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. (KIN),
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)
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.
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.
Emily Mclennan B.FA., DTATI
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.
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
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 / Special Needs Instructor (SNI)
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
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.
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
AGP Special Needs Instructor
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.