OUR TEAM

Keri

Keri Martin Vrbanac

Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, and Clinic Owner

Keri has been a Registered Physiotherapist since 1997 when she graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto. Prior to beginning her physiotherapy studies, Keri completed a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from Queen's University in 1993. Keri's career has taken her to Australia, the United States and her hometown of Windsor before settling to open A Body In Motion Rehabilitation in Kitchener in 2001. After 13 years of business ownership, Keri was invited to open a second location in The Medical Center at The Boardwalk and A Body In Motion Waterloo opened its doors in February of 2014.

Keri's clinical expertise has included orthopedics, pediatrics, neurological specialties and sports therapy. Keri has also had the pleasure of educating several community groups and colleagues with presentations about physiotherapy and its role in our healthcare system. Keri has a passionate interest in continuing her education and has travelled throughout Canada and the United States taking courses to improve her ability to provide the very best care to her clients.

Keri was chosen as a member of the 2009 Kitchener Waterloo Top 40 Under 40 which celebrates the young leaders of the community and was a 2010 nominee in the Professional Category of Oktoberfest Woman of the Year. Keri's clinic, A Body In Motion, received the 2006 Icon Customer Service Award, and was chosen as the Platinum winner for the "Best Physiotherapy Clinic" from 2010 to 2013 in The Record's Reader's Choice Awards. From 2014 to present, A Body In Motion received the honor of being chosen the "Best Physiotherapy Clinic", the "Best Massage Therapy Clinic", and providing the "Best Overall Customer Service". In 2014, A Body In Motion was an honored nominee of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

Keri discovered her passion for Pelvic Physiotherapy in 2013 and has continued to further her education in the areas of sexual pain, incontinence, special topics in women's health including endometriosis, infertility and post hysterectomy treatment, gastro-intestinal disorders, and oncology. Keri enjoys her work with children with pediatric incontinence, her pre-natal and post-natal clientele as well as men and women suffering with pelvic pain as a result of bladder or bowel difficulties, interstitial cystitis and prostatitis, just to name a few. Keri is incredibly honored to have been invited to join the Pelvic Health Solutions family as a teaching assistant and to be able to experience the mentorship of the women who introduced her to her passion.

When not at work, Keri cherishes every minute that she spends with her two daughters, Ella and Karly and her more than supportive husband, John. Keri loves everything fitness and enjoys a great textbook, sleeping when able and spending quality time with her friends and her family.

The Boardwalk Team

Trudy G

Trudy Gowland

Clinic Operations Manager

Trudy joined A Body In Motion Rehabilitation in 2013 as the evening receptionist and is now the clinic operations manager of the team. Trudy graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor Arts degree and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education at Brock University. Trudy is always more than willing to answer questions about our services and how they may benefit you. She will help you schedule appointments and guide you through any paperwork or claim information that you may have.

When she is not working, Trudy loves spending time with family and friends!

Naseem A

Naseem Amani

Registered Physiotherapist

Naseem began her journey through post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo where she graduated in 2009 with her Honours BSc in Kinesiology. She then ventured on to the University of Toronto where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2011. But it did not end there. Naseem has continued to expand on her therapeutic toolbox with a certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, as well as additional orthopaedic and soft tissue courses. Naseem worked as a Registered Physiotherapist in Woodstock, Ontario before joining the A Body In Motion family in 2013.

Naseem’s interests include yoga, photography, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

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Jennifer Stemmler

Registered Physiotherapist

Jenn began her post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology. She then continued her education at McMaster University, where she gained valuable research and clinical experience in private orthopedics, persistent pain populations, acute neurosurgery, and palliative care. Since completing her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, she has joined the team at A Body In Motion Rehabilitation. Jenn has continued to expand her practice with training in acupuncture, exercise therapy, persistent and complex pain, vestibular rehabilitation, concussion rehabilitation, as well as focusing on orthopedic rehabilitation. She has a specific interest in treating temporomandibular dysfunction, headaches, dizziness, and neural sensitization. Jenn believes in treating the whole person to improve function and help each individual reach his or her specific goals through education and movement. Jenn's interests include hiking, travelling, keeping active, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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Christine Ecclestone

Resident Physiotherapist

Christine began her post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo, completing a Bachelor of Science Co-op degree in Kinesiology in 2015. Christine completed co-op placements in 2 different physiotherapy clinics, as well as a placement conducting quality of life research with breast cancer populations. She also took part in an exchange to Australia where she discovered her passion for health, fitness and nutrition. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Christine developed a passion for optimizing both physical and social well-being and decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Christine completed her Physical Therapy degree in 2017, graduating from the University of Western Ontario. She gained a wide variety of experiences from her clinical placements including inpatient and outpatient orthopedics, stroke rehabilitation and neurosurgery. Christine is passionate about manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, and aims to further develop her skills in these areas through continuing education. She will work along with her patients as a team to develop an individualized treatment plan to help them achieve their rehab goals.

