Dawn Robertson RMT, AT
Massage Therapist, Certified Athletic Therapist
Dawn is a Registered
Massage Therapist (RMT) graduated in 1998. She is also a Certified Canadian Athletic Therapist (AT) graduating from
Sheridan College's Athletic Therapy Program in 2005. Dawn has previously worked with many amateur and professional sports
teams including rugby Canada, Oakvile Crusaders Rugby Club, Oakville Blades JrA Hockey team and Six Nations Jr A Arrows lacrosse
team. Dawn has worked 2 years as the assistant athletic therapist at Queens University and has also worked for Cirque
du Soleil Totem and Dralion as well as the National Ballet. Dawn has attended Stott Pilates training as well as advanced
training in muscle energy, fascial release, craniosacral, soft tissue release and visceral manipulation courses.
Dawn's treatment focus here is on finding and treating the cause of pan and discomfort, not simply
addressing symtoms (allthough necessary sometimes) and treating tyhe whole body as a unit. Her interests are in core
and postural strengthening, fascial release and visceral work.
Caleb Park BSc. (R.KIN),
Reg.(ONT) AMD 1
Exercise Supervisor / Kinesiologist / SNI
Caleb is a graduate of Brock University with Honours
in Kinesiology. He is a registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and also a member of
the Ontario Society of Health and Fitness. He has experience from previous positions working with Special Needs populations.
He provides exercise based intervention for those with neurological impairments such as post-stroke, ABI, MS, CP and spinal
cord injuries. Caleb has experience working with senior clients in gym settings. Currently he is passionate and skilled
at helping those with both neurological and developmental disabilities. He is very enthusiatic about sharing hisknowledge
of corrective exercise, prevention and rehabiltation with those who are willing to learn. Caleb always strives to learn more,
and provide service to clients at the BODiWORKS Institute.
Christian Ying HBA.(R.Kin), CAT(C),Osteopathy (thesis
has an Specialized Honours BA in Kinesiology (R.Kin), a degree from Sheridan College in Athletic Therapy (CAT) and is currently
completing a thesis from his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. His love of sport
and the desire to help others has led him to become an Athletic Therapist for many years. Christian has been in clinical
practice for 16years and has developed the passion and skill to treat the body as a 'whole' and not just the injured area.
In addition he works to find the 'cause', whether it is chronic imbalances or injury and treat it.
Christian is here to help and serve each and every client. He is keen
to educate himself on the latest techniques and treatments so he can grow and improve his established skills. Christian
believes in a holistic approach to treatment and that the practictioner helps the body achieve balance, it then has the ability
to heal itself. While working as an AT, Christian became very interested in the connection between the body's systems
and how to treat them in an orderly manner for optimum healing. Through his studies in Osteopathy, Christian feels very
equipped to work together with other practitioners. He feels that by providing 'cause related treatment' with a comprehensive
caring approach builds a great community.
Mira Miskovic PT (Reg.ONT)
Mira Miskovic PT, Cert. MDT, MCPA is a compassionate physiotherapist and Osteopath
who is dedicated to assisting your recovery and to resume, and in many cases exceed your pre-injury activities and lifestyle.
Using Osteopathic principles,
McKenzie approach and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) combined with her extensive experience and
training gives Mira‘s treatments ‘an edge’. It is not a rare occasion that her patients respond very favourable
in the short period of time.
of experience working with people post stroke, head injury and other neurological conditions, along with her ongoing postgraduate
training including Neuro Developmental Treatment – Bobath approach assist Mira to provide very successful rehab programs
for her patients.
by The McKenzie Institute International to evaluate and treat spinal disorders, Mira receives referrals from orthopedic surgeons,
physiatrists and Regional Assessment Centres to treat patients who already have gone through a treatment program with limited
or no improvement. So far, Mira was very successful in helping these people to significantly improve their condition. She
has success with helping patients suffering from herniated discs, as well as back, neck and shoulder pain.
Mira is open to referrals from
Insurance companies to treat people who have been injured in car accidents (MVA’s). Mira further enhanced her skills
and developed ways to assist those patients to reduce the pain and recover faster, and safely return to work within the
shortest time frame.
the course of the treatment, Mira places a strong focus on educating you to understand your condition in order to be
able to assist your body to resume its inherent ability to heal itself. She also uses ’Hands-on’ approach
to remove restrictions and restore the impaired relationships within your tissues so that normal physiology resumes and enable
A firm emphasis
is placed on treating the cause of the problem as a must to restoring core stability. This is most often impaired due to our
predominantly sedentary lifestyle or as a consequence of previous, often untreated and neglected minor injuries, which over
time managed to cause changes within our body, often far away from the previously injured site.
Mira is devoted to continuously working on further upgrading
her skills in order to give you the most updated and the most efficient treatment.
Kim Banting CHNP
Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Kim Banting is a Board Certified Holistic Nutrionist, providing personal consulting, practicing
in the Mississauga/Oakville area. She brings her experience, passion for cooking, food and health to work for men and women
of all ages and abilities. She feels your optimal health goals can be reached through her inspiration and education
plus your new knowledge and feeligs of responsibility.
