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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Melissa Duck

Physiotherapist

Melissa is a Registered Physiotherapist graduating from the University of Toronto in 2018. Prior to her Masters in Physical Therapy, she attended Wilfrid Laurier University completing her Bachelors in Kinesiology and Physical Education. Through her clinical placements and education, Melissa grew extremely passionate about working with the neurological population. Spending time at Toronto Rehab Institute and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Melissa gained valuable experience working with patients who had suffered from a stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury. Following the completion of her program, Melissa decided to further expand her assessment and treatment techniques and completed the introductory Neurodevelopment theory (NDT) course in the management of adults with stroke, brain injury and other neuromuscular disorders. She hopes to continue with NDT in their certification program and enjoys any opportunity to learn. Melissa is dedicated to providing patient-centred care in order for patients to reach their goals and full functional abilities. Currently, she spends her weekends at West Park Healthcare Centre providing therapy to stroke patients. In her free time she loves to travel, run and take dance or fitness classes.

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Michelle Teves

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner / Clinic Director

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. Michelle completed her Masters of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. She is now an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and is in good standing with OSTCAN Ontario.

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JP Rimando

Director of Technology / 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 / Adaptive Fitness
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.

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Isabella Garito

Administrator

Isabella is attending York University and is majoring 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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Cassie Day

PTA / Kinesiologist / Adaptive Fitness

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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Laura Perlic

Kinesiologist / Adaptive Fitness

Laura is a Registered Kinesiologist with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. After working for a couple years, she wished to continue her education and completed a post graduate certificate in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management from Humber College with honours. While at Humber, Laura had the opportunity to complete her internship at March of Dimes Canada, in the Conductive Education program that focused on therapeutic exercise classes for clients with neurological motor disorders. Here is where she discovered her interest in neurological rehabilitation! Additionally, Laura is HeartWise Exercise certified, a Certified Metriks Functional Capacity Evaluator, as well as a Certified Physical Demands Analysis Assessor. Laura has been playing soccer since she was five and enjoys competing in a recreational league during her free time.

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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.