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Our Team

Our Team

Dr.-Allan-Kwong

Dr. Kwong, BHSc (Hons), DC, R.Ac

Chiropractor & Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Kwong received his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Kwong is also a registered Acupuncturist. He specializes in both Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture. Dr. Kwong obtained his acupuncture training from the Acupuncture Council of Ontario. From there he furthered his studies with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. This is where he received his fellowship certification through the Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture.

Dr. Kwong’s strong interest in acupuncture drove him to work in a chronic pain facility. This establishment specialized in treating patients with chronic conditions. These conditions include low back pain, disc herniation/sciatica, neck pain, shoulder/elbow/knee pain, fibromyalgia and headaches/migraines

Dr. Kwong uses a wide variety of techniques in his practice. His varying skills include chiropractic manipulative therapy, acupuncture, myofascial release technique, rehabilitation, taping, orthotic/compression stocking devices and exercise regimes. Dr. Kwong’s passion for sports and aiding in patients recovery has led him to apply to volunteer for this past summer’s Pan Am Games. After being selected as a Medical Practitioner for the 2015 Pan-Am/Para Pan-Am games in Toronto, he was able to work with Olympic athletes from various different countries. In addition he has also worked with Team Canada Basketball, Toronto FC and AHL. Dr. Kwong is passionate about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. He enjoys working out, running, swimming and playing tennis in his spare time.

Samantha

Clinic Coordinator

Samantha currently holds a Social Service Worker diploma and has spent the last 10+ years helping people overcome life challenges and obstacles. After volunteering at local Long Term Care facilities & Youth Advocate programs, Samantha realized her passion was to help others feel great on the inside and the outside! She has worked for over 10 years in the Customer Service Industry and continues strive to be the best she can be!

Samantha brings 4 years of experience into the Medical field and is always looking to further her knowledge in the Health and Wellness industry. She brings an up beat, positive and ambitious attitude to the team and looks forward to new and exciting adventures. In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, working out, spending time with family and friends and knocking things off her bucket list!

Katie-Kelly

Katie

Registered Massage Therapist

Katie attended Sir Sanford Flemming College, graduating with honours from the Massage Therapy Program, and became a registered member with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in 2011. She has a great passion for the practice of massage therapy and for helping people. She works within an evidence based model employing techniques tailored to each patient’s needs and goals. Katie uses Swedish massage techniques as a basis for each treatment whether it betissue,relaxation, pain management, rehabilitation or pregnancy.

Katie’s background is in social services where she holds a Human Services Counselor Diploma. For 11 years she worked as a support worker for Oshawa/Clarington Community Living, supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in their day to day decision making and advocating on their behalf so that they may maintain a good quality of life.

In her spare time she likes to keep active by working out or going for long walks. She also enjoys her down time by reading a good book or curling up and watching a movie. Also, family is very important to her, and she spends a lot of time with them.

Kinjal-Patel

Kinjal

Physiotherapist Assistant

Kinjal is an internationally trained Physiotherapist. She graduated in 2008 and soon after began working in hospitals, nursing home and clinics. She has a wide range of experience including working with various conditions like orthopedic, neurology, cardio respiratory and even pediatric. She loves to work and has extensive experience working with all age groups.
She has more than 6 years of experience as a physiotherapist
assistant in Canada. To her, physiotherapy is a challenging career, but helping people is privilege and reward enough.

Kinjal believes in helping patients with all kinds of exercise and treatment. She hopes to provide them inspiration to realize their full potential.

She loves to be a member of Pickering Physiotherapy Institute

melissa

Melissa

Clinic Coordinator

Melissa was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and moved to Pickering in 2011.

As a married mom of two young kids, she’s on her feet more often than not. Her hobbies include adventurous road trips, camping, reading and watching movies.

Melissa has over 8 years of customer service experience including retail, restaurant and medical administration. This has given her a love for helping others and putting a smile on everyone’s face.

Before joining Life Clinics, Melissa was an office supervisor for a busy Orthopaedic clinic. She worked with the clinic for the past 5 years before deciding to relocate closer to home. She enjoys being hands on with patients and physicians and strives to constantly improve herself. Melissa would consider herself an outgoing individual with a fierce love for life!

Dr.-Albert-Iarz

Dr. Albert, B.Sc ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Albert, holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree from York University with a major in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Naturopathy Degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is also registered with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

Throughout his journey, he has gained a special interest in chronic diseases as well as musculoskeletal health. He has treated many cases of Arthritis, Tendonitis, Sprains, Strains, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Psoriasis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and a plethora of more conditions.

Come in a check out what naturopathic medicine can do for your health.


Ashley Yankana

Holistic Nutritionist & Wellness Consultant

Ashley is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Certified Empowerment Coach and her passion for health and wellness can be seen in her daily life. She loves to inspire and encourage her clients to live their life as their best self. Ashley earned her RHN title from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She continues to educate herself through personal development books and audios, workshops, staying on top of new health discoveries and holistic wellness modalities.

In her pursuit of spreading love and knowledge to those around her, Ashley enjoys managing her private holistic business. She loves sharing over social media and doing her best to inspire those who want the best for themselves and their loved ones. She strongly believes that knowledge is power and that we must empower ourselves to make the changes needed to live a life of joy and quality. When Ashley isn’t working she is learning with her nose in a book, training in the gym, attending a yoga class or meal prepping… she also always makes time for a movie or a show! Ashley loves her tight knit group of friends and spending time with family.

