Therapists

Registered Massage Therapist

Tracey Elliott

roxstudio@totum.ca

Tracey is a highly sought-after massage therapist with a growing reputation within the wellness industry. Tracey is both a Registered Massage Therapist and Fascial Stretch Therapist. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of treating individuals with a variety of concerns and conditions—from the injuries of professional athletes to the specific needs of the elderly.

Tracey is trained in numerous techniques, including Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping massage, relaxation, lymphatic drainage, and pre- and postnatal massage. She has treated many patients with various problems and injuries, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, muscle tension, stress, whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, and plantar fasciitis, as well as other sports-related injuries.

Tracey is a member of college of Massage Therapists of Ontario and holds the designation of Registered massage Therapist. She graduated with Honours from Medix School, Toronto Campus. Tracey approaches each patient uniquely according to their specific needs. She works diligently with her clients to achieve the best possible results in order to help them attain optimal health and wellness.

Tracey is keen on educating her clients. It is her belief that massage therapy works best when incorporated with at-home tools to strengthen and stretch. This not only promotes healing and reduces pain but can also prevent further injury.

Tracey truly enjoys providing relief and comfort to her clients on a daily basis. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and practising yoga.

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Melissa Descoteaux

kingstudio@totum.ca

Dr. Melissa Descoteaux received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. During this time, she participated in cellular cancer research with the research lab at the Children’s Hospital of Northern Ontario. It was this experience that sparked her interest in healthcare and led her to work for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. There she was introduced to Naturopathic Medicine and learned about its benefits in the prevention and management of many chronic diseases.

She attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of two accredited Naturopathic colleges in Canada. There she completed a four-year program focusing on modalities such as clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine and supplements, among others. Melissa is a registered Naturopathic Doctor, licensed to practise in Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Melissa is passionate about empowering others to take control of their health. She emphasizes bringing things back to basics with treatments focused on clinical nutrition, lifestyle, and everyday steps aimed at helping her patients feel their best. She believes good health does not need to be a destination or goal, but something that is experienced every day. Melissa has a general practice, but tends to focus on conditions related to mood, sleep, and gastrointestinal issues. This includes autoimmune conditions, hormonal issues, and stress management.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys photography and staying active. Growing up she was a competitive dancer, then transitioned to practising vinyasa yoga during university. She now enjoys running, and any group fitness classes she can find.

Physiotherapist

Krista De Luca

kingstudio@totum.ca

Krista is a two-time University of Toronto graduate, having completed her degrees in Physical and Health Education in 2010 and in Physiotherapy in 2013. She is passionate about fitness and sports, more specifically running and soccer, because they have always been part of her lifestyle. She truly believes an active body supports longevity and overall life satisfaction. As a practitioner, she enjoys getting people back at what they enjoy doing most and tailoring treatment plans to meet the goals and expectations of the client.

Krista is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), specializing in advanced manual therapy skills including spinal and peripheral manipulations. These specialized skills allow Krista to get her clients moving more efficiently, facilitating a timely return to their sport or daily activities, whether that be walking the dog, or sitting without back pain.

Krista’s passion for treating sports and orthopaedic injuries in all levels of sports and fitness participation led her to become a 2015 Toronto medical volunteer for the Pan American Games. She treated a variety of sports injuries and athletes in the athletes’ village medical centre. She enjoyed the games’ environment and working with fellow professionals in a volunteer capacity.

When not at the gym, on the soccer field, or enjoying a good book, Krista can be found walking her Maltese-mix dog along the waterfront. Having a dog that required physiotherapy, and being an animal lover, she has a growing interest in canine rehab!

Chiropractor

Dr. Gavin O’Handley

drohandley@totum.ca

Dr. Gavin O’Handley graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2012, with Honours Specialization in Kinesiology—the scientific study of body movements. In 2016, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree with Honours from the New York Chiropractic College. During his time there, he also earned Advanced Certificates in Sport Science and Human Performance, Whole Foods Nutrition, and Custom Stabilizing Orthotics.

While practising in New York City, Dr. Gavin focused on the effects of static posture and dysfunctional movement to better explain why people present with musculoskeletal pain.  His work today is driven by a commitment to not only treat symptoms, but to assess, identify, and correct the root cause of the pain so that patients can get better and stay better. He is committed to cultivating proper movement, strength, and stability on a daily basis to lead to a better quality of life overall.

