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Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND
Dr. Rahima is a Naturopathic Doctor and the founder of Sage Naturopathic Clinic in Kitchener. She also works at the Bosnar Centre for Health and the Dundas University Clinic in Toronto.
She incorporates a range of therapies to best address individual health concerns, including nutrition, acupuncture, supplements, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and traditional chinese herbal medicine. She also uses a wide variety of diagnostic tools and tests such as food sensitivity testing, salivary hormone testing, urine analysis, blood work, and specialized bowel function tests to help diagnose and tailor treatment plans for a variety of health conditions.
She has treated patients with skin problems, anxiety, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalances, Lyme Disease and bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis. She also has a keen interest in autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis and works extensively with infertility, women’s health and pediatrics. Dr. Rahima also offers a weight loss program geared towards helping patients achieve a healthy weight and overall well-being.
She is also certified in Intravenous Therapy (IV).
In the past little while, she has developed a keen interest in habits and how changing your habits can change your life. She has started a blog at www.buildingyourbetterlife.com.
She is a regular on Rogers Daytime and has been seen on the Global Morning Show and Grand River Living. She writes for a variety of different print media as well and lectures at various companies regarding workplace wellness and helps companies develop Corporate Wellness Plans.
Droughan “Dru” Costello, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Canfitpro Personal Trainer
Dru graduated from Sutherland Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2009, with specialty clinics in sports massage and spinal cord injury.
During years of organized competition in track and field, cross country, hockey, tennis and karate he always sought out RMT along with other therapies for injury rehab and relaxation as a part of his training.
Every client is unique and has different needs, Dru uses a combination of fascial, Swedish, dynamic, stretching and joint mobilizations techniques for soft tissue injuries. He believes that RMT along with self care in the forms of stretching and strengthening can help gain greater ranges of motion, decrease pain and educate clients.
With a background in coaching(martial arts) he became a Can Fit Pro personal trainer. As a trainer he’s been able to help clients with proper warm ups, balance, power and strength training along with cardiovascular training while getting them acclimated to the gym environment and furthering their involvement in their own health care.
As part of his ongoing education required by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, he has spent the majority of it as a mentor to Sutherland Chan final term students as their case study. He’s responsible to give constructive feedback, share techniques and his professional experiences as an RMT. It also keeps him in touch with what is currently being taught to upcoming therapists.
Outside of work he plays tennis all year round, study’s French and sporadically knits to stay busy.
Dr. Laura Cory, BScH, MSc, DC
Dr. Cory earned an honours degree specializing in biology and biochemistry from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto. An introduction to chiropractic directed a decision to leave the world of basic science to pursue a career with a more patient centred approach to health care. In 1997 Dr Cory graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic. Throughout her years of practicing, she has participated in a number of continuing education courses including Kinesio Taping, soft tissue techniques, sports injury treatment and prevention, as well as foot mechanic and gait issues. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and mobilization techniques, Dr. Cory prescribes foot orthotics to regulate foot mechanics and normalize gait patterns. She strives to incorporate the knowledge gained through continuing education in order to best serve the needs of her patients. Dr. Cory embraces the integrated approach to health care that exists between all of the health care practitioners at Dundas University Health Clinic.
Dr. Cory spent her first four years of practice on St. Kitts, a small island in the Caribbean. As the only chiropractor in a country underserved by the typical range of medical specialties, her scope of practice was challenging and presented her with a broad range of cases not typically seen by chiropractors in our current health care environment in Toronto. While in St. Kitts, she was on the organizing committee for the St. Kitts ITU Olympic length Triathlon, which attracted pro triathletes from around the world. She also initiated, and was Race Director of the concurrent Junior Triathlon Series. Each year she also trained for the triathlon and competed on the amateur side of the competition, winning it on two separate occasions. Since returning to Toronto, Dr. Cory continues to enjoy physical activity as a regular part of her routine. She is an avid skier, enjoys cycling and running for the joy of it, and believes that movement and physical activity should be apart of everyday for everybody.
Dr. Cory believes that chiropractic care can help people of all ages and physicality’s achieve a more effective level of wellness. One of her biggest pet peeves is hearing people talk about “normal back pain” or ‘normal headaches’. She believes that pain does not have to be tolerated as a normal part of life and that everyone can achieve a ‘normal’ that includes wellness and mobility as part of their everyday life!
