vaughan-staff-frankDr. Frank Baliko, B.Sc. (Hons.), D.C. – Chiropractor/Clinic Owner

Dr. Baliko is a dedicated and caring practitioner who is committed to improving the health and well being of his patients. His clinical interests and treatment approach incorporates both traditional chiropractic techniques as well as active based therapies that involve deep tissue therapy, dynamic movements and clinical exercise. Dr. Baliko earned his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 1999. For the next several years he dedicated his time studying and researching bone and soft tissue tumors in children and osteoarthritis development in adults. It is through this work that Dr. Baliko became inspired to become more hands in treating patients with bone, joint and soft tissue injuries.

In 2007, Dr. Baliko graduated with Honours from the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). He has completed his certifications in both Ontario and the United States. He is registered with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) and is a member of both the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) and the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA). Dr. Baliko has continued to enhance his skills by becoming a certified provider of Active Release Technique (Spine, Upper Body and Lower Body) and Graston Technique (GT).

Fun Fact: When Dr. Baliko is not treating patients at the clinic you can find him enjoying the outdoors. Some of his favorite sports including bike riding, playing squash, baseball and golf. In his mind, Dr. Baliko is scratch golfer and aspires to shoot his first hole in one someday. Dr. Baliko is also a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and enjoys taking in a game or two at the Roger’s Center. Dr. Baliko strives to live a fun, active and healthy lifestyle and encourages his patients to do the same.

Dr. Alan Ali, B.Sc. (Hons.), D.C.Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider/Clinic Director

Dr. Ali received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2009 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and earned his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University in the Biology/Life Sciences Program. He has also completed his certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University. Dr. Ali completed his certification in Ontario and is registered with the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and is an active member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association as well as the Ontario Chiropractic Association.Dr. Ali firmly believes in treating his patients using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach in order to treat the root cause of injury and dysfunction and not just a set of symptoms to help them recover quickly and prevent future recurrences. Dr. Ali utilizes a variety of manual chiropractic joint and soft tissue techniques along with acupuncture to help patients decrease pain and restore range of motion to improve functioning to the affected muscles, joints and nervous system.

Fun Fact: Dr. Ali likes to spend his free time hanging out with friends and family, trying out new foods in the city, listening to music and going to concerts. He likes to keep active by heading to a local gym, doing fun obstacle runs, playing volleyball or working out with fellow staff at the clinic. Our Core workouts are hard-CORE!!

Guiti Moghtader, B.Sc. (Hons.), B.Sc. P.T. – Physiotherapist/Clinic Director

Guiti is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario in good standing. She completed her undergraduate degree in the Pharmacology/ Toxicology program at University of Toronto with Honors. Guiti soon realized her passion for the human body, anatomy and exercise physiology and decided to pursue her degree in Physical Therapy. After graduation, she started her career at Scarborough General Hospital from 2001- 2010 where she had worked on multiple wards such as Internal Medicine, Oncology, Cardio-Respiratory and Orthopaedics. Guiti also managed and triaged patients in the hospitals fracture clinic treating patients with musculoskeletal issues from fractures, ligament sprains and strains, sport injuries and post-surgical repairs. Shortly after, Guiti was given the opportunity to become the hospitals Clinical Supervisor overseeing Physiotherapy students from the University of Toronto and Physiotherapy Assistants from Humber College. Amazingly, Guiti had found the time to maintain her skills by working in multiple private settings both as a treating practitioner and clinical manager/director. Guiti has taken extensive post-graduate courses including certification from the Advanced Physical Therapy Institute, Level 2 manual therapy certification and Level 2 McKenzie certification. Her journey has been dedicated to ongoing education and providing excellent patient care.

Fun Fact: Guiti likes to travel and visit many new places and experience different cultures. She enjoys dance lessons, going to movies, jogging, hiking and trails. She loves outdoor activities such as swimming and boating. Her hobbies also include designing.

Dr. Giancarlo Barranca, B.Sc. (Kin.), D.C. – Chiropractor & Acupuncture Provider

Dr. Giancarlo Barranca graduated from York University with Honours in Kinesiology. Following his undergraduate studies he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and successfully earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Barranca also completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture course at McMaster University for health care professionals.Dr. Barranca’s treatment plans may include a combination of contemporary medical acupuncture, joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy, instrument assisted therapy, rehabilitation protocols and taping. Dr. Barranca applies these techniques to aid in the health and wellbeing of all patients with various musculoskeletal conditions, with an interest on the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries.

