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 Enns, PT 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 rehabilitation 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 over 5 years experience working with individuals who live with neurological dysfunction (stroke, acquired brain injury, 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. With an avid interest in golf as a leisure activity and her passion for neurological physiotherapy, Neuphysio is the perfect fit for Brenda. Brenda holds post-graduate certifications in The Bobath Approach, Acupuncture, Fit fore Golf, and Myndmove.
Shelialah Pereira, PT, MSc
Shelialah Pereira, PT, MSc is a physiotherapist with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and concussion management. She holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree, BPT, from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. She moved to Canada to pursue further education and obtained a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Physical Therapy). Her thesis focused on 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. She has post-graduate training in the Bobath (NDT) Approach, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Neuroanatomical Acupuncture, and EKSO™ training.
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 Van Hemmen, MPT, CAFCI
Alysia graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2012 with a Masters of Physical Therapy, and is currently practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist. 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, soft tissue release, and Mulligan (orthopaedic) techniques. She has also completed 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. Alysia enjoys being active outside of work, including playing volleyball and coaching swimming with Special Olympics Ontario, and strives to help others get back to their goals and activities.
Meagan Smith, MPT
Meagan Smith, PT, is a physiotherapist with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, concussion management and geriatric care. She holds an undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition, BSc, from Western University where she gained a passion for health and fitness. She graduated in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy, MPT, from Western University. She has experience working with individuals who live with neurological dysfunction (stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Guillain-Barré syndrome, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy), who have suffered musculoskeletal injury, and has worked with all age groups from pediatric to geriatric. Her research project focused on the effects of group therapy for individuals who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. Meagan has post-graduate training in concussion management. Meagan is passionate about working with individuals to help them achieve their goals and gain back their independence.
Kris Oliveira, Ba. Bcn, CPTN
Rehabilitation Therapist, Personal Trainer
Kris Oliveira is a certified Personal Trainer/Rehabilitation Therapist with a special interest in neuroscience. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization Degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience. Kris is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, holds certifications in Bone-Fit and Post-Rehabilitation. He has an interest in hockey, volleyball, and golf and also plays competitive soccer. Strength training and nutrition is relative not only in his job but has also became a huge part of his life. With the knowledge he has obtained from his education and love for physical fitness, Kris is positive and confident in helping clients with their rehabilitation process.
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.
Hai Nguyen, BHsc
Hai graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2011. Since then, his work experience included; website design, anatomy animation, and research positions. He has been working as Physiotherapy Aide where he developed special interest in Long Term Care and Geriatrics. He is currently continuing his education at The Canadian Healthcare Association in hopes to take on a Managerial/Administrator role. Hai is determined to help the Neuphysio team to the fullest extent of his abilities with a genuine goal to help others.
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
Alexander graduated from the German Sport University Cologne in Germany with a B.A. in Kinesiology, while also finishing a semester of exchange 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 and the motor skills development and physical activity of the human body in people of all ages. His passion is to help and improve the quality of life of those who live with a body impairment, to the highest extend possible. Alex is working hard to gain experience in the field of Physiotherapy to eventually use his knowledge towards a Master’s program in the same field.
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.
Eric Cho, B.A.
Post Rehab Trainer
Eric Cho is a rehabilitation therapist and personal trainer. He graduated from Western University with a B.A. Honours specialization in Kinesiology. Eric’s interests are in physical rehabilitation, physiology and human biomechanics.
Eric has been active with sports and activities his whole life. He has recently been involved with snowboarding, rock climbing and strength-training. Eric comes to Neufit with years of experience in physical rehabilitation, aqua-fitness and athletic therapy. With his knowledge and passion in healthcare, he will be able to develop a specific program for each person’s needs. Eric is passionate to work with every client to reach their goals that come into Neufit!