Team

CHRISTINA DREW

Owner, Registered Physiotherapist, FR®, FRCms®, RYT

cdrew@kineticphysiotherapy.ca

At age 9, Christina was introduced to soccer and fell in love.  At age 15, she was on the starting squad for the U-18 Team Ontario.  Christina was scouted by a plethora of teams from the United States of America, and chose to attend Georgia Southern University.  While there she received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.

During her soccer career Christina sustained 3 ACL repairs and 3 concussions.  It was due to this that she had to put her soccer career on hold.

Ever since she can remember Christina has always had a dream of becoming a Physiotherapist.  The combination of learning the intricacies of the human body, injuries and how to rehabilitate them, as well as optimizing athletes' performance abilities, was her passion.

Christina attended McMaster University from 2005-2007 and received her Master of Science in Physiotherapy.  She continued expanding her knowledge of treatment options by getting certified in Active Release Technique®, Functional Range Release® (FR), Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC), Integrated Seminar Series, STOTT Pilates, Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hrs - RYT200, Essential Oils, ktape and custom bracing.

After extensive research and personal experience, Christina has created a neuromuscular warm-up to prevent ACL injuries in female soccer players.  She is also the founder of Kinetic Physio-Yoga Therapy (PYT) and Kinetic Physio-Pilates Therapy (PPT).  Kinetic PYT and PPT are programs that extend our therapy services beyond manual therapy, offering a holistic approach to heal on a multi-faceted level.

Being an athlete at heart with limiting injuries, Christina turned to pilates, yoga and cycling as a means of rehabilitation and wellness. She believes that any training regimen should include proper functional training that increases the longevity and health of your joints, while optimizing performance and efficiency.  Christina looks forward to passing this great experience off to all her clients!

Stephanie Buckman

Registered Physiotherapist

Stephanie Buckman is a Registered Physiotherapist with post graduate training in women’s pelvic health. Stephanie graduated with a Masters of Science Physiotherapy in 2006 from McMaster University. Prior to this Stephanie completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology in 2004 and a Diploma in Modern Dance from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2002. Stephanie first became interested in women’s health during her Masters of Physiotherapy program while welcoming her first of three children into her family.

Stephanie gained first hand knowledge of the importance of pelvic health physiotherapy pre/post partum as well as treatment of neonates, infants and young children. She has developed a keen interest in working with paediatric and pre/post natal clients leading her to pursue training in the assessment and treatment of infants and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Stephanie has treated a variety of clients with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal needs and looks forward to pursuing training in the @FR and @FRC systems. 

SABRINA GRAVINA

Registered Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, FR®, FRCms®

Sabrina’s desire to work in the healthcare field began at a young age, and led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Honours Kinesiology at McMaster University. During that time she was an active member in the sport medicine community, working as a student sport therapist for the McMaster Women’s soccer team, and completing her undergraduate thesis on the topic of concussions in varsity athletes.

Sabrina went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University where her passion for health promotion and rehabilitation continued to grow. As a registered physiotherapist she strives to provide evidence-based care, and has completed additional coursework and training in: soft tissue release techniques, manual therapy, concussion management, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Sabrina is also a contemporary medical acupuncture provider, and is a certified Functional Range Release (FR) and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) provider. Sabrina commits to treating her patients with dedicated, comprehensive care as a member of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team.

NICK PIRRERA

Registered Physiotherapist, FR®, FRCms®

Nick’s interest in the field of physiotherapy began in high school while playing football and competing in martial arts. He was fascinated by the abilities of the human body and wanted to learn more about the effects of exercise on athletic performance.

This led him to attend Brock University, where he attained an Honours Bachelor degree in Kinesiology in 2013. During his time at Brock he developed further interest in rehabilitation and injury prevention as a student therapist in the athletic therapy clinic.

These interests led him to pursue his Master of Science in Physiotherapy degree at McMaster University, which he completed in 2015. Nick is excited to begin his career as a part of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team. He is dedicated to provide the highest level of evidence-based and patient-centered care in order to help patients reach their goals.

LAUREN PONTARINI

Registered Physiotherapist, FR®, FRCms®

Lauren is a graduate from the 2012 McMaster University Master of Science Physiotherapy program, and has a true passion for the field of physiotherapy. Growing up in an active community within Caledon, Lauren naturally learned to combine her passion for health and wellness with her passion for working with people. As someone who values being active, it is with great excitement that Lauren has the opportunity to be in a profession that allows her to help others, and assist people to get back to doing what they love. Lauren believes that each person deserves to live life to their full capacity, and enjoys approaching each situation with unique strategies to help meet the specific goals for each client, empowering each person to be an active participant in their recovery.

During her Master’s studies, Lauren was the recipient of various awards. She was the recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award presented to 10-15% of all students in a Master’s program affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences for making outstanding achievements during the final year. Lauren was awarded with the Physiotherapy Professional Advancement Award acknowledging her as a recipient who exhibits exceptional leadership qualities, academic excellence, professional commitment and innovation. Lauren was also the recipient of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Ann Collins Whitmore Student Award for academic recognition of an evidence-based research project. To acknowledge Lauren’s professional and personal characteristics, she was the recipient of the Catherine Smith Student Award recipient, awarded to a student who exemplifies the characteristics of honesty, integrity, a commitment to hard work and perseverance, and who demonstrates lively assertiveness. Lauren’s acknowledgements have continued since graduation, as she is currently published in the Fall 2015 Physiotherapy Canada academic journal.

