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Our Team

The Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic in Toronto is composed of exceptional licenced professionals that deliver high-quality care.

Our team of licenced professionals is committed to delivering exceptional, high-quality care. To ensure your goals are met, they will work with you to develop an individualized plan to best suit your needs.

Our specialists have treated amateur, Olympic, and professional athletes including members of The Toronto Maple Leafs, The Toronto Blue Jays, The Toronto Raptors, as well as a number of other professional sports teams in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.

Discover our team by searching through specialties.

Elysa Graci

Elysa Graci is our very own Certified Athletic Therapist who works out of the Mount Sinai Fitness Centre. She is a competitive long distance runner who has run the Boston Marathon twice and has a current personal best of 3 hours and 5 minutes. Other than that she enjoys swimming, strength training and yoga. An Athletic Therapist is trained to assess, treat, and prevent both chronic and acute athletic injuries. Elysa works one-on-one with patients by detecting muscle imbalances and by helping them strengthen specific muscles in order to reduce and get rid of their pain. Her customized strength programs are aimed at very gradually and progressively bringing a patient or client back to doing the activities they once enjoyed, pain-free. She works with people of all fitness levels from competitive runners to the hard-working hospital staff. Whether your goal is to become a faster runner, correct your posture, become less reliant on a cane or walker, or to just become a stronger individual, Elysa will help you get there. Elysa firmly believes that resistance exercise will permanently reduce musculoskeletal pain and prevent future injuries and that everyone at all ages and fitness levels should incorporate strength training in their lives.

Brendan Mooney

Brendan is a Certified Athletic Therapist as well as a Registered Massage Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach. He was the Head Athletic Therapist for the Guelph Storm OHL team from 2017 – 2019 winning the OHL Championship with his team in 2019. He also brings with him the experience of working with the Toronto Argonauts, the Toronto Raptors and numerous professional hockey players (NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL etc.).

Brendan specializes in sports injuries and performance enhancement. He takes an integrative approach which usually involves hands on manual therapy (cupping, soft-tissue manipulation, joint mobilizations etc.) and reinforces this through specific exercise programs based on your needs.

Working in sports has allowed him to witness all types of injuries including broken bones, dislocations, muscle and ligament tears etc.. Brendan’s job required him to respond to the initial injury as it occurred, and to rehab them pre and post-surgery to get the athlete back playing at their peak level.

Daniel Snider

Daniel completed his Bachelors of Kinesiology and Philosophy (2003) at the University of Western Ontario. In 2008, he graduated with Honours from Sheridan College with a Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Athletic Therapy. Daniel is currently studying at the Canadian College of Osteopathy.

Daniel uses a holistic approach to patient rehabilitation using a combination of manual therapy and customized exercise programs. His treatment skills include myofascial techniques, craniosacral, muscle energy, strain-counter-strain, and visceral treatment. Daniel does all forms of athletic taping including kinesio-taping. He has been a long-time provider for custom knee braces and OTC brace and rehab products. Daniel works with patients of all ages and fitness backgrounds for treatments including protocols for pre-op and post-op orthopaedic surgeries.

Daniel is proud to be the team Athletic Therapist for the York Simcoe Express Bantam Hockey Team. He also currently works with Toronto Skillz Soccer Academy and S.A.A.C. Soccer. Daniel has provided medical coverage for Oakville Soccer Club, OWHA Hockey, Skate Canada, Burlington Braves and Stampeders Football as well as Phil Esposito Fantasy Hockey Camp, Johnson & Johnson International Cup Hockey Tournament, and Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championship.

Dr. Aksa Ahmed

Dr. Aksa Ahmed is a Chiropractor at The Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis & Autoimmune Disease and the Research Coordinator for the University of Toronto’s Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Study at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours at the University of Toronto, specializing in Biochemistry and Human Biology, and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Clinic Honours in 2015. Dr. Ahmed is a diversified practitioner and is also certified in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University.

Dr. Ahmed is passionate about leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She is strongly committed to providing exceptional patient-centered, high quality healthcare using a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach. Dr. Ahmed keeps up-to-date with current literature and incorporates evidence-based chiropractic care in her practice.

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases. He is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a Faculty member of the University of Toronto Spine Program and The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health. In 2012, Dr. Ammendolia was recipient of the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and now combines clinical practice, teaching and research in the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.

