Sari Shatil, PT, MSc
Sari Shatil, PT, MSc is a physiotherapist with a special interest in the assessment and treatment of persons with neurological dysfunction including vestibular impairment. She is the owner of Neuphysio Rehabilitation, a multidisciplinary clinic that provides in-home, in community and clinic-based physiotherapy. She holds a BSc PT from McGill University and an MSc PT from The University of Western Ontario. She has over 20 years clinical, teaching and research experience in physiotherapy. Sari has been an Associate Professor and Lecturer at The University of Western Ontario’s School of Physiotherapy for over 10 years. Sari holds a post-graduate certification in The Bobath Approach, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Visual Rehabilitation and Fit fore Golf. She is the founder of TGR, Therapeutic Golf Rehabilitation, a physiotherapy-based program to improve balance and quality of life in person living with injury and disease.
Brenda Enns, MPT
Brenda is a physiotherapist with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and paediatric care. She holds an undergraduate degree in Honours Kinesiology, BSc Kin, from the University of Waterloo where she gained a multitude of experience working in various rehabilitation and teaching facilities. Exposure to the rehabilitation process of different populations and her own experience with rehab from past soccer injuries together ignited a passion for physiotherapy. She graduated in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy, MPT, from the University of Western Ontario. She has many years of experience working with individuals who live with neurological dysfunction (stroke, acquired brain injury, concussion, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Parkinson’, Multiple Sclerosis and postural and gait dysfunction), have suffered multiple orthopedic trauma and have musculoskeletal impairments, both in the community and the clinic setting across southwestern Ontario. Brenda finds enjoyment assisting adults and children to reach their goals, bringing meaning to the rehabilitation process. Brenda holds post-graduate training in The Bobath Approach, Concussion Management, Vestibular Training, Rewalk and Keeogo exoskeleton training, Acupuncture, Fit fore Golf, and Myndmove.
Shelialah Pereira, PT, MSc, c/NDT
Shelialah Pereira, is a physiotherapist with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and pediatric physiotherapy. She holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India. She moved to Canada in 2008, to pursue further education and obtained a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Physical Therapy). Her research examined the factors affecting discharge to community after stroke rehabilitation in a severe stroke population. She has publications in journals such as Disability and Rehabilitation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Shelialah enjoys working with adults and children, with a variety of injuries such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, complex trauma and vestibular dysfunction. Her post-graduate training includes courses in the Bobath Approach, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neuroanatomical Acupuncture and Concussion management, EKSO™ and MyndMove therapy. She also holds a post graduate certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT).
Darien Lazowski-Fraher, PT, PhD
Physiotherapist and Educator
Darien is a physiotherapist and educator. She has been with the Downtown Clinic since 1996. Darien has extensive experience treating people who have problems with pain, posture, function, balance, osteoporosis, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Darien is also qualified to assess and treat Vestibular and/or Neuro-Optometric problems (for example, people with vertigo, brain injury (mTBO/stroke/tumour), car accident or other types of injury). She is licensed as an authorizer through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Mobility Devices (walkers/wheelchairs/scooters). Darien serves as a consultant on the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada, participates in clinical research, provides guest lectures for university students, postgraduate courses for physiotherapists and other health professionals, and educational sessions for the general public. Like all members of the Downtown Clinic Team, Darien can also attend with people in their home or in community health club.
Alysia Patience, PT, CAFCI
Alysia graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy, and is currently practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist with special interest in neurological rehabilitation and concussion management. She has an undergraduate Honours Bachelor degree in Health Sciences from UWO. Alysia has taken post-graduate courses to add to her treatment approach, including concussion management, Mulligan (orthopaedic) techniques, vestibular rehabilitation, MyndMove therapy, and training for the Keeogo exoskeleton. She has also completed the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association certification course and training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She has experience in multidisciplinary clinics, treating a wide variety of injuries including motor vehicle accident injuries, concussion, workplace injuries, sport injuries, and acquired brain injury. As well, Alysia has experience with individuals with developmental disabilities through coaching swimming with Special Olympics Ontario and previous roles.
Cindy Jesse, PT
Cindy Jesse completed a Physical and Health Education Degree at Queen’s University with a BA and a minor in Psychology. With an interest in sports and sports injuries, she continued her studies at The University of Toronto, with a B. Sc. in Physiotherapy. Cindy was a student Therapist for the Varsity Blues U of T football, rugby and hockey teams, while she studied at U of T for 4 years. She has also worked alongside Orthopedic Surgeons and Therapists at U of T for that time. She is certified in Advanced Matt Pilates, a Certified Personal Trainer and she did a placement at Whistler Creek Physiotherapy. She performs Acupuncture, Manual Therapy, Bio mechanical analysis, McKenzie Therapy, McConnell taping and Concussion Therapy. Cindy practices a patient-centered, evidence-based model of care. She works to correct muscle imbalances enabling clients to recover to their full functional abilities and achieve their optimal level of health and well-being.
Kris Oliveira, Ba. Bcn, CPTN
Kris Oliveira is a Manual Osteopath and Personal Trainer with a special interest in neuroscience. He holds a Diploma of Osteopathy Manual Practitioner (DOMP) from the National Academy of Osteopathy and an Honours B.a. in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of Western Ontario. He is also a certified Post Rehabilitation and Conditioning Specialist through CPTN and a member of the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada. Kris has always had an interest in anatomy, biomechanics and neuroscience. Strength training and nutrition have become a huge part of his life, aiding him to better himself and the lifestyles of others. With the knowledge attained from his Osteopathy schooling, his Personal Training certificate, and the rehabilitation training from Neuphysio, Kris brings experience and unique skills to assist in development of individual training programs and Osteopathy rehabilitation for every client who comes through the Neufit and Neuphysio doors.
