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DR. JOHN A. PAPA, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)


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  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Graduate
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - CSCS
  • Clinic Director and Founder, New Hamburg Wellness Centre
  • Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C)
  • Low Back Pain Rapid Access Clinic Advanced Practice Provider (APP)

Dr. John A. Papa was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University where he played varsity soccer and obtained an Honors Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation, he worked in the fitness industry as a manager, health consultant, and personal trainer.

Dr. Papa attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and graduated in 2002 with clinical honors while receiving the prestigious Hoskins/Sommacal Clinical Proficiency Award. He is a Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical & Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C), and holds a specialty designation as a Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist (one of only five specialties recognized by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario). He has also completed post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, and is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, he serves as an Independent Consultant for several Disability Management Companies, and is currently on the editorial board for the Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Papa's extensive post-graduate education allows him to offer many different treatment options for patients seeking acute and chronic pain relief, and maintenance-preventative care for their musculoskeletal health. This list of treatment options includes Activator Techniques, Medical Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston Soft Tissue Therapy, Rehabilitative Exercise and Physical Therapy, and Computerized Gait and Orthotic Analysis. This multi-faceted approach has resulted in the effective treatment of neck and back pain, along with many non-spinal conditions including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot injuries/complaints. He has successfully been able to treat a wide range of individuals including seniors, expectant mothers, children and highly skilled athletes.

Dr. Papa is the Clinic Director and Founder of the New Hamburg Wellness Centre. Since opening, the New Hamburg Wellness Centre has continued its award winning reputation as an evidence-based, patient centred and results orientated facility, becoming Wilmot Township's trusted and reliable choice for chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitative physical therapy, and soft tissue injury management.

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DR. ROBERT GREGORY LUSK, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)


DR. ROBERT GREGORY LUSK

Dr. Lusk completed his undergraduate health sciences degree at the University of Western Ontario before pursuing further study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, completing the four year program in 2006.

Dr. Lusk has experience and enjoys treating a wide range of clientele with muscle and/or joint conditions. This includes individuals with symptoms from everyday tasks, postural strain, sports and workplace injuries, along with car accident injuries. In addition, if you are not in pain but are looking to move better and start an exercise routine, he can provide you with guidance to avoid injury as you get started.

Dr. Lusk takes an evidence-informed approach to the diagnosis and management of injuries and pain. He has completed post graduate education in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Part A: The Lumbar Spine and Part B: The Cervical & Thoracic Spine. He is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). He has completed the Detailed Back Assessment portion of the McGill Method and the Spinemobility Boot Camp Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. Additionally, he has completed Custom Orthotic Therapy and Gait Analysis courses with The Orthotic Group (TOG).

Dr. Lusk provides much education to help clients understand and self manage their complaints. His treatment style is largely manual, involving many soft tissue therapies (including myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue release, trigger points), as well as joint mobilization and manipulation. Progressive stretches and exercises, electro-therapeutic modalities, and custom orthotics are also used when indicated.

Dr. Lusk has also worked with local minor hockey players, as well as university athletes, employing functional exercise to improve athletic performance. He is currently the team chiropractor for the Waterloo Siskins Jr. B Hockey Club. Dr. Lusk has a diverse athletic background and is passionate about active living.

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DR. MELISSA HAMILTON, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)


DR. MELISSA HAMILTON

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Human Health and Nutritional Science
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - CSCS
  • Resident of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada)

Dr. Hamilton completed her undergraduate Human Kinetics degree at the University of Guelph with Honours before continuing to pursue her Master of Science degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. She successfully defended her thesis at the University of Guelph in 2015. While completing these two degrees, she worked in the fitness industry as a weight room supervisor, personal trainer and health coach. She continued to work full time in the fitness industry for two years following her studies before she made the decision to pursue Chiropractic as her final career choice.

Dr. Hamilton attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and graduated in 2021 with clinical honours. Upon graduation she was accepted into the Sports Residency program of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences where she will continue to learn about fitness and sport, conduct research, and work with athletes. She has also completed post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is a certified Functional Range and Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), and Graston Soft Tissue Therapy provider. She also holds certifications in muscle activation and palpation techniques, postpartum rehabilitation and Sportside Medical EFR.