Dr. Ammendolia is the author of more than 35 peer-review papers, reviews and book chapters and has been the recipient of the “Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015 for outstanding contribution to the profession from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Davor Cepo

Dr. Cepo, a graduate of McMaster University and New York Chiropractic College, is a consultant at the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic. He integrates his unique experiences as a former Olympic and Canadian National soccer team member to assist individuals and athletes of various abilities with their injury recovery and performance goals. Dr. Cepo has worked with world class athletes internationally at the World Track and Field Championships in Budapest 2004, and with professionals in NHL, CFL, MLS, and Toronto’s dance, theatre and film industries. He is a Rehab Specialty Fellowship candidate and is a clinical instructor for the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.

Dr. Melissa Givelos

Dr. Givelos completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours at the University of Toronto, specializing in Human Biology, and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Honours in 2010. As a Functional Integrative Therapy provider, Dr. Givelos combines the various skills attained through her education and experience. As a chiropractor, A.R.T. and medical acupuncture provider, she has treated various athletes at a varsity and a professional level. She uses the F.I.T. approach with the goal of increasing function and reducing pain of her patients, who may need help with their sport or general activities of daily living. Dr. Givelos is currently an Instructor-In-Training with the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.

Dr. Evelyn Lock

Dr. Evelyn Lock is a Chiropractor and Kinesiologist at the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic. She is a certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider (McMaster University). Her practice is a reflection of her background in competitive sports (swimming and dance), Brain Injury & Neurological Rehabilitation, and years of working in a busy Orthodontic office. She has a special clinical focus on the treatment of Sports Injuries, Chronic Pain, Neurological Disorders, and Craniofacial / Jaw Pain.

Dr. Lock’s drive for patient-centred care is inspired by her patients: from recreational to professional athletes, to those that have endured disabling injuries, to those that need to be healthy to provide for their families, students, or community, those injured in combat or in post- surgical pain, to those that want to learn to better move, breathe, sleep, and be healthier.

Recognizing that each person has unique needs and concerns, Dr. Lock creates a specific and personalized treatment plan to meet the individualized goals of each patient. She applies varied techniques to help patients return to functional goals including neuro-functional approaches, acupuncture, manual therapy, corrective exercise prescription, movement therapy, sensory/tactile discrimination, habituation, breathing control, and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Lock is the Head of the Musculoskeletal Division with Bridge to Health | Medical and Dental. This organization brings a mutli-disciplinary health care team to East Africa to work with on-the-ground NGOs to provide sustainable health care programs, clinical and public health education, and patient care to over 10,000 patients during each outreach brigade. Having experienced how well an integrated health team can service patients abroad, Dr. Lock is committed to working in collaboration with her patients, and their health care practitioners to together meet patient goals here at home.

Dr. Michael Prebeg

Dr. Michael Prebeg is a chiropractor who specializes in the treatment of sports injuries. Through the combination of Active Release Techniques (ART) and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, and joint manipulation he has helped athletes of all levels with injury recovery and in performance enhancement and is currently a consultant with many Olympic and professional athletes (MLBA, NHL, NFL, CFL). He has covered the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton 2001, and Paris 2003, Goodwill Games 2001, World Cup of Track and Field 2002, US National Championships outdoor and indoor 2002, 2003, NCAA Track and Field Championships 2003, and the World Basketball Championships. He is a Senior Instructor in the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University and is the Treasurer of the Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association.

Annette Broderick Colombo

Annette is a Registered Massage Therapist and active member of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association. She is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto. Annette focuses on relieving pain, discomfort and decreasing tension by taking the time to assess the needs, objectives and specific concerns of her clients. She integrates traditional Swedish massage with trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint mobilizations and advanced myofascial release techniques for repetitive strain injuries, compression syndromes and soft tissue trauma.

Annette has experience working with clients with sports injuries, pregnancy related discomforts, fibromyalgia, overuse injuries, post cancer surgery and a variety of other musculoskeletal disorders.

Lydia Giammartino

Lydia is a Registered Massage therapist who graduated at the top of her class from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Prior to becoming a massage therapist Lydia completed a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a Masters degree in Medical Sciences. She has been working in the healthcare field for over eleven years in various capacities, including being a paramedic and an assistant to doctors in the field of chronic pain management.

Lydia’s approach to massage therapy is to assess and identify the possible root causes of pain and discomfort and then treat them using various techniques such as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and joint mobilizations. She caters the choice of technique to the individual based on their needs and specific treatment goals.

