Denise is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (1990) and a Master of Science in Physiology (1993). In her graduate training she studied balance control in stroke survivors. Since 1993 she has been an active clinician practicing in the areas of orthopedic and neurological physiotherapy. In 1997 she co-founded Motion Plus Physiotherapy with Dorothy Dakin and is currently the practice owner and Clinical Director.
Denise's orthopedic postgraduate clinical course work includes completion of the short manual therapy courses as well as additional training in a number of different areas including muscle imbalance syndromes, chronic headache, myofascial release, mobilization of the nervous sytem, and the study of sensitization of the nervous system. She has also completed FitforeGolf (Levels 1-5) coursework and is Bone Fit trained by Osteoporosis Canada. Denise has completed her acupuncture training through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and is certified in Gunn IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation).
Neurological course work includes the completion of Basic and Advanced Bobath/NDT training, motor learning, gait and balance training, and the recovery of the post-stroke hand. More recently Denise has taken courses in both Introductory and Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Neurological populations. She regularly attends clinical update sessions in the areas of balance and mobility.
Denise's clinical interests include complex cases with mixed orthopedic and neurological injuries, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, gait and balance retraining and golf injuries. She is a firm believer in the neuroplasticity of the brain and applies this knowledge when retraining movement with all her clients.
Amanda joined the Motion Plus team following her graduation from McMaster University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2019. She also graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Minor in Psychology in 2017. Amanda is a strong advocate of active rehabilitation and patient education. Her special interests include Pelvic Health, chronic pain, and neurological rehabilitation. Amanda has furthered her education by completing several certifications in Pelvic Health assessment and treatment.
Kendra joined the staff at Motion Plus Physiotherapy following her graduation with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2002. She also obtained a Master of Science from the University of Toronto, Department of Medical Biophysics in cancer research (2000) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Waterloo (1996).
Kendra has an interest in manual therapy and has completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Exams with certification in Spinal Manipulation. She also has certification in acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), and uses an anatomical approach to acupuncture in her practice. She is also certified in Gunn IMS (intramuscular stimulation).
Kendra has completed coursework in introductory and advanced vestibular rehabilitation, muscle imbalance syndromes, mobilization of the nervous system, sensitization of the nervous system and shoulder dysfunctions. Kendra enjoys treating a variety of injuries using manual therapy techniques and exercise. Her clinical interests include shoulder and hip dysfunctions.
John joined Motion Plus Physiotherapy in October 2015 following his graduation from the Masters in Physiotherapy program at the University of Western Ontario, John is also a graduate of Brock University where he received his Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. John has a strong interest in manual therapy, active rehabilitation and concussion management in the treatment of sports and orthopedic injuries. He has completed his acupuncture training at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and is qualified to use acupuncture in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. John has also completed his certification in Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN).
John has successfully completed his Level 2 manual therapy course work through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as his McKenzie Part A - Lumbar Spine. He has completed both the upper and lower extremity Mulligan Concept courses and his introductory and advanced vestibular courses through the Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Clinic.
Sarah joined the Motion Plus team in September 2020. She graduated from Queen's University with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy in 2019. She also completed her undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education at Queen's University in 2017. Sarah's clinical interests include orthopedic injuries, pediatrics, and neurological rehabilitation. Sarah is an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has been involved with the leadership council at the chapter level. She has taken course work in dizziness and post- concussion syndrome through the Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Clinic and other courses focused on patient education, pain management, and low back pain. Sarah hopes to pursue her manual therapy course work through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.