Our Team 2020-03-24T15:43:17+00:00

Lisa Agatep

Dr. Noor Ul Amin

Sabrina Pereira

Dr. Albert Varela

Susan Duarte

Brenda Villagra

Sandra Niemiec

 

Joti Mall

Dr. Ahilraj Siva

Asha Chaudhary

 

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu

Dr. Anastasia Pargaru

Piumika Fernandol

Harit Galhanl

Yarra Acosta

Biljana Violoni

Lisa Duong Agatep, DPT

Clinic Director, Registered Physiotherapist

Qualified Clinical Pilates Practitioner

 

Lisa completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne in Australia after finishing her Bachelors degree at The University of Western Ontario. Lisa has been practicing as a Physiotherapist since 2014 and is a certified clinical Pilates instructor. She worked in Melbourne, Australia for a year after completing her degree and moved back to Canada in 2015 where she began working at Alliance Physio. Lisa has recently taken on the role as the Clinic Director in January 2020.

 

She has a wide variety of experiences working with patients of all ages and backgrounds including athletes, paediatric conditions, pre and post-natal populations. Lisa has taken additional continuing education courses in treatment of the pelvic and lumbar spine, shoulder, and temporomandibular joint. She also completed acupuncture and dry needling, and clinical pilates courses. Lisa has a passion for using her expertise in clinical pilates to help patients with chronic low back pain, postural dysfunction, prenatal conditions, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.

 

Lisa believes in a collaborative role in Physiotherapy between her and her patients. She actively involves her patients in producing a treatment program that takes into consideration their personal lifestyle and functional goals. She encourages all her patients to be active by incorporating exercises that fits into their daily activities.

During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She loves playing tennis, badminton, and swimming. She also loves to travel and has been to over 32 countries around the world.

Dr. Noor Ul Amin, M.D

Sports Medicine Doctor

 

Dr. Noor Ul Amin, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med (CASEM)
Lecturer University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Ministry of Health Focused Practice Designation

 

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. Ahilraj Siva, M.D

Physical medicine and Rehabilitation Physician

 

 

Joti Mall, MSc.PT

Senior Registered Physiotherapist

Qualified acupunture, dry needling, and cupping practitioner

 

Joti completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University. Here, she showed a keen interest in biology and the human body. After completing her degree, Joti began working as an assistant at a busy rehabilitation clinic where she worked alongside many different healthcare professionals. It was then that Joti’s passion for physiotherapy began, which led her to pursue a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton

 

After having experienced a serious sports injury herself, Joti understands the importance of physiotherapy and regaining confidence in returning to activities and sports. Joti incorporates hands-on techniques into her rehabilitation, which include soft tissue mobilisations, passive range of motion, trigger point release, and dry cupping. She also includes rehabilitation exercises, tailored home exercise prescription, stretching and home education programs

 

In her spare time, Joti enjoys playing tennis, hiking, cooking, and singing. Joti loves working with her patients at Alliance Physioto help them achieve their rehabilitation goals!

Asha Chaudhary, MSc.PT

Resident Physiotherapist

 

Asha Chaudhary is a licensed resident Physiotherapist, driven by her academic and professional experiences, she has pursued her MSc. in Physiotherapy from England. Asha successfully completed her BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto- St.George Campus.

 

She has a vast experience in working with different populations; paediatric, adults and geriatrics with musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardio-respiratory conditions. With an academic focus on understanding the complexity of human movement, anatomy and exercise physiology; she has great knowledge of exercise prescription and implementation of individualized exercise programs.

 

She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys working out in her free time. Applying her academic knowledge to her own lifestyle, she is very well versed in different fitness regimes and dedicated to motivating patients to by physically active. Asha also enjoys hikinh and trail walking in the fall and spring and enjoys gardening in the summer. She has a passion for travelling the world, and spending time with her family and friends. By combining hands-on treatment with therapeutic exercise, she aims to maximize physical function to help patients live strong and pain-free lives.

Piumika Fernando, MSc.PT

Resident Physiotherapist

Piumika completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and went on to completing her Masters of rehabilitation sciences (Physiotherapy) at the University of Brighton, England. Piumika is a resident physiotherapist and a registered kinesiologist. She has been in the healthcare field since the year 2013 and has experience working with a wide variety of patient populations. Piumika strives on not just treating the problem but recognizing all other factors medical, psychological and social  factors that may effect a person's life. Her goal is to incorporate all her knowledge of health/wellness and her hands on therapeutic skills towards her patients to ensure her patients recieve a well rounded, hollistic physiotherapy care.
Outside of work, Piumika is a NCCP badminton coach and is the Deputy head coach at Fernando's Youth Badminton Academy in Brampton. Other interest include playing sports, watching movies and traveling.

 

Dr. Albert Varela, DC

Chiropractor and Manual Osteopath practitioner

 

Dr. Varela is a board certfied Chiropractor and Manual Osteopathic practitioner, specializing in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Varela graduated from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illnois with Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in Human Biology, as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic.  Dr. Varela earned his Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (Honours) degree from York University.  He received his acupuncture certificate from the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University.  Dr. Varela also graduated with top honours from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario.

 

Dr. Varela has many years of clinical experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He has treated a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints ranging from sports injuries and rehabiltation to geriatric injuries. His treatment focus is hands on care including; chiropractic manipulation and osteopathic mobilization of the spine and/or extremeties, spinal decompression, soft tissue release/therapy, acupuncture, custom orthotics, nasal release technique and necessary electro-modalities. Dr. Varela is committed to personally connecting with the patient as a whole person and developing a personalized treatment plan to address each patient's unique needs.

