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About Us

Our Clinic has been treating the East Toronto Community of Riverdale, Leslieville and East York since 2006. 

With over 80 years of combined therapy experience we are here to meet all your needs.

Dr. Peter Tzakas : DC, FCCPOR

Clinic Director, Chiropractor, Rehab Specialty

Dr. Peter Tzakas is the Clinic Director at Kinetica with over 16 years of experience in the field of Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. He has been practicing as a Chiropractor on Danforth since 2004.

He graduated from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002, after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Human Biology. In 2005, he became a Fellow of the College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation (FCCPOR). This designation is awarded to a select group of Chiropractors who have completed comprehensive training in the field of Physical Rehabilitation over a 3 year period.

Over the years he has increased his knowledge and therapeutic approaches by completing various continuing education courses.  He holds certifications in Acupuncture, Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston Technique, Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA) and most recently Clinical Neurodynamics.

 

Dr. Tzakas has taken time during the COVID lockdowns to continue his continuing education by completing  comprehensive online certification reviews on Diagnosis and Classification of Cervical Pain, Lumbar Pain, Shoulder Pain and Lower Extremity Pain.

 

He is proud to have established a multidisciplinary health team here on the Danforth and servicing the communities of Riverdale, Leslieville and the residents of East Toronto.

Dr. Elizabeth Barr : HBSc (Kin), DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Elizabeth Barr is a chiropractor with seven years of professional experience in the health, wellness and fitness realm. She completed an honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University, after which she went on to complete her Registered Kinesiology (R.Kin) examination and licensing.

Dr. Barr attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and graduated with honours, in addition to an award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association and an award from the David W. Artis Memorial Fund. Throughout her time at CMCC, Dr. Barr took pride in honing her physical examination, diagnostic and treatment skills. Further to this purpose, she has completed additional training in Soft Tissue Release Techniques, Silicone Cupping andIntegrated Needling Acupuncture. 

Moving forward, Dr. Barr looks forward to building a supportive, patient-centered and evidence based chiropractic practice. She strives to support patients with any neuro-musculoskeletal complaints that may arise. 

In her personal time, Dr. Barr enjoys a robust yoga practice, hiking and reading.

 

F. Carmen Wan : DPT

Registered Physiotherapist

Carmen is a registered Physiotherapist under the Ontario College of Physiotherapy and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Carmen completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at D’ Youville College in the state of New York with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology at York University.

 

At the start of Carmen’s professional career she began her practice in the United States by successfully assisting patients with physical difficulties resulting from illnesses, injuries and/or aging. Carmen is committed to creating a dedicated rehabilitation program aimed at meeting the individual needs and goals of the patient with the implementation of manual skills, therapeutic exercises and application of therapeutic modalities.

 

She practices using multiple manual techniques such as Mulligans, McKenzie, muscle energy technique, joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, contemporary cupping, and acupuncture. Carmen continues to strive for professional excellence. This past year she has spent time studying under Fred Mitchell Jr and Kai Mitchell to further her muscle energy techniques. She also studied under Brian Mulligan and Mark Oliver to elevate her practice with “mobilization with movement” for the sacral region.

 

She recently completed the Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1 and Advanced Neurofunctional Sports Performance Specialist at McMaster University.

Anugrah Mukhi : BPT

Registered Physiotherapist

Anugrah is a registered Physiotherapist under the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He completed his 4 year Bachelors in Physiotherapy in 2011.
 

Anugrah has had the opportunity to learn a wide variety of clinical skills through the experiences he has in different clinical settings. His has worked private practice specializing in orthopedic and sport related injuries, long term care and community care He is extremely excited to be working out of Kinetica.
 
He aims to empower you with the right personalized tools to help you achieve your goals and live the quality of life you want.
 
He practices using a multitude of manual therapy techniques to best meet your specific needs for your specific problem.  These include joint mobilization,
myofascial release, Mulligan technique, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release, kinesio taping, acupuncture and cupping.

 

He stays active with latest research and provides
evidence-based practice. These techniques are used in conjunction with education, and
exercise prescription to help meet your needs.

Zahira Dennis : RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Zahirah completed her Massage Therapy training from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy in Halifax. She is a dedicated Registered Massage Therapist with a heart of an athlete.

 

She is passionate about leading with purpose in each individual treatment; collaborating with you to educate you on your body and what you need to feel your best! Whether you seek relief from stress, chronic pain, a specific issue or simply wish to indulge in the luxury of deep relaxation, she is here to support you. Zahirah uses techniques like Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue massage, Sports Massage, and Myofascial Release. 

 

Zahirah has been involved in sports such as Rugby, Track & Field, Snowboarding, and Ultimate Frisbee just to name a few. Zahirah loves helping people along their journey to achieving optimal performance, self care, rehabilitation, and injury prevention whether in sports or daily activities. 

 

When she’s not with clients, you’ll find her focused on her strength training and mobility, playing various sports, or out supporting Toronto sports teams!

Matthew Dietrich : RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Matt became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in 1999 after graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. He began his career in Ottawa where he worked at a sports injury clinic treating athletes in the Junior Olympic Program. He then spent several years working in spas on cruise ships, combining massage with various holistic modalities such as hot stones, seaweed wraps and exfoliations.

