Bahram Jam graduated from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1999 he completed a Clinical Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Australia and in 2009 he completed his Doctorate in Science in Physical Therapy at Andrews University, USA. He has the Canadian Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is also credentialed with the McKenzie Institute International.rnrnHe is the founder and director of Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) and has been a chief instructor for over one thousand post-graduate Orthopaedic clinical courses across Canada and internationally. He continues to practice and has had extensive clinical experience with direct patient care.
Thomas is a manual physiotherapist with years of postgraduate experience in orthopaedics, sports medicine and manipulative therapy. After graduating from Queen’s University in 1995 he has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. He completed a full-time post-graduate program in 1998-99 and received his first diploma from the Canadian Academy in 2000 and he continues as Instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in postgraduate manual and manipulative therapy education. Thomas also has a keen interest in osteopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, IMS and acupuncture. At the request of physicians in the Thornhill area who were not getting the results with their patients, Thomas opened Physioactive in 1999 with a goal of opening a clinic second to none. Thomas continues to have a thirst for knowledge and he works as a mentor and teacher to other physiotherapists. He continues taking post graduate studies on a part-time basis. Completing the five year Osteopathy Program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2009 has furthered increased Thomas™ knowledge base. It has allowed Thomas to improve results incorporating craniosacral, visceral and other osteopathic techniques into his physiotherapy practice. He has had great success combining a variety of techniques to achieve maximal results with even the most difficult or complex clientele. He incorporates a wide range of techniques including spinal manipulation, myofascial release, spinal stabilization exercises, neural tissue mobilization and needling (IMS & acupuncture). Thomas has also completed his training for intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Having many “tools in his toolbox” allows Thomas to enjoy success treating a variety of ages and conditions. With a growing interest in paediatrics and pre and post natal care Thomas has found great reward in successfully treating children for a variety of conditions.
Charles Lorusso graduated from McMaster University in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to that he studied at York University and received an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2003. Charles has extensive clinical experience working in private clinical settings. He started his work in rehabilitation when he obtained a Physiotherapy Assistant diploma from Humber College in 1999 and began working in private practice. He is continuously looking to improve his skills and knowledge base. He has recently achieved the Advanced Level Certification through the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He uses a hands-on approach to treating his patients and develops rehabilitation program which caters to individual needs. Charles is also a mentor and clinical preceptor for students studying at various university physiotherapy programs. He has also devoted time as an assistant for courses offered by the Orthopedic Division of Manual Manipulative Therapy.
Tanya graduated from McMaster University in 2005 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and an Honours Bachelor in Kinesiology in 2003. Tanya has worked primarily in private rehabilitation clinics with an interest in orthopedic and sports injuries. Her focus is on integrating various hands-on techniques and specific exercise programs to successfully achieve treatment goals. In addition, Tanya is a clinical supervisor and mentor for students studying in Kinesiology,Athletic Therapy, and Physiotherapy programs.In 2013 she completed the Advanced level certification through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She also has training in acupuncture, and has completed workshops at Stott Pilates.
Krista is a two-time University of Toronto graduate, completing her Bachelor degree in Physical and Health Education in 2010 and her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2013. As a clinician, she enjoys getting people back at what they enjoy doing most and tailoring treatment plans to meet the goals and expectations of the client. Her treatment approaches include utilizing her advanced manual therapy training and exercise prescription. rnrnKrista was a 2015 Toronto medical volunteer for the Pan American games, treating a variety of sports injuries and athletes in the Athletes Village medical centre. She enjoyed the games’ environment and working with fellow professionals in a volunteer capacity. She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Orthopaedic division since 2013. Krista has also co-authored a paper published in the Physiotherapy Canada Journal in 2015.
Hermina Kochanski (Vas) graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University receiving an Honours Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Sociology. Hermina has completed her Advanced level certification in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Hermina also continues to take various courses specializing in orthopaedics and neurological rehabilitation. She has completed training in acupuncture at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). She also has a strong interest and knowledge in anatomy and physiology, having completed several advanced courses in this field and having been a Teaching Assistant at McMaster University for three years. Herminaâ€™s educational background and practical experience give her great success in treating a wide range of acute and chronic conditions by incorporating the use of manual therapy techniques, individualized exercise programs, acupuncture and patient education
May Liu completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a certificate in Athletic Therapy at York University. She then went to the University of Queensland in Australia and obtained a Masters of Physiotherapy degree and returned to Australia 5 years later and received her Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. May has experience working in various settings; in hospitals, on-field with athletes and in a multidisciplinary private practice. As an athlete herself, May has an interest in sports-related injuries. She continues to take a range of continuing education courses to further her knowledge as a physiotherapist.
