Toronto Team

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Andrew Yhap

Physiotherapist

Andrew is a Registered Physiotherapist who after completing his Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto went on to complete his Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. He has experience working with a diverse client base with neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury. Andrew also has experience and training in using and operating the Reha GEO and the Hocoma Lokomat, and Bioness L300. Andrew enjoys encouraging clients to reach their full potential, and helping them meet their goals. In his free time, Andrew enjoys weight lifting, rock climbing, growing chilies and hanging out with his family’s many dogs! Born and raised in Toronto, Andrew is a lifelong fan of The Toronto Maple Leafs. He thinks this might be the year the Leafs could go all the way (but he also said that last year!). Andrew is fascinated with the human brain and nervous system; If you are looking to get on his “nerves” just tell him how much you love the Montreal Canadiens.

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Laura Tambosso

Physiotherapist

Laura graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2015. Prior to completing her physiotherapy education, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2013. Laura has had varied clinical experiences including medical acute care, inpatient rehab, and orthopedic and neurological private practice. Most recently Laura has developed a special interest and passion for treating those individuals with neurological impairments and has furthered her knowledge in this area of practice by taking introductory Neurodevelopmental Theory (NDT) and Bobath courses. Laura is passionate about playing the role of an educator in the clinical environment. She finds great benefit in assisting patients to fully understand their conditions and treatment plans to engage them in their own care further. Growing up, Laura was a competitive dancer. This hobby exposed her to developing an interest in human movement, in addition to orthopedic injury. Currently, Laura stays busy with family and friends. She enjoys spending time up at her family cottage in Haliburton and participating in her own physical activity either at the gym or through organized sport like soccer and volleyball.

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Michelle Teves

Director of Adaptive Fitness / Kinesiologist

Michelle attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor in Physical Education and Health. While completing her education she worked with the Varsity Women’s Rugby and Varsity Men’s Basketball team as their Athletic Therapist. She continued her education at Humber College where she received a Diploma of Honours in Exercise Science and Lifestyle management. During this time she completed additional courses on therapeutic exercises for MSK and special populations, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Additionally, Michelle is a Registered Kinesiologist in good standing with the College and a Certified K-taping pro. Michelle is currently attending the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy as a third year student anticipation graduation in October 2019 with a Master in Practice Diploma of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M.OMSc). Michelle has a profound interest in sports, manual therapy and scientific articles.

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JP Rimando

PTA / RMT

JP is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School as an Registered Massage Therapist and Humber College as a Occupational/Physiotherapist Assistant. Throughout his career he has taken various courses and workshops to add to his toolbox. Fundamental Level Acupuncture (McMaster University), K-Taping (Toronto), Immaculate Dissection I and III (Toronto), SFMA (Toronto), and Pain Management Science (Toronto). As a NeuroChangers Massage Therapist, JP brings a lot to the table. He has over 5 years experience treating in the neurological setting and had developed a way to integrate many different styles of manual therapy; including Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Neuromuscular Techniques, Thai Massage, and even Chinese TuiNa Medical Massage. He has an all-round passion for fitness and can usually be found at the clinic squeezing in a workout before his shift. JP also supervises Student Clinics at Sutherland-Chan, helping mentor and inspire future RMTs.

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Elysia Zavaglia

Physiotherapist

Elysia first completed her BSc Kinesiology degree at Brock University and then went on to complete her MSc in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. During her time at Brock, Elysia volunteered at PowerCord, a fully accessible gym focused on providing tailored exercise programs to individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries and Multiple Sclerosis. This initial exposure is what first sparked Elysia’s passion for neurological rehabilitation. During her Physiotherapy education, Elysia completed multiple neurological placements. Including Hamilton General’s Regional Rehabilitation in the SCI outpatient program, as well as at St. Catharines’ Hotel dieu Shaver in the Outpatient Neurological Rehab program working with a wide variety of neurological conditions. Since graduating Elysia has been dedicated to continuing education, taking courses in Soft Tissue Release, Acupuncture and Concussion Rehab, and is set to take upcoming courses this fall in Neurodevelopmental Theory (NDT) and Bobath Therapy. In her free time Elysia can usually be found re-reading the Harry Potter series for the thousandth time… Or else out for a run or hiking a local waterfall. 

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Lindsay Simpson

PTA / Kinesiologist
Lindsay is a Registered Kinesiologist with a BFA Honours Double Major in Dance & Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. After a little break for some world traveling, she returned to school and graduated with Honours from the Post-Graduate Exercise Science & Lifestyle Management program at Humber College. Throughout her education Lindsay has focused her studies on anatomy, athletic/dance injuries, somatic practices, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and nutrition. While at Humber, Lindsay also co-authored and presented a workshop on the benefits of physical activity for people living with Type || Diabetes.
Lindsay is also a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, a group exercise specialist, Heart Wise Exercise certified, and K-Taping Pro certified.
Lindsay really enjoys incorporating her dance background into her sessions whenever possible, so be prepared to move!
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Rolando Magno

Massage Therapist

Rolando also known as “Rolly” graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked in his field for 7 years and continues to maintain his license. He pursued a more holistic career in Registered Massage Therapy graduating from Sutherland-Chan. He practices yoga, an avid rock climber and creates mobile apps in his free time. Rolly practices all forms of Massage Therapy, relaxation or treatment based, he also maintains a certificate in and offers Indian Head Massage and Contemporary Medical/Neurofunctional Acupuncture. His ultimate goal is to help people in need and allow his patients to reap the immediate benefits of massage treatment.

