Physiotherapy uses a combination of exercise, education and hands-on techniques to help resolve a variety of musculoskeletal, vestibular, neurological, pelvic floor and perineal problems.
Youri Laplante-El Haili
Youri obtained his master's degree in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2018 and his certification from McKenzie Institute International in 2019. He is currently a candidate for their prestigious diploma (which is now held by only seven physiotherapists in Quebec). He also holds a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Montreal, having done research in vascular medicine. He discovered the McKenzie method during an internship during his studies and instantly understood that it was a tool capable of responding effectively to most musculoskeletal problems. He therefore completed his certification six months after obtaining his license, and also followed the Outcome-Accountable Clinician professional development program delivered by the American company Integrated Mechanical Care in 2020. The McKenzie approach aligns perfectly with his values ??as a therapist, since it allows the patient to obtain the tools to manage his pain himself, which makes it possible to significantly reduce the number of visits. Today, Youri’s hobbies include meditation, video games, listening to podcasts on philosophy and theology, and working out at the gym.
Michael Dyck Holzinger
Michael graduated from McGill University in 2009 with his degree in physiotherapy. He then worked in a variety of settings: acute care in hospitals, geriatrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, and convalescence. He eventually started working in his preferred field: musculoskeletal care. He quickly realized that the McKenzie (MDT) approach provided far superior outcomes, and he pursued the training to become a certified, then Diplomaed, McKenzie therapist. He then became a clinical educator for the international McKenzie Diploma programme, and now supervises clinicians from around the world during their clinical placements towards obtaining the Diploma. He is also currently in training to become an Instructor and faculty member of the McKenzie Institute. Michael lives a double life -- as that of a musician. He is a choir director and jazz pianist, which complements well his work as a physiotherapist.
Kalem graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy in 2004 and has been working in Montreal ever since. He started his studies in the McKenzie Method/MDT immediately after graduating and received his certification in 2012. He completed his McKenzie Institute International Diploma in 2014, which involved a two-year specialisation process including university coursework, a two-month full-time international internship and a final exam. He is one of two diploma level McKenzie physiotherapists in the province of Quebec. Kalem has also taken courses in vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, and from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute. Kalem has been extremely involved in sport, which was one of the driving factors in him becoming a physiotherapist. He was a member of the National Team in Judo for over a decade. He is a 5 time National Champion and won international medals in North and South America, Europe and Asia and participated in three World Championships. Kalem’s therapeutic approach involves an emphasis on exercise, postural advice and education. He focuses on teaching self-management principles and exercises, in order to allow the patient to take control of their pain or dizziness and understand how to reduce and often eliminate it from their lives. He also includes manual treatment to help progress towards the goal of a return to activity. Although he works with all types of injuries, Kalem has a special interest in treating headaches and spinal pain, especially those that have become more chronic in nature, as well as vestibular and related problems.
Duc earned his physiotherapy degree at McGill University in 2009. Ever since, he has developed an expertise in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal problems, a field he is still very passionate about. Since his graduation, Duc has taken various courses in biomechanics, pain science, and manual therapy, but became especially interested in the “Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy” (MDT) system, in which he obtained his Certification in 2013. From the moment Duc started applying the MDT principles, he has seen a marked acceleration in his patients’ recovery. This motivated him to pursue and obtain the Diploma in MDT – the most advanced qualification that exists for this method. He is amongst the five clinicians to hold this title in the province of Quebec. Before starting his physiotherapy career, Duc had worked as a lifeguard during his high school years and served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist for 3 years. When he is not working in the clinic, Duc likes to play video games as well as staying active by training.
Olga Sofia Ramos Da Silva Vieira
Olga graduated in 2011 from a renowned Portuguese university with her degree in physiotherapy. After graduation, Olga decided to challenge herself and she embarked on a journey to work as a massage therapist on several cruise ships for a major international provider of Health, Wellness and Fitness services. Here, she developed her interpersonal skills by working with an international clientele as well as several courses in manual therapy and relaxation techniques. When she returned to Portugal, she worked in a Physiotherapy clinic as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team, treating conditions in all age groups, ranging from acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, physical deconditioning, neurological dysfunctions and respiratory dysfunctions. Her thirst for learning and exploring the world, brought her to McGill University, where she obtained her Physiotherapy Equivalency Certificate and she is a member of the OPPQ - Ordre Professionnel de la Physiothérapie du Québec. Since working in Montreal, she has pursued her passion for perineal and pelvic floor physiotherapy, intervening in pre and post-partum recovery and education, urinary incontinence and urgency, anorectal disorders, pelvic pain, among others. This is an area she continues to develop with multiple continuing education courses. Alongside these trainings, she is also pursuing and developing her studies in the McKenzie/MDT method.
