Matthew Laing PT, BPHE, MScPT, Manip. Dip. PT., FCAMPT

Director
Registered Physiotherapist
FCAMPT
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Front & Spadina


Leadership Team


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.

Matthew uses a combination of manual therapy techniques in addition to acupuncture and exercise prescription to provide an individualized program to help his clients reach their goals faster. Recently, Matthew has taken a keen interest in post concussion injuries and the growing role of physiotherapy to help reduce these impairments.

Matthew has a special interest in manual and manipulative therapy, having completed his Diploma of Manipulation and Fellowship of the Canadian Manipulative Therapists. This honour comes after five years of post graduate course work and exams. To learn more about manual and manipulative therapy and the FCAMPT designation please visit www.manippt.org

In his spare time, Matthew is an avid athlete. He spends his time playing hockey, ultimate frisbee, in the gym, and training for a fast 5k! Always creative, he enjoys trying to creating new exercises for himself and his clients.

NOTE: As an advanced physiotherapist, Matt has limited booking and premium rates. Please call the clinic to learn more.


Raj Suppiah PT, BHScHons, MScPT, Cert. MDT, Cert. Sport PT

Director
Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Sport Physiotherapist
Vestibular Physiotherapist
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Raj is a graduate of McMaster University, where he received his Masters in Science in Physiotherapy. Raj has been in private practice since 2006. He co-found Foundation Physiotherapy on his passion of delivering high quality health care in a progressive, non-traditional setting. His leadership and management skills has grown his clinic into a reputable health care company that is highly regarded amongst industry professionals.

Raj has worked with athletes of all levels across the world. Locally, he works with sports organizations, providing consultation and on-field coverage. He is a certified Sport Physiotherapist, and was selected as a lead medical practitioner for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games. He was also selected to join the host medical team at the Toronto 2017 Invictus Games, and was a team Canada physiotherapist at the 2017 Maccabi Games in Israel.

Raj has a special interest in treating spine and sport conditions. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) from the McKenzie Institute, a renowned method worldwide for the assessment, treatment and management of neck and back pain. He has also received post-graduate training in vestibular rehabilitation (treatment of vertigo and dizziness), concussion rehabilitation and advanced manual therapy. Throughout his experience, he has created a unique blend of combining manual therapy, movement patterning and functional retraining to attain client outcomes.

Raj is a Professional Associate within the physiotherapy program at McMaster University. He tutors and examines physiotherapy students, as well as contributing to physiotherapy research. He has made a vow that despite getting older, he will continue to stay young at heart!

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Alexandra Sandler PT, BScKin, MScPT

Clinic Manager, Front Street
Registered Physiotherapist
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Alexandra graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University in 2010. She continued her education at Queens University where she completed her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2012. For the past five years, Alexandra has been working in the private practice setting; she is most passionate about treating orthopedic injuries, improving overall health and biomechanics and optimizing individual performance. Alexandra is committed to providing the highest quality care to her clients by integrating evidence-based practice with her clinical experience. She believes in implementing highly individualized treatment plans and relies heavily on manual therapy, soft tissue release, exercise prescription, acupuncture and patient education. She values the importance of continuing education and has taken numerous postgraduate courses including Mulligan concept, Mackenzie Method, dry needling, taping techniques as well as working towards her intermediate level of the FCAMPT designation. Growing up, Alexandra was a competitive ballroom dancer. She is extremely passionate in treating dancers, as well as athletes. To date, she continues to participate in recreational dance and fitness classes. Alexandra also enjoys traveling and trying new restaurants in the city. She has explored many European and Asian destinations and cannot wait to plan her next trip to South America. Along with being a world traveler, Alexandra is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.  

Physiotherapists



Alex (AC) Chow PT, BScKIN, MPT, CSCS

Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
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Alex graduated from Queen’s University in 2013 with a Kinesiology degree. Following that, he completed a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Western University in 2015. During his studies at Western, he worked as a personal trainer at the Western University Fitness Center. Since graduating, he has been a proud member of the Foundation team. Alex specializes in functional assessment, exercise prescription, and neurofunctional acupuncture. He has a special interest in treating athletes of all levels, as well as individuals with neck and low back pain. He has a strong focus on utilizing rehabilitative exercise with strength and conditioning to optimize function and performance. By the end of your rehab program, you can expect to leave feeling stronger and more confident in your physical abilities than when you came in. Alex likes to stay up to date with the best current evidence, and has taken advanced courses on the management of neck and low back disorders (Evidence in Motion – EIM) and acupuncture (McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling). Furthermore, he stays active in the strength and conditioning field by attending courses and conferences, specifically on powerlifting, core, hip, and shoulder training. In the past, Alex has competed in multiple sports including wrestling, football, rowing, and track. Currently, he likes to stay active by lifting heavy things at the gym and dancing salsa and bachata.

