Thomas Hein, Reg PT, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS, MCPA
Thomas is a manual physiotherapist with years of postgraduate experience in orthopaedics, sports medicine, and manipulative therapy. After graduating from Queen’s University in 1995 he has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. He completed a full-time post-graduate program in 1998-99 and received his first diploma from the Canadian Academy in 2000 and he continues as Instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in the postgraduate manual and manipulative therapy educational program. Thomas also has an interest in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
At the request of physicians in the Thornhill area who were not getting the results with their patients, Thomas opened Physioactive in 1999 with a goal of opening a clinic second to none. Thomas continues to teach and take postgraduate studies on a part-time basis. Completing the five-year Osteopathy Program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy has furthered increased Thomas’ knowledge base. It has allowed Thomas to improve results incorporating craniosacral, visceral, and other osteopathic techniques into his physiotherapy practice. He has had great success in combining a variety of techniques to achieve maximal results with even the most difficult or complex clientele. He incorporates a wide range of techniques including spinal manipulation, myofascial release, spinal stabilization exercises, neural tissue mobilization, and medical acupuncture. Recently, Thomas has also completed his training for intermuscular stimulation (IMS). Having many “tools in his toolbox” allows Thomas to enjoy success in treating a variety of ages and conditions. With a growing interest in pediatrics and pre- and post–+natal care. Thomas has found great reward in successfully treating newborns and young children with varied conditions.
Robyn Cornofsky, Reg. PT, BSc.P.T., MCPA
Robyn holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy) from the University of Toronto. Robyn is a Registered Physiotherapist with years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopaedic and sports medicine.
Robyn thrives on empowering others by giving them a greater understanding of their body and their injury. She believes the best therapeutic results are obtained with patient compliance – by teaching ways to avoid aggravating a condition, building strength and endurance, and preventing re-injury in the future.
Passionate about postural education and core stability programs, Robyn also uses manual therapy to help clients’ progress. She has a keen interest in continuing education and furthering her skills as a clinician.
Robyn’s professional style involves gaining a person’s confidence and trust, to make a difference quickly and have them tell others about their positive experience with a Registered Physiotherapist. She believes the biggest compliments come by way of referrals.
Nicholas Biasini, Reg. PT, BSc.Kin, MSc. PT., MCPA
Nicholas Biasini is a graduate of the Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto. Prior to that, he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at York University. Nicholas’ pursuit of becoming a registered physiotherapist is a result of his long-time passion for discovering how the human body functions, combined with his genuine desire to help others. Nicholas is devoted to expanding his expertise and skill set through post-graduate courses, in order to best serve his clients. At this time, Nicholas is certified in acupuncture, soft tissue release, and is working towards an advanced manual therapy certification from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Nicholas believes that patient education is an invaluable and essential tool in empowering his patients to take on an active role in their rehabilitation. Nicholas combines injury-relevant education with hands-on manual therapy techniques, and therapeutic exercise prescription, to best help his patients return to their optimal physical functioning. With these tools, Nicholas aims to pinpoint the root cause of his patient’s pathologies, rather than just treating their symptoms. His interest and success with high-level athletes and weekend warriors, combined with his extensive skill set makes him a valued member of our Physioactive team.
Outside of work, some of Nicholas’s hobbies include hockey, tennis, weight lifting, and spending as much time outdoors as possible! During the summer months, Nicholas also enjoys travelling and spending time on the lake at the cottage.
Leivin Chung,Reg. PT, MSc. PT, MCPA,
Leivin graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science degree in physical therapy in 2014. Prior to this, he received a Bachelor of Science with honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University.
He represented Canada in karate as an elite athlete since 2004 in numerous competitions including the World Championships, Pan-American Championships, North American Cup, and the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games. In 2006, he captured the gold medal and became the Jr. Pan American Champion in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles among many of his achievements.
Mr. Chung has taken various courses at the post-graduate level including his certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University. He continues to pursue advanced manual therapy training through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division. At the University of Toronto, Leivin is currently involved in teaching clinical skills with physical therapy students. He also serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students at Queen’s University.
