Our Team Members

Medical

Dr. Noor Amin
Dr. Amin completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Toronto and is a Diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). He holds board certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) where he has been awarded additional Certification due to his enhanced expertise in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). He is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). After his internship at the renowned Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, he completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Manitoba.

During his training, Dr. Amin was elected as the President of the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents, representing physicians across Canada, a role where he was able to effect meaningful change and exercise his commitment to national medical and educational issues. Dr. Amin continues to be actively involved in student and resident teaching and holds academic appointment at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

In addition to providing office consultations in Sports and Exercise Medicine, Dr. Amin has experience working as an Emergency Room (ER) and urgent care physician. Dr. Amin enjoys providing on field medical coverage and has provided care at a variety of events, some of which include the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team and women’s basketball team, Mississauga St. Michaels Majors hockey team, Canadian National Track and Field Championship, Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championship, Canadian Synchronized Skating Championship, Toronto FC Academy and the Mississauga and Oakville marathons.

Exercise is medicine, and helping to keep patients healthy and active is his passion.

Dr. Duong Nguyen,MD
Dr. Duong Nguyen,MD, MSc(c), FRCSC, DipABOS, FAAOS, CIME, DipSportMed (ABOS /CASEM) Orthopaedic Surgeon (Sports Medicine), Sports Medicine Physician.
Dr. Duong Nguyen completed his orthopedic surgical training at one of the most respected programs in Canada, at the University of Western Ontario. He then pursued further subspecialty training in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the prestigious Columbia University / New York Orthopaedic Hospital. After practicing a few years in North Carolina, Dr. Nguyen has recently relocated to Toronto where he continues in his field of sub-specialization: Sports Medicine / Arthroscopic Shoulder, Elbow & Knee Surgery.

Dr. Nguyen has a busy sports medicine practice but also sees active individuals with osteoarthritis, as well as tendon, ligament and cartilage injuries. He enjoys working collaboratively with other health practitioners, treating patients of all ages from recreational and developing athletes to elite athletes, as well as active individuals and those wishing to become more active.

Research is an integral part of Dr. Nguyen’s practice. He reviews scientific articles for many academic journals and has presented his research at multiple national and international meetings. Dr. Nguyen has earned numerous research and teaching awards in recognition for his achievements in the advancement of orthopaedic knowledge and computer assisted surgery, as well as for outstanding leadership and dedication to medical education. He is actively involved in the training of new primary care physicians, sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic residents from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. In 2007, Dr. Nguyen was recognized as an Emerging Leader of the American Orthopaedic Association by Dr. Louis U. Bigliani.

He and his wife live in Toronto. They enjoy tennis, golf, as well as traveling.

To learn more about Dr. Nguyen, please click here: http://nguyensportsmed.com

Appointments with Dr. Nguyen are covered by OHIP.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen please contact us at 416.760.8280 or info@ physioplushealth.com

Dr. Neil Dilworth
Dr. Dilworth CCFP (EM, SEM), Dip Sport Med (CASEM), MSsCH HPTE completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Toronto and is a Diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). Dr. Dilworth’s experience includes working in a variety of sports medicine settings managing a full range of sports injuries. He also provides office consultations and on-field medical coverage for a number of organizations and events including the National Ballet of Canada, Toronto Football Club II, Hockey Canada, Skate Canada, National Beach Volleyball and Toronto Pan Am Games 2015. In addition to his sports medicine practice, Dr. Dilworth also works as an emergency room physician and surgically assists for sports orthopaedic cases.

Physiotherapists

Michelle DeMarchi
Michelle has been dedicated to helping individuals improve their health and well being for over 20 years. As a physiotherapist and osteopathic manual practitioner she has successfully helped patients recover from a wide range of injuries including sports injuries, back and neck pain, muscle and ligament injuries, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries and arthritis. She works with individuals of all ages and activity levels, ranging from competitive and recreational athletes, to those just wanting to become more active. She inspires her patients to take a more active role in their health by providing them with the knowledge, strategies and tools they need to achieve their goals and make positive lifestyle changes. She works closely with a multidisciplinary team of practitioners to provide integrated care that treats the root of the problem.

