Meet The Team
Dr. Albert Varela, DC, DOMP
Licensed Chiropractor and Manual Osteopath Practitioner
Dr. Varela is a board certified Chiropractor and Manual Osteopathic practitioner, specializing in neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Varela graduated from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois with Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in Human Biology, as well as a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Dr. Varela earned his Bachelor of Science Kinesiology (Honours) degree from York University. He received his acupuncture certificate from the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University. Dr. Varela also graduated with top honours from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Varela has many years of clinical experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has treated a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints ranging from sports injuries and rehabilitation to geriatric injuries. His treatment focus is hands-on care including; chiropractic manipulation and osteopathic mobilization of the spine and/or extremities, spinal decompression, soft tissue release/therapy, acupuncture, custom orthotics, nasal release technique and necessary electro-modalities. Dr. Varela is committed to personally connecting with the patient as a whole person and developing a personalized treatment plan to address each patient’s unique needs.
Dr. Varela is actively engaged in continuing education in order to ensure his patient’s have access to the most up-to-date tools necessary in their recovery to optimum health and future injury prevention. He uses the most cutting edge and innovative examination and manual techniques to help you deal with pain, increase mobility, optimize health, prevent injury, and increase participation in activities of everyday living. He keeps up-to-date with current research, as well as with continuing education courses, so that he delivers and you receive the most current and effective treatment. He will work together with that patient to come up with a treatment plan that will be effective and that patients are comfortable with.
Xianmin (Shawn) Yu
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist
Xianmin is a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and Acupuncturist in Ontario with over 17 years of clinical experience. He has a solid background of traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, as he got his Master Degree in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Bachelor Degree in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He also got his Master degree at Kinesiology School in Western University. With a combination of both western medicine and Chinese medicine, he is well prepared to provide health services to the public.
He worked from an intern to an attending physician in TCM at different general hospitals in China for almost 10 years before he moved to Canada. His clinical experience includes the treatment all kinds of pain, some internal medical issues (e.g., dizziness, tinnitus, overweight, gastrointestinal disorder, etc.), some gynecological disorders (e.g., dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal syndrome, irregular menstruation, infertility, etc.), and emotional fluctuation (e.g., stress & strain, insomnia, easily irritated, easily get tired, etc.). He is very experienced in treating urinary incontinence which was his main research area while he was doing his TCM master degree. He keeps his knowledge of Chinese medicine up to date and is grateful to still have a strong working connection with his former supervisor and colleges.
Xianmin is also an active member of CMTO. Depending on the treatment, he utilizes different techniques including Swedish Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue pressure, Stretching and Traction. His goal is to help clients relieve pain, regain muscle function, reduce stress, and provide a level of relaxation. He is good at using massage therapeutic methods to help his clients manage all kinds of muscle tension and restriction, i.e., neck and shoulder pain, upper and lower back pain, sciatic pain, etc.
Xianmin offers Chinese herbs and formulas, acupuncture, Cupping (including sliding cupping), magnetic pellet pressing, and massage therapy.
Sabrina Pereira, RMT
Sabrina graduated from Everest College where she completed the Massage Therapy
program. She has gained experience with intra/extra oral massage therapy, patients with
structural conditions, neurological conditions, stress, headaches. Sabrina utilizes general
Swedish techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF – advanced
stretching) deep tissue, myofascial release and cupping massage. Sabrina’s goal is to
provide personalized care to her clients to achieve optimal health.
Matt Brennan, RMT
Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Functional Training Specialist
Matt’s route to massage began when he experienced the benefits of seeing an RMT during the rehabilitation of his own injuries. Being an active sportsman, Matt has competed in many different sports such as swimming, running, soccer and weightlifting. He has sprained his ankles and also a torn meniscus in his knee. Without the help of Registered Massage Therapists, he would not have been able to return to his sport as quickly as he did.Matt’s active lifestyle started at the age of 3, when he started in swimming lessons. He then joined the local competitive swim team aged 5 and at the age of 11 he was approached to swim for the Great Britain Development Squad. Matt moved to Canada from England in 2010, where he continued competitive swimming with Oakville Aquatics and York University. Since then Matt has competed in many running and triathlon events, being selected for the Canadian Age Group Triathlon World Championship team in 2019.
While working as a Personal Trainer he has learnt valuable knowledge in the relationship of exercise and recovery. As a result of this new knowledge, Matt has enabled clients to return to their sport after injury. He has also helped clients lose upwards of 50lbs, resulting in a healthier lifestyle. Matt has a desire to continue to learn, grow and work with a clientele of all ages in rehabilitation and body maintenance, who aspire for a healthier lifestyle.
Alyson Schwichtenberg, Registered Physiotherapist
I completed my Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2018. Prior to studying physiotherapy, I earned my Honours Bachelor’s of Science with a specialization in kinesiology at Queen’s University. With my training in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, I can help clients manage pain and restore strength and mobility. I am a registered member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario as a Registered Physiotherapist.
I have additional training in Soft Tissue Release, and incorporate those skills into my practice. I enjoy combining evidence-informed methods and clients’ interests to create effective and fun treatment plans. In the future, I intend to complete the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division manual therapy levels and courses in medical acupuncture and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
I was born and raised in Oakville and am excited to begin my career in my hometown. In my spare time, I enjoy playing hockey, strength training and running.
Rajveer Malhie , Registered Massage Therapist
Raj graduated from The Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy in 2022. She also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. Raj’s athletic background has contributed to her desire to help treat people and to better understand their bodies to take care of themselves, which lead her to becoming a Massage Therapist.
Raj utilizes different techniques including Swedish, Joint Mobilizations, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Stretching. Her goal is to help decrease pain, regain muscle function and increase relaxation to help clients live pain free lives.
Klara Ric – Registered Massage Therapist
Klara Ric is a graduate of York University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts with Honours. She also graduated from Humber College in the Massage Therapy program with Honours and is a member of the CMTO.
Klara is interested in integrating all aspects of her patient’s health in order to optimize their care. Her style of massage combines stretching and deep tissue techniques, and has an equal focus on relaxation. She believes in collaborative care with the patient so that each treatment and patient goal is achieved. She has experience working with a wide variety of patients, such as perinatal, rehabilitation, palliative care, and wellness.
She is also a Vodder trained Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) certified therapist. Treatments that include MLD / CDT are cases with lymphedema, edema/bruising, pre/post-surgery treatments, whiplash, acute conditions among many others.
Additional special courses include Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability, Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy, Perinatal Therapy, Lymphatic Taping.
Roxanne Durieux, Registered Physiotherapist
She graduated with a BSc Physiotherapy degree in 2011. She has 10 years of experience working in multiple environments; including extensive work in an orthopaedic and sports clinic. She owned and managed her own physiotherapy clinic in South Africa for 2 years before moving to Canada.
Elia Darazi, Resident Physiotherapist
Elia Darazi is a resident PT in Ontario, and a licensed PT in multiple states in the USA. In 2017, he received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in Maine. Elia practiced for years before coming to Canada in 2022. He has years of clinical experience in a variety of practice settings including general outpatient therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation, post-surgical rehab, and vestibular balance rehabilitation.
Elia holds certifications from the States in Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), dizziness rehabilitation, and dry needling. In addition, since 2017 he has completed over 35 continuing education courses and seminars to enhance his skills and knowledge.
Elia’s practice philosophy revolves around providing patient-centered care, with a focus on manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises to maximize improvement in daily function. When not seeing patients, he enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.