Maureen Dwight PT, B.Sc. PT
Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist, Advanced Spine Practitioner ISAEC, Clinic Director
Maureen founded The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic Inc. in 1987. She is committed to excellence in her practice and to the advancement of the physiotherapy profession. She was one of the first physiotherapists in Ontario to receive a nationally recognized specialist designation as a Clinical Musculoskeletal Specialist.
After graduating from the University of Alberta physiotherapy program with distinction in 1980 she has gone on to study with world recognized experts in the fields of physiotherapy and medicine. These studies have gone beyond the borders of Canada and taken her to the U.S., England, Australia and the Czech Republic. Her areas of interest include chronic neck, back and post-operative spinal conditions.
She has extensive experience with adolescent and adult scoliosis, including both non-operative and post-operative rehabilitation. She has studied with Dr. Rudolph Weiss, grandson of Katerina Shroth, of Germany and received a certification in his Scoliologic method. She has studied with renowned Czech neurologist, Dr. Vladimir Janda.
She is committed to the understanding of underlying issues which impact chronicity and the non-traumatic causes of musculoskeletal pain. Her experience in complex post-surgical conditions has led her to recently expand her practice into the area of post-treatment cancer rehabilitation.
Maureen’s commitment to the physiotherapy profession’s education has been recognized through her appointment as an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Toronto, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In this capacity she provides clinical placements for Master level students in physiotherapy as well as assisting with the education of foreign trained physiotherapists who are transitioning their practice to Canada (OEIPB). These experiences have helped her to remain at the forefront of physiotherapy education both in Canada and in the world at large. She enjoys public speaking and is frequently requested as a guest lecturer at conferences and seminars. Her status as an expert in physiotherapy practice has been accepted in the Civil Courts of Ontario and by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.
Association memberships and awards
She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She actively participates in the CPA oncology and orthopaedic divisions. She received the Recognition Award, Professional Contribution – External Support from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. She has been recognized by the readers of NOW Magazine as the best physiotherapist in Toronto. For over 10 years her peers have recognized her leadership and she has received the designation of an ‘Educational Influential’ in Physiotherapy the Institute for Work and Health (IWH). She has been awarded an honorary membership in the Czech medical society.
Registered Physiotherapist, MScCH, MCPA, MMPAA,
Gareth has been a member of the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic team since 1997. His initial training was at the Salford School of Physiotherapy in the UK where he graduated with merit. He has worked in several teaching hospitals in the UK National Health Service and Canada where he developed a keen interest and gained extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions.
Gareth’s post-graduate studies in manual therapy have been extensive. Shortly after graduating he successfully completed the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK) Advanced Spinal and Peripheral Joint Manipulation programs. To continue his professional growth he traveled to Australia to complete an advanced, in-depth program of manual therapy training at Curtin University, Perth, West Australia. This course further developed his passion for clinical work building on the teachings of Geoffrey Maitland, Robert Elvey and Brian Edwards. He was awarded the Brian Edwards Prize for the highest clinical competence for his performance in clinical practice with patients and received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy. His manual therapy qualifications are internationally recognized by the International Federation of Manual Therapists (IFOMPT).
Gareth’s treatment approach focuses on the resolution of pain and movement imbalances to help optimize outcomes after injury, arthritis or surgery. A sound knowledge of the basic sciences of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology form the foundation of his clinical practice and are applied in conjunction with an enthusiasm for clinical care using manual therapy, exercise and client education. Gareth is committed to excellence in clinical care. His specific clinical interests are the spine, sports physiotherapy, joint replacement therapy, and neuro-dynamic mobilization based on David Butler’s work. As part of his role at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic he provides physiotherapy care in an industrial setting, working with employees in the treatment and prevention of repetitive strain problems. Gareth holds Adjunct Lecturer status at the University of Toronto.
Gareth is committed to education of MSc PT students from the University and is a clinical supervisor as well as being a regular lecturer for the department of physiotherapy. He has been a teaching assistant in the Departments of Anatomy and Physical Therapy for the BSc and MSc PT programs and post-graduate courses. He is the Assistant Chief Examiner for the clinical component of the Physiotherapy National Examination (PNE) Toronto site. He has served on the Toronto committee responsible for developing questions for the exam and has been involved in the production of videos for the PNE. Gareth has recently completed a Masters degree through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto focusing on health professions teacher education (MScCH HPTE). His areas of interest are the development of clinical reasoning skills and the assessment and development of clinical competency.