Sarah Osman

PTA / Kinesiologist

Sarah moved from the tiny island of Mauritius (in the Indian Ocean) to pursue a major in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, where she developed a particular interest in anatomy and clinical biomechanics. She went on to complete a Post Graduate certificate program in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management at Humber College to help her better prepare to become a Kinesiologist. During her time at Humber, she had the opportunity to do an internship at Neurochangers for a few weeks and loved the experience!  After graduating, Sarah worked as a Kinesiologist at a women’s gym before joining the Neurochangers team a few months later.  Sarah is a language enthusiast! She is bilingual (English and French), but can also converse in Spanish. Recently she started learning Italian and hopes to learn Swedish one day. 

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Cassie Day

PTA / Kinesiologist

Cassie is a Registered Kinesiologist, with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from Brock University. Wishing to continue her education and gain more practical experience Cassie then completed a post graduate certificate program in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management at Humber College and graduated with honours. While at Humber, she got the opportunity to complete an internship at Neurchangers, and loved it so much she never left! Additionally, Cassie is HeartWise Exercise certified and has certifications in Kinesio-Taping. In her free time Cassie can be found baking, playing with her kitten or trying to fit some yoga or hiking into her day.

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Michelle Cousins

Massage Therapist / Mindful Movement Therapist

Michelle’s journey into the healthcare world began with the birth of her daughter who was born with a physical disability. She has received over 4000 hours of training spanning various forms of bodywork, massage and yoga, as well as a wide spectrum of adjunctive, alternative and holistic trainings, including Aromatherapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Kinesiotaping I & II, Reflex Integration, Yin Yoga, Relax and Renew Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Rhythmic Movement. Michelle is one of only a handful of Upledger Institute Techniques Certified CranioSacral therapists in Toronto. An internship at Toronto Rehab working with stroke and traumatic brain injury patients further developed her experience treating clients with complex injuries, including: strokes, acquired brain injuries, traumatic injuries, fractures, contractures, MS, Parkinson’s, diabetes, respiratory conditions, CP, congenital spinal cord issues, as well as mental health challenges.  She also has experience treating athletes, children, pregnant and elderly clients.

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Bren Comacchio

Clinic Administrator / Operations Manager

Bren brings to the Neurochangers team an eclectic assortment of corporate experience and skills. She spent over a decade working in accounting before changing careers to work in Public Relations & Communications.  She enhanced her communication skills by becoming a Board Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic  Programming and then expanding into the realm of Timeline Therapy™ and  Clinical Hypnotherapy.

While numbers and linguistics rarely go hand in hand, Bren transitions easily from one to the other, making her the ideal person to take on the role of Clinic Administrator/Operations Manager. In this new role, she will be handling the day to day activities within the clinic, ensuring everything runs smoothly for both our clients and our staff.

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Isabella

Administrator

Isabella is a recent high school graduate who plans to attend York University and major in Health Studies. She has volunteered at The Hospital for Sick Children where she was able to work in the Research Ethics Department and gained knowledge on the importance of research studies in todays society. She recently organized a homeless youth food drive at her school for the organization, Youth Without Shelter. She is bilingual in English and Italian and loves the thrill of go-karting.

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Megan Covert

Physiotherapist

Megan is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating, she worked as Assistant Coordinator for a variety of programs that served cardiac, senior and neurological populations. She later graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2013. Megan treats a wide variety of clients, including individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and orthopedic injuries. Regardless of the diagnosis or years post injury, Megan is committed to maximizing recovery potential. She uses a combination of traditional therapy methods and selfmanagement practices to improve quality of life and to help clients achieve their individual goals. To date Megan has received additional training certification in: Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, Immaculate Dissection (core and upper extremity concepts), Bobath Therapy, Neurokinetic Therapy (level II) and Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological Conditions. Megan is also a Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provider (McMaster). As an avid life long learner, Megan has spent many years developing a greater appreciation for anatomy and its clinical value. She will be pursuing a Masters in Anatomical Sciences at Queen’s University (September 2018) in the hopes of educating future health care professionals and recovery potential. Megan will be working clinically on a part-time basis.

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Michelle Wolfe

Massage Therapist

Michelle graduated D’arcy Lane Institute in London as an RMT. Subsequent years of wandering from one side of the globe to the other led her to NeuroChangers. Often spotted dancing and regularly heard singing, Michelle certainly loves her job. She also loves taking on huge projects and has got her eye on changing the world for the better. She’s a dedicated therapist and an overall motivational burst of bright eyed optimism to our clients.