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Chiropractors

Dr. Paul Brown, BSc, CSCS, DC

 

After earning an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Waterloo, Paul completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic in Chicago achieving Summa Cum Laude honours and graduating as class Salutatorian. Paul continued his education becoming certified in acupuncture and has been an Active Release Techniques® (ART®) instructor since 2006.

 

When Paul and his partner Chris Kraemer first opened the Dearborn Health Performance & Wellness Centre in Waterloo, their goal was to develop a clinic where health care professionals could work collaboratively to help patients achieve an active healthy lifestyle. This team approach has allowed them to take advantage of their collective expertise, recognizing that their patients will benefit from the pooling of their respective skills rather then creating unnecessary barriers founded in competition. As such, they are not looking to replace your current provider, but would appreciate the opportunity to become a member of your health care team.

   

Dr. Chris Kraemer, BSc, CSCS, DC

 

Chris received his Bachelors degree from the University of Waterloo, and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He maintains credentials as a Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in addition to advanced credentials as a provider of Active Release Techniques and Acupuncture.

 

Residing in Waterloo, Chris and wife Connie have four beautiful daughters.  Chris has an extensive athletic background having spent 3 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before moving on to the University of Waterloo Men's Varsity team where he was an assistant captain on the '96 Queen's Cup Ontario Championship and National Finalist team.  Chris continues to keep himself fit and is a 9x Ironman Finisher and 3x Ironman Hawaii Qualifier.

 

His personal practice specializes in sports-medicine and the treatment of difficult athletic and work-related injury where his extensive experience and knowledge gained both as an athlete and through education is helpful in his routine day of practice.

   

Dr. Adam Williamson, B.A. (Kin), DC

 

Dr.Williamson graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an honours degree in Kinesiology and then went on to study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Upon graduation in 2004, Dr.Williamson began a successful chiropractic practice in Waterloo which he was able to integrate into the Dearborn Health Performance and Wellness Centre upon joining the team in 2006.

 

Dr.Williamson is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, Ontario Chiropractic Association, and the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. He is actively involved in program and policy development for the profession's continued success. Dr.Williamson is a certified provider of Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.) and member of the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (S.W.I.S.).

 

In his practice Dr.Williamson enjoys working within a multidisciplinary clinic where all the needs of his patients can be met. He works closely with a wide variety of patient populations including general wellness, seniors, recreational athletes, professional athletes, and Olympic athletes to assist them in reaching their goals of optimal health and performance.

 

His personal interests include triathlon, running, basketball, skiing, golf and coaching his kids' sports teams. 

   

Dr. Eric Brubacher, BSc. (Hons. Kin) D.C.

 

Dr. Brubacher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo while playing 4 years for the University of Waterloo Varsity Hockey Warriors and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Professionally he has practised 30 ears including 25 years at a practice he started in Bolton, Ontario. He relocated to Dearborn Health to be close to family and his original area. He has completed certification in Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.).

 

Dr. Brubacher grew up in Elmira and attended Elmira District Secondary School completing Grade 13. He played on the first 2 years of the Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. B Hockey Club and played for the Kingston Canadians Major Jr. A Hockey Club, now the Frontenacs in the OHL while attending Queen's University. He was drafted by the New York Rangers of the NHL. He was the player-coach for the Rheem Racers of the Dutch First League in Utrecht, Holland and played for Langenthal, Switzerland in the Swiss League while helping with Minor Hockey Development in both countries.

 

Eric and his wife Ellie have 2 boys. who are both active hockey players, playing both with the Waterloo Siskins and the Elmira Sugar Kings Junior B Hockey clubs. Currently, both are studying Business at the Unviersity level. Dr. Brubacher was the Vice President of Player Development in the Woolwich Minor Hockey Assocation in Elmira for 15 years and coached in the organization during that time. He was truly enjoyed the relocation of his practice to Dearborn as a multi-practitioner clinic. 

