Shannon graduated in 2009 from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy after obtaining her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University. She completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2014 and her training in Gunn-IMS in 2015. Shannon’s treatment philosophy is to treat the individual as there is no one size fits all solution to any patient’s pain. She carefully assesses her patient’s condition and goals, then develops a tailored treatment plan using a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, IMS & exercise. Her ultimate objective is to restore the body’s proper biomechanics, improve the function of the nervous system and correct muscular imbalance to help the patient function pain free at their full capacity. Shannon specializes in treating patients with both acute and chronic neck and back pain, athletes with sports injuries at all levels and has treated many patients with post-operative knee/shoulder repairs. She continues to be very involved in the physiotherapy profession and enjoys giving back by mentoring and instructing other physiotherapists through the Orthopeadic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the University of Toronto.
Kevin Okamura graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 With Distinction. He has worked in private practice in Edmonton, AB, New York City and Toronto since graduating. Kevin is an instructor with New York-based Hands On Seminars since 2007 , teaching throughout the U.S. and internationally in India, Turkey and South Africa. He also is a co-instructor with the Orthopaedic Division courses in Canada. He combines appropriate spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques with a strong emphasis on strengthening and re-training functional movement patterns when working with his clientele.
Carl Gayle graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. He continued his studies at the post-graduate level earning a Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2000.
Carl has over 20 years of experience in private practice. He is also an Instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in postgraduate manual and manipulative therapy education.
Carl’s area of focus is in orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation. He utilizes various techniques such as joint mobilizations, manipulations, exercise therapy, Gunn IMS and neural mobilization techniques in treating an assortment of spinal dysfunction, sport related injury, post surgical and upper and lower extremity injuries.
Claire has over 17 years of experience working in orthopedics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002 from the University of Western Ontario. Before joining the team at Adelaide West in 2009, she worked in a multidisciplinary sports clinic and owned her own practice.
She holds a Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, a Certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and is certified in GUNN IMS.
Claire treats patients with acute and chronic spinal disorders, peripheral injuries, vestibular dysfunction (vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders) and post concussion syndrome. Her treatment techniques combine joint mobilization/manipulations, soft tissue work, acupuncture, GUNN IMS, nerve mobilizations, therapeutic exercise and functional strength training.
Andrew Kim received his physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto. He previously worked in Spine and Sport Physiotherapy.
He is a credentialed McKenzie therapist and a Fellow of the Canadian Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). He is rostered as a mentor on Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for physiotherapists who want to pursue the fellowship program. Andrew is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, Department of Physiotherapy and is actively involved as a clinical instructor and examiner for physiotherapy students.
Miranda is an FCAMPT physiotherapist practicing in downtown Toronto at the University location of Rebalance. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University and then completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Miranda then went on to complete the highest level of training in orthopaedic manual physiotherapy and received the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). As she values being able to approach injury or illness from multiple perspectives to find the most effective and timely resolution, she then went on to study Manual Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. She completed the coursework and exams in 2017 and is now completing her thesis titled ‘The Comparative Effect of Intention versus the Compression of the Fourth Ventricle Technique on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Adults’. She incorporates osteopathic philosophies and techniques to support the bodies innate ability to heal.
She also studied life coaching and shadow work to help people who feel stuck in thier life such as people who feel unable to make a decision, unsure of the next step towards happiness or stuck in, or trying to find the right relationship. The root cause of these scenarios is that we have forgotten how to listen to our inner guidance system, where all of our answers reside. She facilitates conscious conversations, mindfulness techniques and guided meditations to dive into the shadow, learning to listen to your inner voice and build the courage to follow through with the messages. She does this through workshops, one-on-one life coaching and transformational speaking. Helping people get our of their own way to the life they are meant to live of easy, happiness and fulfillment is her passion.
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I graduated in 2009 from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy. I have been completing courses ever since and am now honoured to have my FCAMPT. I take pride in providing quality, evidence based and personalized physiotherapy to all my clients.
Victoria graduated from McGill University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2012. She completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Exam in 2019.
She has worked in various sports medicine clinics in Montreal and Toronto and has treated a variety of different clients including runners, dancers and acrobats.
Melanie Gordon graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. Melanie successfully completed her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, November 2013. Melanie has over fourteen years of clinical experience in orthopaedic physiotherapy and in the past six years she has focused on Sports Medicine. Currently she is the Physiotherapy Practice Lead at the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic.
Romano graduated from the University of Toronto in 2004 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to his physiotherapy studies, he also received a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology from York University. Romano has completed advanced post-graduate training in orthopaedic and manual/manipulative physiotherapy having attained FCAMPT certification from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. rnrnHe has practiced in both the hospital and clinic settings and is currently the Director of Therapy Services at a large Toronto sports medicine clinic. Romano enjoys working with physically active individuals looking to return to their sport safely and quickly. He is also experienced with helping patients with a wide array of joint, muscle, posture and nerve related disorders improve their symptoms and current level of function. Romano is a life-long learner and continues to pursue further studies in orthopaedic physiotherapy and medical acupuncture.
