Our Rockstar Team
Avinash Singh - Registered Physiotherapist
Avinash Singh has been a Physiotherapist since 2011. He grew up in Bombay, India and lived in Peterborough for the first few years before settling in Hamilton since 2014.
In his short, young millennial career, he has worn quite a few hats ranging from working as a Physiotherapist to a Clinic manager in a corporate setting to currently co-owning and managing Clinical practices in the Hamilton and Burlington region.
Throughout his professional and entrepreneurial journey, he has taken many additional continuing education courses including a Diploma in Advanced Manual Therapy, Hand Splinting, Certification in Temporomandibular Joint (Jaw) Dysfunction, Acupuncture, Active Soft Tissue Release and many more.
He has a strong passion towards teaching and he has helped to shape the career path of more than 600+ new Physiotherapy graduates across Ontario by conducting and coordinating Physiotherapy Competency Examination OSCEs, mentoring and tutoring various academic sessions to help students achieve and live their dream. He says it gives him a lot of joy and satisfaction to be a part of their success stories. He has been an invigilating examiner for McMaster University’s Mock OSCEs for the Physiotherapy Program as well.
Avinash is also a Toastmaster member for many years and attributes his public speaking and leadership qualities to this group and the community. He places a high value on giving back to the community, inspiring people, and making a difference in people’s lives. This is what drives him to work every day.
He also believes that his patients should have “the most awesome treatment experience” on their road to recovery, and that is what separates him from the cloud and remains his success mantra. He has infused the entire team at Hamilton Physio & Rehab with this same culture.
When he is not treating patients or taking on big projects, he is a Cricket fanatic and loves watching and playing almost every sport. He has come to terms with the fact that he is not athletic enough to make any professional team, but his love of sports is what drives him to get all his athletic patient population to reach their ultimate pinnacle.
Anand Patel - Registered Physiotherapist
Anand Patel has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and completed his post graduate diploma in exercise science and lifestyle management from Humber College. He has special certification as well in acupuncture and worked as a personal trainer in the past. His focus now is on musculoskeletal injuries. Drawn to physiotherapy because he has a passion to help patients get back to optimal health and enjoy their life to the fullest potential, he enjoys working out, reading and travelling when he is not working.
Jhanvi (Jenny) Patel - Registered Physiotherapist
Jenny achieved her Bachelors of Physiotherapy degree in May of 2011 and has been practicing in variety of different settings since past six years.
She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, the Canadian Physiotherapist Association and the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists.
She has acquired a number of specialized certifications, including: Shift Concussion Management, Active Soft Tissue Release, Introduction to Acupuncture and Dry Needling, and the Baltimore Hand Therapy Review Course form the American Society of Hand Therapy.
She has special interest and expertise in Concussion Management and Musculoskeletal Injuries.
She is currently working on certification in Acupuncture, Level I and II.
She acquired experience working in private practice orthopedic clinics and long term care facilities.
Jenny says she went into Physiotherapy as a career because the process of helping people restore normal movement and get them back to their optimal function gives her the most satisfaction about her profession.
When she is not working, she enjoys working out, running and badminton. She also claims herself to be a big foodie.
Nishanth Othayoth - Registered Physiotherapist
Nishanth obtained a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from in 2009, and has a specialty Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Disorders and Sports Injuries in 2011.
He practiced at Co-operative Institute Of health Science, Thalassery until 2015 and ran his own private practice gaining vast experience in Orthopaedic and Neurological rehabilitation. During the same period, he was a Clinical Instructor and a Professor at CIHS Thalassery for Physiotherapy Students for four years.which he thoroughly enjoyed. He has advanced training in Hands on manual therapy and has been an Instructor of the same and has taught many young new Physiotherapy students.
He immigrated to Canada in 2015 and has become a Registered Physiotherapist in 2018. He has practiced as a Physiotherapist in in varying clinic settings ranging from Orthopedic, Sports injury clinics to long term care.
His expertise lies in Hands on Manual therapy, Myofascial release, Active Release Treatment (ART), Orthopaedic rehabilitation, Work related injuries, Functional assessment, Motor vehicle accident/ Concussion management and Vestibular Rehabilitation.
He has an immense hunger to continuing to learn and evolve each day. He looks forward to taking many courses of his interest in 2019 to further expand his skills.
At his leisure time, he loves to spend time with his two kids, and is known as the best Chef at his home. If not a Physiotherapist, he says he would have been a cook… a health conscious cook :)
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active.
Ami Patel - Resident Physiotherapist
Ami has completed her bachelor’s degree of Physiotherapy in 2014 from university of Gujarat (India). Recently, she is working as a Residence Physiotherapy and ongoing process for Registered Physiotherapist. She has also finished health, wellness & fitness course from Mohawk College in 2016.
In Canada she started her journey working as a PTA for more than 3 years in long term care. She has treated patient with different neurological, Cardiac and musculoskeletal condition.
Ami is passionate about helping people and providing her patient with best quality of care using advanced and effective treatment. Her main focus is to find root cause of the problems and treat them for long term relief and educate the patient for injury prevention and activity modification.
In her spare time, she enjoys drawing pictures of nature and walking around the lakes. She also enjoys cooking different food and visiting zoo.
Maraisa (Mara) Ockenden - Resident Physiotherapist
Mara is our Physiotherapist Resident with over twelve years of experience in the field. Her past work experience incorporates a wide range of clients in different environments, such as musculoskeletal clinics, three Brazilian Air Force’s Physiotherapy centers, and home care. She is very passionate about orthopedics and sports injuries and has extensive rehab knowledge in eight different sports. In addition, her education includes two post-graduate certificates in exercise science focused on orthopedics, sports, and special population.
