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.
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.
Radhika Makwana - Registered Physiotherapist
Radhika Makwana graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2009. She then completed her Master in Exercise Science and Physiology from the University of Suny Buffalo in New York and achieved her New York State Physical Therapist License in 2011.
She practiced in New York for three years before moving to Canada in 2014.
Radhika received her Registered Physiotherapist degree and license in Ontario in 2014 and has been working in Canada for the last three years.
She says she has always been motivated to learn new things and is continuing to increase her knowledge by pursuing continuing educational courses in Advanced Upper Extremity complex program and Hand Therapy courses.
She also participated in research for a study called “The effects of interval training for weight loss” at Suny Buffalo Institute and worked on a thesis about the neurological effect in muscular dystrophy patients.
She started working at Hamilton Physio and Rehab in August of 2016 and enjoys applying her knowledge to help patients gain a faster and better recovery. She is especially interested in treating patients with neck and shoulder issues.
Radhika has years of professional experience delivering such services as manual therapy, acupuncture, ultrasound, interferential current and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), and customized exercise prescriptions which are supervised exercise regimes tailored to each client’s specific needs.
Apart from working as a physiotherapist, she enjoys reading, painting, baking and spending time with family and friends. She is always eager to learn more, share more, and provide high quality service to her clients using evidence-based research and techniques.
Paras Patel - Registered Physiotherapist
Paras Patel became a Registered Physiotherapist in 2015 and joined Hamilton Physio and Rehab a year later. He is also certified in Fitness and Health Promotion, acquiring the credential in 2013.
His treatment approach combines manual, hands-on techniques, education, and exercise as part of his comprehensive and holistic approach to helping patients to achieve their goals and return to their pre-injury hobbies, sports, work and activities.
Paras places great value on client-centered care and encourages patients to be an active part of their rehabilitation process.
He thoroughly enjoys tailoring well-structured treatment plans throughout the entire demographic spectrum by encouraging patients to be an active and involved member in their rehabilitation process.
When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active.
Alka Pandya - Registered Massage Therapist
Alka is a Registered Massage Therapist and hold a Massage Therapy Diploma (2016). She has over 20 years of experience treating patients with different conditions as a Physiotherapist in India and 3years of experience as a physiotherapy assistant in Canada.
Alka is experienced with performing swedish, non-swedish and advanced techniques to manipulate soft tissues and joints in order to improve the physical health and emotional well being of her clients.
Alka is comfortable with treating patients from all age groups from children to seniors and at any stage from acute to chronic. She is committed to upholding the highest professional standard with high quality and satisfactory service.
She is interested in increasing her skills and knowledge in areas such as infant massage, pregnancy massage, TMJ massage, sports therapy, acupuncture and reflexology.
When not working , Alka likes to cook and be outdoors.
Palak Acharya - Physiotherapy Assistant
Palak Acharya joined Hamilton Physio & Rehab in 2017 after achieving a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from Srinivas College of Physiotherapy and Research Centre. She achieved her studies in health, wellness and fitness from Mohawk College, Fennel campus.
Palak has a certification in Delf A1 (French language basic level A1) and is currently in the process of obtaining her physiotherapy license. Throughout the course of her studies she gained practical experience in a physiotherapy clinic.
When she is not working she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, watching some television shows, cooking and sometimes watching the sunset.
Amanda Bowles - Physiotherapy Assistant
Amanda Bowles, a physiotherapy assistant, graduated from Dalhousie University in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, a certificate in Disability Management, and a certificate in First Aid and CPR-C.
After volunteering at clinics in Halifax, she started as a physiotherapy assistant at Hamilton Physio and Rehab in early January 2018. She became a physiotherapy assistant to help people recover from their injuries just like her physio did so many times during her athletic career.
In her spare time Amanda loves to play sports. While at Dalhousie she played on the varsity women's soccer team, and was captain for 3 years. Additionally, she loves to volunteer and has done so with the IWK Women's and Children's Hospital on the Oncology floor, with SAMHI (Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative) Dalhousie Campus team, and with Light the Night Halifax. As a self-proclaimed foodie she is always looking for new restaurants and foods to try!
Natalie Chan - Physiotherapy Assistant
Natalie Chan, a physiotherapy assistant at Hamilton Physio and Rehab, is also a fourth year student majoring in Kinesiology at McMaster University, minoring in Psychology.
She also has certifications in Standard First Aid and CPR-C. She joined our team in May of 2017.
She says she enjoys her continuing studies because she loves to study the human body and understand the intricate way the body moves. She also wants to work in a field where she is able to help people, both physically and mentally.
In her spare time, she volunteers at McMaster’s PACE, a space of rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries. She also likes to do puzzles and board games with a few friends. Most importantly, she loves to enjoy great meals on her days off.