CENTRE FOR SPORT & RECREATION MEDICINE BE TREATED LIKE A PRO

 

Meet our Team

Jason Piekarz

President

Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)

Registered Acupuncturist R-AC

Jason completed his diploma in Sports Injury Management in 1996 from Sheridan College.

He had the privilege of working as a team therapist for The Toronto Argonauts during the 1995-2000 seasons, earning 2 Grey Cup rings along the way. After the 2000 season, with colleagues from the Argos, The CSRM came to life. Jason has managed and treated patients at the clinic since its inception. In 2009, Jason moved into an ownership position at The Centre and is leading the clinic into the future with patient care being at the forefront.

 

For the past 14 years, Jason has worked with many different athletes and performers from all levels and many disciplines. His patients include runners, dancers, field sport athletes, ice sport athletes, MVA patients, and the “Weekend Warriors”. Jason uses activity and sport-specific exercises to return patients to work or sport, and an array of manual techniques to promote healing.

 

In addition to his practice at the CSRM, Jason is also one of the medical coordinators for The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Since 2001, Jason and the CSRM - in co-operation with the Toronto Ski Patrol - has managed and provided staffing for all on-course medical supervision. In addition, Jason supervises and manages staff in the medical tent during the Waterfront Marathon, and other Canada Running Series events.

 

Jason also has a relationship with Sheridan College and York University, assisting their students with their placements, and offering guidance in the field of athletic therapy as their placement supervisor at the CSRM.

Tuan Ho

Chief Operating Officer

MSc.pt., CSCS, Acupuncture

Tuan’s journey into the world of fitness and sports training began early in high school. As a member of the wrestling and

football team, he realized the value of sport-specific training and incorporation of the SAID principle when training (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand) –that is, applying specific exercises that addresses specific weaknesses (e.g. power, strength, agility, speed, etc.) in order to enhance performance. Additionally, Tuan holds a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with experience in martial arts training and has competed in several US competitions.

 

Tuan graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and went on to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy in 2003. Tuan has had extensive experience working with patients in the hospital acute care and inpatient setting dealing with orthopaedic and cardiac post-operative care, and patients with neurological impairments as a result of strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries.

 

Since 2009 Tuan has focused his attention to sports medicine rehabilitation working with patients of various ages, background and fitness level. Tuan utilizes various modalities (ultrasound, muscle stimulation, acupuncture, shockwave therapy) but focuses on manual therapy techniques in his rehabilitation regiment. Tuan has a strong foundation in working with patient with acute and chronic low back and neck pain, and repetitive strain injuries.

 

Additionally, Tuan has been accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist since 2005 and completed the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program in 2009.

 

In 2014 and 2017 Tuan was part of the medical team for the IIHF World Junior Championship and in 2015 Tuan was proud to be a part of the medical team for the Pan Am Games, treating athletes from all over Pan America.

 

Tuan’s philosophy in rehabilitation is simple: concise assessment allows for precise detection of the root to the problem. Treating the cause and not the symptoms equates to a more effective, sustainable and speedy recovery. Incorporating strength training to weak muscles and ensuring sufficient flexibility to tight muscles will reduce the chances of future injuries. Balance and harmony, in life, is the key to healthy living. With Tuan’s diverse background, he will be able to create a tailor-made rehabilitation and fitness training program specifically for you and for your goals. Let Tuan help you achieve balance and harmony in your life.

Alison Pinto

CAT(C), MScPT, FCAMPT

Certified Athletic Therapist,

Advanced Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapist

Alison graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a

certificate in Athletic Therapy in 2008. She then completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2010. In 2015, Alison completed the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.

 

Since graduating, Alison has taken various continuing education courses, including soft tissue release, k-taping, acupuncture, and manual therapy. Alison has experience treating orthopaedic, sports, motor vehicle, and workplace injuries. Her practice incorporates a mixture of manual therapy, exercise, acupuncture, and modalities in order to reduce pain, restore function, and get patients back to their healthy and active lifestyles.