   
 

Dr. Katrina Protopapas, BSc, M.Kin, DC, PhD(candidate)

 

Dr. Protopapas graduated from Wayne State University in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology, where she also played NCAA Division I women’s hockey on a four year full-ride scholarship. Katrina then pursued her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and graduated in 2014. Following chiropractic school, Dr. Protopapas went on to pursue her passion in research studying lower limb biomechanics, footwear and orthotics and graduated with her Masters of Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. Her passion for academia and research has currently led her to pursue a PhD in Kinesiology at Laurier, where her research is focused on the neuromechanical mechanisms of orthotics and footwear and its effect on dynamic balance and gait.   

 

Dr. Protopapas joined the Dearborn team in September 2017, where she treats a wide variety of injuries and sport injuries involving the low back, neck, hips, knees, shoulders and ankles. Dr. Protopapas uses an evidence-based approach to providing care for her patients by giving individualized treatment plans based on each person’s unique needs. Her goals are to help you restore your health to optimal functional levels, move better, and improve athletic performance with movement-based therapies and rehabilitation programs.

 

Dr. Protopapas provides a wide variety of treatment options such as soft-tissue therapy, medical acupuncture, diversified adjustments, and movement-based rehab. She is certified in A.R.T upper limb, Functional Range Release (FR) Spine and lower limb, McMaster Contemporary Acupuncture, Graston, and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC).

 

In her free time, Dr. Protopapas likes to stay active playing sports (hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis), read research articles and more recently train for 5k, 10k and half marathons. 

   

Massage Therapists

Erik Abayof, B.A., R.M.T., A.R.T.®

 

Registered Massage Therapist and Active Release Techniques® Provider, Erik joined the Dearborn Health team in 2003. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 he pursued massage therapy studies at the Canadian Therapeutic College. In 2002, Erik earned his honours diploma in Massage and Hydrotherapy and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (C.M.T.O.). Erik is also a full body certified provider in the Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.®) Soft-Tissue Management System since 2002. He is a member of the Society of Wellness Integrated Specialists (S.W.I.S.), and the Ontario Massage Therapy Association (O.M.T.A.). Erik's field experience includes being a treatment provider for the Brick Duathlon, Endurrun racing series, World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Festival De Velo cycling races, National Midget Hockey Championships, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the United Way.

 

Erik participates in various sports such as hockey, running, snowboarding, weight training, and golf. He believes exercise, nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important, all of which has become a part of his practice.

 

In his practice Erik treats various conditions including acute and chronic injuries, sprains and strains, peripheral nerve entrapments such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive strain injuries. He also focuses on athletic massage and performance care helping people achieve proper biomechanics and optimizing body function. Erik has experience treating amateur and elite runners, cyclists, triathletes, power lifters, hockey players, and various other athletes, as well as injuries and stresses encountered in our day-to-day lives.

   

Bernadette Tallon, RMT, CDT

 

Bernadette joined the Dearborn team in December 2003, graduating in 2002 from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. She is Vodder certified in Manual Lymph Drainage Techniques & Combined Decongestive Therapy. Treatment techniques include Heated Stone Massage, Paraffin Wax Baths, Fascial Integration, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage in addition to traditional Massage Therapy. Please note that Paraffin Wax and Heated Stone Treatments must be specifically requested, in order to properly prepare the materials. Particular areas of interest include pregnancy massage, fibromyalgia and other forms of arthritis, lymphedema and pre-post surgical care.

 

With an avid interest in lifelong learning, Bernadette regularly participates in conferences and workshops. Recent workshop topics have focused on the benefits of Massage Therapy for those with Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Cancer and sacral dysfunction.

   

Janmari Baas Ross, MSc., RMT, CDT

 

Jan has been a member of the Dearborn Health team since 2002, having joined the clinic after she graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Her educational background includes a M.Sc. (Chemistry) from the University of Waterloo and an H.B.Sc. (Chemistry) from Laurentian University. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario and the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.