He has been providing Massage Therapy on Danforth since 2008 and holds certificates in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.

Matt believes that lifestyle choices are the key to maintaining optimum health and performance. His personal routine includes daily yoga, running several times a week, eating a diet based in natural foods as well as getting regular massages. He is fluently bilingual in both English and French.

Ellien Fulgar : RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Ellien graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2015. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable therapist, she brings hands on experience working with various settings and clients from different socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Whether it’s for relaxation, restoration, prevention or rehabilitation, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will meet your needs. She likes to integrate various techniques such as Swedish massage, joint mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, sports massage, cupping therapy and thai massage into her treatments.

 

Outside the treatment room, Ellien enjoys the outdoors and always keep herself active through regular training in martial arts. She also assists with martial arts training and competes regularly.

 

Ellien is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapy of Ontario (RMTAO).

Etsuko Shibamoto: M.OMSc

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Etsuko has been a health practitioner since 2016, when she began her career as a Registered Massage Therapist. After years of Massage Therapy practice, she decided to go back to school to learn more about the structure and function of the human body as a whole unit.

She completed a four-year osteopathic education at The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario where she received her diploma in Masters in Osteopathic Manipulative Science (M.OMSc.). This program allows students to take an in-depth look at the interrelationships of the anatomy, physiology and bio-mechanics of the human body. Through the use of Osteopathic techniques, students learn how to remove restrictions to allow the body to return to a pain free and healthy state. Osteopathy can be a very effective treatment in both chronic and acute conditions.

She is a member in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA).

Dr. Jennifer Tanner : ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Jennifer Tanner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Honours Kinesiology. Following graduation she took time to travel and work at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. She spent the next four years studying the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine and was involved with the Naturopathic Sports Medicine Group. She has been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor on Danforth since 2008.

Dr. Tanner believes there is a need for both conventional and alternative medicines and will provide you with most up to date research in health care. Naturopathic Medicine is at the cutting edge of health and has a great deal to offer us all.

She employs all the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine in her practice but has a special interest in Nutrition, Acupuncture, Women’s Health and Sports Medicine. Having had 3 children herself, Dr. Tanner has had tremendous success treating kids and infants.

Dr. Tanner is also trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture which is a non-invasive method of improving the appearance of aging skin. Her focus is patient based and she will work together with you to develop personalized treatment plans in order to obtain an optimal state of health.

Ben Sluzar : DOMP, RMT

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Registered Massage Therapist

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University, which uncovered his passion of exploring and learning the intricacies of the human body further. Currently, Ben is both a certified osteopathic manual practitioner and a registered massage therapist (in good standing with both the OAO and CMTO). In 2020 he defended his osteopathic thesis at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto on “The Effect of Global Osteopathic Treatment on Forward Head Posture as measured by Craniovertebral Angle”. 

 

Using a comprehensive global approach, his treatments factor in an individualized health history, and an understanding of anatomical, physiologic, and biomechanical interrelationships. Ben employs a variety of assessment and treatment techniques that allow for a holistic approach and includes education on healthy breathing and movement routines.

 

This approach, efficiently and effectively aims to address dysfunction at the root or cause of the issue, rather than just relieving symptoms. Some examples of the techniques used are both direct and indirect functional normalizations, myofascial release, fluidic fascial work, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy technique, visceral manipulation, strain-counterstrain among many others within the realm of osteopathy and massage therapy. 

Joyce Tai : R.TCM, R.AC 

Registered Acupuncturist
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor

 

Joyce is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist under the
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario
(CTCMPAO). She completed her Bachelor of Chinese Medicine in 2015 and followed with a
Master of Science in Chinese Medicine in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Throughout her career, Joyce has honed her skills through diverse experiences using both
herbal medicine and acupuncture. Having worked in clinics in Hong Kong, she has encountered
a wide range of patients and their unique health challenges. Notably, she has collaborated
closely with hospitals in Hong Kong, contributing to integrated care for cancer patients and
stroke rehabilitation.

 

This holistic approach underscores her belief in treating the individual as a
whole rather than just addressing isolated symptoms.
Joyce is also passionate about women’s health, particularly focusing on issues like menopause
and menstrual health. Moreover, Joyce addresses concerns related to anxiety and insomnia,
recognizing the crucial link between mental well-being and overall health. She employs various
approaches in her practice, including acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, herbal remedies, and
lifestyle recommendations.

Christopher Singh : CAT(C), FST

Athletic Therapist
Fascial Stretch Therapist

 

Chris completed his degree in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College and is currently a Certified Athletic Therapist under the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association. He most recently completed the Stretch to Win Fascial Stretch Therapy course - a unique system of assisted stretching that targets both fascia and joints.

Prior to becoming an Athletic Therapist, Chris obtained a degree in Sports Sciences from the University of the West of England. 

 

In addition to working for many sports teams and organizations, Chris has acquired a vast variety of clinical skills working for multidisciplinary clinics while treating different populations. When practicing, he enjoys using a variety of joint mobilizations, muscle releases, stretches and exercises to help his patients. 

One of his core beliefs is movement is one of the best medicines for the body! He looks forward to treating and helping his patients move without pain! 

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