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Rehab Therapists / Consultants

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Andrew Montecastro - Rehabilitation Therapist

R. Kin, SSC, FMT, FAKTR

Andrew Montecastro completed his Bachelors of Science Degree in Sports Science from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and continued his education by successfully completing and passing the Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through International Sports Science Association and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab through MSK-Plus. He is registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and team Kinesiologist for a professional lacrosse team.

 

Andrew is a rehabilitation therapist who has extensive experiences working with individuals with catastrophic impairments such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cords injuries and chronic pain. Andrew’s scope of practice includes strength and conditioning, exercise program assessment and planning, gait training, exercise prescription, ergonomic and biomechanic approaches, activities of daily living, assistive devices education and implementation, community reintegration, cognitive and behavioural reactivation, adjustment to injury, educational assistance and hydrotherapy.

Andrew lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is dedicated to servicing the needs of clientele in the West GTA area.

 

Angela Calvert - Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, B.Sc.Kin

Angela Calvert is a Rehabilitation Therapist for Rehab First. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Honours Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo where she specialized in Biomechanics. She is also a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. Angela has experience performing functional abilities evaluations, ergonomic evaluations, physical demands analysis, post-offer employment testing, work hardening programs, in home assessments, and developing exercise rehabilitation programs.


As a Rehab Therapist at Rehab First, Angela works one-on-one with clients providing both cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy in clinical and community settings. She also has expertise in hydrotherapy and teaching job safe practices and safe lifting mechanics. Angela provides services within the Greater Toronto Area and the Barrie Area.


Christi Zruna – Manager, Account Management Group & Rehabilitation Consultant

B.H.K., (Honours)

Dedicated to the needs of clients who reside in the Hamilton/Niagara region, Christi brings a wealth of experience in both clinical and disability management services to Rehab First. Her casework encompasses short and long term disability claims, injuries sustained from motor vehicle collisions and chronic pain.


Christi’s areas of expertise include wellness and exercise programming, vocational rehabilitation, case management services, housekeeping and home maintenance assessments, ergonomic and job site analyses and functional abilities evaluations. An Honours Kinesiology graduate of the University of Windsor, she is a long standing Certified Kinesiologist with the Ontario Kinesiology Association.

 

Darcie Gill – Rehabilitation Therapist

B.A., R.Kin

Darcie (Darshpal) Gill completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Specialized Honours Kinesiology & Health Sciences from York University, and later completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology. With over 10 years of experience as a Kinesiologist, Darcie has worked extensively within physical rehabilitation settings, with experience in Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA), Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB), and private healthcare. She continues to be an active member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association and is registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.


Darcie is a rehabilitation therapist at Rehab First Inc., who has extensive experiences working with individuals with catastrophic impairments such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and chronic pain. Darcie’s scope of practice includes musculoskeletal assessment, functional capacity evaluation and physical demands analysis, quality assurance review for extensive medical reports, developing and implementing exercise programs for individuals with physical disabilities, exercise program assessment and planning, ambulation and gait training, exercise prescription, ergonomic approaches, activities of daily living, assistive devices education and implementation, hydrotherapy and personal training. She is fluent in both English and conversational Punjabi.

 

Jennifer Bruin - Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, B.H.K.

Jennifer Bruin is a Registered Kinesiologist who obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Honors Movement Science) from the University of Windsor. Jennifer is a member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association. She has previous experience working in long term care facilities. Jennifer has joined the Windsor team of Rehab First Inc.

 

Jennifer Pollock

R.Kin, (Honours) B.Sc. HK

Jennifer Pollock graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2006. Jennifer is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and a professional member with the Ontario Kinesiology Association. Jennifer has also completed Level 1 Training through the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA).


Jennifer has extensive experience working with clients from varying populations and therapeutic environments including, long term health care facilities/retirement homes, physiotherapy clinics, and fitness centres. Jennifer has experience assisting clients with activities of daily living, developing and implementing exercise programs for individuals with a variety of physical abilities, therapeutic taping, proper therapeutic modality use, and developing and implementing work hardening and hydrotherapy programs. Jennifer provides physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy to clients in London and the surrounding areas who have suffered injury or disability as a result of motor-vehicle collisions, workplace accidents or illness with the goal of helping clients reach their maximum functional potential.