Cheryl Mazak, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Cheryl is a 1996 registrant with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario with training from the D’Arcy Lane institute. Her massage therapy treatments are outcome-based focusing on work and injury-related conditions. She has gained much experience throughout the years in treating the TMJ and finds the work very rewarding.
Cheryl has put her experience working with clients to good use and has become an entrepreneur who has developed and is currently manufacturing an ergonomic device for that offers relief from the fatigue and wrist pains from mousing.
Each treatment begins with a complete written and verbal assessment, discussing the goals of treatment to customize a treatment plan that fits the individual client needs.
Amy Cooper, OTA/PTA
Amy has been in the rehabilitation field for 15 years as a PTA/OTA. She has extensive experience with community based rehab including orthopedic, spinal cord, pediatric and brain injuries. Her experience and keen interest in neuro rehab makes her and ideal fit with the Neuphysio team. She gets an immense amount of satisfaction in helping clients regain their
independence. Amy hopes to grow and gain even more knowledge by working with the team at Neuphysio the Center of Excellence.
Jessica Chaffe, HBK
Jessica graduated from Lakehead University with an interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care, Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology, Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Women’s Studies. While completing school she was working as a Fitness Instructor supervising Cardiac Rehab classes and leading shallow and deep water Aquafit programs. Jessica’s previous work experience included; Wellness Coordinator with Mitchell Community Outreach, certified Senior Fitness Instructor with the Canadian Centre for Activity & Aging. Jessica also volunteered her time with Special Olympics Basketball and Soccer. Her passion is to share her love of sports with people of all abilities. She hopes to continue her education towards a Master’s degree/PhD some day, but her goals at Neuphysio is to expand her rehabilitation knowledge while helping her clients maintain their independence and dignity.
Alex Koch, B.A. Kinesiology Rehabilitation Therapist
Alexander graduated from the German Sport University Cologne in Germany with a B.A. in Kinesiology, in which he ventured “abroad” to complete a semester at the University of Western Ontario in 2010. He moved to Canada permanently in 2012 and volunteered at Neuphysio for almost a year before starting his employment in 2014. Alex has always been interested in various sports, as well as the motor skills development and physical activity of the human body in people of all ages. In 2016, Alex began his work as a Rehabilitation Therapist for Neuphysio. He meets his clients in all kinds of different settings in the community. His passion is to improve the quality of life of those who live with a body impairment through compassion, adaptability, and, above all, positivity.
Catherine Watson, OTA/PTA
Catherine graduated from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in 2009. She has been working in the rehabilitation field with her main experience in Geriatrics. Catherine is passionate about assisting patients to obtain and maintain their activities of daily living. She plans on continuing her education and has a special interest in Acquired Brain injuries and Sensory Integration. She continues to increase her knowledge and skills daily and is very proud of being a part of an amazing team here at Neuphysio Rehabilitation, Center of Excellence.
Chelsea Wheaton, PTA
Chelsea graduated as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in West Virginia in 2015 as Valedictorian and received her PTA license that same year. She has previous experience working in an orthopaedic outpatient clinic in WV. Chelsea moved to Canada in September 2016 and started work at Neuphysio Rehabilitation in October. She has always been interested in the movement, health, and wellness of the human body and learning how to help patients get back to their previous level of functioning or improving their activities of daily living. She is excited for this opportunity to learn more about neurological functioning of the body. Chelsea has completed the introductory NDT course and is scheduled to take the intermediate course in December 2017.
Jody Nachtigall, PTA/OTA
In 2017 Jody graduated with an honors diploma as a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant. During her Internship, her main focus was with geriatrics and neurological rehabilitation. Jody’s future aspirations are to build a strong practice in her neurological rehabilitation skills and continue training around the NDT and Bobath techniques. Prior to coming to us at Neuphysio Rehabilitation Jody had a twelve year career as an Operating Room Tech at London Health Sciences Center, University Hospital. Jody worked along side the Cardiac, Orthopedics, Neurology, Urology, Plastics, Transplant, ENT, and General Medicine teams. Jody involved herself in fundraising for the orthopedic department’s Operation Walk yearly mission to Guatemala.
Parwiz Azimi, PTA
Parwiz obtained his Physiotherapy Assistant diploma in 2014 from Trios College. Parwiz’s interest in health began with his training and work as a dental assistant for the US military and Afghanistan in the late 2000s. He moved to Canada with an aspiration to continue helping those in need. He decided to make use of his years of health experience comforting/supporting patients and caregivers by becoming a Physiotherapy Assistant. Parwiz is passionate about helping people regain their physical and mental well-being. His goal is to continue his current health education.
Michelle Tomlinson, B.A Kin, R. Kin
Michelle graduated from Western University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Specialization in Kinesiology, and completed the licensing exam to become a Registered Kinesiologist. Michelle has experience working in physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics with clients of all ages and abilities. She has completed a post graduate course in rehabilitation for lower limb amputees, and has a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation. Lifelong participation in sports and physical activity helped Michelle develop a passion for human movement and function, and for helping others to regain functioning after an injury/impairment. Michelle loves to help clients recognize their own potential, and strives to make the rehabilitation experience a positive one for every client.