Val is one of three registered massage therapists at LiveWell Waterloo.
She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage Therapy in 2002 and has been practicing since then. Val joined LiveWell Waterloo (Formerly Absolute Rehab Centre) when it opened in 2005 and has been an integral part of our multidisciplinary team ever since. She specializes in Swedish massage as well as reflexology, a technique which she is currently working towards certification in.
Val also takes yearly business and anatomy courses in order to keep up with the required mandate of 30 education credits over 3 years of continuing education.
Val and her treatments are a fundamental part of LiveWell Waterloo and she looks forward to treating you.
Val is one of three registered massage therapists at LiveWell Waterloo.
She graduated from the C...
Katherine graduated with honours in July 2021 and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She is passionate about helping people with their personal wellness and decreasing pain by using manual therapy. During each individual treatment you can expect a variety of Swedish massage techniques, fascial work, passive stretching and joint mobilizations used in conjunction to address each client’s individual short and long term goals. Katherine has completed her cupping course in April of 2022 and is excited to further her education in the use of modalities.
When Katherine is not in the clinic she can be found painting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Katherine is excited to work with you assisting in your overall wellness.
Katherine graduated with honours in July 2021 and is registered with the College of Massage Ther...
In 2012, Amy completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. Amy completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia in 2015. Amy worked as a Physiotherapist for two years in Australia before moving back to Canada.
Amy believes patient education and advice is the number one important part of treatment. This is complemented with manual therapy and exercise prescription. She feels professional development courses are important to continue her learning and enhance her patient care. Some professional development courses Amy has completed include acupuncture, upper cervical dysfunction and persistent pain.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and cooking. Amy is excited to continue her physiotherapy career as a member of the LiveWell Waterloo team.
In 2012, Amy completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontari...
Andrew began working at LiveWell (previously known as Absolute Rehab Centre) in 2017 working as a physiotherapist assistant. Andrew now comes full circle as he returns as a licensed physiotherapy resident. He completed his Bachelor of International Business with a minor in German at Carleton University. He worked in the business field for a couple of years, though he remained passionate about health, fitness, and sport throughout, and even completed his Personal Training certification. He returned to York University to complete a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Kinesiology which was swiftly followed by completion of his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Throughout Andrew’s academic career, he has volunteered as a research assistant in a spine biomechanics lab at York University and has worked in the fitness centre of a private racquet and sports club in Mississauga.
Throughout his education, Andrew gained significant experience in orthopedics, along with other placements in neuro, cardiac post-operative, and ICU physiotherapy. Ultimately, his passion for orthopedics sparked him to pursue a career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In addition, his personal enjoyment of golf, hockey, and martial arts also inspires him to pursue further education specific to sport rehabilitation. Andrew aims to provide exceptional patient-centered care with comprehensive assessments and a balance of targeted manual therapy, tailored exercises, and patient education in order to provide patients with the tools they need to achieve their goals. In Andrew’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, and travelling, with his favourite destinations being Edinburgh, Konstanz (Germany), and Budapest.
Andrew grew up just outside of Kitchener-Waterloo and is ecstatic to be back working within our community to deliver outstanding patient-centered care.
Andrew began working at LiveWell (previously known as Absolute Rehab Centre) in 2017 working as a...
Moni joined our physiotherapy team in February 2022. Moni started her physiotherapy career in India practicing in a variety of settings. She is passionate about working as a physiotherapist in Canada, and immigrated to Canada in 2020 to pursue her continued education and licensing in Ontario.
Moni believes a good physiotherapy session with her patients includes two things along with ‘hands-on’ physiotherapy. First, listening to every detail of how the pain or discomfort started or persists in order to be able to educate and treat the patient to achieve their goals. Second, giving space to patients to interact freely, particularly about their ‘home exercise program‘ because physiotherapy is not just a clinic session but a lifestyle.
Apart from physiotherapy, Moni is passionate about arts and crafts. In her free time, Moni enjoys listening to spiritual podcasts, meditation, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Moni joined our physiotherapy team in February 2022. Moni started her physiotherapy career in Ind...
Alicia is passionate about helping others take care of their physical and mental well-being through massage therapy. After pursuing a communications career which gave her the opportunity to work with sports organizations as well as charitable organizations focused on health and wellness, Alicia decided she wanted to have a more direct impact on the health and wellness of others.
Having experienced the benefits of massage therapy, Alicia returned to school and graduated with honours from the Massage Therapy program at Westervelt College.
Alicia aims to work with each patient to meet their needs and goals so they can continue to stay active and enjoy their day-to-day lives. Whether you are experiencing postural pain from your desk or factory job, headaches, tight quads from your weekly runs, or are in need of relaxation and stress management, Alicia believes that massage therapy can play an important and effective role in enhancing your overall health and well-being.
Alicia grew up playing competitive soccer and, after moving to Kitchener-Waterloo in 2016, developed a love for running (especially the half marathon distance). In her spare time, Alicia enjoys losing herself in a good book, exploring the many great places to run in KW and spending time with her husband experiencing all the outdoor goodness, food and beer that the KW region has to offer.
Alicia is passionate about helping others take care of their physical and mental well-being throu...
