Team

Our multi-disciplinary team of physical health professionals have the depth of knowledge and range of expertise needed to create comprehensive programs for achieving your goals.

test-krisjon

Krisjon Vargas

MS, BAHS (Athletic Therapy), HBSc, R.Kin, RMT, CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist

Krisjon's Bio

Specialized in: Evaluation of motor control and biomechanics of movement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning for elite athletes.

Experience: Canada Basketball’s Junior National Team Head Athletic Therapist, and Senior National Team Athletic Therapist, Michigan State University’s football and basketball Athletic Trainer (Big Ten Conference Champions), University of Florida Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (Biomechanics).

Over the course of his career, Krisjon has provided mentorship to many young physicians and helped athletes and active lifestylers return to their physical lives pain-free and primed to reach levels of performance they didn’t even know were possible.

Currently leading the Integrated Support Team for Canada Basketball’s Junior National Team, Krisjon has treated a variety of complex injuries with an emphasis on correcting biomechanics by addressing soft tissue and motor control dysfunction. As a Certified Athletic Therapist, Krisjon’s approach involves applying manual therapeutic techniques to assess, prevent, and recondition musculoskeletal injuries to enhance overall function and performance. His success is grounded in treating the body as a whole instead of as compartmentalized segments where pain exists.

Experience has taught Krisjon that overall health and physical performance hinges upon the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Recognizing that muscles, ligaments, and joints are interconnected with the body’s neuromuscular and energy systems, Krisjon favours a manual approach to treatment rather than relying upon the use of electrical devices or medication.

“Let’s establish good, basic human qualities first…Do you eat well, do you breathe well, do you $hit well? When we establish that, we can build and improve on your own unique foundation. At the end of the day, we are working on one body…yours. So it only makes sense to work with every aspect of you, who you are, what you do and how you do it. Whether we’re on the treatment table or gym floor, there is no difference; training and rehab are the same thing, balanced within one body.”

test-jade

Dr. Jade Egonia

DC, BSc (Hon Kin)
Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider

Jade's Bio

Specialized in: Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture, Functional Range Release, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Shift Concussion Management, Graston Technique Level I, RockTape Doc, Bone Fit™ Trained Professional, Athletic Movement Assessment, SFMA.

Experience: University of Waterloo Women’s Warriors Varsity Basketball Team, Mimico Mountaineers Junior A and Junior C Lacrosse Club, 2015 Toronto Pan Am & Para Pan Am Games, Mississauga Monarchs U19 Girls Basketball team.

Dr. Jade is not your average chiropractor. She knows very well that the old-school mentality of a chiropractor as someone who sees you for only two minutes simply “cracks” your back when something feels “out of alignment” just doesn’t cut it. While an adjustment can have many great benefits, Dr. Jade believes a good chiropractor can tell whether or not it is necessary.

With a background in kinesiology, Dr. Jade is trained to assess and manage musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. This means that her training extends well beyond the spine to include other joints, muscles, and ligaments in the body. Dr. Jade is certified in Athletic Movement Assessment which identifies and qualifies movement behaviours in athletic performance. She also specializes in concussion management and is certified with the R2P Concussion Management. Dr. Jade is not only experienced in treating athletes, she is also experienced in treating the elderly population. She is a Bone Fit™ trained professional, which is an evidence-informed exercise training designed for healthcare professionals to provide training on the most appropriate, safe & effective methods to prescribe & progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. Her services include diversified spinal manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, Graston technique, biomedical acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and personalized rehabilitative exercises.

“I have a patient-centred approach to therapy because I believe that achieving health goals is a partnership, not a one-way street. This is why the therapy I provide is personalized to what works best for you.”

Team

Our multi-disciplinary team of physical health professionals have the depth of knowledge and range of expertise needed to create comprehensive programs for achieving your goals.

test-krisjon

Krisjon Vargas

MS, BAHS (Athletic Therapy), HBSc, R.Kin, RMT, CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist

Krisjon's Bio

Specialized in: Evaluation of motor control and biomechanics of movement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning for elite athletes.

Experience: Canada Basketball’s Junior National Team Head Athletic Therapist, and Senior National Team Athletic Therapist, Michigan State University’s football and basketball Athletic Trainer (Big Ten Conference Champions), University of Florida Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (Biomechanics).

Over the course of his career, Krisjon has provided mentorship to many young physicians and helped athletes and active lifestylers return to their physical lives pain-free and primed to reach levels of performance they didn’t even know were possible.