Sharl graduated from Cairo University, Egypt in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in physiotherapy. Following his studies, Sharl gained experience in several fields, both in the public and private sectors. He worked in a rehabilitation military center for almost four years, where he discovered his passion helping people who have suffered from brain and spinal cord injuries. In addition to his his interest in neurology, Sharl has worked in pediatrics, orthopedics, and sports rehabilitation. In 2014 Sharl made the decision to move to Quebec. After obtaining his license from the Ordre Professionel de la Physiothérapie du Québec in 2015, he has had the opportunity to expand his experience working in the private sector. He has continued to expand his knowledge and qualifications by completing a variety of courses and certifications including the Mulligan concept, Manual therapy, Mckenzie method and Vestibular rehabilitation. Sharl's mission as a physiotherapist is to use an educative and active approach to encourage his patients to achieve their functional goals. If you consult with Sharl, you can expect that he will use a combination of manual techniques and active exercises.
Ivona graduated from McGill University in 2018, where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in physiotherapy. It is after an early start in interior design that Ivona turned to physiotherapy, driven by her desire to help people and her interest in health sciences. After several years of study and practice, she remains as fascinated by biomechanics and as stimulated as ever to interact with her patients on a day-to-day basis. Since completing her studies, Ivona has mainly practiced in a private clinic setting. After many observations and discussions with peers, she decided to orient her practice towards the MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) assessment and treatment approach, finding in this systematic, precise, science-based, and above all proactive method, an approach that was a natural fit for her. In life and at work, Ivona is always eager to leartn more. She never stops taking various continuing education courses in her field and, at home, you will often see her devouring a book.
Having participated in various sports since high school, Monica has always had an interest in the human body and how it works. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physiology, Monica continued her studies in physical therapy, graduating from McGill University with a Masters in Science Applied in Physical Therapy in 2012. Problem-solving and analytical thinking as well as the promotion of physical activity are some of the factors that led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Since graduation, Monica has specialized in the field of orthopedics in the pediatric and adult population. Working at the Shriners Hospital for Children has allowed her to work with children and adolescents with all types of musculoskeletal conditions, including torticollis, developmental gross motor delay, Legg-Calves-Perthes, toe walking, and flat feet. It has allowed her to develop the skills necessary to develop a treatment plan with the individual as well as with their family. Having taken Manual Therapy courses up to Level II and McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) courses, she is particularly interested in the therapeutic approach of the latter, which is based on education and exercises to provide the individual with the tools necessary to self-manage their pain. She is interested in reaching the highest level of education in this method. Monica believes that as a physiotherapist, it is her role to guide people in their path to recovery, finding active solutions to empower her patients to be in better control of their condition.
Laetitia studied the physiotherapy in United States where she received her Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Central Arkansas. Throughout her studies, she worked as a physio assistant in a hospital in acute, intensive, postoperative and rehabilitative care. After obtaining her doctorate, she worked as a physiotherapist in several fields both in hospital and private clinics. Her experience in these multiple fields allowed her to have a better understanding on how pathologies evolve and how to accompany her patients through their treatment. Laetitia moved then to Quebec and after obtaining her membership of the of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec, she has worked in private clinic for since 2015. She continues her professional education and attended to the McKenzie method courses to obtain her certification in 2018. She worked with Dr. Santaguida, a neurosurgeon specializing in the spine, so she continued to develop her knowledge of lumbar and cervical problems. Loving sports in general, as a tennis player Laetitia obtained an athletic scholarship for four years to represent her university. Her passion for physical activities grew and became the reason why she chose to be became a physiotherapist. Her goal is to enable to her patients to regain the pleasure of practicing their favorite activities and to promote their independence with physical activities adapted to their condition.
