About Us

Winners of the Burlington Readers Choice Award for

Best Physiotherapy Clinic in 8 years in a Row


 



Miriam Mulkewich and Lesley Hughes came together to provide physiotherapy services to the community and work with people of all ages whether it is dealing with an injury or managing chronic disease such as cardiac disease, diabetes or osteoporosis. Their goal is to provide people with the skills and knowledge to improve their physical abilities to allow them to get the most out of life – to be fit for life. This is achieved through one on one physiotherapy treatment sessions, educational workshops as well as pilates and yoga classes.

the people who care

Miriam Mulkewich BPE, BHScPT - Registered Physiotherapist

Miriam has been working in the rehabilitation field for over 20 years. As a physiotherapist, Miriam has worked in private clinics in both British Columbia and Ontario, as well as at St. Peters Hospital. For the past 10 years she has been providing physiotherapy services to the community of Aldershot.

Miriam received her training at McMaster University earning two degrees in Physical Education and Physiotherapy. Continuing education is important to Miriam and she has completed many physiotherapy specialty courses in manual therapy, running injuries, the Fit Fore Golf program and women’s health (specifically incontinence). Miriam has completed her training in Acupuncture at McMaster University’s internationally recognized Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. Through STOTT Pilates Miriam has also become a certified Pilates instructor. Miriam maintains ties with McMaster University Physiotherapy program as a tutorial leader.

Outside the clinic, Miriam keeps active through, running, cycling, swimming, Pilates and yoga. If she is not running for leisure or in a race, you may find her running after her 3 children. She is also very involved in their activities or school events.

Lesley Hughes BA/BPHE, BA, MScPT - Registered Physiotherapist

Lesley is a registered physiotherapist in Ontario who has been working for over 12 years to help older adults improve their cardiovascular and bone health. Lesley graduated from Queen’s University in 1996 with a degree in Physical and Health Education. From there, Lesley went on to complete a Bachelors degree in Gerontology from McMaster University in 1998. In 2002, she returned to McMaster to complete her Masters degree in Physiotherapy. Lesley stays connected with McMaster assisting in the clinical skills labs and also acting as a preceptor to physiotherapy students. Lesley received her training in acupuncture from the internationally recognized Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.

For more than 10 years, Lesley has volunteered with Osteoporosis Canada and is currently the Past Chair of the Hamilton-Burlington Chapter. She has worked as a physiotherapist in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatients, cardiac rehabilitation, mental health, homecare and chronic disease management.

In addition to chasing after her 2 active young children, Lesley enjoys staying fit with strength training and is currently a blue belt in karate.

Monique Czerlau, Office Manager

Monique has worked over 20 years in customer service.

She joined Fit for Life Physiotherapy in May of 2013. She is responsible for all daily operations, customer service, scheduling, and billing for the clinic.

Monique loves the daily interaction with clients, and is driven to make Fit for Life Physiotherapy a place where clients want to come, and where they consistently experience exceptional care.

Monique loves spending time outdoors hiking with her trusty companion Sidnee a black lab rescue dog.



Kelly Hopcraft BKin(Hons), MScPT-Registered Physiotherapist

Kelly is a registered physiotherapist with over 13 years of experience working in a private physiotherapy clinical setting.  Kelly graduated from McMaster University in 2000 with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree.  She then went on to graduate from the first Master of Science in Physiotherapy class of McMaster University in 2002. 

Kelly has also completed continuing education courses in acupuncture, manual therapy and mobilization of the fascial system.

She has been involved as a preceptor with physiotherapy assistant students, high school co-op students and kinesiology students over the years.

While away from the clinic, Kelly keeps very busy looking after her three little boys.

Lauren Wootton, BHSc, MScPT. - Registered Physiotherapist - CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE WITH HER BABY GIRL!

Lauren completed her Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2012 at McMaster University.  She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Western Ontario.  Lauren started with Fit For Life Physiotherapy in April of 2013 after a 4 month locum in Golden, BC working at a sports clinic treating mainly skiers and snowboarders. 

Since graduation, Lauren has completed many continuing education certifications.  She is currently working towards her intermediate certification in manual therapy with the orthopedic division.  Most recently she has undergone training in a new treatment technique called 'dry needling'.  This technique is similar to acupuncture, however it targets muscle restrictions and trigger points and has proven very effective with many of her clients.   Lauren also has certificates in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Soft Tissue Release and Therapeutic Taping.

Lauren incorporates ‘hands on’ therapy, education, exercise, and modalities  (ie: acupuncture/dry needling, laser, ultrasound, taping) to assist her clients in returning to their active lifestyles.  

Outside of the clinic, Lauren enjoys yoga, ultimate frisbee, travelling and the outdoors.

Wendy Hancock BScKin, MScPT - Registered Physiotherapist

Wendy is a Registered Physiotherapist at Fit For Life Physiotherapy. She has a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University (2004) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University (1999). Wendy is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, Physiotherapy Program, at McMaster University where she teaches physiotherapy students in a problem-based, small group environment.

Passionate about learning, Wendy has completed several post-grad courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, and pelvic health. She is a graduate of the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program (2008). She has also completed specialized training for assessing and treating incontinence and pelvic pain using internal evaluation (vaginal and rectal). Wendy incorporates manual therapy, individualized exercise, acupuncture, education and other modalities to help her clients achieve success.

Natalie St. Hilaire BSc, PT - Registered Physiotherapist

Natalie graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2014, and from McMaster University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2016. Her career path began in high school when she started teaching aqua fitness classes in the community. There, she discovered her love of helping others improve their quality of life by achieving their fitness goals. This, in combination with her passion for human anatomy and physiology, led her to choose a career in physiotherapy. 

