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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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.

Laura Scholtz

Physiotherapy Resident

Laura was lucky enough to broaden her keen interest in the human body right at Vic Street ABIM back in 2015 while she was completing her Bachelor’s degree. After finishing her undergraduate degree at University of Guelph for Human Kinetics in 2017, Laura began working as a PTA in Georgetown, before accepting and then completing her Master’s of Physical Therapy degree at University of Western in 2020. During her placements, Laura was exposed to a variety of orthopaedic conditions in both varsity athletes and the general population, as well as neurological conditions such as stroke, MS and CP, and various cardiovascular conditions.

Laura is beyond excited to be working at the clinic that started it all back in 2015! Laura’s approach to treatment involves working alongside the client in their goals and providing encouragement for activity in enjoyable ways. Laura values providing the necessary knowledge to her clients so they can become more attuned to their body’s movements and rehab.

When she’s not working, Laura enjoys going to concerts, playing soccer and volleyball, and using art as an outlet for her anatomy obsession!

 
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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.

Tracy Gerber Dykes

Physiotherapist Assistant

As a graduate from the Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist program at Conestoga College in 2003, Tracy has had the privilege of working at a variety of settings in both Ontario and Quebec.  She has always found great satisfaction in being able to help others, and is happy to join the fabulous ABIM team.  

When not at work, Tracy enjoys time at the lake with her dog and amazing husband Joe, or entertaining her great family and friends.

Emily Dove

Office Administrator

Emily is a student at Wilfrid Laurier University who is studying Kinesiology and Physical Education. Her passion began with her love of dance and sports which drove her interests into rehabilitation and the human body. During her spare time at Laurier, Emily is a varsity athlete on Laurier’s Competitive Dance Team as well as their Promotions Executive for the Dance Team. While focusing on her program and committing time to her dance team, Emily has also completed a Minor in Biology to further her understanding of the human body. 

In the clinic, you will find Emily all around from helping you schedule your appointments to assisting you with your treatment. Emily’s long-term goal is to become a Physiotherapist and use her knowledge and experience of the human body to help improve the well-being of others and provide clients with the best care possible. 

In her spare time, Emily enjoys quality time with friends and family, going to the gym, trying out new recipes, traveling and dancing.

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Jamie Coté

Registered Massage Therapist

Jamie is a talented Massage Therapist and is committed to helping her clients achieve their therapeutic goals. She regularly uses deep pressure to relieve muscle tension and typically aims to encourage movement throughout the whole body. Jamie also offers Breast Massage to help women who have any concerns with their breast health.

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. Upon graduating Jamie returned to Kitchener and began the Accelerated RMT Program for Kinesiology Graduates at The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.

In her spare time Jamie likes to keep moving with yoga, hiking, volleyball and soccer. She enjoys hosting Bachelor viewing parties for friends, family and anyone else she can convince to come!

Tracey Collins

Registered Massage Therapist

In 1996, Tracey graduated from massage therapy school, Sutherland Chan, located in Toronto.

Her love of interacting with people and helping them feel better, led her to become a Registered Massage Therapist. She has worked in various areas of massage therapy, throughout the years.

Tracey is very thorough and uses a Swedish Massage approach, along with, Trigger Point Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Myofascial Release, Remedial Exercise, and Joint Play techniques.

Tracey looks forward to meeting you and helping you become pain-free and more mobile.

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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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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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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Laura Holland

Registered Physiotherapist/Pelvic Health 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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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.

Allie Okkema

Physiotherapist Assistant

Allie graduated in April 2020 from St. Clair College and finished with Academic Distinction as an
OTA/PTA. Allie started her journey with ABIM in February of 2020 and is extremely honored and excited
to be a part of the family. Allie’s passion for helping people feel their best has led her to her desired
position within a clinic and wishes to further her education within the field in the future. Allie is new to
the KW region and spends her free time exploring new trails, spending time with her friends and family,
and doing yoga.

Teresa Sandoz

Office Administrator

Teresa graduated in 2008 from Mohawk College from the child and youth worker program. She worked with at risk youth including several group homes and a custody facility before changing careers. While at Mohawk Teresa played on the women’s fastball team and travelled all over Ontario. During her three years her team went to OCAA’s every year and won two bronze medals and won silver medal.

She has worked at previous physiotherapy clinics and comes to ABIM with a ton of knowledge-specializing in insurance. She absolutely loves to help others and is always willing to go the extra mile for our patients and our staff. 

In her spare time Teresa enjoys playing baseball in the summer, spending time with her family, and travelling.

Peri Fedor

Office Administrator

Peri is a student in the faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Her love of helping others and interest in the health and fitness world has led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. You will find Peri all around the clinic, from helping schedule your appointments at the front to assisting with your treatment! Her long-term goal is to become a Physiotherapist and use a combination of education and knowledge of the human body and mind to help others improve their well-being and experience optimal quality of life.

Outside of ABIM and classes, Peri enjoys assisting with teaching first-year Kinesiology students anatomy, running and baking!

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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