Gilbert Schaefer, BAA, R.Ac., Dipl. ST, CST
Gilbert Schaefer is a Registered Acupuncturist and Certified Shiatsu Therapist with many years of clinical experience. Gilbert graduated with honours from the Shiatsu School of Canada and with High Honours form the SSC Acupuncture Institute. He subsequently taught Eastern Medical Theory at this school, and was also a Student Clinic Supervisor. He interned with Dr. Tim Tanaka at the Pacific Wellness Institute.
In his treatments, Gilbert places conscious emphasis on the treatment of the body-mind as a united entity. He believes strongly that ongoing maintenance is just as important as putting the patient in charge of the responsibility of becoming and staying well and healthy. As a therapist, his goal is to facilitate the natural innate healing capacity of the human body according to the principles of Eastern Medicine, while seeking to cross the bridge to Western Medical Science.
Gilbert has been with the Dundas-University Health Clinic since 1998.
Dr. T. Mitch Ormond, BSc (Hons), DC, Acupuncture
Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncture, Orthotics, Functional Assessment, Sport Performance Optimization
Dr. Mitch Ormond, DC is ranked as a top Chiropractors in Toronto ON
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Dr. Mitch blends evidenced informed care with a wellness-based approach, which provides his patients with a holistic approach to their healthcare. He is dedicated to not only eliminating his patients pain, but to preventing it from occurring again and giving his patients the tools to live in optimal health. To help his patients attain peak health, Dr. Mitch utilizes a combination of therapies including Chiropractic adjustment, gentle joint mobilization, soft tissue therapy (a form of Active Release Technique) acupuncture, Kinesiology taping, ultrasound, interferential current, orthotics, ergonomic advice, and stretching and strengthening exercises.
Dr. Mitch was born and raised in London, and is a proud Western Mustang where he graduated with a BSc Kinesiology (Hons). Dr. Mitch has always had a passion for helping athletes and non-athletes attain their highest level of performance, which drove him to be the Athletic Trainer for the Western Mustangs Football team on their Journey to the Vanier cup in 2008. Dr. Mitch continued to follow this passion to Toronto, where he earned his four year Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. As a Chiropractor, Dr. Mitch is not only an expert on treating the spine but is also an expert in treating any injury to any muscle, bone or joint in the body. During his spare time Dr. Mitch enjoys keeping fit through any and all sports, staying strong through resistance training, and is an emerging Yogi!
Dr. Mathew Lee, (Hons)BSc, DC, DAc
Functional Release Technique
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Level 1
Dr. Mathew Lee attended the University of Toronto graduating in 2008 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. Throughout his high school and undergraduate career, Dr. Lee participated in many intramural and team sports such as football, basketball, judo, track and field, and rugby. With such an athletic history, Dr. Lee sustained his fair share of athletic injuries, as well as gained a certain understanding of the way the body moved and functioned in different sports.
With this background, Dr. Lee went on to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and completed the four-year degree in 2012. He gained experience in both community and hospital settings (South Riverdale Community Centre & St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital) during his clinical rotations, dealing with a wide variety of conditions – ranging from acute athletic and sports injuries, functional compensations, repetitive sprains and strains – to chronic conditions, co-morbidities, and detection and referral of pathological conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and thrombophlebitis.
In addition to completing his chiropractic training, Dr. Lee also obtained his acupuncture training concomitantly while at CMCC. It consisted of 250-hours of both lecture and practical sessions, covering both contemporary medical and traditional Chinese theories, but primarily focused on the latter. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been reported to help with conditions such as headaches and migraines, infertility, constipation, sleeping disorders and insomnia, in addition to the musculoskeletal conditions such as low back and neck pain, knee arthritis, and rotator cuff tendinopathies to name a few.
Dr. Mathew Lee has continually strived to further his chiropractic training with courses in chiropractic manipulation techniques through the Motion Palpation Institute (MPI), Active Release Techniques (ART®), Graston Technique, Functional Anatomical Palpation® and Functional Release Techniques®, as well as courses in rehabilitation and exercise prescription by world-renowned rehabilitation and biomechanics specialists Dr. Craig Liebenson and Dr. Stuart McGill, respectively.
Michael Doherty, D.Ch
Orthotics & Orthopaedic Shoes
Brittany is the newest Registered Massage Therapist to join our team at Dundas University Health Clinic. Originally from Cape Breton, NS, she began studying Sports and Human Kinetics in 2008, she later went on to graduate from Halifax’s ICT Northumberland College of Massage Therapy in 2012. Since then she has been studying Osteopathy and working in the healthcare field where she gets to share her healing touch with others.