Dr. Hamilton’s extensive education has given her the tools to provide exceptional patient centred care. She uses an evidence-informed approach in diagnosing muscle and joint conditions, along with developing a plan of management and treatment plan. Her clinical experiences have ranged from injury prevention, to working with chronic pain patients at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. She is well equipped to deal with a wide range of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, hip and shoulder pain, ankle sprains, carpal tunnel and more. She also has a special interest in female health and treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (jaw pain). Her treatment style includes a combination of manual therapy involving chiropractic joint manipulation, joint mobilizations, and a variety of soft tissue therapy techniques. She puts a large emphasis on patient empowerment through self management techniques such as progressive stretches and strengthening exercises. She is also capable of utilizing acupuncture, electro-therapeutic modalities, and custom orthotics when indicated.

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JERE BUKICH, Physiotherapist (B.A., B.Sc.(P.T.)


JERE BUKICH

  • Physiotherapist (B.A., B.Sc.(P.T.)

Jere graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, with a concentration in Athletic Injuries. Upon graduating he pursued a career in home building/renovating. Following a few work injuries, he returned to Queens University to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy), graduating in 1993.

After a short period of time in the hospital setting, Jere moved to the outpatient clinical setting. Working in Parry Sound, Simcoe and Stratford, Jere continued his career focusing on orthopaedic injuries from sports, workplace injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. An interest in motor control lead him to working with adult CVA (stroke) and geriatric patients.

For the past 16 years Jere has been working in Wilmot Township providing homecare physiotherapy. Jere has developed an expertise with post surgical candidates, primarily joint replacements. He sees patients with multiple neurological conditions (CVA, multiple sclerosis, ALS) as well, he treats numerous respiratory conditions (COPD, asthma, pneumonia). Jere is also an ADP (Assistive Devices Program) authorizer for mobility devices (rollator walkers only).

Personally, Jere lives with his wife in St. Marys, Ontario. He has two adult children.

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Christine Ecclestone, Registered Physiotherapist (PT, MPT, BSc Kin), Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist


CHRISTINE ECCLESTONE

  • Registered Physiotherapist (PT, MPT, BSc Kin)
  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Christine completed her Bachelor of Science Co-op degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She then went on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. Christine has a special interest in women's health and decided to pursue becoming a pelvic floor physiotherapist. She has completed additional course work focusing on pelvic pain, incontinence, pre-natal and post-partum care, as well as diastasis recti.

Christine is passionate about functional movement patterns and their impact on pain. She will work with her patients as a team to develop an individualized treatment plan to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals. She has an extensive sports background having grown up as a competitive gymnast, and transitioned into coaching gymnastics for 5 years. Outside of work, Christine is an avid Cross-fitter with a personal interest in health, fitness, nutrition and travel.

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SHEILA REINHART, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


SHEILA REINHART

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Sheila was born and raised in the New Hamburg area. She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1999 and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Since graduation, Sheila has continued with her education and learning through courses in Pregnancy, Labor, and Infant Massage. She utilizes a broad range of massage techniques in her practice including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point release, hydrotherapy, and myofascial release. Whenever possible, she also incorporates home care exercises into her treatment plans.

Sheila enjoys working in a setting that promotes health and wellness, and she is dedicated in educating her clients in improving and maintaining their health.

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JODI WILDFONG, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


JODI WILDFONG

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Jodi graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1997, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She has over 20 years experience working in a clinical setting, and is successfully able to provide a therapeutic balance between symptom relief and relaxation for all her patients.

Jodi has completed certified courses in Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Headache treatments. She utilizes a variety of techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, and remedial exercises to achieve optimal health and well-being for all her patients. She also has experience with Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) injuries, post stroke patients, individuals with multiple sclerosis, and treating children of all ages.

Jodi enjoys working in a team-based setting with other health care practitioners and is dedicated to providing the best quality care for her clients along with friendly service in a comforting environment.

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SHANNON ROBERTSON, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


SHANNON ROBERTSON

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Shannon graduated from the University of Guelph in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. She wanted to further her education in the health care field with the goal of helping people. In 2021, she graduated with distinction from the Massage Therapy program at TriOS College in London, Ontario, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Shannon is dedicated and eager to continue her education and develop new skills to provide the best possible patient care.

Shannon’s warm, kind and empathetic nature makes her an ideal fit as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). She is able to provide treatments that incorporate a variety of techniques that are both thorough and specific, to meet each patient’s individual needs and goals. Shannon enjoys providing therapeutic massage, as well as deep tissue and fascial work. She has a particular interest and experience in treating conditions such as tension headaches, back and shoulder pain, and sciatic pain.

