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, prostatitis, mastitis and breast inflammatory conditions. 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
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!
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.
Thomas began his post-secondary at the University of Waterloo, completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Human Nutrition in 2014. Thomas then decided to pursue his passion in Archery, where we he had the privilege to work with World class athletes and coaches. Throughout his training, Thomas continued to study at the University of Waterloo part-time furthering his education in sports physiology and exercise, with the goal of Physiotherapy school.
He was accepted to McMaster University Physiotherapy program and graduated in the fall of 2018. Thomas gained a wide variety of experiences from his clinical placements including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient spinal cord rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and surgical oncology. Thomas is passionate about exercise and strongly adopts an active approach as part of his physiotherapy practice. He hopes to further his knowledge with Acupuncture training and concussion management.
Outside of the office, you can usually find Thomas at the archery range. Thomas is a competitive Canadian recurve archer and aspires to one day be part of the Canadian national team. Other fun facts: Always down for a pick-up game of soccer; Yes, I am Brazilian; love food; love DOGS!!!! Thomas is fluent in Portuguese.
Registered PhysiotherapistAfter spending many years volunteering in physiotherapy clinics, Laura began her post-secondary education at McMaster University, graduating in 2015 with a Hons BSc. Kinesiology. Next Laura worked in a physiotherapy clinic in Hamilton as a registered Kinesiologist, where she discovered her passion for listening to patients and working with them to achieve their goals. Voted as one of the top ten Kinesiologist in Hamilton, by the Hamilton Spectator, Laura craved more knowledge to help patients progress. She was accepted in and completed her Physical Therapy Degree in 2018, graduating from the University of Western Ontario. While completing her Physical Therapy degree, she experienced a wide range of physio therapy practices through clinical placements,working with oncology patients, in areas of Women’s Health and with patients who have minor traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Laura is excited to be working with the wonderful team at a Body in Motion and looks forward to helping patients to realize their physiotherapy goals, through manual therapy, exercise therapy, education, support & encouragement. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her friends and family, doing yoga, trying new restaurants and traveling to new countries.
Karissa became a part of the ABIM family at the Boardwalk in 2018. She successfully completed a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Karissa is the one who will help you with your exercises, and guide you through the development of your “in clinic” as well as your home exercise program. Karissa graduated in 2015, and ventured into a corporate career. Her love of the workings of the human body and hopes to further her education, led her to the clinic setting. Her compassion and dedication to her patients make her a vital part of our team.
When not working, Karissa loves going on hikes with her husband and puppy, playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and reading.
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.
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 able 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.
Registered Massage Therapist
Jamie is a talented Massage Therapist and is committed to helping each of her clients achieve their therapeutic goals. She regularly uses deep pressure to relieve muscle tension and pain and typically aims to encourage movement throughout the whole body.
Jamie graduated with distinction from McMaster University where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During her time at McMaster Jamie was a member of the Varsity Women’s Rugby team as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Varsity Football team. She discovered her passion for massage therapy while working as a Sports Medicine Intern for the McMaster Football team where she was given the opportunity to work with a variety of therapeutic modalities and explore what she was most interested in. Upon graduating Jamie returned to Kitchener and began the Accelerated RMT Program for Kinesiology Graduates at The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
Jamie has worked and volunteered with multiple organizations and families to provide support for individuals with special needs. Jamie has plenty of experience developing individualized wellness plans and is excited to provide massage therapy to all clients who may benefit from it, including children and adults with special needs. Because of her background in athletics Jamie is also very comfortable and interested in working with athletes with the rehabilitation process and prevention of sport related injuries.
Jamie’s interests include the outdoors, staying active, experiencing new things and spending time with her amazing family.
Maria joined the team in February 2018 and is the evening office administrator at the Boardwalk clinic.
After obtaining her certificate in Business Administration in the UK, she has worked for many different companies both here and abroad. Maria firmly believes the greatest gift one can give themselves is continual personal growth, and she whole-heartedly practices this as she continues to strive to be the best she can to serve those around her.
