John GrayJohn Gray

Registered Kinesiologist RKin, MSc, CSCS

As a Registered Kinesiologist, John uses exercise and other body movements (known as motor control retraining) to help the recovery from a wide spectrum of impairments – from degenerative joint diseases to neurological conditions. His approach helps clients regain mobility and function, while managing pain, to return to the activities they enjoy doing the most.  John works with clients of all ages and abilities, and leads our Therapeutic Fitness program.

John holds both a Master’s degree in Biomechanics from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor degree  of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. Before returning to his professional practice, John pursued a PhD degree in Spine Biomechanics under the supervision of Dr. Stuart McGill, where he was responsible for the operation of the Spine Biomechanics laboratory, published research on spine stability and contributed to projects studying the biomechanics of low back pain.

During his almost 20-year long career, John has sought-out internationally-renowned experts in England, the United States, Australia and Asia. He has completed Wellspring’s CancerSmart rehabilitation course for health professionals and is currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma as a Clinical Skills Specialist in Rehabilitation Therapy. John has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, and is published in several highly respected scientific journals in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. He has recently co-authored a chapter in “The Functional Training Handbook” on the biomechanical considerations for injury prevention and performance improvement in Weightlifting.

John has been the Sports Conditioning Consultant to the University of Toronto Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team, FIVB[1] world-tour women’s beach volleyball athletes, and currently assists Team 2020 future Olympians in Archery in their goals toward podium performances. He has previously been both a competitor and coach in Olympic Weightlifting.

Association Memberships and Awards

John has a long record of service to his profession, having been a Board member for the Ontario Kinesiology Association, Canadian Kinesiology Alliance, and Ontario Weightlifting Association. From 2012-2014 he served on the inaugural Council of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. John holds a professional membership with the Association of Registered Kinesiologists of Ontario and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been recognized by his peers as an “Educational Influential” in Kinesiology through the Ontario Institute for Work and Health.

[1] Fédération Interationale de Volleyball

Dr. Claire M. Curtis 

Kinesiology and Health Science PhD

Claire graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, in 1996, achieving a BA (Hons) in Human Movement Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Physical Education). In addition to her formal educational training in England, she acquired several vocational qualifications, including medical exercise specialist and postural stability instructor. Claire utilized these qualifications within her professional career as a self-employed Health & Fitness Trainer and Educator working in private health clubs, residential care homes, hospitals, and local community centres in London, England.

Claire moved to Toronto, Canada in 2003 and continued her educational path, acquiring an MA in Kinesiology & Health Science from York University. During this time she became interested in disordered eating and focused her thesis on cognitive factors implicated in the risk for overeating. Claire continued onto a Doctoral degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, specializing in compulsive overeating and addictive behaviours. Her research involved work with patients undergoing bariatric (weight loss) surgery and also with individuals with binge eating disorder.

Claire gained psycho-educational work experience by co-leading cognitive-behavioural therapy groups at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health for individuals with binge eating and concurrent substance use; and classes at a cardiac-rehab centre using psycho-social tools (i.e. motivational interviewing, CBT, mindfulness) to help individuals reduce problematic eating behaviours and increase their physical activity levels.

Claire moved back to the UK in 2011 to complete her Doctoral studies at Leeds Beckett University. Whilst back in the UK she worked for MoreLife, a weight management provider, as their Head of Adult Services, and then for Independent Clinical Services, as their Head of Service Development. In both roles, Claire’s work focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of different health and well-being services. For example, she played an instrumental role within the leadership team for a National Diabetes Prevention Intervention commissioned by the NHS which is predicted to support over 22,500 people by the end of 2017.

Now back in Canada, Claire brings her passion about health and well-being to the clients she works with. Her personable and caring approach helps empower people to make, and maintain, positive lifestyle changes thereby improving the way they eat, move, and how they feel about themselves.