Jennifer Beasley

Jennifer is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Diploma program at Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic, having previously obtained an honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Jennifer has successfully treated a broad range of patients and conditions: from long-haul truck drivers who have dense back fascia and short hip flexors, to neurosurgeons who experience tension from using machinery with precise repetitive motions, those with computer desk jobs who suffer from Carpal Tunnel or Thoracic Outlet symptoms, weekend warriors recovering from sports injuries, and those whose life stress is manifesting in physical terms.

In addition to musculoskeletal disorders, Jennifer has specific massage training related to high risk pregnancy, scar mobilization post breast surgery, central nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s and strokes, and providing relief to those undergoing medical treatment for malignancies.

Priyanshi Randeria

Priyanshi is a Registered massage therapist and graduate from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic. Priyanshi also holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University.

Through her clinical experiences, Priyanshi has assessed and treated clients with degenerative disc disease, SI joint dysfunctions, and thoracic outlet syndrome. She has worked with patients to reduce pain and discomfort using deep tissue massage, fascial release and muscle energy techniques. Her focused treatments allow her to reduce muscle imbalances and improve joint mobility. She believes stretching and strengthening exercises done regularly can lead to pain reduction and improve biomechanics of body movement. She enjoys helping patients gain postural awareness, believing that understanding how their body works can help patients maintain a preventative approach to overall body tension. In addition to Swedish Massage, Priyanshi uses therapeutic (kinesio) taping to relax and facilitate muscle groups, encourage lymph drainage, and reduce pain. She also works with athletic taping to help patients return to their physical activities while providing support to joints recovering from injury.

When not working as an RMT Priyanshi coaches competitive gymnastics. Her goals are to develop a strong foundation for young gymnasts upon which they can grow as athletes.

Dr. Tim Dwyer

Based at Women’s College Hospital with a cross appointment at Mt Sinai Hospital, Dr. Tim Dwyer’s surgical practice encompasses open and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip and ankle. His knee surgery focus is on primary (hamstring and BPTB) and revision ACL reconstruction, the management of cartilage and meniscal lesions, disorders of the patellofemoral joint, as well as other ligament reconstruction about the knee. His shoulder practice encompasses all complex shoulder pathology, including shoulder instability and rotator cuff pathology, including the surgical treatment of massive rotator cuff tears. Dr. Dwyer performs hip arthroscopy for labral tears and CAM impingement, as well as ankle arthroscopy for OCD and chondral injuries of the talus.

Dr. Tim Dwyer’s primary research focus is on the assessment of surgical competence, which is the basis of his PhD thesis at IMS. He designs and validates assessment methods, aimed to establish a minimal level of competence in both residents and fellows. This research occurs within the setting of Competency-Based Medical Education, a medical training model that was developed and established by the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Dwyer’s other main focus is assessing competence in the performance of technical procedures. Much of this work occurs outside of the operating room, at WCH’s state-of-the-art arthroscopic simulation laboratory. Dr Dwyer’s research develops novel surgical simulation models for both sports medicine and other subspecialties, allowing trainees to both acquire and demonstrate the ability to perform complex technical procedures, prior to performance in the operating room.

Tim also performs research in sports medicine, especially in regards to knee and shoulder surgery. He is involved in clinical trials for massive rotator cuff defects, shoulder instability and ACL reconstruction, as well as shoulder and knee osteoarthritis. He also supervises basic science projects that focus on complex shoulder instability, and the reliability of measurement as it pertains to clinical practice.

Dr. Tim Dwyer is the team orthopedic surgeon for the Toronto Football Club (TFC).

Dr. John Theodoropoulos

Dr. John Theodoropoulos earned his Medical Degree at Queen's University and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University. He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago and completed his Masters of Science in Cartilage Regeneration at the University of Toronto. Dr. Theodoropoulos is currently an Assistant Professor of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

He is the Medical Director of the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic (DOSMC), a non-profit institute dedicated to the treatment, prevention and research of sport related injuries. He is also clinical head of University of Toronto Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Program (UTOSM) and Director of the Fellowship Program mentoring 8 National and International Fellows annually.

As a distinguished and invited speaker, presenter and lecturer, he has contributed locally, provincially and nationally at meetings and conferences on topics such as ACL reconstruction, cartilage repair and tissue engineering and arthroscopic shoulder repair.

Dr. Theodoropoulos is the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. He also consults for many local amateur and professional athletes and was part of the medical team at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Hockey Tournament.

