About: Team

At Toronto Physiotherapy our treatment style is highly personable, relaxed, and encouraging. We provide 1-on-1 care in private rooms with seasoned registered health professionals that have advanced post-graduate training in their area of practice. We do not use assistants or leave patients with machines. We provide careful assessments, an evidence-based approach, and spend more time with each client during treatment sessions.

Toronto Physiotherapy has won accolades from our patients including:

  1. The 2013 and 2017 Consumer Choice Award for Physiotherapists in Toronto.
  2. The 2015 Opencare Patients’ Choice Award for Physiotherapy in Toronto.
  3. The 2017 Top Choice Award for Top Physiotherapy Clinic in Toronto.

But more important than awards is a strong community reputation. So please ask your friends about us!

Lindsay Davey Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Lindsay Davey

PT, MScPT, MSc, CAFCI, CDT Clinical Director & Owner, Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture, Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Works at both clinic locations

Lindsay loves her work! At Toronto Physiotherapy, Lindsay is redefining physiotherapy as an exceptionally high-quality and high-value health care service. She has developed a distinctive clinic philosophy dedicated to providing superior treatment and exceeding client expectations. This philosophy arises from Lindsay’s experiences at multiple physiotherapy clinics, through a multitude of post-graduate training, and through independent research.

Lindsay is dedicated to maintaining the highest standard of care for her clients, and to this end has pursued, and continues to pursue, professional development in several areas. She has received advanced training in manual orthopedic therapy and is fully certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Lindsay is certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy, providing the highly specialized treatment technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage.  She is an invited speaker at several cancer related support groups in the city, including Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Breast HEALTH program, Sunnybrook Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society, Wellspring, and Gilda’s Club.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She received the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Award for obtaining the highest academic and clinical standing among her peers, and was the valedictorian of her graduating class. Prior to entering Physical Therapy, Lindsay obtained a Masters degree in Medical Biophysics, for her work in cancer research which took place at the Ontario Cancer Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital.

Lindsay is a published author of her research into the long-term impact of partially delisting physiotherapy services in Ontario (Physiotherapy Theory and Practice (2008),24:5,329-343).  She has been affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy program for several years, as a past clinical reasoning tutor, peer coach for students needing additional support, clinical internship instructor, and past member of the Clinical Education Advisory Committee.

In her spare time, Lindsay spends her time running after her two young boys, enjoying any chance she gets to get on her bicycle or go for a run.

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Ryan Davey PhD Toronto Physiotherapy

Dr. Ryan Davey

PhD Director

Works at both clinic locations

Dr. Ryan Davey is a scientist with expertise in Regenerative Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. In addition to being the director of research and operations at Toronto Physiotherapy, Ryan actively works in the field of medical diagnostics.

Ryan earned a PhD in Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and his research on stem cells has been published in numerous high ranking international journals.  Ryan also has considerable expertise in the field of medical diagnostics, where he has worked in roles including Lead Scientist and Product Manager. Ryan continues to work in medical diagnostics.

Ryan’s professional interests include translating cutting edge clinical research into clinical practice, and communicating research results to the general public.

If you can find Ryan not working, he will be playing with his kids, running, riding his ‘fixie’, or building something with his hands.

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Karen Whitehorn Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Karen Whitehorn

PT, BSc (PT), AFCI(c) Registered Physiotherapist

Danforth & Chester clinic

With almost 30 years of orthopaedic physiotherapy experience, Karen brings extensive depth and breadth of knowledge to Toronto Physiotherapy. Her longstanding interest in sports medicine has made her a favourite therapist among competitive athletes, recreational athletes, and non-athletes alike. She has also travelled internationally as a physiotherapist in support of elite Canadian athletes.

Karen has extensive post graduate training and experience in manual therapy which she incorporates into her treatment regimes alongside a range of treatment modalities including acupuncture, exercise programming, ultrasound, electrotherapeutic modalities and more. Karen graduated from the University of Toronto and continues to pursue a variety of educational opportunities to further strengthen her clinical acumen, including training in tangential fields such as ergonomic analysis.

Karen is a long-standing member of the Danforth community, both as a professional physiotherapist and as a local resident. She is a community volunteer and has spent many hours in the Jackman Public School garden where she is one of the founders of the green roof project. She is an avid reader and loves music of all types. You may recognize her from around the community either riding her bike (all year round!) or cross country skiing in the Don Valley on wintery days.