Though Ashley lives and promotes a healthy lifestyle, she knows balance is a huge part of happiness. She loves wine nights with her girlfriends and dining out trying different foods. She encourages and lives a life of 80-90% exercise and clean eating and 10-20% delectable eating and enjoying life. Restriction is not a word in Ashley’s vocab!


Celina Rambally

Physiotherapy Assistant

Celina attended Durham College, graduating with honours as an Occupational Therapist & Physiotherapist Assistant.

Volunteering at a local retirement home for over 3 years, Celina’s desire for helping others led her to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

Celina has clinical experience working in Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Ross Memorial hospital, neurological rehabilitation at Neurochangers, as well as working with the pediatric population on their fine motor skills in a Fine Motor therapy clinic.

Celina played basketball and volleyball throughout high school and enjoys being active, working out, as well as travelling.

She brings her knowledge and experience to Pickering Physiotherapy each and every day to help make positive changes in people’s lives.


Charandeep Parmar

Active Therapy Coach

Charandeep has completed her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology & Health Science (specialized honors) from York University as well as a postgraduate certification in Exercise Science & Lifestyle Management from Humber College.

Prior to becoming a member of the Pickering Physiotherapy & Wellness Team, Charandeep worked as a personal trainer for Rogers Communications Inc.
She has experience working with clients with various activity levels and lifestyles, injuries and acute/chronic conditions. The most enjoyable part of her job was being able to witness individuals transform in front of her eyes and accomplish goals they didn’t think were possible.

Her main focus is to help people make a lifestyle change so that they are better able to achieve AND maintain their goals.
In her spare time, Charandeep plays competitive volleyball, enjoys exploring the great outdoors (hiking, canoeing, kayaking) and is always up for an adrenaline rush adventure!


Joseph Tong

Registered Physiotherapist

Joseph is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical and health education (kinesiology).

During his studies, he also worked as a student therapist with the varsity rugby and wrestling teams; as a lab assistant at the Canadian Sports Centre Ontario (CSCO); as a coach for the University of Toronto Track Club; and as a personal trainer within his local community. Through his active participation, he developed and refined his knowledge of the human body while developing a keen interest in sports, fitness, and health.

He later graduated from Queen’s University, where he received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. He developed his skills as a physiotherapist in a variety of settings, ranging from acute stroke inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient musculoskeletal therapy; he was eventually one of the few students who were nominated for clinical skills excellence in his class. Since then, he has further developed his practice and currently has certificates for Intro to Bobath and K-Taping.

Outside of the clinic, you’ll often find Joseph playing sports, trying new foods, or just exploring the city on two wheels!


Kellie Sinclair

Registered Massage Therapist

Kellie is passionate about Health and fitness and has always found herself drawn to helping others through Health care.

She graduated From Centennial College in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy, and was Valedictorian of her class.
She has been registered with The College of Massage Therapist of Ontario since 2012. From there, she went on to pursue a Diploma in Fitness and Health promotion in 2014, as well as a Diploma in Physiotherapist Assistant in 2016 from Medix College of Healthcare.

Although her main focus is in rehabilitative therapy she has a range of experience which includes: prenatal/infant massage, sports injuries, cancer treatments, neurological disorders, and palliative care. With her combined experience in Massage Therapy, Personal training, and being a physiotherapy assistant she aims to create a positive and healthy environment to allow patients to reach their health goals.

Kellie lives by the motto “Do something now that your future self will thank you for later”


Mina Ibrahim, RPT

REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Mina is a passionate Physiotherapist who began on our team in December 2016. Mina began his education in rehab at York University in 2007 where he received his Bachelor of Science with specialized honors in Health Science and Kinesiology. He then worked for a couple of years as a kinesiologist and clinic director.

In 2013, Mina decided to further his education by enrolling at D’youville College where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. During this venture down, south Mina traveled to several cities in America for varying internships. These internships allowed Mina to be exposed and trained in a variety of settings with a wide spectrum of patients.
Mina has experience with: cardiovascular rehab, neurological rehab, vestibular rehab, urgent care, work hardening, and musculoskeletal rehab.

When not working vigorously in the clinic Mina enjoys playing basketball and reading up on the most up to date evidence-based practices.


Rosana Acuna

Physiotherapy Assistant

Rosana has been trained as a Physiotherapist, with 15 years of experience in treating Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Chronic Diseases, Pain Management, and Physical Disabilities Post Illnesses. She had developed treatment plans and adapts exercises programs according to the individual patient needs.

Rosana has worked for over 15 years as part of an Integrated Support Team for the National Selection of Venezuela, a Physiotherapist of Volleyball, Gymnastic and Athletic teams among others; she helped the athletes during Pan-American Games, South American Games and National competitions in Venezuela to achieve their Gold Medals.

Rosana recently completed her training as a Massage Therapist in Toronto, ON at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She has also been recognized by her patients as being proactive, sensitive to their needs, highly skilled and empathetic. Rosana’s training as a Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist allows her to have a broader knowledge of Health Care for patients.

In her spare time Rosana is happily married with 2 beautiful daughters that keep her busy and smiling!