Tim graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor degree and Honours Specialization in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He then went on to obtain his Master of Science degree in the field of Physical Therapy at Queen’s University. Tim has developed an exceptional understanding in the assessment and treatment of a vast assortment of orthopaedic injuries and diseases including: knee replacements, hip replacements, chronic low back pain, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis conditions, motor vehicle accidents, work related injuries and the common sports related muscle and ligament sprains / strains. However, Tim’s primary interest is in sports medicine and the recovery from sports-related injuries in which he has had the opportunity to treat a variety of amateur and professional athletes.rnrnAs a physiotherapist, Tim’s primary goal is to help restore, maintain and maximize the function, movement and overall well-being of all his clients. He strongly believes that each individual’s health condition is unique and implements a multi-modal treatment approach tailored to the specific needs of the patient. This may include: manual therapy (joint stabilizations, mobilizations or manipulations), soft tissue treatment, physical therapy modalities (muscle stimulation, IFC, TENS, ultrasound and laser) and developing stretching/strengthening exercise programs.
Tim is always progressing as a therapist and in addition to achieving his FCAMPT designation he is also certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and NKT. He is a registered member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Physiotherapy Association of Canada
Courtney completed her Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 2008. Upon graduation, she began her professional career at Cornerstone Physiotherapy, a multi-location Toronto-based clinic. Courtney values continual learning, and since graduating has become a certified McKenzie therapist (Cert. MDT), completed the McMaster University Acupuncture and Integrated Dry Needling courses and became a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She also helps facilitate small groups and labs at the University of Toronto Masters of Physiotherapy program.
Laura graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Kinesiology. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. At the post-graduate level she has successfully earned a Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is registered as a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Laura has been working in private practice since 2003, with expertise in orthopedics, manual therapy and sports. She frequently uses acupuncture as part of her treatment approach, along with individual exercise prescription. Laura has also received special training in the rehabilitation of the vestibular system. She has had the opportunity to work abroad as a physiotherapist in New Zealand, where she gained invaluable international experience. Laura is committed to providing client-focused care, where she employs manual therapy, exercise therapy and education to promote functional recovery.
Egda completed an Honours Bachelor of Science, as well as a Master of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Toronto. In 2013, she obtained her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree, also from the University of Toronto. Most recently (2019), Egda completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy curriculum through the Orthopaedic Division, and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Egda is also a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has additional training in Acupuncture and Dry Needling, Advanced Shoulder Treatment, Sports Taping, and Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain. Currently, she is furthering her studies in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, and will continue evolving her practice in general orthopaedics, athletics, and lumbopelvic pain and hip conditions.
Melanie MacKinnon graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2002. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree in 2004. She advanced her Physical Therapy training by completing her Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2009. She completed her certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute as well as dry needling from the Integrated Dry Needling Program. She has completed a variety of complementary post-graduate physiotherapy courses relating to the diagnosis and treatment of movement impairment syndromes, mobilizations of joints with movement as well as the mobilization of the nervous and fascial system. She has also completed a number of population specific courses. She has been involved in teaching and mentoring in a variety of capacities with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, University of Western Ontario, MCLSc Program as well as at the University of Toronto, MScPT program. She is currently the co-coordinator of the advanced MSK unit in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She continues to pursue post-graduate courses in functional retraining, manual and manipulative therapy techniques.