Jared Bruce

Jared Bruce PT, MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
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Jared is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Previously, Jared received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and has been in the rehabilitation field working with children, older adults, and varsity athletes since 2013. Jared appreciates the value of hands-on treatment and hopes to extend his passion for exercise and physical activity to prevent injury and maximize function for all individuals. He incorporates manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercise in his treatment to reach your goals, whether its returning to work, sport, hobbies, or just to live a healthier lifestyle. Jared has pursued post-graduate education in manual therapy, having completed his Level 1 Manual Therapy Certification. He is also a certified K-Tape therapist. Jared understands the importance of continuing education, and is currently pursuing an acupuncture and dry-needling certification. He hopes to have completed his manual therapy training as a Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) fellow over the next few years. Jared has been involved in various sports and athletics throughout his life, including provincial level soccer and competitive hockey, volleyball, and powerlifting. He has recently taken up wakeboarding as his new favourite hobby over the summer months. In his spare time, you can find him in the gym, playing beach volleyball, or walking his dog or cycling around the city!

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Victoria Lavinskas PT, MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
Running Consultant
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Victoria is a 2012 McGill University graduate with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has been working in a private orthopaedic setting since 2012 and has worked with a variety of patients, including runners, dancers and acrobats. Running being of personal interest to her, she is certified in running assessments and provides interventions to help prevent running injuries and improve performance. Victoria is truly passionate about physiotherapy, and therefore devotes a lot of time to continuing education. She has taken courses in manual therapy, running injury prevention, kinesiotaping (K-tape), myofascial mobilization, functional movement screening (SFMA) and movement systems impairment syndromes. She is currently working towards the Intermediate level of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy fellowship. She enjoys teaching as much as she does learning, so she has supervised a few McGill University students in a clinical setting, as well as co-facilitated orthopeadic physiotherapy labs at McGill University as a teacher’s assistant. Victoria believes that successful rehabilitation begins with taking the time to educate her patients about their condition, lifestyle habits, and treatment plan, so that they can play an active role in their recovery and feel in control of their progress. She uses a variety of treatment techniques, including manual therapy, soft tissue mobilizations, exercise prescription, and taping to help her patients achieve their specific and meaningful goals. When she’s not working at the clinic or studying, she stays active by training for half-marathons, testing out new routes at the rock climbing gym, and searching for some namaste on her yoga mat. This Montreal-born foodie likes to spend her weekends checking out Toronto’s best new restaurants, independent cafés and trendy bars with friends & family when she’s not baking up a storm in her own kitchen. She is fluent in English & French.

Katja Bergin PT, MScPT

Katja Bergin PT, MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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Katja graduated from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England with her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2016. Prior to heading abroad for her Masters, she attended The University of Toronto and completed a degree in Kinesiology. Katja has a strong interest in complex orthopaedic injuries and has been working in this field of private practice since completing her qualification exams. Her treatments include detailed assessments, manual therapy techniques, acupuncture and an individualized exercise program to promote overall function. She is in the process of completing her acupuncture certification with APTEI. Katja is now taking on Pelvic Health clients. She is completing her courses through Pelvic Health Solutions. From the age of 4 years old, Katja has had a passion for sport. She played competitive soccer and competed on the University of Toronto Track and Field Team during her undergrad. She continues to remain closely linked to sport as she coaches an under-10 competitive soccer team and coaches track and field at her old high school. Growing up playing these sports, Katja dealt with countless injuries and experienced how beneficial Physiotherapy was to help get her back out on the field/track. These experiences strongly influenced her passion to pursue Physiotherapy. In her spare time, Katja likes to keep active, eat yummy food and travel the world! She has just returned from a month long trip to South-East Asia.

