Our Team 2017-10-04T23:43:43+00:00

Dr. Albert Varela

Susan Duarte

Sabrina Pereira

Lisa (Ha) Duong

Sandra D’Uva

Brenda Villagra

Adhira Mahajan

Sandra Niemiec

Dr. Noor Ul Amin

Zippy Rajpoot

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu

Dr. Abdul-Wahab Khan

Dr. Albert Varela

 

Dr. Varela, clinic director of Alliance Physio, 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.  With many years of clinical experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  Dr. Varela has treated a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints ranging from sports injuries and rehabiltation to geriatric injuries.

 

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.

 

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. 

  

Susan Duarte

 

Susan graduated college in 2007 and received her diploma as a Physiotherapist Assistant.  her background as a PTA has exposed her to a wide range of injuries and conditions.  Susan has been the Office Manager at Alliance Physio for 7 years and has extensive knowledge in regards to billing including; private insurance, Motor vehicle and WSIB.

 

In addition to being a Manager, Susan is a Registered Reflexology Practitioner with the RRCO, with further training in baby/children Reflexology by Sue Ricks in the UK.  She is also a certified Hot Stone Practitioner with The Stone Massage company in Toronto.

 
 

Susan Duarte

 

Susan graduated college in 2007 and received her diploma as a Physiotherapist Assistant.  her background as a PTA has exposed her to a wide range of injuries and conditions.  Susan has been the Office Manager at Alliance Physio for 7 years and has extensive knowledge in regards to billing including; private insurance, Motor vehicle and WSIB.

 

In addition to being a Manager, Susan is a Registered Reflexology Practitioner with the RRCO, with further training in baby/children Reflexology by Sue Ricks in the UK.  She is also a certified Hot Stone Practitioner with The Stone Massage company in Toronto.

 

Sabrina Pereira

 

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.

Lisa (Ha) Duong

 

Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Ontario prior to moving to Melbourne, Australia to complete her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne.  While living in Australia, Lisa worked as a Physiotherapist specializing in spinal and sports physiotherapy and clinical pilates.  Lisa has since then moved back to Canada and is excited to now be working in her local community.

 

She has a wide variety of experiences working with patients of all ages and backgrounds-athletes, desk bound workers, and pre-post natal populations.  Lisa has a passion for treating neck pain and headaches, and chronic low back pain with the use of her expertise in clinical pilates.  She also hopes to specialize in Paediatric physiotherapy in the future.

 

Treatment areas and specialities:

post-operative orthopaedic procedures -

fractures  -

acute sports injuries -

arthritis -

strains and sprains -

back and neck pain -

headaches -

Vertigo (BPPV) -

spinal conditions -

postural dysfunction -

use of clinical pilates for core strengthening and functional training -

 

Lisa (Ha) Duong

Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Western Ontario prior to moving to Melbourne, Australia to complete her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne.  While living in Australia, Lisa worked as a Physiotherapist specializing in spinal and sports physiotherapy and clinical pilates.  Lisa has since then moved back to Canada and is excited to now be working in her local community.

She has a wide variety of experiences working with patients of all ages and backgrounds-athletes, desk bound workers, and pre-post natal populations.  Lisa has a passion for treating neck pain and headaches, and chronic low back pain with the use of her expertise in clinical pilates.  She also hopes to specialize in Paediatric physiotherapy in the future.

Treatment areas and specialities:

– post-operative orthopaedic procedures

– fractures

– acute sports injuries

– arthritis

– strains and sprains

– back and neck pain

– headaches

– Vertigo (BPPV)

– spinal conditions

– postural dysfunction

– use of clinical pilates for core strengthening and functional training

 

Sandra D'Uva

 

Sandra is a graduate of the University of Toronto Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program.  She is a registered massage therapist practicing with Alliance Physio for over 8 years.  As a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching clinic, she received training in General Swedish Massage as well as Myofacial Release techniques, which addresses adhesions of connective tissue within the body and helps to relieve chronic pain.  Sandra has also completed speciality training and outreach in the areas of: neurological disorders, cancer, post surgery, pregnancy and ostpartum massage, addressing musculoskeletal discomfort, postural changes, and specific self-care exercises.

 

Brenda Villagra

 

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.

 

Brenda Villagra

 

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.

Adhira Mahajan

 

Adhira is a registered physiotherapist and a member in good standing of College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She graduated in 2009 from Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. Upon completion of her physiotherapy education she worked in a multidisciplinary hospital where she was exposed to a diverse case load. In 2010 she packed her bags and moved to Canada and has been practising since 2014 in Canada. She brings with her diverse training and experience and is constantly updating her skills. She has taken advanced orthopaedic certification courses by APTEI. She has attended seminars on chronic pain management and is enrolled to take vestibular rehab course and osteoarthritis management course offered by GLA:D Canada.

