Dr. Kris Sheppard is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of The Runner’s Academy, in Toronto, where he maintains his practice as a Chiropractor, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provider and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.As a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the Canadian Memorial College of Chiropractic, Dr. Sheppard combines his years of academic learning with the experience he has gained treating Olympic athletes, varsity athletes, competitive runners of all ages and those simply looking to move well for a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Sheppard is a sought after practitioner in his field and has developed a run technique and strengthening program that has proven itself many times over by enhancing function and performance for those who seek help from him.
Kris’ philosophy on staying active and enhancing your ability to perform; is improving movement patterns throughout the body and minimizing the risk of injuries through maintaining strength and variety in any training program.
Dr Brittany Moran’s number one objective is to get you back running your best!
Having sustained some major running injuries herself; she understands the physical but also the mental/emotional side of running injuries. She has been able to successfully come back to run personal bests post injury, and wants to help you do the same! Rather than just make the pain go away she strives to find the route cause of the problem, help make the necessary adjustments and optimize your movement to get you back running better than ever.
Dr Moran has true passion for running and it has been her sport of choice for her entire life. She competed on the University of Windsor varsity team in cross country and track and now competes at the sub elite level in major international marathon events with a personal best time of 2:36:23. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Dr. Moran has coaching experience at many different levels. She is a Nike Toronto run coach and has also founded her own running team, StrideWise Running, that focuses on positive vibes and embracing the process of training.
Dr Moran has a kinesiology degree from the University of Windsor and a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Moran is committed to lifelong learning and continues to take courses to enhance her skills. She is trained in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her most recent certification is in Neurokinetic Therapy, which uses muscle testing to help determine areas of dysfunction within the body. This allows her to use many different techniques to treat the entire musculoskeletal system. Dr. Moran uses a functional approach in the assessment of patients, looking for weaknesses and imbalances that need to be addressed in order to fix the issue.
Dr. Moran would love to help you feel and run your best!
Dr. Geoffrey Johnston is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He also holds an Honours degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University. While at Queen’s University, Dr. Johnston was a student athletic therapist for the men’s Varsity Volleyball Team, and received the Athletic Therapy Award in his graduating year.
Dr. Johnston is experienced in treating people of all ages and abilities, including professional, varsity, and competitive youth athletes. Dr. Johnston employs a functional, evidence-based approach to patient care. He uses adjustments, mobilizations, soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture, taping, targeted exercises and patient education, to achieve individualized treatment goals. Dr. Johnston is certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, Active Release Techniques (ART), and Athletic Movement Assessment.
Dr. Johnston is passionate about running, and loves the community that it fosters. His race history includes the Cabot Trail Relay, Around the Bay, and countless 10 Ks, and is looking forward to running the Trail Race Series in the future. In addition to running, Dr. Johnston is a former elite level baseball player, winning 2 national championships with the Toronto Mets organization. He also enjoys spending time as a coach/ trainer for youth hockey and volleyball, respectively.
Upon completion of his Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, Bojan attended D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). As a licensed Physical Therapist, Bojan has had the privilege of working in South Texas in the Outpatient setting, treating patients of varying diagnoses and age groups. He believes that injury prevention, maintenance, and lifestyle changes are integral for success and well being. He is committed to patient care and understands the emotional and psychological aspects related to injury, pain and dysfunction. It is important to Bojan to develop strong relationships with his patients and understanding their personal goals is a priority when establishing a treatment plan. Bojan’s approach to treatment combines; manual therapy, Instrumental Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), various taping techniques, therapeutic and functional exercises, injury prevention and patient education.
Bojan grew up playing many team sports, in particular hockey, basketball, and soccer. In the last several years, he has developed a strong passion for running, cycling and triathlon. Cycling brings him the most pleasure and it happens to be his strongest discipline as well, you can often catch him in several group rides in and around the city. As a runner and triathlete, he understands the importance of health and pain free training for optimal results for performance and well-being.
Lindsay strives to get to the root of the issue, resolve it efficiently and get you back in action, stronger than ever.
In addition to injury management and prevention, Lindsay loves to integrate performance training into her approach. She is passionate about running and triathlon, and this combination of personal experience and educational background has allowed her to develop an in-depth understanding of the physical demands of endurance sport and a keen eye for identifying biomechanical contributors to injury and performance.
Lindsay is an enthusiastic life-long learner. In addition to her Masters degree in Physical Therapy, Lindsay recently completed a Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Manipulative Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), which is the highest accreditation for orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada signifying extensive post-graduate education and internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on therapy. She has also pursued post-graduate education in anatomical acupuncture, soft tissue release, and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, which is a movement based diagnostic system used to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions.