Since 2016, Lauren has acted as a Clinical Laboratory Tutor for the McMaster University Physiotherapy program, assisting with skill development and competency in the assessment and treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions.  Since 2014 she has also acted as a clinical preceptor for McMaster University Physiotherapy students completing the clinical placement component of their studies. Throughout the year, Lauren also enjoys volunteering her time to assist with program admissions, and as an examiner for objective structured clinical exams at the University. Lauren is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.

Lauren is an avid lifelong learner, and is always thrilled to broaden her skillset to offer her clients various treatment options. Throughout her years of practice, Lauren has completed additional courses in Therapeutic Taping, M2T Blade Certification, Functional Range Release Certification, and Functional Range Conditioning Certification.

When not at work, Lauren loves to spend her time outdoors hiking, kayaking, canoeing, travelling and exploring new places. If you are a Burlington resident, you have likely seen Lauren strolling within the city core or by the waterside on her lunch breaks! She is very happy to work with the great community here in Burlington, and is always looking forward to meeting new clients!

Katie Spadoni

Registered Physiotherapist

Katie has always been passionate about health, exercise and rehabilitation. Growing up she had an active lifestyle, participating competitively in volleyball, soccer, basketball and golf. Katie’s interest in the human body and athletic performance continued to grow, and this led her to attain an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in 2015. During her time at Queen’s Katie was a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team, where she experienced first-hand the importance of injury prevention and rehabilitation. 

After graduating from Queen’s, Katie worked as a Kinesiologist for two years in a clinical setting. During this time, she gained valuable experience helping clients optimize their performance and achieve their rehabilitation goals. This experience, along with her passion for travel, led Katie to move abroad to Aberdeen, Scotland to pursue her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University.

As a Physiotherapy Resident, Katie strives to provide evidence-based and patient-centred care, and is committed to expand upon her skillset to offer clients various treatment options. Katie is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and helping clients reach their goals as a member of the Kinetic Physiotherapy team

Matthew Brennan

Registered Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Functional Training Specialist

Matt Graduated from Massage Therapy at Georgian College in August of 2018.  Since 2016 Matt has worked as a Personal Trainer, working with clients on various active goals to improve their lifestyle and overall health.  

Matt’s route to massage began when he experienced the benefits of seeing an RMT during the rehabilitation of his own injuries.  Being an active sportsman, Matt has competed in many different sports such as swimming, running, soccer and weightlifting.  He has sprained his ankles and also torn a meniscus in his knee.  Without the help of Registered Massage Therapists, he would not have been able to return to his sport as quickly as he did.

Matts active lifestyle started at the age of 3, when he started in swimming lessons. He then joined the local competitive swim team aged 5 and at the age of 11 he was approached to swim for the Great Britain Development Squad.  Matt moved to Canada from England in 2010, where he continued competitive swimming with Oakville Aquatics and York University.  Since then Matt has competed in many running and triathlon events, being selected for the Canadian Age Group Triathlon World Championship team in 2019.

While working as a Personal Trainer he has learnt valuable knowledge in the relationship of exercise and recovery.  As a result of this new knowledge, Matt has enabled clients to return to their sport after injury.  He has also helped clients lose upwards of 50lbs, resulting in a healthier lifestyle.  Matt has a desire to continue to learn, grow and work with a clientele of all ages in rehabilitation and body maintenance, who aspire for a healthier lifestyle.

Dana Hames

DC, BSc Kin, CPT

Dana Hames is a recent graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree (awaiting licensure). She is also currently completing the Neurofunctional Acupuncture program from McMaster University. Prior to CMCC, she received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree with Specialization in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. 


Dana was born and raised in Burlington, ON. It was in high school following a knee injury that she became interested in the human body, anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation. She always dreamed of a profession that would combine her interests with her desire to help others. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to shadow local chiropractors and knew the chiropractic profession was the perfect fit for her. 


Dana is a strong believer in exercise as medicine and loves to incorporate functional movement into every active care plan. It is of utmost importance to her that patients are moving well and moving often! She always says, if you aren't sweating during your session, then she isn't doing her job! Dana ensures that every patient has the appropriate knowledge and tools to best manage their pains and better understand their bodies. 

Dana is a fitness fanatic and healthy-living enthusiast. She enjoys resistance training, HIIT, yoga, hiking, rollerblading – anything that gets her body moving! She is currently a trainer at F45 Burlington and genuinely enjoys helping others achieve (and surpass) their fitness goals. In addition to exercise, other pillars of wellness such as quality sleep, proper nutrition, mental health and social support are of great importance to Dana. She is very excited to join the Kinetic Physiotherapy team and is looking forward to working together with patients to get them moving and functioning at their best!