Team

CHRISTINA DREW

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

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 Assessment® (FRA), Functional Range Release® (FR), Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC), Microstretching, Integrated Seminar Series, STOTT Pilates, Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hrs - RYT200, Essential Oils, ktape and custom bracing.

Christina 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.

Christina works with a variety of high level athletes including NLL, OHL, AHL, and local leagues. 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!

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.

Rupali Patel

Registered Physiotherapist

Rupali Patel is a registered physiotherapist, earning her Bachelor of Science, Honours Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2014 where she discovered her passion for physiotherapy. She then earned a Master of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in England. Rupali has treated a broad range of patient populations from musculoskeletal outpatients and stroke inpatients to surgical patients and amputees. During her training, she found her niche working alongside physiotherapists in a specialist orthopaedic hospital.


Rupali has provided high quality physiotherapy care in fast-paced multidisciplinary clinics. She’s passionate educating her patients to have them play an active role in their care through a patient centred approach. She always ensures each patient receives a physiotherapy program tailored to their specific needs. Rupali has a natural and keen interest in body mechanics, exercise prescription for rehabilitation and helps her patients set and achieve progressive goals to encourage lasting recovery. She understands how intimately interconnected the mind and body are, and through holistic strategies works with her patients towards more resilient mindsets and rehabilitative success.

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.

Alex Ward

Resident Physiotherapist

Meet Alex, a dedicated resident physiotherapist with a dynamic journey that reflects a true passion for health and wellness. After graduating from Brock University with a degree in Kinesiology, Alex's diverse experiences began with assisting clients in post-heart surgery recovery and leading exercise classes for spinal cord injury patients.

Further honing skills as a personal trainer for 1.5 years, Alex discovered a joy in one-on-one collaborations, pointing him toward physiotherapy as the ultimate career goal. This path led Alex to London, England, where he studied at Brunel University for two years, completing his Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy. During this time, Alex's commitment to excellence expanded as he worked with a professional rugby team, providing treatment and contributing to the concussion-spotting team on game days. Alex's dedication extended to organizing and facilitating exercise classes for stroke survivors, showcasing a holistic approach to rehabilitation.

Notably, Alex was one of two students selected for a specialized clinical residency at one of London's largest hospitals. Here, he worked with patients recovering from traumatic injuries, balancing hands-on care on some days with participation in a large-scale research project on others.

Alex's journey has been marked by diverse experiences and a commitment to personalized care, which has positioned him as a ready clinician at Kinetic Physiotherapy. Alex is committed to guiding you back to your optimal function & well-being and is excited to help you embark on your journey to recovery!

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, while also working as a personal trainer. 

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.  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.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys snowboarding, functional training at the gym and spending time with his girlfriend and their 2 bunnies, Winnie and Smudge. 

KAYLA CHAFE

Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Athletic Therapist

Kayla Chafe completed her education at Sheridan College graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Applied Health Sciences – Athletic Therapy, as well as completing her Massage Therapy Diploma at the Ontario College of Health and Technology. She is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a Registered Massage Therapist.

Kayla is currently the Head AT for the Rogues Rugby 7’s program based out of Oakville. Kayla stays active in the Burlington rugby community, being a member of the Burlington Centaurs RFC since 2010, providing on field coverage as well as clinical treatments to local teams and the surrounding community.

As a member of the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association (OATA), the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA), and College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) Kayla provides her patients with the most up to date manual therapy, exercise prescription, and rehabilitation techniques. With her dual certification she believes in an active approach to treatment, emphasizing the philosophy that movement of any type is key to proper function.

Outside of the clinic, Kayla travels with her rugby teams for tournaments where she gets to collaborate with therapists from around the world about their treatment styles and experiences. She stays active herself by practicing yoga and will be starting her yoga teacher training in January 2021. She also plans on attending schooling for Acupuncture to further grow her skill set as a health care professional when the timing is right.

Passion for the field of Massage Therapy and Athletic Therapy drives Kayla to improve the lives of her patients and help them return to their pre-injured state.

Anna Ellis

Pilates/Yoga Therapist

Anna Ellis is a STOTT Trained Pilates Instructor and a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor.

As a lifelong athlete, Anna was drawn to the health and wellness world from a young age. Anna began her education with an Honors Diploma from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Health, Wellness and Fitness where she studied subjects such as: Exercise Physiology, Injury Management and Sport and Exercise Psychology. Anna spent time volunteering at local hospitals in the physiotherapy ward and retirement homes supervising the exercise rooms it was clear that she wanted to create a career based around helping others. From there, Anna studied nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she focused on women’s health and obtained an honours diploma as well as the designation of a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.

With the desire to continue learning, Anna then spent time in Costa Rica to become a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. During this time, she dove into the traditional practice of yoga with a focus on proper alignment, working with people of all abilities and understanding how to use hands on adjustments at the safest and most professional standard. Once back in Canada, Anna then studied at Exhale Pilates for her Mat Pilates certification and STOTT Pilates to become trained in Reformer Pilates. She has worked in both a studio setting and physiotherapy clinic setting with focus on general exercise, injury rehabilitation and prenatal and postnatal movement.

Driven by her desire to help people feel their best Anna is committed to her clients and their individual needs and goals. 

Patrick Suwala

Osteopath

Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2015, Patrick then committed to an additional four years of education at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton. He graduated with the designation of Master in Practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M. OMSc.) in 2020.

Patrick found his passion for learning the anatomy and physiology of the human body during his undergraduate studies and while swimming competitively and playing waterpolo. He was able to further enhance his understanding throughout the four years he was a volunteer teaching assistant in the human cadaver labs on the University campus.

Choosing to pursue Osteopathy was a decision Patrick made based on his appreciation for the art and science of the field of manual therapy. Having close family who work in the field helped him decide this was the right avenue for him and he has never looked back.