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Corey Evans
 Executive Director, BODiWORKS Institute
 
Corey Evans is a leading authority on personal health. Through the application of sound wellness and behavior modification he motivates clients to access their inner strength. As a wellness consultant Corey has helped thousands of clients who have sought his guidance for preventive health using exercise, natural nutrition and stress management. He is passionate about traditional diets, experienced in organic farming, stress reduction and preventive means to resolving dysfunction and disease.
 
Corey uniquely bridges the gap of information between holistic/alternative health and conventional health knowledge. Corey is particularly knowledgeable and passionate about children and teens development. He has extensive experience through his work with neurologically impaired individuals, corrective exercise for injury and obese children.  He combines his unique knowledge, education and research to provide compassionate support to people of all ages and abilities.  

Corey is the Executive Director of the BODiWORKS Institute in Mississauga, which has individually helped thousands of adults and children since 1995. He is the President of the Freedom Initiatives Health Corp, a consulting firm currently providing corporate presentations and motivation solutions.  Corey is the GTA-West Chapter President of the Weston Price Foundation for natural foods and research.

Corey is the creator and founder of the Adapted Gym Program for special needs children, a first in Canada.  He has also founded the BBAIM (Brain-based Autism Intervention and Management) team which is tasked with providing information, supervision of services and professional therapies to families with children within the Autism spectrum.

Corey holds a degree in Biological and Health Sciences with emphasis in Kinesiology and a strong continuance of certifications in the exercise, wellness and human behavior fields. He has  received inspiration from the Dr.A.Weil Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona through course work studying the link between nutrition and cardiovascular health.  He actively speaks to medical staff, corporations, community organizations, Universities and businesses. Corey also coaches on various topics related to wellness and behavior solutions.
 
You can contact Corey directly at corey@healthisfreedom.net
 

 

Dawn Robertson RMT, AT

 Registered 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. (KIN), Reg.(ONT)

 Exercise Supervisor / Kinesiologist 

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.

Mira Miskovic PT (Reg.ONT)

 Physiotherapist 

Mira Miskovic PT, Cert. MDT, MCPA is a compassionate physiotherapist 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.

Years 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.

Being credentialed 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.

During 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 healing.

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.

 

Emily Mclennan  B.FA., DTATI 

 Art Therapist 

An Art Therapist, artist and researcher Emily is focused on integrating expressive arts into therapeutic intervention for children and people with special needs.  With training in behavioural therapy and ABA methodology, Emily has found that taking the principles of building relationships, working to strengthen lagging skills and providing opportunities for expression as the basis for her therapeutic interventions is very necessary.  She has experience woking with Autism and other specail needs chidlren at Camp Ramapo as an Art Therapist. Emily saw first hand how strides can be made with a balanced perscpective towards therapy; integrating expressive, intellectual, relational and fitness aspects of treatment.  In the past two years Emily's passion has been invested in this work.  She is excited to provide expressive arts intervention as a therapeutic tool within the BBAIM and BODIWORKS Special Needs Dept.  Emily has worked at several family service agencies helping special needs and mental health individuals.   She has completed study at OCAD University, Concordia University and Toronto Art Therapy Institute.  As well her continuing education in the fall at Wilfred Laurier for a Masters in spititual care and psychotherapy.

At the BODiWORKS Institute, Emily is offering individual Art Therapy for children, youth and adults within the Special Needs Department as a part of the BBAIM team.

Art Therapy is a unique branch of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of art-making to improve the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals of all ages. Since art is a visual expression of the brain, and thus language, it accesses cognitive and emotional aspects of experiences in a different way than verbal language.  Using imagery, colour and shape as part of the therapeutic process - thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.

Emily is pleased to be part of the team and looks forward to working closely with children and their families/caregivers in the the BODiWORKS community. 

Rachel Tavares HBSc., MScA(OT) (reg.OT ONT)

 Occupational Therapist 

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 life.

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

Taylor Perkins BSc. (HK)

 

 AGP Special Needs Instructor (SNI)

 

Taylor graduated from the University of Guelph with a major in Human Kinetics and a minor in Cognitive Psychology.  She has been coaching both recreational and competitive gymnastics for all ages for five years.  She loves working with children and promoting health and fitness.  Taylor is enthusiastic about learning and teaching through the special needs programs at BODiWORKS.  Taylor hopes to pursue a Master's degree in physiotherapy in the next few years.

 

 

Glenn Stone

 

 AGP Special Needs Instructor (SNI)

 

Glenn graduated from Sheridan College with a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Fitness principles. He is currently completing a Certified Personal Trainer Certification. He has a great deal of experience working with children with disabilities and special needs.  As a previous  Resident Director for a college solely for students with learning, physical and neurological delays.  With his long history of hands on care of special needs in an active environment, Glenn is very passionate about encouraging and helping.  Seeking a healthy lifestyle is very important to Glenn.  He seeks to inspire others by drawing from his past experiences of playing, coaching and umpiring youth sports.  Glenn is currently expanding his education of special needs through the BODiWORKS Institute and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and IBI Certifications.

 

Jordan Frost M.ED.

 

 AGP Special Needs Instructor (SNI) 

 

Jordan is a high school teacher currently the Dept. Head of Physical Education and extracurricular activities at Bronte College.  Jordan is a licensed member of the Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT) and obtained qualifications in guidance and counselling.  He graduated from the U of T with Honours Bachelors of Physical Education and Kinesiology in CTEP.  He pusrsued further education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) where he acquired his Masters of Education in the Applied Psychology and Human Development stream, specializing in mental health and special needs education.

 

Jordan has several years of experience working with special needs youth in a physical education setting. He has been a teaching assistant at the elementary and high school level, coordinator for Camp U of T, the gym director of "The Little Gym" in Mississauga and an educational consultant for the organization 'Physically Active Youth in Namibia'.  Jordan has also coached a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, cross-country, track/field, gymnastics and karate.  He hopes to contribute a positive attitude and enhance the lives of the special needs kids and adults attending the BODiWORKS Institute.  

 

Betsy Mensah

 

 AGP Special Needs Instructor (SNI) 

 

Betsy graduated from George Brown College with an Advanced Diploma in Behaviour Scienec Technology.  She aquired both theoretical and practical knowledge within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behaviour Interventions (IBI).  She has been implementing personalized intreventions with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for two and half years.  She enjoys sports and a physical activities and incorporates these into her work and lifestyle where able.  Betsy is eager and hoping to promote a positive healthy lifestyle for others to learn.  She is looking to challenge and expand her skill set from a different approach and believes BODiWORKS to be the right Institution for this. She is looking forward to working with your children.