Dr. Gavin’s interest in functional movement rehabilitation started years ago when many cumulative sports injuries from rugby, lacrosse, hockey, motocross, weight lifting, snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, and biking began taking a toll on his quality of life—at times leaving him unable to compete or even move without pain. He can now participate in all of these activities, but has given up motocross, much to the delight of family.

Registered Massage Therapist

Susie Tucker

kingstudio@totum.ca, roxstudio@totum.ca

After graduating from Mount Allison University, Susie travelled extensively, living and working abroad as a chef and divemaster, before returning to Toronto to pursue her combined interest in sports and manual therapy. Susie studied kinesiology at York University, and graduated with honours from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2010. Susie is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist.

As a former athlete herself, Susie understands the demands sport places on the body and the dedication athletes have to their sport, and to keeping their minds and bodies fit. She has experience treating athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to the professional, as well as elite juniors and young children covering a wide variety of sports.

Susie uses a functional approach in treating orthopaedic and sport-related injuries. Her approach involves not only focusing on the area of pain, but also understanding where the dysfunction originates and treating the body as a whole. She uses prescriptive exercise and education to enhance the rehabilitative process and help patients to understand why they are experiencing their symptoms and to prevent injury in the future.

Susie is a member of both the CMTO and RMTAO, and is currently working towards her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation. In her spare time, Susie continues to play hockey locally and internationally, and enjoys snowboarding, and hiking with her dog.

Registered Massage Therapist / Personal Trainer

Mandy Hsieh

kingstudio@totum.ca

Mandy obtained her degree in Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (H.BSc.Kin) from McMaster University in 2015. She went on to graduate from Sutherland-Chan in 2016 with a Diploma of Massage Therapy, and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (RMT).

During her undergrad, Mandy competed as a McMaster University Varsity Soccer player, and interned as a strength & conditioning coach and student therapist with various McMaster Varsity teams. She has experience training athletes in the Hockey Canada, Basketball Canada, and Rugby Canada programs.

Mandy’s clinic experience has extended from relaxation massages to treating conditions including sports injuries, postural imbalances, stroke survivors, pre-/post-natal, and post-operative care.

Her treatments aim to restore pain-free functional movements by incorporating soft tissue manipulation techniques and rehabilitation exercises. Mandy strives to help her clients and athletes improve their quality of life and performance by optimizing their physical and mental well-being.

In her spare time Mandy enjoys playing soccer, trying new food and venturing around for some great lookouts.

Chiropractor

Dr. Jonathon Ross

medisysstudio@totum.ca

  • Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology (Queen’s University)
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Active Release Techniques® Provider (ART)
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (McMaster University)

Jonathon pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. While at Queen’s, he was part of a team of undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on the physiological adaptations that occur with sport, high-intensity interval training and structured physical exercise. Their research was published in The European Journal of Applied Physiology. To gain experience in the field of sports therapy, Jonathon worked as a trainer for the Men’s Varsity hockey team for two years.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Jonathon continued his education by pursuing a four-year Doctorate of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. While at CMCC, he interned at Endeavor Sports Performance in New Jersey to better understand the program design and practical applications of strength and conditioning for athletes at an elite/professional level.

His professional experience includes working with athletes from Athletics Canada Track and Field, University of Toronto Sprints and Hurdles, OVA, OTA, Tennis Canada, NCAA, CIS, GTHL, OJHL, NHL. He is also currently working as the Head of Sports Medicine for the Newmarket Hurricanes Junior A Hockey Organization.

Jonathon uses a functional approach to his assessment of the neuro-musculoskeletal systems, and a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise and education to help his patients reach their health and wellness goals.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist / Pilates Instructor

Andrea Fairborn

roxstudio@totum.ca

  • Registered Holistic Nutritionist- Diploma in Nutrition from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition 2009
  • Stott Pilates Certified Instructor Trainer- Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and ISP 2001
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Graduate of the Quinte Ballet School
  • Reiki Therapist, Level One

Andrea Fairborn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a STOTT PILATES certified Instructor Trainer, and has been dedicated to the science and art of wellness for over a decade. Originally a professional dancer, Andrea has incorporated her love of movement with the foundations of Pilates practice, and expanded her expertise and passion for health by going into the field of nutrition.

