Parag received his BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 1996. He then went on to complete his degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 1999. Parag started his career in 1999 and then became Clinic Director of a clinic in Oakville in 2003. He then opened Align Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic in May of 2013. Parag completed his Masters in Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists. He is also certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. Parag has a keen interest in treating injuries of the knee, back, and shoulder using advanced manual therapy techniques, especially for soccer and volleyball players, golfers, and paddlers. Parag also treats patients who suffer from dizziness, sport concussions, and vertigo related to vestibular dysfunctions.
Paul Mazur has over 10 years experience focusing on Orthopedic and Sports related injuries. Paul graduated in 2006 form D’Youville College with a Masters in Physiotherapy. He started his post graduate focus in orthopedics and completed manual therapy courses through University of St. Augustine in 2009, and then focused on the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy approach through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars completing the course work in 2011. After returning to Canada, Paul completed 5 years of manual and manipulative physiotherapy therapy training through the Orthopedic Division of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and in 2016 he received his Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. Paul has also completed acupuncture training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and provides both anatomical and electro-acupuncture. As a clinician, Paul has extensive experience not only in treating orthopedic and sport specific injuries, but is well versed in post-operative rehabilitation, motor vehicle catastrophic and non-catastrophic injuries. He runs an innovative pain management program and has provided treatment to patients of all ages. Paul believes in a multi modal approach to treatment and his key to success is the combination of manual therapy with exercise.
Barb has 20+ years of experience as a physiotherapist since she graduated from McMaster University. She studied post-graduately at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, completing a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and a Master’s of Science research degree. Barb has worked in Ontario, Canada; California, US; and Perth, Australia. She has diverse experience in private practice, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, and urban and rural settings, including work on First Nations reserves in northern Ontario. She currently works as a Certified Life Care Planner completing Future Care Needs and Costs Analysis for individuals of all ages who have sustained serious neurological, and/or complex musculoskeletal injuries.
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.
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.
Christian graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2012. His previous studies include an Honors Specialization in Kinesiology from Western University in 2010. In 2014, Christian has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Orthopaedic Divisions since 2010.
Christian is actively continuing his studies in manual therapy, exercise prescription and any additional courses that improve his skill set and service delivery.
With respect to treatment, Christian utilizes a multi-faceted approach tailored to each individual, with a focus on identifying the sources of dysfunction and pain and developing a treatment plan to resolve them. Components of his treatment include education, manual therapy, exercise prescription, modalities, acupuncture, Dry needling and taping. Christian’s goal through treatment is to return clients back to their passion, whether that’s returning to sport, work, or just getting back to normal life. Cooperation and team work is vital to implementing a treatment plan and reaching client-centered goals.
Christian is a sports enthusiast, an avid hockey player, experienced weight trainer, and has recently started scuba diving. He believes in staying active and pursuing activities that keep people fit and happy.
Tracy graduated from McMaster University’s Physiotherapy Program in 2000. She has extensive training in orthopaedics and has earned her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has experience with patients of all ages and rehabilitative needs and has a passion for seeing the patient as a partner in creating goals and solutions to finding the best possible rehabilitative outcomes for her patients. Tracy has received training in Acupuncture by the AFCI. Tracy was awarded the Gold Award as Top Physiotherapist by Oakville Today. Tracy is also working towards advanced training as a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
Ali graduated from McMaster University in 1997. He has taken numerous courses in manual therapy, acupuncture and Gunn method of needling. He received his Canadian Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) in 2003. He incorporates a wide range of techniques including mobilization, manipulation, spinal stabilization exercises, neural tissue mobilization, acupuncture and Intramuscular Muscle Stimulation (Gunn IMS).
He has extensive experience in private practice with keen interest in spinal disorder and acute and chronic sports related injuries. He is also an Instructor in the post-graduate Diploma Program of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
He is a co-owner of Prime Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation Centre since 2001.
I completed my Diploma In Manipulative Physiotherapy and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2009. I am a Certified Functional Movement Screen Specialist(FMS) , STOTTS PILATES trained and completed my acupuncture training through AFCI. I have a special interest with hip and knee conditions being an Advance Practice. I completed my Masters of Clinical Science In Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2015.I have work for many years with Orthopedic Surgeons specializing in Shoulders, Elbow, Wrist/Hand, Spine, Knee and Foot and Ankle gaining the advance experience to assess and treat complex musculoskeletal conditions. I have teaching experience having achieved a Status Appointment as a Clinical Instructor with the University of Toronto and an Instructor with the Physical Therapy Advancement Seminar for the Upper Quadrant in Southeast Asia.
Vaiva Underys has been practicing outpatient orthopaedic physiotherapy for the greater part of 10 years with a keen interest in sport. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2002 and since then, has worked through her manual therapy levels. In 2011, Vaiva completed her Master’s of Clinical Science (Manipulation) at UWO and currently works at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics in the west end of Toronto.
Over the years, she has had the opportunity to do some sports coverage with Tennis Canada, Skate
Canada, The National Ballet, Ontario Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics and the Toronto Ultimate Club.