Jan has attended numerous conferences, workshops and courses since completing her massage therapy studies. The constant up-grading of her skills and knowledge directly benefits her clientele. She has been a certified Combined Decongestive Therapist (Vodder) since 2006 and with Manual Lymph Drainage is able to treat many swelling conditions, including lymphedema. In 2014 she added Deep Oscillation Therapy using a HIVAMAT 200 as a treatment option. Jan also does cupping massage and uses kinesiotaping to decrease swelling and pain.

 

Her clientele range in age from babies to seniors, and bring a variety of concerns into the clinic: athletic performance, injury care, health concerns, stress-related complaints, swelling problems, postural dysfunction and chronic conditions. Therefore, some of her areas of study have included Esalen deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, direct cranial techniques, temporalmandibular joint dysfunction, women's health, breast massage, pelvic and sacral dysfunction. She has also attended a series of workshops surveying the latest research results regarding the benefits of massage therapy for patients suffering from afflictions such as cancer, diabetes, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, pain, headache.

 

Jan has enjoyed various sports over the years: equestrian, martial arts, sailing, archery, cross-country skiing. She has also worked as a fitness instructor. Other interests include tai chi, Scottish Country Dancing, choir, and reading.

 

   

Valentina Platonova R.M.T

 

Valentina was born in Europe, where she obtained her Ph.D in Physics and Mathematics. Valentina took a great interest into medicine and alternative healing, she was considering applying her scientific background to medical research.

 

Valentina’s life changed after her visit to Canada. She decided to stay in Canada, and it became a time of life adjustment. It was at this time that she decided to pursue her passion for medicine by completing the Massage Therapy Program at Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto. In 1998, Valentina became a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2001, she obtained a diploma, with honours, in Acupuncture and further continued her study of advanced acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine while preparing a Doctorate Thesis. In 2002, the Open International University recognized that Valentina had fulfilled the requirements of the World Health Organization Syllabus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Beijin and certified her as a Doctor of Acupuncture.

 

Valentina’s post-graduate studies include tensegrity therapy (Therapy that affects the crystal structure of tissues), intensive training in the Chow Integrated Healing System and Qigong, and the GBV Kirlionics Technology-an aura-imaging technique to register subtle energy distribution around the human body and along chakras. The technique allows estimating general health and an emotional impact on the physical body. Valentina continues to attend various workshops, courses, and conferences to master her skills. Specific areas of interest include stress management, neck and back pain, arthritis management, sports injuries, headache management, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and geriatric care. Extended studies of acupressure, reflexology, joint mobilization, face and scalp massage, in addition to her 14 years of working experience, allow Valentina to help a wide range of clients.

   

Chelsea Hollett, RMT 

 

Chelsea joined the team at Dearborn Health in 2017. She has been practising since 2014 after graduating from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy with a specialization in systemic disease. Her post-graduate studies have been to continue learning techniques that treat the body as a whole system, with certifications in Advanced Prenatal & Pregnancy massage and Indie Head Massage. She is very excited to expand her practice by becoming a student of Osteopathy and incorporating new knowledge & techniques into her treatments.


Chelsea's personal interests include staying active with weight training, yoga, running & trail hiking. She also gained a whole new appreciation for nutrition from working within a Naturopathic clinic and continues to enjoy trying new recipes & restaurants. 

 

Indie Info:

Indie Head Massage is based on the ancient Ayurvedic medicine from India. The treatment focus is on the upper shoulders, neck, face, scalp. Warm coconut oil, sometimes mixed with an essential oil, is used on the scalp & hair and can be left in overnight as a hair treatment. The techniques used are both soothing and invigorating to loosen muscular tension and promote full body relaxation. Indie can help with headaches, migraines, TMJ or jaw tension, eyestrain, earaches, sinus congestion, insomnia, anxiety & other stress-related illness.


*This treatment can be done with or without oil depending on your preference.

   

Physiotherapists

Ingrid O'Sullivan, Hons. B.A.Kin., M.Sc. P.T.

 

Ingrid graduated from McMaster University receiving her Masters of Clinical Health Sciences degree in Physiotherapy (2003). Prior to attending McMaster - she graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Kinesiology. (1998). 

