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MANISH PATEL Chiropractor

MANISH PATEL
Chiropractor

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MIN ZOU Massage Therapist

MIN ZOU
Massage Therapist

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  CINDY PENG
Massage Therapist

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Amit Dureja

  AMIT DUREJA
Osteopath

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Jeffrey Liu

  JEFFREY LIU
Acupuncturist

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BRYAN YAMASHIRO
Massage Therapist

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SALLY KRISTO
Massage Therapist

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DR. MICHELLE SALGA
Naturopath

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M. ISMAIL ABDELKADER
Physiotherapist

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MANISH PATEL Chiropractor

MANISH PATEL
Chiropractor

Dr. Manish Patel began his post secondary education at the University of Toronto in Mississauga where he completed his BSc in Physiology. After completing his studies at UTM, he was accepted at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic.

His clinical internship included rotations with the Rose Bowl Aquatics team in Pasadena; the California State University Center of Achievement for the Physically Disabled, the Being Alive HIV Clinic in West Hollywood, the Salvation Army Shelter in Corona as well as colleges, universities and seniors health centres in Southern California. After completing his studies in 1999 Dr. Patel returned to the GTA. He gained valuable rehabilitation experience in several multidisciplinary clinics before taking over at The Health First Group.

Dr. Manish Patel combines evidence-based chiropractic care with a wellness approach to help his patients recover and prevent future recurrences of pain. While pain reduction is always a focus, He uses his knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to address illness and injury from a mechanical point of view. He focuses on restoring form and function to the body, and combines treatment with exercise and healthy living tips to help patients not only regain pre-illness or injury status, but reach new health and fitness related goals.

DR. MICHELLE SALGA
Naturopath

Dr. Michelle Salga, affectionately called “Dr. Mishka” is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor certified in bio-identical hormone therapy. She has a special interest in correcting hormone imbalances and works with a team of nurse practitioners to give her patients optimal care. Hormonal concerns such as menopause, thyroid imbalances, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, low testosterone, low libido, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post partum hormonal deficiencies and
menstrual disorders are simply a few common health concerns that are treated in her office successfully. She is also certified in cosmetic rejuvenation acupuncture.

Dr. Salga treats health concerns of all kinds varying from digestive disturbances, chronic fatigue, skin problems and depression/anxiety. She treats patients of all ages as well. Being a naturopathic doctor she uses natural treatments such clinical nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and supplementation to correct the health problem and possible nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Salga investigates why the health problem is occurring and how it can be fixed by the most gentle means possible. The aim is to reverse the health disorder before it may lead to something more serious.

Dr. Michelle understands that the health care system has its limitations. She is happy to work collaboratively with your medical doctor to provide you with complete care to ensure nothing gets missed and that you are able to communicate your concerns and be heard.

Dr. Salga is a very personable doctor who enjoys listening to her patients. She is an experienced naturopathic doctor who finds it very rewarding to help her patients lead the healthy life they want to live.

MIN ZOU Massage Therapist

MIN ZOU
Massage Therapist

Mina graduated from Royal Institute of Science & Management in 2012. She has experience in muscle-skeletal problems such as back and neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, sprains and strains, headaches, prenatal and stress related conditions . She is excellent at Swedish Massage, Myofascial  Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Deep tissue, acupressure, Thai massage.

She really enjoys practicing massage therapy as she wants to make a difference in people’s lives who suffer with musculoskeletal problems. In her leisure time, she loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys watching massage videos to learn new techniques.

CINDY
Massage Therapist

Cindy is a Massage Therapist. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO). She was trained at Pharma-Medical Science College of Canada in Toronto by completing 2 years program, which gave her full knowledge of anatomy, pathology, neurology and the hand-on techniques. During her training period, she was experienced with massage therapy as an apprentice coached by her teachers.

With her years of experience she has worked with various conditions, she specializes in Trigger Points, deep tissue treatments and Swedish massage, etc. Her professional treatment is highly recognized by her customers with high client return rate and out-of-mouth reputation.

