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Rehab and Wellbeing Centre
The Rehab and Wellbeing Centre provides leading edge rehabilitation medicine by experts who span decades of clinical practice, research and education. The centre offers assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services to the Greater Toronto Area by providing Active Release Technique, Athletic Therapy, Chiropractic Services, Massage Therapy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology.
Our team consists of a core group of specialists who treat amateur, Olympic, and professional athletes including members of The Toronto Maple Leafs, The Toronto Blue Jays, The Toronto Raptors, as well as a number of other professional sports teams in Canada, the U.S. and overseas.
Rehab and Wellbeing Centre
Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mount Sinai Hospital
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex
600 University Avenue, Floor 11, Room 1181
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5
8787 Woodbine Ave. Suite 115-116
Markham L3R 9S2
Meet the Team
Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, D.C., PhD
Dr. Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases. He is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a Faculty member of the University of Toronto Spine Program and The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health. In 2012, Dr. Ammendolia was recipient of the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. He has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and now combines clinical practice, teaching and research in the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.
Dr. Ammendolia is the author of more than 35 peer-review papers, reviews and book chapters and has been the recipient of the “Chiropractor of the Year” in 2015 for outstanding contribution to the profession from the Ontario Chiropractic Association.
Spinal stenosis video CTV news Ammendolia
Dr. Aksa Ahmed, B.Sc.(Hons), D.C.
Dr. Aksa Ahmed is a Chiropractor at The Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis & Autoimmune Disease and the Research Coordinator for the University of Toronto’s Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Study at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours at the University of Toronto, specializing in Biochemistry and Human Biology, and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Clinic Honours in 2015. Dr. Ahmed is a diversified practitioner and is also certified in Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University.
Dr. Ahmed is passionate about leading a healthy and active lifestyle. She is strongly committed to providing exceptional patient-centered, high quality healthcare using a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach. Dr. Ahmed keeps up-to-date with current literature and incorporates evidence-based chiropractic care in her practice.
Jennifer is a Registered Massage Therapist. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Diploma program at Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic, having previously obtained an honours B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.
Jennifer has successfully treated a broad range of patients and conditions: from long-haul truck drivers who have dense back fascia and short hip flexors, to neurosurgeons who experience tension from using machinery with precise repetitive motions, those with computer desk jobs who suffer from Carpal Tunnel or Thoracic Outlet symptoms, weekend warriors recovering from sports injuries, and those whose life stress is manifesting in physical terms.
In addition to musculoskeletal disorders, Jennifer has specific massage training related to high risk pregnancy, scar mobilization post breast surgery, central nervous system disorders such as Parkinson’s and strokes, and providing relief to those undergoing medical treatment for malignancies.
Donna Bielawski, BScPT, MSc
Donna holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Her clinical experience includes many years in Outpatient Orthopaedics in the Rehabilitation Department and also in the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Donna has a special interest in head and neck disorders particularly disorders of the temporomandibular (TMJ) or jaw joint/muscles. She completed a Master of Science from the Faculty of Dentistry Department from the University of Toronto in 2009. She focuses on manual therapy techniques and exercise based strategies in the treatment of these disorders. She is a registered member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (CPO) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Donna is dedicated to ongoing professional development and continually pursues continuing education course/conferences and current research to improve her knowledge base.
Annette Broderick-Colombo, RMT
Annette is a Registered Massage Therapist and active member of the Ontario Massage Therapist Association. She is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto. Annette focuses on relieving pain, discomfort and decreasing tension by taking the time to assess the needs, objectives and specific concerns of her clients. She integrates traditional Swedish massage with trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint mobilizations and advanced myofascial release techniques for repetitive strain injuries, compression syndromes and soft tissue trauma.
Annette has experience working with clients with sports injuries, pregnancy related discomforts, fibromyalgia, overuse injuries, post cancer surgery and a variety of other musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Davor Cepo, D.C.
Dr. Cepo, a graduate of McMaster University and New York Chiropractic College, is a consultant at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Rehab and Wellbeing Centre. He integrates his unique experiences as a former Olympic and Canadian National soccer team member to assist individuals and athletes of various abilities with their injury recovery and performance goals. Dr. Cepo has worked with world class athletes internationally at the World Track and Field Championships in Budapest 2004, and with professionals in NHL, CFL, MLS, and Toronto’s dance, theatre and film industries. He is a Rehab Specialty Fellowship candidate and is a clinical instructor for the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.
