Meet Our Amazing Team

Cathy Striowski PT

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



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 (, and Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy ( 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 (


Lisa Purzner PT, MScPT


Lisa graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2013, following a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked with a wide variety of patients, including Mirvish and Disney Cruise Line performers, office workers, recreational athletes and youth. During the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Lisa volunteered as a Physiotherapist in the Athlete’s Village and worked with several elite athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean. During her final year at the University of Western Ontario, she was the Athletic Trainer for the women’s varsity volleyball team.


Lisa joined Striowski and Associates in September 2015 and continues to work in the acute care hospital setting on a casual basis. As part of continuing education, she has taken some post-graduate courses including acupuncture and she plans to pursue further training in the Manual Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Recently, Lisa has become involved with the University of Toronto Physical Therapy program and hopes to pursue future teaching opportunities.


An athlete herself, Lisa has been competing in triathlons since 2010 and has finished top 3 in her age group on multiple occasions. She enjoys road cycling, running, travelling, climbing mountains and cooking.

Krista De Luca PT, MScPT, BPHE



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.

Mina Rabbany PT, BScPT, Cert. MDT

Mina is a registered physiotherapist practicing since 1998 when she graduated in Physiotherapy and has an extensive experience treating orthopaedic and neurological conditions in all ages including older adults and the geriatric population.


Since her graduation, she is committed to provide quality patient care and enhance her clinical knowledge. Mina has continued to expand her skill set by taking a number of post-graduate courses. Some of these include;  Manual therapy Level  I,II,III by Orthopaedic division of Canadian Physiotherapy association, Mulligan Concept, Acupuncture and therapeutic taping as well.


Mina is proud to be certified in “McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment”.


Mina  has experience working in various facilities such as in Hospitals, outpatient clinics, Long Term Care, Retirement homes and Community.


In addition to treating Sports, Motor Vehicle accident and occupational related injuries, Mina has experience treating a wide range of orthopaedic conditions including pre and post-operative knee and hip rehabilitation as well as chronic conditions including arthritis and osteoporosis. Using a thorough assessment of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, Mina identifies the underlying cause of the pain and provides her patients with the necessary information to manage pain and prevent injury re-occurrence. Mina’s treatment may include hands on techniques such as joint mobilization and soft tissue therapy, modalities and exercise to meet her patients’ individualized needs and goals.

Denise MacKinnon PT, BScPT



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



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
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.
Bahar Javan PT, BScPT, MSc, CAFCI, CMAG, Cert MDT, CGTTP
Bahar Javan is a registered physiotherapist, acupuncture practitioner, and certified McKenzie Therapist. She has also completed several manual therapy courses offered through the Orthopaedic division, Mulligan concept, and Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute. Her acupuncture credentials include certification by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (MCMA), and Gokavi Transverse Techniques (GTT). Bahar utilizes McKenzie techniques, neural tension release, manual therapy, exercise therapy, and medical acupuncture in her treatment sessions.
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

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 and Associates in 2002 when we expanded to our present location. She has been a major factor in the growth of the practice from 2 physios to 9 physios, a kinesiologist and 1 assistant. 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.

Esther Piesco
Office Assistant
Esther joined the Striowski & Associates team in 2012.  She graduated from York University with a Spanish degree and hopes to become a translator in the future. In the summer of 2015 she volunteered for the Pan Am Games as a healthcare administrator in the Polyclinic. Esther enjoys watching baseball, hockey and, soccer. She also likes to keep active by going to the gym.
Janice Pugh
Office Assistant
Janice joined Striowski and Associates 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 in the business 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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