Meet Our Team

Lisa Vandenberk

Physiotherapist & Founder of LV Physiotherapy

Lisa Vandenberk has many years of experience working in the health care system at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. She also gained experience working in private practice clinics and providing home care in the Niagara Region. Lisa graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degree. Since her graduation Lisa has continued to take courses to further her knowledge and skills in the Physiotherapy field including Acupuncture, Soft Tissue Release, Neuro-Developmental Training Workshop, Stroke Rehabilitation Workshops and Therapeutic Taping courses.

Lisa recently underwent an ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation herself. Through this process, she has gained even more of an understanding and empathy toward individuals with mobility issues, pain and rehabilitation needs. Lisa has integrated back into the sports and hobbies she loves including cycling, rollerblading, dancing and touch football and has began training for Triathlons. 

PT.(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)
Lisa Vandenberk Physiotherapist St. Catharines, Experience at Hotel Dieu Shaver, Acupuncture, Stroke Rehabilitation, ACL Reconstruction, McMaster University Physiotherapy and Kinesiology Degree
 
Lisa Vandenberk Physiotherapist St. Catharines, Experience at Hotel Dieu Shaver, Acupuncture, Stroke Rehabilitation, ACL Reconstruction, McMaster University Physiotherapy and Kinesiology Degree

Chelsea Poole is originally from Nova Scotia, where she began her career working in a private clinic in her home town. She first graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, where she was also a part of the Athletic Therapy program and worked very closely with varsity sports teams. Chelsea swam competitively for seven years and at Acadia University went on to coach with the Wolfville Tritons swim team. She also volunteered for four years with the Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.). The S.M.I.L.E. program creates a fun learning environment for children with various abilities and special needs.

 

After graduating from Acadia, Chelsea attended Dalhousie University where she graduated with her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, she has furthered her education by taking various courses, including acupuncture, functional dry needling and vestibular rehabilitation. She has also taken courses focusing on the assessment, treatment and management of the temporomandibular joint, shoulder complex, concussions, and chronic pain.

 

Chelsea has a particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management, in addition to enjoying helping those with sports-related injuries and other musculoskeletal injuries.

Chelsea Ogbuah

Registered Physiotherapist

M.Sc.PT, B.Kin.
 

Dora Nasopoulos

Registered Physiotherapist

 
PT.(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)

Dora graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating she has worked in the private sector as well as in acute care. 

 

Dora has developed a special interest in concussion rehabilitation. She has completed her Complete Concussion Management Certification and is pursuing further continuing education in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation. Dora also has completed her Level 1 and 2 Manual Therapy courses as well as Level 1 and 2 Acupuncture Courses. 

 

She is a strong believer in taking a patient-centred approach when treating patients. She is constantly looking for ways to offer the best care possible to patients. In her free time Dora enjoys playing various sports and travelling. 

John Podobnik Massage Therapist Swedish Hot Stone Fascial Stretch Deep Tissue Trigger Point athletic therapy ergonomics fascial movement taping acupressure

Dan Auger

Registered Massage Therapist

Dan brings years of rehabilitative experience to the team as he has worked along side other health care professionals at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Dan is also certified in Reflexology and will be adding it to our list of services. Dan's experience doesn't end there, he has also taught as a Massage Therapy instructor at Trillium College. Dan has experience and additional education in Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Taping and Ultrasound Therapy. In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing in basketball and beach volleyball leagues. 

RMT
 

Amanda Bushby

Canadian Certified Pedorthist

 
HBKin, Dip Ped, C. Ped (C)

Amanda has been working as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for the past 13 years. She graduated from Lakehead University in 2004 and received her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. She then completed her Dilpoma in Pedorthics at the University of Western Ontario in 2005. Amanda was introduced to the field of pedorthics through a career symposium during her last year of Kinesiology. Amanda obtained her Canadian Pedorthics Certification in 2005. Amanda has served on the Pedorthic Association of Canada's Insurance and Government Relations Committee and the College of Pedorthics of Canada's Ethics Committee. She also served as a private consultant to the insurance industry. Amanda strives to educate and promote the field of Pedorthics in Canada to the public, medical professionals and insurance industry.