Katrina Dekirmendjian

Katrina Dekirmendjian is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant. She graduated from the Consortium of Physician Assistant Education at the University of Toronto. Prior to this professional program, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Park University in Chicago, IL with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Following, Katrina completed a year-long Athletic Training Residency program with the Orthopaedic Teaching and Research Foundation in Chicago, IL. She served as a physician extender and surgical assist to a Sports Medicine Physician and Orthopaedic Surgeon. During this training she became certified as an Orthopaedic Technologist specializing in the fitting and application of immobilization devices.

Katrina’s passion for health and wellness developed at a young age participating in multiple sports. During her undergraduate degree, she was the captain of her women’s collegiate NCAA soccer team. Her goal was to pursue a career that promoted healthy living through physical activity.

As a Physician Assistant with a focus in Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Katrina specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. She is also a surgical first assist to the Orthopaedic Surgeons affiliated with the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic. Her passion is to provide patient-centered care to return patients to the activities they love.

Kyla Alsbury

Kyla graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy after completing her Bachelor of Arts and Science at McGill University with a double major in Organismal Biology and International Development Studies. Kyla uses her clinical assessment skills to create effective treatment plans, which often include education, manual therapy, soft tissue release, modalities, taping, and exercise prescription. She has completed her Level 2 Upper and Lower manual therapy certifications from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic division, AA1 and AA2 Anatomical Acupuncture from Acupuncture Canada, and her 200-hour yoga teacher training from the Anjeli Yoga Teacher Training Academy.

Kyla is also a PhD student at the University of Toronto and her research interests include rehabilitation for older adults, community-based exercise programs, and health systems. Kyla received an Interdisciplinary Fellowship from the Canadian Frailty Network from Sept 2019-Aug 2020 and was selected to attend the Summer Program in Aging hosted by the Institute of Aging and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in May 2019. She is fascinated by the intersection of research and clinical practice and believes that having one foot in each area will help her research be more applicable for the real world.

Outside of her clinical practice and research, Kyla enjoys triathlons, yoga, hiking, canoeing and camping. Kyla is passionate about helping you move well, move often, and move in a way that is meaningful for you – be it your favourite sport, your job, or simply your daily routine.

Donna Bielawski

Donna holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Her clinical experience includes many years in Outpatient Orthopaedics in the Rehabilitation Department and also in the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Donna has a special interest in head and neck disorders particularly disorders of the temporomandibular (TMJ) or jaw joint/muscles. She completed a Master of Science from the Faculty of Dentistry Department from the University of Toronto in 2009. She focuses on manual therapy techniques and exercise based strategies in the treatment of these disorders. She is a registered member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Donna is dedicated to ongoing professional development and continually pursues continuing education course/conferences and current research to improve her knowledge base.

Adriana Biernat

Adriana graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 2008. To date, she has completed continuing education courses with the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute and has finished her Manual Therapy Level 3's with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopeadic Division. Adriana has training in anatomical acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.

Outside of work hours she has been an integral part of a few medical coverage teams, recently being the 2015 Pan Am games. Adriana has also volunteered for Skate Canada medical coverage team for the International Figure Skating Championships in 2011 and the World Figure Skating Championships in 2013. Adriana has worked with the London Beefeater football team, providing medical coverage during the games. She has coached and trained high school volleyball, soccer and track teams. She has been involved with running pool specific therapy programs for clients of all ages and has worked with sports teams by using specific plyometric training.

Adriana enjoys working with clients and athletes with various levels of function and skill sets by providing manual therapy with the combination of exercise prescription to help achieve the best return to health. She hopes to advance her practice by continuing to partake in continuing educational courses.

Desmond Fung

Desmond holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, which he earned following his Bachelor of Science with Honors from McMaster University. At the University of Toronto, he was awarded with the Physiotherapy of Canada Research Award for outstanding research in the field of physical therapy. His research was presented at the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Conference (2009) and at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress (2009). Desmond is also certified in medical acupuncture from McMaster University. In addition, he is also a Functional Movement System (FMS) Certified professional. He has taken numerous continuing education courses expanding his evidence-based techniques to efficiently treat his clients, helping them regain optimal health.

He has treated a wide range of clients, ranging from general orthopedic and neurological patients to OFSAA, CIS, NCAA and Team Canada athletes. Despite what your goal is, Desmond will help you achieve it through optimal, evidence-based therapy.