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Lisa Chau Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Lisa Chau

PT, MScPT, BScKin, CDT, Dip. TCM Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Diploma in TCM Acupuncture

Works at both clinic locations

Lisa brings a unique set of skills and treatment styles to her physiotherapy practice. She specializes in Cancer Rehabilitation and management of lymphedema, incorporating techniques of manual lymphatic drainage, compression garment assessment, post-surgical tissue release and exercise-based training. Her second area of specialization is in neurological rehabilitation, where she uses hands-on techniques to help patients achieve their highest level of functional mobility. She has also completed her diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, and applies a holistic approach to helping her clients reestablish balance, wellness and success in their lives.

Lisa has worked in a variety of specialized clinical settings including in-patient neurological and amputee rehabilitation, acute stroke and cardiac care, community care, and private practice. Lisa has special interest and advanced training in the areas of adult neurological rehabilitation, geriatric functional enhancement, and cancer rehabilitation. The breadth of her experience has instilled in her a strong advocacy for incorporating whole-person wellness and creativity as two fundamental pillars of effective rehabilitation programming. With her considerable experience, skill set, and a tenacious ability to get the job done, Lisa is an exceptional rehabilitation partner for her patients and their caregivers.

Lisa is committed to the continuous refinement of her clinical skills, and has completed advanced training including Bobath and Neuro-Developmental Treatment courses. Lisa is also Certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy, enabling her to treat patients with lymphedema. She has completed her Advanced level in Wellspring’s CancerSmart Rehab training, and is an excellent resource for her patients at any stage of their cancer rehabilitation. She skillfully works with her patients to achieve their own personal goals which may include regained strength, range of motion, tissue integrity, function and independence in their lives.

Lisa completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. When not at work, you can find her conditioning herself though kickboxing, practicing yoga, or exploring the city and all its culture by bicycle.

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Sayaka Tiessen Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Sayaka Tiessen

PT, MScPT, BScKin, CMAG Registered Physiotherapist, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Graduate

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Sayaka is an energetic and dedicated physiotherapist who has extensive experience treating a diverse cross-section of patients, from elite athletes to non-athletes alike. Her skills in treating everything from acute injuries to chronic conditions makes her an exceptional physiotherapist for whatever her patients’ needs may be. Sayaka graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto and has pursued an array of post-graduate courses including advanced orthopaedic manual therapy, neuroproprioceptive taping, and courses focused on the treatment and prevention of running injuries. Sayaka is certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, which allows her to incorporate an in-depth knowledge of acupuncture and neurofunctional electro-acupuncture into her orthopaedic practice, with excellent results.

As an accomplished athlete herself, Sayaka has always been passionate about sport and wellness.  Say’s recent athletic accomplishments include placing 4th overall at the 2016 Toronto Triatholon festival, and 2nd in her age category at the 2016 Nationals. During her experience as a strength and conditioning coach while completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Sayaka developed expertise in developing high performance sport-specific exercise programs for varsity athletes.  She has carried this on with her active involvement in the triathlon and running communities where she gives regular talks. She was also selected to participate as a Physiotherapist at the 2015 PAN AM Games.

While not working, you will find Sayaka either training hard for triathlons, or eating everything in sight so she can train for triathlons (she is a bit of a foodie!).

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Katie Hauk Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Katie Hauck

PT, MScPT, BScBioMed, CMAG Registered Physiotherapist, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Graduate

Danforth & Chester clinic

Katie is a passionate and engaging physiotherapist whose post-graduate physiotherapy training has included advanced manual therapy coursework in orthopaedics, as well as pelvic floor physiotherapy. Katie has also completed her certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, enabling her to incorporate acupuncture/neurofunctional electro-acupuncture into her sessions with excellent results. Her advanced pelvic floor training has enabled her to specialize in treating pelvic health conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain conditions, and pelvic floor dysfunction, in both women and men. She brings a unique perspective and skill set to her pelvic patients given her additional expertise in orthopaedics, making her a distinctive pelvic health practitioner.

