Meet Our Team
Lisa Vandenberk Miele
Physiotherapist & Founder of LV Physiotherapy
PT.(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)
Lisa Miele (née 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, LSVT BIG Certification and PWR! Moves Certification for Parkinson's Rehabilitation, Neuro-Developmental Training Workshop, Stroke Rehabilitation Workshops and Therapeutic Taping courses.
Lisa underwent an ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation herself in 2015. 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 now enjoys training for Triathlons. Lisa is very excited to have welcomed her daughter in September 2020.
Chelsea Ogbuah is originally from Nova Scotia, where she began her career working in a private physiotherapy 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 then went on to 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 taking courses focusing on the assessment, treatment and management of the temporomandibular joint, shoulder complex, low back, concussions, and chronic pain.
Chelsea has a particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management, as well as enjoying helping those of all ages with sports related and other musculoskeletal injuries. She continues her education in order to provide her patients with the most up to date and patient centered care.
PT.(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)
Dora graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. She has worked in the private sector as well as in acute care.
Since graduating Dora has furthered her education and skills by taking various courses in acupuncture, manual therapy, concussion rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation. Dora is also a certified Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR) therapist. PWR therapists integrate research-based exercise approaches and task-specific training routines to help optimize function and help individuals with Parkinson's Disease meet their specific goals.
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.
Sava graduated from McMaster University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Kinesiology followed by his Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2020.
Throughout his educational journey, Sava has gained experience with a wide variety of patient populations. He volunteered extensively at MacWheelers, an exercise program for adults with spinal cord injuries, and with McMaster’s varsity soccer teams as a strength and conditioning coach. Throughout his clinical placements, Sava has worked with various orthopedic conditions in multiple private clinics, neurological conditions at Hotel Dieu Shaver, and acute care at the St. Catharine’s General Hospital.
Sava will take the time to understand your goals, hobbies, and interests while he aims to maximize your functional abilities and minimize your pain. His treatment approach focuses on evidence-based exercise programs with manual therapy techniques to support your recovery.
Moving forward, Sava aims to gain certification in concussion & vestibular rehabilitation, acupuncture, and become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).
In his free time, Sava enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As an athlete who has gone through injuries himself, Sava can better empathize with his clients in a meaningful way and help encourage them throughout their recovery process. As a result, he is strong believer in improving the quality of life for his clients through functional and purposeful exercise and movement.
PT Resident(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
As a graduate of Hamilton’s prestigious Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, Michael spent four years earning his Master of Practice Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M.OMSc), and is currently a member with the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA). An extensive and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology is the cornerstone to his application of osteopathic principles and treatment for clients.
Over the years, Michael has sustained a wide range of injuries and trauma to his body including (but not limited to… ) a hernia, broken back and concussions. His journey of recovery back to health introduced him to Osteopathy as a modality for post-surgical therapy. It was here that he discovered osteopathy’s potential for affecting the body’s ability to heal and restore itself from injuries once his body had been properly realigned. Literally transformed by this experience, the decision was made to pursue Osteopathy as a career.
Formally a client of LV Physiotherapy, Michael has now returned as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. Drawing from his experiences, he has a deeply rooted sense of empathy towards others that are living in pain and discomfort and wants to assist others on their road to rehabilitation. He strongly believes in the osteopathic principles surrounding the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate when the relationship between structures and functions have been properly realigned. As an Osteopathic Practitioner, he is a facilitator to help others unlock the body’s amazing capacity to heal and regulate itself, and whole heartedly believes in the connection between mind, heart and body.
Outside of work, Michael can be found negotiating between gym equipment and his middle aged body, attempting to do sun salutations on his yoga mat, but is happiest in the water or on the trails of ShortHills Provincial Park.
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.
Raimundo De Sousa
Raimundo is an empathetic Kinesiologist/ Physio Assistant who caters to the uniqueness of each individual. Fourteen years of clinical experience coupled with a four year undergraduate degree of Human Kinetics successfully achieved at Brock University, has paved the way for Ray to maximize the patient healthcare experience to its full potential. Aside from his credentials, Ray has a wide range of interests including hiking, camping, fishing and snowshoeing. He is a huge soccer fan (English Premier League being his favourite), enjoys movies across all genres, the performing arts and anything painted by Salvador Dai or Vincent Van Gogh. His interests render him beyond approachable and his commitment to seeking out better ways to serve the community are boundless. The clinic atmosphere can be best described as positive, educational and rewarding. Ray is humble… he makes it evident that achieving the most favourable patient outcomes occurs only when a collaborative team effort has been administered.
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.
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