Christine Bridle graduated from the University of Toronto in 1987 with a degree in physiotherapy. She received her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1995. She instructed post graduate manual therapy courses in the Canadian orthopaedic system from 1995 to 2014. She was an examiner from 2002 to 2014. She completed the AFCI certification in acupuncture in 2007. She is trained in outdoor emergency care and volunteers with the national ski patrol and at various other sporting events. She is self employed as a physiotherapist and is currently practicing in a private orthopaedic clinic in St. Catharines at John Chan Physiotherapy Acupuncture and Rehab
John Chan has been a registered physiotherapist in 1991. He completed his post-graduation education in the area of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy, receiving the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s post-graduate Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
At the same time, he is fascinated with various treatment by acupuncture. He studied acupuncture and become a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturists of Ontatio (CTCMPAO). . He is certified by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute as well as Medical Acupuncture Program , An Evidence-Based Approach at McMaster University. He is currently one of the teachers and an examiner for the Medical Acupuncture Program Evidence-based Approach at McMaster University. He has practiced acupuncture for more than 25 years.
He provides physiotherapy in a private clinic to suit various age groups.
Linda Gaspich graduated from McMaster University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario in 1985. She has been practicing in a variety of health care settings treating everything from sports injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, spinal injuries, chronic pain to stress incontinence. Linda\\\’s area of interests include cervical, thoracic, lumbo-pelvic dysfunctions, repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain. She is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.
Graduate from UWO in 1983
Area of practice in out patient orthopaedics
Working in private practice as a full time clinician and owner of the clinic
Graduate of the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at MacMaster 2008
Cindy graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1991 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and then went on to complete her physical therapy degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1996. She completed her acupuncture certification with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada in 2006. In 2010 she received her Diploma of Manipulative Physical Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy. Cindy has worked in private practice orthopaedic physical therapy for 16 years. She has worked with all age groups from children to senior citizens and weekend warriors and amateur athletes to professional athletes. She utilizes a combination of manual therapy, functional exercise, core stability work, taping and acupuncture to help her clients return to their functional activities/sports. She has assisted on and taught courses in Canada and is available for mentorship to physiotherapists working on their manual therapy courses. Cindy also has a special interest in spinal dysfunction and motor control retraining with sports such as golf, tennis and volleyball. Along that line, she recently co-founded Niagara Golf Performance Associates and has designed age group specific fitness protocols and rehabilitation protocols for golfers of all ages and abilities.
Stacey Meester graduated from the University of Guelph in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. She then completed a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2006. She also holds the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She currently works as a physiotherapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting. For the past couple years, Stacey has also mentored physiotherapy students through McMaster University’s Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) Program. She enjoys leading an active, healthy lifestyle and runs, cycles and plays volleyball in her spare time.
A graduate of the McMaster Physiotherapy program in 1999. Obtaining his Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2003. Acupuncture certified (CAFCI). Continues to advance clinical knowledge and skills through postgraduate courses and study.
Darren graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy in 2009. Since then, he has been working at Stoney Creek Physiotherapy treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Darren has a strong interest in manual therapy and integrates individualized exercises and hands on treatment to provide patient centred care.
Brad Balsor graduated from the program of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 1988. He became an FCAMPT therapist in 2001. He has been an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Orthopedic Division since 1988. He has worked as an orthopedic physical therapist in the private and public sector for more than 31 years. He is owner and Operator of LoneOak Rehabilitation Consultants and works full time at Performance Physio in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He has consulted for lawyers, the insurance industry and medical specialists since 1996. He has published numerous articles and has presented at various conferences throughout North America. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University School of Rehabilitation and takes pride in being an active educator. He completed his MClSc (Manip) at the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Clinically, Brad strongly believes in educating his clients in self management and in using his manual therapy skills to assist his clients return to function.