Adam Chen, R.TCMP, R.Ac, Ph.D.
One of Canada’s leading acupuncture specialists, Adam Chen is the founder of the acupuncture clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital. Mr. Chen’s clinical work focuses on pain management and women’s health issues and has been frequently called upon by government agencies to provide expertise on Traditional Chinese Medicine. His pioneer work of introducing acupuncture into Canadian hospitals have been featured in variety of media outlets.
Adam Chen in the media:
Rehab and Wellbeing Centre brings non-traditional therapies to hospital setting (Hospital News)
Glenn Copeland, D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)
Glenn H. Copeland is one of North America’s leading Podiatrists in active practice for more than 35 years. He has worked with Mount Sinai’s Sports Clinic for more than 25 years and is currently the Medical Director for the Rehab and Wellbeing Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is a best selling author and has published 5 books in 12 languages including “The Foot Doctor”. He has worked extensively with many professional athletes including Major League Baseball players and has been the Podiatrist for the Toronto Blue Jays since 1979. Glenn has founded and served as Chief Executive Officer for many successful companies including: Feet First (1982 – 1989), Footmaxx International where he also sat on the Board as Chairman (1991 -2000) and Cleveland Clinic Canada (2004 to 2008). Currently he is the consulting Podiatrist and Strategic Advisor to the award winning Canyon Ranch Health Resort (Since 2007).
Glenn Copeland in the media:
Find the best shoes for your workout - By Glenn Copeland (Canadian Living)
Pregnancy Foot Care: Your Top 5 Questions Answered(Babyzone.com)
Mount Sinai’s Rehab and Wellbeing Centre offers specialized care in one location (Hospital News)
Melissa Ducsharm attended McMaster University and earned an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. In her time at McMaster Melissa volunteered as a student therapist working with a wide range of varsity athletes including the football and basketball teams. She also worked with the MacWheelers team providing exercise support to patients with spinal cord injury. After graduating and working as a Kinesiologist, Melissa attended Queen’s University where she completed her Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences. She was a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for a variety of subjects within the department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She worked as a curriculum developer and instructor for the Enrichment Studies Unit at Queens University exposing gifted kids and teenagers to sciences beyond the classroom. Melissa recently presented her research in ACL reconstruction surgery at a conference to members of the American Association of Anatomists. She enjoys playing competitive soccer in her spare time.
Melissa uses Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy, Class IV Laser therapy, and Deep Oscillation therapy as modalities to help patients rehabilitate from injury. She also does custom compression stocking fitting and orthopaedic bracing to help patients regain function and mobility.
Desmond Fung, RPT, MSc.PT, H.BSc, CCAMA
Desmond holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, which he earned following his Bachelor of Science with Honors from McMaster University. At the University of Toronto, he was awarded with the Physiotherapy of Canada Research Award for outstanding research in the field of physical therapy. His research was presented at the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Conference (2009) and at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress (2009). Desmond is also certified in medical acupuncture from McMaster University. In addition, he is also a Functional Movement System (FMS) Certified professional. He has taken numerous continuing education courses expanding his evidence-based techniques to efficiently treat his clients, helping them regain optimal health.
He has treated a wide range of clients, ranging from general orthopedic and neurological patients to OFSAA, CIS, NCAA and Team Canada athletes. Despite what your goal is, Desmond will help you achieve it through optimal, evidence-based therapy.
Dr. Melissa Givelos, DC
Dr. Givelos completed her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours at the University of Toronto, specializing in Human Biology, and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with Honours in 2010. As a Functional Integrative Therapy provider, Dr. Givelos combines the various skills attained through her education and experience. As a chiropractor, A.R.T. and medical acupuncture provider, she has treated various athletes at a varsity and a professional level. She uses the F.I.T. approach with the goal of increasing function and reducing pain of her patients, who may need help with their sport or general activities of daily living. Dr. Givelos is currently an Instructor-In-Training with the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.
