MScPT, Hons BSc., CAFCI
Clinical Director, Registered Physiotherapist, Vestibular Physiotherapist, Acupuncture Provider, complete concussion management certified and Custom Bracing
Brianne graduated from McMaster where she received her Master’s in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. Brianne has taken post graduate education in manual therapy, disorders of the spine, soft tissue mobilizations and acupuncture through the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI).
Brianne has successfully completed the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency Based Course. This six-day, intense evidence-based course is held in Atlanta, Georgia and co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. Brianne has been treating vestibular patients since 2012 and has had the opportunity to advance her skills in the treatment of patients with vertigo, dizziness and imbalance issues.
Co-Owner & Clinic Manager
Gabi started working at Total Health Physio in April 2013 while she was finishing up her Bachelor’s of Commerce degree at McMaster University. Brianne and her were the only two employees for a while, and spent long days waiting for new patients to walk through the doors. They quickly became best friends and decided that they wanted to work together for the foreseeable future!
Having similar goals and ambitions, Gabi and Brianne want to create an all around great atmosphere at the clinic for our patients. We hope that you can feel the friendly and positive vibes that we try to emit, all the while aiming to provide each and every one of our patients with the best possible treatment unique to their injury.
Registered Physiotherapist, Vestibular Physiotherapist and Acupuncture Provider
Leah Gater graduated with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. Prior to this she graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science Honours in Kinesiology degree. Leah is a full-time physiotherapist here at Total Health Physio. She enjoys assessing and treating all musculoskeletal injuries, and has extended education for low back and shoulder pain. She is certified to provide acupuncture, including dry needling/intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), as a treatment modality for acute and chronic pain. Over the past couple years, Leah has become particularly interested in treating vestibular conditions including vertigo and concussions. She has received certifications in advanced vestibular management and concussion management and is currently pursuing more education in this field.
Maraili (Marai) Nordberg
Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Maraili completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University, where she worked as a clinical intern, assisting in the orthopaedic rehabilitation of both varsity athletes and general community members. While at McMaster, Maraili also worked with individuals with spinal cord injury in a specialized gym environment to help them regain strength and function in their daily lives.Following her time at McMaster, Maraili moved on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Western University. During this time, she gained further experience in the treatment of cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopedic conditions. She also took part in the development of community programs for those with pelvic health conditions and spinal cord injuries to increase their ability to access specialized rehabilitation.
Maraili looks forward to continuing her education and broadening her skill set to include acupuncture and pelvic health physiotherapy. Her treatment approach involves working in partnership with her patients to empower their resilience and ultimately achieve the results that they desire from their rehab.
Mat graduated from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at McMaster after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has completed the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program. He has extensive knowledge of the neurophysiological basis of acupuncture, as well as electroacupuncture, motor point and dry needling techniques.
Mat is also a certified Specialist in Muscle Activation Techniques. Through this technique, he is able to effectively identify and treat muscle imbalances that may be causing dysfunction in the body. He is currently working on his Master Specialist designation.
Mat has completed advanced courses in Soft Tissue Release as well as the Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy level 1. He has over 15 years of experience in exercise training. He is an expert in helping people improve their movement capabilities by increasing mobility, strength and motor control. Mat has experience treating individuals with a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions. His holistic approach aims to address the root cause of clients’ issues in order to help decrease pain, minimize injury recurrence and improve performance.
Registered Physiotherapist, Vestibular Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, Concussion Management Provider
Nicole is a well-rounded practitioner who has worked in several outpatient clinics, including two in the Vancouver area. Her special areas of interest and practice include concussion, vestibular, and pelvic health therapy (certified level I, II, III). Additionally, she has treated several competitive athletes over the span of her career. Most commonly, she works with soccer, hockey, and basketball players.
As a clinician, her treatment style is very person-specific. She understands that people are not defined by their condition; therefore, be prepared for someone who is willing to take the time to get to know you and what treatment will work best for you! She also believes in an integrated approach to treatment. She understands that several factors can influence healing, such as diet and mental health, and will guide you to the appropriate practitioner when needed.
Ethan received his Master's of Physiotherapy from McMaster University after completing his Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. As an avid runner and weightlifter with an extensive exercise background, he is well-versed in treating clients using an active rehabilitative approach with realistic treatment plans centered around functional exercises. Ethan is also pursuing additional training in assessing and treating runners of all abilities.
Sustainable behaviour change is an important aspect of Ethan’s treatment, as well as instilling an appreciation for the benefits of living a healthy, balanced, and active lifestyle. He believes in partnering with his clients to reach their goals together and educating them on how to self-manage and prevent future injuries. Ethan is dedicated to meeting clients where they are at, and providing evidence-based, patient-specific treatments that help them maximize their physical and mental health.
Registered Massage Therapist
Analisa graduated from the accelerated massage therapy program at The Institute of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in 2018. She joined the Total Health team in the Spring of 2021. Working in a multidisciplinary setting has expanded her clinical exposure to relieve a variety of conditions. She works with people of all ages, developing client specific treatment plans to achieve each individuals goals. She practices Swedish massage with deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial release techniques.
Kate completed her Honours Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University. During this time she played for McMaster’s Women’s Rugby team and developed her knowledge of strength & conditioning. Following this she graduated from Western University with a degree in Physical Therapy. Her education has provided her with hands on experience working with high performance athletes, neurological populations, and orthopaedic conditions.
Community involvement is essential to Kate’s values and wellbeing. She is an avid participant in many community events and is especially passionate about empowering young women in sport. Kate is a strong believer in the power of movement and loves to work with anyone wishing to accomplish their rehabilitation and fitness goals. She wishes to help people realize their potential by providing the tools for self-management and encouraging them to take control of their health and well-being.