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 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, Fouad was a team physician for the Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Lions (NFL), and the University of Detroit Mercy varsity athletes (NCAA Division I). In addition, Fouad 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.

Fouad’s Sports Medicine 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 over 200 ultrasound-guided injections including procedures utilizing platelet-rich plasma, hyaluronic acid, tenotomy/barbotage, and stem cell injections.

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. Nitai Gelber, MD, CCFP(SEM)

Dr. Nitai Gelber is a certified Sport and Exercise Medicine physician. He completed his undergraduate education at McGill, medical studies at the University of British Columbia, Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto, and fellowship training in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Gelber is trained in comprehensive Sports Medicine, including the use of ultrasound for
diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. He has also worked with multiple collegiate-level varsity teams and has provided medical coverage at many sporting and entertainment events.

Dr. Gelber is also a practicing family physician and provides prenatal and intrapartum obstetrical care at Toronto Western and Mount Sinai Hospitals. He is a strong proponent of exercise throughout pregnancy and is trained in the care of pregnancy-related muscle and joint pain.

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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Anthony Qiang

MSc.PT, BSc(H), PTS

Anthony completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and obtained his Master’s in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto. He has undergone additional training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture at McMaster University as well as taken courses in Soft Tissue Release, Level 1 Manual Therapy, and K-Taping. He has a keen interest in athletic populations and is currently a candidate for his Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy Canada.

His past experiences with injuries as well as his work with athletes have shaped his current belief in a holistic approach in assessing and treating physical ailments. He strongly values the importance of proper exercise prescription and promoting healthy movements for addressing injuries and chronic pain

Outside of work Anthony enjoys traveling, reading a good book, running along trails in the city, and caring for his two turtles.

Bridie Nicholson

Registered Physiotherapist

Bridie graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland, Australia, and is certified in Dry Needling. Prior to this, she graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, also from The University of Queensland.

Growing up in sunny Australia, Bridie has always been an active, outdoor person. She has worked with athletes from a range of sports including the Australian Football League, synchronized ice skating, triathletes, marathon runners, tennis, rugby, soccer, field hockey, ballet, boxing, golf, and track.

Bridie believes in the importance of working side by side with her clients to achieve their goals. She does this by keeping up with the latest evidence in treatment techniques and incorporating them realistically into her client’s lifestyle.

Derek Cheung

RPT, Cert MDT

Derek focuses his treatment on patient-centered care and uses exercise prescription, manual therapy, and soft tissue techniques to help each patient get better. Besides that, recently he became a certified McKenzie trained clinician. McKenzie Diagnostic Technique is an effective classification system for treating spine and extremity related injuries.

Derek is proactive in building his skills to improve patient outcomes and is taking further courses in manual therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and acupuncture. He has a particular interest in treating low back injuries, concussions, and hands.

Derek is a graduate of Queen’s University’s Physical Therapy program. He also has a Master’s of Health and Rehabilitation Science from Western University, where he completed research publications on carpal tunnel syndrome. Outside the clinic, Derek enjoys reading new research articles, working out at the gym, spending time with family, and volunteering at church

Cristina Piticco

MSc. PT., BSc., & CSEP-CEP

Cristina holds her Master’s of Physiotherapy Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, specializing in Fitness Assessments and Exercise Counseling from York University. She believes the key to a successful and sustainable recovery stems from a patient-centered care model and strives to inspire all her patients to become more active, healthy, and happy.

Cristina has a special interest in treating patients of performing arts background, with previous experience treating circus performers at École Nationale De Cirque and touring shows of Montreal based companies; The 7 Fingers, and Cirque Eloize. Furthermore, she has both international and national experience treating athletes of various sport-related injuries in Europe and Canada. Currently, Cristina is a Sport Physiotherapy (Candidate) and works with Canada’s National Rhythmic Gymnastics team in Canada and overseas for international competitions.

Using a treatment philosophy that combines manual therapy, myofascial release techniques, and specific exercise prescription while drawing on her own experience with managing injuries, Cristina is able to provide comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. She is dedicated to her own professional development and currently holds a certification in utilizing Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University.