Natalie has a strong interest in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, as well as senior’s health. She is passionate about learning and is always seeking new opportunities to expand her clinical knowledge and skills. She currently has a certificate in Soft Tissue Release manual therapy, and plans to continue her growth by taking courses, participating in research, and learning from her colleagues.

Outside of the clinic, Natalie enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, baking, and travelling.

Mallory Abbott, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist

Mallory is a Registered Massage Therapist and Acupuncture practitioner. Mallory graduated from Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington, Ontario in 2009, and became licensed with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

As an RMT, Mallory has worked within a diverse population of the public, in which she has developed a specialized sense of touch. She has continued to further educate herself in the field of alternative medicine and became certified the Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University in 2012 and incorporates this technique into massage therapy treatments to address pain management and tissue health. She also completed the Pilates Process Mat Level 1 & 2 in Toronto in 2013 and enjoys incorporating Pilates into the rehabilitating of injuries and overall general health for her patients.

Mallory believes participating in a holistic approach of health care is the fundamental structure to optimal health and wellness. Mallory has recently decided to begin the study of Osteopathy. Understanding the structure function relationship our bodies tissues have, Mallory is learning a new way of treating holistically.  

She has started into her 3rd year studying Osteopathy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton.  Mallory is now offering student treatments at Fit For Life Physiotherapywhile finishing her last 2 years of studies. Please call to make an appointment!

Wayne Lee, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist

Wayne graduated from Sutherland-Chan Massage School & Teaching Clinic in Toronto, Ontario in 1999.

He is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. With a background in Kinesiology, Wayne believes in combining his knowledge for a well-rounded approach to helping clients. He utilizes a number of techniques including general Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, passive stretching, cranial sacral techniques and hydrotherapy within his practice.

Wayne treats his clients with both relaxation and deep tissue massage, based on each individual’s situation.

Maureen Blevins-Hayward, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist

Maureen graduated from Kikkawa College in 2005, where she also served as a Teaching-Clinic Supervisor from 2008 to 2009. She has experience working for a number of clinics including Port Credit Physiotherapy and Credit Valley Rehabilitation Centre in Mississauga. She holds certificates in LPG Endermologie, Infant Massage, Suikodo Therapy, and Myofascial Release, with extensive experience in pregnancy massage. She's currently studying acupuncture and will graduate in 2013.

When she's not in the clinic, she enjoys Pilates, cooking, knitting and running after her active boy James


Antonio Iavarone, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist.


Antonio is a graduate of the massage therapy program at Mohawk College and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. His passion for sports and the human anatomy are key factors in his decision to become a registered massage therapist. As a result of receiving treatments for his own sports-related injuries, he is keen on helping others get back from their own injuries or ailments and returning to the sports and life activities they love doing.

He is a very strong believer in the healing benefits of massage therapy and he is focused on ensuring his clients receive the best treatment possible and that their individual needs are meet. Antonio is very strong in various techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, fascial stretching along with general Swedish massage for relaxation.

Melissa Fehr, RMT - Registered Massage Therapist.

Melissa has recently graduated from the massage therapy program at Mohawk College and has been registered since February 2016. She enjoys playing sports and being physically active, therefore she understands how important it is to take care of ones body so as to partake in even the simplest daily activities without being limited by pain. Melissa strives to provide beneficial treatments to a variety of people. She offers techniques such as trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and general Swedish massage. As someone who is always looking for ways to help others, she thought massage therapy would be a profession that can be very rewarding.

Jill Holden - Certifed Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer

Jill is a certified pilates instructor, personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist. Jill’s passion for fitness began at an early age as a figure skater. The opportunity to skate professionally in a touring ice show led to a new career in off-ice conditioning. Jill’s awareness of the body and proper alignment has allowed her to excel as a pilates teacher and personal trainer. She has over 20 years of experience and has seen excellent results in clients of all fitness levels and abilities.

As a member of Can-Fit Pro and trained through STOTT Pilates and Body Harmonics, Jill regularly attends fitness and pilates workshops and courses to keep current and inspired. Jill looks forward to meeting new students at Fit For Life Physiotherapy and welcomes her existing students to enjoy her new home.

Sandee Ewasiuk - Certified Yoga Instructor

Sandee has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has recently finished a two year teacher's training course at Esther Myer's Studio in Toronto, where she completed over 700 hours of both practical and academic yoga training.
Sandee has many workshops under her belt including yoga anatomy and philosophy, vinyasa and core strength, breathing and meditation.  She also has yoga teaching experience in addiction recovery and autism. 

The style of yoga she teaches, based on hatha yoga and inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, emphasis breathing grounding and lengthening the spine. Along with creating flexibility, the poses enhance energy levels, and promote relaxation and stress relief.

Sandee's yoga classes are suitable for all ages, all fitness levels and can be adapted to students with physical limitations.

Tamara Cormier - Kinesiologist

Tamara Cormier graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with an Honours bachelor of Kinesiology and Minor in French. Since graduating Tamara has been working in private physiotherapy clinics providing care for diverse clientele.  In addition to working with clients in clinic, Tamara performs ergonomic assessments at their work places and helps clients adapt their spaces to create an environment where they can work safely and efficiently. Tamara has also completed the Bone Fit Program through Osteoporosis Canada and is trained to work with those with low bone density, fracture risk and Osteoporosis.

Tamara is continually learning through workshops, certifications, research and from her colleagues. Courses she has taken include: consistency and effectiveness in exercise prescription, De La Sol Yoga’s teacher training program, pre-natal yoga teacher training, kids yoga teacher training and most recently therapeutic yoga with Susi Hatley.

Tamara has a passion for movement and teaching. She integrates her knowledge to create exercise programs and classes tailored to the needs of the individuals she is working with.

Outside of the clinic Tamara enjoys yoga, dance, the outdoors and travel!


 
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