 

Dr. Varela is actively engaged in continuing education in order to ensure his patient's have access to the most up-to-date tools necessary in their recovery to optimum health and future injury prevention.  He uses the most cutting edge and innovative examination and manual techniques to help you deal with pain, increase mobility, optimize health, prevent injury, and increase participation in activities of everyday living.  He keeps up-to-date with current research, as well as with continuing education courses, so that he delivers and you receive the most current and effective treatment.  He will work together with that patient to come up with a treament plan that will be effective and that patients are comfortable with.

Sabrina Pereira

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Sabrina graduated from Everest College where she completed the Massage Therapy program. She has gained experience with intra/extra oral massage therapy, patients with structural conditions, neurological conditions, stress, headaches. Sabrina utilizes general Swedish techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF - advanced stretching) deep tissue, myofascial release and cupping massage. Sabrina's goal is to provide personalized care to her clients to achieve optimal health.

Brenda Villagra

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Brenda graduated from the massage therapy program at Everest College in 2010.  Brenda has been trained to be able to combine a variety of massage techniques such as; Swedish, Deep Tissue, Fascial Release, Frictions, Joint Mobilization, Trigger Point Therapy and stretching to provide an effective treatment plan for a variety of muscular conditions.  She specializes in deep tissue massage as an effective therapy to help reduce pain, muscle tension and restriction.

Sandra Niemiec

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Sandra Niemiec is a massage therapist who studied at Everest College, she is trained in Swedish massage and personalizes in trigger point release technique. Having a passion for health and fitness she loves sharing her knowledge and motivation with others. Her goal is to help others achieve balance, health and self-love. Massage therapy is a wonderful way to connect body and mind. A personal motto of Sandra’s is “we get out of life what we put into it.” Hoping to leave a memorable lasting impression with everyone I cross paths with.

Harit Galhan

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Harit Galhan graduated from National Institute and has been on the healing journey since September of 2018. She has in a short period treated over 500 clients with various musculoskeletal conditions. Swedish Massage, Deep tissue and pregnancy massage are all her comfort levels. She likes to incorporate her light to medium pressure relaxation massage in with myofascial release, passive stretching and trigger point therapy. Combining these different techniques makes for a relaxing, yet effective massage in relieving tight muscles from everyday use or injuries from overuse. She decided to become a Massage Therapist because she loves helping people. At the end of the day she find's such a fulfillment knowing she has made a difference in helping her clients feel better. Harit soon plans on taking Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy and wants to specialize in Remedial Exercises to expand her knowledge of healing and help her clients to heal from within in order to properly maintain their body. Harit believes that a healthy body and a healthy mind both play a major role in person’s well-being.

Dr. Anastasia Pargaru, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, Anastasia has the incredible opportunity to educate, empower and lead individuals towards their own healing journey. Through compassionate listening, Anastasia is able to connect with, and understand her patient’s goals and challenges; and most importantly to re-invigorate their inherent ability to heal. Whether it is through diet, lifestyle or simply conversation, you can be sure that, together, you will find the right path to your optimal health.

 

Dr. Anastasia completed a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Biomedical Toxicology from University of Guelph before receiving her Doctorate in Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and becoming a board certified Naturopathic Doctor. She has experience in working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the National Microbiology Laboratory, both of which lead to her special interest in preventative medicine, with a focus on the endocrine and immune systems. In practice, Dr. Anastasia relies on several tools to promote health and treat illness, which include nutraceuticals, botanicals, acupuncture and positive lifestyle changes.

 

Anastasia is always on the hunt to expand her knowledge. Most recent accomplishment was meeting the Standard of Practice for Prescribing for Naturopaths, which allows her to perform vitamin B12 injections, and the use of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy (BHRT) in practice. To learn more, book a free 15 min meet and greet with Dr. Anastasia Pargaru, ND.

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu

Registered Acupuncturist

 

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu is a Registered Acupuncturist in Ontario. He has a solid background of Acupuncture, as he got his Master Degree majoring in Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bachelor Degree in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He also got his Master degree at Kinesiology School in Western University. With a combination of both western medicine and Chinese medicine, he is well prepared to provide health services to the public.

 

His clinical experience includes the treatment all kinds of pain such as neck and low back pain, headaches, sciatica, shoulder/rotator cuff, ankle and knee joint pain, arthritis, toothache, etc.) as well as some internal medical issues (e.g., dizziness, tinnitus, gastrointestinal disorder, Herpes zoster, etc.), some gynecological disorders (e.g., dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal syndrome, irregular menstruation, infertility, etc.), and emotional fluctuation (e.g., stress & strain, insomnia, easily irritated, easily get tired, etc.).

 

In addition, he has rich experience in dealing with obesity/weight loss and other weight management issues, postpartum depression, postpartum incontinence, females urinary syndromes (i.e., urine frequency, urine urgency, and or urine incontinence).
He keeps his knowledge of Chinese medicine up to date and is grateful to still have a strong working connection with his former supervisor and colleges.

Susan Duarte

Office Manager

 

Susan graduated as a physiotherapy assistant in 2007. She has been working at alliance physio as the office manager since 2009. Her background as a PTA has exposed her to a wide range of injuries and conditions. She has extensive knowledge with MVA and EHC billing. 

 

Susan also assists the Sports Physician and Physiatrist in clinic. 

Yara Acosta

Office Administrator

Biljana Violoni

Office Administrator