Michelle has worked in a variety of private sports medicine settings, including the Artists Health Center at Toronto Western Hospital where she gained valuable experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and therapists providing treatment to professional dancers, musicians artists, and performers.

As founder and director of PhysioPlus Health Group Michelle has been the driving force behind the development and delivery of innovative treatment programs for Nutrition & Weight Loss, Knee Arthritis, ACL Injury and Injured Runners, as well as an Urgent Sports Injury and Fracture Clinic, Pre/Post Natal Programs and a Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga Program.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto (1992) and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy (2004). When she’s not helping individuals achieve better health, Michelle spends most of her time with her 2 children. She makes exercise a regular part of her routine, and loves playing tennis and travelling when time permits!

Sarah Symmes
Sarah Symmes, FCAMPT, MCISC(MANIP), MSc. PT,MSc. PT, HB.Kin Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified in Acupuncture.
Sarah obtained her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. She also completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2005. Sarah is experienced in Orthopedics, including, sports injuries, postural dysfunctions and post-surgical rehabilitation. Sarah has a keen interest in working with runners and triathletes on injury prevention and management.

Sarah is committed to continuing education and has completed Manual Therapy Level 2 and Level 3 Upper Quadrant, with plans to continue to pursue training in advanced manual and manipulative therapy. Sarah is also certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute having completed her Level 1 (Part 1, 2a and 3a). Sarah also has a passion for Yoga. She completed her Ashtanga Teacher training in 2009 and has a unique approach of integrating yoga postures, breathing and meditation principles within therapeutic exercise. She also enjoys working with both new and experienced Yoga practitioners to prevent injury and help take their practice to the next level.

Outside of work, Sarah has a passion for the outdoors and trying new activities. She is an avid mountain bike enthusiast and completed her first 24 mountain bike event this past summer in the Yukon. Sarah also completed her first sprint distance triathlon this summer with plans to one day do a full Olympic distance. Along with these more vigorous activities Sarah equally enjoys a walk by the lake, or a hike in the woods, and chasing after her nieces and nephews. Whatever the goal, Sarah strives to help people participate in happy active lifestyles.

Elizabeth Frey
Elizabeth Frey, FCAMPT, MCISC(MANIP), MSc. PT, MSc, BPHE, BSc, MCPA Physiotherapist, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
Liz completed a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at Queen’s University. She continued her education at the University of Toronto where she completed a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology in 2005. Following, she earned a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2007. After working in private practice orthopaedics she returned to advance her Physical Therapy training by completing a Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. She also has completed contemporary medical acupuncture training through the McMaster University Acupuncture Program. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and member of the Orthopaedic Division. She is also a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT).

As an orthopaedic therapist Liz has successfully treated a variety of injuries including back and neck pain, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle pain as well as acute and chronic sports injuries. As a pelvic health physiotherapist Liz integrates her orthopaedic skills to treat pelvic pain including postpartum pelvic pain, leakage and incontinence. Her treatment style includes using a manual hands-on approach as well as acupuncture and personal exercise programs. This approach to treatment addresses the underlying dysfunction that may be causing injury and prevents future re-injury. She believes in a patient centered approach; by directly involving each patient in their recovery through goal setting, balancing muscle dysfunction and teaching self-management techniques for optimal recovery.

Liz is committed to lifelong learning having taken numerous post-graduate courses including functional training, mobilizations with movement, recent advances in hip rehabilitation, and running specialist; including gait assessment and barefoot running. An additional area of interest for Liz is in pelvic health: she assesses and treats men and women with pelvic dysfunction. Further, she has attended numerous courses offered through the Advanced Physical Therapy Institute.

While Liz continues to pursue post-graduate courses in order to offer the latest and most effective treatments she is also a committed leader within the Physiotherapy profession. Since 2009 she has been a clinical lab facilitator at the University of Toronto. She is also a clinical supervisor for students during their final clinical internship. Finally, she provides mentorship for Physiotherapists who are completing the manual therapy levels through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

In her time outside of the clinic she is a loving and proud mother. She stays active by running, having completed a few marathons and numerous ½ marathons. She also lifts weights, bikes, and practice Pilates. When not working out she enjoys cooking and gardening.

