Meet Our Team
Lisa Vandenberk Miele
Physiotherapist & Founder of LV Physiotherapy
PT.(Reg.)Ont., M.Sc.PT., B.Kin.(Hon.)
Lisa Vandenberk Miele 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.
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.)
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.
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.
Nicole is a graduate of the dual trained program of Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant (OTA/PTA) where she finished with president's honors. Nicole has had placement experiences in a variety of settings in the Niagara region, including Long-Term care facilities, the Niagara Health System and Private Physiotherapy Clinics.
Growing up Nicole played many sports including volleyball, baseball and was a dancer. She hopes to use her knowledge of sports to express the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. As a part of the LV Physiotherapy team, Nicole aspires to help clients regain their independence and get back to their daily activities.
In her free time, you’ll find Nicole spending time with friends and family, in a coffee shop or finding new local businesses to support!
Rachelle is a graduate of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Humber College as well as completing her degree in Kinesiology at Guelph Humber in 2014.
Rachelle has had experience in different settings including cardiac rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation as well as spending the last couple years working in long term care facilities in the Niagara region. As part of the LV Physiotherapy team, she aspires to motivate and assist clients to reach their personal rehabilitation goals and achieve a better quality of life.
In her spare time, you can find Rachelle spending time outdoors, volunteering or honing her skills as a piano and guitar player.
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.
Cara was born and raised in St. Catharines and earned a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from St. Lawrence College. Life took her on a different path and her focus became working full time and raising her children.
Cara worked in retail for many years advancing herself to the position of HR/payroll Administrator. When the store closed in 2019 Cara decided to continue her education and received a diploma in Medical Administration.
She will be answering phone calls, booking appointments and performing other clerical receptionist duties.
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