Outside of work, Christine is an avid Cross-fitter with a personal interest in health, fitness and nutrition. She has an extensive sports background having grown up as a competitive gymnast, and transitioned into coaching gymnastics for 5 years. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, golf, weight-lifting, cooking and loves dogs!

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Jenny Slysz

Resident Physiotherapist (Boardwalk and Victoria St teams)

Jenny started on her path to physiotherapy at the University of Prince Edward Island where she completed her BSc Honours in Kinesiology in 2015. From there, she moved to Ontario to attend Western University to obtain her Masters of Physical Therapy, graduating in 2017. Throughout her schooling and various clinical placements, Jenny developed a keen interest in both neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation and has begun to build her skillset in various treatment techniques including exercise prescription, soft tissue release and manual therapy, having completed Level 1 in June of 2017. After settling into her new role at A Body In Motion, Jenny plans to continue her education through courses such as acupuncture and dry needling, concussion management and manual therapy levels in order to better serve her clientele! Running, volleyball and exploring the outdoors with her loveable husband Josh, fills Jenny's spare time, and outside of her physiotherapy family, Jenny looks for opportunities to spend time with her family and friends, never passing up a chance to hang out with furry four-legged friends!

Ali D

Ali Dings

Physiotherapy Assistant

Ali recently started as the Physiotherapist Assistant at ABIM on the Boardwalk in August 2017. She is the one you'll hear her in the back putting everyone through their exercise paces! She has a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, and she is in the process of getting certified as a Registered Kinesiologist. She is also a certified gymnastics coach and a crossfit coach.

On her off time she's usually coaching, Crossfit training, hanging out with friends, or visiting her family!

Ali is excited to be part of the A Body in Motion Team, and has had a great time so far working with our amazing patients!

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Carolyn Rutledge

Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Carolyn has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 2009 when she graduated from the University of Western Ontario. After practicing for seven years in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, Carolyn found her passion for physiotherapy was in pelvic health and since 2015 Carolyn has focused her practice in this area. Carolyn is active in continuing her postgraduate education and has taken numerous courses in manual therapy and specialized courses in women's and men's pelvic health treatment. Carolyn enjoys playing soccer, travelling, and spending time with her family and three children.

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Claire Huemiller

Registered Massage Therapist

Claire is a graduate of Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is a licensed massage therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. While at school Claire studied pathology, anatomy, physiology, neurology, and many courses leading to an extensive in-depth knowledge of the human body. Out reaches and student clinics have given Claire the opportunity to experience working with clients with varying conditions, chronic and acute. Claire has special interest in pre and post natal, pelvic health, low back pain, as well as working with individuals with IBS and lymph edema issues.

Claire’s interests outside of massage are horseback riding, traveling and spending time out of doors.

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Donna Smith

Registered Massage Therapist

Donna graduated with her registered massage therapy diploma (honours) from Medix School, Kitchener in the Fall of 2007. Donna started her career at a local rehabilitation clinic dealing with clients suffering from the effects of motor vehicle accidents. She then shifted her focus and started working within a health club, where together with a team of health care professionals, was afble to help athletes with their sports related injuries.

Donna is enthusiastic about her education, continually upgrading her skill set with various techniques and modalities. She currently specializes in deep tissue massage and is also a Certified Matrix Repatterning Practitioner. This can help clients with long term and chronic issues ranging anywhere from concussion to sleep apnea. This is a more gentle approach creating diversity for her client base. Donna's knowledge also expands to pregnancy massage, Thai massage and trigger point therapy.

Donna has developed a loyal client base during her many years of practice and was voted 'The Best RMT' by the readers of the Waterloo Chronicle for 2010, 2011 and 2012, before joining the team at A Body in Motion.

Donna's interests include working out, hiking, reading and world travel.

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Monique Moretti

Office Administrator

Monique is the evening office administrator at the Boardwalk clinic. She is an honours graduate of Medical Administration with a background in the legal and insurance industry. The many years of customer service experience drives her to strive for customer/patient satisfaction.

Mo enjoys gardening, reading, spending time with family and friends. Especially her 4-legged friends.

The Victoria Street Team

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Jennifer Uchacz

Clinic Manager and Physiotherapy Assistant

Jen started with the A Body in Motion team in 2014 and is grateful to be a part of such a great work family! She graduated from Conestoga College in 2008 with her Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Assistant Diploma. Jen is the Clinic Manager at the Victoria street location and is always willing to help out wherever she is needed, supporting the Physiotherapists and administrative staff with all responsibilities within the clinic.

