Matthew Laing PT, BPHE, MScPT, Manip. Dip. PT., FCAMPT
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.
Raj Suppiah PT, BHScHons, MScPT, Cert. MDT, Cert. Sport PT
Certified Sport Physiotherapist
Raj is a graduate of McMaster University, where he received his Masters in Science in Physiotherapy. Raj has been in private practice since 2006, spending the past few years developing a solid client base within the downtown community. Raj has worked with athletes (both competitive and recreational), seniors and adolescents with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He believes strongly in preventative care and continued physical maintenance. He has had a lifelong passion of helping people achieve their goals. It is these beliefs and passion that led him to co-found Foundation Physiotherapy.
Internationally, Raj has worked in various developing countries as a volunteer physiotherapist. Locally, he works with sports organizations, providing consultation and on-field coverage. He is a certified Sport Physiotherapist, and was most recently selected as a lead medical practictioner for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games.
Raj has a special interest in treating spine and sport conditions. He has his certificate 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. His interests are in fitness, running, music and spending time with his young family.
Raj was also recently appointed as a Professional Associate within the physiotherapy program at McMaster University. He tutors and examines physiotherapy students, as well as contributing to physiotherapy research. Working with students keeps Raj young at heart!
Alexandra Sandler PT, BScKin, MScPT
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. Since then, 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, currently working towards her Level 2 Manual Therapy Certification.
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. She has explored many European destinations and cannot wait to plan her next trip to Asia. Along with being a world traveler, Alexandra is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.
Karlyn Driedger PT, BScKin, MScPT
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
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. Karlyn is an experienced physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health and contemporary medical acupuncture. Karlyn has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certification through McMaster University and additional post-graduate courses in pelvic health through Pelvic Health Solutions.
Karlyn is passionate about all things physiotherapy and has worked with clients of all ages. Her approach involves using a combination of manual therapy, individualized exercises, acupuncture and education to help her clients feel and move better.
Karlyn spends her spare time trying out new healthy recipes, cheering on Toronto’s sports teams and getting involved in recreational sports. Being new to living downtown, she is always open to recommendations for great restaurants and fun things to do in the city!
Alex (AC) Chow PT, BScKIN, MPT, CSCS
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Alex graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 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.
Brian Pearce PT, BScKin, MScPT
Brian graduated from the University of Toronto with Master’s in Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2014 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Since then he has worked extensively alongside orthopaedic surgeons and sport medicine physicians in both private practice clinics and in acute post-operative care.
Brian has also completed additional post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University and is currently working towards his Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Brian enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and believes strongly in the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle regardless of one’s age or current level of fitness.
In his spare time, Brian continues to stay active playing beach volleyball, tennis and basketball. Brian also enjoys rock climbing, and is an avid snowboarder during the winter. With all this athleticism, you may see him at the Olympics one day!
Jared Bruce PT Resident, MScPT
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!
Abby Alovera, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
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.
Chloë Tudor, BSc, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Chloë graduated from the University of Toronto in the Kinesiology program in 2012. She continued her education at Algonquin College where she graduated with honours from the Intensive Massage Therapy program.
Chloë is passionate about treating orthopaedic injuries and has experience treating people with a variety of conditions. She has worked in chronic pain clinics, sports rehabilitation clinics, pre-natal massage clinics and scar therapy. She provides treatment and guidance to aid in recovery and optimal health. She employs a variety of techniques to achieve the goals of the client. These include neuromuscular and fascial techniques, trigger point therapy, and manual lymphatic drainage.
Chloë is from Nova Scotia and played basketball on the Nova Scotia provincial team for several years. She is passionate about health and fitness as well as advancing the use of massage therapy within healthcare.
Dr. Sonya Hamilton, DC, BSc(Hons.), MSc
Chiropractor, Webster Technique
Dr. Sonya Hamilton completed her Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, and continued her education at the University of Edinburgh where she completed her Masters of Science in Public Health Research. Dr. Hamilton graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, and has been in private practice since 2014.
She has a broad background working in both a fitness oriented environment, as well as within a community family-practice setting. She is passionate about educating others on how to regain control over their own physical health and wellness. Her approach to care emphasizes the interrelationship between structure, stressors and function of the body, and the importance of ergonomics. She supports patients as they recover from pain and injury, and aides in the transition to self-management and injury prevention.
Treatment techniques include diversified adjustments/mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, kinesiology taping, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. Dr. Hamilton studied Webster Technique, and she works closely to support mothers-to-be, as they experience musculoskeletal changes throughout pregnancy and beyond. She works hard to keep up to date with the most current research and education in the field of manual therapy and exercise, and she practices an evidence-based approach to care.
Sonya was born and raised in the west end of Toronto, and enjoys spending her free time in the summer camping in Algonquin, and biking to Toronto island.
Dr. Andreia Horta, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Natural Skin Rejuvenation, Reiki Level 1, CPR-HCP
Dr. Andreia Horta graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2012). She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Previously, she 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.
Most recently she is focusing on natural skin protocols. Alternatives to Botox! Offering nutrition, detoxification, anti-aging cupping, and Micro -Needling to induce collagen production naturally in aging skin.
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!
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!
Kim provides administrative support for the Foundation Physiotherapy team. She brings with her experience in sales, retail and customer service. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with her B.A. in Psychology. She continues to take courses at George Brown College in Graphic Design and computer software applications.
Along with an interest in computers, she also loves books, music, television and astronomy. She loves to travel and has been part of exchange trips to France, Japan and the UK. She is very excited to bring her experience and passion to our team and our clients.
Client Services Administrator
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!