Amanda had previously worked at Canadian Footwear & the FootHealth Centre in Winnipeg for the past 12 years practicing as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist. Amanda recently relocated to St. Catharine's and opened her practice OrthoFocus in 2017. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys watching the Blue Jays, watching curling, exercising, reading, and walking her beagle.

Lisa Vandenberk Physiotherapist St. Catharines, Experience at Hotel Dieu Shaver, Acupuncture, Stroke Rehabilitation, ACL Reconstruction, McMaster University Physiotherapy and Kinesiology Degree

Rob Chrzaszcz

Exercise Physiologist

Rob became an Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Over the past few years he has focused his studies on Exercise Bio-mechanics, Clinical Assessments and Anatomy. Rob earned two diplomas in Health and Fitness Promotions and Police Foundations and received 2 degrees in Physical Education and Exercise Science for Health and Performance with honors. 

 

Rob is also a personal trainer with over 5 years of training experience working with a variety of clients. His primary focus is to provide exercise management for individuals who benefit from the rehabilitative and preventative application of exercise to live a pain-free and healthy life.

In conjunction to providing exercise guidance he is also looking to take courses in Acupuncture and Massage to further expand his skill set.

CSEP-CPT
 

Mike Marazzo

Physiotherapy Assistant

 

Mike is a graduate of Niagara College, where he was dual trained as an Occupational Therapist Assistant and a Physiotherapist Assistant and graduated with Honors.

Mike has various certifications which have enhance his skills as a Physiotherapist Assistant including Gentle Persuasion Approach and Falls Prevention. He is always interested in furthering his education and has done so by completing a certification course involving Fitness in Oncology.

Mike has had placements in a variety of areas around the Niagara region including Long-Term Care Facilities and the Niagara Health System. He has an interest in the healthcare field and has spent the past 5 years serving the community as a patient transfer. Mike has had previous experience with training as an assistant coach for a high school swim team.

Pina was born in Italy where she graduated with her Early Childhood Education Diploma before she moved to Canada. Pina has been in St. Catharines for over 36 years and has provided excellent customer service while working in retail. She is bringing her enthusiasm, experience and skills to LV Physiotherapy. She will be answering phone calls, booking appointments and performing other clerical receptionist duties. 

In her spare time, Pina enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, baking and going for summer walks. Pina is also fluent in Italian. 

Lisa Vandenberk Physiotherapist St. Catharines, Experience at Hotel Dieu Shaver, Acupuncture, Stroke Rehabilitation, ACL Reconstruction, McMaster University Physiotherapy and Kinesiology Degree

Pina Miele

Receptionist

 

Alex Latham

Physiotherapy Assistant

Alex is a graduate of the dually trained program of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant at Niagara College where he finished with president’s honors. He is currently continuing his education at Brock University in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program with a goal in mind to become a Physiotherapist.

 

Alex has experienced many great opportunities in different settings through the Niagara Health system where he was able to expand his skills in patient care. He became certified in Falls Prevention, Gentle Persuasion Approach and Dementia Training. His dream was always to provide healthcare to people in need and make their experiences with physiotherapy, a good one.

 

Alex was a collegiate athlete as he was captain of the Men’s Soccer team at Niagara College. Alex now enjoys spending his time in the gym, as his fitness became his main priority.

 

Michelle Slachta

Receptionist

Michelle joined the LV Physiotherapy team after relocating back to St. Catharines following living in Ottawa for 30 years. Michelle will be answering phones, booking appointments and performing other clerical duties.

 

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Library Science from McGill University. In Ottawa, she worked at NRC, Nortel and elementary school libraries. 

 

Michelle is a Goodlife enthusiast and likes to run, hike and camp.

 

Join Our Team

Would you like to join LV Physiotherapy's dynamic, passionate and hardworking team? 

Fax your resume to: (905) 682-5775 or E-mail: lvphysiotherapy@gmail.com