Outside of work Jen enjoys being outside, playing soccer, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Marli P

Marli Pinnau Cline

Registered Physiotherapist and Healthcare Team Manager

Marli began her post-secondary education at the University of Western Ontario where she obtained her Honors BA in Kinesiology before venturing onto the University of Toronto to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy which was completed in Perth, Australia. Upon her return to Canada, Marli returned to London, Ontario for a short time before settling for 9 ½ years in California. Here Marli took her skills and combined them with her love of sports and fitness to focus on treatment which included orthopedics, and sports injuries. Marli went on to obtain her Certified Strengthening and Conditioning Specialist Certification before returning to Canada to join the A Body In Motion team in 2006.

Marli’s passions include long marathon running and being a mom to her 3 boys.

Nadia Q

Nadia Qahwash

Registered Physiotherapist

Nadia Qahwash graduated from York University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree and specialization in Kinesiology. Throughout her high school and undergraduate degree, Nadia adopted a passion for health, the human body and helping others around her reach their physical potential. Hoping to make an impact in her community she applied to the Physical Therapy program and was accepted to Queen's University and graduated in the summer of 2016.

While at Queen's Nadia experienced a variety of clinical placements in different areas that included orthopedics, spinal cord rehabilitation and pediatrics. She has acquired a strong understanding in managing chronic and acute conditions, sports injuries, low back and neck pain, post-operative surgeries, functional rehabilitation; in addition to a variety of other musculoskeletal impairments. Nadia utilizes a number of treatment techniques to target areas of injury. She has received training in manual therapy, therapeutic taping, soft tissue and myofascial release/massage, manual stretching targeting specific areas of concern, and exercise prescription.

Nadia's philosophy is one that empowers patients to reach their upmost physical potential. She does this by educating the patient on their injury as well as the structures involved. Nadia believes in an individualized treatment plan catered to the needs and limitations found upon assessment. She believes the therapeutic relationship to be a team effort, developing goals together in order to optimize treatment and the road to recovery! Nadia is eager to help her patients and get them back to their daily activities and to what they love doing. Aside from helping others, Nadia enjoys activities such as running, box-fit and Zumba. She has an extensive sports background playing varsity basketball at York University for 5 years. In her spare time she enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

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Amy Price

Registered Physiotherapist

Amy began her post-secondary education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology in 2014. She then went on to pursue her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2016. Throughout her academic career, Amy had the opportunity to gain experience working with a number of different patient populations while completing clinical placements in orthopedics, spinal cord injury, palliative care, stroke rehabilitation, and COPD rehabilitation. Amy continues to show a passion for learning as she has taken courses in acupuncture and advanced lumbopelvic assessment and treatment since graduating.

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Melissa Exel

Registered Massage Therapist

Melissa graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in June 2010, and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Melissa is a determined, hardworking therapist whose goal is working with clients to reach and maintain a balanced, pain free quality of life.

Some of the techniques Melissa uses include deep tissue massage, general Swedish techniques, trigger point therapy, stretching, joint mobilizations, mayo facial release and remedial exercises. Melissa is confident in treating a variety of conditions including repetitive strain injuries, headaches, sport and stress injuries, as well as pregnancy induced pain. Melissa is proud to be a member of the A Body In Motion team and works closely with all other practitioners to help provide clients with the best care possible.

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Melissa Miller

Registered Massage Therapist

As a graduate from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy Melissa began her career in Alberta where she specialized in working with pre/post natal clients as well as clients trying to get pregnant. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist Melissa offered services as a labour and delivery Doula, Reiki practitioner and Wholistic Therapist. Preferring to be closer to home and family she has returned to the Kitchener/Waterloo area and is excited to be a part of the team at ABIM! Melissa’s ‘tool box’ of modalities also includes deep tissue, sports massage and myofascial release. She enjoys treating a wide range of conditions and will give exercises/stretches afterwards to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

As an outdoor enthusiast Melissa enjoys many activities outside of the clinic including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking and biking.

Sharon R

Sharon Radic

Office Administrator

Sharon is the voice who will greet you at the Victoria Street location of A Body In Motion Rehabilitation. Sharon has years of administration experience in the life insurance and health care industries. Sharon joined the team in Aug 2016, and supports the team administratively. Sharon enjoys scheduling appointments, assisting with paperwork, explaining claim information, and any other questions you may have. If Sharon cannot answer your question; she is happy to assist pointing you in the right direction.

On off time, Sharon enjoys teaching fitness, watching soccer/B ball and spending quality time with family, friends and her big guy Duke!!

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Cristina Toffolo

Office Administrator

Cristina is behind the friendly voice that greets you on the telephone when calling A Body In Motion Rehab. Cristina graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently responsible for all administration and office duties at the clinic. She joined the A Body In Motion team in 2011. Cristina will answer any questions you may have regarding treatment, appointments, protocols, paperwork or claim information and will assist with pointing you in the right direction should you require further assistance.

Cristina enjoys snowboarding, fitness, and spending time with family, friends and her puppy, Lola.