Andrea has traveled extensively through out North America as a presenter and instructor of Pilates, yet is now focused on building her nutrition practice at Totum Life Science in Toronto. A graduate of Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Andrea is able to guide clients to achieve wellness through a pure diet. Andrea is trained in all aspects from weight management, allergy support, digestive issues, Candidiasis, just to name a few. It is Andrea’s main goal to support her clients in their quest to be healthy by tailoring a diet specific to their individual needs working with alive, whole, and natural foods.

Clinic Director Chiropractor

Dr. Andrew Sulkowski

drsulkowski@totum.ca

  • Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology (McMaster University)
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Active Release Techniques® Provider (ART)
  • Certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI)
  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) and Functional Range Release (FR)
  • Level 5 Personal Trainer

Andrew is a manual therapist that uses a combination of exercise prescription, manual therapy techniques and education to help patients solve their challenge and return to play with a plan on how to not only prevent the injury from returning in the future, but for them to be a better athlete/mover moving forward. Working with the patient’s own health model and goals, Andrew works to solve the challenge/injury quickly and to guide them in their journey of life long athletic participation.

Dr. Andrew Sulkowski is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2004. Prior to this, he received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2000. His professional designations include being a certified Active Release Technique provider, a certified acupuncture provider and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

His professional experience includes working as a member of the core medical team for the Canadian and Ontario Soccer Associations and the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He has worked with several professional and recreational sport organizations including athletes from Tennis Canada, USTA, NCAA, NHL, MLS, CPSL, CSA and OSA.

Andrew has been practising at Totum Life Science as a manual therapist since 2005.

Physiotherapist

Katie Snowden

roxstudio@totum.ca

Katie Snowden graduated from McMaster University in 2011 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy after completing a four year undergraduate degree at Lake Forest College in Chicago, Illinois, on a running and ice hockey scholarship.

As an elite marathon runner and Ironman triathlete, Katie finds joy in carrying out a challenging career that combines the two great passions of her life, sports and medicine. Since graduating, Katie has become certified in acupuncture from AFCI and is in pursuit of completing her credentials in manual therapy. She also specializes in running gait assessments, as well as the assessment and treatment of concussions.

Katie places tremendous value on the delivery of a thorough assessment and treatment of injuries. She is interested in rehabilitative training and therapy to promote and re-establish patient wellness in all facets of life.

Registered Massage Therapist

Sophia Do

kingstudio@totum.ca

Sophia’s interest in bodywork sparked at an early age and stemmed from the desire to work with her hands and healing of others. She obtained her BA Spec. Honors in Kinesiology at York University; thereafter, her diploma in Massage Therapy at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.

Sophia’s approach with bodywork is a combination of deep, specific, and gentle work. Her global focus of the approach is to restore and maintain balance to the body’s natural posture, movement and function. She has helped athletes at all levels of competition, accelerating recovery post-training and performance, and is effective in treating various soft tissue injuries.

Outside of her practice, Sophia enjoys the great outdoors, hanging out with her dog and listening to music while she cooks, and eats, of course.

Owner / Chiropractor

Dr. Stacy Irvine

stacyirvine@totum.ca

Dr. Stacy Irvine is the co-founder of Totum Life Science. The philosophy and identity of Totum have been greatly influenced by Stacy’s love of athletics and her passionate belief that everyone will benefit from a healthy active lifestyle in their own unique way. Through her work as a chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Irvine’s clientele ranges from beginners, just starting out on an exercise program, to elite and professional athletes, looking for advanced rehabilitation and training program strategies.

Dr. Irvine has worked as a sessional lecturer and research assistant at the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan. During this time she also published and presented research articles in: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Calcified Tissue International.

She has made several appearances as a fitness expert on Canada AM, Global Television Network, City TV, WTN and Balance Television for Living Well, and is frequently quoted as fitness expert in Flare Magazine, Chatelaine, New Woman Magazine, Glow Magazine, More Magazine, Zoomer, and The Toronto Star.