Yvonne Roberts
Yvonne Roberts, MSc PT, BSc KIN (HON) Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
As an active person, Yvonne has always had an interest in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. She explored this passion throughout her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Brock University and furthermore with her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto.

Yvonne employs a holistic approach to her assessments and a multitude of treatment techniques including manual therapy, soft tissue release, and neuro-proprioreceptive taping in addition to exercise prescription. She has also completed training in pelvic health therapy which focuses on female incontinence, pelvic pain as well as pre and post-natal care.

Dedicated to lifelong learning, Yvonne plans to continue her educational pursuits in acupuncture therapy as well as advance her hands-on manual therapy skills. Additionally, she intends to apply her passion for yoga into her physiotherapy practice after completing certification to become a yoga instructor. As a member of the PhysioPlus Health Group team, Yvonne brings positive energy and a passion for engaging clients to take an active role in their recovery to achieve their health goals.

Nicola Banger
Nicola Banger, MSc PT, Physiotherapist
Sarah Elliot
Sarah Elliot, MScPT, BHSc Physiotherapist
 
 
 

Chiropractors

Dr. Sean Duquette
Sean Duquette graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and earned his kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is currently working on completing his residency in chiropractic sports medicine. He has a special interest in working with athletes at all levels. He has had the opportunity to work with the Canadian National Tae Kwon Do and BMX racing teams as well as working at 2014 Pan American Games and World Softball Championship. He is an avid cyclist and kickboxer.
Dr. Shawn Gargoum
Dr. Shawn Gargoum BA (Hons), DC, Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncture Provider.
Dr. Shawn Gargoum is a board certified chiropractor, having graduated from the Canadian memorial Chiropractic College with Cum Laude distinction and Clinic Honours. Previous to chiropractic school, Dr. Gargoum attended The University of Western Ontario, earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology while maintaining Dean’s List status. Dr. Gargoum is a diversified practitioner, providing treatment consisting of soft tissue release therapy, chiropractic adjustments, exercise prescription and nutritional counselling. Additionally, Dr. Gargoum provides medical acupuncture, earning certification through The McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Education Department.

Dr. Gargoum’s passion to become a chiropractor began with his own athletic background, having utilized chiropractic care to overcome his own injuries. This has lead to Dr. Gargoum’s special area of interest being sports injuries and movement patterns, amongst other conditions of neck and back pain, headaches, and extremity complaints. Dr. Gargoum’s clinical experience has taught him that each patient should have a personalized treatment plan, specific to the patient and their condition, with best outcomes realized when both practitioner and patientwork towards a common goal.

When not in clinical practice, Dr. Gargoum is an avid sports fan, enjoys staying active through sport and exercise, and travelling.

 

Osteopath Manual Practioners

Benjamin Besse-Bergie
Benjamin Besse-Bergier, BSc., DO(MP) Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Katrina Sozanska
Katrina Sozanska BSc., DO(MP), RMT, Cret Acp. Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Michelle DeMarchi
Michelle has been dedicated to helping individuals improve their health and well being for over 20 years. As a physiotherapist and osteopathic manual practitioner she has successfully helped patients recover from a wide range of injuries including sports injuries, back and neck pain, muscle and ligament injuries, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries and arthritis. She works with individuals of all ages and activity levels, ranging from competitive and recreational athletes, to those just wanting to become more active. She inspires her patients to take a more active role in their health by providing them with the knowledge, strategies and tools they need to achieve their goals and make positive lifestyle changes. She works closely with a multidisciplinary team of practitioners to provide integrated care that treats the root of the problem.

Michelle has worked in a variety of private sports medicine settings, including the Artists Health Center at Toronto Western Hospital where she gained valuable experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and therapists providing treatment to professional dancers, musicians artists, and performers.

As founder and director of PhysioPlus Health Group Michelle has been the driving force behind the development and delivery of innovative treatment programs for Nutrition & Weight Loss, Knee Arthritis, ACL Injury and Injured Runners, as well as an Urgent Sports Injury and Fracture Clinic, Pre/Post Natal Programs and a Therapeutic Pilates and Yoga Program.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto (1992) and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy (2004). When she’s not helping individuals achieve better health, Michelle spends most of her time with her 2 children. She makes exercise a regular part of her routine, and loves playing tennis and travelling when time permits!

