Toronto Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy Team

At Athletic Edge Sports Medicine, we combine several traditional and innovative strategies and specialties to ensure you receive well rounded, cutting edge treatment programs to suit your exact needs. As a patient of Athletic Edge, you will be assigned your own personal therapist, who will represent our full team of skilled and capable team physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other rehab specialists, all dedicated to helping you KEEP PLAYING.

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Dr. Fouad (Freddy) Antoine Sayde, MD

Board Certified Sports Medicine (US), Board Certified Internal Medicine (US)

Fouad Sayde is a Canadian born-and-raised and US-trained Physician of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario before obtaining his medical degree overseas at the University of Balamand in Beirut, Lebanon. He then moved to Philadelphia where he completed his 3-year residency in Internal Medicine at Lankenau Medical Center. Fouad then moved to Detroit, Michigan to pursue a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Henry Ford Health System, one of the oldest and top ranked Sports Medicine programs in North America.

Fouad was a member of the medical staff of sports physicians responsible for taking care of professional sports teams and elite athletes. As a fellow, he was a team physician for the Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Lions (NFL), and the University of Detroit Mercy NCAA Division I varsity athletes. During his tenure in Michigan, he also provided medical coverage for local sporting events including the 2017 Detroit Marathon, the 2018 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, the 2018 Michigan Special Olympics, and local high school football teams. Currently, Fouad is a team physician for Canada Basketball.

Fouad’s Sports Medicine fellowship training concentrated on musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques, allowing him to become skilled in ultrasound-guided injections of various joints including the shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip, knee, and foot/ankle. He has performed hundreds of ultrasound-guided injections including procedures utilizing platelet-rich plasma (PRP), prolotherapy, hyaluronic acid, tenotomy/barbotage, capsular distension (for frozen shoulder) and stem cell injections.

 

Dr. Brynlynn Pitt, MD, CCFP

Dr. Pitt is a board-certified family medicine and sports medicine physician. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and has Certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP). He graduated magna cum laude with his undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Ottawa, then earned a graduate master’s degree in kinesiology from Brock University. He attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine based in Grenada in the West Indies and graduated magna cum laude. Through his training, he gained exposure to health care systems in the UK, USA, and Canada. He completed his family medicine residency training with the Prisma Health/University of South Carolina program in Greenville, South Carolina. He recently completed his sports medicine fellowship training with the Cleveland Clinic in northeast Ohio.

As a fellow, Dr. Pitt provided medical coverage for numerous university NCAA games, events, and tournaments across a wide variety of sports. He also worked with the Cleveland Guardians MLB team, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team, and provided coverage for the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend. He provided medical coverage for professional tennis tournaments with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), as well as for various local high school football games and wrestling meets.

Dr. Pitt has a particular focus on injury prevention and management, concussion treatment, ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal injections, running medicine, as well as lifestyle medicine in order to provide patients with holistic care.

 

Dr. Nathaniel Ibey, MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med

Dr. Ibey has a BScE in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. He attended the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Ibey completed his fellowship in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic at Western University. He holds a certificate in Sports and Exercise Medicine (Canadian College of Family Physicians) and a diploma in Sports Medicine (Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine). 

Dr. Ibey was a member of the medical team for the Western University Mustangs Varsity Program.  

Outside of his clinical practice, he provides medical coverage for sports events, including:

      • NHL rookie tournament
      • Muskoka Ironman
      • Ottawa Marathon
      • Forest City Road Race
      • OUA Field Hockey Championships

Dr. Ibey has an interest in promoting and helping patients achieve healthy and active lifestyles. He has a love of the outdoors and regularly participates in activities on the field, trails, ice, and water. He enthusiastically endorses sports for everyone, every day, everywhere.

 

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med, Medical Director, and Founder

Grant Lum has been practicing sports medicine and performing arts medicine since 1994. He is a leading authority in the field of sports medicine and is dedicated to learning, teaching, and furthering advancements within his field.

Grant is the team physician for Squash Canada, a consultant for the NHL Players’ Association, and an Assistant Professor at The University of Toronto, in the Faculty of Medicine. Grant is also the Medical Director of the Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College, where he assists in curriculum development.

