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., 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 planning her upcoming wedding, and spending time with her friends, family and 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 and also has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. During his time at Western, Michael pursued his passion for fitness, completing his personal training certificate through the Canadian Society of Exercise and Physiology. He also now holds the title of 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. Being a passionate athlete himself, Michael continues to compete in a variety of sports.
BScPT, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy
Laura Libby graduated from Western University 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 20+ years, is involved with the local soccer club as a player and is an avid skier.
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 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.
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.
Jessica keeps active by being a mom and chasing her young son around.
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.
Kim has been working as our office manager at LifeSpring since it 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 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.
Office Administrator, Community Liaison
Stephanie holds a Medical Office Administrator degree. She is our Community Liaison and works on many of the clinic’s special projects, such as our Concussion Management Program.
Stephanie loves to travel and explore the world. You can usually find her spending time with her family and friends or her dog Blue, reading or watching her favourite team, the Pats.
Kathy brings years of administrative experience to LifeSpring Physiotherapy. She has an extensive sports organisational background with karate ranging from the dojo (club) level to international having worked as a team manager for [the former] Karate Ontario and as an administrative assistant for Karate Canada. Her work has given her many opportunities to travel to, work on and participate in many sporting events, including the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games and 2017 Invictus Games.
Kathy is passionate about sport. She tries to attend at least one sporting event when travelling, or to find a TV if the Olympics or Paralympics happen to be on!
Kathy enjoys reading, biking on trails around Ontario with her husband and friends, watching movies and sports, spending time with family and her cats, Luci and Linus, and travelling every chance she gets.