 

Jeremy Hall - Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, (Honours)

Jeremy Hall obtained his Kinesiology Degree from Brock University and obtained a post-graduate diploma in Exercise Science for Health and Performance from Niagara College. Jeremy has a wealth of experience providing rehabilitation therapy to clients with acquired brain injuries including physical rehabilitation and cognitive therapy. He also has experience treating shoulder and ankle injuries, providing exercise programs for seniors, and leading exercise programs for healthy individuals. Jeremy will be seeing clients in St. Catharines and Niagara regions.

 

Kal Karim - Rehabilitation Therapist 

Kin, B.A. (Honours) Kin 

Kal obtained his Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A honours and is  working in the field of physical exercise and therapy. Kal has a wealth of experience in providing therapeutic programming to clients with an acquired brain and cognitive disability. Kal also has experience working in a geriatric settings providing care to seniors and patients with strokes. Kal will be seeing clients in London and surrounding areas.

  

Kara Grills - Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, B.A (Honours) Kin

Kara graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Honors Specialization Kinesiology and Major Psychology. Kara is a registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and a professional member with the Ontario Kinesiology Association.


Kara has extensive experience working with clients from varying populations and in various therapeutic environments including: long term health care facilities/retirement homes, physiotherapy clinics, fitness centres, and chronic pain clinics. Kara has experience in: developing and implementing exercise programs for individuals with a variety of cognitive and physical abilities, therapeutic taping, proper therapeutic modality use, developing and implementing work hardening programs, and developing programs to treat lower back and neck pain. As a Rehabilitation Therapist with Rehab First Inc., Kara provides physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy to clients in London and the surrounding areas who have suffered injury or disability as a result of motor-vehicle collisions, workplace accidents or illness.

 

Katherine Nadon - Rehabilitation Therapist

R. Kin, PTS, M.Sc. Kin, B.Sc. Kin

Katherine Nandon is a Registered Kinesiologist who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Laurentian University in Sudbury. She also completed the Athletic Therapy Certificate while completing her Masters of Science in Kinesiology from York University. She has previous experience working in long term care, as well as family health team settings. Katherine has experience working with all age groups but has a special interest with the older adult population.


Katherine VanderGaag - Senior Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, OTA & PTA, B.A. Kin (Honours)

Katherine Vander Gaag completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and continued her education by attending the Mohawk College Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program, in which she completed 600 practical placement hours. She continues to be active member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association and is registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.


Katherine is a Senior rehabilitation therapist at Rehab First Inc., who has extensive experiences working with individuals with catastrophic impairments such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cords injuries, amputations and chronic pain. Katherine’s scope of practice includes developing and implementing exercise programs for individuals with physical disabilities, mental illnesses and neurological disorders, exercise program assessment and planning, ambulation and gait training, exercise prescription, ergonomic approaches, activities of daily living, assistive devices education and implementation, community reintegration, cognitive and behavioural reactivation, adjustment to injury, educational assistance, hydrotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding.


Katherine lives in Brantford, Ontario and is dedicated to servicing the needs of clientele in the Central Ontario region in addition to the London area.

 

Kristine Dunn

R.Kin, B.Sc.Kin

Kristine Dunn is a Rehabilitation Therapist for Rehab First. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Honours
Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and a professional member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association.  Kristine has experience performing functional abilities evaluations, physical demands analysis, developing and implementing work hardening programs and developing exercise rehabilitation programs. As a Rehab Therapist at Rehab First, Kristine works one-on-one with clients providing both cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy in clinical and community settings.  Kristine provides services within the Barrie Area.

 

Martyna Bialas - Rehabilitation Therapist

Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist Assistant

 

Martyna Bialas completed her Occupational Therapist / Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma with Honours from Humber College, where she took a strong interest in the mental health and cognitive aspects of treatment. Her experiences vary from geriatric populations to adults with multiple diagnoses. Her most recent experience at St John’s Rehab in Toronto demonstrated her ability to be flexible between different populations, amongst which included musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and oncological conditions.