 
She brings with her passion and desire to support people through their journey to recovery. She strongly believes in patient education and health promotion and exercise based rehabilitation. Her exercise programs are customized to meet patient needs. Her smiling face and ability to connect to patients makes patient experience very positive. She loves to travel and is always up to some adventures. She also enjoys hiking, exercising and biking.

 

Sandra Niemiec

 

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.

 

Sandra Niemiec

 

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.

 

Dr. Noor Ul Amin

 

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

 

Zippy Rajpoot

 

Zippy Rajpoot is a registered physiotherapist in good standing with the aim to help her patients achieve their health and fitness goals. She tailors her treatment plans according to the unique goals of her patients to help them on their road to recovery.  Zippy has worked with a patients suffering from Sports injuries, Work related injuries, Chronic and Overuse Musculoskeletal disorders, Stroke and other Neurological conditions, and Motor Vehicle Accident injuries to name a few.

 

Zippy uses a variety of approaches to improve patient function, which includes mobilization of joints through Mulligan (MWM) and Muscle Energy techniques as well as (NKT) neurokinetic therapy principles. In addition, Zippy will also administer soft tissue therapy, manual therapy, exercise therapy and usage of therapeutic modalities.

 

Zippy has strong belief in evidence-based treatment and patient education to provide optimal care to her clientele. Her treatment philosophy is to provide you with the tools to treat your injuries and return to your pre-injury functional status. She is a strong believer of continuing education and so she is planning to take different courses in the coming future such as Acupuncture and courses for Pelvic Floor Health.

 

Zippy Rajpoot

 

Zippy Rajpoot is a registered physiotherapist in good standing with the aim to help her patients achieve their health and fitness goals. She tailors her treatment plans according to the unique goals of her patients to help them on their road to recovery.  Zippy has worked with a patients suffering from Sports injuries, Work related injuries, Chronic and Overuse Musculoskeletal disorders, Stroke and other Neurological conditions, and Motor Vehicle Accident injuries to name a few.

 

Zippy uses a variety of approaches to improve patient function, which includes mobilization of joints through Mulligan (MWM) and Muscle Energy techniques as well as (NKT) neurokinetic therapy principles. In addition, Zippy will also administer soft tissue therapy, manual therapy, exercise therapy and usage of therapeutic modalities.

 

Zippy has strong belief in evidence-based treatment and patient education to provide optimal care to her clientele. Her treatment philosophy is to provide you with the tools to treat your injuries and return to your pre-injury functional status. She is a strong believer of continuing education and so she is planning to take different courses in the coming future such as Acupuncture and courses for Pelvic Floor Health.

 

Xianmin (Shawn) Yu

 

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.

Dr. Abdul-Wahab Khan

 
Dr. Khan is a board certified Physiatrist and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He obtained his medical degree in 2012 from McMaster University and thereafter completed his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University in 2017.
 
Dr. Khan has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and delivered numerous teaching rounds at McMaster University.
 
His clinical interests include all aspects of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sport medicine, spasticity management through chemodenervation, chronic pain management and functional rehab for strokes, acquired Brain injury, spinal cord injury and cerebral Palsy. He is a strong advocate for the role of physical activity and exercise to prevent and treat chronic disease.
 
His research interests include biomechanics and ergonomics of disease, joint preservation and bone health.
 
Conditions we treat include: Rotator Cuff Pathology, Acromioclavicular joint injury, Biceps Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Stress Fractures, Greater trochanteric bursitis, Concussion​s, Osteoarthritis, Back Pain and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, and spasticity (resulting from stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy) and more
 
Treatments and Procedures we provide and perform: peripheral joint injections to treat bone and soft tissue pathology, trigger point injections for chronic myofascial pain, chemodenervation for spasticity management, occipital nerve blocks and more

 

Dr. Abdul-Wahab Khan

 

 
Dr. Khan is a board certified Physiatrist and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He obtained his medical degree in 2012 from McMaster University and thereafter completed his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University in 2017.
 
Dr. Khan has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and delivered numerous teaching rounds at McMaster University.
 
His clinical interests include all aspects of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sport medicine, spasticity management through chemodenervation, chronic pain management and functional rehab for strokes, acquired Brain injury, spinal cord injury and cerebral Palsy. He is a strong advocate for the role of physical activity and exercise to prevent and treat chronic disease.
 
His research interests include biomechanics and ergonomics of disease, joint preservation and bone health.
 
Conditions we treat include: Rotator Cuff Pathology, Acromioclavicular joint injury, Biceps Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Stress Fractures, Greater trochanteric bursitis, Concussion​s, Osteoarthritis, Back Pain and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, and spasticity (resulting from stroke, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy) and more
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Treatments and Procedures we provide and perform: peripheral joint injections to treat bone and soft tissue pathology, trigger point injections for chronic myofascial pain, chemodenervation for spasticity management, occipital nerve blocks and more