Brittany believes participating in a proactive approach to health care is the fundamental structure to optimal physical and mental wellness. Brittany is motivated and inspired by the powerful benefits of massage therapy. Using a number of techniques in her treatments, including Swedish, Thai, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, deep tissue, myofascial release, neuropathic pain management and general osteopathic techniques, Brittany creates individualized treatments that combat any ailment. She is most interested in sports massage, post operative rehabilitation, motor vehicle accident injuries, postural dysfunctions, vertebral disc injuries, nerve pain, and relaxation massage to manage stress, anxiety, chronic headaches, and gastrointestinal dysfunction.
Ron McKerracher, BA, RMT, CSCS
Ron has been practicing Massage Therapy since 1995, and has been at DUHC since 1999. He is a graduate of McMaster University and Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy. Ron is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.Ron teaches Clinical Assessment and Exercise Science in a college Massage Therapy program. In 2013 he was named Educator of the Year by the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario.He is a skilled practitioner with a great deal of experience reducing muscle tension and treating soft tissue injuries. He specializes in releasing tension patterns and tissue restriction that lead to improper body mechanics and prescribing specific exercises that will facilitate optimal performance.He enjoys working with athletes to help them be and stay at their best.Ron is a recreational athlete who trains for and regularly participates in running and triathlon events.
Registered Massage Therapist
Desiree has been practicing massage therapy since 2011. After receiving an honours degree in kinesiology with a minor in gerontology at McMaster University, she was looking for a way to help heal others, but also to inspire them to be in charge of their own health and well-being. With a strong background in dance and kinesiology, and a new interest in the holistic mind-body connection, she decided to continue her studies in massage therapy at Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic.As a student, she gained experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, and participated in outreach clinics at Sunnybrook Hospital in the high-risk pregnancy unit, Central Neighbourhood House with stroke survivors, and many sporting events around the city. She has also treated in Sutherland-Chan School’s breast clinic, gaining valuable skills in moving lymph fluid and working with post-surgical scar tissue.
Since becoming a massage therapist, Desiree has taken continuing education courses in massage therapy for infants and children, Level 1 neuroproprioceptive taping, and assessment and treatment of the neck fascia. She is enthusiastic about learning new skills in the profession, and enjoys helping her clients strive for wellness. In her spare time, Desiree practices yoga and likes to cook.
Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP
Integrative Medicine Consultant
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Dr. Esther Konigsberg is an Integrative Medicine Physician, who consults with clients interested in preventing illness and optimizing their health and wellness. Integrative Medicine combines the best of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine. Dr. Konigsberg helps her clients address a wide variety of conditions by creating a personalized health plan incorporating comprehensive lifestyle interventions, stress management, supplements, bioidentical hormone therapies and low dose naltrexone. She will work with both conventional and allied health care practitioners to achieve the best possible outcomes for her patients.
The pursuit of her life-long interest in integrative medicine began at McGill University where she obtained both her Bachelor of Science in 1980 and a Medical Degree at McMaster University in 1983. She is a member of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and a graduate from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has studied extensively with world leaders in health, healing, spirituality and human potential including Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Konigsberg is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Arizona in the Program in Integrative Medicine.
At McMaster’s Medical School she is an Assistant Clinical Professor; McMaster’s Longitudinal Curriculum Planner for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as well as McMaster’s representative for the Canadian Academic Consortium on Integrative Health and Education. She is on the steering committee for the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Dr. Konigsberg has been leading transformational seminars and lecturing to the public, academic and corporate world since 1996. She has written and been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles on mind, body and spirit health and healing as well as being a contributing author for the book Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams.
Laura Disenhaus, PT, DOMP
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Laura Disenhaus, PT, DOMP is a Licenced Physiotherapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (“Osteopathic Manual Practitioner” is the designation for Canadian non-physician osteopaths in Ontario).She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/psychology from the University of Western Ontario before going on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy (BSc(PT)) from the University of Toronto in 1988. As well, Laura is a graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy, obtaining her DOMP after presenting her thesis on osteopathic treatment for chronic constipation.Laura has extensive experience in various areas having worked in hospital settings (Hospital for Sick Children and Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center,New York) as well as in private practice since 1999, and was an instructor for New YorkUniversity Physical Therapy department and a guest lecturer for Touro and DownstateCollege Physical Therapy departments (oncology).Her current areas of specialization include chronic pelvic pain and dysfunction in men and women, digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, reflux), and TMJ (jaw) dysfunctions.For more on Laura, please see one of her websites: physiopath.com and pelvicpainphysio.com.
Michael Barthmann, P.T., B.Sc.(PT), B.Sc.(MCPA)