Fun Fact: Dr. Barranca has been actively involved in athletics and interested in sports since an early age. He played competitive soccer for many years and currently participates in leagues around the GTA. He also watches a variety of sports and can endlessly discuss matters associated with the NFL, NHL, MLB and international soccer.

Alicia-Jane Ferreira, B.A. (Hons.), R. Kin., N.D. – Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. AJ is a member in good standing with the college of Naturopaths of Ontario, as well as both the Ontario and Canadian associations of Naturopathic Doctors. Dr. AJ began her career at York University with an honours degree in Kinesiology. She became a certified personal trainer and later a Registered Kinesiologist. Throughout the years Dr. AJ has believed in using exercise as a tool to help treat chronic conditions as well as heal injuries and maintain good health. As a Naturopathic Doctor, AJ believes in the foundations of diet and clinical nutrition as a pillar for achieving optimal health. Preventive medicine is a key aspect of Dr. AJ’s treatment principles; she achieves this through the use of diet, botanicals, supplements, exercise, lifestyle counselling, environmental medicine, acupuncture and cupping. Her belief is that not one size fits all, and not all individuals respond to the same treatment the same way. If you think Naturopathic Medicine is right for you please book a complimentary consultation!

Fun Fact: Having been a ballerina, Dr. AJ is now taking on salsa and bachata. In her free time, you can find Dr. AJ hiking outdoors, working out, and always trying new recipes. She enjoys learning languages and is currently working on adding a third language to her lingual proficiency. She is passionate about learning and is always engaged in continuing education opportunities to develop her skill set.

Ashish Patel, B.Sc., B.Sc. P.T. – Physiotherapist

Ashish is a Registered Physiotherapist with focus on musculo-skeletal conditions. He is enthusiastic about continuing education and using evidence-based practices to provide the best care for his patients. He has completed certification course on Mulligan therapy and wishes to further pursue courses in Acupuncture and dry needling. He is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist from American college of sports medicine.

His core strength is Mulligan therapy, Exercise Prescription and Active Rehabilitation. He believes in finding the root cause of the problem and treating it. His motto is making people independent from dependency and helping them to live pain free and healthy life.

Outside of work, Ashish enjoys running, photography and nature.

Jennifer Martinez – B.ASc. (Kin.) – Physiotherapy Assistant

Jennifer is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph-Humber. She has received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Health and Fitness Promotion. She has done extensive work with many patients in hospitals and clinics. She always searches for new opportunities to learn and grow, and apply that to everyone around her. She will be writing her Kinesiology exam in September to become Registered, and hopes to continue her hard work and spreading her knowledge to a diverse population.

She loves to socialize and connect with everyone. Her hobbies include exercising at the gym and dancing.

Alessia Sili, B.Sc. (Kin.) – Kinesiologist 

Alessia is a certified Athletic Therapist, and a member in good standings with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association. As graduate from York University, with a degree in Kinesiology, she has worked with various varsity teams, including football, hockey and Track and Field. Currently, she is working towards a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), here in Toronto.

Alessia has a concrete belief in Exercise as Medicine and feels exercise is a vital part to injury rehabilitation. By empowering her clients with exercise, she will enable them to take power over their own body and lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

Jason Robathan – B.Sc. (Kin.) – Registered Kinesiologist

Jason graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a BHSc in Kinesiology. During his academic and professional career Jason has delivered exercise conditioning and rehabilitation to individuals for the purpose of increasing their sport performance, rehabilitating from injuries, and improving their overall health and well-being. He has worked in both gym and clinical settings in the fields of cardiovascular rehabilitation, personal training, and clinical kinesiology. Jason is a firm believer that exercise provides valuable mental and physical benefits and he strives to deliver this to his clients effectively to help them achieve their specific goals; whether it be anything from being safer and stronger when playing your sport to restoring function and reducing pain in your daily life.

Fun facts: Jason has an athletic past and has played many organized sports such as soccer, basketball, badminton, and tennis. He has coached tennis camps and tennis lessons for both children and adults. Jason has volunteered with different organizations through which he has had the opportunity to deliver exercise therapy to children and youth with special needs and disabilities. In his free time Jason enjoys listening to podcasts, playing tennis, mountain biking, hiking, and kettlebell training.

