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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!

    Laurie 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.

    Dr. Brett Dunlop

    BASc, MD, FRCS(C) Dr.

    Dr. Brett 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.

    Rebecca 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.

    Anita 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.

    Tess Kruspe

    PT, BSc, MSc PT

    Tess joins the ProActive Health team with unique expertise in pelvic health physiotherapy, having completed multiple levels of training. Pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialized field of physiotherapy that involves the assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles, along with surrounding tissues and joints. You might benefit from pelvic health physiotherapy if you experience pelvic pain, urinary leakage or urgency, prolapse, pain with sex, and/or constipation.

    Tess’s completion of her Master of Physiotherapy, supplemented by her BSc in Human Kinetics and additional training, informs her individualized treatment plans using hands-on and functional exercise-based rehab. Tess has been further trained in manual therapy, soft tissue release, and vestibular rehabilitation. Years in competitive sport has piqued her interest in sports-related injuries and women’s health as well. She has experience working with individuals of various ages, backgrounds and injuries, and enjoys tailoring her treatment approach for each individual to best fit their lifestyle.

     

    Neha Chopra

    PT, BSc, MSc

    Neha graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from McMaster University. Later, she received a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from University of Toronto in 2007. She is currently working towards completing her second Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. She has successfully completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy examinations at McMaster University. She is involved in various teaching/tutoring opportunities along with participating in rehabilitation research at McMaster University. In addition to clinical practice, she works as an examiner for Physiotherapy National Examination with Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy. She is also an assessor for College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

    Neha has specialized in the area of orthopaedic physiotherapy for over 13 years working with multidisciplinary teams through private practice. Neha also has advanced education in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation and has been treating such disorders for last 9 years. She works in collaboration with medical teams, allied health professionals, and insurance companies. Neha offers a patient-centred approach with individualized, one-on-one care plan. She combines excellent therapeutic skills with best available evidence-based practice to achieve fast, long-lasting relief and healing.

     

    Michael 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.

    Matthew 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!

    Cheryl 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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