 

Ingrid believes that a balanced life leads to a balanced body.  Your individualized approach in a physiotherapy session may include any of the following to restore balance to the body.  Ingrid will use a “hands-on” approach and this may involve joint mobilization or manipulation, myofascial release and or anatomical acupuncture.  She has taken several courses from the Orthopaedic Division of Manipulative Therapy that allows for an effective, evidence-based treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.  Ingrid will also assess your posture - postural analysis and correction can be very pivotal in changing poor patterns of holding the body for lengthy periods of time putting strain on several body systems.

 

Ingrid has also studied with Stott Pilates in Toronto and has specifically taken the Rehabilitation stream to focus on Lumbo-Pelvic Stability and Peripheral Stabilization - this area of study has evolved into her using clinical pilates assessments and rehabilitation using different equipment including but not limited to the Reformer; with a focus on restoring better patterns of movement while strengthening imbalances in the body. 

 

Ingrid has also taken several courses through Pelvic Health Solutions and has special permission to roster with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario which allows her to treat internally for female pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and incontinence.  She has also taken many prenatal and postnatal courses that can help new mothers get back to their goals in the postpartum period -  including but not limited to Diastasis Recti, weakened pelvic floor musculature, C-section scars, painful intercourse, and mummy tummy.  Ingrid always takes an integrated multi-disciplinary holistic approach to treatment.

 

   

Jared Eidt, B.Sc. (Hon. HK), M.Sc PT, MCPA

 

After receiving an honours degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph Jared went on to Queens University where he completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010. While at U of G Jared spent 3 years as a student therapist working with various Varsity teams and was twice nominated and a one time recipient of the Trainer of The Year Award. In his graduating year at Queens University, he was the recipient of the Helen Chan Award of Merit. 

 

Joined Dearborn in 2016. Approach to treatment involves a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release and postural correction along with specific and functional exercises to address any underlying causes of the injury or dysfunction. Jared strongly believes in patient empowerment which is reflected in his practice through education and encouragement of his patients on making beneficial lifestyle changes along with the prescribed exercise programs. 

Jared have taken several courses ranging from Manual Therapy, Cervical Headaches, Knee Rehabilitation and DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) which feeds well into his interest in treating sports injuries.  Having completed the Level A and B in the DNS treatment method since joining Dearborn, Jared hopes to complete the Certification program over the next couple of years. 

 

Jared has been a lifelong multi-sport athlete and continues to keep active with various sports, CrossFit, running and skiing. 

   

Samantha Kelly-Feagan, BScHK, MScPT

 

Samantha Kelly-Feagan is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO), and enjoys assessing and treating all orthopaedic and sports-related conditions. Samantha is currently working towards her Diploma of Advanced Manual Therapy and is devoted to expanding her skill set.

Growing up in Ottawa, Ontario, Sam completed her honours bachelor degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, where her love for sports, anatomy and biomechanics sparked. From there, Sam went on the complete her Masters of Physical Therapy at Queen’s University, which tailored her interest towards treating orthopaedic-based problems/pain/dysfunction.

 

She brings her knowledge, passion, and a biomechanics background to the clinic, where thorough individualized assessments and treatments will be provided, in order to truly target the cause of injury. Samantha is a strong believer in empowering her patients and showing them how to be an active member of their rehabilitation. Samantha plans to continue developing her manual therapy and clinical skills through professional development courses to strive for excellence in all her treatment styles for the residents of Waterloo. Outside of Dearborn Health, Samantha is a competitive individual who enjoys challenging herself physically and mentally. She is an avid hiker, musician, and lover of all sports.

 

Recent Clinical Courses and Accreditations

Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy - level 1

   

 

Pedorthists 


 

 

Jennifer Gulas-Krulicki – Pedorthist C. Ped (C)

 

In September 2017, Jennifer became a valued member of the Dearborn Health team.

Jennifer is a Kitchener native and has been practicing Pedorthics in the KW and surrounding areas since 2007.