Katie obtained her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, and her Honours degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph. In addition to her post-graduate orthopaedic coursework, Katie regularly attends courses and conferences conducted by internationally renowned pelvic health experts, to keep her clinical skills and practices current in this evolving field. Her drive for exceptional knowledge leads to exceptional results for her orthopaedic and pelvic health patients alike.

Katie is an avid trail runner, obstacle course racer, and scuba diver, and she is passionate about helping her patients reach their own fitness and wellness goals, whatever they may be!

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Vaiva Underys Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Vaiva Underys

PT, FCAMPT, MClSc, BScPT, BA, CAFCI Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Vaiva Underys is an exceptionally skilled and compassionate physiotherapist whose lifelong love of sport, and commitment to learning, have catalyzed a rewarding fifteen year career in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine. Vaiva received her Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario and returned to UWO in 2011 to complete her Masters of Clinical Science. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMPT) and an active and esteemed mentor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has had the privilege of mentoring numerous physiotherapists working through their advanced manual therapy courses with the goal of obtaining the above designation. She is additionally certified in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (AFCI).

Vaiva’s breadth of experience and her enthusiastic and empathetic nature have made her a favourite therapist among patients, covering the full spectrum of injuries and conditions, athletes and non-athletes alike. She has worked alongside leading medical experts in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine, and along with her expertise in manual therapy and acupuncture, she brings a strong belief in the power of both functional and sport-specific exercise to produce exceptional results for her patients. She has had the opportunity to provide physiotherapy coverage for athletes through Tennis Canada, Skate Canada, and the Toronto Ultimate Frisbee Club, and participated as a therapist at the Canada Summer Games in London, Ontario.
When she is not helping others achieve their physiotherapy goals, Vaiva enjoys running, cycling and Ultimate Frisbee! She is currently very passionate about volleyball and competes at a high level in leagues and tournaments in and around the city.

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Eric Hammer Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Eric Hammer

PT, MScPT, BAKin Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Danforth & Chester clinic

Eric is an engaging, empathetic and highly effective physiotherapist. He is passionate about providing a tailored approach to each of patients, where their own experiences, abilities, and goals are incorporated in order that they achieve the best possible outcomes. He creates a highly effective therapeutic experience by combining advanced manual therapy techniques with other therapeutic modalities including acupuncture, exercise therapy, and education, and ensures that patients leave every session feeling excited about the gains in physical function that are possible for them.

Eric is pursuing his advanced levels of orthopaedic manual therapy through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists, and holds a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Always seeking to learn new techniques and advance his skills, Eric has completed the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute’s Acupuncture and Dry Needling certification program, the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy coursework for the Lumbar Spine, and is currently the manual therapy instructor for the OIEPB Physical Therapy Bridging Program at the University of Toronto. From his experience as a personal trainer, Eric is also a big believer in fitness training and general health promotion, and brings this additional expertise to bear in his treatment sessions.

Eric has many years of experience working with a variety of individuals from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds. Be they an office worker or athlete, a new mom or a senior, an injured worker or someone seeking to achieve a new physical goal, he has an exceptional ability to relate to all of his patients. Eric enjoys a very active lifestyle himself, participating in many sports including baseball, basketball, and his regular men’s hockey league games. When not lacing up for one of these activities, you might find Eric spending his free time playing guitar, reading, or kicking back with family and friends.

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Danielle O'Meara Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Danielle O’Meara

PT, MManip.Ther, BScPT Registered Physiotherapist

Danforth & Chester clinic

Danielle is an enthusiastic and compassionate physiotherapist who brings over 15 years of experience and skills to her evidence based practice. She has extensive post-graduate training in orthopaedics and manual therapy, and completed her Master of Manipulative Therapy degree at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in 2005, achieving top place in this intensive program. Her teaching and mentoring experience has included training and supervising new graduate physiotherapists, writing and presenting post-graduate physiotherapy courses, and serving as a clinical educator for the Masters in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy program at University College Dublin, in Ireland.

Her exceptional academic record and superb clinical skills lend to her specialization in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including spinal and nerve related pain, work-related upper limb disorders, repetitive strains, sports injuries, and pelvic girdle pain.  She enjoys the challenge of treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.  Danielle is very passionate about empowering her patients and ensures that they learn plenty of self-management tips and techniques, in addition to providing top-notch hands-on treatment, in order to produce symptom relief and functional restoration as quickly as possible.