Shannon graduated from McMaster Physiotherapy in 1998, after completing both her Masters of Science from Lakehead University and a Science undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. From 2001-2013 she worked for the Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto, a large, multidisciplinary facility, where she enjoyed a mixture of casual and high performance athletic rehabilitation. 2003/2004 Shannon traveled with Stars on Ice in the States and Canada, and was assistant Physiotherapist for the Canadian Men\\\’s Davis Cup Tennis Team from 2005-2010. She currently works as a consultant to Tennis Canada, and now runs solely a home practice. She joined CAMT in 2002 . To augment her home practice, she also treats using acupuncture, Myofascial Release, ultrasound and high and low powered shock wave.
Laurie has been working in the downtown core in Toronto for more than 20 years. She has extensive clinical experience working with those from the financial district when their pain stems from either work or play and sees an equal number of ergonomic and sports related issues. Pelvic health and a detailed approach to the core including internal work is part of her skill set with athletes and new moms alike to get them back to sport. She takes time with patients to make an exercise program that will work for their injuries and their schedules, and frequently collaborates with massage therapists, personal trainers and others to help patients achieve their own goals. In addition to manipulative therapy, Laurie uses acupuncture, and has taken many courses to integrate the techniques of Butler, McKenzie, and Mulligan.
Orsi is an empathetic and dedicated physiotherapist in downtown Toronto. She has experience in treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions ranging from sport to repetitive strain impairments, with a special interest in running injuries. Orsi is well versed in kinesiology, with extensive knowledge of sport-specific movement patterns, biomechanics, and technique.
She is passionate about educating her clients about their condition and firmly believes in finding the root cause of the injury. Orsi includes clients as active participants in their recovery process in order to achieve sustainable success. Through evidence-informed practice, Orsi uses a combination of education, manual therapy, exercise prescription and acupuncture to ensure clients receive the best available care and reach their full potential.
Orsi graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, where she also completed a thesis-based Master of Science in physiotherapy. Furthermore, she holds a Masters in Physical Education from Semmelweis University, Hungary.
As a firm believer in life-long learning, she is regularly taking post-graduate courses in order to provide the most up-to-date and highest quality treatment for her clients. She successfully completed her Advanced Diploma and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
She has also taken courses in running injury prevention and treatment, acupuncture, soft tissue mobilization, McKenzie method and Mulligan concept.
Outside of work Orsi is an avid runner, but you can find her in the gym, or in the yoga room. She recently became a fan of fitness Pilates as a result of a shoulder injury! She also enjoys the outdoors, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Stella.
My education began at the University of Western Ontario where I received an Honours Degree in Health Science in 2005. My training continued at McMaster University where I obtained a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2007. After a few years of working in a private orthopedic clinic I decided to return to school and achieve the highest level of training in orthopaedic manual physiotherapy. In 2010, I successfully completed a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy and achieved the designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapy. In addition to my University education, I have taken many post-graduate courses in order to stay up to date with the latest evidence and diversify my clinical skills. Most recently, I have completed a one year clinical mentorship in the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) with Diane Lee. This one year program taught me to treat patients efficiently by targeting the driver for the specific task that is dysfunctional. This approach leads to fewer treatments and better results. I have completed coursework with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and I successfully completed the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. I am also a Stott Pilates trained instructor. I believe that neuromuscular training through Pilates exercise is essential to long-term benefits of therapy as well as prevention of injuries. More recently, I have been designated as a running expert after completing a course that focused on assessment and treatment of running injuries. In addition to those mentioned, I have attended courses and seminars on functional strengthening, core strengthening and mobilizations with movement. I have also attended various courses with the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute pertaining to the latest evidence on the low back, mid back and shoulder dysfunctions. I have experience in successfully treating a wide range of conditions ranging from sports injuries to chronic persistent injuries, movement impairments and postural dysfunctions. My treatment philosophy involves looking at the body as a whole in order to determine the root cause. I believe that the best approach is to use a combination of manual therapy and acupuncture to address tissue and joint restrictions and than provide specific exercises to improve flexibility and strength in order to restore normal movement patterns.
I am an active member of my profession. I am a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a member of the Orthopaedic Division. I am a clinical facilitator with the Univeristy of Toronto Physical Therapy Department. I am also an Assistant Instructor with the Orthopaedic Division post-graudate manual therapy training. I take students during their advanced clinical internships and help them integrate their theoretical knowledge into clinical skills. Lastly, I provide mentorship hours to physiotherapists pursuing their manual therapy designation.
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received both a Masters in Science in Physiotherapy in addition to a degree in Physical Education and Health. Matthew has been in private practice since 2009, where he has experience treating competitive athletes, dancers, weekend warriors, work place injuries, and clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents.rnrnMatthew has always demonstrated a keen interest in manual therapy techniques and individualized exercise prescription as tools to improve outcomes for his patients.