Cathy graduated in 1973 from the University of Toronto Physiotherapy program. She had 37 years of experience at North York General Hospital including 10 years in the sports medicine clinic. Cathy first opened her private practice in 1992 and in 2002 she expanded and relocated the clinic to it's present location. She was a dedicated physiotherapist to the National Figure Skating Team (Skate Canada), including being Chief Therapist for 10 years. She also served as a lecturer in sports physiotherapy at the University of Toronto.
Cathy has always maintained an active lifestyle, including running 3 marathons. Having retired from practice in 2021, Cathy stays active these days by participating in golf, skiing, yoga, fitness training and spending time with her grandchildren.
Serah Park PT, BScPT, CPMA, CGIMS, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT
Serah graduated with Honours 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), Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy alongside being a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (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 also has a special interest in pelvic health physiotherapy and treats female and male incontinence, pelvic pain conditions, ano-rectal disorders, and pre and post natal pelvic dysfunctions.
After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Aaron began treating musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, fractures, and sports injuries. He enjoys working with patients using various treatment approaches including manual (hands-on) therapy, personalized exercises, and acupuncture to achieve the best possible outcomes. He has special interests in treating conditions related to the hip, shoulder, as well as patients with dizziness.
Aaron is passionate about finding the best available treatment options for his patients. He has received manual physiotherapy training having attained Level 3 certification through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s post-graduate Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy program. He has also completed a number of masterclasses with world-renowned experts in specific areas of physiotherapy such as the treatment of shoulder and hip problems. Aaron is GLA:D certified and has hosted a number of exercise classes for patients with hip/knee arthritis. Additionally, Aaron has received acupuncture training from Acupuncture Canada and has pursued training in concussion management and vestibular rehabilitation for balance and dizziness disorders.
Outside of work, Aaron enjoys his weekly 10K run. His favorite food is dim sum and his all-time favorite movie is Stranger than Fiction. He enjoys reading about personal finance in his spare time and he aspires to do more international travelling in the future. Aaron is fluent in Cantonese and conversational in Mandarin.
Helen graduated in 1984 from the University of Toronto (U of T) with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and worked at Humber River Hospital until 2019, treating surgical and orthopaedic conditions, including total joint replacements, ACL reconstructions and rotator cuff repairs. She also worked as a Primary Health Care Provider for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) from 1993 to 2010, assessing and treating professional tennis players around the world.
In addition to embracing the clinical aspects of physiotherapy, Helen is also passionate about education and academics. In 2014, she completed her master's degree at U of T in medical education (MScCH, Health Practitioner Teacher Education). From 1996 to 2013, Helen had the privilege of coordinating and teaching 1st year physiotherapy students in musculoskeletal labs at U of T. She has published papers in medical journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as having completed Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (Part A) credentialing from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1994.
Helen's leisurely activities include dragon boating, practicing Tai Chi, golfing and curling.
Dino obtained his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. He subsequently completed the Advanced Health Care Practice program at Western University, receiving a Master of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy. Dino is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. 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 also 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 several 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 many 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 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. She also holds a post-graduate Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is a Fellow of the Candian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Krista is passionate about the orthopaedic and sports areas of practice and has pursued this passion participating in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games volunteering as a medical practitioner. Working along-side our clinic's founder, Catherine Striowski, 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 continues to take post-graduate courses to further develop her skills in orthopedics and manual therapy.
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 Physiotherapy 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.
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.
Babs 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 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.
Patient Care Coordinator
Bill joined our team following a successful corporate career in retail design and photography. As an active runner and a physically demanding freelance photographer, Bill has a personal understanding of physiotherapy needs. Customer care is his main priority, ensuring clinic visits are a pleasurable and stress free experience for all patients. Bill enjoys a full family life of fitness, travel, and photography with his wife and two sons.
Striowski & Associates Physiotherapy was originally founded in 1992 by Cathy Striowski and has a longstanding reputation of excellence in the health care community. The clinic continues to be owned and operated by a team of practicing physiotherapists who are commited to quality patient care. Alongside actively seeing patients at the clinic, Serah oversees its day-to-day operations. As an Advanced Practice Provider, Darryl performs assessments for the provinicial Rapid Access Clinics For Low Back Pain Program (formerly known as ISAEC) at our facility. Erdem and Darryl are both educators in the field of physiotherapy, including in their roles as senior instructors for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Assocation.
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