Our Team - Williamsburg Clinic

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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

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.

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.

Jacqueline Render

Jacqueline Render

MPT, B. (KIN), CGIMS, ACC Level 1
Vestibular & Orthopaedic Registered Physiotherapist
Clinical Team Leader

Originally from BC, Jackie graduated from the University of British Columbia where she completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology (2013) and Master of Physical Therapy (2015). Jackie is working towards her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. Jackie is certified in dry needling (UBC Gunn IMS) and Acupuncture (Acupuncture Canada Certified, Level 1). Enthusiastic about learning, she has completed many additional courses in manual therapy, concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation and TMJ therapy, among others.

Before moving to Waterloo, Jackie worked with multiple sports teams, providing on-ice coverage for multiple hockey teams, and as 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 completed multiple courses in Concussion and Vestibular rehabilitation.

Jackie has an interest in orthopaedic, neurological, concussion and vestibular conditions. Always eager for a challenge, she has a passion for complex cases, and loves helping her clients achieve their full potential. She is committed to guiding her patient's progress through the journey from injury to recovery and return to activity. Jackie uses a combination of patient education, manual therapy and exercise to empower her patients to reach their goals.

As a lifelong learner, with a passion for education and high quality patient care, Jackie has taken on the role of Clinical Team Leader. Jackie is involved with supporting the professional development of the Physiotherapy team and with daily clinic operations.

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys photography, cooking, and hiking with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Suzan Ibrahim

Suzan Ibrahim

BSc., MPT
Registered Physiotherapist

Suzan grew up in the KW region where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Health Sciences from Wilfrid Laurier. She then went on to complete her Master's of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Since graduating, Suzan has received her Level 1 certification in manual therapy and hopes to continue advancing her skills and knowledge.

She strongly believes in a patient-centered approach to care. Her ultimate goal is to help guide clients through their recovery and get them back to doing what they love. Suzan's treatment style includes a combination of personalized exercise, education, and manual therapy. She aims for clients to take an active role in their care by empowering them with the right tools.

When Suzan isn't working, you'll find her laughing with family and friends, being outdoors and trying new foods. As a lifelong learner she often finds herself learning a new skill or trying a new activity to keep busy and active!

She looks forward to working with you during your recovery and learning about how she can best help you.

Poojaben Popat

Poojaben Popat

BPT
Registered Physiotherapist

Pooja completed her four-and-a-half years Bachelor's degree in India, where she discovered her passion for musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, and women's health physiotherapy. Following her graduation, in late 2018, Pooja moved to Canada to pursue further studies. Prior to her move, she gained valuable experience by working at a private physiotherapy clinic for nearly a year. Since then, her journey has taken her from being a Physiotherapy Assistant to a Resident PT, and now a registered Physiotherapist.

In her pursuit of continuous learning and skill development, Pooja completed the Fitness and Health Promotion course at Georgian College, Barrie, as well as The Physical Therapy approach to anyone experiencing Urinary incontinence Level 1 from Pelvic Health Solution. She has an interest in pursuing Manual Therapy and Acupuncture courses to expand her knowledge and skills.

Pooja's approach to physiotherapy is driven by passion. She firmly believes that every client and their injury are unique, and, as such, she tailors each therapy session to the individual using a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription. Her philosophy revolves around taking an active approach to therapy, encouraging clients to actively participate and become empowered in their recovery journey.

During her free time, Pooja stays active with yoga, hiking, and traveling, channeling her determination into her pursuits. She also cherishes her love for nature and enjoys sunshine. Furthermore, Pooja is multilingual and speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and English.

Heather Dayarathna

Heather Dayarathna

MCISc, MPT, BHSc, FCAMPT
Registered Physiotherapist

Heather grew up in Kitchener before moving to London, Ontario to complete her education. She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences) in 2017 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2019. She then returned to the KW region, working in private practice. She studied at Western once more in 2023 to complete the Master of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). She has continued to pursue additional education in other areas, including courses in concussion management and exercise prescription. Heather is also the Secretary on the executive committee for the Kitchener-Waterloo District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.

