BodyTech Physiotherapy was created out of a desire to improve the quality of physiotherapy care in the city of Kitchener. By providing high quality, advanced manual therapy treatment to our clients, we are dedicated to offering the most up to date evidence based treatment.
We believe in educating our clients to complement their understanding and therefore response to treatment and aid in injury prevention. Our approach is based on active participation, therefore exercise will be an important part of all treatments. BodyTech Physiotherapy is owned and operated by Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) an organization of the International Federation of Manipulative Physical Therapists dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care. All of our physiotherapists have completed or are working towards completing their Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. This advanced training enhances assessment and treatment skills, and allows our physiotherapists to treat any orthopaedic or musculoskeletal injury for people of all ages.
Cheryl Reid Ralph
BSc. PT, BSc. (BIO), Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, Dip. Canine Rehab, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner
Cheryl, who originally resided in Newfoundland, graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology (2001). After graduating from Acadia University, Cheryl went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. She received her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). In 2015, Cheryl obtained her Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation.
Cheryl initially worked in Chester, Nova Scotia for 5 ½ years at a private practice clinic. After moving to Ontario in 2009, she continued to work at a private practice in Guelph. With over 9 years of experience as an orthopaedic physiotherapist, Cheryl felt she was ready to further develop her passion for orthopaedics and manual therapy. With the help and support of family, friends and clients she decided it was time to open her own physiotherapy clinic to pursue her own professional goals.
Since graduating, Cheryl has continued to complete courses to further her orthopaedic and manual therapy skills. She has completed level 1 acupuncture, neuro-proprioceptive taping, a Shirley Sahrmann course on diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunction and a Paul Hodges course focusing on core stability. Cheryl has also completed a course on gait analysis to help with improving assessment of running injuries.
As a manual physiotherapist, Cheryl is trained to treat all musculoskeletal conditions of the body and is very passionate about her profession. In her free time Cheryl enjoys running, playing with her dogs and exploring the many trails of the Grand River Region.
MSc. PT, BSc. (KIN), Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CSEP-CEP, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner
Vanessa graduated from the University of Waterloo where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Vanessa went on to obtain her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2007. She received her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). Additionally, Vanessa has a strong interest in exercise science and has been a Certified Exercise Physiologist since 2007 with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She is also certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.
Vanessa initially worked in Guelph, Ontario at multiple private practice clinics for 6 years. With a passion for providing high quality, client centred care in orthopaedics and manual therapy, Vanessa decided it was time to start her own clinic to meet these standards of care and further pursue her own professional goals.
To further her education and skills, Vanessa has continued to complete courses on a regular basis and regularly mentors physiotherapy students and physiotherapists. She has completed courses on athletic, rehabilitation and neuro-proprioceptive taping, mobilization of the nervous system, core stability, and advanced examination and diagnosis. She has assisted and taught courses in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of shoulder injuries. Furthermore, Vanessa is a member of Sports Physiotherapy Canada and has provided sport coverage for multiple sports including figure skating with Skate Canada, soccer, and ultimate frisbee at various levels of competition.
As an advanced manual physiotherapist, Vanessa is trained to treat all musculoskeletal conditions with any age group and continues to pursue her passion for being a physiotherapist. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys participating in recreational activities including ultimate frisbee and hiking.
MSc. PT, MSc., BSc. (HK),
Courtney graduated from the University of Guelph where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to obtain her Master of Science in Biomechanics at the University of Guelph, where her research explored how human posture adapts to different environments during voluntary movements. Courtney then went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Courtney is passionate about continued education and has completed courses in basic taping and soft tissue release. She is currently working towards completing her levels in manual therapy to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Courtney is interested in treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions using a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and education to help clients meet their goals. As a former varsity athlete at the University of Guelph, Courtney also has an interest in treating athletes at any level.
In her spare time, Courtney enjoys playing sports, such as field hockey, flag football and soccer. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and dogs.
MSc.PT, BSc. (HSS), BA (Psy),
Chris graduated from Queen’s University, receiving his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. He previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Nipissing University. Chris has completed his Level 2 Manual Therapy certification and will be continuing to work towards completing his manual therapy levels in order to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has also completed the Lyn Watson shoulder course as well as courses in soft tissue release, and Neurokinetic Therapy. Chris is a trained provider in concussion management. He has a strong interest in pursuing future education through courses in acupuncture and other areas of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Clinically, he utilizes a combination of manual therapy skills, exercise prescription and education to help create individualized treatment programs and assist his patients in regaining or improving their everyday function.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing a variety of sports such as hockey, ultimate frisbee, baseball and golf. He also enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities and is looking forward to exploring all that the Kitchener-Waterloo area has to offer.
