MScPT, MSc, BScH
Taylor is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. Prior to this, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Master of Science in Bio-mechanics from the University of Guelph. Her Master’s research focused on age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, and its links to functional decline and falls risk in the elderly. This experience has inspired Taylor to advocate for seniors’ health and work to decrease falls risk in this population. Taylor is our Osteo-Circuit exercise program lead physiotherapist.
During her time at the University of Toronto, Taylor was lead author on another research study looking at mentorship in the realm of physiotherapy. Taylor’s hard work has been acknowledged as she has received awards for her involvement in both research and seniors’ health. Despite entering the clinical world, Taylor knows that she will continue to use research evidence to help drive her physiotherapy practice.
Taylor also has a strong interest in working with athletes of all ages. While she grew up participating in a variety of sports, Taylor realized early on that she had a passion for horses. She has since committed herself to the equestrian sport, primarily training and competing in the hunter-jumper discipline. Taylor understands the dedication required by athletes and the importance of physiotherapy to assist in attaining peak performance levels.
Taylor enjoys travel and the antics of her dog Lucy.
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
MScPT, BSc, CSCS
Michael is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program. Prior to this, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Michael is also a personal trainer holding a certification with the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Michael’s lifelong involvement with athletics has included competing as well as coaching a variety of sports such as hockey, football, volleyball, ultimate, tennis and snowboarding. Through competing in and coaching athletes spanning from the youth to provincial levels of competition, Michael has gained a unique understanding about the impact injuries can have on athletes and the importance of early rehabilitation and return to sport. A passionate athlete himself, Michael continues to compete in a variety of sports.
Michael is currently working towards his certificate level with Sports Physiotherapy Canada and working through his orthopaedic levels. He is involved with a Richmond Hill Stars hockey team providing on-ice coverage and rehabilitation.
Registered Sports Physiotherapist
BScPT, Dip Sports Phys., MCPA
Laura Libby graduated from the University of Waterloo with her Bachelor Science in Physiotherapy in 1990. She has worked in private practise for the past 21 years with a focus on orthopaedics and sports injuries. She attained her Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 1999 and her Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 2001 through Sport Physiotherapy Canada. (www.sportphysio.ca) Laura then went on to achieve her Intermediate Certificate in Manipulative Therapy in 2005.
As a sport physiotherapist, Laura has planned, organized and directed programmes of pre-season screening including baseline concussion testing, first aid, on field care, rehabilitation, education and counselling for athletes, coaches and others concerned with sports. She has worked directly with athletes and consulted with sports organizations. Laura continues to attain ongoing postgraduate education to ensure quality of care based on up to date research and clinical practice guidelines for her patients. She uses a bio-mechanical approach to assessment and treatment with a focus on mobilizations, education and exercise.
Highlights of Laura’s career includes being part of the host medical team at the 1999 and 2015 Pan Am Games, 2005 Canada Summer Games and working with Rugby Canada with numerous tours with the U20 women’s team, the senior men’s teams and the women’s 7 team from 2008- 2011. She has worked with the Aurora Barbarians Rugby Club for 20 years as both an on-field therapist and educating the club on fitness, conditioning and injury prevention. She has also taught at U of T during their Sports Week for the final year students.
Laura has lived in the area for 22 years, is involved with the local soccer club as a player and is an avid skier.
Registered Sport Physiotherapist,
Founder & Owner
BScPT, BPHE, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy
LifeSpring’s Founder and Owner, Ron O’Hare, has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 1997, after having obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) and a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (BScPT) from Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario.
Ron’s exposure to physiotherapy began as an elite athlete at varsity and provincial team levels. Ron represented Ontario in the 1989 Canada games as a member of the bronze medal medal-winning volleyball team. Ron’s volleyball career continued for a further five years during which he achieved OUA All-Star status and was named captain of the Queen’s Varsity team. It was at Queen’s where Ron first began to fully understand and value the numerous benefits that physiotherapy offers all athletes – especially those who compete and perform at the highest levels.
Ron was recently in Rio with Athletics Canada providing on-site physiotherapy and leadership as part of the Integrated Support Team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Ron keeps fit through running, cycling and a variety of fun with his active family.
MScPT, BSc. Kin
Jessica is a graduate of the University of Toronto MSc. Physical Therapy program. She previously attended McMaster University, receiving her bachelor degree with honours in Kinesiology.
During her undergraduate degree, Jessica was the female captain of the McMaster Cross-Country team. She was named an All-Canadian athlete for four consecutive years, finishing her final year undefeated, being named the CIS and OUA Cross-Country champion. She had the opportunity to be a part of the bronze winning Cross-Country team that represented Canada at the World University Cross-Country Games in 2010, and was named McMaster’s female Athlete of the Year in 2011.