Kate is one of our massage therapists here at LiveWell Waterloo (Formerly Absolute Rehab Centre)- she did her schooling at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Cambridge. Prior to becoming an RMT, she completed an honours degree in Psychology at the University of Waterloo where she found her passion for deep tissue massage, relaxation massage, and working with patients one on one. Kate also has a vast amount of experience treating sports related injuries.
Kate has lived in the Waterloo area her whole life. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, drawing and painting, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Kate is one of our massage therapists here at LiveWell Waterloo (Formerly Absolute Rehab Centre)-...
After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2003, Greg moved to Whistler to experience the West Coast. Following this, he began his Master’s of Physical Therapy at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY and graduated in May 2006. More recently, Greg has completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
“You don’t have to be an athlete or suffer from chronic pain in order to benefit from physiotherapy - it is for everyone! I strongly believe in patient education to help foster an overall improvement in quality of life.”
Most of Greg’s patients have experienced great relief with active and preventive physiotherapy in their work and daily lives. Greg’s focus is on orthopedic patients in various populations, where one-to-one manual therapy and patient-centred care are emphasized. Greg is very passionate about Differential Diagnosis and strives to provide the highest level of assessment by educating his patients not only on their current injury but also by creating an understanding of how to avoid future injury. Continuing education is very important to Greg, and he has completed post-graduate training in vestibular rehabilitation and acupuncture.
No doctor’s note required! Physiotherapists accept all physician prescriptions/referrals.
After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2003, Greg move...
Carolyn completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics at Queen’s University before completing her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2009. She first spent her career working in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation then turned her focus to pelvic physiotherapy and now exclusively practices in pelvic physiotherapy.
“I am passionate about working in this specialized field of physiotherapy. There can be such a dramatic improvement in function, and well-being can be achieved in this very important - and often not talked about - area of people’s lives. It is important to me that pelvic health and its symptoms can be talked about and thought of in a comfortable and confident way.”
She is active in continuing her postgraduate education and has taken numerous courses in women’s and men’s pelvic health treatment, as well as courses in manual therapy and acupuncture.
Carolyn is proud to be a local resident of Wilmot Township and its wonderful community. As a mother of three, Carolyn can relate first hand to the effects pelvic symptoms can have on a person’s life. Empowering people to be able to help themselves regain a feeling of well-being through education and exercises is very important in Carolyn’s practice.
Carolyn completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics at Queen’s University before completing...
Ken has been with Livewell Waterloo since 2005.
Ken is visually impaired and has a guide dog named Grommett to assist him in his daily practice. Ken specializes in massage for both the disabled and able-bodied athletes and has a wide variety of experiences with patients with different physical disabilities. In addition to his work at LiveWell Waterloo, Ken is an active downhill ski racer, martial artist, and entrepreneur. Ken enjoys any outdoor activity and has recently undertaken the task of renovating his home. In order to provide his clients with the most appropriate care possible, Ken works late most evenings and always puts our patient’s well being first!
Ken has been with Livewell Waterloo since 2005.
Ken is visually impaired and has a guide dog na...
In 2015 Farnaz had the honour to complete the “Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program” with the University of Toronto. This included two clinical internships in “Toronto East General Hospital” and “Providence HealthCare”. She is still actively involved with continued education in U of T through volunteering in physical therapy lab classes. As an OIEPB alumni herself, she recognizes the challenges faced by IEPTs and enjoys rekindling their PT passion and sharing her success.
In 2019 she was awarded a “Department of Physical Therapy Recognition Award” for valued contribution to the education of physical Therapy students at the University of Toronto.
She is very enthusiastic to enhance her physiotherapy skills by taking advanced courses such as acupuncture and dry needling, vestibular rehabilitation, geriatric physiotherapy, manual therapy and many more weekly webinars in order to provide KW community with the best health-care.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, nature hiking and travelling.
In 2015 Farnaz had the honour to complete the “Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy ...
Donna is a Manual Osteopathic practitioner with over 20 years of clinical osteopathic experience. She graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy after 7 years of intense training and the successful completion of an internationally accredited thesis on the Concept of the Fulcrum.
Donna’s interest in allopathic medicine initially drew her to a career in Medical Laboratory Technology. Working in a hospital setting as a biochemist and immunologist, she developed a passionate interest in the body’s healing mechanism. After years of medical research, her interest shifted to include a more holistic approach. Further studies in Medical Intuition and Vibrational Energy Medicine contributed to her unique perspective on healing. A deep appreciation for both allopathic and holistic medicine eventually lead her to the study of Manual Osteopathy, a treatment modality and art that perfectly marries the two disciplines.
Highly sought as a consultant, her unique skillset allows her to get to the root cause of the patient’s issue. Incorporating electrotherapy adds a cutting edge technology to the services she offers.
“I believe that healing is inherent and that my job is to facilitate the removal of blocks and interferences, which will in turn allow the body to move toward self-correction and optimal health.”
Sometimes all the body needs to activate the healing process is a gentle touch by a skilled hand; one that can read the body’s signals and perceive where an underlying restriction may be inhibiting proper functioning.
Donna is a Manual Osteopathic practitioner with over 20 years of clinical osteopathic experience....