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As essential health care workers, we continue to remain open for in person visits 

One to One Care

This is just one of the things that differentiates RISE physio from other clinics in the Shelburne, Ontario area.  Your initial assessment, and each subsequent visit is spent 1 to 1 with your physio - whether receiving hands on care, practicing and learning therapeutic exercises, or receiving a needling treatment.

 

At RISE, we believe physiotherapy should be individualized and focused.  This involves a thorough assessment, followed by the development of a tailored treatment plan.  We believe in involving each client in the development of their treatment goals, and that clients must be active in their rehabilitation to ensure progress.

Meet the RISE Physio & Wellness Team
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Kathy Thompson
Registered Physiotherapist
FCAMPT, CIDN
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Michelle Vanderpol
Registered Physiotherapist
FCAMPT
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist


*CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE*

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Alexandra Caramete
Registered Physiotherapist
FCAMPT, CIDN
Vestibular Rehabilitation


*CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE*

Miranda Thomas
Registered Physiotherapist

Kathy is a caring and skilled Physiotherapist.  She is the founder of RISE Physio.  

Kathy graduated with her Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario.  Upon graduation, she attended The University of Toronto's Physiotherapy program.  Since graduation, she has worked at three of the leading physiotherapy clinics in the communities she has lived in.  A recent move after the birth of her son brought her to the town of Orangeville, where she now resides with her family.  Her decision to open a clinic in Shelburne, Ontario was driven by her desire to provide 1 to 1 physiotherapy services to residents in a growing community.

Since graduation, Kathy has completed a number of post-graduate courses.  In 2015 she achieved her Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy, and in 2016 became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy.  In 2017, she achieved her Certification in Integrated Dry Needling.  Most recently, Kathy has completed training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.

Kathy is a registered Mentor and Instructor of other physiotherapists in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Orthopaedic Division manual therapy diploma program.

Kathy enjoys leading an active lifestyle.  She has completed a number of endurance races including Ironman Triathlons, and The Boston Marathon.  Her favourite past time and way to stay active, however, is playing with and chasing after her young kids. 

Michelle is an experienced and highly qualified Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. With a passion for learning, her vast portfolio of continuing education courses reflects her highly skilled Assessment and Treatment practices.  Michelle’s ongoing mantra- Treat the whole person.

Michelle graduated from Queens University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2012.

Michelle’s passion for education led her down two paths simultaneously. She recognized a need for improved assessment and treatment of various pelvic health disorders for both men and women. As a result, she immersed herself in numerous courses to ensure clients are met with the highest standard of care for individuals with Pelvic Health Concerns. She is now also an instructor for Pelvic Health Solutions, a company dedicated to the education of health care practitioners in the area of Pelvic Health.

Furthermore, Michelle also streamlined into a higher level of training in Orthopaedics. In 2017, after numerous courses, she attained her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy.

Whether your concerns are pelvic health in nature, chronic low back pain, ongoing knee instability, or anything in between; Michelle is highly qualified to meet your needs and always up to the task.

When Michelle isn’t working she is often enjoying the great outdoors alongside her favourite people- her husband Ross, daughter Leonie and dog Keelo.

Alexandra is a compassionate, and greatly experienced Physiotherapist. Alex’s health care journey began at York university where she completed her Honours Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology. She later graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 2012.

Alexandra’s unending thirst for knowledge drove her towards post graduate courses. She completed the McMaster University Medical Acupuncture Program in 2013. Striving to differentiate herself as a practitioner and help a specialized population, Alex pursued advanced training in managing Dizziness related issues through Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has significant experience in the diagnosis and treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular hypo function and post concussion management.  Alex has successfully completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2018 and is a CAMPT Certified Physiotherapist. In 2019 she also became certified in integrated dry needling. 

Alex’s philosophy is an integrated, patient specific approach  to treatment. She loves to combine the various modalities in her toolkit! Her treatments marry the use of hands-on manual and manipulative therapy, acupuncture/dry needling, cupping, and targeted active exercise programs to successfully treat the spine, vertigo, dizziness and concussions as well as peripheral  orthopaedic conditions. 

Outside of work, Alex is a proud die hard Raptors fan! She’s always ready to chat sports. She loves to keep active with weight training. Alex currently resides in Tottenham with her hubby, golden-doodle fur child Maggie and baby girl Amelia.