Isabelle was introduced to the world of physiotherapy through the sport of judo, where she was on the national team for a decade. Her interest in the profession lead her to complete a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at McGill University in 2004. She also completed a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation at McGill University in 2008. Since graduating in 2004, she has completed numerous continuing education courses in the fields of orthopedic and sport physiotherapy, such as manual therapy (levels 3), Mulligan techniques, sports first responder, taping, FMS, running course and many more. She completed her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2014 in order to further specialise herself in this field. Finally, she obtained her certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in 2016. She began her MDT training as soon as she graduated. However, her interest in this method solidified while she was working as the head therapist for the national judo team. Athletes are always looking for solutions to be able to return to play as quickly as possible and Isabelle was able to achieve good results with elite athletes using this method. In addition to her work as the head therapist for the national judo team over many years, she has worked for numerous years in private practice with an orthopedic and sport clientele. She has treated athletes from all ages, all levels and from a variety of different sports in addition to an adult orthopedic clientele. She has also covered multiple sport events as a physiotherapist including multiple World Championships and major Games with the national judo team, including the 2012 London Olympic Games. Finally, Isabelle is a faculty member of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. She has been teaching physical therapy students in the orthopedic and sport curriculum since 2008. She has also participated in research projects in these fields of physiotherapy. Her therapeutic approach focuses on exercises, quality of movement and education in order to provide tools to her patients so that they can take control of their problems. She incorporates manual techniques and tapings when appropriate. She also has an interest in injury prevention and can provide tools to help minimise the risk of injury.
From a young age, Philippe has been passionate about being physically active. He started out as most young quebecors do, with an interest in hockey, playing on the North Shore for 18 years. Over the past 10 years, he has developed a deep interest in weight training. His passion for health and fitness lead him to apply to physiotherapy, to be able to inspire that same values in others. He graduated from McGill with an M.Sc(A) in physiotherapy in 2015, and since then has developed a keen interest in the McKenzie method. He completed his McKenzie certification in 2018, and plans to become a diplomat in the future. When you book an appointment with Philippe, you can expect a large emphasis on education to help you understand your problem more clearly, and an active approach to foster independence in his patients. Philippe wants to help you get yourself better, not create a reliance on him. He is more than willing to provide you with his expert advice on how to train safely, and effectively!
Jeffrey Quintela Pires
Jeffrey has been practicing assisted stretching for two years now. He recently furthered this newfound passion by pursuing a certificate in Massage Therapy. His interest in physical rehabilitation fuels his goal of exercising the techniques he has learned over the years to support clients in their efforts to heal. Whether for a therapeutic or relaxing treatment, Jeffrey will offer you a session tailored to your needs. He speaks French, English, Portuguese and can get by in Spanish!
During her career as a professional dancer, Sophie experienced the benefits of Pilates and osteopathy. She obtained her Pilates teacher training certification in 1996, opened her own Pilates studio and worked for 3 years with Cirque du Soleil artists for both rehabilitation and prevention. Her growing interest and passion for understanding health and the body prompted her to start her training in osteopathy at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques in Montréal in 2006, where she obtained her certification in 2018. Sophie has been practicing osteopathy since 2011 in clinics with a diverse clientele including: preventive interventions, interventions for quick needs, long-term maintenance, pre- and post-surgery, preparations for childbirth, children, newborns, athletes, the elderly, etc. Her passion and sensitivity for people, movement, health and body-mind balance, allow her deepen her practice while enriching her knowledge and integrating new treatment tools.
Xavier is an osteopath, having graduated from The Institute of Osteopathy of Lyon (France) in 2013. Throughout his studies, he continuously pushed himself to strengthen his understanding of the diverse anatomical, physiological and technical teachings offered at his school. His goal is to restore mobility to all the structures of the human body. Xavier has lived in Montreal since 2015. He has worked in several environments including physio clinics, spas, and sports centers. These varied experiences helped him develop the skills to care for all types of clients. Xavier is also interested in newborn care and he has taken additional courses to meet the needs of these young babies. Passionate and attentive, Xavier aims to surpass your expectations. At Active Solution Physiotherapy we aim to treat the patient as a whole and help you return to the activities that make your life wonderful!