Currently leading the Integrated Support Team for Canada Basketball’s Junior National Team, Krisjon has treated a variety of complex injuries with an emphasis on correcting biomechanics by addressing soft tissue and motor control dysfunction. As a Certified Athletic Therapist, Krisjon’s approach involves applying manual therapeutic techniques to assess, prevent, and recondition musculoskeletal injuries to enhance overall function and performance. His success is grounded in treating the body as a whole instead of as compartmentalized segments where pain exists.

Experience has taught Krisjon that overall health and physical performance hinges upon the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Recognizing that muscles, ligaments, and joints are interconnected with the body’s neuromuscular and energy systems, Krisjon favours a manual approach to treatment rather than relying upon the use of electrical devices or medication.

“Let’s establish good, basic human qualities first…Do you eat well, do you breathe well, do you $hit well? When we establish that, we can build and improve on your own unique foundation. At the end of the day, we are working on one body…yours. So it only makes sense to work with every aspect of you, who you are, what you do and how you do it. Whether we’re on the treatment table or gym floor, there is no difference; training and rehab are the same thing, balanced within one body.”

test-jade

Dr. Jade Egonia

DC, BSc (Hon Kin)
Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider

Jade's Bio

Specialized in: Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture, Functional Range Release, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Shift Concussion Management, Graston Technique Level I, RockTape Doc, Bone Fit™ Trained Professional, Athletic Movement Assessment, SFMA.

Experience: University of Waterloo Women’s Warriors Varsity Basketball Team, Mimico Mountaineers Junior A and Junior C Lacrosse Club, 2015 Toronto Pan Am & Para Pan Am Games, Mississauga Monarchs U19 Girls Basketball team.

Dr. Jade is not your average chiropractor. She knows very well that the old-school mentality of a chiropractor as someone who sees you for only two minutes simply “cracks” your back when something feels “out of alignment” just doesn’t cut it. While an adjustment can have many great benefits, Dr. Jade believes a good chiropractor can tell whether or not it is necessary.

With a background in kinesiology, Dr. Jade is trained to assess and manage musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. This means that her training extends well beyond the spine to include other joints, muscles, and ligaments in the body. Dr. Jade is certified in Athletic Movement Assessment which identifies and qualifies movement behaviours in athletic performance. She also specializes in concussion management and is certified with the R2P Concussion Management. Dr. Jade is not only experienced in treating athletes, she is also experienced in treating the elderly population. She is a Bone Fit™ trained professional, which is an evidence-informed exercise training designed for healthcare professionals to provide training on the most appropriate, safe & effective methods to prescribe & progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. Her services include diversified spinal manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, Graston technique, biomedical acupuncture, electrical stimulation, and personalized rehabilitative exercises.

“I have a patient-centred approach to therapy because I believe that achieving health goals is a partnership, not a one-way street. This is why the therapy I provide is personalized to what works best for you.”

test-mark

Mark Taylor

RMT
Massage Therapist

Mark's Bio

Specialized in: Soft tissue manipulation, Injury prevention, Myofascial Trigger Point therapy, Myofascial Release therapy, Neck/low back strains, Piriformis syndrome, Scoliosis, Plantar Fasciitis, Patellar Femoral syndrome.

Experience: Cross Fit Regional Games (2013-2015), Canada Basketball’s Junior National Team, Subaru Triathlon Series Milton (2015), Toronto Island Triathlon (2015), CIBC Run for the Cure, Toronto Marathon, Mount Sinai Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Acquired Brain Injury Rehab).

Mark’s approach is based on the belief that Massage Therapy can enhance one’s overall sense of emotional and physical well being as well as his/her quality of life. He supports his clients by helping to maintain balance through their health and is a firm believer in the body-mind connection.

Mark offers a variety of massage therapy methods, including recovery, hydrotherapy, and acupressure with each session personalized to meet individual preferences and needs. His experience with various levels of athletes, as well as patients with acquired brain injuries has enabled him to provide care through rehabilitation, exercise therapy, and injury prevention.

“I visualize the body to be made up of units. Each unit, or structure, has specific functions it is responsible for. Without access to proper function, the structure may not perform to its full potential; therefore one’s body is compromised and must repair prior to achieving their goal. By keeping the phrase—structure dictates function; function dictates structure—we are able to apply focused therapy and conquer your goals together.”

test-lyndsey

Lindsey Paduano

RMT
Massage Therapist

Lindsey's Bio

Specialized in: Deep Tissue Massage, Manual Therapy, Athletic Taping, Pre- and Post-natal Massage, Special interest in Yoga, Meditation, and Breathing.

