- Leigh Davis PT, Physiotherapist
- Rebecca Armstrong PT, Physiotherapist
- Adriana Biernat PT, Physiotherapist
- Brian Culliton PT, Physiotherapist
- Dr. Trevor Vander Doelen DC, Chiropractor
- Akeela Baksh RMT, Massage Therapist
- Marieta Akalsi RMT, Massage Therapist
- Tanya Jessica Reid RMT, Massage Therapist
- Kerry Miller BSc(Kin),RD, Registered Dietitian
LEIGH DAVIS PT
Leigh graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2002. He completed his undergrad in his hometown of Montreal at McGill University. He started his career in London at Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and the Children’s Hospital of Western Hospital. Leigh moved to Toronto in 2003 and has been practicing at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopedics and Humber River Regional Hospital, and Rehabilitation Solutions at Toronto Western Hospital.
Leigh has been working with sports related injuries for the past 12 years. He believes strongly in manual and exercise therapy. To date he has completes his manual therapy level 2 and 3. He is currently working towards his Intermediate Certificate of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. He has also completed his level 1 (Part 1,2a, 3a) acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Leigh continues to have a keen interest in sport physiotherapy and working with athletes. He has provided his services for sports teams like McMaster University’s lacrosse team, local soccer clubs, ultimate Frisbee tournaments, Skate Canada and at various other sporting events. Most recently Leigh was the chief therapist for the Ontario Women’s Rugby U20 women’s teams who were the 2011 National Champions and he will be the physiotherapist for our Canada’s figure skating team at the upcoming 2012 International Staking union (ISU) Four Continents figure skating championships held in Colarado Springs, Colarado.
Leigh is also currently working with the organizing committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games as a medical venue coordinator for the park zone where he uses his skills as both a clinician as well as a sports manager which he obtained after studying at AISTS in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Rebecca Armstrong P.T.
Rebecca graduated from the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program from McMaster in 2013. Prior to this, Rebecca completed the Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in her hometown of Thunder Bay through Lakehead University. In addition, before entering the Physiotherapy program, Rebecca worked as a personal trainer at GoodLife Fitness for a year and a half.
Since graduating, Rebecca has taken the Mulligan Lower Extremity course and an advanced orthopedic course focused on treating the shoulder. Continuing on, Rebecca will be completing her Manual Therapy Levels and soft tissue mobilization courses. Rebecca is a strong believer in manual and active therapies, and uses a combination of the two in order to best treat her patients.
With an unquenchable wanderlust and love of adventure, Rebecca enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and ways of life. This interest led her to complete her final Physiotherapy placement in Arusha, Tanzania, as well as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro while there.
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ADRIANA BIERNAT P.T.
Adriana graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 2008. To date, she has completed continuing education courses with the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute and is finishing her Manual Therapy Level 2’s with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopeadic Division.
Adriana has worked with the London Beefeater football team, providing medical coverage during the games. She has coached and trained high school volleyball, soccer and track teams. She has been involved with running pool specific therapy programs for clients of all ages and has worked with sports teams by using specific plyometric training.
Adriana enjoys working with clients and athletes with various levels of function and skill sets. She hopes to advance her practice by continuing to complete her Manual therapy and Manipulative certification through the Orthopeadic Division and further continuing edication courses.
Brian Culliton P.T.
Brian completed his graduate degree in physical therapy at the University of Toronto, after graduating from the University of Guelph human kinetics program. Since graduating from physiotherapy school in 2014, Brian has worked in the orthopedic field, treating musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.
Brian is a level 2 manual therapist through the orthopedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and obtained his acupuncture training through the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. He is also trained in soft tissue release techniques and sport taping, and has treated a wide spectrum of patients, ranging in both functional ability and age. As a lifelong athlete, he understands the trials of injury as well as the rehab journey to get back to full function.
Brians areas of particular interest include injuries to the shoulder and the ankle, as these are areas that he has had to rehab in his own athletic journey playing baseball, volleyball, and running track. A very hands-on therapist, Brian combines this with acupuncture and functional exercise prescription to address pain and restore function; his main goal is to get clients back to doing what they want to do, and to prevent future injury. In his free time, Brian stays active by working out and playing pick-up sports with friends.
