Alycia Duff-Bergeron, RMT
Founder and Clinic Director, Anatomica
Alycia’s childhood interest in drawing and painting sparked a lifelong passion for health sciences when she discovered a copy of Gray’s Anatomy. Fascinated by the anatomical drawings, Alycia knew she wanted to learn more about the human body. As an art student, she continued to study the human form her work was influenced by her knowledge of anatomy and love of movement. Her appreciation for the physical self and innate love of science brought her to Sutherland Chan to study massage therapy in 2005. As a Regsistered Massage Therapist with an artists’ eye, Alycia looks at shape, shadow and movement in her clients, having the ability to visually discern even the slightest change in texture, angulation, shape and position of her clients’ bodies. She incorporates Dynamic Muscle Release, joint mobilizations, muscle energy & manual osteopathic techniques into her Swedish massage therapy treatments, and is skilled at orthopaedic assessment, remedial & conditioning exercise physiology, and deep tissue massage.
Melanie has been a Registered Massage Therapist since graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto in 2009. She developed an interest in alternative therapies years prior and has since had various degrees of study in Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Massage, Reflexology, Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage, of which she is a certified practitioner. Through many hours of study and practice of Thai Yoga Massage she acquired recognition as a Natural Health Practitioner. She loves to travel and while abroad has studied and continues to study to grow both personally and professionally. Melanie practices Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Thai Yoga Massage.
Emily-Kate (Kate) Hunter, RMT
With a background in mental health, midwifery, and community work, Emily-Kate Hunter became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2005, graduating with honours from ICT Kikkawa College, right here in the neighbourhood.
Kate plans each massage to best meet your goals and expects that all treatments can be quiet, comfortable, and bring you sense of relief. Kate has extended skills in treating pregnant people and in Yoga Therapy (using yoga for healing and strengthening), and has focused continuing education on providing sensitive and culturally competent care to Indigenous people, LGBTQ2S identified people, and HIV positive people in the community.
When not at Anatomica, Kate can be found down the street managing the Midwives Collective of Toronto (since 2005), or cycling and walking this beautiful city, and the paddling the waterways of Ontario. Kate is a long-time Parkdale resident and heavy podcast listener.
Inna is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She offers treatments ranging from relaxing Swedish massage and aromatherapy to deeper restorative muscular work such as deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial therapy necessary to decrease tension and pain. Earning her Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, graduating with Honours from ICT Kikkawa College of Massage Therapy, and being a fitness instructor gives her a unique opportunity to understand body mechanics and the natural way of healing which she applies in her treatment approach. She works with a wide array of clients, such as those with sport injuries, pregnancies, palliative care, and many more. Her treatment approach is to develop an individualized treatment plan with a combination of massage therapy and home self-care.
Inna strongly believes in giving back to the community. She volunteers her time, skills, and expertise on the Registered Massage Therapists team at the annual Bike 4 Life Rally. This fundraising annual event involves where over 300 cyclists cycling from Toronto to Montreal in efforts to raise funds for PWA (People With Aids), an organization which plays an integral role in helping people with AIDS live productive and fulfilling lives. This experience is not only rewarding, but gives her a great opportunity to work with different sport related injuries and their manifestations. Whether it is reducing daily stress or rehabilitative care, her drive to educate and enhance the healthy lifestyle of her clients is the motivation for her as a massage therapist. Inna is passionate about what she does and feels honoured about being given an opportunity to contribute to the health and healing of others.
Janet Alilovic is a Registered Massage Therapist who has been actively providing clinically oriented treatment for over 14 years in Ontario and abroad. She is committed to continuous development and education with focus on assessment, postural balancing, TMJ (jaw) massage and Trigger Point therapy. An enthusiastic hiker, she believes in promoting the benefits of everyday wellness habits – her volunteer work focuses on postural seminars for youth and wellness in the arts. Janet graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto in 2001, and her enthusiasm for continuing education lead her to enroll in Osteopathy college where she currently studies and enjoys developing her practical skills.
Paul (Pawel) Dziegielewski RMT
Paul obtained his massage therapy diploma through the Canadian College of Massage in 2011 where he now teaches assessments to future therapists. Prior to massage, he completed the Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College. With an initial assessment, Paul works to identify clients’ postural and movement limitations in order to bring down discomfort and improve function – this allows him to tailor treatments from soothing Swedish techniques to more advanced techniques that target tight muscles and restricted joints and fascia.
Amir Salkic, RMT
Amir graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2004. Since then he gained experience working in multiple clinical settings which helped him develop the skills to treat variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions/conditions such as but not limited to, low back pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, whiplash, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and strains, disc degenerative disease and herniations, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, headaches, migraines, shin splints and sciatica. In order to restore the body’s optimal health he focuses his work on finding and treating the root of the problem rather than the symptoms alone.
During treatments Amir can utilize various techniques such as but not limited to Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Advanced Myofascial Release, Visceral, Strain Counter Strain, Muscle Energy Technique, Joint Mobilizations and Cranial Sacral. Over the years Amir has pursued multiple post graduate courses to further develop his skills as a therapist. His growing passion and enthusiasm for the alternative care has lead him to pursue further studies in the field of Osteopathy. Currently he is a D.O.M.P. candidate after completing the 5 year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. Amir integrates his skills and knowledge to better serve your therapeutic needs by providing you with safer and more effective treatments. In doing this he is able to deliver the best therapeutic massage therapy to better aid patients through their journey to recovery, stress management and wellness. In his spare time Amir enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and leading a healthy lifestyle by exercise and engaging in various sports. He believes a healthy life consists of gaining control over a positive outlook on life and also discovering as well as maintaining the right balance.