After studying kinesiology, Jessica decided that athlete rehabilitation and injury prevention was her passion. She went on to study physical therapy at the University of Toronto, and has had many amazing experiences working with athletes & individuals who value physical activity. Jessica has a particular interest in working with young female distance runners, helping them develop as runners while maintaining a healthy balanced life.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys participating in other activities such as bike riding, yoga and spending time with family & friends.
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Exercise Physiologist
MSc. PT, BPHE
Beth is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Masters of Science in Physiotherapy Program. Prior to that, she had obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. As a physiotherapist, Beth takes special interest in orthopedics and manual therapy. As a result, Beth has taken several advanced courses in these areas. Beth is Bone Fit trained.
Beth has been a competitive distance runner for the past 15 years. Some career highlights include multiple time Canadian University (CIS) Cross Country Champion & Canadian 10,000m Champion as well as competing internationally for Canada at the World Cross Country Championships. Beth’s love for running has integrated itself with her work as a physiotherapist; she has taken several advanced courses focusing on preventing running injuries and improving outcomes in the injured runner. As an elite athlete, Beth understands firsthand the effects injuries can have on all aspects of one’s life. As a result, she works hard to improve the quality of life in her patients and get them back to the activities that they enjoy the most.
Beth enjoys keeping active by running and chasing after her children.
Beth is currently on maternity leave in 2017.
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture
MScPT, BScKin, CAFCI
Saiwing Yu is a physiotherapist with special interests in orthopaedics, acupuncture, and manual therapy. She attained her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Saiwing is certified in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and has completed several higher level courses of using acupuncture from the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. She has also taken numerous continuing education courses to expand her skills in manual therapy. Saiwing is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Saiwing has a strong passion in health and fitness. She enjoyed being a certified Strength Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for 12 years (1998-2010). Her background in Kinesiology, strength training, and group fitness has enhanced her skills in prescribing individualized rehabilitation programs. Saiwing loves to work with people and to help them achieve their wellness goals. Her goal-oriented and holistic approach to therapy has proven success in returning her clients back to their pre-injury functional levels in a timely manner.
Saiwing enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Happy.
Registered Massage Therapist
Charlotte is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and a member of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
As a Graduate of Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in June 2012, these intense studies ignited her clinical mind, providing her with an exceptional theory and practical foundation from one of Canada’s most reputable massage colleges.
Charlotte’s goal as a therapist is to provide personalized care to assist clients of all ages in reaching their optimal health. In order to determine long-term resolutions, she looks for the root cause, while addressing symptoms for immediate relief. She integrates techniques from Swedish and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations as required in achieving results. She empowers her client’s through educating and encouraging a proactive lifestyle, in addition to prescribing customized home care which includes stretching and strengthening programs and/or hydrotherapy to facilitate and expedite healing.
Charlotte has an appreciation for life, family, passion for massage therapy and optimal health which drives her to pursue further education to continually enhance her massage therapy treatments to better the lives of others.
When not treating clients, Charlotte cherishes her family life as mother to two young children. She is an active volunteer, member of the school parent council and involved in fundraising for numerous charities. She currently competes as both a sprint triathlete and ½ marathon distance runner, having a sports background in soccer, skiing, skating, rock climbing and Pilates.
Registered Massage Therapist
Karen is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Prior to her training in massage therapy, she received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Through her training at Sutherland-Chan, a highly respected school for Massage Therapy, she was given the opportunity to work with a variety of different patients and has experience in treating the following conditions: Lymphedema, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Cancer, Plantar Fasciitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Pregnancy, Post Surgery Scar Work, Headaches/Migraines and TMJ, to name a few.
During her youth and adolescent years, Karen trained professionally in ballet at the National Ballet School in Toronto and at the Quite Ballet School in Belleville. Through these schools, she was given the opportunity to go on tour to perform in Canada, Germany and Portugal, and has performed in various student roles with the National Ballet of Canada. Having sustained her fair share of injuries during her dancing career, she understands how important it is to take care of one’s body and how helpful massage can be to aid in the recovery process.
Karen also has a special interest in Women’s Health, specifically Breast Health and Breast Massage. She believes it to be an area which is often overlooked and she ensures that her patients are provided with an open and comfortable environment to discuss their breast health. This can be anywhere from dealing with premenstrual breast pain, pregnancy & discomforts with breastfeeding to patients who have had a lumpectomy, mastectomy and/or breast reconstruction due to a breast cancer diagnosis.
In her free time, you can find Karen travelling to exotic countries, scuba diving, camping and paddling away on a SUP.