Amit Dureja

AMIT DUREJA
Osteopath</p

Amit’s initial interest in osteopathy developed through his own experience with injuries from the gym, and the benefits he gained through osteopathy. After experiencing the overall health benefits attained from osteopathy for himself and his family through its holistic approach, he was immersed and fascinated by this timeless art and science.
Amit is a proud graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, a school which teaches Classical Osteopathy from the humble beginnings of Osteopathic literature and puts into practice atleast 1000( hands-on training) hours before graduating the 4-year program. He is currently a member of Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA)
Osteopathic Manual Therapy is an integrative health therapy taking into consideration all the systems in the body. Amit uses gentle and effective manual treatments to explore the body’s ability to self heal and self regulate. His treatments works to promote and help patients sustain a healthy lifestyle. His philosophy and practise is always focussed to deal with the root cause of the health concern and not just the symptoms. He works very closely with the patient and uses the principles of Classical Osteopathy as put forward by Dr. A.T. Still to realign and rebalance the body so that it can perform its optimal function.

Jeffrey Liu

JEFFREY LIU
Acupuncturist

I’m a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Registered Acupuncturist since 2020! I am excited to start my career in promoting the art of Acupuncture and Eastern healing philosophy!

I grew up with an interest due to my personal exposure with Traditional Chinese Medicine. During my upbringing I experiencing a neck injury from a fall, since then I’ve had first hand experience with the healing effects of acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. This planted a seed of interest, which eventually lead to a passion and transpired into an endless journey to pursue the art of healing.

I graduated with a B.A. in psychology from York University. I then decided to further pursue my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Humber College, which is the first government funded institution offering this program. I was ecstatic to be a part of the growing field!

While at Humber, I clocked over 600 clinical hours and treated countless patients throughout various clinics in the GTA! This widespread exposure had brought valuable insights in treating various conditions such as; Musculo-skeletal injuries, Menstrual Cramps, Headaches, anxiety, insomnia, whiplash injuries etc..

I had attended over 40 hours of continuing education courses including Dr. Chuang’s adaptation of YNSA (Yamamoto’s New Scalp Acupuncture Style.) as well another 18 hours of Dr. Wen’s Scalp Acupuncture. These Scalp Acupuncture workshops focused on micro-systems that are projected on the scalp. Both courses had a particular emphasis on neurological conditions. Since then, I frequently use these techniques as part of my tool set to treat patients with successful results.

In my spare time, I volunteer with an after school program affiliated with Community Living York South, where I mentor and act as a positive role model for people with autism. I love snowboard in the winter and have an unhealthy obsession with the Toronto Maple Leafs!

Since Graduation and becoming an active registered member of the CTCMPAO (College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Association of Ontario). I have launched my career as a R.Ac at the Massage Addict as well as my private practice. I am excited to join The Health First Group Wellness Centre and look forward to our journey of healing together!

Bryan

BRYAN KENJI YAMASHIRO
Massage Therapist

Bryan Yamashiro graduated from Kikkawa College for Massage Therapy in 2015. He is currently an active member of the CMTO (College of Massage therapists of Ontario) and RMTAO (Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario) and has been working as a full-time RMT ever since.

Bryan has experience working in both a spa and clinical setting. He tries his best to treat his client’s physical issues as well as give them a relaxing and great experience. He enjoys working with people of all ages, and attending to those with acute and chronic pain, muscle aches, headaches, MVA, strains, sprains, stress, and sport injuries.

He specializes in General Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Active & Passive Release, Fascial, Trigger Point Release, Sports Massage, and Relaxation Massage. By using a combination of these techniques, it is his objective to give his clients the therapeutic treatment that their body needs in order to bring them back to optimal health and full recovery.

SALLY KRISTO
Registered Massage Therapist

Sally is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and is licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Sally specializes in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, pre/post natal massage. She is also very experienced in myofascial release, Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, infant and sports massage.

Sally is committed to ongoing learning and works diligently with her clients to achieve the best possible results.

M. ISMAIL ABDELKADER
Physiotherapist

Ismail Abdelkader, a physiotherapist with over 13 years of experience working in with different Musculoskeletal cases, neurological conditions, and sports medicine.

Not only Ismail is an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Toronto, but also he is the co-President and the co-Founder of the OIEPB Alumni Association. Additionally, he sits on the OIEPB Advisory Council Committee. Ismail was granted two recognitions award from University of Toronto for his teaching contributions in 2018 and 2019.

Ismail’s approach is strongly informed by evidence-based active therapy rather than more traditional passive modalities; pain management on its own is not rehab. He has always had a deep interest in utilizing multifocal techniques such as Soft Tissue Mobilizations, Soft Tissue Release, joint mobilizations, trigger point releases, and therapeutic modalities to help people increase their wellness, quality of life, restore their mobility, and live their best life.

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