Association memberships and awards
Gareth is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is a member of the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Registered Physiotherapist, MSc. Pht
Svetlana Marianer graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science and a Master’s in Physiotherapy in 2012. Since completing her degree, she has taken various continuing education courses such as Manual Therapy, Mckenzie’s Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar spine, Mulligan’s Lower Quadrant assessment and treatment, Blaise Dubois’s Prevention of running injuries and non-traumatic lower extremity injury, numerous courses from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) and many more.
As a former ballet dancer and a present CrossFit athlete, Svetlana is particularly interested in orthopedic care, the prevention and treatment of sport injuries and the biomechanics of movement and all it encompasses. Moreover, although Svetlana’s nature is that of an athlete, she has a strong foundation in managing acute and chronic low back and neck pain, various repetitive strain injuries and a variety of musculoskeletal impairments resulting from every day and or recreational activity. Her skills allow her to treat clientele of all ages. Svetlana is fluent in four languages : English, French, Hebrew and Russian.
Registered Physical Therapist BSc. M.P.T.
Milad graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from York University’s Kinesiology and Health Science program where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012.
Milad’s passion for physiotherapy led him to pursue additional courses to advance his knowledge and skills, both during and after university. He is currently completing his Level 2 manual therapy training and has completed the McKenzie training level A for treatment of spinal conditions, Mobilization with Movement (Mulligan concept) for treatment of lower quadrant conditions and Soft Tissue Release workshop. His interest in the application of acupuncture for pain management led Milad to partake in multiple courses in acupuncture and dry needling techniques through the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He has been involved in physiotherapy research on exercise and post-concussion recovery. To further his knowledge in this field, Milad has recently completed a concussion management certification program through Shift Concussion.
Outside of the office, Milad likes to stay healthy and active. He is an avid photographer and when his time allows, he enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures as well as different perspectives on physiotherapy treatment. During his training, he completed a residency at the world famous Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa; for which he was awarded the Leslie A. Bisbee Clinical Experience Bursary from Western University. During this placement Milad treated acute musculoskeletal, post-operative and trauma patients. Through necessary personalized care program and support, Milad aims to help every patient reach their best possible physical state. He is fluent in 2 languages: English and Farsi.
Registered Physiotherapist B.A., M.P.T.
Joanna Miller graduated from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia with a Master’s degree in physiotherapy in 2005. Since completing her degree, Joanna has taken various courses to continually update her skills . Her practice has been influenced by myofascial release, lymph drainage, and craniosacral therapy courses taken through the The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy, acupressure courses taken through Soul Lightening International in California, and Visceral and Neural Manipulation courses through The Barral Institute. Most recently, she has been studying Evolutionary Process work with Denine Savage, a physical therapist in Connecticut, which is the main form of manual therapy that Joanna is currently using in her practice.
Joanna has provided physiotherapy in the occupational health departments of several hospitals and various office settings. This type of work involved treating repetitive strain injuries that occur in the work place and addressing them through a combination of personalized rehabilitation sessions and ergonomic recommendations. Joanna’s treatments encompass the full body, mind and spirit, with a special focus on creating personalized prescriptions for healing. Her multidisciplinary approach brings awareness to your body and includes traditional physiotherapy, hands-on energy work, and yoga.
As a physiotherapist, Joanna facilitates the body’s amazing ability to heal by listening and responding to its changing needs to positively resolve injuries and chronic pain issues. Joanna has an interest in yoga and Ayurveda and has completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training course. She is continuing to update her knowledge by studying Ayurveda online and during annual trips to India with Dr. Amruta Athale, an Ayurvedic doctor in India, and attending yoga classes and workshops locally. Joanna is always looking for new things to learn and ways to increase her knowledge and expand her practice. She enjoys bringing these new resources directly to her patients and credits much of her learning to her experiences working with clients from all walks of life over the past ten years. Her holistic approach and comprehensive approach has enhanced the lives of many patients who had expected to live with injuries and/or chronic pain. Joanna offers 90 minute physiotherapy initial consultations and 60 minute follow up sessions. 90 minute combined yoga and manual therapy sessions are also available.