Miranda is a passionate and dedicated orthopaedic physiotherapist. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program in 2018 after completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Brock University, where she received the distinguished student award for the highest academic average. Since then, she has completed courses in soft tissue release and K-taping. Miranda is in the process of obtaining her diploma of

advanced manual and manipulative therapy.

Miranda provides a thorough physiotherapy assessment, and that attention to detail allows her to create an individualized treatment program that focuses on deceasing pain, gaining mobility and increasing strength. Miranda’s top priority is helping you to meet your functional goals. She uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, personalized exercise prescription and education to help you understand your body and enable active participation in your healing.

Miranda was a National level Irish Dancer for 15 years which has fuelled her passion for orthopaedics and manual therapy. Outside of the clinic you will find her exercising, cooking, camping or skiing. But what Miranda enjoys most is talking about healthcare with her husband (who is a paramedic) and hanging out with her toddler and preschooler!

Miranda Lee
Resident Physiotherapist

Miranda is an empathetic and caring Resident Physiotherapist. Miranda’s love for physiotherapy began when she was just 10 years old, following a sports injury that caused her to see her own physiotherapist. Miranda attended the University of Guelph-Humber where she completed both an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Miranda also has a keen interest in pelvic health and is currently pursuing certification.

Miranda’s approach to practice is client-centered care, focusing on individualized treatment in collaboration with the client to meet the client’s specific goals. Miranda prioritizes looking at the whole person, considering not only physical factors but also psychosocial factors. Miranda employs the use of manual therapy, individualized exercise prescription, and education to empower you to reach your functional goals.

In her own time, Miranda enjoys listening to an eclectic collection of music and cuddling up to watch movies with her cat, Ripley. Miranda was also a competitive Irish Dancer for 14 years and attended several overseas competitions, including the World Championships, so you’ll often see her humming dance music or tapping her feet!

Nina is a lifetime resident of Dufferin county. Growing up, Nina worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at the local recreation centre. It was this experience which sparked her passion for human movement. 

Nina is a graduate of the Humber College School of Massage Therapy and has experience with Sweedish and deep tissue massage in both spa and clinic settings.

She is very excited to be joining the team at RISE and offer her services in her own community!

Nina Ronczka
Registered Massage Therapist

Rocky  is a well seasoned massage therapist. While playing hockey in his teenage years, Rocky became familiar with massage therapy and he knew he would one-day work as a massage therapist. His passion for the profession blossomed with time, and in 2015 he graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Massage Therapy from Humber College. Rocky is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

He has worked alongside osteopaths, physiotherapists and fellow RMT’s throughout his career of nearly 7 years. Rocky is dedicated to provide the best possible care through assessment and rehabilitation. He is always looking for new challenges to improve himself and his patients. 

Rocky Bains
Registered Massage Therapist

 

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Connor McIntyre
Registered Massage Therapist

 

Connor is a caring and empathetic practitioner with great communications skills. He provides care in a manner that is respectful and inclusive to all. His patients are treated with professionalism, enthusiasm, and with their wellbeing at the forefront of every treatment.

Connor graduated from Humber College with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy. During his study and practice, he developed a clinical and evidence-informed approach with strengths in orthopaedic assessment, outcome-based massage, and therapeutic exercise.

Connor also has experience working with populations who have individualisations such as pre/postnatal people, people who have limited

mobility, and people who are experiencing complex medical conditions. 

Connor’s background in personal training and athletics have also contributed to his fascination with the human body, its recovery, development, and performance.

Connor’s aim is for his practice to be recognized for his commitment to patient centred care, his dedication to continued learning, and his embodiment of the standards of practice set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and RISE Physiotherapy and Wellness.

Outside of his passion for massage therapy, Connor is usually hiking with his long-time girlfriend, Hilary and their dog, Archer.

Brydget van Lankveld
Manual Osteopath
Registered Massage Therapist 


*CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE*

Brydget is a caring and well rounded manual practitioner. Brydget obtained her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice at the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario. She went on to expand her skill set by obtaining a Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy at TriOS College in London, Ontario. Today, Brydget is an active member of the College of Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario, the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinic of Canada and the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario. She believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellbeing, and is constantly learning and fine tuning her assessment and treatment approach. 