 

Alison has been on faculty with The York University Athletic Therapy Certificate Program teaching students in both the class and clinic setting. She has also volunteered on The Canadian Board of Certification of Athletic Therapists since 2011 coordinating the National Certification Exam.

 

In her spare time, Alison enjoys long-distance running and has completed 7 marathons to date, with aspirations of many exciting races ahead.

 

Dr. Greg Bell, DC.

BSc, Chiropractor, CSCS

Greg’s lifelong goal of becoming a chiropractor is literal in every sense — his inspiration began on day one of his life.

 

Born with a condition called Torticolis or wry neck, Greg’s parents performed specific stretches and movements in his tiny

neck during the first several weeks of his life to successfully even out the muscle tension. At age 16, he experienced the full process of rehabilitation post knee surgery to resolve an injury he suffered playing rep hockey. Greg was determined to return to his active lifestyle after the surgery, and in the midst of it all became motivated to help others find success in their own rehab.

 

Greg graduated from McMaster University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Physics. During university he worked as a personal trainer at the campus gym and played for the McMaster Marauders football team, where he was recognized as a Marauder Scholar for achieving high academic standing whilst a varsity athlete. His science brain had connected well with his love for physical fitness, setting the stage for his future in chiropractics with a niche in fitness- and sports-related treatments.

 

Greg graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010. Through his chiropractic education, he continued to work as a personal trainer specifically with individuals who have pre-existing injuries. Learning how unique health concerns can impact a person’s ability to live and keep active gave Greg a great understanding of individualized care. His goal was to help his clients find success in the gym despite pain and dysfunction.

 

Greg works with his patients to identify the cause(s) of acute and chronic types of injuries, reduce and eliminate pain or restrictive dysfunction through a series of tailored treatments, and strategize to improve overall health. Greg currently uses a combination of manual techniques (including spinal adjustments), modalities (such as shockwave therapy and muscle stimulation), exercise, stretching, self-care and prevention advice. His treatments focus on strengthening and resolving issues within the myofascial system (the muscles and connective tissue that stabilize the spine, support our movements and allow us to effectively perform our day-to-day activities).

 

As a certified Graston provider, Greg is able to further resolve pain as a result of myofascial restrictions with the use of stainless steel instruments. Greg treats patients with repetitive strain injuries (often due to regular computer use), athletes who experience sports-specific injuries and common injuries that accompany the aging population.

 

In the 21st century, a common challenge has risen: Keeping active in a world that due to technology has rendered the workplace to be mostly sedentary. Greg strives to successfully find ways for his patients to find this healthy balance, and live pain free.

Anastasia Clarry

RMT Registered Massage Therapist

Anastasia graduated from Georgian College, receiving a Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2011. Anastasia has experience in different clinical outreaches including sports massage; working with sports such as rugby, track and field, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and running. Anastasia provided treatment to athletes and officials at the 2015 IIHF World Junior

Hockey Championship. Anastasia will also be part of the medical team for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, providing massage to a variety of athletes.  Anastasia also has experience working with patients who have experienced work place injuries or motor vehicle accidents, as well as pre-natal massage and patients who have sustained injuries due to daily activities.

 

During her training, she has become interested in advanced soft tissue skills and biomechanics related to sport. Anastasia has a passion for the treatment and management of muscle imbalances. She believes prevention is the key to a healthy lifestyle. This includes regular corrective programming, frequent exercise and a healthy diet. As a competitive swimmer for over 10 years Anastasia is passionate about the human body and injury prevention. Currently Anastasia is working towards being a Certified Sports Massage Therapist. She has currently achieved full accreditation in soft tissue release, CPR and AED training. Anastasia is continually working to advance her skills and training.

Darryl Reid

MScPT Registered Physiotherapist

Darryl graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2010. Since graduating, he has been practicing in the private Orthopedic setting and has extensive experience in treating sport injuries, post surgical cases, work place related injuries and motor vehicle injuries. Darryl is currently the Chair of the Ontario Section of the Orthopedic Division of the CPA.