Andrew Hagopian - Physiotherapist Assistant
Andrew Hagopian, graduated from Brock University with a Honours Bachelors in Kinesiology (October 2019). Certified in Standard First Aid and CPR. Andrew enjoys helping people throughout their rehabilitation process to further improve their quality of life and get them back to doing the things that they love to do. Andrew has a strong desire to continue to learn more in the field of rehabilitation and a passion to become a registered physiotherapist in the future.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and travelling when possible.
Kristen Lofthouse - Physiotherapist Assistant
Kristen graduated from McMaster University in June 2020 with an Honours BSc in Kinesiology. She spent three summers working as a camp counsellor, and has also volunteered her time with various programs within McMaster and her own community. Kristen enjoys helping others reach their goals and become the best version of themselves, both physically and mentally. She has a passion for rehabilitation, and hopes to become an Occupational Therapist in the near future.
In her spare time, Kristen loves exploring different hiking trails, baking new things, playing soccer, binge watching Netflix shows, and being creative artistically.
Sofia Costa - Physiotherapist Assistant
Sofia has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2018. Her journey with Massage therapy began in 2015 when she developed a passion for teaching Ashtanga Yoga. Sofia became a Certified Yoga Teacher in beginners, Ashtanga, and Restorative yoga by 2017, and graduated from Mohawk College Massage Therapy program with honors in 2020. As she prepares for her upcoming Registration Exams, she works as a Physiotherapy Assistant to continue teaching others about their health, and to help them achieve their goals.
Dr. Manuel Gil - Chiropractor
Dr. Manuel Gil graduated with highest honours in 2013 from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. During his undergraduate years, he volunteered at the Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Center as a chiropractic assistant which sparked his interest in the profession.
Dr. Gil started chiropractic school in 2014, winning the R. Lloyd Pennington Memorial award for the highest admission score and the CMCC Entrance Scholarship for the highest GPA upon admission. While Dr. Gil was completing his chiropractic studies, he held leadership positions on several committees, most notably the Student Canadian Chiropractic Association where he sat as vice-president and subsequently president. Dr. Gil graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2018.
Dr. Gil has several years of experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, and has special interest in treating sports injuries, having volunteered his expertise for a local semi-pro football team. He has advanced training in instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, and enjoys incorporating deep tissue work along with his adjustments.
In his spare time, Dr. Gil enjoys hiking with his wife, spending time with his family, and cooking.
Vraj Patel - Registered Massage Therapist
Vraj is a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Radiation Therapist. He grew up in Anand, India and has been living in Hamilton since 2017.
Completing a Bachelors in Radiation Therapy from Sardar Patel University in 2017, Vraj came to Canada and completed an Advanced Diploma Program in Massage Therapy and graduated in August 2019. In addition to being an RMT, Vraj also holds CAMRT certification and is a Registered Radiation Therapist.
With a background in radiation oncology for cancer and in massage therapy for musculoskeletal conditions and other health-related purposes, his goal is to combine the knowledge and skills he has learned and use it for the best care and treatment of his patients.
Vraj is also going to bring Oncology Massage Therapy, an approach of massage therapy for people who are living with cancer or have a history of cancer. These treatments are going to be very well focused and personalised for cancer patients.
Vraj wants to maximize his patients’ quality of life through high quality treatment and attentive care. He is also a huge advocate in using education as a tool to help patients treat, live with, and prevent injuries and pain.
Crysana Copland - Registered Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Crysana Copland, ND is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2020 with a Doctor of Naturopathy. During her 4th year clinical rotation, she took part in the Sports Medicine focus shift. She also attended the University of Ottawa, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Human Kinetics.
Dr. Copland’s clinical interests include performance in sport and life, concussion, and chronic pain, along with many other conditions. She uses nutrition and lifestyle medicine, botanical herbs, nutraceuticals, acupuncture, and more in her treatments.
Dr. Copland is an avid hockey fan and is passionate about the growth of women’s sports. In her spare time, she can often be found hiking or running with her dog. She also enjoys DIY crafting projects.
Kelsey Levins - Patient Coordinator
Kelsey graduated from Trent University with an Honours BA in Ancient Greco-Roman History, specializing in literature. Her journey toward physiotherapy was a winding road, but she is happy to be working somewhere that is focused on helping people. Her goal in healthcare is to learn the basics in as many languages as possible to help with communication.
In her spare time, she enjoys buying more books than she can read and maintaining her balcony garden.
Zohal Omar - Patient Coordinator
Zohal studied Biology at Laurier University. Her people skills and background in sciences makes her a great fit at Hamilton Physio & Rehab. Zohal takes great pride in providing a welcoming environment to all at the clinic. Outside of work, Zohal is an active adrenaline seeker. She loves to go hiking, skydiving, and bungee-jumping.
Sahrish Masood - Patient Coordinator
Sahrish is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Health Sciences. She spends a lot of her time out in her community, helping out in any way she can, from mentoring little kids with Big Brothers Big Sisters, to being a Best Buddy for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Outside of work, you can find her curled up with a book, usually a murder mystery, or hiking in whichever direction the wind takes her. Sahrish has a strong passion to engage and support individuals to flourish into the most comfortable and confident version of themselves that they can be.
Tonya McEntee - Patient Coordinator
Tonya began her journey within the healthcare field by completing her 2 year Recreation Therapy diploma program through Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in 2014. Tonya has worked as a Recreational Therapist for the past 6 years for a non-profit organization helping individuals diagnosed with a physical and/or cognitive disability achieve a higher quality of life through goal oriented recreational best practices. Tonya returned to Mohawk College to further her education, as she loves to learn, to obtain her Office Administration diploma in 2018.
When Tonya is not helping others through her work or furthering her education, she can be found spending valuable time with her husband and two daughters, creating custom nail enhancements or curling up with a good book.