Dana Clark has been practicing in the area of orthopaedics since 1995. He has received instruction in manual therapy from leading authorities including Jim Meadows, Erl Pettman and Wendy Aspinall. He received his Certificate in Intermediate Manual Therapy with distinction in 2000 and went on to receive his Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in the same year. He has been teaching in Toronto regularly since 2000 to physiotherapists, hospitals and medical groups on various aspects of orthopedic manual therapy.
His clinical interests lies in the treatment of dysfunction of the spine and its co-related problems. He is well versed in the practical application of Ultrasound Biofeedback for core stabilization and treatment of muscular control in the spine.
Dana Clark is trained in spinal manipulation to correct movement impairments and in the use of medical acupuncture.
Dana has had the pleasure of working with Olympic athletes prior to competition and has travelled with professional figure skaters.
DScPT, FCAMPT, CMAG, MCPA
Laurie graduated from McMaster University and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association with Distinction.
She has developed and taught Continuing Education Manual Therapy Courses in Canada for over 20 years in Canada, Europe, Australia and the United States. In her current Advanced Practice role Laurie provides orthopaedic surgical assessments and acts as a resource for primary care providers and physiotherapists in diagnosis and management of orthopaedic complaints.
Laurie completed a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at Andrews University in Michigan in 2007.
She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University and a member of the HaNSA (Head and Neck, Shoulder, Arm) Research Team. Laurie is also a member of the Spine Expert Panel for the Ministry of Health and the Canadian Spine Society.
She is an Examiner and former Chief Examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of the C.P.A, and an Instructor and Examiner for the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists in the United States for physiotherapists who want to specialize in orthopaedics.
In addition, Laurie has been active on the Ontario College of Physiotherapy Committee to establish clinical practice guidelines for spinal manipulation.
Anita Gross is a clinician, a researcher and an educator. She is an orthopaedic manipulative physical therapist (OMPT). She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy (1984) from the University of Toronto, a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (1987) from Curtain University (Australia), a certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy (1990) from Orthopaedic Division CPA, a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT, 1990), a Masters in Design, Measurement and Evaluation from McMaster University (1994), and the prestigious Lifetime Membership Award (2019) from CAMPT. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University, the director of the OMPT field of study in Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University. She is also a lecturer at Western and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association –Orthopaedic Division. Her clinical work focuses on the TMJ, neck and spine care.
As a FCAMPT member, she sat on the national executive committee (CAMPT) and international committee for International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) from 2004 to 2016. She coordinates two research groups: 1) the Cervical Overview Group, a group that conducts and maintains 11 Cochrane and 4 other systematic reviews on neck pain and 2) the Head and Neck, Arm, Hand Research Group. She has 120 peer reviewed publications, has been Principal/co-investigator on 30 grants and has been an invited speaker at 20 international conferences. She supports two open access knowledge to action tool kits on the wiki site: Physiopaedia. She was an invited member to closed international conference Australia Whiplash 2011, the APTA Neck Care Guidelines committee, the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario, authorized acts advisory sub-groups on manipulative physiotherapy in 2010 and competency profile development group member for College of Physiotherapists of Alberta in 2007.
Anita Gross is a respected skilled clinician in the Oakville, Hamilton and GTA region with TMJ, Neck and Spinal Care being her field of specialization. She works with ProActive Health Group – Advanced Orthopaedic Physiotherapy at two site locations (tel) 905 338 2898; E: admin@ProActive Health.ca
323 Kerr St, Suite 209, Oakville, L6K 3B6
80 Traymore Ave, Hamilton, L8S 1R7.
PT, MSc, BHSc, BA, Dip.Manip.Ther, FCAMPT, CAFCI. Greg is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He also holds the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Greg is the Director of Peak Performance Physiotherapy a community clinic with a focus in manual therapy and exercise for the treatment of spinal/peripheral dysfunction, sports injuries, and chronic pain. In addition to his clinical work, Greg is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University, Hamilton where he instructs in the graduate physiotherapy program. Greg also teaches continuing education courses for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. His research interests are currently focused on outcome measurement and knowledge translation. He is the developer of the P4, a clinical pain intensity measure. Greg has received the 3 Silver Quill Awards (1999, 2006, 2010) from the CPA for clinical research and knowledge translation. Greg is a past executive member of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT)
Natalie graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Kinesiology. She has continued with post graduate studies and currently holds the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and certificates in Integrated Dry Needling and McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program.