MSc. PT, BA (KIN),
Carla graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology. From there she went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Since then Carla has begun coursework towards her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and plans to take courses in acupuncture. Carla is also a member of Sport Physiotherapy Canada and enjoys providing sideline medical coverage at various sporting events.
Carla is enthusiastic about creating individualized rehabilitation programs for each of her clients according to their goals. She utilizes the latest research as well as manual therapy, exercise, and education to help her clients reach their full potential.
Carla also enjoys participating in various different athletic activities, as well as cooking, or spending time with friends and family.
MSc. PT, MSc., BSc.(Tech)
Kelsey completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. She previously attended the University of Guelph where she completed both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Chemistry. Realizing that she wanted to have a more direct impact on the health and wellness of individuals led her to pursue physiotherapy. Kelsey has a passion for learning and has completed courses in soft tissue release and basic sports taping. She plans to complete her manual therapy levels to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She is also interested in pursuing further education in acupuncture and pelvic health.
Kelsey is interested in treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions using a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education. She believes that working as a team with her patients is the key to helping them reach their goals.
In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys dancing, hiking, cycling, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
MSc.PT, BSc. (HK)
Cassandra graduated from the University of Guelph where she received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, as well as an Equine Science Certificate. From there she completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen's University. Cassandra is committed to continuing education and is excited to expand her skills though additional physiotherapy courses. In particular, she plans to work towards completing her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Cassandra is enthusiastic about helping patients reach their rehabilitation goals through education, manual therapy and individualized exercise prescription.
In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys horseback riding, cycling, and running.
Lexi recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. Upon graduation Lexi completed her licensing exam to become a registered Kinesiologist. She is a member of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and the Ontario Kinesiology Association. Lexi plans to return to school in the future for a health related post graduate program.
In her free time, she enjoys being active and outdoors as much as possible through running, horse-back riding and hiking. Lexi also volunteers with Community Support Connections where she leads group exercise classes for seniors.
Lexi originally started at BodyTech Physiotherapy as a part time receptionist and has now joined the team in an additional role as a registered Kinesiologist.
Lisa de Souza
Registered Massage Therapist
Lisa graduated from the Canadian Therapeutic College in 2006. She has been working in a multidisciplinary clinic in Oakville for the past 8 years. In her years of practice Lisa has treated clients with various ailments and those who participate in different levels of activities. She has also had the privilege of working with members of the Goggin Carol World Irish Dancers. Lisa takes great care in making sure each treatment is catered to the needs of her clients’ goals and wellness.
During her years as a Registered Massage Therapist, Lisa has continued to further her education and has taken additional courses in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy levels 1 & 2 and Visceral Manipulation level 1 through the Upledger Institute. These added skills have helped many clients recover from lower back pain, TMJ, headaches and improve their overall well-being.
Lisa is currently enrolled at the Alive Academy in a Nutritional Consulting Course, which she hopes will give her the ability to intensify the complete treatment of her clients and to promote their healing inside and out!
Lisa is excited to be a part of the team at BodyTech Physiotherapy and is looking forward to meeting new clients. She is ready to apply her skills and ability in massage techniques and craniosacral therapy to treat individuals suffering from all kinds of sports injuries and general aches and pains.
In her spare time Lisa enjoys working out at the gym and spending time with family and friends.
Elyse joined the BodyTech team in August, 2015. Her strong administrative background, paired with her interest in physical wellness in movement, attracted her to her current role as our full-time office receptionist and administrator. Elyse is passionate about helping others, and enjoys being part of a team where improving the lives of others by advancing their mobility is priority. Elyse is active in equestrian, rock climbing, and also back-country camping and backpacking.
AnnMarie joined the BodyTech Team in August 2016. She came from the international banking industry where she gained valuable experience and skills in administration and management. The current role of receptionist at BodyTech Physiotherapy is a great fit for AnnMarie, allowing her to continue to develop her skills in the healthcare field as well as work locally to be near her family. AnnMarie is active with Scouts Canada and enjoys scuba diving and water activities.