Heather is trained to treat musculoskeletal conditions in individuals of all ages. She is dedicated to providing compassionate, patient-centred care, focusing on the use of education, exercise, and manual therapy to help guide her patients towards their goals and get them back to what they love. She has an interest in treating patients with various orthopaedic and neurological conditions, with a special interest in concussion management and sports injury rehabilitation.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys running, working out, reading, and playing sports such as soccer and ultimate frisbee.

Massage Therapists

Nik Panagos

Nik Panagos

RMT
Registered Massage Therapist

Nik grew up in Kitchener Ontario before moving to and graduating in 2018 from Westervelt College in London. He later then moved back to Kitchener to practice in his home city. Nik utilizes swedish and therapeutic massage techniques which allows him to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions and individuals. Nik has clinically focused on trigger point therapy, TMJ dysfunction, concussion management, sports injury, and motor vehicle accidents.

Nik has spent his professional career in multidisciplinary clinics alongside physiotherapists, and other health professionals. Working with a wide variety of health care professionals has allowed for a complete and patient tailored treatment plan for each case. Nik enjoys the challenge that each new case brings, improving his practice with each patient treated.

In his spare time, Nik enjoys motorsports, bowling, hiking, 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.

Nicole Versteeg

Nicole Versteeg

RMT, BA (KIN)
Registered Massage Therapist

Nicole Versteeg grew up in Waterloo and is now a resident in the quiet town of Maryhill. Nicole graduated from Darcy Lane Institute in 2005 and has been a Registered Massage Therapist for 8 years. In addition, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfred Laurier University in Kinesiology. Nicole took some time away from her profession to pursue a career in bookkeeping and accounting and has recently returned to the field of massage therapy.

Nicole has worked in a wide range of settings from clinical to spa. She has also worked with a variety of clients who have experienced repetitive strain injuries, tension headaches, motor vehicle injuries such as whiplash and low back injuries, women who are pregnant and infant massage.

Prior to joining Body Tech Physiotherapy, Nicole spent 8 years working alongside chiropractors, physiotherapists and kinesiologists. Nicole's goal is to help her clients improve their overall health and wellbeing. She enjoys her profession and offers deep tissue to relaxation massage.

To compliment massage therapy, Nicole is also pursuing a career as a personal trainer and hopes to work with clients to improve their overall health and wellness.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, running, hiking, boating, skiing and playing a variety of sports.

Pilates Instructor

Stephanie Benninger

Stephanie Benninger

BA
Stott Pilates Instructor

Stephanie has been teaching Stott Pilates for over 20 years. Her training and certifications in pilates vary from multi level group classes with small equipment (like a fitness ball or fitness band) to specialized one on one sessions focusing on specific goals for the individual. She has worked with people recovering from injuries, trauma, pre and post natal, and also those who want to advance your general well being with strength, flexibility and range of motion. Stephanie teaches both mat and reformer pilates. She loves working with clients to help them enhance their sense of well being and confidence in their movement. Pilates is a great tool for everyone!

Administrative Staff

Jessica Boudens

Jessica Boudens

Office Manager

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

Office Administrator

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.

Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith

Part-time Receptionist

Kayla joined the BodyTech team in August 2022, she is a recent graduate of the Conestoga Medical Admin program and has past work experience in the private healthcare field. Kayla is always up for a good laugh and tries to see the humour in almost every situation. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, doing yoga and taking care of her plants.

Chantel Lall

Chantel Lall

Part-time Receptionist

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson

Part-time Receptionist

Janice has many years of experience in the Telecom and customer service industry. Janice enjoys interacting with people. She spends her spare time running with friends and training to stay fit. Janice especially loves to spend time with her husband and many beloved pets.

Jalyssa Duchaine

Jalyssa Duchaine

Part-time Receptionist

Jalyssa comes from a background in a customer service industry and loves interacting with people. You can find her at our front desk on a part time basis. Jalyssa loves to travel and refinish furniture. In her free time she spends time with her family and her dog.

Questions or Comments?

We would love to hear from you! Please email us, or call us at one of the below locations.

Chicopee Clinic
1601 River Rd, Unit 30A
Kitchener, N2A 3Y4
Email: chicopee@bodytechphysio.ca
Phone: 519.954.6000

Williamsburg Clinic
1270 Fischer-Hallman Rd, Unit B6
Kitchener, N2R 1P7
Email: williamsburg@bodytechphysio.ca
Phone: 519.742.6001