 

Jennifer holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University, and in her 3rd year, she initiated her steps into the Pedorthic profession through a mentorship with a local Pedorthist.  She went on to complete a Diploma in Pedorthics and graduated with Distinction from Western University. In 2007 she completed her National Certification and received her designation of C. Ped (C), Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

 

Jennifer’s clinical approach is to provide and assist with the body’s “foundation” for optimal joint, muscle and supporting soft tissue function. No matter the reason, specific injury-related dysfunctions and compensations, chronic presentations or neurological complications, Jennifer’s goal to improve comfort and mobility for each patient. Each pair of custom foot orthotics is specifically designed by Jennifer and fabricated locally.

 

Jennifer serves on the Ethics Committee and Continuing Education Committee for the College of Pedorthics of Canada; she also continues as an active supervisor to Pedorthic candidates who are enrolled in the Pedorthic program through Western University.

 

In 2015, Jennifer was nominated and elected by her peers and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The College of Pedorthics of Canada.

 

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hiking, painting and cherishes every moment with her 2 children
   

Osteopaths

 

Nicole Hajdok-Penny, DO(MP), E-RYT, BBA

Osteopath DO(MP) and Yoga Teacher E-RYT Nicole Hajdok-Penny joined Dearborn Health in 2018.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Nicole also attended the London School of Osteopathy and the Ontario School of Osteopathy. Graduating in 2013, she opened a successful Osteopathic Clinic and Yoga studio in the Kitchener Waterloo area.

Nicole belongs to the National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS) and the Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA).

 

Nicole has expertise in a wide range of techniques: gentle hands-on work, Cranio-sacral therapy (Cranial Osteopathy), visceral manipulation, lymphatic, muscle work, and joint mobilizations.

Her depth of skill in many Osteopathic techniques helps her resolve some of her patient’s most complex health conditions and adapt each treatment to the patient’s specific needs. “Helping patients is like trying to figure a massive body puzzle that comes in as their symptom but what I am looking for is the root cause of the dysfunction. Our body holds everything we have been through its trying to sift through all that information to find the source of it all.”

 

Whether you suffer from migraines, back pain, foot pain, digestive issues, neck pain, TMJ, muscle spasms, or just anything that you can’t understand. She can help! Nicole is passionate about Osteopathy and believes that learning is a lifelong journey. That is why she keeps adding to her toolbox to improve her skills in order to help as many patients as possible, which leads her to IMM techniques Advanced Integrated Myofascial Release & Muscle Energy Techniques. She is also looking at attending Michigan State for another 4-year part-time program to get her full DO (Doctorate of Osteopathy).

 

Nicole has always been in sports and athletics all of her life, fitness and a healthy lifestyle are part of her daily life. She has two kids who are very involved in competitive sports that keep her busy.

 

Don’t ever put your health on the back burner your health should be a priority!

Hope to see you soon!

   


Personal Trainers 

Josh Leyes BA (Kin), CPT, FMS

 

Josh has been a personal trainer in the region since 1999 and is excited to be part of the team at Dearborn Health again, where he trained from 2005-2010.  Helping others achieve their goals and watching people change for the better is what continually drives Josh to help his clients succeed, whether it’s losing weight, or rehabilitating an injury or setting a new personal best.

 

Josh has a strong passion for good health and good movement.  He is a passionate teacher with an extremely keen observational eye for assessing biomechanics.  Josh’s philosophy on life and fitness is that “you are only as strong as your weakest link”.  By utilizing the Functional Movement Screen, Josh can help clients pinpoint where there may be weak links in their movement patterns, which may lead to injury if not addressed.  By incorporating corrective exercise into his programming, Josh helps his clients to improve their ease of movement.  Josh is also an advocate for living a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and helps his clients with accountability and guidance if needed.

 

Josh lives in Waterloo with his wife and 3 children.  He maintains an active lifestyle by chasing his kids, strength training, running, and yoga.  He also enjoys cooking, listening to music and is a certifiable golf nut.

 
     

 

 
 
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