OUR PARTNERS

Anne Marie

Anne-Marie Hamilton MSc., BA., Dip.PT.

Anne-Marie graduated from the Physiotherapy program at the University of Toronto and received her Master of Science degree from the University of Greenwich, England. She has worked extensively in paediatrics in many settings. While her work experience is varied, her expertise has focused on neurodevelopmental disabilities in young children. Anne-Marie has her Paediatric NDT certification and CME/MEDEK level II. She has taken many additional courses over her career including kinesiotaping, hydrotherapy, core restoration and most recently, Therapeutic Listening©. Anne-Marie enjoyed a lengthy career at SickKids, the last 10 years of which focused on developing and implementing an advanced practice physiotherapy role in the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Program. Anne-Marie is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Physiotherapy Associations. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Anne-Marie recently retired from clinical practice but remains a partner in the company.

Stephanie So Physiotherapist

Stephanie So MSc. PT.

Stephanie graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto and obtained her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2016. Since that time she has worked at SickKids in a wide variety of program areas. She has experience in general paediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, respiratory medicine, oncology, and general orthopaedics. She continues to work part-time at the hospital in the liver and bowel transplant and intestinal failure programs. She has taken many post-graduate courses in the areas of cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics and neurodevelopment. She has her Advanced Paediatric NDT/Bobath Certification, Advanced Paediatric Kinesiotaping Certification and CME levels I and II. She has also taken courses in Foot and Ankle Deformity treatment and management. She has a teaching status appointment with the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, at the University of Toronto. Stephanie is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Catherine Patterson Physio

Catherine Patterson MSc., BSc. PT.

Catherine graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto. She has worked at SickKids for over 20 years. Her areas of practice include cardiorespiratory with critical care experience, neurodevelopment and orthopaedics. She currently works part-time at the hospital in the organ transplant program. Catherine has affiliations with the University of Toronto and holds a teaching status appointment with the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. Catherine has completed many post graduate courses including Treatment of the Baby, core restoration, kinesiotaping, Intermediate NDT and CME/MEDEK levels I and II. Catherine is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

OUR ASSOCIATES

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Sejal Patel-Modi MSc.PT, BSc (Hon)

Sejal received both her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences and her Masters in Physical Therapy at Wayne State University and is qualified to practice physiotherapy in Michigan, USA and in Canada. She has experience in spinal cord rehabilitation and in adult out-patient orthopaedic settings. She currently works part time at SickKids in General Paediatrics and has experience in the areas of cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedic physiotherapy. She has her Intermediate NDT Certification and her CME Level I and recently completed a Treatment of the Baby Course. Sejal has a teaching status appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto and is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists in Ontario.

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Adrienne Walker BSc.PT, BAH, BPHE

Adrienne received her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Queen’s University and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has 15+ years of paediatric experience and has worked in a wide variety of acute and rehabilitation settings in both Canada and the USA, including SickKids and Erinoak Kids. Adrienne has experience working with all age groups from early intervention programs, to preschool and school-age programs. She has her Intermediate NDT and CME Levels I and II certifications as well other clinical courses such as Advanced Paediatric Kinisiotaping and Paedatric Foot Deformities and Management. Adrienne is a member and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Shari Renaud BHSc. PT

Shari received a Bachelor of Health Science degree in physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2001. Since she graduated she has worked at SickKids in a variety of programs. Her experience includes the areas of paediatric medicine, oncology, the NICU, respirology, neurosurgery and neurology. She has taken many post graduate courses including treatment of the baby, treatment of the child with hypotonia, intermediate NDT, CME level I, advanced airway clearance and paediatric foot and ankle deformity management. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Cindy Chang B.Sc.PT

Cindy graduated from McGill University over 10 years ago and has a passion for paediatrics with experience with neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and developmental populations. She practices privately in the community and is also a physiotherapy consultant for a specialized preschool program for children with special needs. Cindy is an ADP authorizer for ambulation aids, positioning devices for mobility/seating and wheelchairs. Cindy has a special interest in Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME) and has her Level 3 CME certification. Additionally she has taken courses in paediatric therapeutic taping, postural control and Intermediate NDT. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Renée Haldenby MSc. PT

Renée graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003. She has worked at SickKids since 2004. She has extensive experience with children with neurological impairments as well as children with complex medical and developmental needs. In addition to her clinical experience Renée has also been extensively involved with paediatric education and training of physiotherapy students and physiotherapists here in Canada as well as abroad. Renée holds a status appointment with the university of Toronto and is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Melissa Dermody, MSc, PT, BPHE, BSc.