Before moving to Toronto, Dr. Irvine completed her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology and Masters of Science degree, specializing in Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Density. While completing these degrees she was a member of the Varsity Track Team, competing as a heptathalete and a member of the Varsity swim team. Following this program she moved to Winnipeg to train and instruct full time with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Upon moving to Toronto, Dr. Irvine completed Stott pilates certification, became a certified ART provider and completed her Dr. of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Irvine’s experience in these theoretical and practical environments, along with her extensive work in rehabilitation, is apparent in the diversity and quality of her training methods. She has recently become a certified strength and conditioning specialist and has completed a running biodynamics course. Dr. Irvine’s skills as a health care provider are constantly in demand due to her diverse background in high-performance athletics, along with extensive technical knowledge in exercise research.

Dr. Irvine is a member of Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport, FICS, and has completed her lower body certification for ICSSD International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma.

Chiropractor

Dr. Waj Hoda

drhoda@totum.ca

  • Level 5 Personal Trainer
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto)
  • Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (University of Waterloo, Waterloo)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.)
  • Certified Sports Movement Specialist (S.M.S.)
  • Certified Active Release Techniques® Provider (A.R.T.)
  • Member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (C.C.A)
  • Member of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (O.C.A)

Dr. Waj Hoda is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) in 2004. Prior to this, he received his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Honours Health Studies, Pre-Health Professions Option from the University of Waterloo in 2000.

Before graduating from CMCC, Dr. Waj obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also received his certification in Twist Conditioning. In addition, he became a member of the Society of Weight Injury Specialists (SWIS). Dr. Waj has spent almost 15 years on the gym floor in both a training and rehabilitative capacity.

Since graduating, Dr. Waj has continued to expand his clinical education. He began his training in Active Release Techniques (ART) during school, and continued pursuing his certification in the years following. He completed his acupuncture training from the McMaster Medical Acupuncture program. Dr. Waj is certified in Kinsio Taping by the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI). He is also certified by the Orthotics Group to be able to assess and prescribe orthotics. He has completed his training in both Functional Anatomic Palpations Systems (FAP) as well as Functional Range Release (FR). In addition to all of this, Dr. Waj has taken numerous continuing education courses in both clinical, as well as rehabilitative programs.

Dr. Waj has been practising at Totum Life Science (King Studio) as a chiropractor since 2007. His clinical philosophy emphasizes a thorough examination, soft-tissue work, acupuncture (if required), and rehabilitative exercises. He has worked as a personal trainer (rehabilitation provider) at Totum (various locations) since 2001. He is available Monday to Friday, from 11am-7pm.

Physiotherapist

Kirsten Jones

kingstudio@totum.ca

Kirsten obtained her physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, after completing a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Her post graduate studies have been varied and plentiful throughout the years, including certifications in manual therapy, courses in biomechanics and exercise prescription. She thoroughly enjoys treating and working with patients with varied sport and workplace injuries. Her focus has always been using a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription, after analysing the underlying cause of your injury.

Over the last few years, Kirsten’s studies have focussed on the biomechanics of running , in order to better assess and treat running injuries. Kirsten has travelled across North America, learning directly from the foremost researchers in running science. Recently, she has become a certified distance running coach with the Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA). Through all of this, she has developed a best-in-class running program that combines assessment and treatment using video measurement analysis and live video corrective feedback. This program is designed to use the most recent research to your advantage.

Kirsten has been a lifelong competitive soccer player, as well as competing in half marathons and sprint triathlons.

Chiropractor

Dr. Jaclyn Kissel

roxstudio@totum.ca

Primary Certification

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sport Sciences
  • Chiropractor from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • B.Sc from McMaster University
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS

Specialties

  • Speed training
  • Tempo conditioning
  • Education on running form
  • Injury prevention rehabilitation
  • General fitness

Credentials

  • Sport Specialist Chiropractor
  • Certified Sport and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified ART® provider
  • Certified Graston® provider
  • Certified Medical Acupuncture Provider
  • CPR / First Responder
  • Level 4 Trainer

Extra Activities

  • Former Varsity track and field athlete (CIS national level sprinter)
  • Currently racing 5-10km and competing in triathlons

Dr. Kissel was inspired to work in the health industry by her love of sports and desire to help people excel in their disciplines. She has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. To receive extra training in the management of sports injuries and research she completed the two year post graduate residency program in Sports Science at CMCC. This designates her as a Chiropractic Sports Specialist. Dr. Kissel has published academic works in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and teaches at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractor College.