Barbara Gorczyca Abel graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science: Physical Therapy. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science: Specialization in Human Kinetics, Minor in Psychology from the University of Guelph (1999). She successfully obtained her Fellowship with the Canadian Association of Manual and Manipulative Therapists in 2010.She has experience in private practice and in a hospital based outpatient physiotherapy clinic where she assesses and treats orthopaedic conditions with an emphasis on manual therapy, exercise and education.She utilizes modalities as needed including acupuncture, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation as part of a treatment plan for management musculoskeletal injuries and is certified to practice Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She is involved with multidisciplinary assessments in the WSIB Regional Evaluation Centre at Trillium Health Centre and works as a Physiotherapist in the Specialty Hip and Knee and Back and Neck Program at the Trillium Health Centre. In addition to treating a variety of orthopaedic condition she has worked as a team therapist for the Toronto Scottish Men’s Rugby Team (2003 – 2005). She holds a status only appointment at the University of Toronto and volunteers in assisting with clinical skills labs at the University of Toronto and serves as a Clinical Instructor for students on placement from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association member (2000 – Present) and an Executive member of the Ontario Section of the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA. Currently she works at Trillium Health Partners in the Spine Centre.
Jaswinder graduated from University of Western Ontario in 2001. She received her Masters of Manipulative Therapy Degree from Curtin University in 2008. She specializes in Manual therapy, TMJ Pelvic floor physiotherapy and Vestibular rehabilitation. She utilizes manual therapy, manipulation, acupuncture and exercise therapy in her private practice. She is also an instructor at National Institute of Manual and Physical Therapy preparing students for the Physiotherapy competency examination.
My physiotherapy practice is centered around helping people to; feel their best, enjoy the things they love to do and get back to the things they need to do.rnI first set out on this path by obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2005 and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. A commitment to continuing education and a compelling drive to further understand the complexities of the body inspired me to pursue a Masters in Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. In addition to advanced skills in manual therapy I have also pursued training in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute earning my CAFCI. rnMy passion for understanding movement of the body and awareness of the mind-body connection lead to a natural interest in and love of Yoga. I completed my Ashtanga Teacher training in 2009 through the Sattva School of Yoga and have since developed a unique approach of integrating yoga postures, breathing and meditation principles within physiotherapy treatment. I enjoy working with both new and experienced Yoga practitioners to help prevent injury and take their practice to the next level. rnOutside of work, I have a love for the outdoors and trying new activities. I am an avid mountain bike enthusiast and enjoy running and yoga. Along with these more vigorous activities I equally enjoy a walk by the lake, or a hike in the woods, and chasing after my nieces and nephews. Whatever the goal, I strive to help people participate in happy active lifestyles.
I received my BScPT in 2002 from University of Toronto. Since then, I have completed my FCAMPT in 2007 and IMS training in 2008 and Fellowship of Functional Applied Science (FAFS) in 2010. Also certified in Pose Running and FMS.
Ashish has been a licensed and practicing physiotherapist since 2003. After gaining experience in a hospital, nursing home & a private out-patient orthopaedic clinic, he found that he was more passionate about outpatient orthopaedics. Ashish is a huge advocate of education & has completed the Advanced Health Care Practice Program (MClSc) at the University of Western Ontario & has graduated with a Clinical Master’s Degree in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT).Ashish has continued to further his rehabilitation education by doing courses like acupuncture, Mulligan’s technique, McKenzie Technique as well as LJ Lee’s Thoracic Ring Approach & the Series 1 Manual Therapy Course by Jim Meadows. He opened the first location of Triangle Physiotherapy in Etobicoke in 2005 and has expanded to 7 clinics since then.In his spare time, Ashish likes to spend time with his family & travel. He has also developed a newfound affinity to running & aims to run 30km a week.Ashish has over 15 years experience in private practice. He currently practices out of the Etobicoke & Oakville clinics and can be reached at email@example.com
We were made to move. Movement is paramount to our health and quality of life. My passion for movement, health and physical therapy began with my own personal experiences with injury and movement dysfunction. Having played competitive soccer for most of my life, I experienced a number of different injuries throughout my career. While playing NCAA collegiate level soccer at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, I tore a major ligament in my right knee in my senior year that nearly ended my soccer career early. An extremely intensive rehabilitation program and a positive and determined mindset brought me back on to the field in time to play with teammates to win an NCAA National Championship. This experience helped me realize how powerful our bodies can be and the innate capacity they possess to heal. At Franklin Pierce University I was also fortunate to be honoured as the Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the year and named to the ESPN Academic All-American team. After graduating with a degree in Biology, I returned to Canada to continue playing soccer at a semi-professional level with the Canadian Soccer League. At the same time, I began coaching elite soccer until deciding to return to school to pursue physical therapy education.
In 2013 I graduated from the University of Toronto Clinical Masters in Physical Therapy Program. The deep study of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics was a great complement to the kinesthetic education I had received playing high level soccer. Having a passion for knowledge and desire to help as many people as possible inspired me to pursue further clinical training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Advanced Needling Techniques at McMaster University. I also went on to receive certification in Kinesio-taping, concussion therapy, soft tissue therapy, non-internal pelvic floor physiotherapy and most recently the completion of a five-year advanced manual physiotherapy certification qualifying me as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).
Now with eight years of clinical experience in both the public and private health-care settings, and a large therapeutic toolbox to pull from, I tend to see a wide variety of clients with varying needs from head to toe. Many have had sports or work-related injuries, both acute and long term repetitive strains. I work with clients that have had motor vehicle accidents and concussions, post-operatively, and with different forms of chronic pain, arthritis and dysfunctional movement. When movement is impaired through traumatic injury or repetitive strains over time, a combination of manual therapy, exercise, collaborative goal setting, and patient education are essential to a successful recovery.
Empowering others to be the experts of their own body is very important to me. And everyone experiences both good and bad times of physical health, so it helps to think of health as a moving target. To keep our bodies in their most healthy state we also need to develop balance, variety, and awareness of our movement patterns. Moving often and moving well is the key to my personal philosophy on physical health and vitality. Find what moves you!