Our Team 2020-12-11T21:17:55+00:00

Lisa Agatep

Dr. Noor Ul Amin

Sabrina Pereira

Dr. Albert Varela

Susan Duarte

Joti mall

Asha Chaudhary

Brenda Villagra

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu

Dr. Anastasia Pargaru

Laura Amato

Piumika Fernando

Saviona Isaaks

 

Yara Acosta

Stephanie Zadorozniak

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.

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!

Saviona Isaaks, BPT

Registered Physiotherapist

 

Saviona Isaaks is an experienced Registered Physiotherapist at Alliance Physio. She both taught and practiced physiotherapy in India, upon gaining her degree in Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT). Following her decision to move to Canada, Saviona completed the Comprehensive Bridging Program at the University of Toronto to gain the knowledge, skills and experience she needed to practice in Canada. She is also accredited to practice Accupunture, Dry-Needling and Evidence Based Management of Concussion Syndrome , in Canada.

 

Saviona has worked in diverse environments and with people of all ages. She has thrived in both  community and hospital settings in Canada . Her key to success is her mantra - listen, educate, be thorough and support.  She has been compliment on her ability to listen to her clients, provide the education they need, give 110% to the treatment processs and provide ongoing support as the client progresses. Saviona believes and practices an Augmented Approach, which involves exercise and hands-on techniques. Her line of expertise include, but are not limited to, treating shoulder injuries, post surgical recovery and sports / sports-related injuries.

 

Her passion to keep her education current and ongoing makes her versatile and holistic. It creates a greater impact on her clients’ health, happiness and ability to function at their optimum. Apart from her love to help people, Saviona enjoys cooking, road-trips and  spending time with her family.

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

 

Puimika is a resident Physiotherapist and a registered kinesiologist. Puimika 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.

 

Puimika has been in the healthcare field since 2013 and has experience working with a wide variety of patient populations. Puimika strives on not just treating the problem but recognizing all other factors; medical, pyschological and social factors that may affect 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 receive well rounded, holistic 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. Her other interests includes 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, RMT

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, RMT

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.

Laura Amato, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Laura graduated from Everest College in 2008. In over 10 years of her practice, she's worked alongside and experienced treatment from a variety of practitioners including naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychotherapists, athletic therapists, physiotherapists and personal trainers. Laura has gained valuable knowledge through her established healthcare network allowing her to develop a holistic, well rounded perspective to client care and overall well-being.

 

Laura's goal is to work with her clients, establishing treatments that aid them with their health concerns while also providing a level of relaxation. She aims to provide pressure and technique that is tailored to and ideal to each client's specific preferences and needs. Her style typically has a slow and rhythmic flow with an adjustable, moderately deep pressure. Depending on the treatment, Laura utilizes a variety of techniques including General Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Techniques, Stretching and Traction. Laura checks in regularly with her clients throughout their sessions to ensure they are content with its progression, making changes when necessary.

 

On a personal level, Laura is a world traveler, low key adventurer and café lover. She's journeyed to 5 continents, traveled solo for a year through Asia and Australia, trekked mountains, kayaked rivers, zip lined through the jungle, and has jumped out of a plane. In her spare time at home, Laura lives a simpler life practicing yoga, journaling at coffee shops, taking walks in nature and spending quality time with friends and family. She has a passion for learning and is frequently reading or studying a variety of subjects. Laura loves experiencing life in big and small ways, always open to what it has to offer and teach.

Stepanie Zadorozniak, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Stephanie graduated from Humber College in 2018. The following year, she was awarded first place in the Student Case Report Contest hosted by the Registered Massage Therapy Act of Ontario (RMTAO).

 

Stephanie utilizes her skill to focus on the individuals complaint to create a customized treatment plan to meet the patients goals. Treatment plans include deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, myofascial techniques, joint mobilizations, and various stretching techniques. When applicable, Stephanie will incorporate therapeutic exercise to help you integrate an active lifestyle back into your daily routine.

 

Stephanie has experience treating headaches, tendinopathies, weekend warriors, desk workers, whiplash symptoms, sciatic symptoms, low back pain, neurological conditions, chronic pain, sprains, strains, postural dysfunctions, and more.

 

In Stephanie's spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, juggling tricks, and playing board games.

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