Natalie enjoys treating both spinal and peripheral dysfunctions and her rehabilitative focus uses a combination of manual techniques, stabilization and pilates based exercise. She believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is an avid runner and triathlete.
Natalie is involved in the Ontario Section of the National Orthopaedic Division as the Provicial Orthopaedic Division Course Representative.
Mitchell Baldissarelli graduated from McMaster University with his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to his physiotherapy studies, he attended Lakehead University and received an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with a focus in anatomy and exercise physiology. Mitchell continued his post-graduate studies and completed his Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Orthopaedic Division. He has also completed courses in concussion management (CCMI), mulligan concepts and acupuncture (Integrated Dry Needling). He is involved in teaching as a clinical mentor for physiotherapists undergoing post-graduate training from the University of Toronto’s Department of Physical Therapy.rnMitchell has a significant background in functional strength and conditioning and enjoys working with athletes of all sports. He has extensive experience working with professional, national and amateur athletes from a variety of sport disciplines, which include a number of MLS, Rugby Canada, OHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL athletes.
Sharon graduated with a degree in physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax.She has extensive training and experience in orthopaedic manual therapy and has achieved the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has practiced for over 20 years in both Canada and the United Kingdom.Sharon opened Pinnacle Physiotherapy in 2003 to reflect her vast experience and create a centre of physiotherapy excellence in Oakville. Her focus is to deliver effective treatment using manual therapy,exercise prescription and education to achieve pain free function and prevent injury recurrence. She treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions and has a special interest in low back and sacro-iliac joint disorders.Sharon now acts as a mentor for other physiotherapists pursuing advanced levels in manual therapy.Sharon is a Certified Schroth Best Practice therapist providing curve specific exercise prescription for the conservative management of scoliosis for both adolescents and adults.
Rina graduated from McMaster University’s Physiotherapy Programme in 2000. She has received training in acupuncture through AFCI and uses this in practice as one of her choices of modalities. Rina is a certified Pilates instructor. Her treatment approach incorporates advanced manual therapy skills along with core strengthening to help restore function and to help with injury prevention.
Karen San Andres (Neill), Reg. PT, lovingly founded ellephysio on the premise that a client’s success comes from finding confidence from within. Her welcoming clinic in Oakville recognizes the growing demand for physiotherapy that caters to the unique needs of women.
Since 2005, Karen has been skillfully helping patients get stronger, improve balance, and heal from injury. She enjoys working with women and girls of all ages and abilities, seeing treatment as a partnership with her patients. Karen has helped seniors restore their strength and freedom, pregnant women heal sore hip joints, and preteens improve athletic performance. She is especially interested in activity, exercise, training, and treatment for dancers, rep sport players, marathon runners, and weekend warriors.
In December 2012, the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) awarded Karen with the internationally recognized Fellowship designation. Her six-year journey to Fellowship included being mentored by some of Canada’s leaders in manual (hands-on) therapy. Karen now serves as a mentor to those following the same training path. She has also completed the Discover Physio series of courses, designed to hone physiotherapists’ skills in clinical problem-solving, and is working through an intense training series focused on treating pelvic health concerns for men and women.
Karen holds Bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Life Sciences from Queenâ€™s University and a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
The ellephysio clinic truly reflects Karen’s warmth and desire to help and empower others. The space, the team, and the culture are an extension of her personal dedication to treating women and their families in an environment they can feel comfortable in. For Karen, ellephysio is more than a clinic; itâ€™s the realization of a dream, bringing providers and patients together on a journey toward healing and health.