Her expertise has been put into action as a team doctor for the Over the Top track club from 2008-2011 and the Canadian Junior Taekwondo team at the 2009 Junior PanAm Games in El Salvador. She was also part of the core medical team for the Canadian Track and Field and Canadian National Beach Volleyball Championships in 2010, the under 16 female Canadian National Soccer Championship in 2011, and the Toronto Triathlon Festival in 2012 and 2013. Lastly, she was chosen as one of the medical volunteers at the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto. Travelling to the Dominican Republic in 2009 with Chiropractors Without Borders was a life changing experience for Dr. Kissel.

Before she was Dr. Kissel, Jaclyn was the captain of McMaster’s track and field team competing in the CIS National Meet as a sprinter. She now runs longer distances completing her first half marathon in 2007 and is now a triathlete.

As an athlete Dr. Kissel understands the role chiropractic treatment has in ensuring a body functions properly and efficiently. She examines patients using a functional orthopedic approach to ensure treatment is applied appropriately. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in their treatment. Dr. Kissel believes in an integrative approach to patient care. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including chiropractic manipulations of the spine and extremities, Active Release Technique, Graston Technique Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, athletic taping, laser and ultrasound therapy, and injury rehabilitation and strengthening.

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Aisling Lanigan

kingstudio@totum.ca

Aisling discovered Naturopathic Medicine after suffering a severe illness during her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She was amazed how her health improved after seeing an N.D. and following a treatment plan of nutritional and lifestyle changes combined with Natural Health Products. Aisling went on to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. During her internship year, Aisling was on the specialty Sport Medicine shift as well as doing a placement at a clinic which focused in Women’s Health. Aisling is one of a very few NDs with the provincial certification the Standard of Practice Ontario Licensing Exams for Intravenous Infusion Therapy and Prescribing Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Aisling is a Naturopathic Doula and teaches her own unique prenatal class, ‘Birth as a Journey’.

Aisling has a vision for the future of health care. She believes that for medicine to be truly effective, it must be individualized to each patient and centered about their needs, goals and desires. Aisling is passionate about supporting the body to heal itself and her aim is to empower patients to take active steps to improve their own health.

Aisling sees and treats patients prior to birth, into old age and loves the challenges of having such a diverse patient base. The three most common conditions Aisling treats in practice are digestive concerns, mood imbalances such as anxiety or depression and skin conditions such as eczema or acne.

Aisling has pursed much additional training in women’s health, such as fertility optimization, doula certification and bio-identical hormones for menopause, as well as other hormone imbalances such as thyroid conditions. Being a life long athlete, Aisling as has a special interest in sport medicine, using supplements, nutritional changes and I.V. Therapy to enhance sport performance.

In life outside Totum, Aisling is a professor at George Brown College, where she teaches Nutrition courses, Aisling also attends childbirths as a Naturopathic Doula and she is a regular face in the media on Cityline, Metro Morning and a number of other programs. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and stays active rock climbing, practicing yoga as well as playing in hockey, ringette and ultimate Frisbee leagues.

Aisling is available to see new patients as well as to provide community presentations and seminars. She encourages booking a 15-minute complimentary consultation to find out how Naturopathic Medicine can contribute to a happier healthier you.

Doctor of Chiropractic / Sports Specialist Chiropractor (FRCCSS)

Dr. Pete Kissel

drkissel@totum.ca

Pete has been the Clinic Director at the Totum Performance location since its inception in 2012. Pete’s primary focus in management is team building. In the healthcare industry, specifically within a multidisciplinary healthcare setting, having a team with a unified vision is a vital component in partnering with clients to reach their healthcare goals. The quality service that clients experience at Totum is distilled from our company culture, our professionalism and our practitioner’s education and training. Totum is the type of business that practitioners seek to join.

Pete’s management experience includes fitness and clinical positions. He has been both a department head and small business owner. He also has a unique view as an educator, lecturer, small group leader and clinician in the post-secondary curriculum at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Pete has a passion for personal growth and continuing education and regularly takes part in small group sessions, courses, and personal reading.