Darryl is continually striving to improve as a therapist and has taken many continuing education courses. His training includes Movement Therapy Courses, Acupuncture training with Acupuncture Canada, and Manual Therapy with the Orthopedic Division of Canada. He successfully challenged the Intermediate Exam of the Orthopedic Division in 2015 and is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy through the CPA.

 

Over the past three years Darryl has developed a special interest in treating patients with dizziness and balance issues. He has treated many patient experiencing inner ear problems including positional vertigo and vestibular weakness. His training as a Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapist includes successful completion of “Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency Based Course” at Emory University in Atlanta.

 

In his free time Darryl enjoys travelling with his family and experimenting in the kitchen. Darryl is an avid golfer and enjoys treating golfers of all stripes. He enjoys playing baseball, hockey, running and cycling.

Bram van Bommel

RMT Registered Massage Therapist

SMTcc Sports Registered Massage Therapist Candidate

Bram is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Centennial College’s 3 year Advanced Diploma Massage Therapy program. Bram is in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and is also a member of the

Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario (RMTAO).

Bram’s focus in Massage Therapy is to help people achieve their goals through treatment that is collaborative, educational, and effective. His own experiences with sports-related injuries have led him to continually seek out techniques and strategies that can help others prevent injury and better recover from their sport-related injuries. He uses his assessment skills to help athletes, of any level, proactively recognize their personal areas of strength & weakness in order to pursue training programs that prevent typical sport-related injuries in the future. This ensures that athletes are able to perform at optimal levels for the greatest length of time. Having played sports for a number of years at very competitive levels, Bram understands the benefits of Massage Therapy and is able to bring them to people who need rehabilitation and maintenance in order to achieve their own personal best at an amateur or professional level.

Bram joined the medical team for the Toronto Argonauts in 2015 and was part of the medical team during the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Bram also has experience working with a variety of patients who have experienced motor vehicle accidents, work place injuries, overuse injuries, and general tension & stress.

In treatment, Bram uses a variety of techniques to achieve the best results for the ultimate goal of the patient. The techniques include Swedish massage, pre/post sports massage, K-Tape, rhythmic and joint mobilizations, deep tissue, trigger point release, PNF and passive stretching, myofascial release, and lymphatic drainage. Bram is trained in Functional Range Release (FR Spine) and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC).  Bram is also a Sports Registered Massage Therapist Candidate (SMTcc), and has his First Responder. Bram continues to advance his education by taking regular courses to improve upon the strong foundation he has created for himself.

 

Linda Kim, BHK, D.Ch.

Chiropodist

Linda earned her Bachelors of Human Kinetics, Movement Science degree in 2008 from University of Windsor. From there, she made her way to Toronto to continue her education at George Brown College and went to receive her Diploma in

Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician program in 2010. Linda worked as an orthotic technician for two years, fabricating orthotic devices. During this time, her desire to interact and practice clinically in health care grew. This led her to embark on her studies in Chiropody in 2012.  She received her Graduate Advanced Diploma in Chiropody in 2015 from the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

 

Since graduating, she has received her certification in Active Release Techniques in February 2016. She also completed training in acupuncture and dry needling in both the introduction and lower extremity course with the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute.

 

Linda is a member of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists.

Marcia Bowers

Receptionist

Contact Marcia by email

 

Marcia is our receptionist at the Yonge and Lawrence location.  She graduated with Honours from the Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCAD) and has done some improv and theatre arts in the past. She has mastered the technique of a warm and welcoming personality, and will put a smile on your face at each visit!

Barbara Steele

Office Manager

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Barbara has been with the clinic since 2002. In addition to being the smile that welcomes you to the clinic, she runs the clinic efficiently and effortlessly. She is committed to working with the CSRM team to ensure that all patients feel comfortable and cared for.

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