Maria loves to live life to the fullest, through her family, and world-wide travel. She continues to stay curious about the world around her and enjoys reading, walking, yoga, and long weekends at the lake with the family dog.
The Victoria Street Team
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 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.
Registered Physiotherapist/Pelvic Health 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.
Cody initially discovered his passion for exercise and human anatomy in high school which immediately prompted his pursuit and completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph in 2014. From there, Cody volunteered in Guelph’s One2One program helping children with developmental and neurological disabilities participate in sport. Cody was accepted to Western University’s Master’s of Physical Therapy program in the summer of 2015 and completed his degree in 2017.
During his development as a physiotherapist Cody gained clinical placement experience in acute stroke management, stroke rehabilitation and sports medicine in the Tri-Cities and London, and spent 2 months working in acute orthopedic trauma at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Cody’s treatment philosophy is rooted in manual therapy and individualized functional exercise. It is his intention to work with his patients as a team to achieve individualized goals and maximize their physical function so that they can pursue an active and meaningful life.
Outside of work Cody is still heavily involved in sport; he is an avid golfer (some would say obsessed), rides enduro mountain bikes, ultimate frisbee, skiis, snowboards, and plays hockey year round.
Helena began her journey when she completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2015, where she obtained her Honours BSc in Health Sciences. During those four years she went into great depths studying about the human body and how the body can be both positively and negatively affected by various life stressors. From there, she realized she wanted to work in a career where she can help people and their well-being, by being one of their positive life influences.
She then went on to obtain her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2018 from McMaster University. During her time at McMaster, she gained valuable experience working with a variety of populations in settings such as critical care, orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, paediatrics, and chronic pain clinics. She also did rehabilitation placements and volunteering in areas other than Ontario, such as Vancouver, B.C and Belgrade, Serbia.
Helena believes in treating the injured to help restore optimal body function, and educating the uninjured, to prevent any sub-optimal functioning from occurring.
Outside of work, Helena enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, and anything to do with a beach, Spanish music, and Salsa dancing!
Danielle started as a physiotherapy assistant at ABIM in June 2018. In 2015, Danielle graduated from Brock University and then furthered her education in Manitoba where she also competed in national events as a curler. Her passion for curling even brought her to compete in China! She believes in a well-balanced lifestyle and hopes to share her experiences with others. Outside of ABIM Danielle loves to spend time with her family, enjoys the outdoors, and travelling.
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.
Registered Massage Therapist
Rachel is a light-hearted and compassionate individual whose caring nature is evident in her work as a dual registrant of Kinesiology and Massage therapy. Rachel completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Neurology and Rehabilitation at the University of Waterloo. While at the university, Rachel studied under some of the leaders in Neuromuscular Disorders, Lower Back Pain and Concussion Management. Rachel volunteered with Registered Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists and Neuropsychologists in KW to provide rehabilitation to individuals in the community who were recovering from neurological insult (Concussion, Stroke, MS, CP). She worked with her clients of all ages to achieve goals such as relearning to walk, improving cardiac health, reducing muscle spasticity and returning back to work or to hobbies including cross-country skiing, biking, swimming, and horseback riding. Rachel also helped carry out activity programs at KidsAbility designed to promote functional movement through play!
Massage Therapy was a natural next step for Rachel to develop her professional portfolio and manual therapy skills to better help her clients. Massage therapy enhanced Rachel’s ability to assess injuries of the musculoskeletal system and to develop treatment plans for her clients.
As an RMT, Rachel has continued to work in neuro-rehabilitation with clients suffering Aquired Brain Injury, Stroke, MS; as well as, clients suffering from musculoskeletal pain, tendonitis, work and sport injuries, headaches, and stress. Rachel uses a variety of manual therapy techniques in her treatments including deep tissue massage, soft tissue release, joint mobilization and exercise.