Elysa Graci, CAT (C)
Elysa Graci is our very own Certified Athletic Therapist who works out of the Mount Sinai Fitness Centre. She is a competitive long distance runner who has run the Boston Marathon twice and has a current personal best of 3 hours and 5 minutes. Other than that she enjoys swimming, strength training and yoga. An Athletic Therapist is trained to assess, treat, and prevent both chronic and acute athletic injuries. Elysa works one on one with patients by detecting muscle imbalances and by helping them strengthen specific muscles in order to reduce and get rid of their pain. Her customized strength programs are aimed at very gradually and progressively bringing a patient or client back to doing the activities they once enjoyed, pain-free. She works with people of all fitness levels from competitive runners to the hard-working hospital staff. Whether your goal is to become a faster runner, correct your posture, become less reliant on a cane or walker, or to just become a stronger individual, Elysa will help you get there. Elysa firmly believes that resistance exericse will permanently reduce musculoskeletal pain and prevent future injuries, and that everyone at all ages and fitness levels should incorporate strength training in their lives.
Joelle Karam MScPT, BHsc (Hons)
Joelle Karam graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Prior to her Masters she received an Honours Degree in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program from McMaster University. Further, she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner. Joelle holds an executive position in the Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association and in the Ontario Section of the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA.
Joelle's passion lies in helping individuals regain and pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. Through extensive continuing education and experience she can offer a combination of treatment techniques to assist individuals in meeting their goals. She specializes in core stability training, medical acupuncture, manual therapy and functional strength training. She believes that the human body is complex and each individual is unique. Goals for treatment are tailored to the person, functional based and aims to optimize the body to work at its maximum potential.
Joelle leads an active lifestyle and has a strong interest in nutrition. She truly believes that overall health and wellness requires a balance of all aspects of life, from the inside out.
Anne King, RMT
Anne graduated from Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2012, winning the award for the highest academic and clinical achievement in her graduating class. Some of her outreach experience includes treating patients at Toronto General Hospital, Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Rehab Hospital and high risk obstetrics at Sunnybrook Hospital. Anne has an extensive health and fitness background both as a fitness instructor and as an internationally ranked competitive athlete, both in sport aerobics and dragon boat racing.
Timothy Poon is a trained singer and speech language pathologist (SLP) specializing in the assessment and treatment of the human voice. For more than a decade he has vocally cared for a diverse group of people including teachers, business people, lawyers, religious leaders, reporters, professional comedians, singers and actors, some of whom have appeared on national television and the Broadway stage.
Timothy received both his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (with Honour Standing) and his Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). His diverse educational background enables him to comfortably draw upon techniques from the singing studio as well as evidence-based therapies from the speech language pathology lab, resulting in therapy that combines the best elements of art and science, tailored for the individual.
Timothy remains active musically. In 2012 he co-founded the progressive bluegrass group Among What Rushes.
Dr. Michael Prebeg, DC
Dr. Michael Prebeg is a chiropractor who specializes in the treatment of sports injuries. Through the combination of Active Release Techniques (ART) and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, and joint manipulation he has helped athletes of all levels with injury recovery and in performance enhancement and is currently a consultant with many Olympic and professional athletes (MLBA, NHL, NFL, CFL). He has covered the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton 2001, and Paris 2003, Goodwill Games 2001, World Cup of Track and Field 2002, US National Championships outdoor and indoor 2002, 2003, NCAA Track and Field Championships 2003, and the World Basketball Championships. He is a Senior Instructor in the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University and is the Treasurer of the Canadian Contemporary Acupuncture Association.
Dr. Michael Prebeg in the media:
Lessons from the World of Sports (The Health Professional)
Kathryn Zbarsky, BSc, MScPt registered physiotherapist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Kathryn earned her Masters degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 2009 after first earning her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Concordia University in 2005. She is a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Kathryn is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and currently working on her manual and manipulative therapy- level 2 and Acupuncture certifications. Kathryn also has training and accreditation in core stability, neuro-developmental techniques, Kinesiotaping, and advanced exercise techniques. She emphatically incorporates exercise prescription and health education into her practice to maximize her patients health goals and recovery times. She is committed to continuing education, and holds her status appointment with The University of Toronto.
In addition to her work in adult orthopaedics, Kathryn holds advanced training in paediatric rehabilitation and continues to work at the Hospital for Sick Children where she practices in paediatric oncology as well as the Sick Kids Obesity Team (STOMP) . Along with her experience and education, Kathryn brings with her a deep sense of compassion and understanding to all of her patients.
Kathryn is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and participates in a variety of fitness activities including running, cycling/spinning, pilates and yoga. She also has a strong interest in nutrition.