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.
Ron drew some of the inspiration for his unique approach to integrated interdisciplinary health care from working at the family physiotherapy clinic (Promotion Physiotherapy …widely considered a benchmark clinic in the GTA) and, later, at the David L. Macintosh Clinic at the University of Toronto. Working with national team athletes and promoting amateur athletics will be a life long pursuit and passion for Ron. Ron dreams of giving back to the athletic community through his practice, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.
- Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, Sport Physiotherapy Canada (May 2012)
- Appointment, Physiotherapy Consultant to Speed River Track & Field Club, Team Physiotherapist (January 2012- present)
- Appointment, Health Care Coordinator for Athletics Toronto Training Group, Team Physiotherapist (January 2011- present)
- Member of Sports Physiotherapy Division (1999 – Present)
- Registered with the College of Physiotherapy Ontario (1997 – Present)
- Member of the Orthopaedic Division (1997 – Present)
- Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (1997 – Present)
- Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University (1997)
- Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy from Queen’s University (1997)
Post Graduate Education
- First Responder – Canadian Red Cross (2013 – current)
- Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, Sport Physiotherapy Canada (May 2012)
- Diploma of Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 3 Lower Extremity (2008)
- The Canadian Golf Forum (2008)
- Advanced Foot Biomechanics & Orthotic Therapy (2007)
- McKenzie Part C (Extremities Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) (2007)
- Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPD Level 2) (2002)
- Custom Orthotic Therapy (2000)
- Sixth Annual Conference on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury (1999)
- E2-E3: Lower Extremity (1999)
- V2-V3: Lumbo-Sacral (1999)
- Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPD Level 1) (1999)
- E2-E3: Upper Extremity (1998)
- V2-V3: Cervico-Thoracic (1998)
- E1-V1: Biomechanical Assessment of the Upper and Lower Extremities (1998)
- McKenzie Part B (Lumbar Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy ) (1997)
- McKenzie Part A (Cervical Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) (1997)
- Acupuncture Part 1 – Introductory Level – Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (1997)
- Certified Standardized Test of Fitness Appraiser (1991-1993)
- Provincial Volleyball Referee (1989-1992)
- Run for Southlake Hospital – Physiotherapist (Aurora, ON – 2011)
- Athletics Ontario Minor Cross Country Championships – Physiotherapist (King City, ON -2010)
- OFSAA Country Country Championships – Physiotherapist (Etobicoke, ON – 2010)
- Athletics Ontario Cross Country Club Championships – Physiotherapist (King City, ON – 2009)
- OFSAA Country Country Championships – Physiotherapist (Toronto, ON – 2009)
- Hartwell Challenge – Physiotherapist (Aurora, ON – 2009)
Professional Athletic Involvement:
- Peyton Jordan Invitational. Team Physiotherapist, Speed River Track and Field Club (Stanford University, Palo Alto, California April 2013)
- Hanji Aoki Cup International Chiba Ekiden Marathon Relay, Staff Physiotherapist(Chiba, Japan. 2009-2012)
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Physiotherapy Consultant (Toronto, ON – 2010 to 2012)
- Canadian Olympic Trial Track and Field Championships, Physiotherapy Consultant, Speed River Track & Field Club and Athletics Toronto (Calgary, AB. June 2012)
- Canadian Road 10km Championships, Physiotherapy Consultant (2011)
- 7th NACAC Cross Country Championships, Staff Physiotherapist (Trinidad – 2011)
- 38th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Staff Physiotherapist (Bydgoszcz – POL – 2010)
- 6th NACAC Cross Country Championships, Staff Physiotherapist, 2010 (Tobago – 2010)
- 12th IAAF World Track and Field Championships, World Marathon Cup, Canadian Medical Team Member (Berlin, Germany – 2009)
- York Region Readers Choice Award Recipient for Excellence in Physiotherapy (2009)
- Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Award, for exceptional contributions to the Education of Physical Therapy students at the University of Toronto. (2005-2008)
- 6th Annual SPort INovation (SPIN) Summit, Toronto. 2011. Sponsored by Own The Podium
- Sport Med Conference (2011)
- Mondo Endurance Training Summit (2010)
- Athletics Canada – Physiotherapist (2014 – present)
- Corporate Financial Sponsor of Athletics Toronto (2011)
- Athletics Toronto – Physiotherapist (2010-present)
- Brooks Canada Marathon Project – Physiotherapist (2008-present)
- Newmarket Huskies Track Club – Physiotherapist (2004-present)
- SAC Summer Camp, Leadership Team Member – Health Care Coordinator (2003-2006)
- Madawaska Volleyball Camp – Head Therapist/Medical Director (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Madawaska All-Sports Camp – Assistant Camp Director (2003-2004, 2006- 2007)
