Who We Are
Winners of the Burlington Readers Choice Award for
Best Physiotherapy Clinic in Burlington 10 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.
Miriam Mulkewich - Registered Physiotherapist BPE, BHScPT
Miriam has been working in the rehabilitation field for over 30 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 20 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 (1988) and Physiotherapy (1995). Continuing education is important to Miriam and over the years she has completed many physiotherapy specialty courses in manual therapy, running injuries, the Fit Fore Golf program, women's health, vestibular rehabilitation and concussion care. Miriam has completed her training in Acupuncture at McMaster University's internationally recognized Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. Miriam became a Pilates instructor over 16 years ago and incorporates Pilates into her rehabilitation approach. In 2014, Miriam completed a yoga teacher training program and in 2017 completed a Medical Therapeutic yoga program. She incorporates yoga principles and postures into her rehabilitation approach when she can, particularly for those dealing with chronic pain.
Outside the clinic, Miriam keeps active through, running, cycling, hiking and camping with her family. One of her favourite things to do is to explore the local trails for a hike or a trail run with her dog Ivy.
Lesley Hughes - Registered Physiotherapist BA/BPHE, BA, MScPT
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 children, Lesley enjoys staying fit with strength training and is currently a blue belt in karate.
Lauren Wootton - Registered Physiotherapist BHSc, MScPT, CIDN
**CURRENTLY ON MAT LEAVE**
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 has completed several orthopedic manual therapy courses and is certified in Integrated Dry NeedlingTM as well as Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Lauren incorporates manual therapy, exercise and dry needling or acupuncture to address a variety of conditions and dysfunctions from sports related injuries to joint pain and arthritis. Integrated Dry NeedlingTM is a technique that uses acupuncture needles to target individual muscular trigger points that can be a major source of pain and dysfunction. Lauren is one of only a handful of physiotherapists certified in this technique in the local area. Learn more about Dry Needling here. She also has a special interest in treating patients with vertigo and dizziness using specialized maneuvers and tailored home exercises.
Outside of the clinic, Lauren enjoys yoga, ultimate frisbee, travelling and spending time with her husband and their two young kids.
David Tait - Registered Physiotherapist BSc(Hons), MScPT
David graduated from McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2004 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto (1998). He has been working in outpatient orthopaedics since 2004 in the Hamilton/Burlington community.
He is a graduate of the McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture Program, and has completed courses in Manual Therapy and McKenzie Theory.
He received training and worked as part of the Interdisciplinary Spine Assessment and Education Clinic (ISAEC) funded by the Ontario Government and specializing in low back assessment, education and promoting self-management.
He has extensive experience working with postoperative patients (including spinal surgery, total joint replacements, and trauma), work and athletic injuries.
He is a father of three (boy, girl and a dog) and when not escaping his busy home life at the clinic, he enjoys biking, hiking and vineyards.
Taryn Blignaut - Registered Physiotherapist BHSc, MScPT
Taryn completed her Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2019 at McMaster University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in 2016. Taryn is currently working on completing her Level 1 Manual Therapy Certification and has previously completed a course in Soft Tissue Release. Taryn integrated manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription and other modalities to provide optimal patient care.
When Taryn is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out at the gym and travelling.
Kelly Hopcraft - Registered Physiotherapist BKin(Hons), MScPT
Kelly is a registered physiotherapist with over 17 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 young boys.
Wendy Hancock - Registered Physiotherapist BScKin, MScPT
Wendy is an Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health 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 was formerly an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, Physiotherapy Program, at McMaster University (2007-2016) where she taught physiotherapy students and physician assistant students in a problem-based, small group environment.Passionate about learning, Wendy has completed several post-graduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, and pelvic health. She is a graduate of the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program (2008). She has completed specialized Pelvic Health training in incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), dyspareunia (painful sex), and pelvic pain using internal evaluation (vaginal and rectal) of the pelvic floor. She has also completed training in Inflammatory Conditions of the Lactating Breast and is able to assist women with breastfeeding-related breast and nipple pain. Wendy incorporates manual therapy, individualized exercise, acupuncture, education and other modalities to help her clients achieve success.
Vince Pacifici - Registered Physiotherapist BSc(PT)
Vince graduated from Queen's University in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and has spent his entire career providing service to the local area.
Since 2008, Vince has been involved in many pioneering physiotherapy roles, including completing McMaster University's first Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship. Later he received advanced practice training with the Inter-professional Spinal Assessment and Education Clinics or "ISAEC", for the assesment and specialized treatment of lower back pain. By working in both public and private healthcare over the past 15 years, he understands how to help patients navigate the complex and evolving system. Vince hopes to continue providing his genuine approach to clients in the Burlington and Hamilton area, along wiht the rest of the team at Fit For Life Physiotherapy.
His skill set of manual therapy, acupuncture, specialized exercise prescription and vestibular retraining techniques complements the other multidisciplinary services provided at the clinic. Vince has always found that a multifaceted approach to rehabilitation leads to paitents getting the right care at the right time. This focus on client-centered care ensurs that patients get better and faster, in a fun environment!
Wayne Lee - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
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.
Book your appointment with Wayne online today: https://fitforlifephysio.janeapp.com/
Melissa Fehr - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Melissa graduated from the massage therapy program at Mohawk College in 2015. 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.
Book your appointment with Melissa online today: https://fitforlifephysio.janeapp.com/
Tamara Cormier - Registered 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!
Natalie Jakymyshyn - Manual Osteopath M.OMSc
Natalie is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, which is an extensive 4 year academic and clinical program. She completed her program in 2017. She is also a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association which is a professional association recognized by the Canadian insurance company. In 2005, Natalie graduated with a Masters of Education from Griffith University (Australia). Natalie has worked as a research assistant at the Hamilton General Hospital and as a certified yoga teacher. These experiences encouraged her to deepen her understanding of the human body.
Natalie is a new mom and enjoys taking her baby girl for hikes.
Jill Holden - Certifed Personal Trainer
Jill is certified through Can Fit Pro in personal training and nutrition. Her training in pilates and yoga is through Body Harmonics, STOTT Pilates and Yogafit. She also completed the Bone Fit Program through Osteoporosis Canada. Jill’s passion for fitness began at an early age on the ice in figure skating. The opportunity to skate professionally in a touring ice show led to a new career in off-ice conditioning. Her awareness of body movement, alignment and posture has allowed her to excel as a teacher and trainer. She shares in her clients success and achievements which motivates them to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Many clients have been training with her for several years and she continues to inspire and be inspired.
Dharsy Sriranjan Patient Experience and Marketing Manager M.A., B.A.(Hons)
Dharsy graduated with a Master's in French from McMaster University in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor degree in French & Art History.
Dharsy is no stranger to Fit for Life Physiotherapy. She first worked for a year as their part-time receptionist in 2013. After working at a not for profit organization, she returned late 2017 as their office manager.
Outside of the clinic, Dharsy enjoys the arts, dancing, hiking and spending time with her loved ones.
Paula Hoyt Patient Experience Representative
Paula is our receptionist. She graduated from University of Birmingham (U.K.) with a degree in Tourism Business Management, and attended Crandall University, in Moncton, for her Master in Organizational Management. Originally from Romania, she moved to the East coast a few years ago, and then to Hamilton in the summer of 2018 so her husband can attend McMaster University for his master’s in physiotherapy.
When she is not at the desk, she loves to spend time with her husband playing tennis, biking, finding good restaurants, and going on adventures. Paula also likes to stay active; her newest goal is to do a handstand and she hopes to accomplish that by the end of 2019.