Our Team

Brianne Policelli Registered Physiotherapist

Brianne Policelli
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.

 

Gabi Kovacs Clinic Manager

Gabi Kovacs

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.

Leah Gater Physiotherapist, Vestibular Physiotherapist, and Acupuncture provider

Leah Gater

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.

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Maraili (Marai) Nordberg 

Registered 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 Mori Registered Physiotherapist

Mat Mori
MScPT


Registered Physiotherapist

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.

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Maraisa (Mara) Ockenden

Physiotherapy Resident
 
Maraisa (Mara) Ockenden was born and trained in Brazil and she has fourteen years of experience in the physio field. She moved to Canada in 2018 and became a Physiotherapy Resident in 2021. Past work experience incorporates a wide range of clients in different environments, including the Brazilian Air Force, private facilities and home care. She is passionate about orthopedics and sports injuries and has active rehab knowledge in eight different sports. Her education background includes two post-graduate certificates in exercise science focused on orthopedics, sports, and special population. In addition, she also has Mckenzie MDT, GPR, Dry Needling, Kinesio Taping and Auriculotherapy training.

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Kimber King
MSc PT, BSc Kin


Physiotherapy Resident 

Kimber grew up on the east coast in a small town located in Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology before moving to Hamilton to complete her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. During her education, she gained experience working with high-performance athletes in a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, field hockey, and goalball. 

Kimber is in the process of completing the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University. She will continue to develop and hone her skills through post-graduate courses focused on advanced manual therapy, concussion rehabilitation, as well as strength and conditioning. 

Through education, hands-on techniques, and movement specific to the needs and abilities of each individual, Kimber is dedicated to helping her clients continue to participate in the activities that they love. 

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Analisa Downard

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. 

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Heather Turner

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Heather graduated Mohawk College with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy in 2019. Since beginning her career, she has been exposed to a diverse clientele from infants to high level athletes; managing conditions such as chronic pain, headaches and migraines, post-surgery, and comorbidities related to quadriplegia. Heather's treatment approach is goal oriented, and she relies on her strong anatomical knowledge and manual skills to helps individuals improve their daily lives. 

 

Heather has since continued to advance her education, receiving certification in cupping therapy and acupressure for headaches. She is currently receiving training in instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, and has plans to continue with more education throughout 2022. 

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Dr. Brittany Boot

Doctor of Chiropractic, Acupuncture Provider, Complete Concussion Management Certified, Emergency First Responder


Brittany graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University. Following this, she attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Since completing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Brittany has been a Resident of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences where she is studying to challenge the Fellowship examination. Brittany has done additional training in Functional Integrated Acupuncture, soft tissue release therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue therapy,  sports nutrition, and sports psychology.

Brittany has worked as Team Medical staff in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for 7 years and has spent time at numerous All-Star events. Brittany Traveled with Team Canada to the World Junior A Championship in 2018. In 2020 Brittany was awarded the OJHL Trainer of the Year honours.

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Debbie Morrow

Administration

Debbie has been working at Total Health Physio since June 2015. She started off as a patient in 2014, and we loved having her around so much that we asked her if she wanted to stay and work with us :). She has a smile that is contagious and just makes your day brighter!
 

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Rosa Palacios

Administration

Rosa has been with the Total Health team since the fall of 2021.