About Us

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.


Physiotherapists

Cheryl Reid Ralph

Cheryl Reid Ralph
BSc. PT, BSc. (BIO), Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, Dip. Canine Rehab, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner

Cheryl, 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 from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Animal Rehab division.

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 years of experience as 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 dog and exploring the many trails of the Grand River Region.


Vanessa Rampersad

Vanessa Rampersad
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. 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.


Jacqueline Render

Jacqueline Render
MPT, B.KIN, ACC Level 1,
Registered Physiotherapist

Jackie graduated from the University of British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology. While completing her Bachelor’s, Jackie worked as a research assistant, furthering her passion for research and evidence-based practice. Jackie then completed her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Jackie has begun coursework towards her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and plans to take courses in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). She is certified in Acupuncture by Acupuncture Canada.

Before moving to Waterloo, Jackie worked with multiple sports teams, providing on-ice coverage for multiple hockey teams, additionally she was the Lead Physiotherapist for the Okanagan College Women’s Basketball team. While working with these athletes she also developed an interest in concussion, which led her to pursue further training in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Post-Concussion management.

Jackie has an interest in orthopaedic, neurological, concussion and vestibular conditions. She loves helping her clients progress through the journey from injury to return to activity. Jackie uses a combination of education, manual therapy and exercise to help patients reach their goals.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys playing soccer and basketball, as well as cooking, travel and photography.


Kelsey Jack

Kelsey Jack
MSc. PT, MSc., BSc.(Tech)
Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Registered Physiotherapist

Kelsey graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Chemistry with the goal of working in pharmaceutical development. Working in a lab, she quickly realized she wanted to have direct impact on people’s lives. This, combined with a little guidance from her mom who is also a physio, led Kelsey to pursue physiotherapy. Kelsey completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2016. Kelsey loves to learn and physiotherapy has allowed her to continue to expand her knowledge base. She has completed her the manual therapy Level 3 courses and successfully challenged the Intermediate exam. She plans to continue working towards obtaining her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She has also completed courses in acupuncture, soft tissue release, and taping. Recognizing the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders and the negative impact that they can have on an individual’s life led Kelsey to complete training in pelvic health physiotherapy. She is passionate about increasing awareness about pelvic floor dysfunction not being a normal part of life. Kelsey combines her orthopedic and pelvic health training to develop a holistic treatment approach to address her patient’s needs.

Kelsey uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education in her treatments. She focuses on regaining function and 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, running, baking, and gardening.


Jelena Toma

Jelena Toma
MSc. PT, MSc.(Phys & Pharm), BMSc.
Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Registered Physiotherapist

Jelena graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in medical science and a Master’s degree in Physiology and Pharmacology before pursuing her Master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. After completing her research degree, Jelena wanted to use her research skills in a clinical setting. As an active individual who has a passion for nutrition and fitness, physiotherapy quickly became the career path that allowed her to combine all of her interests. Jelena has a keen interest in musculoskeletal therapy and women’s health. She has completed her Level 2 lower manual therapy certification in hopes of attaining her Diploma of Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. She has also completed Level 1A in acupuncture through Acupuncture Canada, as well as Level 1 in pelvic health through Pelvic Health Solutions.

Jelena has gained experience with patients in a variety of clinical settings ranging from geriatrics to athletes. Her treatment philosophy is focused on using manual therapy to optimize joint mobility, and evidence-based exercise prescription to create control and strength. Her focus is on educating and empowering her clients to take control of their health and to work as a team to achieve their goals.

In her spare time, you will find Jelena at the gym, or in the kitchen trying a new healthy recipe. She is looking forward to working with you on your health and fitness journey!


Courtney White

Courtney White
MSc. PT, BSc. (HK)
Registered Physiotherapist

Courtney grew up in Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph where she received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2017. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2019. Since graduating, Courtney’s work and educational experience has continued to grow. She has completed Level 2 Lower of manual therapy training through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Acupuncture training through Acupuncture Canada. Courtney plans to pursue further training in manual therapy and women’s health. She has a keen interest in working with female athletes and women pre and post pregnancy to help them return to sport/work. She is currently taking further education in this area to be able to better serve this population. Courtney’s treatment philosophy includes the use of an evidence-based, patient-centered treatment approach which involves individualized exercise and manual therapy to help each patient achieve their personal goals.

Courtney has recently gotten a new Chocolate Labrador puppy named Echo who has been an absolute joy, other than when she is finding every shoe and sock in the house to play with! When not at work, Courtney enjoys going downhill skiing and playing basketball and volleyball. She also likes to spend time with her family and friends.


