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Physiotherapy


Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a natural holistic manual therapy which was built on the philosophy that the body has an innate ability to self regulate and self heal. An osteopathic manual practitioner will treat the entire body as a unit, as structure and function within the body are interrelated with one affecting the other. Gentle hands on techniques are used to assess and treat areas of the body which are... Read More

Osteopathy is a natural holistic manual therapy which was built on the philosophy that the body has an innate ability to self regulate and self heal. An osteopathic manual practitioner will treat the entire body as a unit, as structure and function within the body are interrelated with one affecting the other. Gentle hands on techniques are used to assess and treat areas of the body which are restricted to restore normal function and balance of the body’s tissues and systems. This is achieved by focusing on manipulation of soft tissue, joints, fascia, and viscera.


Massage Therapy


Doctor of Chiropractic

Heather grew up dancing, which fostered her curiosity about how the body moves and works. As a young adult Heather wanted to be a scientist, but after completing an undergraduate thesis in a lab she realized that she was more patient with people than with pipettes!

Heather completed her Bachelor of Arts and Science in 2001 and her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2004 at McMaster University. As a physiotherapist, Heather hopes to empower people of all ages to learn more about their body and how to perform at their best.

Heather has completed post-graduate courses in Pilates Mat (Advanced) and Reformer (Intermediate), Manual Therapy (Level 3), Acupuncture (Level 1) and Pelvic Health (Level 1). Heather treats patients in the clinic, and teaches Clinical Pilates classes at Pilates in Guelph. Heather is a member of Healthy Dancer Canada the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists. For more information about the services Heather offers for dancers, visit http://www.heathercfinn.com/

Heather lives in Guelph with her husband and three children. She loves music and dance, reading, family road trips, and escapes to the wilderness of Killarney Provincial Park or anywhere you can hike, paddle or jump in the lake.

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Julie grew up in Ottawa, and after spending time in Hamilton and Toronto for her schooling, has settled in Guelph since 2017. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2011, followed by a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2013.

Julie’s approach to assessment and treatment utilizes evidence-based practice and clinical experience to work with each client in finding the underlying cause of injury specific to the individual. This allows her to work with each client as an active participant in their therapy, to develop a tailored treatment plan utilizing treatment options that include manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education on injury prevention and health promotion.

Julie’s passion for physiotherapy came naturally from enjoying many different sports throughout her life. The most rewarding part of her workday is to see her clients return to the sports and activities that they love as well!

Julie’s activity participation in her time outside of the clinic has changed a bit in the last two years, moving away from structured sport participation, and towards an emphasis on walks and play at the parks with the addition of a family dog, Henry, in 2020, and the arrival of a daughter, Leah, in 2021. She is loving the joy found in this phase of family growth!

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Karah is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since January 2019. Her passion for the intricate nature of the body developed while training as a rhythmic gymnast for over ten years. During her athletic career she travelled around the world representing team Canada, competing with Canada’s Senior National Group at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow Russia. Karah won 1st Place at the Pan American Championships in Guadalajara Mexico in 2010, part of the pre-qualification requirements for the 2012 Olympics. While training and competing at this level, injuries were common, however through rehabilitation and successful management, these challenges fostered her devotion to understanding the body.

Karah’s interest in injury prevention and management led her to study at the University of Guelph where she obtained her BSc in Human Kinetics. She then studied massage therapy at the Ontario College of Health and Technology. With a drive to enhance her knowledge, she enrolled with the Canadian College of Osteopathy and graduated in November 2022 winning an award for her thesis. As an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Karah wants to help empower you and provide you with the tools necessary to reclaim your health!