Outside of the world of physiotherapy, Danielle’s passions include travel, yoga, hiking and spending time with her two children.

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Dr. Kelly Pennell Chiropractor

Dr. Kelly Pennell

DC, MSc, BSc (Hons) Chiropractor, Rehabilitation Specialist

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Dr. Kelly Pennell is a Chiropractor with a special interest and post-graduate training in the field of rehabilitation. She enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team and brings with her to Toronto Physiotherapy over 10 years of experience from various clinical settings, including private practice and speciality post-operative rehabilitation clinics where she worked alongside physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, and other medical professionals.

Kelly works with a diverse patient population, from office workers to weekend warriors, from those with chronic conditions to those with acute injuries (including car accidents), from adolescents to seniors, and everyone in between.  She has also had to the unique opportunity to work with professional athletes from the Toronto Lynx, Toronto Argonauts and New York Yankees.   Her approach to injury management includes a combination of manual therapies such as myofascial release techniques and joint mobilization/manipulation, and active exercise focusing on functional restoration and optimal performance.

After graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Cum Laude with Clinic Honours, Kelly was accepted as the first resident to the Master’s based rehabilitation fellowship, in her pursuit to specialize in rehabilitation after her chiropractic education.  She completed a concurrent Master of Science degree from the Rehabilitation Sciences program at McMaster University.  Her thesis investigated changes in gait patterns in persons with upper back pain and her research was published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in 2013.

Kelly served as a faculty member for almost 10 years at CMCC.  She held various positions at the college including Technique Tutor and Lecturer and Coordinator for the Year II chiropractic rehabilitation program.  She was an Independent Consultant to the automotive insurance industry for many years and a Clinical Director at Canada’s largest Independent Medical Assessment company.  She currently also works in the medical device field.

While Kelly’s professional pursuits are diverse, she can also be found outside of work enjoying all that the city of Toronto has to offer, from musical concerts to baseball games at the Rogers Centre.  She is also a ‘foodie’ and welcomes any new restaurant recommendations!

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Cynthia Chung Physiotherapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Cynthia Chung

PT, MScPT, BKin, CAFCI, RYT 300 Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified in Acupuncture

Works at both clinic locations

Cynthia brings a unique combination of skills and expertise to her practice, being certified as both a Registered Physiotherapist and an advanced Yoga Instructor, and sees clients at both of our clinic locations. She has experience working with patients who are seeking a yoga-physio approach when recovering from injury, for chronic conditions, for cancer-related rehabilitation, and/or for generalized strengthening and flexibility. Cynthia is an advanced practice yoga instructor and has begun to incorporate mindfulness as a therapeutic tool into her individualized physiotherapy treatment plans. Her practice has evolved to reflect her creativity for using yoga as medicine for the body and mind, to further help with chronic pain and movement limitations in her patients.

With the combination of her physiotherapy expertise and Anusara inspired yoga training, she teaches with a strong focus on alignment and setting the foundations that are necessary for injury prevention and the achievement of her patients’ wellness goals.

Cynthia obtained her Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto, and is certified in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).  She is a versatile physiotherapist not only in her approach to orthopaedic issues (be they chronic conditions or acute injuries), but in her ability to incorporate the principles of alignment, postural strengthening and cueing, breathing, mindfulness and classic yoga principles into her treatment sessions.

She works both in-clinic at both of our clinic locations, as well as in the home-visit setting, and approaches each session with warmth, positivity, and a genuine interest in working toward her patients’ goals.  In her spare time, Cynthia can be found rock climbing, hiking, and naturally, moving through her own Sun Salutation.  ;)

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Staff at Toronto Physiotherapy

Kaila Lunny

PT, MPhty, BSc Registered Physiotherapist Certified Pilates Instructor

Danforth & Chester clinic

Kaila is an energetic and motivated Physiotherapist, and an experienced Pilates Instructor. She completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in Australia, and while working as an orthopaedic physiotherapist in Brisbane, quickly saw the benefits of rehabilitative Pilates. Upon returning to Canada, Kaila completed additional training with STOTT Pilates, and now uses the highly sought after Pilates-physiotherapy approach with her patients. She believes in an active approach to rehabilitation, and creates individualized, tailored, (and fun!) programs to optimize results and help her patients achieve their goals.