Personal Trainer, Fascial Stretch Therapist, and Registered Kinesiologist [On Maternity Leave]

Carla Nanka-Bruce

carlananka-bruce@totum.ca

Specialties

  • Post-Injury Conditioning
  • Movement Optimization
  • Sports/Athletic Conditioning

Formal Skills Training

  • Fascial Stretch Therapy™
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX®
  • Animal Flow®
  • Bodyweight Strength-StrongFirst SFB

Education/Certifications

  • BPHE Physical and Health Education, BA Health/Psychology, Queen’s University
  • CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • FMS-1 – Functional Movement Systems
  • MES – Medical Exercise Specialist, PRCS – Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist, American Association of Health Fitness and Rehab Professionals (AAHFRP)
  • PN – Precision Nutrition Certified, Precision Nutrition Inc.
  • CFST — Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist – Level II, Stretch to Win Institute
  • TSCC — Twist Sport Conditioning Coach – Level 1, Twist Conditioning Inc. (Sport Movement Specialist / Sport Balance Specialist/ Sport Strength Specialist)
  • CSAC — Certified Speed and Agility Coach – Athlete’s Acceleration

Carla has been coaching at Totum Life Science since 2006. She’s been a competitive soccer player (team captain and MVP), cross-country skier, basketball player and mountain biker (team co-captain and MVP). In her final year at Queen’s, she received the ‘Top Female Athlete of the Year’ award for inter-university competitive clubs. Carla applies the scientific principles of anatomy, physiology, motor learning and biomechanics to create challenging, fun, safe and effective workouts for general population and post-injury clients. In pursuit of bridging the ‘rehab to performance’ gap, continuing education has always been a passion and a must for Carla. A few of the numerous workshops, seminars and courses she has attended live include:

  • Dr. Stu McGill, Ultimate Back & 3h Back Assessment
  • Eric Cressey, Making Movement Better
  • Charlie Weingroff, Training=Rehab
  • DNS, Weightlifting

In her free time, Carla focuses on her own conditioning for running, strength and agility. She enjoys snowboarding, cycling, trekking, jamming on the guitar and drums, and hanging out with her pup, Webster.

Registered Massage Therapist

Maria Kovatchev

roxstudio@totum.ca

Registered Sports Nutritionist / Hon B.A., RNCP/ROHP, CNP, NCCP Trained Triathlon Coach / PTS-CanFitPro Registered Nutritionist / Triathlon Coach

Tara Postnikoff

roxstudio@totum.ca

Tara is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, specializing in Sports Nutrition, a Triathlon Coach and a certified Personal Trainer. A personal lifestyle change and a growing interest in nutrition led her to leave the corporate world and pursue her career in nutrition and fitness full-time.

Tara graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition achieving First Class Honours and a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition. She is a member in good standing of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). Tara also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and minor in Biology from McMaster University. Tara is trained as an NCCP Triathlon Coach-Intro to Comp and is certified with CanFitPro as a Personal Trainer Specialist and is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach.

Tara has been a practising nutritionist and trainer since 2006, and a triathlon coach since 2010. She is also a regular contributor for many publications and guest speaker for many organizations.

Food and exercise is your medicine! Tara loves working with fitness-minded individuals, weekend warriors, and competitive athletes looking to train harder and perform better through natural nutrition and active lifestyles. As a practitioner, coach and trainer Tara’s goals are to make nutrition health and fitness accessible to everyone. As an athlete Tara’s goals are to continually push herself and pursue new challenges while being true to her values.

Tara has completed over 22 half marathons, 4 marathons, 6 half Ironmans and 1 Ironman. Tara routinely reaches the podium in her age group in short course triathlon and has qualified for the ITU World Championships (Olympic distance) three times.

Registered Massage Therapist

Gonzalo Rivero

kingstudio@totum.ca

Gonzalo graduated from Kikkawa College in 2004 and became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. He has completed courses in STR (soft tissue release), kinesiotaping, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release.

Gonzalo’s treatments compose of stretching, strengthening and manipulating soft tissue to realign the body. This helps to facilitate functional movement, which is the base of his treatment philosophy. He works extensively with MLS teams, theatre performers, dancers, and weekend warriors.

Gonzalo’s favourite thing to do outside of Totum is to pack his portable hammock, find two trees and just hang.

