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Our Therapists

 

 

Christina Drew

Registered Physiotherapist

Sabrina Gravina

Registered Physiotherapist

Lauren Pontarini

Registered Physiotherapist

Nick Pirrera

Registered Physiotherapist

Lauren Kalvaitis

Registered Physiotherapist

Seanna Clipperton

Massage Therapist 

Sara Buckham

Resident Physiotherapist

Christina Drew

 

At age 9, Christina was introduced to soccer and fell in love. At age 15, she was on the starting squad for the U-18 Team Ontario. Christina was scouted by a plethora of teams from the United States of America, and chose to attend Georgia Southern University. While there she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

 

During her soccer career Christina sustained 3 ACL repairs and 3 concussions. It was due to this that she had to put her soccer career on hold. Ever since she can remember Christina has always had a dream of becoming a Physiotherapist.

 

The combination of learning the intricacies of the human body, injuries and how to rehabilitate them, as well as optimizing athletes' performance abilities, was her passion. Christina attended McMaster University from 2005-2007 and received her Master of Science in Physiotherapy. She continued expanding her knowledge of treatment options by getting certified in Active Release Technique®, Functional Range Release® (FR), Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC), STOTT Pilates, Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hrs - RYT200, Baptiste Power Yoga, ktape and custom bracing.

 

After extensive research and personal experience, Christina has created a neuromuscular warm-up to prevent ACL injuries in female soccer players.  She is also the founder of Kinetic Physio-Yoga Therapy (PYT) and Kinetic Physio-Pilates Therapy (PPT).  Kinetic PYT and PPT are programs that extend our therapy services beyond manual therapy, offering a holistic approach to heal on a multi-faceted level.

 

Being an athlete at heart with limiting injuries, Christina turned to pilates, yoga and cycling as a means of rehabilitation and wellness. She believes that any training regimen should include proper functional training that increases the longevity and health of your joints, while optimizing performance and efficiency.  Christina looks forward to passing this great experience off to all her clients!

 

Sabrina Gravina

 

Sabrina’s desire to work in the healthcare field began at a young age, and led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Honours Kinesiology at McMaster University. During that time she was an active member in the sport medicine community, working as a student sport therapist for the McMaster Women’s soccer team, and completing her undergraduate thesis on the topic of concussions in varsity athletes.

Sabrina went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University where her passion for health promotion and rehabilitation continued to grow. As a registered physiotherapist she strives to provide evidence-based care, and has completed additional coursework and training in: soft tissue release techniques, manual therapy, concussion management, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Sabrina is also a contemporary medical acupuncture provider, and is a certified Functional Range Release (FR) and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) provider. Sabrina commits to treating her patients with dedicated, comprehensive care as a member of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team. 

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Lauren Pontarini

 

Lauren is a graduate from the 2012 McMaster University Master of Science Physiotherapy program, and has a true passion for the field of physiotherapy. Growing up in an active community within Caledon, Lauren naturally learned to combine her passion for health and wellness with her passion for working with people. As someone who values being active, it is with great excitement that Lauren has the opportunity to be in a profession that allows her to help others, and assist people to get back to doing what they love. Lauren believes that each person deserves to live life to their full capacity, and enjoys approaching each situation with unique strategies to help meet the specific goals for each client, empowering each person to be an active participant in their recovery. 

During her Master’s studies, Lauren was the recipient of various awards. She was the recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award presented to 10-15% of all students in a Master’s program affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences for making outstanding achievements during the final year. Lauren was awarded with the Physiotherapy Professional Advancement Award acknowledging her as a recipient who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities, academic excellence, professional commitment and innovation. Lauren was also the recipient of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Ann Collins Whitmore Student Award for academic recognition of an evidence-based research project. To acknowledge Lauren’s professional and personal characteristics, she was the recipient of the Catherine Smith Student Award recipient, awarded to a student who exemplifies the characteristics of honesty, integrity, a commitment to hard work and perseverance, and who demonstrates lively assertiveness. Lauren’s acknowledgements have continued since graduation, as she is currently published in the Fall 2015 Physiotherapy Canada academic journal.

Since 2016, Lauren has acted as a Clinical Laboratory Tutor for the McMaster University Physiotherapy program, assisting with skill development and competency in the assessment and treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions.  Since 2014 she has also acted as a clinical preceptor for McMaster University Physiotherapy students completing the clinical placement component of their studies. Throughout the year, Lauren also enjoys volunteering her time to assist with program admissions, and as an examiner for objective structured clinical exams at the University. Lauren is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. 