Kim is a regular contributor to
SilverLinks News and a guest writer for various blogs. She spearheaded a community's garden at Shelter Bay PS in 2012,
as well as helping High Park's Children's garden. She has assisted various groups such as The Stop Community Food Center,
Senior's Life Enhancement Centre, Mississauga Older Adults Centre, Peel Elder Abuse and Prevention Network and Catholic Family
Kim's specialties include health GUT and digestion treatment, women's health,
hormone balancing and stress management. She believes in the body's innate ability to heal itself when given the right
tools: health diet, physical activity, sunshine, fresh air and clean water.
want to help you get back your health, reduce pain and discomfort, and improve your body functions without a restrictive diet
plan. I will work with you to help create lasting changes that you can live with."
There is a lot of misinformation circulating online about 'fad' diets and GUT health, and it can be very difficult
to navigate your way through. Your personal GUT health is different than someone else's and needs specific attention.
The truth is, our GUT health is always changing. There is so much new research and I believe it is very important to
stay up to date with the latest information. I use only evidence-based strategies when I work with my clients to ensure
that they see the results they are looking for.
She is happy to be part of the BODiWORKS
Institute and provide Personal Nutritional Consulting.
Tavares HBSc., MScA(OT) (reg.OT ONT)
Rachel has graduated from McGill University with a Master's
degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). Prior to this, Rachel completed a Bachelor of Science in the Life Sciences program with
a Minor in Psychology from McMaster University.
Through her academic, work
and volunteer experiences, Rachel has worked with clients ranging in age from infants to older adults, with a wide range of
physical and mental health concerns including, but not limited to; developmental disabilities, psychiatric illnesses, neurological
and orthopaedic conditions. She has worked in hospital, homecare, daycare, clinical, academic and community settings.
Rachel has more than 7 years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. The combination of
this experience with her schooling has helped her develop a unique understanding of the challenges faced by these individuals
and families. Rachel has skills in Assessment, Analysis and follow up recommendations to improve overall quality of
Rachel is both passionate and compassionate when it comes to helping others with
their health and wellbeing in a manner that is respectful and dignified. Consistent with the values of Occupational
Therapy, Rachel looks at clients from a holistic perspective. She collaborates with clients to explore elements of the
person, their occupations (anything a person does to occupy their time) and their environment to identify barriers and solutions
in what the clients desires, needs to do or has to accomplish in their daily life. Rachel is excited to assist you or
your family to reach a full potential and occupational goals at the BODiWORKS Institute.
SPECIAL NEEDS INSTRUCTORS
Mannat Tayal BA (Psych), AMD 1 & 2
AGP / ETR Special Needs Instructor (SNI)
Mannat is currently
finishing her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She has experience with special needs individuals through working at the
BODiWORKS Institute, as well as Community Living and Support Neurodiversity through Adaptive Programming (SNAP). Mannat
has worked with both adults and children with special needs particularly those within the Autism Spectrum.
She is very passionate about helping those with disabilities and challenges, and loves to see progress made
wherevere possible. She is enthusiastic and friendly therefore provides an active and safe environment for children
in AGP and ETR session.
Kevin Ho BA
(Psych), AMD 1 & 2
AGP / ETR Special
Needs Instructor (SNI)
Kevin is a graduate of the U of T with a degree in Psychology
and Exceptionality in Human Learning. He has experiences working with teens and young adults with Cerebral Palsy and
other Intellectual Disabilities at the March of Dimes Canada. He is an advocate for mental health and fighting stigma
surrounding disabilities. He is very excited to be part of the team at the BODiWORKS Institute. To use his knowledge,
passion and promote safe and effective environments for special needs children is a privilege.
Maria Jackson BSc. (Kin), AMD 1 & 2
AGP / ETR Special Needs Instructor (SNI) / Client Care
Maria is a graduate of the U of T with a Bachelors in Kinesiology. She has many years of
experience coaching in special needs and adapted sports programs. Maria is very passionate about working with
children, particularly those with special needs and helping them achieve personal success. She is also keen on biomechanics
and human kinetics, and hopes to combine all her interests as an Instructor at the BODiWORKS Institute. Her passions
for children extend to someday working with Paediatric prosthetics specialties.
Darren Korpela BA(Kin)
/ ETR Special Needs Instructor (SNI)
Darren is a graduate of Brock University with
a degree in Kinesiology and Niagara College graduate certification in Autism and Behavioural Science. He has spent 4
years working in an adaptive gym program in Niagara area with elementary school aged children. He has also experience
working with special needs individuals in other capacities such as adult residential care, respite work,social skills groups
and vocational programs as well as ABA/IBI therapies. He is passionate in helping those with both Autism and other neurodevelopmental
Liane Yanchis B.A.Sc.
AGP Special Needs Instructor (SNI)
Liane is a graduate from McMaster
University with a degree in Honours Human Behaviour. She has experience working with the special needs population through
positions at a group home, day programs and respite working. She is a big proponent of an active lifestyle and enjoys
playing soccer, skateboarding and going for wlaks with her dog. She is excited to make a positive impact on the health
and wellness of those in the AGP and ETR programs at the BODiWORKS Institute.