Furthermore, Leivin is currently a medical committee member of Karate Canada and holds NCCP Competition Development certification in coaching. He integrates his academic knowledge and clinical expertise with his coaching and athletic experiences to provide the most evidence-informed rehabilitation tailored to every individual’s goals.
Andrew Conroy, Reg. PT. Grad.Dip.Phys.
Andrew graduated in the U.K. in 1987 and since 1989 has had extensive experience specializing in Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation here in Canada.
Working closely with the North York General Orthopaedic surgeons Andrew has an up-to-date and thorough knowledge of the latest surgical approaches to both upper and lower extremities and their post-operative rehabilitation. In addition, he has treated a wide range of non-surgical conditions successfully. A passionate teacher, Andrew has been an instructor in numerous community settings covering such topics as ‘Backcare and Lifting’ for Healthcare workers and the ‘Benefits of exercise’ for the Diabetic and Coronary health population. He has been a Clinical Instructor for many PT students and is a credentialed clinical instructor with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He brings this ability to educate in the clinical setting to ensure the client/patient has a thorough understanding of their condition and the approach to treatment. His constant pursuit of knowledge through the completion of numerous post-graduate courses allows the delivery of precisely targeted treatment to achieve successful outcomes for patients and the attainment of their functional goals. It is this individually tailored treatment approach, combining care with clinical experience, in a comfortable, professional manner, that enthuses Andrew in his work as a Physiotherapist.
Nicole Burling, Reg. PT, BScKin, MSc. PT. Medical Acupuncture Provider, MCPA
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University and her Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and has several years of experience in orthopaedic and sports injury rehabilitation.
Nicole has also obtained her Certification of Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and has completed her Diploma of Football (soccer) Medicine through FIFA and is working towards completing the advanced manual therapy certification from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Nicole has extensive experience working with elite athletes in strength and conditioning, sports performance training, and on-field and off-field injury prevention and management. She has also completed her yoga instructor certification and enjoys integrating yoga exercises into her physiotherapy treatment for those yoga enthusiasts.
In the clinic, Nicole uses a variety of techniques including advanced manual therapy techniques, myofascial release techniques, acupuncture, and specific exercise prescription. She looks at the body as a whole to get to the source of your pain, effectively heal the underlying pathology, and prevent a recurrence. She has a passion for engaging patients to achieve their activity related goals, whether it is to return to work-related tasks, leisure activities, high-performance sports activities, or simply everyday tasks. Nicole is an avid athlete herself and has competed at the Provincial and National Championships with the York and U of T Women’s soccer teams. She is also an outdoor enthusiast enjoying a variety of activities including hiking, mountain biking, and skiing to name a few.
John Coluccio graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University in 2016 and eagerly continues to expand his skills set to serve you better. He has taken many post-graduate courses in acupuncture, dry needling, soft tissue release, and manual therapy and is currently working towards completing the advanced manual therapy certification from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
John is passionate about helping his patients in achieving their maximum movement potential, whether it is related to sports, occupation, or lifestyle. John believes education is one of his greatest tools in empowering and inspiring his patients to take ownership of their care. Nonetheless, he utilizes a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, exercises prescription, as well as other techniques to provide his clients with an optimal treatment plan to reach their goals and to effectively deal with the source of the pain or functional limitation.
When he isn’t hard at work serving the community, John enjoys bicycling, soccer, hiking the outdoors and weight training. John also loves spending summers at the cottage and travelling around the globe.
Aparna Brahma is a Registered PT practicing in Canada since 2008. She is a certified Acupuncture provider and Pelvic health physiotherapist licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She is a dedicated member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Aparna graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from India in 2004. With the intent of having a better understanding of age-related changes in the musculoskeletal system of the human body, she decided to pursue post-graduation from Western University, London ON. Her research involved studying age-related changes with exercise in residents of Long Term Care facilities. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2007 upon which she set her foot into the private healthcare system.
In her several years of clinical experience, Aparna places patient education to be of paramount importance. She notices a positive prognosis in her patient’s health condition and steady compliance with treatments with a “patient-invested” approach. She stands by the quote “It’s never too late to start” and always encourages her patients for taking their first step towards improved quality of life no matter where the starting point is.