Nicole Best, B.Sc. (Kin.) – Registered Kinesiologist

Nicole is a Registered Kinesiologist, who graduated from York University with a Bachelor’s of Science Specialized Honours in Kinesiology in 2015, and continued her education at Humber College, completing an Ontario graduate certificate in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management in 2016. In 2016, Nicole became a member and has continued her member status through the Ontario Society for Health and Fitness and completed her Heart Wise Exercise Training Course & Exam. Additionally, she is also Mental Health First Aid Certified.

Nicole is a firm believer of Exercise is Medicine, thus, is committed to improving health through exercise prescription. Along with working in clinic, Nicole trains hockey players and Redbull Crashed Ice athletes from the GTA, ranging from all skill levels and ages. On her spare time, she enjoys competitive horseback riding, hockey, and soccer.

Laura Kuelling – Registered Massage Therapist

Laura studied at The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and graduated with honors in 2013. She received a certificate in hospital specialization where she spent most of her outreach programs at Toronto Rehab Center.  She also took advanced training in prenatal massage and Indie Head massage. Since she became a Massage Therapist, Laura has experienced working in both the clinical and spa settings. Laura likes to combine many modalities in one treatment focusing on deep tissue, trigger points and fascia to relieve pain and tension. She has worked with many kinds of chronic conditions and injuries throughout her career and believes that manual therapy is a valuable addition to any healing regimen. Laura continues to learn new techniques as well as attending courses to further her knowledge of the practice and to keep up to date throughout her career.

Donna Padua – Registered Massage Therapist

A member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO), Donna took her Massage Therapy certification from Humber College with honours.  Through her studies, she had the opportunity to participate in massage therapy research and outreaches (off-campus hands-on training) for pre- and post-natal massage, infant massage, pre- and post-event athletic massage, AIDS, palliative care, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and breast health clinic.

Prior to her education as an RMT, Donna was exposed to Raja Yoga meditation in 2005, an ancient South Asian meditation practice where mindfulness and focus is used in order to clear and calm the mind. Where meditation provides her with mental flexibility and strength, she is also a yoga enthusiast practicing since 2006.  Donna believes that while it is important to have physical flexibility, it is just as important to have strength in structures where needed in order to prevent injuries down the road.  Which is why she also actively participates in fitness classes.

She has a keen interest in the body’s fascial/connective tissue network and its relationship with pain and is working her way to specializing in rehabilitative massage therapy for work-related and/or compensation injuries, joint and arthritic rehabilitation, deep tissue/myofascial massage, acute, sub-acute, and chronic pain.

Jessica Triumbari – Registered Massage Therapist

Jessica Triumbari has graduated from York University with a Specialized Honors Degree in Kinesiology. Following her undergraduate studies, she decided to pursuit a career in Massage Therapy and earned her diploma at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. During her studies she worked at several community outreach programs and specialty clinics around the city of Toronto. Such programs include High Risk Obstetrics at Sunnybrooke Hospital, Gynecological and Pelvic Floor Post-Operative at Toronto General Hospital, Pre-natal and Pregnancy clinic, Seniors clinic, Mental Health Transitional Homes, and a community Stroke Club. Through her experience Jessica has learned the benefits of massage therapy both physically, mentally, and emotionally for a range of populations and ultimately what the power of touch can do to heal others. In clinic, her massages typically consist of Swedish techniques, PNF stretching, deep tissue and trigger point therapy.

Fun Fact: During her undergraduate degree Jessica assisted in conducting research alongside a Registered Kinesiologist and continued to co-write a journal article determining the effects of plyometric training and treadmill training on the prevention of ACL tears in young female soccer players. In 2017, she and her colleague presented their findings at the World Conference on Science and Soccer held in Rennes, France. After this experience Jessica grew a passion for research and a love for travel. She hopes to one day conduct research on the benefits of massage, yoga and well-being and travel to another conference around the globe.

Anh Vo – Registered Massage Therapist

Annie always wanted to be a part of the healthcare. Her passion about taking care of mind & body made her interested in practicing Yoga, Meditation, Tai chi and Dancing. She studied at Humber College and Bryan College and graduated in 2013. She has experience working with clients in Spas, Rehab, and Clinics.

Her goal is to help clients achieve their goals of well being – STAY HEALTHY, STAY BETTER.

Reception Staff

(From left to right) Natalie Comella, Rosie Vizza and Angie Carvalho