MEET OUR TALENTED TEAM

Our goal at Peak Physio & Sports Rehab is to make your treatments as efficient and convenient as possible. That’s why we offer a team of multidisciplinary health practioners to provide a fully integrated approach to your health.

Dr. Philip Ip, DC
Dr. Philip Ip, DCChiropractor and Acupuncture Provider
Dr. Philip Ip graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2013) with a Doctorate of Chiropractic and McMaster University (2008) with a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Sciences. He has experience working in a multidisciplinary setting, providing interprofessional care amongst family physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, massage therapists and other healthcare professionals. He has treated a variety of clients over the years with conditions such as sport injuries, disc injuries, postural conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation, etc.

Philip uses a variety of skills and techniques to deliver effective and efficient treatment plans, including but not limited to: diversified chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy techniques, active rehabilitation, clinical acupuncture, mobility work, etc. He educates each client and works with them to achieve their overall health and wellness goals, allowing them to be at their very best.

During his spare time, Philip continues to be an advocate of health. He enjoys going to the gym, rock climbing, cycling and sleep because as we know, sleep is one of the most important necessities for our health and often gets taken for granted!

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Vanessa Pontes, PT
Vanessa Pontes, PTRegistered Physiotherapist
Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. She specializes in assessing and treating a variety of orthopaedic injuries including but not limited to neck and back pain, postural dysfunction, and sport or workplace injuries.

She believes in a patient-centered approach to develop and implement specific treatment plans to help patients get moving in pain free ranges. Her treatment methods include a combination of manual therapy and mobilization techniques in addition to specific exercises and patient education. She is an avid lifelong learner and plans to take courses in Mackenzie (MDT) Therapy and Soft Tissue Release to further her skills.

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, and taking walks through her favourite place in Toronto, High Park. She loves staying active by playing volleyball and doing zumba classes.

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John Yu
John YuRegistered Massage Therapist (RMT)
John graduated from the Sutherland-Chan program in 2004. During his post-graduate training, he took many courses with the Barral Institute for treating organ and nervous system issues. Over the years, John has treated a wide variety of clients and has seen everyone from athletes to pre-natal clients.

In addition to Swedish and sports methods, John applies fascial and neural techniques to treat conditions such as headaches, concussions, digestive issues and pelvic pain. By observing the body’s tissue as system of connected chains, he finds that it is often easier to discover weak links that are the source of pain.

Because of his experience in the field, John strongly believes that the ideal therapeutic method is to make sure all the segments of the connective tissue are properly connected, moving well and bear the loads required of them. A person is only as strong as their weakest link, and finding the root cause in these systems can bring many long term benefits: By addressing all the relevant tissue a person can perform, move and live better.

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Nikita Panda-Banka, PT
Nikita Panda-Banka, PTRegistered Physiotherapist

Nikita has experience treating individuals with a variety of sports related and musculoskeletal injuries—tennis elbow, sciatica, Achilles tendonitis, TMJ related injuries—to name a few.

Her approach to treatment uses a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, postural therapy and exercise programs according to the patient’s needs. Her main objective in delivering treatment sessions is to help her patients achieve their goal. She wants to make sure the patient is not only pain free but also has improved overall strength.

In her free time Nikita enjoys hiking, yoga, travelling, museums, and baking.

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Henry Xu
Henry XuRegistered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Henry is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy and is a certified acupuncture provider after completing the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University.

Some modalities that he uses to provide effective and safe treatments for patients are Swedish, acupuncture, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage, hydrotherapy and joint mobilization.

Henry also has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto and worked as a personal trainer. He is knowledgeable in biomechanics and can provide effective remedial exercises that will help with strength, recovery and prevention of future injuries.

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Dr. Sophie Pollon-MacLeod ND, BSc, CISSN
Dr. Sophie Pollon-MacLeod ND, BSc, CISSN Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Sophie Pollon-MacLeod is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Prior to obtaining her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, Sophie completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. Sophie is also an experienced personal trainer and strength & conditioning specialist. Her experience as a trainer ignited her passion to pursue a career in healthcare and help others towards feeling her best. Sophie combines her expertise in exercise physiology and naturopathic medicine to support her patients towards achieving weight loss, improving their performance and aiding in pain management. She goes beyond symptom management and utilizes a full-body approach to get to the root of health concerns. Sophie possesses additional qualifications from the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a level 1 pelvic health certification through Pelvic Health Solutions.
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Wenge Zhang, R.TCMP, R.AC
Wenge Zhang, R.TCMP, R.ACTraditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist
Wenge graduated from Henan Professional Medicine Institute of China in 1993. She has a background in both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been practicing Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Canada for over 10 years.