 

Her dual training in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, has allowed her to develop physical, but also psychosocicial, and cognitive therapy skills. As a Rehabilitation Therapist at Rehab First, she hopes to assist people in attaining their goals, not limited to activities of daily living, strengthening and conditioning, and general well-being. Martyna’s services will be delivered in London and surrounding areas.

 

Mitra Shafaei, Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, M.Sc

Mitra is a Rehabilitation Therapist at Rehab First, serving the GTA. She holds a Bachelor of Science program in physical education at the Azad University of Iran, Central Tehran and Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, with specialization in Biomechanics. Mitra has been registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario since 2013 and a professional member of the Ontario Kinesiology Association since 2006. Mitra is experienced in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations, design and delivery of work conditioning and work hardening programs, functional assessments, as well as developing therapeutic and rehabilitation exercise programs. She is also experienced at offering Post-Offer Employment Testing (POET) assessments, job coaching, hydrotherapy and education on body mechanics. Mitra is a Cancer Exercise Specialist.

 

As a Rehab Therapist at Rehab First, Mitra works one-on-one with clients providing both cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy in clinical and community settings. She has experience working with a variety of populations including those who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, as well as geriatric populations with conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Mitra is bi-lingual, fluent in English and Persian/ Farsi.

 

 

Sabrina Metzger-Doyle – Rehabilitation Therapist

BSc., R.KIN

Sabrina has been providing healthcare services including therapeutic exercise prescription and programming, exercise supervision, work hardening/conditioning programs and ergonomics assessments in a private clinic, community health center, retirement home, fitness facility and manufacturing facilities. Sabrina has been involved in rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of clients with acute and chronic diseases and disorders including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease, pre/post- surgical procedures (e.g. joint replacement, limb amputation, cancer). Sabrina thrives on instigating participative leadership to establish exceptional client-centered care and she engages in educational opportunities to ensure continuous professional development.

 

Sara Potter - Rehabilitation Therapist

R. Kin, H.B. Kin 

Sara Potter graduated from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and a minor in Sociology. She then went on to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Professional Kinesiology. Sara is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and a professional member with the Ontario Kinesiology Association.

 

Sara has experience in private rehabilitation and strength and conditioning settings. Sara provides rehabilitation services within the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

 

Stefan F. Pingel – Rehabilitation Therapist



R. Kin, B.A (Honours)

Stefan graduated from York University in 2014. He has since had the privilege and opportunity to aid in the recovery of various populations. With over four years of clinical practice and two years in long-term care, Stefan’s experience ranges from geriatrics, to sport injuries, to work-related injuries and motor vehicle collisions. This experience has allowed him to familiarize himself with physical demand analyses, functional abilities evaluations, ergonomic assessments, and post-offer of employment testing.


Stefan’s key strength lies in the prescription, development, education, and execution of exercise programs inclusive of chronic pain and work hardening programs. Stefan also has experience in the application of modalities, therapeutic taping, and is certified in First Aid.


Stefan is a currently registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. He is affiliated with the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance and is a standing member of the Ontario Association of Kinesiologists. Stefan is proud to service clients in the Barrie and surrounding area.

 

Sufyan Saikh - Rehabilitation Therapist

R.Kin, CEP

Sufyan is a Registered Kinesiologist, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Personal Trainer with experience in Active Rehabilitation, Healthy Lifestyle Management, Nutrition and Personal Training. He has attained his Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and graduated from the Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management diploma program at Humber College, where he developed a comprehensive understanding of rehabilitation, work hardening, functional abilities evaluations, as well as creating and implementing exercise programs. Sufyan has experience working in a private clinic, on sports teams, in a retirement and long term care home, as a physical education teacher, and at fitness facilities. He has experience building exercise programs for orthopaedic, metabolic, cardiovascular and cognitive injuries/illnesses. Sufyan will be providing rehabilitation therapy services at Rehab First within the GTA and Durham Region.

 


 

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