- Newmarket Huskies Track Club – Vice President (2003)
- Task Force member and clinical staff representative for the University of Toronto and the David L. MacIntosh Clinic, (1999)
- Continuous Quality Improvement committee Team Member, St. Mary’s of The Lake Hospital (1997-1998)
- Athletes in Action Team Leader, Queen’s University (1995-1996)
- Captain of Queen’s Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team (1994-1995)
- Rehabilitation Therapy Society all Year Social Convenor, Queen’s University (1994-1995)
- Physiotherapy Class President, Queen’s University (1993)
- Student Representative at the American Physiotherapy Association and Canadian Physiotherapy Association Conference in Toronto, Canada, Queen’s University (1993)
- Original Team Member and Initiator for Canadian Physiotherapy Association – National Student Assembly (1993)
- “Common Running Injuries and Prevention Strategies”, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Runner’s Expo Guest Speaker (Toronto, 2012)
- “Defying Gravity: A Runner’s Guide to the Universe”, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Runner’s Expo Guest Speaker (Toronto, 2011)
- “Eating for Exercise” seminar presented, in partnership with Sports Dietician, Heidi Smith; Aurora, Ontario. In collaboration with St. Andrew’s College, Newmarket Huskies Track Club and Aurora Storm Volleyball Club (2008)
- Longstanding and frequently invited speaker for the Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill Running Room’s since 2002. Topics range include: stretching, injury prevention, foot bio-mechanics and shoe selection, strength training
- Guest Speaker, Rogers Cable Television, “Insights” Program. Panel included Silvia Ruegger and store manager of the Aurora Running Room. Topic: Running and Activity (2008)
- Guest Speaker York Region District School Board, Professional Development Day for Athletic Directors. Topic: Athletic Taping Seminar (2007, 2008)
- Educator in conjunction with St. Mary’s of The Lake Hospital-third year of Queen’s University Physiotherapy Students (1997-1998)
- Course: Exercise Physiology and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Invited panel member for Queen’s University, Physiotherapy Department: “Professional Perspectives on Clinical Education and its role in the students academic learning experience.” (1997)
- Invited panel member at the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Conference, Kingston, Ontario, regarding the Physiotherapy National Examination (1998)
- Corporate sponsor for Hartwell Challenge/Run For Southlake (2009, 2010, 2011)
- Race Director and Title Sponsor for Aurora Canada Day Miler, Aurora, Ontario (2010)
- Queen’s University Men’s Intervarsity Volleyball Team Assistant Coach (1997-1998)
- Little League Soccer Coach (North York Soccer League) (1994)
- “Treading Lightly.” Article featured in Physiotherapy Practice Magazine, CPA. May 2012, Vol 2. No. 2
- The National Post- Interview; Editorial Contribution. “Defying Gravity with a treadmill designed by NASA.” January 31, 2012
- Shopper’s Home Health Care Newsletter – Editorial Contribution. “Running away from pain: The bio-mechanic approach to sports injuries.” (1999)
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.
Jessica is currently on maternity leave until 2017.
Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Exercise Physiologist
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.
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.
Victoria is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with her degree in Bachelor of Arts – Honors Specialization in Kinesiology. While at school, Victoria also completed her certification as a personal trainer with CPTN.
Victoria has been an athlete for most of her life, with her main sport focus in Karate. She has been a member of both provincial and national teams representing Canada at many events over the years. Victoria’s most notable performances come from a top 5 finish at the Shitoryu World Karate Championships in Kata (2013). In addition, she has received one gold & three bronze medals at the Shitoryu PanAmerican Karate Championships in both Kata and Kumite (2012, 2014). When she is not competing and training herself, Victoria is also a NCCP Level 2 certified coach who gives her time to helping other junior elite athletes reach their potential.
Here at LifeSpring, Victoria’s duties include:
- Modalities: Ultrasound, IFC, applying heat & ice
- Therapeutic Taping
- 1 on 1 Exercise Instruction
- Alter-G training
- the Osteo-Circuit program
Being an athlete, Victoria realizes the importance behind athlete rehabilitation and injury prevention and has made it her main focus for her studies. While at school, Victoria took courses related to athletic injuries, rehabilitation psychology, and physiology of fitness appraisal.
Victoria’s spare time includes running, yoga, watching sports and spending time with family & friends.
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.