Kaila has additional post-graduate training in dry needling, sports physiotherapy, and therapeutic taping, and continues to pursue post-graduate training in manual therapy.  In our fully-equipped Danforth clinic studio space, Kaila’s patients enjoy the unique opportunity to work with a skilled physiotherapist and Pilates instructor.  Given her dual certification, her sessions are billed as physiotherapy for coverage under extended health benefit plans, and are tax-free.

Kaila loves her work : )  But when she’s not in the clinic, you’ll often find her enjoying the outdoors, be it out for a run, a swim, a ski, or a skate – whatever the sport, whatever the season!

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Paula Zambonato Pilates Instructor

Paula Zambonato

BScPT Certified Pilates Instructor

Danforth & Chester clinic

Paula is a highly experienced and passionate Pilates instructor and Physiotherapist, who has been offering her unique combined skill-set to her patients for over 11 years.  Originally from Brazil where she owned her own clinic, Paula is certified in both Mat and Reformer based Pilates (STOTT and Power Pilates), and specializes in rehabilitative Pilates, core strengthening, and stabilization exercise approaches.

She is also experienced working with individuals with advanced fitness and wellness goals, for injury prevention and injury rehabilitation, alike.  The physiotherapist’s perspective that Paula brings to her Pilates sessions translates into excellent and meaningful results for her patients, whether the goal be to strengthen, stabilize, improve balance, flexibility, or whether her patient is recovering from injury or has a chronic condition.  Paula’s enthusiastic and encouraging nature, not to mention our fully equipped Danforth studio space, makes for a highly enjoyable Pilates training experience.

Paula has taken a variety of post-graduate courses in manual therapy, kinesio-taping, and exercise physiology, and she continues to pursue additional advanced Pilates and physiotherapy coursework. Paula is in the final stages of becoming registered as a Physiotherapist here in Ontario, so that her sessions can be billed as physiotherapy for coverage under extended health benefit plans.

Paula is a health and fitness enthusiast herself, and when not doing her own Reformer training, she enjoys running, working out, and going for long walks with her Golden Retriever!

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Staff at Toronto Physiotherapy

Robyn Rubinger

PT, MScPT, BScKin. Registered Physiotherapist

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Robyn is a highly enthusiastic and engaging physiotherapist who brings a unique skillset to the Toronto Physiotherapy home care team. She is a huge advocate of continuing education, having taken post-graduate training in various areas including orthopaedic manual therapy, the Mulligan mobilization approach, active soft tissue release, and vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness disorders. Robyn has also completed her advanced levels in pelvic health physiotherapy. As such, Robyn treats both men and women for a wide range of pelvic health dysfunctions including pelvic pain, incontinence, coccydynia, gastrointestinal disorders, ano-rectal dysfunction, and pelvic floor dysfunction in pregnancy and in post-partum women. With her approach which incorporates hands-on treatment, specific exercises, and tips for simple lifestyle changes, her patients achieve tremendous strides in their orthopaedic and pelvic health conditions.

Robyn graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, and has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario.  She has a great breadth of experience having worked as a Kinesiologist, a Personal Trainer (certified through CPTN), a Group Fitness Instructor (certified through CanFitPro), and a ZUMBA Fitness Instructor.  When not working, you can typically find Robyn enjoying her other passion, performing in musical theatre and films!

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Staff at Toronto Physiotherapy

David Friesen

PT, MScPT, BSc Hon (Kin) Registered Physiotherapist

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

David is a compassionate, flexible, and motivating physiotherapist with an extensive breadth of clinical experience. David believes in creating an environment that drives recovery and rehabilitation, including patient comfort, engagement, and communication. David’s ultimate goal is to have his patients reach their full potential, whether it be taking their first steps after an injury, or training for that first marathon.

David has worked in various clinical settings including a private clinic specializing in treating patients with complex orthopedic and neurologic injuries, a rehabilitation hospital as part of an interdisciplinary neurological team, and as a home-care physiotherapist travelling across the Toronto region to provide rehabilitation in patients’ homes or hospital settings. David has consistently expanded his orthopaedic skill set by attending multiple courses and obtaining certificates in manual therapy, acupuncture, orthotics, and sports taping.  David has also continued his neurological rehab training by taking courses in the Bobath Concept and the Chedoke-McMaster stroke assessment. David uses his diverse experience, his passion for motivating clients, and his ability to create tailored treatment plans, to work with each patient to reach their goals.