Dr. Trevor Vander Doelen,, BSc (Hon), CK D.C.
Active Release Technique® Provider
Acupuncture McMaster University
Dr. Trevor Vander Doelen earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College following an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Laurentian University. Along with his chiropractic education, Dr. Vander Doelen is also trained in whole body Active Release Technique® and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University.
Dr. Vander Doelen takes an integrative approach to care of the athlete, incorporating joint manipulation, neurofunctional electroacupuncture, myofascial release, performance taping, custom orthotics casting, and corrective exercise to help athletes recover from injury and improve performance. He has a special interest in endurance athletes, functional movement training, and performance care. He regularly speaks to athletic groups and contributes to magazines.
Dr. Vander Doelen is a former Toronto Lifeguard Champion and has received the Toronto Emergency Medical Services Citizenship Award. He maintains an active lifestyle involving recreational athletics, specifically beach volleyball, water skiing, squash and triathlon.
Akeela Baksh, RMT
Akeela is a graduate from the massage therapy program at Everest College. Her interests include holistic care and sports massage for rehabilitation and injury prevention. Akeela’s practice focuses on optimizing the body’s ability to heal and repair through the use of various massage and soft tissue techniques.
Marieta Akalski, RMT
Marieta graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic and completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University. She is a trained Yoga Teacher and further completed a Performance Taping course allowing her to apply Kinesio Tape in her treatments.
Marieta has been a competitive athlete for over 20 years, and is currently on the National Rock Climbing team representing Canada in several World Cups. In addition to climbing, she plays volleyball, snowboards, and is an avid runner.
These personal endeavors give Marieta a practical understanding of her clients’ physical requirements for optimum muscle performance, recovery and injury prevention.
Following an initial functional assessment, Marieta creates an individual treatment plan to target the cause of the pain, dysfunctional patterns, postural misalignment, and to enhance athletic performance.
She utilizes a variety of soft-tissue techniques in conjunction with Acupuncture, Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization, Kinesio Taping and Isolated Stretching. With her yoga and training background, Marieta is able to provide her clients with the appropriate self-care exercises in order to enhance the clients’ recovery.
Marieta enjoys treating postural conditions commonly present in clients with desk jobs, amateur athletes and professional athletes. She has treated NHL players, professional squash and tennis players, marathon and ironman athletes.
Tanya Jessica Reid, RMT
Tanya Jessica Reid has been treating athletes in the fitness industry since completing her Advanced Diploma from Centennial College in 2010. Tanya takes a pro-active approach in her treatments, focusing on learning the most about her clients’ activities and treating through a cause rather than symptom based approach.
Tanya uses multiple modalities to treat her clients in the most effective way. This methodology also increases the overall efficacy of her treatments. Through the combination of massage and acupuncture she can focus on various regions in parallel.
Tanya continues to refine her craft through continuing education as well as through growth with her clients. She is passionate about health and helping her clients to lead a balanced lifestyle, whatever their fitness or athletic goals.
Kerry Miller, Dietitian
Kerry is a Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian. She graduated with her dietetics degree and MHSc in Nutrition Communications from Ryerson University. She also holds a BSc in Kinesiology from Queen’s University and is ISAK-certified in body composition analysis.
As a former national-level ringette player, Kerry has a passion for showing other show nutrition can help fuel athletic performance. She completed her practical training at the Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario, is the Nutrition Lead for the Clarkson Football Academy and has worked with a wide range of athletes from recreational youth players to Olympic competitors. Kerry also enjoys helping clients optimize their overall health. She has experience providing nutrition consultations for managing conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, addressing disordered eating, improving energy levels and achieving healthy weights.
Kerry understands the struggles of making nutrition a priority within a busy schedule. She takes a personalized approach to creating plans that best suit her client’s lifestyle and health or performance goals, and aims to provide them with practical tools for improving their nutrition. Kerry also believes that food should be both nutritious and delicious. On her days off, if she’s not outside on a run, she enjoys experimenting with simple, tasty recipes to make for her friends and family, or provide to clients.
• Optimize Training, Performance and Energy Levels
• Body Composition Change
• Injury Recovery
• Chronic Disease Management
• Weight Management
• Emotional/Stress Eating
• Team Sports (Ice Hockey, Ringette, Soccer, Field Hockey)