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Laurie McLaughlin founded ProActive Health in 2010 as a Centre of Rehabilitation Excellence. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team of therapists is dedicated to delivering the highest quality professional care to our patients.

We are leaders in rehabilitation treatment. Laurie is an internationally respected expert in her field and is widely sought-after as a lecturer, educator and trainer. Most members of our team have graduate-level qualifications or advanced certifications. We are all committed to life-long learning and professional excellence.

Each therapist brings different skills, strengths and experience to our practice. Our collaborative, team-based approach allows us to draw on our specialized knowledge to deliver outstanding results for our patients.

The ProActive Advantage

  • Patient-centred approach – Our patients are our first priority. We are committed to understanding your health care needs and providing you with a rewarding experience based on patience, compassion and mutual respect.
  • Individualized, one-on-one care – At every appointment, we focus all of our time and attention on your needs so that you get the best results from your treatment. We never double book.
  • Clinically-proven results – We integrate excellent therapeutic skills with best practices and evidence-based therapies to support rapid, long-lasting healing and pain relief.
  • Innovative treatments – We stay current with scientific research and technological advancements in our field and are continually expanding our treatment options to provide you with the very best of care.
  • Life-long wellness – We will empower you with the skills and training to take control of your recovery and your health. We will teach you how to live, work and play safely so you can prevent future injuries and stay active for life.
  • We respect your time – We know that you have many demands on your schedule. We keep our appointments prompt and focused, so you can count on rapid, effective treatment that gets you on your way and back to normal as quickly as possible.

opencare-winnerOur Clinic

Situated in the heart of Oakville’s bustling Kerr Village, ProActive Health is centrally located, with convenient access by car or transit. All of our treatment rooms are clean, comfortable and
completely private.

We use sophisticated technology and innovative diagnostic tools to support our treatments. We also provide a large, well-equipped exercise space for supervised training and strengthening. Our modern clinic is relaxed and inviting and has been carefully designed to promote healing and recovery. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

laurieLaurie McLaughlin

PT, DSc, FCAMPT, CMAG, MCPA

Laurie McLaughlin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University and completed a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at Andrews University in Michigan in 2007. She received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy with distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and continues to advance her skills through professional learning. A strong advocate of continuing education, Laurie has developed and taught courses nationally and internationally on topics such as manual therapy, spinal manipulation, myofascial management, and breathing assessment/treatment. Her role as an instructor, examiner and, ultimately, a chief examiner of the Canadian orthopaedic system has influenced and inspired physiotherapists across Canada.

Breaking New Ground

After several years in practice, Laurie recognized that certain patients did not improve with traditional treatment. She noticed that many of these poor responders were also poor breathers. Realizing that there was limited research available on the importance and effects of altered breathing, she focused her doctoral studies on the importance of identifying and managing dysfunctional breathing. Laurie’s insightful research and investigations have raised awareness of the whole body effects of poor breathing in the health care community and have been published in journals and textbooks. Laurie is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University and is on faculty with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in the United States. She is a member of the HaNSA (Head and Neck, Shoulder, Arm) Research Team, the Spine Expert Panel for the Ministry of Health and is one of the few non-surgeon members accepted into the Canadian Spine Society. She also served as Chief Examiner for Canada, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division from 1999-2005.

brettDr. Brett Dunlop

BASc, MD, FRCS(C) Dr.

Dunlop is an orthopaedic surgeon with degrees in both mechanical engineering and medicine. He has devoted a large part of his 30 year surgical career to adult back-related problems.

After his residency in Orthopaedics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Dunlop spent a fellowship year in Spine and Trauma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He was then a McLaughlin Fellow in Spinal Surgery and Spinal Research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Polytechnique of Central London, in the UK.

Dr. Dunlop has a continuing research interest in spine care and soft tissue trauma and has presented his work nationally and internationally.

As a former Residency Program Director of Orthopaedics at McMaster University, Dr. Dunlop is keenly interested in on-going education of medical professionals and patients. Dr. Dunlop is currently a staff surgeon at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and the former Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University.

rebeccaRebecca Hamel

B.Kin(Hons), MScPT, CAFCI

Rebecca has advanced skills in Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) and draws on her deep knowledge of core training to help patients relieve low back pain, increase fitness performance and prevent future injuries. An expert in abdominal rehabilitation, Rebecca has a special interest in working with women during and after their pregnancies to build core strength and treat Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (separation of the abdominal wall during pregnancy).

Rebecca particularly enjoys working with seniors and has developed exercise programs and therapies to help them live healthy, active and independent lives. She also specializes in rehabilitation programs that support a rapid recovery after minor strokes, surgeries, joint replacements and other health issues. Committed to a holistic treatment approach, Rebecca combines a variety of therapies with prescribed exercise to achieve optimal results. One of her treatment priorities is to help patients get in touch with their posture, body alignment and core muscles to improve overall health, mobility and performance.

Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, earning an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology with a Minor in Gerontology in 2008. She then went on to achieve her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2010, where she was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for both years of her studies.

Since graduating, Rebecca has worked in multidisciplinary clinical environments, successfully treating individuals with a wide range of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Dedicated to continuing education, she has been certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and has advanced training in orthopaedic manual therapy, myofascial release, breathing evaluation and management with Capnography, Real Time Rehabilitative Ultrasound, and core training and rehabilitation. Rebecca is trained in the Integrated Systems Model (Diane Lee & LJ Lee 2007) of whole body assessment and integrative treatment, and is a teaching assistant to Diane Lee on several courses involving this Model.

harshanHarsharn Gill

MScPT, CAFCI, CG.IMS

Harsharn Gill graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She then went on to the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Master of Physiotherapy in 2011.

She is always eager to learn and improve her knowledge base and clinical skills! She is certified in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She also continued her training in orthopaedic conditions through a variety of courses including her Level 2 Upper and Lower Quadrant of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Furthermore, she has completed the Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) course.  Recently she has been furthering her skills in core and motor retraining, including the use of real-time ultrasound imaging to detect core musculature activity.

Harsharn is also conversant in both English and Punjabi.

anitaAnita Gross

PT, MSc, FCAMPT

Anita Gross is a clinician, a researcher and an educator. She is an orthopaedic manipulative physical therapist (OMPT). She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy from Curtain University, and Masters in Design, Measurement and Evaluation from McMaster University. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University and coordinates the OMPT field of study. She is also a lecturer at Western and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association –Orthopaedic Division. Her clinical work focuses on the TMJ, neck and spine care.

She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) and sat on the executive committee and the Canadian representative to the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists from 2004 to 2016. She coordinates two research groups: 1) the Cervical Overview Group, a group that conducts and maintains 11 Cochrane and 4 other systematic reviews on neck pain and 2) the Head and Neck, Arm, Hand Research Group. She has 120 peer reviewed publications, has been Principal/co-investigator on 30 grants and has been an invited speaker at 20 international conferences. She supports two open access knowledge to action tool kits on the wiki site: Physiopaedia. She was an invited member to closed international conference Australia Whiplash 2011, the APTA Neck Care Guidelines committee, the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario, authorized acts advisory sub-groups on manipulative physiotherapy in 2010 and competency profile development group member for College of Physiotherapists of Alberta in 2007.

In her free time, Anita enjoys gardening, canning, skiing, hiking, and singing for the Canadian Croatian Choral Society in Toronto.

michaelMichael Addison

Pilates Instructor

A certified instructor since 1997, Michael has studied under Pilates masters such as Ron Fletcher, Karen Carlson and Diane Miller, and is still a student with renowned instructor Sagrario Castilla. Michael describes Pilates as a unique form of exercise that teaches overall body awareness and builds long, lean muscles. He practices with a rehabilitative focus as well as supporting daily function through exercise. Prior to his Pilates career, Michael was a design draftsman for Boeing aircraft.

matthewMatthew Hustler

B.Kin. (Hons), RMT

Matthew has completed studies in Kinesiology, General Swedish Massage, Advanced Soft Tissue Release and Structural Myofascial Release. He has worked collaboratively in physical rehabilitation establishments since January 2002 where he has aided clients experiencing various physical limitations. Matthew is an avid runner and duathlete competing at various levels. His athletic training provides a helpful insight to many sports injuries.. Don’t Wait!

cherylCheryl Corry

B.Sc. (Hons), RD

As a Registered Dietitian, Cheryl provides trustworthy, evidence-based nutrition advice. She has several years’ experience providing nutrition counselling for weight loss, heart health, digestive concerns, diabetes and more. Cheryl provides personally tailored nutrition care plans to help her clients achieve their health goals and improve their overall well-being. Please contact Cheryl directly to book an appointment.

Tel:  289-529-0339
E-mail:  Cheryl.corry@nutritionpathway.com
Website:  www.nutritionpathway.com
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sandiSandi McLay

Pilates and Fitness Instructor

After graduating from the Commerce Program at McMaster University in 2013, Sandi set out into the corporate world to learn the skills and knowledge to excel in the marketing and sales world. It wasn’t until a knee injury from running that made Sandi discover her passion for Pilates. It was a great source of rehab for her; not only did Pilates help recover her knee injury but she also noticed benefits elsewhere such as improved balance and core strength, increased flexibility and better posture. Sandi decided to dedicate her career to the practice after witnessing its great benefits firsthand. 

 

In 2016, Sandi became Pilates-certified and began teaching across multiple locations in with a diverse range of clients. Her most recent experience included heading the Pilates and Yoga department at a fitness club. When it comes to her clients care, Sandi is always keen on creating the most effective programming while making her clients feel comfortable. Previous instructors and clients would say she thoughtfully challenges the bodies while bringing enthusiasm and positive energy into her sessions.

 

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