Clinic Director / Physiotherapist

Mary-Catherine Fraser Saxena

mc@totum.ca

Mary-Catherine obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 1993, and went on to complete her M.Sc in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto in 2005. She has devoted countless weekends to pursuing continuing education, including manual therapy courses, McKenzie courses, and medical exercise therapy. She has had the privilege of being taught by the giants in the physiotherapy profession, including Wendy Aspinall, Jim Meadows, Diane Lee, Lyn Watson, and many others. MC has recently completed the courses in Functional Range Conditioning, pelvic health, and knee osteoarthritis.

Mary-Catherine has always had a love of dance, and from that passion came a need to know more about human anatomy. She has over 20 years experience treating orthopedic injuries in a variety of clinical settings. She wants to help patients regain their mobility and have the freedom to move without pain. She understands that each patient has unique goals to meet and she works on individual treatment programs to achieve those goals. She approaches injury care and prevention with the latest research based in the science of the human body.

She has a special interest in orthopedic and sports injuries, including post-surgical rehabilitation. Nothing makes her happier than allowing someone to return to activities that they previously thought weren’t achievable. When Mary-Catherine isn’t with a client, she is running or working with weights or joining a yoga class. She has recently returned to ballet class—though her pirouettes need some work.

Mary-Catherine appreciates any feedback and is also happy to help if you have any questions regarding the Totum approach.

Chiropractor

Dr. Kelly Snowden

roxstudio@totum.ca

Dr. Kelly Snowden has had over 15 years of instruction in Kinesiology, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Orthotics prescription and Active Release Techniques (ART). Dr. Snowden completed a concurrent Phys. Ed – Science program at Queen’s University, where she received a Bachelor of Physical & Health Education, as well as a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology. Throughout her time at Queen’s University, she was a varsity water polo player and was involved with the student athlete injury rehabilitation program.

Through these experiences she learned the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Upon graduation, she returned to Toronto to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Since 2004, she has been working with patients in a variety of settings: sports medicine facilities, rural clinics, the film industry, and on-the-field. Her goal is to eliminate pains and injuries through an integrated wellness program, utilizing a variety of techniques designed to meet her patients’ specific healthcare needs.

Dr. Snowden enjoys working with patients of all fitness levels. As a busy mom of two, Dr. Snowden recognizes the significance of efficient injury recovery and improving day to day functioning with all of her patients.

Chiropractor

Dr. David Torrance

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Education

  • University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
  • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Fellowship of Chiropractic Clinical Sciences (Canada)
  • Certification in ART
  • Certified in Trigenics Myoneural Techniques
  • CanFitPro personal training certificate
  • Certified Level ‘C’ CPR and First Aid
  • Level 5 Personal Trainer

Dr. Torrance has always been drawn to the biological sciences and fitness, especially anatomy and physiology. He graduated with distinction from the Biology Department of the University of Western Ontario. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2006 and was active as a class rep for Student’s Council and for the fourth year Clinic Committee. Along the way, he earned the John Wallace Memorial Award for second highest average in first year, the John Duckworth Memorial Award for having the highest cumulative average in anatomy for years 1 and 2, the Governor’s Club Corporate Members Award for demonstrating leadership and service during the third academic year, and the CMCC President’s Award for having obtained high academic and clinical standing and contribution to student life over 4 years.

Dr. Torrance was selected for a position as a Clinical Sciences resident in the Division of Graduate Education and Research at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2006. He was a chiropractor at the multidisciplinary wellness center at Husky Injection Molding Systems in Bolton and at St. Michael’s Hospital on a referral basis with the physicians in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He finished the program in 2011, receiving his Fellowship in Chiropractic Clinical Sciences later that year.

Dr. Torrance joined the Totum Life Science in 2005 as a personal trainer specializing in strength training, weight loss, and general fitness. He started practising Chiropractic at Totum in 2008 as part of their multidisciplinary health team. He uses a functional rehabilitation-based approach to return patients to their activities of daily living. He is also certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. He continues to contribute to chiropractic literature as well as participating as a reviewer for systematic reviews.

His recreational activities include weight training, rugby, running and cycling.

Certified Athletic Therapist / Registered Massage Therapist

Kristen Vandergriendt

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Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts Honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2007. She went on to obtain her Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College in 2010, and became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2012.