Wenge is a patient-oriented practitioner. She constantly upgrades her knowledge and skills in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture every year by attending Academic Exchange Forums and various lectures imparted by different experts from China, indispensably learning from and communicating with Chinese Medicine doctors in her home town on her visits to China.

By using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Wenge expands her treatment scope from pain management, stress and anxiety control to health prevention, anti-aging, skin beauty, women’s health issues and adjuvant treatment for some internal miscellaneous ailments.

Wenge is an open minded, empathetic practitioner, and treats patients with respect. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, swimming, Tai Qi and weeding.

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Caroline Seto
Caroline Seto Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Caroline Seto graduated from Sutherland-Chan Teaching School in 2007. She has over 13 years experience in treating a variety of conditions through massage therapy. She has a keen interest in all aspects of massage therapy treatments and continually updates her techniques. Commonly treated conditions include sciatica, headaches, and tennis elbow, just to name a few!

Caroline is currently pursuing a certification in cranial sacral therapy. This therapy would work in conjunction with Massage Therapy to provide optimal results for her clients.

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Elaine Nestor
Elaine NestorYoga Instructor
Elaine Nestor is the Rehab & Wellness Clinic yoga instructor.

She provides many benefits to patients in the clinic such as protection and recovery from injury, increased muscle strength and tone, posture, improved respiration, energy, vitality, as well as teaching meditation calming and releasing the mind techniques.

She is a friendly, devoted and hard-working yoga instructor with a passion for helping people and always does what she can to make people feel better with their bodies and mind, and enlighten their day.

Elaine completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2014 on a Greek island. She will be specifically working with our injured patients in a rehabilitation program to improve injuries. She is a well-rounded yoga instructor. Having experiences teaching people of all ages, from teaching children to the elderly. She has taught yoga in corporate work offices allowing people to let go of stress from their hectic work days and release body tensions. She has also worked in a yoga studio environment at a yoga tree, children in a daycare and kids camps, and private one on one lessons. The private lessons are so amazing to individually create a routine to specially help a patients injuries and give the most in depth lessons.

When not assisting patients at our clinic, Elaine’s hobbies include hot yoga, hiking, fitness, and traveling.

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Clarke Thompson BSc. (Kin), MOMSc (Osteo)
Clarke Thompson BSc. (Kin), MOMSc (Osteo)Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Clarke is our classically trained osteopathic manual practitioner. Throughout his four years of education at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO), Clarke studied in-depth about anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and manual techniques. His schooling has provided 24 months of clinical experience and has brought him patients of all ages living with both acute and chronic problems. Some of the issues he commonly treats include muscle and joint pain, neck and back pain, nerve impingement, problems with the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems, and other acute traumatic and sport injuries.

Prior to studying at the CAO, Clarke received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Western University. During his time at Western, he studied a variety of health-related topics including exercise physiology, anatomy, sports injuries, nutrition and biomechanics.

Clarke believes that the body is able to self-heal and self-regulate. However, in order to do so, the body’s structure must be in alignment to allow proper functioning of the musculoskeletal and visceral systems, blood flow, and lymphatics. By removing the anatomical root cause of the problem, the body is better able to function properly.

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Zev Farkas RP
Zev Farkas RPRegistered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Zev graduated from Yorkville University with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP). He has experience in both clinical settings and private practice working with clients of all ages, ethnicities, and presenting concerns. He specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, dysfunctional behavior patterns, and relationship issues. Zev uses an integrated model of Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to help clients get deeper in touch with themselves and their mental health. He believes strongly in viewing a client’s presenting concern through a biopsychosocial lens. This view encompasses the physical, emotional, and social makeup of each unique individual. Most importantly, his non-judgmental stance and warm and caring demeanor are the hallmarks of his accepting attitude toward his clients. On his time off, he loves being outdoors, playing ball, and spending time with family. Looking forward to meeting you in person! Virtual sessions continue to be offered as well.
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Arrian Paiso
Arrian PaisoMedical Office Assistant
Arrian graduated as a Medical Office Assistant at Medix Scool and has 13 years of experience in the customer service industry.

Always working in a team environment, she has learned a lot of necessary skills to provide the best possible service. She is hardworking, kind and always eager to expand her knowledge.

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