Sasha Markunina, RMT
Sasha graduated with honors from Bryan College. Her knowledge and experience in massage therapy focuses on deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release in addition to having high proficiency in Swedish, relaxation, infant, pregnancy, and sport injury modalities. She is passionate about finding the most effective treatment plan to bring the best possible relief and results to her clients.
Sasha believes that proper assessment leads to the best results in a massage treatment. She always educates her clients on how to take care of their bodies for better overall health and well-being. Sasha is always looking for new techniques to add to her practice. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian.
Sharon Tan, RMT
After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, Sharon wanted to pursue manual therapy and became a registered massage therapist after studying at Sutherland-Chan. Currently, Sharon is continuing her studies at the Canadian College of Osteopathy to better her clinical methodology and have more techniques to treat her patients with.
In her treatment, Sharon works with the patient’s nervous system while using Swedish massage, fascial techniques, craniosacral work, joint manipulations, and exercise prescription to promote the body’s own rehabilitative functions. She is particularly experienced in treating athletes, both in injury recovery and performance optimization, as well as patients with low back and chronic neck issues. Sharon believes that learning is limitless and is continually inspired by the process of working with each patient to create the most effective treatment plan for that individual.
Brendan Ashman, M.H.Sc.(Osteopathy)
Brendan is an Osteopath, who graduated from Victoria University in Melbourne Australia. He graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Sciences (Clinical Science) and a Masters of Osteopathy. After working in Australia for 2 years, Brendan has recently made the move from Australia to Canada to further his osteopathic career. Brendan is dedicated to expanding his knowledge and osteopathic skills to provide the best treatment and management care for his clients and uses a wide range of techniques including massage, joint manipulation, stretching and rehabilitation to get the best outcomes possible for his patients.
Whilst studying, Brendan worked as a sports trainer for Australian Football club, where his developed a passion for treating and managing sports injuries. This provided the necessary skills and experience needed for working with a wide range of clientele, which allowed Brendan to refine his treatment and rehabilitation skills to enable athletes or weekend warriors get back to their desired sports and activities. Brendan is passionate about educating his clients about their conditions and giving them the knowledge, tools and support to help them on their health journey. Brendan enjoys treating a wide range of conditions, including headaches, sporting injuries, back, neck and knee pain.
Brendan has past experiences in playing basketball from the age of 12 playing domestically and representative basketball at a semi-professional level. Away from work Brendan, can be found in the gym, working on his strength training. In his down time Brendan enjoys travelling and spending time watching the NBA, NFL and Australian rules, and has recently taken up the winter sport of snowboarding.
Annette Lambert, R.Ac
Annette Lambert is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Field Biologist. She graduated with High Honors from the Shiatsu School of Canada’s Acupuncture Institute in 2014. She is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and is a member of Traditional Chinese Medicine Ontario (TCMO). She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Cincinnati and has been conducting studies of North American fauna and flora since 1997; this work continues to push her to build upon her listening and visual discernment skills. In 20001, Annette earned a 600 hour Diploma in Zen Shiatsu from the Kokoro Dojo in Toronto. She also holds certificates in Reiki Level 1(2004) and Level 2 (2005). Annette desires to add Japanese Acupuncture and QiGong Instruction to her practitioner’s tool box.
Annette grounds her practice in the principle that diagnosis and treatment are inseparable. For her, the keystones of treatment are to gently establish a connection with the patient, to be fully present throughout each treatment, and to maintain communication. Annette incorporates acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, TCM nutritional advice and lifestyle awareness, Tui Na, Reiki,and Zen Shiatsu into treatments tailored to the individual. She will also likely encourage you to get outside and notice the natural world around you.
Dr. Ali Manavi, BSc (Hons.), DC
Dr. Manavi is a compassionate and dedicated chiropractor that employs an evidence-based approach to patient care. His goal is to guide his patients to whole-body wellness and to provide them with the necessary tools to achieve and maintain optimal health and high quality of life. Dr. Manavi is a movement specialist who uses functional assessments to exploit unhealthy movement patterns that lead to chronic and recurring injuries. He focuses on patient education and active rehabilitation to restore healthy movement through targeted exercise. He uses a variety of manual techniques including but not limited to spinal and extremity adjustments, mobilizations, and soft-tissue therapies.
Dr. Manavi is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He also holds an Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. He is a chiropractor in good standing with the Canadian and Ontario Chiropractic Associations. Growing up in Toronto, Dr. Manavi played competitive soccer from a very young age. It is there that he developed a passion for the human body, physical and mental fitness and rehabilitation. His desire to be a skillful and effective manual practitioner grew throughout his post-graduate education where he learned the ways in which he could improve the lives of the many people troubled with physical injuries.
Dr. Manavi is committed to staying current with research and literature to provide the best available care for his patients. When he is not working, Dr. Manavi enjoys playing soccer, running, hiking, camping and spending time with friends and family.
Adam McLaughlin, CAT
Adam became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2015 after pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in Human Kinetics from Laurentian University and further continuing his formal education at Sheridan College graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy. As an Athletic Therapist, Adam specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries applied through a sports medicine model using manual techniques and therapeutic exercise prescription. He believes that communication and patient education are the foundations for an effective rehabilitation program and has found a way to apply his expertise to clientele ranging from the general population to elite athletes.
Adam believes in a multidisciplinary approach to recovery, drawing inspiration and knowledge from fellow health practitioners and always strives to grow by learning new and effective means to better treat his patients, which is evident in the upcoming pursuit of his RMT license in the Fall of 2018 on a part-time basis
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