Pat Stanziano has an extensive background across many physiotherapy disciplines. Since deciding to focus his practice on outpatient orthopedics, Pat has become certified in the McKenzie Method (MDT), a system that allows him to provide advanced diagnoses and therapeutic care for sufferers of mechanical low back and neck pain. In addition, Pat is one of only a few physiotherapists in Oakville that is (actually) a sport physiotherapist, an extensive process that Pat is very proud of due to the countless hours doing what he loves: being around athletes of all ages and skill levels in a competitive environment.
Pat is required to complete, yearly, hundreds of clinical and field hours to maintain his status as a Sport Physiotherapist. He does so by being quite involved with figure skating and Skate Canada, typically volunteering for host medical positions at events, sometimes even being tasked to be Chief Therapist. Additionally, Pat is going on his 3rd season as a member of the health support team for Skate Canada, occasionally travelling with a Canadian contingent of figure skaters to international competitions.
Pat loves his football though, in whatever manner he can get it: coaching, providing therapy, refereeing, or going to see his beloved Bills. On top of all this, and most importantly, Pat is a proud papa to a beautiful little girl and a loving husband to his very awesome and understanding wife, as you can assume she must be from all the extra-curricular volunteering that he takes on.
Since 2010, Carolina has been a member of Healthy Dancer Canada, a non for profit organization that is the Canadian leader in facilitating communication and collaboration between the dance community and health care professionals in order to enhance the health and well-being of dancers of all ages and genres. As Chair of HDC’s Dancer Screening Committee, she has pioneered the development of a Dancer Screening Tool for health professionals and dance instructors. As part of her extensive experience in performing arts medicine, Carolina has had the immense pleasure of working backstage as an on-site treatment provider for various Broadway and off-Broadway tours that travel to the GTA. In addition, she is a consultant for Canada’s prestigious Ballet Jorgen.
Carolina is MDT certified. More commonly known as the Mckenzie Method, it allows her to provide advanced and reliable musculoskeletal assessment and treatment procedures for people suffering with back, neck and extremity pain. In addition, Carolina has gained invaluable experience, and enjoys, treating post-concussion syndrome (PCS). She has furthered her education by taking many courses that treat visual and vestibular conditions resulting from PCS.
For fun, Carolina loves taking dance classes or working out at the gym. She has already fitted her precious 3-year old daughter, Isidora, with her first tutu and dance slippers. One of her favourite things to do is listen to old vinyl records and dance with Izzy and her not-so-coordinated husband. Practice makes perfect!
Petar received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Physical Therapy degree. Over the course of his education Petar has completed his final undergraduate research seminar in ACL injury prevention, and graduate research in physical activity participation of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Since completion, he has continued his education and already completed Level 1 Manual Therapy, COMPASS (clinical communication development), and Sports Emergency First Responder Certificate. He is currently working towards furthering his education in manual therapy and sports physiotherapy.
Petar has a competitive sports background in soccer and karate, and is continuously involved in youth athletic development. His final internship at Toronto FC Academy has allowed him to learn at the highest level of sports rehabilitation and performance. Alongside his passion for sports physiotherapy, Petar utilizes his understanding of exercise, manual therapy, and modalities to treat a wide variety of cases and conditions. He has experience working in post-surgical units, geriatrics, and is well equipped to treat and manage neurological and musculoskeletal injury. Petar spent some time with Holland Bloorview Concussion Clinic as well, which has also allowed him to work with some of the field’s leading experts in paediatric concussion, and reach out to communities by providing concussion education for children, parents, and coaches.
Julia is a recent graduate of the B.Sc. Kinesiology program at McMaster University. She will be the first face you see when you come in, the voice you will hear over the phone, and the person who will help us restore you to your optimal performance. She has completed many hours of volunteer work in a clinical setting, where she has had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of populations with various musculoskeletal conditions. While in her undergrad, she was the lead field therapist for the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams, where she learned to manage acute and chronic injuries. She also has a solid foundation running the Complete Concussion Management baseline testing protocol with individual athletes and with teams.
Julia has been a member of the Flamborough Soccer Club since childhood, both as a player and now, as a referee and team supporter. With the combination of her extensive athletic past and now her schooling, Julia has developed a keen interest in health, physical activity, and rehabilitation. She aspires to become a Occupational Therapist in the future.
Onika completed her Master of Human Kinetics, with a concentration in performance intervention and consultation, at the University of Ottawa. This program prepared her to facilitate the training and development of mental skills, which her clients can then use to perform more consistently at their personal best, recover more quickly from injuries, and manage their pain more effectively. These mental skills include goal setting, focus, motivation, mindfulness, imagery, stress management, and more. She is invested in the well-being of her clients, and wants to help you get back to your best as quickly as possible.
Onika grew up in the competitive dance scene in Oakville. Her familiarity with the competitive environment inspired her mission to make a difference by supporting the wellbeing and mental health of athletes across the GTA. She has her mental health first aid certificate, and is familiar with both the mental health and performance enhancement aspects of sport and recovery.
Onika’s person-centered approach as a counselor involves a balance between discussion and application. She works collaboratively with clients to create a plan for action, and offers a structure for accountability to ensure their success. All of the skills discussed in sessions are transferrable – these are skills that can help you in sport and in life.
When Onika is not working, she enjoys time spent at the cottage floating on the lake, running the trails, or sitting around a campfire with friends… she seems to be an expert in applying the relaxation skills she teaches her clients to her own life!
In his free time, Paulo enjoys working out at the gym, playing basketball, dancing, and watching television series while hanging out at home or with friends and family.
Brittany completed her undergraduate education from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed a 4-year program in Kinesiology. While in Nova Scotia she was the Lead Trainer for the University of Kings College Men’s Basketball team for 3 seasons, as well as the trainer for the Halifax Ravens Women’s AA Hockey team. In her final year, she completed an internship placement at a sports centered physiotherapy clinic where she helped to prevent and treat athletic injuries of various levels of athletes. She has also had the opportunity to cover various provincial and collegiate soccer tournaments within Nova Scotia.
Once her undergraduate education was complete Brittany moved back to Ontario where she attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College program and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Throughout the years at CMCC she completed various courses and certifications in Athletic and Clinical Taping, Soft Tissue Release Therapy, Muscle Release Therapy, Instrument Assisted Mobilization Therapy and was recently certified in Functional Integrated Acupuncture. Brittany has been a part of many sports throughout her life, but her true passion is with the Ice Hockey. Brittany played competitive boys hockey for 9 years before making the switch to female hockey for a few seasons before university. While at university, Brittany was a member of the Dalhousie University Field Hockey team for 4 seasons, all in which they made it to the AUS championships. In order to continue to be a part of the game she loves, Brittany has been working in the Ontario Junior Hockey League as a team trainer for the past 3 seasons and will be joining the Burlington Cougars Jr. A hockey club this season as a part of their medical staff. Brittany has been a part of the medical staff for various OJHL, Semi-professional and several scouting events including being chosen as a team trainer for the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup. Wanting to continue her education and love of sports Brittany will be completing the Sports Sciences Residency program with the to the Royal Chiropractic College of Sports Science (Canada).