Meet Our Amazing Team

Cathy Striowski PT
Physiotherapist
 

Cathy graduated in 1973 from the University of Toronto Physiotherapy programme. She had 37 years experience at North York General Hospital including 10 years in the sports medicine clinic. Cathy opened her private practice in 1992. In 2002 she expanded her practice and opened in its present location. Cathy practices advanced manual therapy skills and achieved her Part A Orthopedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association diploma in 1991. She is also a lecturer in the sports physiotherapy of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Toronto.

 

Since 2000 Cathy has been a dedicated physiotherapist to the National Figure Skating Team (Skate Canada) including Chief Therapist for 10 years.

 

Cathy maintains an active lifestyle by participating in golf, running (has run 3 marathons), skiing, yoga and fitness training.

Serah Park PT, BScPT, CPMA, CGIMS, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT

Physiotherapist

 

Serah graduated with Honors from the University of Alberta Physical Therapy Program in 2000. She has experience with a variety of patients having worked at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, WCB/Millard Health in Edmonton in programs for acute, occupational rehab and repetitive strain injuries, before working over a decade in a prominent manual therapy clinic in the Yorkville area of downtown Toronto. Serah is now physiotherapist and co-owner of Striowski & Associates Physiotherapy.

 

Serah has volunteered her time with various organizations: with a medical missionary team to Cambodia, volunteer physiotherapist for the 2001 World Track and Field Championships, the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, speaker at the Running Room’s various learn to run clinics, and the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. 

 

Serah is committed to lifelong learning which is evident through her McKenzie training, Medical Acupuncture Certification, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Certification (www.istop.org), and Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (manippt.org). She has a particular interest in the treatment of persistent myofascial pain with intramuscular stimulation which she has been finding success with for over fifteen years.

 

Serah is also a pelvic physiotherapist treating female and male incontinence, pelvic pain conditions, ano-rectal disorders, and pre and post natal pelvic dysfunctions (pelvichealthsolutions.ca).

 

Dino Bertani PT, MScPT, CSEP-CPT
Physiotherapist

 

Dino completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. His previous education includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, and a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College. Dino holds personal training certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and has completed additional certifications in acupuncture, manual therapy, concussion management, soft-tissue release and pain management.

Dino has experience working with patients of all ages and a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including acute traumatic injuries, chronic overuse injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in treating individuals who have sustained a concussion and has experience with the physiotherapy management of persistent post-concussive symptoms including light sensitivity, double vision, nausea, poor balance, and headaches.

Dino approaches each patient with a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals. He incorporates meaningful activities, specific exercises and utilizes manual (hands-on) techniques to address hindering factors and maximize overall recovery. Typical treatments may include joint mobilizations, exercise prescription, acupuncture, dry needling, postural taping techniques, soft-tissue massage, and electrophysical modalities.

Outside of work, Dino has participated in dragon boat racing over the past two years, enjoys swimming, plays the electric violin, and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Dino participates in weight lifting and circuit training several days a week, and has been personal training for over six years. Dino believes that no activities are off limits forever and there's always a way to achieve what you set your mind to.

Krista De Luca PT, MScPT, BPHE

Physiotherapist

 

Krista is a University of Toronto alumnus with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) degree in 2013 and Honours Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE Hons) with a minor in physiology in 2010. Krista is passionate about the orthopaedic and sports areas of practice and has pursued this passion participating in Toronto 2013 Pan American Games volunteering as a medical practitioner. Working along-side clinic owner Catherine in the multi-disciplinary polyclinic in the Athletes’ Village, she has treated a wide variety of athletes and sports injuries. A physiotherapy session with Krista involves a combination of: manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, postural and ergonomic education, exercise, gait/running-gait analysis, and modalities (eg.ultra-sound treatment, muscle stimulation). To further pursue her passion for sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation, Krista is currently pursuing manual therapy specialty courses to further develop her skills in orthopedics and manual therapy.

Denise MacKinnon PT, BScPT

Physiotherapist

 

Denise graduated from University of Toronto Physiotherapy with a BScPT in 1993. She began her working career in private practice which she did on a part-time basis until 1999. She joined the Physiotherapy Department at North York General Hospital in 1994 working on medical and surgical units as well as the outpatient department in orthopaedics and sports medicine until June 2010. Denise joined Striowski and Associates in October 2010 and continues to work at North York General Hospital part-time in the post-op Total Knee Joint Replacement knee class. She has completed and received certifications in many post-graduate courses involving manual therapy techniques, assessing and treating joint dysfunctions, neural disorders and muscle imbalances. She has a special interest in treating knee and ankle problems.

 

Denise keeps herself busy with gym workouts, swimming, canoeing and biking. She also coaches kids t-ball and soccer.

Janice Kawai PT, BScPT

Physiotherapist

 

After graduating from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. Degree in Physical Therapy in 1991, Janice began her profession at North York General Hospital. During her 20 year tenure, she worked in a variety of medical and surgical programs primarily specializing in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in the Out-patient department. She treated a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including post-surgical, fractures, total joint replacements, sports-related injuries and Torticolis infants. Working with a team of Sports doctors gave her the unique experience of treating professional and recreational athletes.