He has appeared in many newspaper articles, on radio, and on television as an expert in sports medicine. Grant currently writes regularly for The Weather Network, about the correlation between weather and health. He was also the health blogger for CTV news.

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Agnes Makowski, Registered Physiotherapist

MSc PT, BSc PT, Dip Sport PT, FCAMT, C. GUNN IMS

Agnes enjoys contributing as a difference-maker for active individuals of all ages and Agnes – Registered Physiotherapistabilities within the areas of injury prevention; exercise medicine; musculoskeletal health; rehabilitation and sports physiotherapy. She has made the integration of best evidence principles a focus of her professional practice. She collaborates with clients and other team members to develop a meaningful care plan and uses such tools as manual therapy, exercise as medicine, and acupuncture.

Agnes is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto and contributes to knowledge translation as a First Responder instructor with the Canadian Red Cross. She practices an integrated approach to athlete care with national sports organizations: Skate Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and Gymnastics Canada.

Michelle DeYoung, Registered Physiotherapist

MScPT, BA, Dipl. Canine Rehab

Michelle is an experienced physiotherapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. She completed her Masters of Physiotherapy degree at Queen’s University, and obtained her Honors Bachelor of the Arts in Kinesiology degree at The University of Western Ontario. She primarily focuses on musculoskeletal conditions, runners, and concussions, and treats people of all ages. She has received advanced training in manual therapy and received further accreditation to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). Aside from treating patients with manual therapy, Michelle also likes to use education, exercises, soft tissue work, and acupuncture (when appropriate). When she is not working, Michelle can be found running, working out, or playing with her babies and dog.

Phil Edwards, Registered Physiotherapist 

MCPA, CMAG (Acupuncture)

Phil is a physiotherapist in Toronto with over 30 year’s clinical experience and primarily works with orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries. Phil is experienced working with National and Provincial level competitors in powerlifting, rugby, martial arts, and triathlons. When not working at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine, Phil is busy coaching rugby for the Oakville Crusaders.

 

 

Greg Moneta, Registered Physiotherapist 

Greg employs evidence-based practice to personalize physiotherapy treatment to expedite patient recovery and return-to-play. Greg takes pride in empowering patients with tailored exercise programs and targeted manual therapy to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions and reach patient movement goals.

Greg readily relates to patients and appreciates the positive impact physiotherapy can have on injury having himself previously completed rehabilitation as an athlete at AESM. Greg appreciates working with all patient populations, having honed his practice in hospital, varsity sport, and clinical settings.

Greg is a graduate of the Master of Physiotherapy degree program at Curtin University in Western Australia, where he fostered an interest in senior rehabilitation and pain science. Outside the clinic, Greg chases athletic pursuits such as golf, hockey, tennis, and strength training. Greg also enjoys cooking and is always ready with a local restaurant recommendation.

Tyler Ottolino, Registered Physiotherapist 

Tyler is a Physiotherapist who graduated from McGill University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this he completed his Bachelor degree in Kinesiology at Western University in 2017. While attending Western University Tyler had the opportunity to work as an athletic trainer with the Men’s Varsity Rugby team providing on-field care and rehabilitation for university athletes.

Tyler first became interested in physiotherapy when recovering from various injuries while playing rugby. These experiences have allowed Tyler to see the process of recovery from a patient and therapist viewpoint. Tyler highly values patient education and emphasizes communication in order to empower clients to take control of their health and wellness. Tyler provides a combination of techniques including specific exercise prescription and manual therapy to help clients reach their rehab, fitness, and health goals.

In his spare time Tyler likes to keep active and moving on a daily basis by lifting weights at the gym, or enjoying the weather running and cycling outside. Tyler enjoys practicing Brazilian JiuJitsu, golfing in the summer, and going snowboarding in the winter.

Michelle Kao, Registered Physiotherapist 

Michelle obtained her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. She is a passionate physiotherapist who strives to provide the best possible care to her clients and works with them in achieving their goals. She has extensive experience treating active patients of all ages during her years of practice in British Columbia and Alberta, and is looking forward to working in her home province of Ontario. She has taken continuing education courses with the Orthopedic Division of Canada and is certified in acupuncture and Gunn IMS needling.

