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 Registered 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.
Hiteshri Patel Resident Physiotherapist
Hiteshri is a resident physiotherapist with a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from India and currently registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapy. She has over a year of experience working as a physiotherapist and 3 years of experience working as a physiotherapy assistant.
Hiteshri's life-long passion lies in physiotherapy because she realized the impact she can have on the lives of people she meets through work. Hiteshri integrates different approaches such as exercises, manual therapy, and modalities with client education. Hiteshri believes in helping people understand where the problem originates from and educating patients on their problem helps increase recovery. Hiteshri has worked with clientele of all ages from all walks of life.
She believes in a client-centered approach to achieve the desired results. She particularly enjoys helping people through their journey of rehabilitation and recovery.
In her spare time, she likes to travel, spend time out in nature & with family as well as read books.
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.
Isabel Ng Physiotherapist Assistant
Isabel started the M.Sc. Physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2020 after graduating from McMaster with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in 2018 and a Master of Science in Global Health degree in 2019. Though life pulled her in many different directions, her love for building therapeutic relationships with clients and helping them overcome challenges to get back to the activities that are most meaningful to them is what ultimately led her to pursue a career in the rehabilitation field. Her overarching philosophy to care is in empowering clients to play an active role in the management of their conditions.
Over the course of her education, Isabel has had the opportunity to work with clients with a wide range of orthopedic, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions in both acute care and community clinic settings. The experiences that she has had while on clinical placements have led her to develop special interests in concussion management, chronic pain management, and manual therapy techniques.
She is a huge advocate of life-long learning and is excited to continue to expand her skill set even after she graduates towards the end of 2022. In the meantime, you can find her trying out the newest restaurants in the GTA, spending time outdoors, listening to music, reading, or going on all sorts of fun adventures – when she isn’t studying, of course!
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.
Sofia Costa Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Sofia graduated from Mohawk College Massage Therapy program with Honours in 2020. She gained clinical experience working with patients who have chronic pain conditions and injuries, and provided treatments at retirement homes, hospices, chronic pain and community clinics. Sofia has knowledge about injury prevention and recovery from working collaboratively with physiotherapists and patients throughout their rehabilitation as a Physiotherapy assistant.
Her aim is to adapt her techniques to the needs and goals of each patient and uses massage therapy to teach others more about their physical health, how to restore functional movement and wellbeing. In her treatments she offers deep tissue massage, myofascial release, sports massage, injury prevention and recovery, manual lymphatic drainage, prenatal, children and youth massage.
Sofia grew up as a Gymnast and a yogi and became certified in Ashtanga and Restorative yoga in 2017. She also enjoys making jewelry, hiking, and fishing.
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.
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.
Channon Gomez Patient Coordinator
Channon graduated from the Medical Office Assistant Program at Trios College in 2021. During her program she interned at Precision PhysioTherapy and found a genuine interest in rehabilitation. She has unfortunately been involved in both a work place injury and motor vehicle accident giving her a better understanding and compassion for what others are going through. She takes great pride in providing a welcoming environment for everyone in the clinic. When not at work she is the mom to four wonderful children and enjoys spending as much time as she can with them on family adventures, movie nights and more. When she has a moment to herself, she loves to snuggle down with a good book and a hot cup of tea, thrifting and spending time with friends and family.
Muzna Hamid Patient Coordinator
Muzna studied social work at McMaster University and has enjoyed a long career in the non-profit and finance industry. She's recently opted for a career change and returned to school for Nursing. She's excited to be a part of Hamilton Physio and Rehab as her introduction back into healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her cats and watching her plants grow.
Amanda Modugno Physiotherapist Assistant/Patient Coordinator
Amanda graduated from the Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Mohawk College in October 2021. She is very passionate about her work and enjoys meeting patients and helping them reach their therapeutic goals. She is currently continuing her studies with the hopes of becoming a physiotherapist in the future. Amanda grew up in upstate New York and moved to Canada in 2018. Growing up she spent much of her free time as a dancer and horseback rider. She also enjoys travelling around the world and exploring new places.