Aparna believes that “Learning stops when intent stops”. In her quest to continue education, she has recently completed Level 2 certification in Pelvic Health and has been providing treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence and prolapse. She has adopted a multi-factorial treatment protocol to bring a global change in her client’s health condition.
Due to the continued demand for our pelvic health program. Addressing all the concerns of pain, incontinence, and dysfunction. Aparna continues to develop her post-graduate skills in this regard. Aparna works with other practitioners to maximize the health of our clients.
Sheetal was attracted to the field of physiotherapy since Grade 12 when she saw the wonders of how physiotherapy can help heal clients, not only physically but emotionally too. Being compassionate in nature and a good listener, it seemed like a natural choice to turn to the profession of Physiotherapy. There has been no turning back since then. Sheetal received her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2002 from the University of Mumbai and worked in Mumbai in an orthopedic setting for two years. She relocated to Canada and became a registered Physiotherapist in Canada in 2005. She is an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Over the years, Sheetal enhanced her career with continuing education with various post-graduate courses including manual therapy advancement from the Orthopedic Division of the CPA, nerve mobilization, chronic pain management from APTEI, functional capacity evaluation, ART (Active Release Therapy) to name a few. Recently, she has been certified in a Vestibular Rehabilitation which includes the assessment and treatment of vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. She is also a Connect Therapy Series graduate with Dr. LJ Lee International.
She treats all age groups and uses education, soft tissue techniques, manual therapy and exercise to help her clients achieve their treatment goals. She believes in treating clients with a holistic approach and uses various tools from her skill sets to help them return to their functional activities.
In her free time, Sheetal enjoys reading, cooking and travelling with family. She likes to stay fit and practice yoga, pilates, enjoys walking, swimming and fitness classes. She believes in practicing Fitness herself as she preaches it to her clients!
Saro Minassian, Reg. PT, M. PT, MCPA
Saro is interested in continuing education for the purpose of keeping people athletic and healthy. He has also taken a keen interest in weight lifting and running injuries.
Saro believes in analyzing the “whole-body” as this will allow more insight on the underlying cause of one’s movement dysfunctions and/or discomfort. His primary areas of interest are musculoskeletal problems resulting from sports injuries, poor posture, and mechanics. Saro integrates functional movement patterns, motor control, manual therapy, and individualized exercise programs to help clients reach their health and fitness goals. He has worked with athletes of all ages at Queen’s and Trent University. During his education, Saro was involved in concussion research affecting populations from youth to elite athletes. He currently stays up to date with new research and uses an evidence-based approach to clinical practice. Saro received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & Health Sciences from York University prior to this. Saro is certified in soft tissue, mulligan techniques as well as acupuncture. He is also working towards an advanced manual therapy certification from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Shirley Fung, RMT
Registered Massage Therapy
Shirley is a Registered Massage Therapist with years of health & wellness experience, from hospital to hotel spas, doing hands-on work, management, and education training in between the two extremes. After graduating with honour from the 2200 hour Ontario massage program, she has practiced in a variety of settings, including the spa, sports club, and physiotherapy clinic. She also achieved both hospital & sports outreach certificates in addition to the required school clinic training.
After registered with CMTO as RMT, Shirley attended massage conference on a regular basis and furthered her training in pregnancy massage, Soft Tissue Release for treating tight muscle, ultrasound treatment, TMJ/jaw treatment, chair massage and has a basic knowledge of Matrix Repatterning, NISA, Chakra, Reflexology, Acupressure, and Zen Shiatsu.
True to her desire to always learn new skills and treatments in holistic wellness, Shirley’s current focus is in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. She will be sharing knowledge of Qigong and Tuina with her clients soon.
Josee Day, D. Ch.
Josee is a graduate of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences’ program in Chiropody. She is highly experienced in biomechanical analysis and in the casting of custom foot orthotics for a wide spectrum of disorders. Josee is available for onsite consultations at our clinic for assessment, prescription, and provision of custom foot orthotics. She has had great success in treating conditions ranging from Achilles tendonitis to foot pain, low back pain, and even headaches. She is a useful member of the PhysioActive team in order to prevent the recurrence of our clients’ pain and dysfunction.
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