Katie Skyvington

Katie Skyvington
MSc. PT, B.Ed., BSc. (H)
Pelvic Health & Orthopaedic Registered Physiotherapist

Katie graduated from Queen’s University with her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Bachelor of Education before pursuing her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Katie combined her loved of teaching and healthcare into a career that she is passionate about. She comes from a diverse background within the physiotherapy field having worked in a variety of settings from pediatrics to geriatrics, private practice, home care, midwife clinics and hospital settings. She is committed to her continuing education and has taken courses to improve her acupuncture skills. Katie has completed levels 1-3 of pelvic floor physiotherapy training, as well as additional training to help those who have had cesarean births. She has completed training in manual therapy and looks forward to continuing to be a lifelong learner.

Having a previous background in education, Katie works hard to ensure her patients understand their condition and how physiotherapy can help them reach their goals. Utilizing evidenced-informed exercise prescription, manual therapy, and education, Katie finds solutions to ensure patients are motivated to complete their exercises and works together with her patients to prevent injury, promote recovery, and reach their full rehabilitation potential.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys rock climbing, skiing, competing in triathlons, and spending time outdoors.


Aden Green

Aden Green
MSc.PT, BSc.Biom
Registered Physiotherapist

Aden completed her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph. Aden has always had an interest in anatomy and realized that physiotherapy was the path she wanted to take as it allowed her to combine her interests while also directly helping others.

Aden incorporates both a hands on and active approach to treatment with manual therapy and individualized exercise prescription. Aden’s goal is to empower her clients along the way through ongoing education to equip them with the right tools so that they can take control of their rehab and continue to confidently self-manage their injury.

Aden currently has completed Level 1 of the manual therapy level courses and plans to continue to advance through the level system. She has also completed an introductory course in dry needling and acupuncture.

Aden is eager to listen to your story and learn why you seek physiotherapy to help get you moving and feeling better so that you can return to the activities that are important to you!

In her spare time Aden enjoys playing hockey, skiing and going backcountry camping.


Kinesiologist

Ashley Burch

Ashley Burch
BSc. (KIN)
Kinesiologist

Ashley graduated from McMaster University where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While completing her Bachelor’s, Ashley volunteered with individuals of all ages with special needs. She devoted time every week to help integrate her clients into their exercise programs or classes, such as yoga, skiing, and skating. She has also volunteered in several Physiotherapy clinics in Kitchener and Hamilton where she worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant.

Ashley has a particular interest in strength and conditioning and exercise prescriptions. In her Bachelor’s degree, she was provided the opportunity to create team focused exercise programs, including the warm up, cool down, and specific targeted exercises. She looks forward to working with you on your exercise programs to help you reach your goals!

In her spare time, you will find Ashley in the gym, outdoors playing sports, going on hiking adventures, or spending time with her family and friends.


Massage Therapists

Nik Panagos

Nik Panagos
RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Nik is a graduate of Westervelt College in London. Nik utilizes Swedish and therapeutic massage techniques which allow him to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions and individuals. He focuses on advanced techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. He treats each client, and their unique needs and goals, with professionalism and understanding. This allows for complete client contentment.

How the body functions, and how to keep the body working optimally have always been points of focus for him. Nik enjoys the challenge that each new case brings, and the continuous opportunities to learn and grow as a massage therapist.

In his spare time, Nik enjoys archery, bowling, and strength training. If he is not participating in physical activities, he can be found in the kitchen cooking delicious and satisfying dishes from a wide variety of different cuisines.


Administrative Staff

Jessica Boudens

Jessica Boudens
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Jessica joined the BodyTech team in March 2018. She has a background in personal training in addition to a wealth of customer service experience in the health and fitness industry. Her education in Human Resource and Management Studies lends well to our administrative team. Jessica enjoys spending her free time training hard at the gym, running and soaking up the outdoors.


Lori Pitcher

Lori Pitcher
Receptionist

Lori is a recent graduate from the Medical Office Practice Program at Conestoga College. She has many years’ experience in reception and other various office roles. She enjoys art, reading, and spending time with family. She recently took up jogging and is trying to maintain a healthy active lifestyle in hopes of being a good role model for her family. Lori is excited to be a part of the BodyTech team.


Nancy Stegweit

Nancy Stegweit
Part-time Receptionist

Nancy retired from her career as an educator in 2017, and decided to learn something completely new. Since then she has held a couple of receptionist positions and was very happy to join the BodyTech team in the Fall of 2020. Nancy spends her spare time sewing, baking, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She is an avid reader, and belongs to two book clubs. She keeps fit by walking and doing yoga.


Claire Palvetzian

Claire Palvetzian
Part-time Receptionist

Claire joined the BodyTech team with a strong background in Kinesiology and has previous experience working in a physiotherapy clinic. She can be found at the front desk on a part time basis. In addition to working at BodyTech she works part time teaching at Conestoga College. Claire enjoys spending time with animals in particular her recue puppy Mortimer.