Lindsay enjoys helping clients achieve their personal goals through a balance of education, manual therapy, personalized exercise prescription, acupuncture, health promotion, and injury prevention. She is also dedicated to advancing orthopaedic physiotherapy in Canada through leadership within the physiotherapy profession. Lindsay has recently been named an Executive of the National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Outside of the clinic, Lindsay has experience as a personal trainer, cycling instructor and running coach and continues to train, compete and coach in the community. As a run Ambassador for lululemon, she has also had the honour of acting as an official pacer for several races across Canada. After completing an Ironman distance triathlon, she is learning to love her time in the pool almost as much as she loves lacing up and heading out for a long run!
Hugo is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). He has completed continuing education courses in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, Advanced Sports Massage, taping, and Massage During Pregnancy.
As an RMT, Hugo has a wide range of clinical experiences ranging from working with high-risk pre and postnatal populations at Sunnybrook Hospital, to clients with neurological conditions including traumatic brain injuries at Toronto Rehab Hospital, as well as various sport-related injuries.
Hugo enjoys treating wide range of clients from runners and triathletes to weekend warriors. Hugo uses an integrative approach to treatment incorporating active stretch and myofascial release techniques, trigger point work, acupuncture, Swedish Massage techniques and exercise prescription.
Hugo has a great deal of experience as a runner himself; he was previously a sponsored high-level athlete and has competed in over 20 marathons including Boston, Chicago, New York City and California. He has also raced in triathlons including Ironman races in Germany and Switzerland.
Annette is a graduate of Sutherland-Chan Massage Therapy (2010) and is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She is also a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
While in school, Annette’s practice focused on chronic pain & rehabilitation, as well as advanced study in myofascial therapy. She has gained a great deal of experience while working in different multidisciplinary environments. She is able to treat varying conditions ranging from repetitive strain, chronic pain, pre and post natal symptoms and sport injuries.
Annette is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals, whether that be helping to recover from an injury or enhancing performance through maintaining the health of soft tissue. Continuing education in acupressure and Myofascial release for the cervical spine incorporated into treatment. She is a firm believer in preventative medicine and helping clients understand the best approach to integrating Massage Therapy into their treatment and training plans.
Dr. Matas Nakrosius ND, graduated from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and is a licensed naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, he is currently a member and in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Matas has a bachelor degree in kinesiology with Honours from The University of Toronto. His background in kinesiology in combination with degree in naturopathic medicine gives him a holistic approach to sport medicine, nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
Diagnosed at the age of 6 with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Matas has learned first hand the importance, application and optimization of nutrition and exercise in a healthy lifestyle. Matas also has a special interest in cardiovascular health, diabetes and metabolic concerns, nutrition planning, gut health and pain management.
Matas is proficient in botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, exercise prescription, nutrition and homeopathy.
Matas has a vast history in competitive sports including soccer, volleyball and swimming. Post collegiately he took up running and has been training consistently ever since, excelling in the 5-10k distances. Additionally Matas grew up skateboarding so he has a wealth of experience dealing with acute and long term injuries. With Matas‘ knowledge of a broad range of sports he is well versed in the specifics and the demands that each individual sport brings
Dr. Matas Nakrosius, ND is also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Janie is a Registered Kinesiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her passion for helping others has led to co-founding The Runner’s Academy where she excels at guiding clients through specific rehabilitation, strength and performance programs.
Janie graduated from The University of Western Ontario and has over 10 years of experience working with a wide variety of clients in the health and fitness industry. Active throughout life with soccer and other sports, Janie had a keen interest in Kinesiology early on; but having suffered from knee pain and sports injuries along the way, as well as remaining active through two pregnancies and beyond, has brought her to today.
Janie’s desire to continuously educate herself and her clients has driven her to incorporate Pre and Post-Natal Fitness programming for pregnant women who want to stay active, and especially, for those who plan to return to running afterwards! She has also added ELDOA to the list of movements that she is able to offer to help clients decrease pain, improve posture and improve overall strength.
With an exceptional eye for movement patterns, a strong background in Developmental Neuromuscular training and core re-training; Janie aims to educate her clients and inspire them to move well and improve health for life.
Jake is currently completing his Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, while competing as a captain for the Varsity Blues Cross-Country and Track & Field Teams. Jake is highly involved in the running community through competing at local university and community races. Jake has acquired a vast amount of running experience through training and competing at provincial and national level caliber races from 2009 to the present. In high school he placed 4th in OFSAA 3000m (2011) and 7th at OFSAA cross country (2010). On the university stage he has placed 1st in the 4x800m relay at OUA Championships (2019) and 3rd in the 4x800m relay at USports Championships (2019). Jake’s main coaching philosophy is to listen to your body, be patient throughout your running journey, and have fun.