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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.

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Elysa Graci 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.

Aksa Ahmed 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.

Carlo Ammendolia 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.

Davor Cepo 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.

Melissa Givelos 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.

Evelyn Lock 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.

Michael Prebeg 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.

Lydia Giammartino 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 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.

John Theodoropoulos 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.

Tim Dwyer 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. Samuel Larrivee Dr. Samuel Larrivée

Samuel grew up in a small farm town in Quebec. His passion for adventure sports and the desire to continue to work manually in a mentally challenging career lead to his interest in orthopaedic surgery. After a short stop in bio-informatics, he started medical school at the Université de Sherbrooke. He then completed a masters in Health Sciences Research at the same university prior to commencing his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Samuel completed his Orthopaedic Sports Fellowship with the University of Toronto, focusing on complex knee ligament reconstruction, shoulder and hip arthroscopy.

He has a research interest in medical education and research. His research focuses on medical education and new technologies as outcome measures after orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Larrivée sees new consultation regarding knee, shoulder and hip joint problems at the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic. He also practices at the Women’s College Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital.

Dr. Herb von Schroeder

Dr. Herb von Schroeder is an Associate Professor of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto with a cross appointment in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He earned his undergraduate and Medical Degrees at the University of British Columbia and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and his Master of Science in Cell Biology at the University of Toronto. He completed Fellowships in Hand and Microsurgery at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and at the Kleinert Institute in Louisville Kentucky.

Dr. von Schroeder’s subspecialty area of expertise is in Hand and Wrist surgery (including trauma, sport injuries, and wrist reconstruction). He has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters in his field and frequently travels nationally and internationally to teach and lecture on topics relating to Hand and Wrist surgery. He has a busy academic and tertiary care practice at the University Hand Program and at the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is a consultant for the WSIB Specialty Clinics, Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL, NHL Players Association, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and consults on many local and international amateur and professional athletes.

Katrina Dekirmendjian 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 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 3 Upper, Level 2 Upper, and Level 2 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 certified instructor for the GLA:D Canada program.

Kyla is also a PhD candidate 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.

Melanie Gordon 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.

Shabdit Shah 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 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.

David Lawrence 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.

Fahim Merali 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 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.

Fanny Ip 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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