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LAUREN KANE, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


LAUREN KANE

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Lauren graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy program from Kikkawa College in Toronto in 2019. Not long after graduating, she relocated to British Columbia where she was able to work with a range of athletes in the very active outdoor community. Through this, she developed a greater interest in working with neck, low back and gluteal pain. Lauren strongly believes in patient-centred care. Working together with each patient, her goal is to create the best treatment plan suited to the patient's individual needs, whether that's to reduce pain or injury, help regain mobility, or to relax the mind and body.

Lauren has been trained in a wide range of therapeutic massage techniques such as Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. In addition, she has taken specialized courses in prenatal and postpartum massage. Lauren also has a strong interest in treating neck and low back pain.

In her spare time, she has a love for the outdoors including downhill and cross country skiing, paddle boarding, hot yoga, travel and more. Lauren is happy to be back in the area and looks forward to helping patients achieve their wellness goals.

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LAURA BOWMAN, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


LAURA BOWMAN

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Laura graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2000 and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Since graduation, Laura has taken extra courses and training to expand her knowledge and technique in the fields of deep tissue, pregnancy, and geriatric massage. Common conditions treated in her practice include arthritis, tendonitis, and repetitive strain injuries, along with acute and chronic conditions involving the neck, shoulders, back, and legs. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with many different individuals and age groups. In addition, she has experience in working with complex conditions and injuries, including motor vehicle accident cases.

Laura enjoys working in a team-based setting with other health care practitioners and is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care by utilizing a variety of techniques to best meet the needs of her patients.

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EMILY ULLMA, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


EMILY ULLMAN

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Emily is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Anderson College, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

In addition to her clinical experience and education, she obtained her 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2021 and taught weekly classes online with the Kundalini Foundation. She has also enjoyed volunteering with the CNIB and the Wilmot Soccer Club.

Emily is a student of life and is excited to work alongside her clients in developing personalized treatment plans that are tailored to each client's specific goals. She utilizes her broad range of Swedish and non-swedish techniques along with joint mobilizations, neurodynamics, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), remedial and breathing exercises to support her clients on their recovery journey and aid in their relaxation.

In her free time, Emily loves to spend time in the forest with her two Huskies and her family.

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SAMANTHA ECKERT, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


SAMANTHA ECKERT

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Samantha graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Westervelt College, Kitchener campus, in 2021, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Samantha is knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of techniques including: Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue therapy, and lymphatic drainage. She has a special interest in treating back, neck, and gluteal pain, as well as providing prenatal and postpartum massage.

Samantha’s welcoming, supportive and empathetic personality makes her a great fit as an RMT. She understands the connection between physical and mental health, and enjoys providing a calm, healing environment where her clients can decompress while receiving a therapeutic treatment. She is particularly skilled at crafting treatments that are specifically tailored for the unique needs of each individual, while ensuring that they are relaxed and comfortable.

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KAYLA PFEFFER, Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


KAYLA PFEFFER

  • Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Kayla holds an advanced diploma in Massage Therapy from Fanshawe College, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Kayla’s approach to massage involves a mix of relaxation and therapeutic techniques, including Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching. She is also trained in deep tissue massage, targeting more specific areas of concern. Kayla has experience treating a variety of conditions such as tension headaches, TMJ dysfunction, back pain/tension, carpal tunnel, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. She has a particular interest in treating neck, shoulder and jaw pain and is skilled in facial and intra-oral massage of the muscles of mastication (chewing).

Kayla is able to deliver personalized sessions tailored to help individuals achieve relaxation and alleviate pain. She is committed to ongoing learning and professional growth, with her client’s well-being as her top priority.

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DR. PETER KLASSEN, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)


PETER KLASSEN

  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Peter Klassen, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. He then pursued a Masters Degree in Theology at the University of Toronto before turning his attention to the health care field. In 1993 Peter began the four year Doctor of Naturopathy program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Upon graduation in 1997 he was fortunate to work with a Naturopathic Doctor who practiced Functional Medicine, a field of complimentary medicine which combines the science of western medicine with the wisdom of traditional medicine. This valuable experience helped shape his understanding of health and disease and emphasized the importance of treating the "regulatory disharmony" which causes disease.

Peter uses a wide variety of modalities to support the health of his clients including botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques. These clinical tools allow Peter to address a wide variety of health concerns in men, women and children. New Hamburg Naturopath Doctor.

