MScPT, BA Kin
Amber graduated from the University of Brighton with a Masters in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she graduated from the University of Western with a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Kinesiology.
As a former national level competitive swimmer, Amber is especially interested in injuries experienced by elite athletes, and has worked with a wide range of athletes from different sporting domains. Amber is particularly interested injuries affecting young, developing athletes, and caring for female athletes, and has conducted research in both areas to better inform her practice.
Amber’s goal is to provide evidenced based physiotherapy tailored to each individuals’ goals. She aims to empower clients through education, reassurance and exercise to meet their rehabilitation goals, improve performance and prevent future injuries.
In her downtime, Amber enjoys staying active through swimming, cycling, and time in the gym. She also loves to cook and travel.
MScPT, MSc, BScH
TAYLOR IS CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER FIRST CHILD.
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., and working as the lead physiotherapist for Equestrian Canada. Taylor understands the dedication required by athletes and the importance of physiotherapy to assist in attaining peak performance levels.
In her spare time, Taylor is enjoying being a newlywed, and spending time with her friends, family and dog Lucy.
Registered 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 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 and dog. He has re-discovered fishing as a way to stay chill in the heat and relax!
BScPT, Cred. MDT, Sports Physiotherapy
Riccardo received his BScPT with Honors in 2007 from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 2010, he completed a post-graduate certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, and is now also a Credentialed MDT therapist, having completed the McKenzie International Institute’s Accreditation Program in 2017.
He represented South Africa on three occasions at the World Karate Championships, and this is where he developed an interest in both sports and human biology, which ultimately led him to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.
From 2009 to 2018, he ran his own clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, which specialized in treating Sports Injuries and back/neck pain. During this time he worked with Pro level soccer and rugby teams, as well as elite level sportsmen from all disciplines.
When not at work, he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family. He is an avid outdoorsman, Crossfitter and fly-fisherman.
Kelsey (Ming) Ren
Registered Massage Therapist, Registered Acupuncturist & Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Kelsey began her 5 year undergraduate program of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in 1987. She graduated from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine with a Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine in 1992.
As a Doctor of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she worked in Wuxi Hospital of TCM in Jiangsu, China. Kelsey is a member in good standing with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, and is a member in good standing with The Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Kelsey has also been a Registered Massage Therapist since February 2012. She is in good standing with The College of Massage Therapist of Ontario and with the Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario.
She has 27 years of experience in providing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and has always had a very good relationship with her team members and clients. She looks forward to caring for her clients at LifeSpring!
Marcus (Ka) Leung
Registered Massage Therapist
Marcus is a graduate from Queen’s University, earning a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Physical and Health Education. He then received his massage therapy diploma from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.
With a lifelong interest in physical activity, Marcus has experienced and competed in many sports throughout his schooling career. He eventually put his focus into coaching and competing in the sport of weightlifting and CrossFit.
Marcus believes in working with the patient to achieve their specific goal which is reflected by his very active and movement based soft-tissue manual techniques. He takes particular interest in improving soft tissue capacity and range of motion to better suit the patients’ everyday demands. Marcus is also a firm believer in patient education, so they can better understand and manage their conditions. Whether it is a therapeutic, relaxation massage or a deep tissue massage, Marcus is well versed in the technique appropriate for the situation!
In his spare time, Marcus keeps up with his training regiment and enjoys stretching, spikeball, basketball and podcasts/audiobooks.
Office Administrator, Shoe Ordering Wizard
Kim started working as our office manager when LifeSpring opened up at the St. Andrew’s Plaza location in 2007. Her warm and friendly personality, along with her management skills and dedication to staff & patients, keeps our clinic running smoothly. She often says that the only thing that she doesn’t do here is physiotherapy! Kim has passed the Office Manager baton onto Stephanie, and kept what she loves even more, ordering shoes!
Kim has been a resident of Aurora since 1980. She enjoys watching all kinds of sports (especially Wheelchair Rugby), going to yoga and spending time with her family, friends & her dog Norman.
Stephanie holds a Medical Office Administrator degree. She works on many of the clinic’s special projects, like partnering with the York Region Food Bank. Our clinic “Supergirl,” Stephanie is in the clinic full time, and we don’t know what we would do without her!
Stephanie loves to travel and explore the world. You can usually find her spending time with her boyfriend, family & friends; reading or watching her favorite team, the Pats.
Office Administrator, Billing & Online Manager
Karla brings a mix of administrative, billing and social media skills to the LifeSpring team. She is often busy at work behind the scenes, whether assisting our motor vehicle accident clients and physios with their paperwork, networking with the community, or billing extended health & car insurance companies.
Karla keeps active through regular walking, time with family & friends, occasional catnaps with her felines Henry & Jane, singing and writing.
Karla is usually fueled with an iced latte, and unknowingly hums along to whatever is on the radio. She is unapologetically loud as she supports our local Jr A hockey team & our Canadian athletes, whether live, on tv or social media!
Office Administrator, Supplies Manager
Nathalie has been working in many different industries specializing in customer service for more than 8 years. Her favorite before LifeSpring was the floral industry, in which she spent 4 years working at a local shop, and still periodically does for family and friends.
Nathalie spends her free time by the lake with her dog, and working on her poetry anthology in coffee shops drinking copious amounts of black iced americanos.
Fun fact: Nathalie was a provincially qualified swimmer at the age of 16 in the 200m breast stroke, and competed that same year!