Melanie Gordon

Melanie Gordon has over 14 years of experience working as a physiotherapist in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Melanie completed her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto after graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics.

Melanie has experience in treating patients of all ages and enjoys helping them reach their goals; whether it be returning to a sport or improving their wellbeing. Melanie integrates a variety of treatment techniques into her patient’s treatment plans, which include manual therapy, exercise training, acupuncture and dry needling. Melanie is a certified Pilates Instructor and incorporates pilates-based strengthening to rehabilitate a variety of conditions including sciatica, rotator cuff tendinopathies, postural weakness, osteoarthritis as well as post-surgical strengthening programs. Melanie is also a manual therapist and completed her Diploma of Manual and Manipulative therapy with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (FCAMPT) in 2013. She is certified in Integrative Dry Needling which helps in the management of pain, reducing myofascial tension and neuromuscular conditions. Growing up, Melanie participated in a number of sports including competitive gymnastics, she understands the demands of sports on our bodies and the importance of exercise training for our health and wellbeing.

In addition to providing clinical care for patients, Melanie is a registered instructor with the Orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and participates in teaching courses as well as providing mentorship for physiotherapists. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in many fitness activities including tennis, running, pilates.

Marni Pepper
(Vaughan Site)

Marni Pepper is a physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Toronto with honours in 1998. She has over 20 years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic injuries and issues in a variety of settings.

Marni has extensive post graduate experience in manual and exercise prescription in a variety of post-operative and acute injuries. She has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of soccer injuries, post ACL and meniscal repairs. She gained this experience in part while working at the Canadian Knee Institute for 10 years in close association with orthopedic surgeons.

Further experience includes working in the homecare setting in the treatment of conditions such as post-operative joint replacement and elderly issues. Experience also includes “Executive Health” at Cleveland Clinic Canada and “Inmate Physiotherapy Services” at the Don Jail.

She has extensive orthopedic “Paediatric Experience” while working at Boomerang Health powered by Sick Kids Hospital for 4 years. She was a contributing author in ‘Serious Strength Training’ published in 1998.

Marni’s approach to physiotherapy involves an active, evidence based approach that may involve manual, exercise prescription, modalities and prevention education.

Marni works at our Vaughan location, located in Sherman Health & Wellness Centre

Shabdit Shah

Shabdit (Shab) Shah, BSc, MSc(PT), CMAG

Registered Physiotherapist

Adjunct Lecturer – University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Shabdit Shah is a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. Since 2018 he has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Dovigi Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic (formerly the Rehab & Wellbeing Centre). 

Shab has previous clinical experience working in outpatient orthopaedics, geriatric rehab, stroke rehab, cardiovascular ICU and vestibular rehab. He received distinction honours during his placements at Toronto General Hospital in both the cardiovascular ICU/cardiac wards & the Hertz Clinic for his work with cardiac patients & vestibular rehab patients respectively. In addition to clinical experience, Shab as worked with General Electric, the Town of Oakville, and Ontario Power Generation focusing on occupational health & safety, ergonomics, and injury prevention. 

A keen learner, Shab has completed the following coursework: CAMPT Manual Therapy Level 2 Upper & Lower, Vestibular Rehabilitation through the Advanced Physiotherapy Education Institute, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University, & Sport Taping at the University of Toronto. Shab is one of two GLA:D Canada Certified Instructors at the Dovigi Clinic, as well as an American Physical Therapy Association, Credentialed Clinical Instructor. 

Shab has been teaching as a clinical instructor for student placements through the University of Toronto since 2018 and has been a clinician volunteer in orthopeadic labs. In June of 2019, he was appointed as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto & has continued to stay involved with the University through strategic planning sessions, lecture facilitation, clinical placement supervision, and mentoring new physiotherapy graduates.

Larissa Tutert

Larissa graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Kinesiology. Whether you are dealing with an athletic injury, general aches and pains, or healing from surgery, Larissa would be thrilled to play a role in your recovery.

With an ongoing commitment to continuing education, Larissa has completed training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University, Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Levels 1-3, and specialized training in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. She has also completed courses in osteopathic assessment, soft tissue release, sport taping, advanced motor control, and is proficient in the French language.

Larissa has volunteered for the Invictus Games, GoodLife Toronto Marathon, the Toronto Rugby Union, and Skate Canada. She currently works at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), a professional ballet school in Toronto for elite ballet dancers from across the country and abroad. Larissa has also worked with youth involved in competitive cheerleading, a sport that combines dance and gymnastics. While growing up, Larissa played competitive sports including soccer and participated in the performing arts. Larissa likes to stay active through yoga and training for running races.

