Joseph – 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!
Raju – Registered Physiotherapist
Raj graduated in 2011 and has since developed extensive knowledge in the rehabilitation of Orthopaedic and Sports injuries.
Close collaboration with Orthopaedic Surgeons over a number of years has given Raj broad knowledge of the latest surgical approaches in both upper and lower extremities and their post-operative rehabilitation. He also has extensive experience in the treatment of a wide spectrum of non-surgical Orthopaedic conditions.
Raj has also done Post Graduate Diploma in Work Place Wellness and Health Promotion (WWHP) from Centennial College along with doing his Co-op from Harmony Hall center for seniors, where he developed various Gentle fitness and exercise classes by his combined knowledge of WWHP and physiotherapy.
Raj has a keen interest in treatment of all injuries ranging from acute sports injuries to chronic, movement based and posture related injuries. His scope of practice includes rehabilitation from injury, return to sport, management of pain, functional improvement and overall strength conditioning. Raj is passionate about serving patients and utilizes evidence-based treatments involving manual therapy (hands-on treatment), electrotherapy, exercise therapy, therapeutic taping, and patient education.
Joanne – Physiotherapist
Joanne graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is also an alumnus of York University as she obtained her Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science.
Joanne puts forth treatment plans accordingly to her patients’ needs. She aims to optimize human function and maximize recovery through a science-based approach. She treats using both hands-on techniques and engages patients actively. Her goal is to empower each of her patients to become stronger and independent.
Joanne is easy going, loves to laugh, boulders for fun, enjoys chilling at cafes and trying delicious foods. Speaks English, Cantonese, and is in the process of learning Mandarin.
Rosana – 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!
Aakanxa – PTA
Aakanxa is an internationally trained physiotherapist who graduated in 2017. She has experience working in nursing homes and various clinics. Aakanxa is trained in myofascial release, cupping therapy, dry needling and taping.
She loves working with all age groups and different types of conditions. She brings a positive attitude to the clinic. You can find her quotes of the week on the board in the treatment area.
She has a good sense of humor and loves to make treatment fun. When she’s not working you can find her listening to music, dancing, or socializing.
Michael – PTA
Michael graduated from Humber College as a Physiotherapy assistant and Occupational therapist assistant. After graduating he started working in a hospital setting treating various patient populations most notably orthopedic, musculoskeletal and neurology.
Michael has instructed and educated exercise classes, breathing classes (diaphragmatic breathing), Parkinson’s classes and falls prevention program for elderly patients. During his free time you can catch him watching his favourite sports such as basketball, hockey and football. He also likes to fish up north, tend to his aquarium, and stay physically active.
He brings his knowledge, experience and passion to Pickering Physiotherapy Institute.
Jesanth graduated with a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology with honours from the University of Waterloo. During his studies, he volunteered at the Grand River Hospital where he participated in exercise routines with patients who wanted to improve their cardiovascular health.
In his co-op placements, he worked in two different rehabilitation clinics as well as a family physician’s office where he learned the importance of interdisciplinary practices in providing a tailored treatment for the individual. With his passion for rehabilitation, Jes brings a positive attitude and proactive mentality to deliver a patient-centered focus.
During his free time, you can find Jes hiking with his German Shepard or playing basketball. Go Raptors! Jes is committed to providing the care you need at Pickering Physiotherapy Institute.
Dr. Kwong, BHSc (Hons), DC, RAc – 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.
Dr. Albert, BSc 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.
Matthew – Registered Massage Therapist
Matthew Boldrini, RMT graduated from BryanCollege and has been a registered massage therapist since February of 2012.
While in school, Matthew took part in numerous community outreach massage programs. Some of these included, volunteering at North York General Hospital assisting a Massage Therapy Doula in the Labour and Delivery ward, Rosalie Hall Center for Unwed Mothers, aiding young mothers to bond with their newborns through infant massage, and at a Muay Thai Kick Boxing gym, guiding athletes in speeding up their recovery process.
Matthew is known for his strong hands and soothing touch. His vast knowledge of the human body, his innate gift to engage healing and his adept ability to combine multiple facets of massage to design an experience that derives the best aspects of a therapeutic massage style allows him to alleviate pain and inflammation and offer a rejuvenating massage style to promote relaxation and well being.