 

Janice joined Striowski and Associates in April 2011, where she enjoys working with skilled colleagues in an energetic and positive environment. As part of continuing education, she has taken numerous post-graduate courses and completed certifications for all the Manual Therapy Orthopaedic courses in the Extremity/Vertebral Series. She uses these advanced skills to treat joint, muscle and neural dysfunctions. Janice emphasizes the importance of patient education including progressive exercises, posture/core training and injury prevention, and believes that the key to successful outcomes is patient involvement to reach mutual functional goals. She shows compassion in her care for treating the whole individual from active youth up to seniors.

 

Janice enjoys Pilates and cardio classes, as well as swimming, skating, skiing, and tennis with her family. She keeps busy with her children's activities of softball, running, biking, piano, and Japanese dancing which she also performed for 25 years.

Lianne Chan BScPT, MClScPT, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CIDN
Physiotherapist
 
Since graduating from Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 1993, Lianne has been working in orthopaedic practice and enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. She uses a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture, tailored exercises and patient education to achieve results. She has extensive post-graduate training in manual and manipulative therapy having successfully completed both an Advanced Diploma from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario. She also has a special interest in medical acupuncture and has been incorporating it into her clinical practice since 1995. She trained as is certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).
 
Always looking for ways to enhance her practice to benefit her patients, Lianne participates in regular continuing education courses and is dedicated to lifelong learning. Another passion of Lianne's is teaching; she is a faculty Lecturer and teaches PT students at University of Toronto, instructs continuing education courses in Manual therapy to practicing PTs and also teaches Acupuncture to a variety of medical professions through the AFCI. When she does have some leisure time she enjoys swimming, cycling, tennis, baked goods and spending time with her family.
 
Marlena M. Kluba RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
 
Marlena received her RMT designation from the Sutherland-Chan school in Toronto in 1998.  She was at Striowski and Associates for 5 years, took a hiatus to pursue other opportunities, and has recently returned.  Marlena has excellent skills with sensitive hands and an understanding of pathology and how that impacts a patient's well being and physical condition.  In her free time Marlena participates in aquafit to maintain her own fitness level.
Peter Stangolis R.Kin, CSCS
Kinesiologist
 

Peter is a graduate of York University in 2003 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He joined Striowski and Associates in 2005 as a Kinesiology Graduate. Peter worked as an assistant in the Sports Medicine Clinic at North York General Hospital from 2004 until 2008. He has a particular interest in corrective exercise for the low back and shoulder. Peter is also passionate about learning and incorporating sound nutrition and supplementation practices as they relate to general health and fitness. He continues to expand on his knowledge of fitness, health and rehabilitation through continuing education courses.

 

Peter is an avid baseball, tennis, golf, beach volleyball and hockey player. He is looking forward to taking on the challenge of hiking through Ontario's beautiful landscape.

Babs Aiyede BSc(Kin), C Ped (C), MPAC
Certified Pedorthist
 

Babs Aiyede graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honours
Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (1989). Since that time he has
worked in the field of Pedorthics, earning accreditation as both a Certified
Pedorthic Technician (2000) and a Canadian Certified Pedorthist (2007).  He
is a member of both the College of Pedorthics of Canada and the Pedorthic
Association of Canada.

 

With special interests in lower limb biomechanics, orthotic therapy, running
injuries, and shoe technology, Babs has presented seminars to a variety of
health care, athletic, and community groups in Toronto and South Australia.
He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Toronto School of Physical Therapy and with many local running groups in the Toronto area.

 

Babs enjoys hockey and is Assistant Coach of a team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.  He has been able to incorporate his expertise in biomechanics with his love of hockey, providing video  analysis of skating and other basic skills.

Gloria Piesco
Office Manager
 

Gloria joined Striowski & Associates Physiotherapy in 2002 when we expanded to our present location. She has been a major factor in the growth of the practice from just two physiotherapist to its current team of health professionals. Gloria's organizations skills and pleasant demeanour are appreciated by all of her co-workers and enable our patients to get off to a good start with their assessment and treatment. Gloria also works with two of the orthopaedic surgeons at North York General Hospital which enables good communication regarding patient care.

Irene Kilburn
Office Assistant
 
Irene joined Striowski & Associates Physiotherapy following a successful corporate career in client services.  With two children in competitive sports, Irene has had many experiences with different forms of physical therapy from a clinical perspective.  She is passionate about the need to ensure that visits to our clinic are enjoyable and well-organized.  When not serving patient needs, Irene enjoys spending time with her family (including learning to be a dog “parent”), watching her children play NCAA lacrosse, and continuing to pursue fitness goals through walking, running, fitness videos, and most recently, yoga.
Janice Pugh
Office Assistant
 
Janice joined Striowski & Associates Physiotherapy upon her retirement from a similar position in the out-patient physiotherapy department at North York General Hospital in 2008. She brings a wealth of experience on the administrative side of physiotherapy practice. Her shining personality is a pleasure for patients who are greeted at the front desk or contacted on the telephone. Janice has experienced physiotherapy from the clinical side on several occasions due to having experienced a number of lower limb injuries and surgeries.

 

 

 

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