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I first came to Guelph in 1992 to study Human Kinetics and play varsity soccer and squash for the University of Guelph. Due to my fondness for our Guelph community I am happily still here 28 years later. These days you can find me active in the outdoors with my family of five, with friends or passionately working as a chiropractor striving to help my patients be the best they can be. Professionally I have become one of the country’s leading chiropractors for athletes from the playground to the Olympics. I am the lead chiropractor at the University of Guelph Health and Performance Centre. Through a combination of manual therapy, contemporary medical acupuncture, soft tissue techniques, and education on self-help strategies I meet patients’ needs by treating and proactively preventing injuries with the goal of enhancing performance. I provide chiropractic care to the Gryphon varsity athletes including collaborating directly with the track and field, soccer and hockey teams. I am the chiropractic provider to the Guelph Triathlon Project and also for Team Canada on multiple occasions since 2014. What you can expect? There is sometimes a misconception that chiropractic care always involves manipulation and leads to chronic care. I have a variety of diverse treatment tools that can be incorporated into your care, which may or may not include manipulation, depending on your condition. I will develop a treatment plan that will be evaluated and revised if unsuccessful. I can work successfully with the other disciplines to provide a comprehensive approach to your health and performance goals. When facing a sports or activity-related injury, identifying the primary cause is key to successful treatment. Often pain in one body part is caused by abnormal patterns of movement involving the body as a whole. I specialize in performing interconnected functional assessments of my patients and then work with them to find solutions. When providing therapy, I am a highly skilled manual therapist. Most importantly, I work well in an integrated support team of practitioners on behalf of my patients.

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Growing up in a single-parent household, I was inspired by my mother’s work ethic and determination, despite experiencing a debilitating work injury. Seeing her go through physical therapy, I was first introduced to this practice and how it truly has the capacity to change a client’s daily life. What drew me to rehab was not only what a significant role it played in my mom’s recovery, but how it aligned with my personal values of using exercise to promote better health and wellbeing. As such, I was motivated to pursue this profession and commit myself to compassionately empowering clients, while providing the highest level of care.

I pursued my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and went on to complete my Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Limerick (Ireland) in 2021. Upon graduation, I decided to move back to my home city of Guelph where I spend my time teaching part-time tennis lessons, playing golf, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my Toy Poodle, Chase.

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As a child growing up in Franklin Lakes,New Jersey, I was rather shy and introverted until my parents enrolled me in a dance class at the age of five. This class proved to be the first step in a lifelong passion and its numerous therapeutic applications.

For many years my main focus was ballet until I attended Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance program in 2004 and took my first modern dance class. Modern dance quickly became the discipline I favoured most and it continues to be an essential part of my life. At Ryerson I had also taken a course in anatomy geared towards injury prevention in dancers. I was drawn to the complexity of the human body and how it can be manipulated to strike a healthy balance between the physical and the mental state. 

After graduation in 2008 I moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance. This led to many exciting projects for the next three years, but the seeds that had been planted in university grew too big to ignore and I found myself drawn to manual therapy with the intention of helping individuals find wellness. Upon returning to Guelph I enrolled in the Canadian College of Massage and  Hydrotherapy where I graduated with honours in 2014.It excites me to be a part of both the Guelph dance community and the health practitioners they work with because I am constantly learning from both. My other interests include snowshoeing in the winter, hiking in the summer and travelling to our family cabin in Nestor Falls, Ontario every summer with my better half, Daniel. 

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I am a ‘Friendly Manitoban’ by nature and a Guelphite since moving here in 1997. I have come into my profession honestly having grown up with my father who worked hard in his private practice as an orthodontist and my mother who gave up a nursing career to raise me and my 3 siblings. You could describe me as a ‘nurturing perfectionist’ with those role models! Family – My husband, Dave, and I are the proud parents of 3 beautiful girls, Erica, Dana and Reid and also lend a nurturing hand to the care of our 2 dogs Cinder and Chewie (yes, short for Chewbacca) and our 2 cats Hobbes and Gandalf.

I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy from a love of human anatomy and body mechanics as well as from personal experience as a competitive track runner. I graduated from Queen’s University in 1996 and when Dave and I moved to Guelph I worked at a private practice clinic in town for almost 10 years. In that time, I was encouraged to work on continuing my manual therapy education so that I could perfect my ‘hands-on’ skills and achieved my diploma in Intermediate Manipulative Therapy in 2006. I enjoyed the labels of the ‘runner’s physio’ and the ‘pelvis queen’ and in 2007 decided to see if I could take these titles and professional experience into my own clinic setting – Speed River Physiotherapy. I have just retired after 10 years of working as a National Team Physiotherapist for Athletics Canada. After practicing physio since 1996 I would say that I am confident in the way I approach pain from a traditional physio perspective but that I have adapted a more functional approach to solving chronic painful patterns of injury and am fascinated by the individual differences that continue to keep my mind active.

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Speed River Physiotherapy
Located at: 5 Gordon St., Unit 102A, Guelph
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