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
Pelvic Floor 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.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
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.
Registered Physiotherapy Resident
Nicole is a compassionate, client-centric physiotherapy resident. She encourages, collaborates with and empowers her clients to become active participants in their own treatment plan.
Nicole graduated from Western University’s Physiotherapy program in 2020. Prior to that she completed an Honours Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences at Western University in 2017. Nicole has a keen interest in orthopedics and paediatric rehabilitation.
Her comprehensive approach to care includes hands-on treatment, an individualized exercise program and client specific education. Nicole has training in manual therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is working towards obtaining a diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Nicole leads an active lifestyle and has a passion for assisting people in achieving their own activity goals! In her free time, you can find her hiking, skiing or camping.
Registered Massage Therapist
Maurning is a compassionate and skilled Registered Massage Therapist with a vast clinical history. She has a passion for continued education and has trained in therapeutic, prenatal/postnatal, Thai, Relaxation, Ashiatsu and Deep Tissue Massage.
Maurning has diversified her expertise in massage therapy, becoming skilled at treating concussion related spinal injuries, sports injuries and utilizing kinesio-taping in her practice.
One of her keenest interests however, stemmed from her own experience with birth and the beauty of newborn life. Maurning went on to become a birthing doula, childbirth educator, midwifery second birth attendant and maternal health advocate; making her expertise in pre/post-natal massage more well-rounded. Maurning’s clinical strengths allow her to successfully treat people from all walks of life including the general public, pre/post natal, and athletic populations.
Maurning holds the belief that physical well being is also connected to mental and emotional health. Her advocacy for wellness shines through in all that she does.
As a former pentathlete, Maurning enjoys partaking in Triathlons, trail running, and HIIT work-outs. Her greatest joy though comes from her children, who she would credit to be her greatest educators in this journey through life. Her children would agree.
Registered Massage Therapist
Leana is a seasoned Registered Massage Therapist with a diverse skill set. She prides herself on attaining her degree from a top Massage Therapy School in Toronto, having graduated amongst her peers with Honours. Leana previously worked at a thriving clinic in Brampton for several years, having now joined the RISE Team following her recent move to Dundalk, ON.
Leana’s passion for her profession goes beyond the treatment room and into the classroom, as she works as an instructor of massage therapy at Medix College in Brampton. She prides herself on evidence based treatment, which includes a thorough assessment of soft tissues and joints prior to treatment.
Leana’s diverse skill set includes sweedish massage, fascial techniques, peripheral joint mobilisations, and therapeutic exercise. Leana acknowledges that anatomy, lifestyle, emotional, and social factors can all contribute to the complete picture of the person.
Leana is very excited to be joining the RISE Team, and getting to know her Shelburne community better.
When Leana is not treating or teaching, she is spending time with her fiancé and two puppies on their rural property.
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!
Registered Massage Therapist
Emma is an enthusiastic massage therapy student, a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Health Coach. Emma completed her Yoga Teacher training at the University of Guelph, received her Health Coaching certification from The Health Coach Institute, and is currently attending Medix College in Brampton. Emma also has a Diploma in Business Administration. Emma is passionate about lifelong learning and plans to continue to learn new modalities and techniques as she moves into her new career in massage.
Emma teaches Classical Yoga, an inclusive, body positive flow style yoga that focuses on concentration and synchronizing breathing with movement. She loves to encourage her clients to explore their personal ranges of motion and celebrate their victories no matter what their size, age or ability. Her motto is all or something, not all or nothing, because she strongly believes that even the smallest steps towards healthy living can make an impact.
Emma is excited to be joining the wonderful team of women at Rise Physio and Wellness as the Clinic Administrator. When she is not working or studying, she is a busy sports mum to her 12 year old twin girls and enjoys a homesteading lifestyle with her husband and daughters.
All of RISE's Physiotherapists are CAMPT Certified!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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