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ASHLEY NEVEU


ASHLEY NEVEU

  • BSc. Joint Honours Science & Psychology
  • Post Graduation Diploma Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • M.A. Counselling Psychology

Ashley completed her Bachelor Degree in Science in 2011 at the University of Waterloo and a postgraduate diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation in 2012. She spent her time in the field working with those in trauma and starting her family. In 2021, Ashley completed her Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

In the domain of Mental Health, Psychotherapy and Counselling, Ashley has extensive experience working as a clinician in the field of child and adult mental health, focusing her therapeutic practice in areas of depression, anxiety, self esteem, confidence, identity, 2SLGBTQIA+, relationships, parenting, and physical and emotional trauma just to name a few. She works within a trauma informed lens and each treatment model is an integrative client centered approach. Ashley utilizes a variety of techniques stemming from clinical modalities including CBT, ACT, EMDR, NET, Solution focused, strength based, family systems and the Gottman method. Ashley creates a case based on each person’s unique experiences and circumstances. As such, she values feedback and a collaborative approach with her clients in their therapeutic journey to find the best pieces to fit their recovery.

Ashley has a passion for learning to expand her knowledge and ability to help clients. She is a member of the Affirmative Couch and is constantly pursuing courses with the Arizona Trauma Institute.

Ashley provides services to individuals, couples and groups through clinical counselling, psychoeducation and skill building. Many Extended Health Care (EHC) insurance policies fully or partially cover individuals for Psychotherapy and Clinical Counselling. Please check your policy for details.

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JENNYLYN TAGHOY


JENNYLYN TAGHOY

  • Registered Practical Nurse - RPN
  • Advanced Foot Care Nurse - AFCN

Jennylyn is a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario. She graduated from Conestoga College with high distinction in 2013. She decided to broaden her education and specialize in Advanced Foot Care Nursing, where she graduated at the top of her class at the North American School of Podology/Comfort Your Soles School.

Being in the health care field for the last 14 years, Jennylyn has extensive experience in providing care for patients with multiple conditions, and has covered a wide range of populations needing foot care. She is specialized in Diabetic, Arthritis and Vascular disorder foot care, as well as managing painful corns, warts, calluses, fungal infections, ingrown toenails and much more. She is also able to perform basic neurosensory testing and excels at identifying high risk foot conditions. She also has excellent knowledge of infection control standards and procedures.

In addition to foot care, Jennylyn ensures that education is provided to patients regarding proper foot care and how it affects that person's overall health and well being. She looks forward to treating, maintaining, and caring for her patient's feet.

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SANDRA TOCITU, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Registered Clinical Social Worker (RSW)


SANDRA TOCITU

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Registered Clinical Social Worker (RSW)

Sandra completed her Bachelor Degree in Science in 2006 at the University of Waterloo, and began working with individuals of dual diagnoses, mental health and addictions. She continued her professional and educational development when she completed her Bachelor Degree in Social Work at the University of Waterloo, graduating with Honours in 2013. In July 2018, Sandra completed her Master's Degree in Social Work. She is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.

In the domain of Clinical Social Work and Counselling, Sandra has extensive experience working as a clinician in the field of child and adult mental health, focusing her therapeutic practice in areas of depression, anxiety, addictions, domestic violence, child abuse, custody and access disputes, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) rehabilitation and chronic pain just to name a few. Her work is trauma informed as well as attachment based and she practices from the cognitive model of psychotherapy. In addition, Sandra uses a large variety of techniques stemming from clinical frameworks of Signs of Safety, and Circle of Security, which are client focused as well as strength based approaches. What’s unique about Sandra’s work is that she recognizes everyone’s journey to recovery as a subjective experience, and depending on the circumstance, she utilizes a combination of interventions and modalities that best suit the specific needs of this person. Continuing her passion to grow and expand her knowledge and ability to help clients, Sandra is hoping to become a certified Clinical Traumatologist through the Traumatology Institute of Canada.

In addition to offering clinical counselling and therapy, Sandra also provides general social work supports that may include but are not limited to connecting individuals and their families to the most appropriate resources in the community, making referrals for their family members to different/other service providers, as well as general navigation of the social system (for example Ontario Housing, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability, court services just to name a few). Many Extended Health Care (EHC) insurance policies fully or partially cover individuals for Clinical Social Work and Counselling. Please check your policy for details.

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