Surabhi is a highly-motivated physiotherapist who uses her energy and experience to empower patients to achieve a more active lifestyle. Surabhi treats various orthopaedic conditions across the spectrum, including injuries resulting from trauma, sports, overuse, postural dysfunction and arthritis. Surabhi excels at educating patients on their injuries, and believes in providing patients the tools they need to contribute to their rehabilitation success. Surabhi tailors each patient’s treatment plan based on their specific goals. She uses an evidence-informed multi-modal approach, integrating manual therapy, exercise, neurofunctional acupuncture, and therapeutic taping. Surabhi believes in life-long learning. She has earned a Master of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy through Western University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. To broaden her scope of practice, Surabhi has also completed her acupuncture certification through the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. Surabhi enjoys giving back to the physiotherapy profession and to the community at large. She has volunteered at events such as the Toronto Marathon, and is also involved in various volunteer roles at the University of Toronto. She holds an Adjunct Lecturer appointment at the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy and has been a Clinical Instructor to numerous final-year physiotherapy students. Surabhi has co-authored and published a paper on Evaluating Physical Impairments in Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury. She had the opportunity to share her research at the 2012 Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress and was honoured with a national award for her presentation. She has also had the opportunity to present her research on lumbar spine manipulation at the Orthopaedic National Symposium in 2017 in London, Ontario. As an avid rock climber, road cyclist and cross-country skier, Surabhi reflects her commitment to promoting physical fitness. While attending the University of Waterloo, Surabhi competed in varsity Nordic Skiing and understands the demands of competitive and recreational sport. Surabhi particularly enjoys treating running and cycling injuries and uses the most current evidence to help maximize performance.
Lianne is a University of Toronto graduate with over twenty five years of experience in Orthopaedics. She successfully completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2002. She has been practicing acupuncture for many years and obtained Certification from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) in 1995 and an Integrated Dry Needling Certificate. Lianne enjoys teaching and is an Acupuncture Demonstrator with the Acupuncture Canada and a registered Instructor with the post-graduate Canadian Orthopaedic Manual Therapy program. She is an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and has worked with the Musculoskeletal Units of the Physical Therapy program for many years. Devoted to continuing education, Lianne has taken many courses since graduating and enjoys treating a wide range of orthopaedic problems. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, prescriptive exercises and patient education to achieve results. Lianne is self-employed and is currently in clinical practice at Striowski & Associates.
Cary has over 10 years of clinical physiotherapy experience treating a wide variety of issues. He prides himself on his core values of Science & Research, Relationships, Self-Care & Empowerment, and Access. Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals and Cary aims to be your first stop the moment you start to worry about a symptom.
Cary completed his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degree from McMaster University in 2009 after a 4 year B.A. Specialization in Kinesiology where he graduated with honours from Western in 2007. Cary was very involved throughout his education as he was the 2008-2009 PT2 class representative and played Varsity Lacrosse both at Western and McMaster.
After graduation from his Masters, Cary went on to become a Fellow in the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). This Diploma program takes 5 years to complete and focuses on advanced / evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques including spinal manipulation. After completing this Diploma program, Cary became certified in Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN) in 2015. Dry Needling is a technique that utilizes acupuncture needles to release muscle knots and normalize muscle length and function.
In addition to his CIDN and FCAMPT designations, Cary has also completed courses in therapeutic taping and a Lumbo-Pelvic Certification program which focused on in-depth assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of low back pain.
After years of specialized education and practice in an out-patient clinic, Cary began to give back to the physiotherapy community. For the past 4 years, Cary has been involved with the University of Toronto, Masters of Physiotherapy program. He has been both a Clinical Preceptor for students in their final placement and an award-winning Group Facilitator reviewing neuromusculoskeletal cases and discussing clinical reasoning with students. CARYphysio continues to give back – take a look at our Climate Change page and the Free Physio Program.
Outside of his clinical practice, Cary spins regularly, plays basketball, squash, and volleyball. He enjoys camping and watching his home-town Raptors win Championships.
Dino completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2016 and his Master of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (ManipulativeTherapy) through the University of Western in 2020. His previous education includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, and a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College. Dino holds personal training certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and has completed additional certifications in acupuncture, manual therapy, concussion management, soft-tissue release and pain management.
Dino has experience working with patients of all ages and a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including acute traumatic injuries, chronic overuse injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in treating individuals who have sustained a concussion and has experience with the physiotherapy management of persistent post-concussive symptoms including light sensitivity, double vision, nausea, poor balance, and headaches.
Dino approaches each patient with a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals. He incorporates meaningful activities, specific exercises and utilizes manual (hands-on) techniques to address hindering factors and maximize overall recovery. Typical treatments may include joint mobilizations or manipulations, exercise prescription, acupuncture, dry needling, postural taping techniques, soft-tissue massage, and electrophysical modalities.
Outside of work, Dino has participated in dragon boat racing, enjoys swimming, plays the electric violin, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Dino participates in weight lifting and circuit training several days a week and has been personal training for over seven years. Dino believes that no activities are off limits forever and there’s always a way to achieve what you set your mind to.