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.
Samantha is graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University. Prior to this she graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University. During her time at McMaster, Samantha worked as a student sports therapist with the varsity Men’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse teams as well as the Men’s Hamilton FC professional soccer team.
Samantha is a full-time physiotherapist here at Total Health Physio and has taken additional educational courses in soft tissue release, manual therapy, concussion management, acupuncture and orthopedic bracing. Samantha enjoys the problem-solving aspect of physiotherapy to determine the cause of the condition in order to prevent future re-injury and to educate her clients to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Outside of the world of physiotherapy, Samantha enjoys living a very active lifestyle including participating in various recreational sport leagues, going to the gym, spin classes and long walks/runs along the Lakeshore.
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.