Experience: St. Thomas Moore’s CSS Senior Football (2010-2014), Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament, Hamilton Hurricanes Baseline Concussion testing, Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Lindsey is a fireball of energy. You will understand once you meet her and FEEL (literally) her positive vibes. Her passion for teaching and coaching self-care, ideal posture and body awareness is obvious to see. To her, it doesn’t matter whether you are a high-performance athlete or your average Joe, stress is something we all deal with in our day-to-day life. As a result, these stresses will show up in our body. She is here to release that stress from your muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc., so YOU have the ability to MOVE better without restriction, discomfort, or pain. She incorporates the traditions of yoga to stretch and strengthen in order to realign ideal postures and movement behaviours.

Her passion for the human body and how it moves began when she was a competitive athlete herself. She started studying the human body and movement throughout her post-secondary experience; from McMaster studying kinesiology, to Sheridan College studying Exercise Science and Health Promotion, to Mohawk College studying Massage Therapy, where she found her calling. During the first two years as a massage therapist, she started to really understand what self-care meant and how important it is. She realized just how physically demanding being a therapist was, and if she didn’t start taking care of herself, she wouldn’t be able to take care of anybody else. Her yoga practice is her happy medium in self-care. Whether she jumps in a class at a studio or flows through sequences at home, she makes sure to take 45 minutes out of her day to honour her body, and thank it for allowing her to do her physically demanding job on a daily basis. Nevertheless, it didn’t just stop there. EVERYONE has a demanding “something” in their lives that takes a toll on the body and its ability to MOVE WELL. Lindsey will take the time to get to know you, your day-to-day, how you move throughout your day, and the postures you may get stuck in that you were not aware of. She will be able to FEEL the stress in your body that you probably didn’t know was there, which will assist in enhancing your self and body awareness. She is an overall caregiver with a big heart and is willing to help anyone who needs it, especially when it comes to pain, discomfort, and movement restrictions. Life is stressful enough, let her help you manage and remove the toxic build up in your body.

“If I asked you to write a list of all the things you LOVE in your life; how long before you list YOURSELF.”

test-adnaan

Adnaan Esmailjee

BSc, NSCA-CPT
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Adnaan's Bio

Specialized in: Flexibility/Mobility Training using the FRC system, Strength Training, Fat Loss, Nutrition Counselling.

Experience: Honours Biology and Pharmacology (B.Sc.) McMaster University, NSCA-CPT (National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer), FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist), FRAs (Functional Range Assessment Specialist), PN Level 1 Certified Coach (Precision Nutrition Certified Coach 1), TPI Certified or Titleist Performance Institute Certified (Golf Fitness).

Adnaan’s journey in personal training began 3 years ago, but his interest in health and fitness began during his undergraduate studies at McMaster University where he struggled with his own health and fitness. His interests lie in mobility and strength training for improving movement potential and application of nutrition to improving overall health and fitness.

Through his undergraduate studies in Biology & Pharmacology, Adnaan had the opportunity to learn and understand how our lifestyle factors influence our health at the molecular level. This body of knowledge has provided him with a unique foundation and perspective for understanding how movement affects us at a macro and micro level. His passion for learning hasn’t stopped there. Through continuing education and hands on experience with movers of all levels, Adnaan strives to help any individual meet their health and fitness goals with an approach that addresses mobility, strength, nutrition and stress. As born explorers we must have the capacity to move well. Somewhere along our individual and unique timelines this can become a physical challenge. It is Adnaan’s ambition to help you explore and play with a body that if mobile and strong.

“We are born to explore and understand.”

test2

“JD” JASON DE LOS REYES

NSCA-CSCS, MovNat MCT
Strength & Conditioning Coach, Kinesiologist

JD's Bio

Specialized in: B. Kinesiology and Health Science (Specialized Honours), National Strength and Conditioning Association, CSCS, MovNat Certified Trainer, Animal Flow Trainer I, Power Speed Endurance – Art of Breath (Performance Breathing), Agatsu Kettlebell I, Agatsu Barbell (Powerlifting + Weightlifting), Precision Nutrition PN1, Stretch To Win Fascial Stretch Therapy – FST 1, Rocktape Kinesiology Taping.

Experience: Over 12 years experience Strength & Conditioning coaching of athletes, EMS/Law Enforcement/Fire Prep and General Population. Movement and Conventional-Based Strength and Conditioning for Private and Small Group training.

JD strives to find the perfect balance between traditional Strength and Conditioning and Movement Training in order to optimize the human body’s performance. He considers himself a teacher just as much as a coach. His personal intention is to provide his athletes with the tools they need to excel both in the gym-lab and outside in real life. Along his personal odyssey in Training and Movement, he has taken the time to learn and practice the disciplines of Olympic Weightlifting at the Varbonov School of Weightlifting, Natural Movement and elements of Parkour. Currently, his interest is directed towards “State” training through breathwork as it relates to enhanced performance and stress management.