Jennifer Shtulberg

Jennifer Shtulberg, MScPT

Resident Physiotherapist
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Jen graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to that she completed her Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology at York University. Jen has been involved in the rehabilitation of diverse populations since 2013, and has developed a keen interest in working with patients who present with orthopedic conditions. She strongly believes in the significance of attaining a comprehensive client history and assessment to ensure a specialized treatment plan is developed with the goal of returning the client back to their sport, activity or general function. Jen also values hands-on manual therapy techniques, customized exercise programs and patient education, as she believes these components of physiotherapy are integral to obtaining positive clinical outcomes. Jen completed her post-graduate Level 1 Manual Therapy Certification, and will be pursuing subsequent manual therapy levels, dry-needling, and Mackenzie courses in the upcoming year. Jen understands the importance of continuing education, and is motivated to be applying the latest evidence-based research to her practice. Jen has had a strong passion for sports and athletics from a young age. She grew up playing competitive, national level tennis from the age of 7, and was also involved in track and field and volleyball. Growing up playing these sports helped develop her proficiency in goal setting, communication and leadership skills, which she hopes to incorporate in her practice to motivate her clients to take an active role in their therapy. When Jen isn’t at the gym or playing tennis or volleyball, you can find her baking, painting or trying to find the best places to eat in the city. She also loves to travel, and has visited several European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Belize. Jen can also speak Russian fluently.

Lamiya Zaida PT, MScPT

Registered Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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Lamiya graduated from Queens University in 2012, with her masters in Physical Therapy. After working as a Orthopaedic Physiotherapist, Lamiya’s passion for women’s health led her to pursue further training in pelvic floor physiotherapy. She works closely with patients who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunctions affecting female and male patients, with a focus on pre and post natal effects on the pelvic floor muscles.  Her goal is to empower and help educate her patients to combat the effects of pregnancy and delivery on their bodies. Using a variety of treatment modalities such as manual therapy, functional taping techniques, exercise prescription and most importantly education, Lamiya creates an individualized treatment plan geared to meeting a patients’ goals! She strives on continually learning to provide her patients with evidence based practices. Lamiya has taken a number of orthopaedic courses (Mulligan Concept, Soft Tissue Release, Kinesiotaping, and completed up to Level 2’s of the Manual Therapy certificate from the Orthopaedic Division of Canada) and Pelvic Floor courses from Pelvic Health Solutions! On her spare time, Lamiya enjoys working up a sweat with yoga and spin classes!  

Registered Massage Therapists



Abby Alovera, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
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Abby graduated with Honours from the Canadian Therapeutic College in 2008, gaining experience in a variety of settings from clinics, to wellness centres, and recently a luxury spa. She is highly adaptable to treating clients with different needs, to ensure they receive the most appropriate care for their ailment. Specialty treatments range from motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries, to chronic pain and sports induced trauma. Abby’s skills include Thai, hot stone, pregnancy, deep tissue, and shiatsu style massage techniques. These have allowed her to develop an understanding of the body and apply a multidisciplinary approach to clinical massage. Abby continues to develop long term treatment plans to help athletes, both professional and recreational, maintain peak fitness levels through on and off seasons. She has a laid back approach and is passionate about having an active role in her clients’ well being. In her spare time Abby enjoys yoga, cooking (and eating) different types of food, and has recently developed a love for travel.

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Fern Ambre RMT, HBSc

Registered Massage Therapist
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Fern graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Human Geography from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2013. After working 2 years in an overnight data-entry position, she decided to switch careers and venture into the health care field to become a massage therapist.

Fern graduated from the massage therapy program at Humber College, where she gained valuable experience from her on-and-off campus internships. She has treated different patient populations such as infants, pregnancy/postpartum, palliative patients and patients with diabetes, chronic illness/mental health issues, and neurological conditions. Her skills include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and joint mobilizations. She believes that massage therapy is effective in rehabilitating patient injuries and promoting body wellness.

On her spare time, Fern likes to go to the gym, hike around Ontario, and sing karaoke. Fun fact: she once sang the national anthems at the Air Canada Centre with the Riverdale Youth Singers at a Toronto Raptors basketball game against the Chicago Bulls.


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Michael Lopez, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
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Michael has believed in the power of hands on health care since personally experiencing its benefits in healing past sports related injuries. This positive experience is what inspired him to become a registered massage therapist. With a background as a competitive soccer player, Michael realized the importance of not only recovering from injuries but also the importance of prevention. Michael graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT). During his program he was able to complete 3000+ hours of training, which included 550+ hours of hands on training that enabled him to work with a variety of patients and conditions. A strong believer in continuing education, he is constantly expanding his knowledge through courses, as well as learning from his fellow practitioners. Michael has completed a variety of functional and posture related courses. During his spare time, you can find Michael hiking, playing soccer, and BEING AWESOME ;) Michael is fluent in Spanish and is a proud Colombia supporter during the World Cup.  