Michelle maintains an active clinical interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, particularly those stubborn and recurring injuries that are slow to improve.  She strongly believes in finding the root cause of your pain and employs various treatments, including manual therapy and dry needling techniques, to address those issues. Michelle also believes that patient education and an individualized exercise plan are key elements in returning to physical activity and preventing re-injury.

Having grown up figure skating and playing volleyball, Michelle enjoys staying active and is an avid hiker and skier. She loves exploring nature with her husband and baby boy and trying new things. You can find her at a new restaurant, picking up a new sport, working on a new skill or even trying out a new recipe in the kitchen!

**Languages:** English, 普通话,粤语

Charlotte Xue, Physiotherapy Resident 

Charlotte graduated from McGill University with a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy. Her interest in health and fitness, along with her desire to help others has led her to pursue physiotherapy. During her time at McGill, she has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care, sub-acute rehab, and private practice while treating patients with a wide range of orthopedic conditions.

Charlotte believes in targeting the root cause of pain and discomfort to create effective and lasting changes. She utilizes a combination of education, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and physical modalities to help her patients achieve their goals and return to activities they love. She is committed to providing quality, individualized care to every patient and making the rehabilitation journey an enjoyable experience.

Charlotte was born in China and moved to Montreal at the age of 16. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going for hikes, playing the piano, as well as exploring different restaurants around Toronto. She is happy to share and take any food or travel recommendations.

Dr. Sabaa Aziz, Chiropractor

D.C. BSc Dip.

Dr. Sabaa Aziz obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Ferris State University in Michigan. She continued her education at New York Chiropractic College and graduated in 2012 with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Her practice tools include diversified chiropractic technique, craniosacral therapy, medical acupuncture, clinical nutrition, activator, active rehabilitation, and kinseo taping.

Dr. Aziz has successfully completed the Canadian Chiropractic Boards as well as the National Chiropractic Boards. Dr. Aziz added to her skillset by obtaining her Complementary Medical Acupuncture license from McMaster University in 2013. Dr. Aziz is currently licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and is an active member of the International Chiropractic Association as well as the American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Aziz places an emphasis on patient-centered health care and being a part of our multi-disciplinary wellness team.  Dr. Aziz focuses on care that restores and rebuilds the health of your spine and nervous system.

Dr. Rosty Serebryany, Chiropractor

BA (Sp Hons), D.C.

Dr. Rosty Serebryany graduated from CMCC in 2005 and has been practicing full-time at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine in downtown Toronto since 2007. Dr. Serebryany has a strong focus on sports and performing arts-related injuries, having been a former national team gymnast for Canada and coach in Toronto. He is also a running enthusiast who offers an individualized evaluation of running mechanics and provides appropriate treatment for injured runners.

Dr. Rosty Serebryany provides chiropractic care, Active Release Technique, clinical acupuncture, Graston technique, Kinesiotape, and preventative medicine to a patient population that includes amateur athletes, sports enthusiasts, and medical professionals. Dr. Serebryany also routinely presents on a variety of chiropractic topics across the city of Toronto.

Dr. Corey Hofkirchner, Chiropractor

B.Sc, DC.

Dr. Corey Hofkirchner received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. He has experience working within sports medicine clinics, St. Michael’s Hospital Sumac Creek Family Health Team, Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Rebecca McDonald Center for Arthritis Spine Clinic as well as Mackenzie Health and Hamilton General Hospitals’ fracture clinics with Orthopedic and Neurosurgical consultation. Dr. Hofkirchner has also worked as a varsity strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer while he studied at Waterloo University.

Dr. Hofkirchner uses a combination of hands-on therapy, exercise, medical acupuncture, and self-management approaches with his patients for effective and efficient relief of spine and extremity musculoskeletal conditions and performance enhancement.