Melissa graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after completing a joint Bachelors of Physical and Health Education and Bachelors of Science in Biology. Melissa has worked in paediatrics throughout her career in both the community and at various children’s treatment centers. She is currently a part of the neuromuscular team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Melissa has her Advanced Paediatric NDT certification and is an ADP authorizer for mobility devices and conventional orthoses. She has also taken courses in core restoration, sensory processing, cardiopulmonary physiotherapy and early intervention for ambulation. Melissa has a special interest in aquatic therapy and is passionate about introducing clients to Paralympic sports. She volunteers with a local swim team and completes presentations for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.  She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists.

Sandy Tung

Sandy Tung BSc. PT

Sandy graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Sandy has worked in paediatrics throughout her career and has experience working with all age groups from the preterm infant, preschool and school-age children.  Sandy has worked in a variety of paediatric settings including hospitals, the community, special needs schools, treatment centers and private practice.  She has worked in South Africa and England and currently works part time at SickKids  in the Neonatal Development Follow Up Clinic.  Sandy has a special interest in paediatric neurology.  She has completed numerous post graduate courses including Intermediate NDT, CME Level I and II, core stability, kinesiotaping and paediatric foot deformities and management.  Sandy is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Derry (Deirdre) Tetzlaff MSc. PT

Derry graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2007. She has worked at SickKids since 2009 with experience in a variety of paediatric specialities including: neurosurgery, oncology, haematology, plastics, infectious disease, torticollis, plagiocephaly, neurodevelopment and orthopaedics. She has prior experience in sports injury with advanced training in manual therapy and movement dysfunction. Her varied experience allows her to utilize a comprehensive rehab approach when treating her clients. She strongly believes in continued education and development and has completed numerous postgraduate courses, including Advanced NDT. She holds a status appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto and is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Savitri Namana PT, MPT

Savitri Namana graduated with her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004. She went on to complete her postgraduate degree in Masters of Physiotherapy, specializing in the field of pediatrics from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. She has over 7 years of experience in treating children in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She has experience in the intensive care unit with infants who present with feeding and respiratory challenges, along with experience working with children with cerebral palsy, delayed milestones and other neuromuscular problems. She is also familiar with treating a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions. She has completed basic level NDT and Kinesiotaping courses. Savitri is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Kathryn Zbarsky MSc. PT

Kathryn graduated with Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 2009. She  worked at SickKids  for over 6 years with experience in oncology, neurodevelopment and childhood obesity where she assessed and treated a variety of orthopaedic, neurodevelopment and mobility impairments. In addition to her work with Paediatric Physiotherapy Associates, Kathryn works in the private outpatient clinic at Mount Sinai hospital, where she treats musculoskeletal conditions including chronic pain and athletic injuries for adolescents and adults. She also works as the Rehabilitation Pilates Therapist at Toronto Physiotherapy where she uses pilates based exercise to treat musculoskeletal impairments. Kathryn has taken a variety of postgraduate coursework in manual therapy, exercise therapy – including STOTT Pilates © Rehab, neurodevelopment techniques and acupuncture training. She holds a status appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto and continues to participate in post-graduate course work. Kathryn is a member is good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Krista Johnston MSc. PT

Krista graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2005 and obtained her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2016. She has worked at SickKids since 2007, with prior experience working with children and adults in a private practice setting.  She has gained extensive experience in the area of Oncology resulting in proficiency in treating children with a variety of complex neurological, musculoskeletal and developmental needs.  Krista is passionate about maintaining proficiency in all areas of practice with continuing education and has completed training in areas such as Advanced NDT, New Paradigms in the Management of Foot and Ankle Deformity, taping, Core Connections, Assessment of General Movements in Neonates, and has some training in Manual and Manipulative Therapy.  Krista also maintains high standards of practice through involvement with the University of Toronto and holds a Status Appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation.  She is a therapist in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Diane Blonski BSc, MSc, MSc.PT

Diane received her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuing a career in physiotherapy Diane completed a Masters of Science degree in Human Health and Nutritional Science and worked as a clinical research coordinator at SickKids. As a physiotherapist Diane has had an array of experiences in acute care hospitals. In paediatrics Diane has experience working in the community and at Children Treatment Centres (CTC’s). Diane believes in continued education and has completed postgraduate courses including Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME) I and Introductory NDT – Management of Individuals with Stroke, Brain Injury and Neuromotor Disorders. Diane is a strong believer in evidence-based practice and is a research advisor for the University of Toronto Physical Therapy research curriculum. She is also involved with the Holland Bloorview Research Institute. Diane is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Jessica McCallum MSc.PT

Jessica graduated from Queen’s University with her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2011. She has always had a passion for working with children. Jessica has been working in various clinic and home care pediatric settings gaining experience in orthopedic, developmental and neurological conditions. She has completed post-graduate courses in Introduction to NDT, NDT for Children with Autism, CME Level 1 and 2, Craniosacral Level 1 and 2, Somato-emotional Release 1, Paediatric Developmental Core, Soft Tissue release as well as her TheraTogs certification. Jessica has a passion for dancing and has passed her pre-professional ballet exam through the Royal Academy of Dance. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Andrea Norton MSc.PT