Lauren is an avid lifelong learner, and is always thrilled to broaden her skillset to offer her clients various treatment options. Throughout her years of practice, Lauren has completed additional courses in Therapeutic Taping, M2T Blade Certification, Functional Range Release Certification, and Functional Range Conditioning Certification. 

When not at work, Lauren loves to spend her time outdoors hiking, kayaking, canoeing, travelling and exploring new places. If you are a Burlington resident, you have likely seen Lauren strolling within the city core or by the waterside on her lunch breaks! She is very happy to work with the great community here in Burlington, and is always looking forward to meeting new clients!  

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Nick Pirrera


Nick’s interest in the field of physiotherapy began in high school while playing football and competing in martial arts. He was fascinated by the abilities of the human body and wanted to learn more about the effects of exercise on athletic performance.

This led him to attend Brock University, where he attained an Honours Bachelor degree in Kinesiology in 2013. During his time at Brock he developed further interest in rehabilitation and injury prevention as a student therapist in the athletic therapy clinic.

These interests led him to pursue his Master of Science in Physiotherapy degree at McMaster University, which he completed in 2015. Nick is excited to begin his career as a part of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team. He is dedicated to provide the highest level of evidence-based and patient-centered care in order to help patients reach their goals.

 
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Lauren Kalvaitis

 

Lauren is passionate about holistic health and wellbeing. This passion led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Honours Psychology, with a minor in Biology from McMaster University in 2013. During this time she was a very active gym-goer, runner, and horseback rider.

In 2012 Lauren was introduced to yoga. Yoga quickly became a part of her passion and ledLauren to earn her teaching certificate from Power Yoga Canada in 2014. Shortly after, Lauren was accepted into the Masters of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout this two-year program, Lauren continued to teach yoga in London while also taking additional physiotherapy-related courses in soft tissue release and mobilization with movement.

Lauren's passion for wellbeing and a holistic approach is the foundation for her strong belief in the benefits of patients taking an active role in their health care. She is committed to using her education, training, and extensive hands-on experience in both physical therapy and yoga to work with her patients and provide them with evidence-based, individualized care as a member of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team.
 

 

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Seanna Clipperton

Seanna is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated with Honours from Bryan College of Applied Health & Business Science. She is compassionate, intuitive, and a strong believer in tailoring the treatment to fit the needs and goals of the client. Seanna is fascinated by Anatomy and the workings of the human body, and passionate about investigating and treating the underlying cause of pain or dysfunction rather than only the symptoms.

Seanna will work with you to determine your goals of treatment, and create an individual treatment plan that is best suited to achieve those goals.Throughout her training, Seanna gained hands-on experience with several techniques including Swedish Massage, Myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), Joint mobilizations and appropriate stretching/strengthening techniques. She had the opportunity to apply her knowledge and skills to a variety of pathologies, including but not limited to: chronic neck and back pain, tension headaches, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, Frozen Shoulder, Fibromyalgia, TMJ dysfunction, post surgery massage, strains & sprains, tendonitis, sciatic nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis. She has a keen interest in prenatal and postpartum massage, and treating neuromuscular pathologies such as Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.

Seanna also believes strongly in the value of stress reduction and relaxation, and is well versed in relaxation techniques to address the pain, tension and postural dysfunction that can result from the stress of today’s busy world. She encourages her clients to participate in prescribed home care exercises to assist in efficiently achieving their goals of treatment. Seanna's ultimate goal is to completely address the clients' concerns, and to educate and assist in fulfilling their goals of treatment.

Whether you are looking to de-stress, eliminate pain or increase your strength and mobility, Seanna looks forward to working with you in a safe, comfortable and healing environment.

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Sara Buckham


Sara grew up playing competitive soccer since age 5, for the Burlington Youth Soccer Club.  She was afforded the opportunity to visit a number of Universities and play in showcase tournaments throughout the USA.  Sara made the decision to complete her schooling in Canada.

Sara completed her Kinesiology degree at Queen’s University, graduating in 2011.  She then went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Sport Psychology, graduating in 2013. As a masters student she was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.  During her time at Queen’s she captained the Women’s soccer team and earned both a silver and gold medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships.  Unfortunately during her later years playing for Queen’s she sustained a knee injury and underwent an ACL repair.  Having been an athlete who had always had to work hard at the mental side of the game, she had an appreciation for sport psychology but it was during this time that she truly became enthralled with the psychology of injury, disability, disease, and impairment.  With all the knowledge she had gained about sport psychology during my Masters and having experienced a season-ending injury, my passions lead me to pursue a degree in Physiotherapy.

Sara is currently in her last year of completing a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. Combining her background of sport psychology with the hands on treatment of physiotherapy has been incredibly rewarding to her and she is excited to embark on my future career as a Physiotherapist.


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