“More is not Better; Better is Better. This path through Movement and Training is to be refined through sound fundamentals, so don’t rush it. Breathe. Take your time and enjoy the journey.”

test4

Karamvir Gill

High Performance Coach
Canada Basketball Performance Staff

test3

Ben Wenzofsky

MEng, BSc, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer

Ben's Bio

Specialized in: Movement correction, Adaptive Training, Kettlebell Training, Post-Rehabilitation, Power Output and Athletic Performance.

Certifications: Master of Engineering – Biological Engineering (University of Guelph), Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering (Florida State University), ACE-CPT (American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer), PN Level 1 Certified Coach (Precision Nutrition)

Ben is both a scientist and an exercise practitioner, or as he likes to call himself a true Movement Mechanic. Since 2012, he has been utilizing his engineering background to methodically deconstruct movement patterns and make them optimal for everyday and sport applications. His experience as a coach has allowed him to work alongside and successfully help achieve goals for a wide range of individuals, teams, and large groups.

What started out as a way to improve his athletic performance and overall health has turned into a way for Ben to become an elite trainer, teacher and coach. Whether the subject is nutrition, movement therapy, or manual therapy, Ben has always had a passion for learning. Currently he is enrolled at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and Ontario College of Health and Technology where is he is studying osteopathy and massage therapy, respectively. His goal for every client is to establish pain-free movement and impart as much wisdom as possible for a healthy, sustainable future.

“Move well, move often, and learn everything you can along the way.”

test-tobi

Tobi Owotomo

Athletic Therapy Intern

test5

Anderson Salas

Athletic Therapy Intern

test-sal

Sal Da Costa

Co-owner & Chief Instructor
The Movement Lab

Co-owner & Manager
Pro Martial Arts & Fitness Centre

Sal's Bio

Sal Da Costa is a martial arts enthusiast who started his Taekwon-Do journey in 1982. In 1986 he trained with the Canadian Taekwon-Do Olympic team for two years and during that time, he had the honour of training in Korea as well.

Sal studied and trained under various martial arts federations such as the World Taekwon-Do Federation, International Taekwon-Do Federation, and he also touched on other martial arts styles such as Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, and Wrestling.

Sal’s dream was to build a reputable Taekwon-Do school in order to teach others the way of the Martial Artists so they could learn to balance strength with harmony and become truly confident in themselves and a role model to others.

With over 35 years of Taekwon-Do experience, Sal is a very philosophical and humble man who teaches martial arts with true diligence and passion. Today, Sal is the Co-owner and Chief Instructor of Pro Martial Arts in Mississauga, a Taekwon-Do martial arts school which he co-founded in 2008 with his wife Gisel Nunes. Sal serves as both Managing Partner and Chief Instructor. He currently holds a 5th Degree Black Belt, he is a Certified “Class A” Referee, he coached the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 Canadian World Taekwon-Do Team, and he also coached at the 2017 Pan American Taekwon-Do Championships. Sal also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Taekwon-Do Alliance as President.

In addition, Sal is the Manager and Co-owner of “The Movement Lab Inc.” in Mississauga, Ontario. A multi-disciplinary facility where physical health experts work in tandem to offer a comprehensive personal and holistic approach to the physical health and wellbeing of others.

“The things that are most precious in life is our health and our happiness, the two things that complete one’s life from the moment you are born till the day you pass. In our busy lives, they are also the two things we neglect the most. We invest in property, cars, stocks, and our jobs, but first and foremost, we should invest in ourselves. Choose health and the happiness will follow”

test-gisel

Gisel Nunes

Co-owner & President
The Movement Lab

Co-owner & Director
Pro Martial Arts & Fitness Centre

Gisel's Bio

Gisel Nunes is a talented and seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in business management. She brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as business, finance, administration, and customer service. She has worked with various companies, offering her services across an array of industries and has established herself as a thought leader in the field of executive and business expertise.

Currently, Gisel is the Co-owner and Director of Pro Martial Arts in Mississauga, a Taekwon-Do martial arts school which she co-founded in 2008 with her husband Sal Da Costa. Gisel serves as both Managing Partner and Director. Gisel has also served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Taekwon-Do Alliance as Secretary General/Treasurer.

In addition, Gisel is the President and Co-Owner of “The Movement Lab Inc.” in Mississauga, Ontario. A multi-disciplinary facility where physical health experts work in tandem to offer a comprehensive personal and holistic approach to the physical health and wellbeing of others.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. We must not worry about our failures, we should worry about the chances we miss if we don’t try. There are no limits to what we can accomplish, except the limits we place on our own thinking, so the best preparation for tomorrow is doing our best today.”

©2019 The Movement Lab. Website by furia.ca