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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Jason is clinic director and co-owner at Trilogy Physiotherapy. He brings years of experience from various sports and orthopaedic clinics in the GTA. Jason graduated with dual Bachelor degrees in Physical & Health Education and Biology from Queen’s University. From there, he completed a Master of Science Physical Therapy degree, also from Queen’s. He is also licensed and registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association with a special interest in orthopedic and sports medicine. Jason has furthered his skills by completing post-graduate courses in medical acupuncture, as well as his Advanced Diploma in Manual Therapy. Additionally, he has taken courses in therapeutic taping and myofascial release and is a certified personal trainer.rnrnrnJason uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, prescriptive exercise and patient education to properly assess his patients and meet their specific needs and goals. His personal background and experience with a wide range of sports and orthopedic injuries allow him to successfully treat a variety of patients ranging from the desk jockey to the serious athlete.
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.
My education began at Queen’s University where I completed a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. I continued my education at the University of Toronto where I completed a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2005. Following, I earned a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2007. After working in private practice orthopedics I chose to advance my Physical Therapy training by completing a Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. I have also completed contemporary medical acupuncture training through the McMaster University Acupuncture Program. I am a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and member of the Orthopedic Division. I am also a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT). rnrnI have successfully treated a variety of injuries including lower back disorders, postural dysfunction, as well as acute and chronic sports injuries. My treatment style includes using a manual hands-on approach as well as acupuncture and personal exercise programs. This approach to treatment addresses the underlying dysfunction that may be causing injury and prevents future re-injury. I believe in a patient centered approach; by directly involving each patient in their recovery through goal setting, balancing muscle dysfunction and teaching self-management techniques optimal recovery is achieved. rnrnI am committed to lifelong learning having taken numerous post-graduate courses including functional training, mobilizations with movement, recent advances in hip rehabilitation, and running specialist; including gait assessment and barefoot running. Further, I have attended numerous courses offered through the Advanced Physical Therapy Institute. While I continue to pursue post-graduate courses in order to offer the latest and most effective treatments I am also a committed leader within the Physiotherapy profession. Since 2009 I have been a clinical lab facilitator at the University of Toronto. I am also a clinical supervisor for students during their final clinical internship. Finally, I provide mentorship for Physiotherapists who are completing the manual therapy levels through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. During my time outside of the clinic I am a loving and proud mother. I enjoy running, having completed two marathon and numerous ½ marathons. I lift weights regularly, bike, and practice Pilates. I also enjoy cooking, wine tasting, and adventure travel.
Stephanie’s interest in pursuing a career as a Physiotherapist began at a young age while she was training at the National Ballet School of Canada, and often found herself seeking treatment from therapists for various injuries over the 9 years she studied at the school. Today, Stephanie uses her comprehensive dance knowledge to bring a unique perspective to the assessment and treatment of dancers she sees in her clinical practice.rnrnFollowing her time spent at the National Ballet School, Stephanie attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics, specializing in Exercise Science in 2005. From there, Stephanie returned to Toronto to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 2007. Since practicing as a Physiotherapist, Stephanie has continued to challenge herself through extensive continuing education. In 2011 Stephanie achieved her CAFCI designation, a certification in acupuncture training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Also, Stephanie has worked her way through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division courses, and in December 2013 completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Exam to receive her FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy) designation.rnrnStephanie is active in fostering the education of future Physiotherapists. At the University of Toronto, Stephanie holds a Status Faculty appointment in the Department of Physical Therapy, and she also acts as a small group facilitator as well as a clinical lab facilitator for physiotherapy students. Stephanie has also been a clinical instructor to several students whom she has mentored during her time at Pivot.
BA, BSc(PT), FCAMT, IFSPT, Dip Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip Sport Physiotherapy, Certified IMS practitioner, International Sports Physical Therapist, Certified Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Dinah completed her BA in Health Studies at Queen’s University and BSc in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her passion for Sports Physio led her to being an active member of the Sport Physio division of the CPA, on both provincial and national executives. Dinah has completed her Certificate of Manual therapy and her Diploma of Manual & Manipulative therapy and Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy giving her the titles of Orthopaedic, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and Sport Physiotherapist. Certifications in IMS – (Intramuscular Stimulation certification), kinesiotaping, pelvic floor physiotherapy, ballet strength and conditioning are all a part of an ongoing passion to learn and evolve as a health care professional. Dinah is committed to education; she is status faculty at the University of Toronto faculty of Medicine and was guest faculty in the Dance department at George Brown College.
Dinah has been honoured with teaching and mentorship awards from many students. Her credentials extend to:
• Medical team member for Winter and Summer Canada Games, Special Olympics, Paralympic, Pan American and Summer Olympic games, Canadian National Fencing team physiotherapist and High Performance Committee member.
• She was one of two therapists for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 in Singapore, Chief Therapist for the 2013 and 2015 World University Games.
• Clinical teacher for both Canadian and International Physical Therapy students and Medical Doctor residents and fellows.
• Canadian National Ultimate Frisbee team physiotherapist.
Dinah has specific experience covering many sports including fencing, cycling, gymnastics, tennis, diving, boxing, rugby, canoe kayak and more. Years of classical ballet training brings a technical eye to her treatment of dancers and performing artists from professional and recreational programs. Appraising pointe shoe fit and foot mechanics and developing improved access to resources for dancers are amongst Dinah’s unique skill sets. Combining orthopaedic and pelvic floor assessment skills for full muscular patterning is a special focused lens through which to evaluate patient motor patterns.
When not working Dinah likes to cook great food, spend time with friends, work out and stay fit. She is passionate about enjoying every day to the best of its potential and is happiest using her knowledge to promote high performance in others.
Joanna Nelken is Clinic Owner and Director of Pure Physiotherapy. She graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Science degree in Pathobiology from the University of Toronto, prior to completing her Masters of Physical Therapy degree also from the University of Toronto. Joanna has been working in private practice orthopedics since 2008 and has taken several post-graduate courses to further her skills. Joanna is certified in the McKenzie Method, which is an internationally recognized treatment method for spinal and peripheral disorders. She has also completed the Mulligan Concept courses (Upper and Lower Extremity). Most recently, Joanna has obtained her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Joanna utilizes a combination of manual therapy treatment techniques, and individualized exercise prescription to allow her clients to quickly return to optimal function.
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.