Meet Our Team
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.)
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.
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.
Registered Massage Therapist
Jay is a graduate from Trillium College and is a Registered Massage Therapist and Personal trainer. He spent 2 years at McMaster University where he was recruited to play varsity football. After an injury put him out of play, Jay spent years as a personal trainer and found a passion for healing and aiding in pain. While being able to help clients through postural correction and better movement, he realized that some people need a more direct approach for treatment which led him to adding his R.M.T. license.
Jay has dedicated himself to understanding the human body as a whole and becoming a well-rounded therapist. He prides himself on being able to treat and manage his own movements and issues effectively. This has allowed him to have a level of empathy and understanding about the healing and rehab process that his clients go through. Through his experience with training and physical therapy, he has developed the knowledge needed to treat and help people from all ages and all body types. As a former athlete, Jay understands how important it is to have a well understood prehab and rehab regimen. He is not set on one treatment method for all as he treats everybody uniquely. Jay is constantly adding to his tool belt of skills as a therapist. Adding different techniques such as; Fascial stretch therapy, Myofascial release, Cupping, I.A.S.T.M techniques, along with many courses on movement and biomechanics such as Functional patterns and FRC. With all of these tools he is able to effectively assess the issue and treat it using cutting edge modalities.
With a mixture of a clinical approach to massage therapy and functional training, we can work together towards getting the body to work and move the way it is meant too. Through the years he has developed his own treatment methods for injuries and truly believes that everyone he treats should also get the knowledge they need to help their body recover and thrive!
RMT, Personal Trainer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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