Michael Di Vito (PT)

BSC, BHSC, MSCPT

OWNER/LEAD THERAPIST
REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST
CONTEMPORARY MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
NEUROFUNCTIONAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE PRACTITIONER
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR - MCMASTER ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM

Michael Di Vito graduated in 2014 with a Masters in Physiotherapy from McMaster University where he was able to gain clinical experience in a variety of settings. Prior to attending McMaster, he received both a Bachelor of Science specializing in Physiology and a Bachelor of Health Science specializing in Rehabilitative Science from the University of Western Ontario. Michael’s academic background provides him with extensive knowledge in exercise physiology, nutrition, and physical rehabilitation.

Michael grew up active and played a variety of sports. During his time at the University of Western Ontario, he began to focus his efforts towards competitive powerlifting. Michael co-founded the Western Gym Team at his university where he gained considerable experience both training himself and fellow students in order to excel in their sport. In his spare time, Michael enjoys being outdoors and staying active by golfing, biking and skiing.

Michael has taken post graduate courses in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Advanced Neurofunctional Sports Performance, Foundations in Functional Assessment and Spinal Manipulative Therapy. He is currently clinical instructor at the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program and is also planning to complete his certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy.

What separates Michael from other therapists is his neurofunctional approach to assessment and treatment. This approach does not seek a single hypothetical source of pain, but instead investigates clinically the most common levels of dysfunction. Understanding and evaluation of such dysfunction allows the design of multidimensional treatment plans aimed at facilitating the body’s own healing mechanisms and promoting self- regulation of nervous system activity.

In simple terms, a neurofunctional approach aims at stimulating nerves in order to aid the body in healing itself.

 


Laura Di Vito

PERSONALTRAINER
FASCIAL STRETCH THERAPIST - LEVEL 2

Laura is a personal trainer and Fascial Stretch Therapist who has 8 years experience in the fitness industry. Playing competitive sports her whole life helped to develop Laura’s passion for fitness and well being. Once submerged in the industry her focus quickly shifted to a rehabilitative and functional approach where she found great success helping people move better regardless of experience of injury. She integrates Fascial Stretch Therapy with the majority of clients and has found it to be a great tool to implement to help release fascial restrictions to improve quality of movement at its core.

Laura is extremely passionate about helping her clients move better and enjoy life to its fullest. As one of the clinic owners, Laura is excited to be able to create a culture and community where like minded people come together to collectively help clients and patients achieve their goals!

Certifications:

  • Agatsu Kettlebell Level I & Joint Mobility & Movement
  • Darby Training Systems (DTS) Level I Certification
  • DTS & Eion Lacey’s Energy Systems & Modified Strongman Training
  • Poliquin Biosignature

Crystal Chanderbhan (ND)

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
CONTEMPORARY MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
PELVIC FLOOR THERAPIST

Dr. Crystal Chanderbhan, ND is a board certified naturopathic doctor with a special interest in gut health, stress management and pelvic floor health. Throughout the core of her practice, the focus is always patient- centered while ensuring evidence based practices are implemented. Helping others achieve their optimal health is one of Dr. Chanderbhan’s passions in life!

Common modalities that Dr. Chanderbhan, ND uses to restore balance to her patients include: acupuncture, dietary modifications, mindfulness, B12 injections, bio-identical hormones, and pelvic floor therapy.

As well as having a general practice since 2010, for the last 11 years she teaches midwifery students at Ryerson University, medical doctors at University of Toronto, and nurses at the Women’s College Hospital how to conduct a well-woman pelvic examination.

Dr. Chanderbhan, ND believes that all forms of healing have their time and place, and as such, collaboration with other healthcare practitioners occurs to ensure that patients receive optimal care to help them achieve their health goals.

 


Curt Long (OMP)

OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONER
KINESIOLOGIST
FUNCTIONAL PATTERNS - HUMAN FOUNDATIONS PRACTITIONER
NEUROKINETIC THERAPY - LEVEL 2
SELECTIVE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT - LEVEL 1

Curt acquired his post-graduate Master in Osteopathic Manipulative Science from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2014. Prior to this accomplishment, he graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and worked as a Kinesiologist providing rehabilitation in Physiotherapy clinics. He has valuable experience in exercise prescription and implementation.

Curt is a Kinesiologist and Osteopathic manual practitioner who facilitates health improvement in individuals with a wide range of biomechanical dysfunction. His extensive education in both Kinesiology and Osteopathy has provide him with a unique skill set which kinesiologists and osteopaths alone do not possess. The combination of principles from each science provide better outcomes for his patients to get them out of pain and back to optimal functional movement. His kinesiology degree has provided him a solid background in the theory of human movement and exercise; while his diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative sciences provides a well versed application of manual therapy.

As a kinesiopath, Curt uses a combination of Osteopathic manual therapy techniques (passive treatment) and exercise (active treatment) to attain the goals of patients. This combination is much more effective than passive treatment alone.

His manual therapy techniques attempt to bring balance to the body by using gentle movements to correct structural and postural imbalances. The foundation of Osteopathy lays within anatomy and physiology, and is based up the body’s inherent capacity to self-heal and regulate. Through treatment, structural dysfunctions are corrected to improve flexibility and movement of the spine and limbs to relieve obstruction of nerve and blood vessels which may inhibit the body’s ability to heal.

Once restrictive barriers are released, it is essential to move within the new range of motion and reinforce the mind body connection to imprint the new movements in the motor cortex in the brain. Without exercise, motor control will not be gained and the effects of manual therapy alone will not be as effective.

In his spare time, Curt likes to play golf and enjoy life.

 


 

Emily Coleman (RMT)

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Emily graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Human Kinetics. She then went to Sheridan where she graduated with a degree in Athletic Therapy.  Since then she has become a Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist. 

She is currently working with the Hamilton Kilty B’s Jr hockey club. She has worked with the Halton Hills Bulldogs Jr Lacrosse organization for the past 6 years. She continues to provide field coverage for football and rugby teams. 

She grew up playing a large variety of sports but her focus was running. She was a part of the varsity track & field team at the University of Ottawa. Now she enjoys spending her time hiking, lifting and recently completed her first Strongwomen competition. 


Leah Hennessy

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Leah grew up as a competitive dancer so movement has always been a big part of her life. She fell in love with yoga as a physical practice and as an introspective tool to develop her sense of self. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2016, after nine transformative months, and received her Animal Flow® certification in early 2018. Leah is super energetic and playful, and not afraid to fall.  She aims to bring that piece of herself into her classes so that she can facilitate a fun, challenging and empowering practice, while focusing on safety and alignment.


Tabitha Mickelson

RECEPTIONIST

Tabitha is extremely passionate about physical and mental wellness. She has over 10 years experience in customer service and 8 years in the fitness industry. Her welcoming presence is always boosted by her various hobbies and interests. Alongside photography and reading, her passion for world travel has resulted in a well rounded person that enjoys getting to know people and learning new things. She is excited to begin the next part of her professional and personal development with the highly motivated and knowledgeable team at Movement Therapy.