Dr. Brett Dykstra, Chiropractor

Growing up Dr. Dykstra devoted much of his time playing multiple competitive sports. During high school he dedicated his time to playing competitive hockey at the Ontario junior level. Dr. Dykstra then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. During his time at McMaster he worked in a lab researching the areas of exercise and muscle physiology. He also worked as a personal trainer during his undergraduate studies, completing multiple certifications in fitness, which is where he found an interest in understanding biomechanics and injury rehab. He then went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at D’Youville College where he graduated magna cum laude. At D’Youville, he worked in the anatomy lab as a teaching assistant and also took on a research project focused on muscular anatomy, which was then published in a scientific journal. He has a particular interest in treating neck, low back and sports-related injuries. Dr. Dykstra is trained in joint manipulation, soft tissue release, rehab exercise and athletic taping. He has completed certifications in medical acupuncture from McMaster University and concussion management. You can find him living a healthy lifestyle of running, golfing, cycling and playing hockey.

Dr. Samantha Duncan, Chiropractor

Samantha grew up in Aurora, where she was involved in many community sport organizations. With her love of playing sports as well as her love for helping people, she graduated with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Movement Science from the University of Windsor. She was then accepted and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She has further completed the Neurofunctional Medical Acupuncture course at McMaster University.

Samantha uses evidence-based treatment protocols with her patients to achieve the best possible results. She treats both acute and chronic conditions of the spine and extremities with a combination of spinal manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, cupping and home exercise plans. Samantha encourages her patients to make improvements to overall health through stretching, exercise, diet, sleep, and workplace ergonomics to achieve optimal results. She values educating and building trustworthy relationships with her patients.

When Samantha is not in clinic, she enjoys playing hockey, spending time with her family and friends, hiking, gardening, trying new recipes, and traveling.

Deon Jajalla, Registerd Massage Therapist 

 

With widely gathered experience in a variety of treatment approaches, Deon incorporates various techniques and strategies in an effort to help others become strong, mobile, and free of pain. While listening attentively to the body and concerns of his patients, he is able to develop specific treatment plans that work in conjunction with all other treatments received at AESM.

Graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, Deon has worked previously with Sick Kids Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Toronto Rehab, to address various musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions among different demographics of the population.

A certification candidate of the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association, and First Aid volunteer of Athletics Ontario, he works closely with local athletic organizations and other health professionals to provide care to developing athletes. To complement massage therapy, Deon also practices as a Pilates Teacher and ELDOA Practitioner. An avid martial artist, Deon has extensive experience in Karate, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yaw-Yan, Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, and Krav Maga.

Helen Li, Registered Massage Therapist 

Helen is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Sutherland Chan in Toronto. She is a certified Active Release Technique (ART®) provider, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMAG) provider, Graston Technique (GT®) provider, Craniosacral Therapy provider as well as K-taping.

Her practice has mainly been in a sports medicine multi-disciplinary environment which includes such treatments as concussion management, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, postoperative rehabilitation, pre and postnatal therapy, scar tissue management, and remedial exercise.

In addition to clinical practice, Helen provides onsite therapy for the performing arts and has worked on productions in Toronto such as Book of Mormon, Revisor, Beautiful, Anastasia, School of Rock, Grand Finale, Xenos, Kind, and I, and Aladdin to name a few.

With her work experience and skill set, she is able to create an individualized treatment plan for each client to optimize recovery and performance.

Dr. Neemez Kassam, Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist 

M.Sc, ND, R.Ac

Dr. Neemez Kassam is a licensed Naturopathic doctor and a registered Acupuncturist located in Toronto and is currently an associate professor and the department head in Asian Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). He is the co-author of the point location text: “Fundamentals of Clinical Acupuncture” from CCNM Press published in 2009. Dr.Kassam has been featured and quoted in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living magazine, Vitality magazine, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Clinically Dr. Kassam has been focusing on the treatment of fertility and infertility with both females and males. Using the principles and philosophy of Chinese medicine and Naturopathic medicine he has helped many couples achieve their goal. Treatments are given alone, or with assisted reproductive techniques (IUI and IVF).

In addition to fertility, Dr. Kassam has a passion for musculoskeletal concerns and sports injuries. Having played at elite levels in ball hockey and soccer, he has experience and understanding in treating a wide variety of physical ailments. Acupuncture has been proven in many research studies to decrease or minimize chronic pain and may play a role in decreasing rehabilitation times.

Other areas of focus are female reproductive health, allergies, common colds, digestive health, and weight management.