Agnes Makowski

Registered Physiotherapist

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

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 baby and dog.

Phil Edwards

Registered Physiotherapist

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.

Dr. Sabaa Aziz

Chiropractor Toronto

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 Toronto

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 Toronto

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.

Deon Jajalla

Registered 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.

Esther Aguilar

Registered Massage Therapist

Esther Aguilar has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 1997 and is fully licensed with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and an active member of The Ontario Massage Therapist Association. She is also Registered with The College of Nurses of Ontario.

Esther Aguilar is an expert in Traditional Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Athletic Therapy Massage, Myofascial Release, Relaxation Massage, Pre and Post-Rehabilitation Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Passive Stretch Massage, and Lymphatic Drainage.

Helen Li

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.

Adam Cook

Massage Therapist Toronto

Adam is a graduate of the Sutherland Chan School of Massage. He has been with AESM since 2002, and a clinic manager at AESM @ Boulevard since 2003. Adam`s skills as a massage therapist are supplemented by his accreditation as a physiotherapy assistant and a certification in ultrasound provision. Adam works extensively with the professional dance community and served as the lead therapist to the cast of Cirque du Soleil in several of their shows in Toronto. Adam is an ex-high school football player, and keeps active cycling as well as lifting weights.

Dr. Neemez Kassam – M.Sc, ND, R.Ac

Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Acupuncturist

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.

Stefanie Senior – Registered Dietitian

BSc, RD

Stefanie Senior, Registered Dietitian, specializes in weight management, sports nutrition, chronic health conditions, and general health. She studied dietetics at the University of British Columbia and did a post-graduate dietetic internship at Mount Sinai Hospital. Stefanie managed and taught the Steps to Less – Weight Management program at St. Michael’s Hospital for three years, which involved nutrition counseling, designing and implementing nutrition and cooking programs, and leading health seminars for corporations and community interest groups.

She currently offers individual, group, and corporate programs to help people improve their health, energy, and well-being through diet, exercise, and behaviour modification. Stefanie helps people set achievable health goals; identify and manage triggers for unhealthy behaviour; modify eating and exercising habits; plan meals based on nutritional needs, food preferences, and lifestyle; control appetite and cravings, and provides support and encouragement with each step of the way.

She offers consulting services in the greater Toronto area and online video counseling through Skype.

Mina Kalil

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner – MOst Do(MP)

After being introduced to osteopathy in 2011, Mina grew a keen interest in the profession as his desire was always to help people feel better and pain-free.

Mina is a British trained osteopath who went on to complete his Masters in Osteopathic Medicine in London, England at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. He appreciates the holistic approach that osteopathy takes as his job is to seek the underlying physiological cause of the issue, following the bio-psyhco-social model of health. Mina aims in providing support to educate, engage and influence patients in decisions pertaining to achieving and maintaining optimal health.

In his two years of clinical training in the UK, Mina has dealt with all patients ranging from young athletes, office workers, elderly patients, factory/industrial workers as well as pregnant women. He uses osteopathy as a way of detecting and treating injuries in the muscles, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and joints of the body. Having a highly developed sense of touch known as palpation, he will gently and specifically, evaluate and treat injuries.

As an osteopathic practitioner, Mina believes that the body has the ability to heal itself and the skilled application of osteopathic techniques (massage, visceral, mobilization, and soft tissue) in addition to exercise prescription can improve this process and help patients reach their optimal goal.

Mina is a member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and is covered by insurance. He is located in downtown Toronto.

Candice Lewis

Certified Fitness Trainer

Candice Lewis obtained a degree in nutrition from Ryerson University in 2006 before continuing education at George Brown College in the Fitness and Lifestyle Management program. Certified as a fitness professional through the Canadian society of exercise physiology, she has been helping individuals make healthy lifestyle changes in exercise and diet for the past 5 years.

Candice is currently pursuing further certification in her personal training skills having recently completed Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) part 1 and 2 with RTS part 3 soon to follow.

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 15 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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