 2004 until the time of her arrest. According to several clients of the Toronto clinic where Galea treated a wide array of elite athletes, Catalano practically ran the place.

“The place would’ve fallen apart without her,” says Dana Ellis, an Olympic pole-vaulter from Canada who was treated by Galea in 2007. “She was always bubbly, smiling, and professional.”

Ellis, now a medical student, said she was “blindsided” by allegations of impropriety around Galea, who she said was an honest and open doctor.

Following her arrest, Catalano told a U.S. Immigration and Customs agent that Galea had had told her to bring the drugs and other items into the U.S. because “he had been flagged,” according to a criminal complaint the agent filed later.

The complaint says Catalano told agents “she knew that administering these medications while in the United States was illegal,” and that her employer told her that if she was questioned about the purpose of her trip, “she should say that they were coming to the United States for a conference with other medical professionals and that none of the equipment she was bringing into the United States was for treating patients."