 

Manual Therapy is Brydget’s passion because it is designed to enable the body's natural self-healing mechanisms.  Osteopathic Philosophy views the body as a self-regulating machine, fully enabled by the dynamic interaction of the multiple organ systems. When offering Massage Therapy, she approaches the treatment with the same mentality. By optimizing these systems, we encourage the body's innate ability of self-healing. 

 

Brydget proudly offers a thorough assessment, client-centered care and outcome-based treatment. She focuses on rehabilitating chronic-pain patients and enabling full-body wellness.

Naomi Higenbottam
Lactation Consultant
Registered Nurse
Holistic Nutritionist 

 

Naomi is a compassionate Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse and Holistic Nutritionist.

 

Naomi received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from York University and a Masters of Public Health degree from The University of Waterloo. She completed her Diploma of Holistic Nutrition and Naturally Designed Pregnancy Certification at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Naomi received her Certification in Breastfeeding Education from The International Institute of Human Lactation Inc and passed her board exams in May 2021 to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Naomi has completed tongue tie assessment training through Luna Lactation & Wellness.

 

Naomi has worked for over 10 years in the community supporting new moms during their postpartum and breastfeeding journey. Naomi has worked with breastfeeding families through the public health breastfeeding clinics, in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program and in private practice.  Naomi takes a holistic approach with lactation support and works to determine root causes of any breastfeeding challenges and helps to guide families towards their personal breastfeeding goals. Naomi uses evidenced based research to inform her recommendations and assessments. 

 

Naomi is happiest outside in the forest with her partner and 2 children. She has 3 free range chickens and a dog that that she rescued from Aruba. In her spare time you'll find her practicing yoga, reading, gardening and making body care products.

Amanda Zoltek
Registered Social Worker
Psychotherapist  

Amanda (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker, having received a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She, prior to becoming a Social Worker, received a Master of Education degree – specializing in Social Justice Education – and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from Lakehead University. Amanda has also completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. She is excited to integrate these professional and personal experience(s) into her Social Work practice at RISE!

 

Amanda’s therapeutic practice is informed by Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Her personal approach to therapy is trauma-informed, strength-based, and client-centered. She will work collaboratively with each client to discover how to best achieve the growth and change that they are seeking, while guiding them toward resilience, independence, and self-sufficiency. Amanda is passionate about creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space in which every client will feel valued, heard, and safe to share and process their emotional experience(s).

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Danielle-Nustrat Collison is a high school student. In school Danielle enjoys biology, english and gym classes. Her interest in physiology actually started while completing cooperative education hours at Rise.

 

After graduating high school Danielle hopes to continue her education in physiology and promote healthy living to those in her community. In her free time she likes to play piano, read, and get some exercise in her day whatever that may look like. Danielle is really grateful for the opportunity to continue to work as a receptionist for the wonderful Rise team and looks forward to learning more from them.   

Danielle-Nustrat Collison
Office Administrator

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a science, including the assessment, maintenance, and restoration of the physical function and performance of the human body.

Learn more about the services we offer below.

 

Physiotherapy Services

Manual Therapy

The use of joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as soft tissue massage and release to aide in the restoration of mobility and tissue health.

Manual therapy, physio in Shelburne, Ontario

Focussed, and individualized treatment of a surgical procedure, with or without the direction of a specific surgical protocol.

For example:Rotator Cuff Repair, Total Joint 

Post-operative care, physiotherapy in Shelburne, Ontario
Dry Needling

A skilled intervention used to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myfofascial trigger points (aka. "muscle knots"), muscular, and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement impairments.

Dry needling, physiotherapy in Shelburne, Ontario

Specialized physiotherapy used as a first line treatment in the management of incontinence and pelvic pain.  Involves internal and external assessment and treatment.

The Leap

The insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing, and stimulation of the release of endorphins; the body's feel-good / pain relieving hormones.

Acupuncture, physiotherapy in Shelburne, Ontario

The use of a multi-modal treatment plan including any of the above techniques in order to appropriately treat athletes of every level of participation.

Sports Rehab, Physiotherapy in Shelburne, Ontario
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RISE:

  • To move from a lower position to a higher one

  • To find the strength or ability to respond adequately to (a challenging situation)

  • To succeed in not being limited or constrained

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