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.

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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.”

Book an Appointment with Krisjon

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Dr. Jade Egonia

DC, BSc (Hon Kin)
Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider
Concussion Management

Dr. Jade's Bio

Specialized in: Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture, Functional Range Release, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Complete 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.”

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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.”

Book an Appointment with Krisjon

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Dr. Jade Egonia

DC, BSc (Hon Kin)
Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider

Dr. Jade's Bio

Specialized in: Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture, Functional Range Release, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, Complete 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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Alexandra Aiello

RMT, CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist

Alex's Bio

Specialized in: Orthopedic injury assessment and rehab, special interest in foot-related dysfunction, as well as movement principles. Manual therapy + exercise-based approach to rehab.

Experience: Toronto Argonauts, Durham College Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Soccer as a student practitioner.

Alex has always been fascinated with how the body and the mind work- why people act the way they do. This is why her journey started untraditionally with her BA in psychology at McMaster University. Her first undergrad allowed her to understand how people function which gives her great insight into the minds of her athletes, and clients alike. She had a grasp on the mind and so she moved onto the body- where her true passion lies. Soon after she began her studies at Sheridan College in Honours BAHSc in Athletic Therapy.  She simultaneously learned how the body functioned and tested its functions in her own competitive OPA powerlifting, and varsity rugby career. She was able to fully immerse herself in the mind and body of an athlete, while also ever-expanding her repertoire of orthopedic assessment and rehab skills. She realized how fascinating it is that no injury is clear cut and no person presents with the same symptoms- everyone is unique.

Finally, she completed her RMT studies at the Ontario College of Health and Technology to further her practical manual skills- this solidified her approach to rehab: manual therapy with an exercise-based approach. She believes that if you move better then you will become the best version of yourself, but moving better takes a good push in the right direction.

Alex believes in practicing what she preaches so when she isn’t working in the clinic you can find her at her 6 am training sessions 3x weekly working on bettering her own movement. She believes in you and your recovery, and that you are capable of feeling and being the best version of yourself- let her help you find your way there.

“Motion is lotion baby, let’s get that body moving!”

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Jacob Gallant

BSc, RMT, CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist

Jacob's Bio

Specialized in: Assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, manual therapy, deep tissue & sports massage, athletic taping, fascial stretch therapy.

Experience: Athletic Therapist with Canada Basketball, BSc. Kinesiology & Certificate in Athletic Therapy (York University), Diploma in Massage Therapy (Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy).

Jacob addresses the entire body to determine and target the root cause of pain and dysfunction. By implementing movement strategies to improve and solidify the results gained with hands-on work, his goal is to get you back to feeling and performing your best.

Jacob values education and he is passionate about learning new skills, concepts, and techniques to help his clients get better, faster. Further to make sure you feel better leaving your appointment, he strives to educate his clients to better understand their bodies and provide them with the tools to manage their pain on their own.

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Erika Cassar

BAHSc, CAT(C)
Athletic Therapist

Erika's Bio

Specialized in: Assessment and Rehab of musculoskeletal injuries including pre/post-operative, injury prevention, body mechanics, and manual skills.

Experience: Toronto FC + Academy, Toronto FC Juniors, University of Guelph Men’s Hockey team, and Varsity Wrestling.

Erika grew up as a competitive soccer player, but due to several knee injuries, her career was cut short. It was through her injuries that she was introduced to Athletic Therapy, which led her down the path to pursue AT as a profession. Erika is a graduate of Sheridan College- BAHSc Athletic Therapy program and is passionate about education and learning new skills/concepts. She strives to help patients understand their injuries and make them more body awareness through a combination of exercise-based treatment and hands-on skills.

“My goal is getting the body working as a whole to help reduce the risk of injury/re-injury.”

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Victor Lanzillotta

RMT, CAT(C), BAHSc., HBSc.
Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist

Victor's Bio

Specialized in: Orthopedic injury assessment and rehab, manual therapy, deep tissue, and sports massage, athletic taping, Rockfloss & Rockpod Certified, Champion Performance Therapy & Training Specialist.

Experience: Certified Athletic Therapist with Team Ontario Basketball & Lacrosse, Current Head Athletic Therapist of Uchenna Academy Prep Basketball School, Ryerson Rams Basketball; Diploma in Massage Therapy (Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy).

Victor has always been an active individual and bridges his passion for athletics with active-based rehab to attain his client’s goals, be that in performance or day-to-day life. When working with him, it’s his goal to ensure you understand what your issues are, why they may have happened, and ideal strategies for you to get better. Offering both Massage and Athletic Therapy, he provides treatment specific to your issues, ranging from manual work to complete exercise-based programs, where he excels. Often adding in a tad of sass or sarcasm to his appointments, he aims to keep you fully engaged throughout your session, all while providing a very open, positive, and stress-free environment.

“Let’s break your specific issues down, to work together to build you back up!”

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