Holly Donaldson, Osteopathy Manual Provider

 

After completing her education at the Canadian College of Osteopathy, Holly has pursued post-graduate courses at the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience,  and the Kharrazian Institute taking specialty courses in functional neurology, gastrointestinal, and advanced immunological courses. Holly also has a diploma in Functional Medicine which specializes in identifying triggers that may be contributing to your pain, inflammation, and dysfunction. These triggers come from many aspects of your life, from physical needs, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep, to mental and emotional stressors. In addition to osteopathy and functional medicine, Holly has an extensive background in exercise therapy specializing in postural and orthopedic rehab.

Holly pursued a career in healthcare to gain a deeper understanding of how the human body works. She believes brain health is fundamentally linked with body health and takes this into account when providing individualized treatment plans.

Holly’s practice is primarily focused on an evidence-based holistic approach. This unique treatment methodology will provide the foundation for developing a personalized approach using diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle modifications, and manual therapy.

Kathleen Ryan Watson, Certified Athletic Therapist

Kathleen is a graduate of Concordia University, with a Bachelors of Science in Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, specializing in Athletic Therapy.

She is passionate about helping people of all ages return to their daily lives & the activities they love, whether that be walking to work, playing with your kids, getting back into sports or simply being able to move without pain.

Her treatment style includes manual therapy; such as massage, soft tissue release, myofascial release, mobilizations, as well as encouraging patient education and getting back to basics with a home exercise program in order to build a solid foundation.

As an athletic therapist she works both in the clinic as well as with teams on the field. Her athletic therapy degree and Sports First Responder certification allows her to be the point person during any on-field emergency.

Outside of the clinic Kathleen enjoys discovering hidden gems of the city, playing soccer & baking.

Stéphane Colle , Certified Athletic Therapist

Stéphane Colle is a certified athletic therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association and the National Athletic Trainer Association in the USA. He has multiple years of experience working with professional level athletes, amateur, youth and the weekend warrior. He completed a dual Masters degree at the University of Idaho in Athletic Therapy and Exercise Physiology while being a Division 1 cross-country and track and field scholarship recipient. He also obtained a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology at Concordia University in Montreal. Stéphane used to be an elite runner being ranked among the top distance runners in Canada for over a decade. His primary focus is on running injuries, biomechanical running analysis, injury prevention and sport injuries. Prior to working at AESM, Stéphane worked at various private clinic and university setting with varsity athletes such as football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field and swim and dive teams. He also works at Honda of Canada manufacturing where he helps to treat and prevent multiple chronic type injuries such tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, low back pain, and more. He has multiple advanced certifications in manual therapy such as PRT, TMR, IASTM,  Mulligan concept, kinesiology taping, Movement specialist certification, and personal trainer certification. In is free time Stéphane loves to stay active with running, cycling, hiking, reading and watching Netflix.

Lynda Mainwaring, M.H.K., Ph.D., C. Psych.

Performance, Health and Rehabilitation Psychology – Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto

Lynda Mainwaring is a Registered Psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto with graduate training in both Human Kinetics and Psychology.  Dr. Mainwaring has published and presented over 200 papers internationally on athletic and dance injury, performance, and dance psychology. Her research interests include psychological consequences of physical injuries in sport, dance, and performance, the emotional impact of mild traumatic brain injury in sport, psychological sequelae of hand injuries, perfectionism, and performance enhancement.  She also has a keen interest and proficiency with a qualitative methodology.  Her practice focuses on optimal well-being and performance, psychological aspects of injury in sport, work, and the performing arts, hand injuries, and sports concussion. She uses various approaches to treatment including mindfulness and hypnosis matching the presenting issues with a suitable management strategy. Dr. Mainwaring is a principal investigator with the Concussion Programme at the University of Toronto, a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Ontario Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Research Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

Credentials:

Psych. (1993). Registered Psychologist in Ontario.

PhD (Psychology) 1992 York University, Toronto, Ontario

MHK (Masters of Human Kinetics) 1984 University of Windsor, Ontario

Bachelor of Human Kinetics (first class honours) 1981 University of Windsor, ON.

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)1980 University of Windsor, ON.

Sandy Prescott, Office Manager

Sandy is AESM’s office manager who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the clinic. With over 20 years of experience working in sports medicine facilities, Sandy is knowledgeable in all services and programs that AESM has to offer.

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