Registered Massage Therapists

Kimberly Borges
Kimberly Borges, BSc. Kin, RMT Registered Massage Therapist, Contemporary Medical Acupunture
Kimberly is an experienced Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Athletic Therapist working in Toronto. She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Kinesiology while also earning her Athletic Therapy Certificate. Kimberly obtained her Diploma for Massage Therapy at the Ontario College of Health and Technology and has also completed the McMaster program for Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.

Kimberly enjoys learning and constantly expands her knowledge to be a better therapist to her clients. Courses taken include Soft Tissue Release and Muscle Energy.

Kimberly is active with sports, playing volleyball herself and also in working as the Head Athletic Therapist with sports teams including Football, Rugby and Hockey.

Christine Kapasouris
Christine Kapasouris, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Christine is a registered massage therapist with a degree from Kikkawa College with Honours. She integrates traditional massage with advanced muscle and connective tissue release, deep tissue massage, sports massage and taping, and trigger point therapy to help treat the root of her clients’ problem. Christine also incorporates remedial exercise in her therapeutic treatments to facilitate the healing process and promote a faster recovery. She has experience treating a wide variety of muscle and joint injuries and conditions, as well as neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis & Cerebral Palsy.Christine is dedicated to Expand Answering her knowledge and skill level through ongoing professional development courses. Christine is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and skill level through ongoing professional development courses. In her spare time, Christine loves yoga, dance and playing basketball.
Jonathan Yeung
Jonathan Yeung, RMT Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jonathan Yeung is a Registered Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer working in Toronto. After having gone through his own body and lifestyle change, he decided to leave the exciting world of finance and enter the world of fitness, working for over 9 years as a trainer and manager in a large corporate gym, and then finally in his own practice.

The need to expand his knowledge and better meet his clients’ goals led him to become a Registered Massage Therapist. By adding the education from the Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic to his other certifications as a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach, he hopes to better understand and treat muscular imbalances that limit our ability to move and perform at our full potential.

Using a variety of modalities such as trigger point therapy, dynamic release, joint mobilizations, and myofascial release, coupled with exercise and movement education, Jonathan strives to help his patients move better and be stronger.

While happy lifting weights, Jonathan is also an avid cyclist and competitive dragonboater, and can often be seen riding around the city with a paddle strapped to his bike.

 
 

Naturopathic Doctor

Shirley Zabol
Shirley Zabol, BScN, BApsy, N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Shirley Zabol ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Licienced Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Having degrees and working experience in both Nursing and Clinical Psychology, she brings a unique understanding of traditional medicine to my practice. It is very important for her to build a rapport with you so you can feel comfortable with me. She takes into consideration all of your health concerns – mental and physical because as a Naturopathic Doctor, she is concerned with the whole of you. It is important to her to get at the root of the problem so she can give you the tools to empower yourself to health.
 
 

Pilates and Yoga

Sarah Symmes
Sarah Symmes, MSc. PT Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified in Acupuncture
Sarah obtained her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. She also completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2005. Sarah is experienced in Orthopedics, including, sports injuries, postural dysfunctions and post-surgical rehabilitation. Sarah has a keen interest in working with runners and triathletes on injury prevention and management.

Sarah is committed to continuing education and has completed Manual Therapy Level 2 and Level 3 Upper Quadrant, with plans to continue to pursue training in advanced manual and manipulative therapy. Sarah is also certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute having completed her Level 1 (Part 1, 2a and 3a). Sarah also has a passion for Yoga. She completed her Ashtanga Teacher training in 2009 and has a unique approach of integrating yoga postures, breathing and meditation principles within therapeutic exercise. She also enjoys working with both new and experienced Yoga practitioners to prevent injury and help take their practice to the next level.

Outside of work, Sarah has a passion for the outdoors and trying new activities. She is an avid mountain bike enthusiast and completed her first 24 mountain bike event this past summer in the Yukon. Sarah also completed her first sprint distance triathlon this summer with plans to one day do a full Olympic distance. Along with these more vigorous activities Sarah equally enjoys a walk by the lake, or a hike in the woods, and chasing after her nieces and nephews. Whatever the goal, Sarah strives to help people participate in happy active lifestyles.