In 2001, Andrea received her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. In 2015, she completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Andrea has worked in the field of paediatrics for most of her career and has gained broad experience having worked with infants to school age children at numerous children’s treatment centers throughout the province. She is currently working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and has gained extensive experience working with children with neurological impairments and motor development delay. Andrea continually strives to enhance her knowledge of pediatrics and has completed several post graduate courses including Intermediate NDT, kinesiotaping, management of foot deformities, strengthening for neurological impairment and treatment of children with low muscle tone. Andrea is an ADP authorizer for ambulation aids. She also holds a status appointment with the University of Toronto and is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

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Andrea Primmer MSc.PT, BSHE (Hon)

Andrea graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy after completing an Honours Bachelor in Physical and Health Education degree at Laurentian University. Andrea has worked in peadiatrics throughout her career at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in a variety of programs. Her experience includes the areas of Specialized Orthopedic and Developmental Rehab, Neuromuscular and Neuromotor programs. In addition to working with Paediatric Physiotherapy Associates, Andrea is involved in research projects with the Holland Bloorview Research Institute. She has taken a variety of post-graduate courses including introductory NDT, Pediatric Foot and Ankle Deformity management and she is an ADP authorizer for mobility devices. Andrea is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists in Ontario.

Munira Kantawala MPT

Munira is a registered physiotherapist with over 9 years of experience in paediatrics. After completing her Masters in Pediatric Physiotherapy from India in 2007, she has worked in various settings including hospitals, private clinics and schools. She has experience in treating children diagnosed with conditions such as: Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and Movement Disorders. Munira has a special interest in Sensory Integration Therapy and has completed course 1 & 4 of USC/WPS Sensory Integration Therapy Course. She is currently working towards the completion of the Sensory integration CME. Munira has also completed several training workshops in NDT. She is enthusiastic and sincere towards her work and she believes in working along with families to bring about successful outcomes that are meaningful in a child’s day-to-day activities. Munira is in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

 Claire MacKenzie BSc. PT

Claire graduated from McGill University in 2002 with a Bachelor of  Science degree in Physiotherapy, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a course focus on child development.  Claire has worked in the field of paediatrics for most of her career and has gained broad experience working with infants and school aged children in numerous clinical settings. She is currently working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in the Integrated Education and Therapy program with children with neurological impairments and gross motor development delay. Claire continues to enhance her knowledge and develop her skills in paediatric physiotherapy by completing post graduate courses including CME, NDT, kinesiotaping, core restoration for children with motor challenges, functional strength training and pediatric gait.  Claire is an ADP authorizer for ambulation aids and positioning devices. She also holds a status appointment with the University of Toronto and is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

 Emily Newton MSc.PT, BA, BPHE

Emily graduated from McMaster University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelors of Physical and Health Education (Honours) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media from Queen’s University. Emily has had a passion for working with children and young adults for as long as she can remember and has exclusively worked in paediatrics throughout her career as a physiotherapist. Emily has experience working at well-recognized paediatric physiotherapy clinics across the country and currently works part time at Sick Kids as part of the inpatient orthopedic, neurology and oncology rehabilitation team. She has taken courses in infant development, concussion management, core activation, sports related injuries and neurological rehabilitation. Emily is a CME I certified practitioner. Emily is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Physiotherapists.

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Samara Francia MSc.OT Reg (Ont), BEd, BPHE

Samara received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2005 and has been working in the field of paediatrics since 2006. She has experience working with infants and school age children. In addition to working in private sector, Samara provides Consultative School Health Support services through VHA Rehab Solutions to both the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board. Samara helps children develop fine motor skills including improved writing skills using the “Handwriting Without Tears” method. She has a particular interest in treating and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties and has taken many courses in this area, most recently Therapeutic Listening ©. Samara is registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Occupational Therapy.

 Rowena Maclure BSc. OT Reg (Ont)

Rowena received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1984 and has been practicing in the field of paediatrics for over 20 years, primarily working in the school system with the Toronto District School Board(TDSB). She has experience with children who present with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as sensory processing difficulties. Rowena has attended a wide variety of courses related to visual-perceptual-motor skills, handwriting and sensory assessments. She is an Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer and able to prescribe mobility and positioning equipment. Rowena has a teaching status appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Department, University of Toronto and is the on-site OT Fieldwork Placement co-ordinator at the TDSB. Rowena is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists in Ontario.

OUR INTAKE CO-ORDINATOR

Roula Dongas

Roula  is our Intake Coordinator and is responsible for triaging all of our referrals. She joined Paediatric Physiotherapy Associates in 2015, with many years of past experience working in the Children’s After Hours Clinic in Toronto. Roula is a happily married mother of four boys, and a passionate distance runner, half ironman and ball hockey player.  In between her busy life she will always find time to answer your call or email and do her best to accommodate every child that needs therapy.