David Friesen is a graduate of the Masters of Physical Therapy program from the University of Toronto and also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) degree from McMaster University. To continue to grow as a professional and stay connected with his community, he has acted as a clinical instructor for University of Toronto Physical Therapy students, and participated in several student learning activities.

In his time away from work, David enjoys almost any outdoor activity out there, from running, biking, and swimming, to camping and hiking. He also enjoys participating in multiple recreational sports with friends, training for endurance events, and travelling as much of the world as possible!

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Elizabeth Rerrie Massage Therapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Elizabeth Rerrie

RMT, (Hons)BHK, SIT Registered Massage Therapist

Danforth & Chester clinic

Elizabeth is an experienced massage therapist with an exceptional skill set ideally suited to the multidisciplinary health clinic setting. As a former Kinesiologist, Elizabeth accumulated substantial expertise in assessing physical capabilities and restrictions, and in educating patients on proper rehabilitative exercise, posture, and body mechanics. With further advanced training including Diplomas in both Sport Injury Therapy and Massage Therapy, combined with her considerable work experience as a Registered Massage Therapist in the multidisciplinary clinic setting, Elizabeth employs a unique and valuable breadth of skills in her clinical practice.

Elizabeth’s target clientele is as diverse her skill set. From Swedish relaxation massage for stress and pain relief, to deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release, Elizabeth enjoys treating patients from all walks of life. By establishing unique treatment objectives with each client, Elizabeth can create effective therapeutic sessions for the myriad of office workers, pregnant mothers, injured athletes, and other individuals that recline on her table.

Elizabeth has earned diplomas in both Massage Therapy and Sport Injury Therapy at the Canadian Therapeutic College. Prior to this she was awarded a Bachelors of Human Kinetics with a specialty in Movement Science at the University of Windsor. Elizabeth is an avid learner and continues to expand her repertoire including recent certification in Hot Stone Therapy. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, and is an avid reader and writer.

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Lucy Romano Massage Therapist Toronto Physiotherapist

Lucy Romano

RMT, CDT Registered Massage Therapist, Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Danforth & Chester clinic

Lucy is an experienced Massage Therapist with advanced training and specialization in Lymphedema therapy. After earning a diploma in Massage Therapy through the Sutherland-Chan school, Lucy pursued specialized training in Combined Decongestive Therapy in order to treat an underserved population of patients suffering from Lymphedema and venous insufficiency edema. With certification through the Dr. Vodder School, Lucy is able to utilize Combined Decongestive Therapy for her patients: a combination of manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, skin care, and exercise therapy.

Lucy is dedicated and passionate about Lymphedema therapy. She receives great personal fulfillment from helping her patients manage the symptoms of lymphatic insufficiency through both hands-on work as well as self-management education. In her spare time Lucy enjoys reading, and maintaining an active lifestyle.

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Susan Shipton Massage Therapist at Toronto Physiotherapy

Susan Shipton

RMT, CDT Registered Massage Therapist, Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Susan is a caring and empathetic massage therapist who offers a combination of clinical training and keen analysis within a nurturing environment. She has experience treating people with diverse health conditions, including muscle tears and repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, multiple sclerosis, cancer and lymphedema, low back issues, and pregnancy. She has helped people recover from spinal cord injuries at Lyndhurst Rehabilitation Centre and received training from the Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage. Susan tailors each treatment to the individual and may begin with an orthopaedic assessment to ascertain the source of the problem. Susan explains clearly and simply what is happening during the treatment and shows clients what they can do outside of the massage room to reach their goals.

Having been a competitive swimmer, rower, and runner, and an enthusiastic hiker and canoeist, Susan understands the aches and pains associated with being active and athletic. She has additional training in treating sports injuries and has often worked in cooperation with physiotherapists and other health professionals to help clients successfully rehabilitate from injury. She was delighted to have been selected as an RMT for the 2015 PanAm and Parapan Am Games!

