Mike is and dedicated and creative therapist with a reputation for excellence in his field of Hand Therapy. He completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in 1990 and worked for 7 years as a musician and painter in his home city of Montreal. After a move to Hamilton, he was introduced to the world of healthcare and worked alongside clinic founder, Kiki Kulkarni, until he began his Bachelor's of Health Science Physiotherapy at McMaster University. Mike graduated in 2000 and immediately began his apprenticeship in Hand Therapy under the tutelage of industry pioneer, Mohini Ahuja.
With over 10 000 hours experience in hand therapy, Mike became the Director of the Hand Clinic in 2005. Mike is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at the McMaster University School of Physiotherapy and a frequent instructor in the school's Clinical Skills program. He is a member of the Ithaca Hand Therapy Think Tank and the MacHand Group both of which are dedicated to research and excellence in hand therapy.
Mike is a Certified Medical Acupuncturist and certified in Active Release Technique® for the upper extremity. He is considered an expert in splinting techniques for the hand and forearm.
Outside of work, Mike is a dedicated parent and volunteer. He is the convener of the Kirkendall Recreation Association and can be found coaching soccer and hockey throughout the year.
Sharmila started her career in health and wellness as a fitness instructor working first in Hamilton, then in Montreal and Amsterdam. She earned her Bachelors of Arts from McGill University in History and Italian Literature (1994). She went on to earn her Bachelors of Health Science Physiotherapy from the renowned McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science in 1999 and the same year joined her parents in the Upper Ottawa Physiotherapy family clinic. Since then, she has gained extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient orthopaedic physiotherapy.
In 2010, Sharmila embarked on a new path and is happy to have earned her Master in Osteopathic Manipulative Science (2014), a Classical Osteopathic diploma at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy & Holistic Health Sciences. With the vigor and enthusiasm that comes with new knowledge, she now uses the principles of Osteopathy in all her treatments.
Sharmila balances her commitment to her career with her dedication to her family and her own personal growth. In her spare moments she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Srikant graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor's in Physiotherapy from India. Over the past 15 years he has worked in a variety of practices in both hospital and clinic settings. In 2000, Srikant moved to the Middle East to pursue his career in hospital and home care physiotherapy. He arrived in Canada in 2006 and has been a Registered PT since 2009.
Throughout his career, Srikant has earned his license to practice as a Registered PT in India, United Arab Emerites, Canada and United States. Hands-on Manual Therapy Techniques have been the cornerstone of his treatment combined with exercise therapy. He completed his training in Acupuncture at McMaster University in 2010 and is currently pursuing his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy to further enhance diagnostic and treatment skills.
"A strong Family value is behind my success so I try to spend all the spare time I have with them. I love to keep fit and running is another passion of my life. As a professional, I believe in updating my skills and knowledge with an ever changing evidence-based practice."
Judy Rochwerg graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She was previously employed in Toronto at both Wellesley and Scarborough General Hospitals, where she worked on a variety of in-patient wards. Following a move to Hamilton, Judy worked at St. Joseph's Healthcare in the outpatient physiotherapy department.
Her interest and expertise are in an orthopedic setting where she encourages her patients through an active approach to rehabilitation. She enjoys assisting her patients in setting and then meeting their treatment goals. Judy has extensive experience in treating patients who have had Joint Replacement surgery. She enjoys working in a team environment with other health care professionals. Judy has taken many orthopedics courses to enhance her clinical practice.
Judy has been awarded Hamilton Spectator's Readers Choice Platinum award, Favorite Physiotherapist in 2011; and Diamond Award, Favorite Physiotherapist in 2015.
Judy is an active volunteer in her community. She enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit, traveling and reading.
Stephanie is a 2011 Bachelor of Kinesiology graduate from the University of Waterloo. During her undergraduate studies, she spent several co-op placements at Upper Ottawa Physiotherapy. She went on to graduate in 2013 with a Master's Degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University.
Stephanie believes that integration of individualized exercise programs and manual therapy are important to achieve effective and efficient outcomes. She has completed Level 2 certification in Manual Therapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and continues to take courses to enhance her knowledge and practice. In addition to being up to date on therapeutic techniques, she believes that awareness of recent evidence is key in the profession of physiotherapy. Presently, Stephanie continues to be involved with McMaster University in various ways including research studies and student placements.
Stephanie maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys playing sports, especially basketball and soccer in her spare time.
Curt acquired his post-graduate Master in Osteopathic Manipulative Science from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2014. Prior to this accomplishment, he graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and worked as a Kinesiologist providing rehabilitation in Physiotherapy clinics. He has valuable experience in exercise prescription and implementation.
Since completing his education in Osteopathy, he has incorporated Osteopathic principles and approaches with his patients, correcting structural imbalances to facilitate the body’s inherent capacity to self-heal and regulate.
Curt uses holistic manual therapy to bring balance to the body by using gentle movements to correct structural and postural imbalances. The foundation of Osteopathy lays within anatomy and physiology, and is based up the body’s inherent capacity to self-heal and regulate. Through treatment, structural dysfunctions are corrected to improve flexibility and movement of the spine and limbs to relieve obstruction of nerve and blood vessels which may inhibit the body’s ability to heal. Curt seeks the root cause of the problem by treating the body as a whole, including the muscular, skeletal, visceral, neurologic, and vascular systems.
In his spare time, Curt likes to play golf and enjoy life.
Marcelle has been fascinated by health and the human body since childhood, a passion that continues to drive her in her chosen field of Osteopathy.
The Australian native holds her Masters in Osteopathic Manual Sciences from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association.
Marcelle draws upon her in-depth knowledge of anatomy to address the specific health issues of each individual and believes in working with her patients to achieve lasting health changes.
Abbey Tyrrell is beginning the third year in her Master of Osteopathic Manipulative Science at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, ON. She is a skilled and energetic Registered Massage Therapist, who has been practicing for 3 years after graduating with honours from Ontario College of Health and Technology in Stoney Creek and studying Science at McMaster University.
Abbey believes that the anatomy of the human body is intricate and connected and that by considering multiple systems and structures, and treating the body as a whole, she can provide optimal care.
Abbey believes that every treatment should be specific and tailored to the patient. Her principle-based education allows her to educate her patients and to provide manual therapy treatment that addresses the cause of the problem.
She has worked alongside of physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and medical doctors both locally and globally. She continues to expand her learning through continuing education courses.
Abbey understands, and respects the need for community and togetherness within the health world, and so she leads by example through her role as President of the Student Community at the CAO. She balances this responsibility with almost a decade of service with the Canadian Forces as a Naval Reservist.
Adam is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy with a Master of Osteopathic Manipulative Science (M. OMSc.). While studying Nursing, he had an encounter with an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. After experiencing the effects of Osteopathic treatment, he diverged from nursing training to study the practice of Osteopathy, and could never have imagined it to become such a rewarding, inspiring, and captivating profession. In four years of study at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, Adam earned a vast knowledge of anatomy, physiology, body mechanics, and osteopathic philosophy. He uses this knowledge with every individual to facilitate positive change.
While in school, Adam wrote many articles for the Canadian Journal of Osteopathy and has had the great opportunity to interview and meet many renowned Osteopaths from all over the United States and the United Kingdom. Adam's quest for knowledge is lifelong.