Chiropractor



Stephanie Tabbert

Dr. Stephanie Tabbert DC, BSc(Hons), ART

Chiropractor
Active Release Technique (ART) Practitioner
Fascial Stretch Technique (FST) Practitioner
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BSc (Hons), ARTChiropractor, Active Release Technique (ART) Stephanie is a proud graduate of Trent University where she earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Psychology in 2009. She continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto where she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2014. Stephanie has a passion for helping her patients reach their health, fitness, and performance goals. She understands how injury and mobility issues can be barriers to achieving an active lifestyle and strives to give patients the tools they need to achieve their goals. Dr. Tabbert’s approach blends hands on treatment with individualized rehabilitative exercise, activity modification, and self care. She works with her patients to create safe, strong, healthy motor patterns and achieve a full and pain free range of motion so they can reach their full potential.

Stephanie’s advanced skills and training include: Full Body Joint Manipulation/Mobilization, Rehabilitative Exercise, Active Release Technique/Myofascial Release, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy, Kinesiotaping, Activity and Exercise Modification, Nutritional Counseling, Self-Care Advice, Concussion; baseline testing, screening and care.

Stephanie has been involved in all levels of sport and fitness as an athlete, practitioner, and administrator. Some of her favourite experiences include competing in Royal Canadian Henley finals, Canadian University Championships (rowing), treating at the Pan Am games, and working with members of the Canadian climbing team. Stephanie spends most of her spare time rock climbing and planning her next adventure, but also enjoys writing, gardening, and relaxing with her two greyhounds.

Naturopath



Dr. Andreia Horta, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
Health Coach
Reiki Level 1
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Dr. Andreia Horta graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2012. She has completed a B.A. Honors in Psychology, with her thesis in Anorexia, Bulemia and Disordered Eating Habits. She then went on to complete a Communications Specialist Degree at York University. She is certified as a Level One Reiki therapist (Japanese Energy Work), Personal Training Specialist and as a Health Care Practitioner in Emergency Services.

Dr. Horta has previous externship experience working in an HIV Clinic and Public Community Centers. The latter focused on mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, and detoxification. She has had success with the following concerns; weight loss, digestive issues, stress management, smoking cessation and sleep issues.

Fun Fact: Dr. Andreia has been a Pro-Am latin dancer. Her favorite dances include cha chat, tango, salsa and meringue. She also loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to do both!


Client Experience Team



Christine Duong

Office Manager

Christine has been working in physiotherapy clinics for over ten years. In that time, she has gained valuable experience in client service and office administration. Her efficient and friendly manner enables her to assist clients with their administrative needs. She is dedicated to making sure the clients are comfortable and have a positive experience in the clinic. Christine’s positive attitude and commitment will help to ensure the smooth running and success of Foundation Physiotherapy.

Christine has a passion for traveling and learning new languages. Along with speaking French, Vietnamese and Cantonese fluently, she knows basic greetings in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Greek. Ask her sometime!


Jessica Ollerich

Client Experience Manager

Jessica is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in 2019. Wendy Escobar will be happy to help you with any client related concerns or questions.

Jessica fills the role of our Client Experience Manager with a deeply embedded passion for people and an extensive background in retail management and customer service. With a boldly optimistic attitude and a careful eye for detail, she ensures that every aspect of the client’s needs and wants are met and surpassed. Jessica enjoys connecting our clients to the brand through our social media, external events and of course in-person at our clinic location. She is always committed to providing the best possible service, knowing that the ultimate goal is the health and well-being of each client.

Jessica also loves the outdoors and being active with hobbies like biking, hiking, kayaking and camping. She’s instinctively holistic and strives for daily practice of meditation, yoga and pilates. It’s no wonder that Jessica finds herself in the Foundation Physiotherapy Team because she knows and loves sharing with others what physiotherapy can do for one’s overall foundation in life.


Wendy Escobar

Client Experience Rep

Wendy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Ryerson University. She has experience working in community health and has provided services to diverse populations including families with young children, seniors, women and newcomers. She is committed to offering quality customer service in a client-centered environment.