Susan is certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and provides specialized manual lymphatic drainage, compression wrapping and garments, and education to patients living with lymphedema. Susan is also trained in therapeutic breast massage, a gentle treatment to alleviate the discomfort of normal hormonal fluctuations and the after-effects of surgery. Many women experience breast discomfort associated with menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, or menopause. A few minutes of massage to the breast area during your regular massage therapy appointment can help relieve congestion and ease pain. For women who have undergone breast surgery, specialized massage can help release adhesions, scar tissue, and axillary cording, and help regain movement at the shoulder. Just as important, massage therapy can offer some much-needed nurturing care, and help cancer patients reconnect with their changing bodies.

Susan is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and has completed certification in manual lymph drainage from the Vodder School.

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Heather Braithwaite, Registered Massage Therapist

Heather Braithwaite

RMT, CDT Registered Massage Therapist Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Heather is a highly experienced massage therapist who brings over 10 years of experience to the Toronto Physiotherapy team. She is fully certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage, having trained with the International Vodder School of Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Her patients benefit from her careful assessment and treatment skills, which also makes her a highly sought clinical skills tutor for students pursuing their own massage therapy studies.

In addition to her training in Swedish Massage, Heather incorporates techniques such as Deep Tissue Release, Trigger Point Therapy, low grade Joint Manipulations, and Muscle Energy techniques.  She is a highly empathetic and caring therapist, who is genuinely engaged in helping her patients achieve their rehabilitation and wellness goals. Moreover, Heather loves her work, and this enthusiasm and passion translates into her treatment sessions.

Heather understands the demands that chronic conditions place on a body, and has specialized over the years in chronic pain management, traumatic injuries, and palliative care.  She is also experienced in treating acute soft tissue injuries and the needs of an athletic population, and was selected to be an RMT at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto.  When not treating patients or mentoring students, Heather enjoys traveling, is an avid reader, and enjoys being active and all that our great city has to offer!

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Lucy Office Administrator at Toronto Physiotherapy

Lucy Fotopoulos

Reception and Administration

Danforth & Chester clinic

Lucy has been keeping the Broadview & Danforth clinic running smoothly for many years. So much more than just a friendly and helpful voice on the phone, Lucy does everything from keeping our schedules in order and our clinic organized, to managing insurance claims and billing. She always goes the extra mile to enhance the experience of our patients, and to support our staff.

Lucy has considerable administrative experience in rehabilitation settings. In her spare time she enjoys the visual arts (an avid painter) and all kinds of sports, recently taking up snowboarding (so it’s handy, she figures, to work at a physio clinic!). If you have any questions about our services, or how we can help, please don’t hesitate to give her a call.

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Tarissa Office Administrator at Toronto Physiotherapy

Tarissa De La Torre

Reception and Administration

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Tarissa keeps the Yonge and St Clair clinic running efficiently and effortlessly. In addition to being that smile that welcomes you to the clinic, Tarissa brings almost 8 years of experience in medical administration, and handles all scheduling, billing, insurance, and overall clinic organization. She is a people-person through and through, and genuinely loves working in a rehabilitative setting.

When not at work, Tarissa enjoys watching documentary films and is a self-proclaimed nerd (!), reading anything and everything she can get her hands on. Tarissa is always quick to offer her help to all of our patients and staff, so please do not hesitate to give her a call should you need anything.

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Mary Administrator at Toronto Physiotherapy

Mary Gilbert

Reception

Danforth & Chester clinic

Mary’s warm personality and helpful nature make her a wonderful fit at Toronto Physiotherapy, where she helps fill in the gaps to keep our patients, administrative staff, and therapists happy.

Mary has broad professional experience, runs her own media communications and promotion business as part of the Canadian Indie music scene, and has one of the nicest phone voices you will ever hear :)

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Nicola Administrator at Toronto Physiotherapy

Nicola Smith

Reception

Yonge & St. Clair clinic

Nicola is one of the newest members of the Toronto Physiotherapy administrative team and is delighted to work at both the Yonge & St Clair and Broadview & Danforth clinic locations. She loves to offer a helping hand to both patients and colleagues alike, and provides exceptional support at both clinics on a part-time basis.

When she is not at the clinic or working toward her current Master’s degree in English Literature, Nicola enjoys cooking, yoga, and attending operas and plays (she is also a classically trained singer!).

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