Contributors

Leigh MacKenzie

Leigh has maintained a life-long passion for active living with a strong background in skiing and sports medicine. His interest in athletic training and rehabilitation lead him to a career in physiotherapy product sales since 2009. As the National Account Executive for OrthoCanada, Leigh has a broad experience in all aspects of rehab and sport medicine product/equipment, clinic and exercise therapy management. He has a focus on providing the best product alternatives for physiotherapy clinics, hospitals, schools, and treatment centres. Additionally, Leigh was named the Director of the K-Taping Academy Canada in 2011. He has been responsible for the integration and launch of K-Taping courses and products into the Canadian healthcare community. Leigh earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver with an interest in Athletic Therapy and Exercise Science, and a diploma in Massage Therapy from Kine Concept School of Massage in Montreal.

Andrea Mendoza

Andrea is a full-time paediatric physiotherapist at Kids Physio Group in Vancouver. She completed the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. She also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Northern BC in Prince George. Andrea is devoted to helping people achieve their highest quality of movement. Over the past three years, she has developed a passion for working with kids with sports injuries, orthopaedic conditions such as scoliosis, and post-concussion syndrome. Recently, she expanded her field and now collaborates with active adults and their personal trainers on movement and motor pattern re-training to optimize the client’s exercise plans. International health is also an interest of hers – she has done two volunteer trips to Southern India to work with children with special needs. She is always seeking new opportunities to improve her skills – Andrea has completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma. She is also a certified K-Taping® Therapist, and has completed NeuroKinetic Therapy™ level 1 as well as the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) course. In her free time, she loves being active in any way possible, whether that’s training for a running race, doing yoga, hiking, swimming, or trying new exercises at the gym. Andrea’s also sure to make time for travelling, playing the piano, and cooking for her friends!

Tammy Boucher

Tammy graduated as a physiotherapist at the University of Ottawa.

Cristina Santostefano

Cristina graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 2008. Since then she has worked in physiotherapy clinics as a kinesiologist/physio assistant where she gained experience creating exercise programs for a wide range of clients. Recently she joined the OrthoCanada team as a customer service representative. She enjoys staying active and has participated in over 10 half marathon races. She has been playing competitive soccer since the age of 14 and continues to think she might still make it one day... In her spare time she enjoys reading comedy novels and coming up with interesting ways to make healthy food taste good.

Jason Bellefleur

Jason and Dave Bellefleur, owners of Bellefleur Physiotherapy, are multiple award-winning Physiotherapists providing physiotherapy with a Higher Standard of Care to Ottawa’s east end community of Orleans. The Bellefleur brothers are proud to provide highly individualized, hands-on therapy in private treatment rooms. They are also both instructors in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Everest College – Ottawa East Campus.

Tim Hansen

Rosen Kolev

Rosen obtained a Masters degree in Physiotherapy at NSA in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1994. He practiced at the Regional Hospital in his home town of Dobrich until 2001 and ran his own private practice gaining vast experience in orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation. During the same period, he was a clinical trainer and teacher at the Physiotherapy Assistants program of the local Medical College. In 2002 he became a licensed practitioner in Canada. He practiced as a clinical physiotherapist and then became Clinic Director of AIM clinic in Kitchener. He was also helping and assisting new graduates from Canadian universities and International physiotherapists with their supervised practice and licensing procedure, thus gaining a deep understanding of the Canadian healthcare system. In 2007 Rosen and his wife Hristina Kolev, PT opened A Balanced Body Health Services in Kitchener, ON, a physiotherapy clinic that offers a wide range of services, including Shockwave Therapy and Targeted Radiofrequency Therapy. Rosen also has extensive training and clinical experience in Laser Therapy, Acupuncture, Manipulative Therapy, Myofascial release and Trigger points release techniques.