Joanna Poblocka
Joanna Poblocka Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor
Joanna’s passion for movement started when she discovered Hatha Yoga in the spring of 2003; since then, her interest has flourished and her commitment to the practice of movement has deepened. Joanna completed her Yoga teacher training in 2010 in Vinyasa and Hatha style, at the Yoga Space in Toronto. She has also completed Yoga Therapy workshops at Octopus Garden Yoga, Toronto, and has received her Restorative Yoga Certification in 2013 through The Path Yoga Centre, in Vancouver.

Joanna started practicing Pilates in 2011, at Core Studio, Toronto. The method has educated her with a comprehensive understating of anatomy, increased overall body awareness and core strength, which are all are complementary to her yoga practice.

She is currently also a STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor in Matwork, Reformer, Injuries and Special Populations (ISP) and teaches Pilates/Yoga Fusion classes, in addition to her regular Yoga classes. She finds it most rewarding to make Pilates and Yoga accessible to everyone, and works closely with students of all levels. Teaching and learning movement is a source of inspiration for Joanna, and she looks forward to ongoing experiences as an instructor, and as a student on the mat.

Darcie Clark
Darcie Clark Certified Yoga Instructor
Darcie took her first yoga class in 1995 during her first year at Trent University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Anthropology. It was a beginner course in Hatha Yoga taught by a woman named Astrid, who took her time teaching the fundamentals of a gentle yoga practice. She quickly fell in love with yoga and its quiet, introspective, and exploratory nature. For the next 11 years, Darcie practiced yoga semi-regularly taking classes here and there and at home following along to videos with Rodney Yee.

When she started the teacher training program at Yogaspace in 2006, Darcie experienced her first vinyasa class, which was much more physical and fast-paced than her usual practice. Learning to teach both hatha yoga from Patricia White and vinyasa yoga from Kathryn Beet and Ante Pavlovic influenced the unique flowing style of her teaching today.

Darcie’s teaching style is supportive, encouraging, and gently challenging. Her teaching is not focused on making her clients push harder or go faster. Instead, she understand that more is gained and learned when we ease off and slow down, so that we learn to use less effort and overcome unconscious movement patterns that may be more harmful than we realize. Darcie believes that the practice is about feeling one’s way through it, always circling back to notice how one’s breath moves with movement, and whether the individual is striving and pushing one’s way further to fulfill an idealized notion of what one should feel or look. Learning to catch these moments of being untrue to yourself is an important part of Darcie’s practice.

Darcie has been teaching yoga full time since 2009, dividing her hours between private clients, workplace classes, chair yoga classes, therapeutic yoga classes. She is also a faculty member in the 300 hour Yoga Space Teacher Training Program.

When not teaching yoga, Darcie enjoys sailing on Lake Ontario, visiting her parents at Lake Huron, having friends over for dinner, gardening, baking, and knitting. She lives in Toronto with her husband Colin and her two cats, Hugo and Griffin.

Kinesiologists

Michal Shahar
Michal Shahar, Bsc.PT, B.Ed Sports Physiotherapist, Personal Functional Trainer
Boban Zoric
Boban Zoric, R.Kin, CES Registered Kinesiologist
Boban Zoric is an athletic trainer and who graduated from York University’s 2013 class with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. He has also completed 2 additional certificates, CSEP Personal Training and CSEP Exercise Physiology, and is always striving to learn more. Boban is planning to complete the NASM certification for corrective exercise specialist. Working in a rehab clinic/sports performance facility for 2 years, he has experience with rehabbing injuries as well as high intensity and sports specific training. He has worked closely with athletes, including a U-18 Team Canada hockey player, designing periodization charts and implementing strength and conditioning programs.

Boban is very passionate about his profession and passionate about helping individuals of all ages and fitness levels become active and meet their goals. He understands how important physical activity is for overall health and long term well being, and believes that a client-tailored program is optimal for achieving results. In his spare time, Boban is an avid sports enthusiast regularly playing soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball. He also enjoys travelling, watching movies and reading non-fiction books.