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Our team

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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

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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!

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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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Thomas Lawrance

Registered Physiotherapist

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.

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Laura Holland

Registered Physiotherapist

After 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.

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Caitlinn Thompson

Registered Physiotherapist

Caitlinn completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Minor in Human Nutrition at the University of Waterloo in 2015. From here, she was accepted into the Masters of Science Physiotherapy program at McMaster and graduated in the fall of 2017.   Her previous experience includes working with clients who have attained a spinal cord injury, stroke, concussion and vestibular pathologies among more common orthopedic injuries. She has taken additional courses to advance her knowledge in vestibular rehab, cervical spine dysfunction and spinal cord injuries as well as taking an acupuncture course and becoming rostered to perform acupuncture as part of a physiotherapy treatment.  She has plans to take courses specializing on concussion management and the lower-extremity chain.

Outside of work, Caitlinn enjoys being with friends and family, participating in any type of physical activity and coaching girls soccer.

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Karissa Koenig

Physiotherapy Assistant/Kinesiologist

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.

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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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Jamie Coté

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.

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MJ Petter

Registered Massage Therapist

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Maria Simmonds

Office Administrator

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

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Jennifer Uchacz

Clinic Manager and Physiotherapist 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.

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Nadia Qahwash

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.

Since graduating Nadia has gained experience in orthopedics for 2 years prior to following her passion into the pelvic health world. She has achieved levels 1-3 certification in pelvic health which has allowed her to help patients with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, incontinence (Stress/urgency), pelvic organ prolapse, pre/post pregnancy and pelvic pain conditions. Nadia’s philosophy is to empower patients to get back in control of their pelvic floor and in turn improve their overall well-being!

In her spare time Nadia enjoys zumba, yoga, keeping up with the Raptors and reading!

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Melissa Jones

Registered Physiotherapist/Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Melissa began her post-secondary education at McMaster University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with distinction. At McMaster, Melissa was a member of the Varsity Figure Skating team and was named to the Ontario All Star team. She spent her time volunteering in a physiotherapy clinic, a cardiac rehab clinic, teaching exercise classes to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, and sports to adults with disabilities. She then continued her education at Queen’s University completing her Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After graduating, Melissa began her career in orthopedics treating sports injuries, chronic pain, and neurological conditions. In 2019, Melissa was chosen as the “Best Physiotherapist” in the Hamilton Community News Readers Choice.

Melissa discovered her passion for Pelvic Physiotherapy and has focused her practice on helping men and women suffering with pelvic pain and incontinence and mothers through all stages of pregnancy. She is dedicated to working with her patients to reach their goals, optimize functional recovery and prevent future dysfunction. Melissa strongly believes in education, manual therapy and the positive effects of targeted exercise. Melissa is excited to be working with the A Body In Motion team to help patients get back to living their best life!

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys staying active by hiking, camping, golfing, skiing and snowboarding.

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Helena Erceg

Registered Physiotherapist

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!

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Alexa James

Physiotherapist Resident

Alexa came to recognize a passion for supporting people in their journey to achieve optimal health during a high school co-op in physiotherapy. From there, she decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy and completed her Honours BA in Kinesiology at Western University in 2016. Throughout these years, Alexa gained valuable clinical experience at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario. She also had the pleasure of volunteering with KidsAbility to assist children with disabilities in achieving gross motor skills.

Alexa obtained her MSc Physiotherapy degree at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated with distinction in 2018. During her studies, Alexa completed clinical placements with a focus on orthopedics, cardiorespiratory specialties, musculoskeletal injuries, vestibular and neurological conditions. She also experienced a placement at a rehabilitation centre in Pokhara, Nepal where she enjoyed learning about healthcare in a diverse culture.

Always with a positive mindset, Alexa enjoys actively collaborating with patients to create a treatment plan that suits their individual needs and goals. She believes in incorporating a variety of exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques to optimize strength and movement patterns.

Alexa has a drive for staying active and living a healthy lifestyle. During her Masters, she had the opportunity to compete on the university’s varsity soccer team. In her spare time, she also enjoys skiing, running, playing guitar, and travelling!

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Danielle Robinson

Physiotherapist Assistant

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.

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.

Joleen Dompierre

Registered Massage Therapist

Joleen is a Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy grad and has been an RMT since 2003. Since graduating she has worked within many different settings and has worked along side other RMT’s, Naturopaths, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors. She has treated clients of all ages, starting from as young as age 5.

Joleen is committed to learning and gaining new knowledge through continuing education. She has taken additional training in Prenatal Massage and enjoys working with pregnant clients to help relieve the discomforts that come throughout their pregnancies. She has also received certifications in Cupping Massage and Ayurvedic Head and Face Massage, which is very beneficial for conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, sinus and tension headaches as well as migraines.

Joleen enjoys all aspects of massage from relaxation to deep tissue and uses a range of techniques such as Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Joint Mobilizations. She works with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve your wellness goals.

Outside of the clinic, Joleen loves spending time with her 2 busy boys and husband. She enjoys nature walks with her bouncy pup and starting her days off with some early morning gym time for some self care.

Joleen’s goal is to help you life your best life!

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Lindsay Mathes

Office Administrator

Lindsay joined the A Body In Motion team as Office Administrator in April 2019. She is a recent Conestoga College graduate from the Medical Office Administration Diploma program finishing with honours. With her extensive background in customer service, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys the interpersonal interaction with guests and is always willing to help with any inquiries that anyone may have about services, appointments, or any other questions that may arise.

Outside of work, Lindsay loves spending quality time with her family- two young boys and her husband; as well as reading, and being outdoors whether it is going for a walk or hike with her family or relaxing in the backyard.

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