Dr. Peter Tzakas : DC
Clinic Director, Chiropractor, Rehab Specialty
Dr. Peter Tzakas is the Clinic Director at Kinetica with over 16 years of experience in the field of Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. He has been practicing as a Chiropractor on Danforth since 2004.
He graduated from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002, after completing undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Human Biology. In 2005, he became a Fellow of the College of Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation (FCCPOR). This designation is awarded to a select group of Chiropractors who have completed comprehensive training in the field of Physical Rehabilitation over a 3 year period.
Over the years he has increased his knowledge and therapeutic approaches by completing various continuing education courses. He holds certifications in Acupuncture, Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston Technique, Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA) and most recently Clinical Neurodynamics.
He began his career at the Mayfair Sports Medicine Centre located in the Mayfair Racquet Club on Lakeshore Avenue and has now put his efforts into establishing a multidisciplinary health team here on the Danforth and servicing the communities of Riverdale, Leslieville and the residents of east Toronto.
Dr. Melinda Lam : DC
Chiropractor, Acupuncture Provider
Dr. Melinda Lam graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. During her time there, she was fully immersed in the group fitness, yoga, and strength & conditioning world. This lead her to pursue a career in the world of manual therapy and rehabilitation by attending the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Over the past few years, she has also received certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and has also completed further training in movement assessment, motor control training and functional rehabilitation. She is passionate about all things movement related and she feels fortunate to do what she loves every day. Outside of the clinic, she can be found teaching group fitness classes (Les Mills BODYPUMP & BODYSTEP), teaching yoga classes, and lifting heavy things. Her treatment approach prioritizes a collaborative approach with patient engagement on the end goal. Each plan is tailor-made for your needs & goals. Her role is to educate and guide you through your injury. She is here to reframe your thinking about your injury, keep you accountable and, motivate you to reach your goals. She wants you to walk out of each session feeling stronger & more confident.
F. Carmen Wan : DPT
Carmen is a registered Physiotherapist under the Ontario College of Physiotherapy and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Carmen completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at D’ Youville College in the state of New York with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology at York University. At the start of Carmen’s professional career she began her practice in the United States by successfully assisting patients with physical difficulties resulting from illnesses, injuries and/or ageing. Carmen is committed to creating a dedicated rehabilitation program aimed at meeting the individual needs and goals of the patient with the implementation of manual skills, therapeutic exercises and application of therapeutic modalities. She practices using multiple manual techniques such as Mulligans, McKenzie, muscle energy technique, joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, contemporary cupping, and acupuncture. Carmen continues to strive for professional excellence. This past year she has spent time studying under Fred Mitchell Jr and Kai Mitchell to further her muscle energy techniques. She also studied under Brian Mulligan and Mark Oliver to elevate her practice with “mobilization with movement” for the sacral region. She recently completed the Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1 and Advanced Neurofunctional Sports Performance Specialist at McMaster University.
Dr. Jennifer Tanner : ND
Dr. Jennifer Tanner graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Honours Kinesiology. Following graduation she took time to travel and work at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. She spent the next four years studying the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine and was involved with the Naturopathic Sports Medicine Group. She has been practicing as a Naturopathic Doctor on Danforth since 2008.
Dr. Tanner believes there is a need for both conventional and alternative medicines and will provide you with most up to date research in health care. Naturopathic Medicine is at the cutting edge of health and has a great deal to offer us all.
She employs all the modalities of Naturopathic Medicine in her practice but has a special interest in Nutrition, Acupuncture, Women’s Health and Sports Medicine. Having had 3 children herself, Dr. Tanner has had tremendous success treating kids and infants.
Dr. Tanner is also trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture which is a non-invasive method of improving the appearance of aging skin. Her focus is patient based and she will work together with you to develop personalized treatment plans in order to obtain an optimal state of health.
Cherry-Ann James : RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Osteopathy (Current Study)
Cherry-Ann believes in taking an integrative approach to health and well being. She views massage therapy as one of the gateways to attaining and maintaining a healthy balance. Whether your visit is for a general relaxation massage, a proactive preventative measure, or to address a specific injury or condition, rest assured you will be in good hands with Cherry. In addition to Massage Therapy, Cherry-Ann is a certified Cupping therapist and a Strain/Counterstrain therapist.
Cherry-Ann is currently studying at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. This five year program allows each student to take an in-depth look at the interrelationships of the anatomy, physiology and bio-mechanics of the human body. Through the use of Osteopathic techniques, students learn how to remove restrictions to allow the body to return to a pain free and healthy state. Osteopathy can be a very effective treatment in both chronic and acute conditions.
As a former lifeguard and competitive swimmer, Cherry-Ann naturally gravitates towards water sports. She spends her summer months actively competing on the Lake Ontario sailing circuit. In the winter months, she enjoys cross country skiing and hiking to stay active and to help maintain her own balance.
Matthew Dietrich : RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Matt became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in 1999 after graduating from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. He began his career in Ottawa where he worked at a sports injury clinic treating athletes in the Junior Olympic Program. He then spent several years working in spas on cruise ships, combining massage with various holistic modalities such as hot stones, seaweed wraps and exfoliations.
He has been providing Massage Therapy on Danforth since 2008 and holds certificates in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.
Matt believes that lifestyle choices are the key to maintaining optimum health and performance. His personal routine includes daily yoga, running several times a week, eating a diet based in natural foods as well as getting regular massages. He is fluently bilingual in both English and French.
Ellien Fulgar : RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Ellien graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2015. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable therapist, she brings hands on experience working with various settings and clients from different socio-economic backgrounds. Whether it’s for relaxation, restoration, prevention or rehabilitation, she will work with you to develop treatment plan that will meet your needs. She likes to integrate various techniques such as Swedish massage, joint mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, sports massage, cupping therapy and thai massage into her treatments. Outside the treatment room, Ellien enjoys the outdoors and always keep herself active through regular training in martial arts. She also assist with martial arts training and competes regularly. Ellien is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapy of Ontario (RMTAO).
Ben Sluzar : RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Osteopathy (Current Study)
Ben has always been amazed at the incredible complexity of the human body. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in 2014, where he found his passion and drive to continue learning the intricacies and explore the human body further, and how best to approach the treatment of its dysfunction.
Currently, Ben is a registered massage therapist, while he is in his third year of study at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. This is a five-year program allowing students to take a deeper perspective of a patient’s anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, while learning principles and manual therapeutic techniques to more efficiently and effectively address dysfunction at the root or cause of the issue, rather than just relieving a symptom. He has completed training in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, strain-counterstrain, and muscle energy technique, among others within the realm of osteopathy and massage therapy.
Ben believes that everything, whether in life, or the body, is about balance. He is a big believer in the huge and diverse benefits in the practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation, as well as participating in sports and other physically demanding activities; for him, rock-climbing and basketball. He looks forward to learning more about you and how he can help!