During Matthew’s professional career, he has balanced his time between clinical massage settings and 5-star spa settings. Massaging in downtown Toronto, as well as internationally on cruise ships, he has attained a variety of massage therapy techniques that he employs for every massage to create a uniquely personal treatment.
Matthew’s time at spas has led to an introduction of international styles of relaxation and well being from Body Wraps, Salt glows, Hot Stone massage, Bamboo massage, Thai Poultice massage, and he is a level 3 Reiki Channel.
Matthew has a strong dedication to helping others and has a great sense of fulfillment in being a part of your journey to optimal health and wellness.
Angelou – Massage Therapist
Angelou is a new Registered Massage Therapist from Centennial College. She has experience working with a wide range of age groups from her College’s clinic and outreaches, using massage therapy to help bring relief to people with muscular and joint problems from chronic overuse injuries to systemic conditions. Besides massage therapy, she also incorporates self-care recommendations such as stretching exercises and hydrotherapy.
Angelou is passionate about learning new things and discovering other therapeutic modalities that can help people. Outside massage therapy, she like spending time with her family and friends while enjoying good food over some classic movies.
Angel Marie – Massage Therapist
Marie is a therapist who understands how important pain-free movement is for mental and physical well-being. As a strength athlete, Marie has sustained and recovered from injuries related to weightlifting, and understands how important achieving your treatment goals can be.
Whether you want to recover from an injury and return to an activity, or you want to overall move and feel better, Marie would love to help. Marie enjoys using deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial techniques, fascial stretch therapy, and neurokinetic therapy to help her patients feel their best. Marie has worked with athletes, cancer patients, patients rehabilitating pre- and post- operations, patients recovering from spinal cord injuries, desk workers, and youth.
Shelly – Clinic Manager
Shelly studied at Ryerson University as part of the Midwifery Program, where she furthered her passion and belief that every birth should be attended by a Doula/Midwife.
She started out working in an administrative position in a doctor’s office and from there moved on to rehab clinics and from there to a management role. As part of her management development, she has spent time getting to know the motor vehicle industry and has spent 15+ years dealing with the management of motor vehicle accident files, including appearing before the FSCO tribunal to advocate for her patients.
When not dealing with the MVA files, Shelly can be found working the front desk, being a sounding board for her team members and running the day to day of the clinic. When not in clinic, Shelly can be found writing short stories, practicing target shooting, furthering her education by taking online courses, hanging out with her family and friends, playing with her new kitten or being an amateur photographer.
Samantha – Samantha – Coordinator & Assistant Manager
Samantha graduated with her Social Service worker diploma and has spent the last 10+ years helping people overcome life challenges and obstacles. After her time working and 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 to be the best she can be by setting new goals for herself each year. She loves administration work and pays great attention to detail which is what lead her to being a part of the Life Clinic administration team for the past 6+ years. Her impressive speed with the computer & typing speed of 70WPM is what lead her passion of administration skills!
Samantha brings several years of experience to the medical field and is always looking to further her knowledge in the Health and Wellness industry. She brings an upbeat, positive and ambitious attitude to the team and looks forward to new and exciting adventures. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family and friends. She loves the outdoors and is always up for a new adventure with her toddler!
Emily – Clinic Coordinator
Emily has a Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Technical Theatre and Communications.
After working in the vibrant arts community in Alberta for 4 years as a Properties Master she moved back to the GTA and fell in love with Health and Fitness.
She started a whole new career path with Orangetheory Fitness and discovered her passion for helping people look and feel their best. Whether she is pushing her creativity and building outrageous sets or going for a new personal record in the gym she is always eager to better herself and help those around her.
She brings 7 years of Management experience and 10 years in the Customer Service industry experience. In her downtime you can find her on a nature walk in the woods, sniffing out the best eats in the GTA or curled up with her dog!
April – Clinic Coordinator
April originally went to school for Legal Administration at Durham College, but quickly decided her passion was helping people on a more personal level. She spent most of her adult life helping run her husband’s zip lining business in North Oshawa before moving on to work as a rental agent helping others find their perfect apartment to make home. Recently she decided to branch out and discover new opportunities.
In her spare time, April enjoys writing novels and playing with her three children and dog Boston as well as assisting in one of her husband’s other businesses, knife making and blacksmith. April brings 10+ years of customer service and office management experience with her.
She brings a positive attitude to her work at Pickering Physiotherapy Institute and enjoys treating the patients.