In her spare time Wendy enjoys listening to music and exploring Toronto walking trails. Recently, she has started learning guitar and has ventured into yoga. Wendy looks forward to being your first point of contact at Foundation Physiotherapy!


Stephanie Fast

Stephanie Fast

Client Experience Rep

Steph graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. She joins us with over 10 years of customer service experience. Steph believes that the experience begins right when you walk in the door, and therefore is committed to creating a friendly atmosphere that keeps clients wanting to come back.

Playing sports has always been a big part of Steph’s life, she played competitive soccer for many years, as well as basketball and volleyball. In her spare time Steph enjoys staying active at the gym, travelling or catching a Raptors game.


Brianne Nouvion

Brianne Nouvion

Client Experience Rep

Brianne graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics and a minor in Psychology from the University of Windsor. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Nursing degree through Humber College/University of New Brunswick. All of the positions Brianne has held over the past ten years has been focused on providing excellent customer service. Her desire to work in the healthcare field is matched by her warm demeanour as exhibited by the way she greets patients with a friendly smile.

As an active sports participant, having danced competitively for over 10 years, Brianne realizes the importance of taking care of one’s body. Brianne continues to stay active by teaching both dance and gymnastics to children of varying ages. Brianne is eager to provide you with the best customer service during your next visit!


University & Dundas


Karlyn Driedger PT, BScKin, MScPT

Clinic Director
Registered Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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Karlyn graduated from McMaster University with a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy in 2014. Prior to this, she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Since graduating, Karlyn has taken numerous post-graduate courses in manual therapy (Level 2 Certification), acupuncture (McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program) and Pelvic Health (Pelvic Health Solutions). Karlyn enjoys helping a wide variety of clients move and feel better. Starting with a thorough initial assessment, she provides an individualized treatment approach using a combination of manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture and education. Her extensive Orthopedic and Pelvic Health training, in addition to her clinical experience, offer a unique approach for individuals with lower back/hip pain and women during and after pregnancy. In her spare time, Karlyn enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga and cheering on Toronto’s sports teams. She loves living downtown and is always looking for recommendations for great places to eat in the city!

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Allison Cumberbatch

Registered Massage Therapist
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Allison had graduated from Everest College in 2011 and has been actively practicing since. Over the past years she has been in a variety of settings including Rehabilitation clinics, Spas and Motor Vehicle Accident clinics. Modalities included in her practice are hydrotherapy, aromatherapy upon request, some craniosacral techniques as well as pregnancy massage. Currently her focus is on clients who suffer from tension headaches and migraines and helping clients discover the triggers and assisting with different ways of relief. She likes to focus clients on relaxing the mind, being active in their own rehabilitation and proper communication between the client and therapist. She will listen to clients to assist them in looking at alternative measures to help the healing process or to maintain their health so clients can continue with their activities of daily living. Continuing education is an integral part of her career and believes in taking care of oneself. This can include eating right and taking just a moment of silence. She is also active in dance, sports and leisurely activities.

Dr. Ryan is a chiropractor and acupuncture provider who holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College having graduated cum laude in 2017. He completed his certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University in 2016. Ryan also holds an Honors Bachelor degree from McMaster University in Biology with a minor in Psychology. In between post-secondary degrees, Ryan spent three years working at the University Health Network’s intensive care units facilitating research in critical care medicine. In this time, he had an opportunity to observe and appreciate the incredible efforts of the inter-professional health care system. After a positive experience with a local clinician, Ryan realized chiropractic was the perfect fit for him. It encompassed his admiration for the intricacies of the human body, his love for educating others on health and well being as well as his desire to help others and create a positive impact in their lives. Ryan’s goals in practice are two-fold: The first is to help others achieve a greater state of health and admiration for their bodies than they are currently experiencing. The second is to educate and promote on the concept of proactivity, in other words, making positive or necessary changes before crisis strikes. Ryan is a strong advocate for anything that gets people active and out of their sedentary lifestyles. In his spare time, he enjoys resistance training, boxing, playing volleyball, skiing (snow & water) and any activity outdoors.

Ekene-Okafor

Ekene Okafor

Client Experience Manager

Ekene graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from York University. She has experience working in various customer facing roles and strives to provide the best experience to each client. In her spare time, she likes to binge watch TV shows on Netflix or get lost in a new book.