Kristen has experience working with a wide variety of sports — volleyball, lacrosse, rugby, hockey, football and baseball, to name a few. Athletes she has worked with varied in calibre from high school athletes, college and university sports teams to provincial and national level athletes, and everything in between.

Since graduating, Kristen has special interest in orthopaedic and sports injuries, and works with an orthopaedic surgeon. She educates patients on their surgery and their post-operative rehabilitation programs which she has developed to suit each individual client. Her extensive field and clinical expertise working with multi-sport athletes of varying calibre enables her to cater each rehabilitation program to every individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

Kristen, a Certified Athletic Therapist, graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Specialization in Kinesiology. She went on to further her education, receiving a Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College.

She has been recognized by the Ontario and Canadian Athletic Therapy Associations. She is the recipient of the OATA Annual scholarship, Sheridan College First Responder Scholarship, Robert Firth Memorial Scholarship and the CATA writing award.

Kristen has the skills and knowledge to help her clients and athletes achieve their dreams and their full potential. As a former athlete herself, it was her passion for sport that inspired her to study in this field. She understands the drive it takes to excel and she works with each individual client to motivate them to excel too. She sets high but attainable goals for both herself and her clients, and implements aggressive rehabilitation programs to return her clients to activity as soon as possible.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, R.TCMP, R.Ac, RYT

Queenly Lee

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Queenly studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Academy (formerly known as Shiatsu School of Canada). During her training as a TCM Practitioner, she also attained certification as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with the Ontario Osteopathic & Alternative Medicine Association, to better understand different treatment principals of pain management. Prior to getting her TCMP license, Queenly was certified as a Registered Yoga Instructor, (RYT) in 2010, and she has been teaching yoga ever since. She later added training in pilates and TRX to diversify her approach to health & fitness.

In clinic, Queenly thoroughly observes the client’s needs and presented symptoms. She’ll then apply TCM organ and meridian theory to assess the state of the body’s vital energy, “qi”, in order to make an informed diagnosis. Impaired circulation or obstructions in meridians and organs can be the root cause of a variety of symptoms such as physical tightness, pain, impaired breathing patterns, headache, anxiety/stress, weakened immune function, mental and emotional distress, and fatigue. Therefore, she uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, massage, gua sha (fascial scraping), moxa, and dietary therapy to expel pathogens, stop pain and manage ailments in order to restore smooth flow of qi and internal balance. Queenly strives to live an active and sustainable lifestyle to empower clients to become more proactive with their own healthcare.

When Queenly is not teaching or in clinic, she likes to cook with local and organic ingredients and support local restaurants. She also casually rock climbs and takes beginner contemporary dance and ballet to challenge herself. Her favourite ways to unwind include long hikes, having good food and good laughs with friends, reading, and taking trips to beautiful destinations.

Sports Medicine Chiropractor

Carolina Orrego

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Carolina Orrego graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences. Dr. Orrego completed a Diplomate with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, which helped her continue her interest in working with athletes and sport-related injuries. After practicing in California the last few years, she recently returned to Toronto.

Dr. Orrego continues to travel internationally as a medical provider for USA Beach Volleyball. She has also worked as a consultant for training and rehabilitation programs on various sports for the Chinese Olympic Team.

As an athlete who has experienced her own share of injuries, Dr. Orrego is able to incorporate her knowledge and personal experience to help develop rehabilitation programs in a training environment. This allows people to return to an active lifestyle again.

Dr. Orrego continues to work with fellow colleagues on sport-related injury research and is currently enrolled in a Registered Massage Therapist program to further her knowledge in soft tissue techniques.

Registered Message Therapist

Carly Holland

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Carly is a Centennial College graduate and received an Advanced Diploma in 2012. She is currently enrolled at AIM Academy, working towards an Acupuncture license, and has additional training in cupping therapy, Indian head massage, hot stone and reflexology.

Carly grew up very involved in sports. Between watching and playing, her interest in how the body works and evolves is what brought her to the study of massage. Carly understands that every body is different, therefore every treatment needs to be targeted to each client’s specific needs.

She believes that massage therapy enhances the restoration of normal body function and helps to create a natural harmony throughout the body.

When Carly is outside of work and school, she enjoys cycling, eating all things Mexican and watching NFL games.

For your convenience,  we have 5 locations in Toronto and use a team-oriented approach with our rehabilitation and fitness professionals.