Larissa enjoys sharing health-related knowledge with the community. She offers educational talks and workshops on topics that include core muscle optimization for high-level athletes, injury prevention for dancers, delivery preparation for prenatal women, and return to fitness for the postpartum population.

Glenn Copeland

Glenn H. Copeland is one of North America’s leading Podiatrists in active practice for more than 35 years. He has worked with Mount Sinai’s Sports Clinic for more than 25 years. He is a bestselling author and has published 5 books in 12 languages including “The Foot Doctor”. He has worked extensively with many professional athletes including Major League Baseball players and has been the Podiatrist for the Toronto Blue Jays since 1979. Glenn has founded and served as Chief Executive Officer for many successful companies including: Feet First (1982 – 1989), Footmaxx International where he also sat on the Board as Chairman (1991 -2000) and Cleveland Clinic Canada (2004 to 2008). Currently he is the consulting Podiatrist and Strategic Advisor to the award winning Canyon Ranch Health Resort (Since 2007).

Elizabeth Roberts

Elizabeth Roberts is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She completed her Masters of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc. (Honours) in Biopharmaceutical Science from the University of Ottawa.

Throughout the course of her career, Elizabeth has gained practical experience in both hospital and clinical rehabilitation settings where she has provided adult-focused assessment and intervention in the areas of voice, fluency, accent modification, neurogenic speech and language and social communication.

Elizabeth is a firm believer that collaboration is the key to client success. She enjoys working closely with her clients and their health care providers to develop functional goals and individualized therapy plans. She continually strives to create a safe, inclusive environment where clients feel comfortable and empowered.

Dr. David Lawrence

Dr. David Lawrence is a sports and exercise medicine physician and rural emergency physician. He completed his medical school, family and community medicine residency, and sports & exercise medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Lawrence is recognized under the Ministry of Health and Longterm Care as a GP Focused Practitioner in Sports Medicine. He is currently completing a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Lawrence hold’s hospital privileges at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (University Health Network) and Haliburton Highlands Health Services: Hospital (Haliburton, Ontario).

Dr. Lawrence has clinical experience working with athletes of all ages and levels of experience. Dr. Lawrence has worked with many elite and professional athletes and has volunteered at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and the 2013 FISU Winter Games (Kazan, Russia).

He is also the Lead Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician for the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto WolfPack RLFC.

Dr. Fahim Merali

Dr. Fahim Merali is a family physician from Toronto who completed his MSc in Global Health and MD at McMaster University, followed by a Family Medicine Residency and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He earned his Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2017.

Dr. Merali specializes in assessment and non-operative treatment of acute (e.g. Sprains, fractures) and chronic (e.g. osteoarthritis, overuse injuries) musculoskeletal conditions. He sees individuals of all ages, including children. He can provide interventional pain management procedures such a nerve blocks, hyaluronic acid injection and regenerative techniques such as PRP and stem cells for certain indications. Dr. Merali also works with a wide range of both elite and amateur athletes. He currently travels internationally with the Canadian Junior National Men’s Basketball Team, while he has provided preseason and event coverage for organizations such as Raptors 905, Toronto Football Club, National Ballet of Canada, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Skate Canada, Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach World Tour, Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball and multiple University of Toronto varsity teams. His special interests include promoting exercise for prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

When he is not working, he enjoys cooking and playing basketball and squash.

Adam Chen

One of Canada’s leading acupuncture specialists, Adam Chen is the founder of the acupuncture clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Chen’s clinical work focuses on pain management and women’s health issues and has been frequently called upon by government agencies to provide expertise on Traditional Chinese Medicine. His pioneer work of introducing acupuncture into Canadian hospitals has been featured in variety of media outlets.

Fanny Ip

Fanny Ip is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner and a registered Acupuncturist.

In her practice, Fanny treats patients with many different pain issues including sport injuries, frozen shoulder, headaches, facial pain, nerve pain, postoperative pain, sciatica, and arthritis.

In addition, Fanny has a special interest in treating gastrointestinal disorders, stress/anxiety, and women’s health including fertility issues, morning sickness, breech birth presentation, menstrual issues, and menopause.

Outside of clinic hours, Fanny is involved with her governing body to help enforce and maintain high standards of her profession.

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