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Dr. Andreo A. Spina


Sports Specialist Chiropractor

Director Sports Performance Centres Ltd.

  • Creator/Leal Instructor FUNCTIONAL RANGE RELEASE™
  • Creator/Lead Instructor - Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems Ltd. ™
  • Certified Personal Training Specialist
  • Certified Graston Techniques Provider

Chiropractor, Active Release Techniques Provider

Dr. Spina holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. He later graduated with summa cum Laude and clinic honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic and subsequently completed the two-year post-graduate fellowship in sports sciencesM. Following his graduation Dr. Spina created, and became the head instructor of the Functional Anatomy Seminar series which are a popular educational seminar series offered at to Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Medical Doctors, Massage therapists, etc. He has also authored chapters in sports medicine textbooks, is a published researcher, and international speaker. Although he is very experienced in treating professional, Olympic, and amateur athletes of various sports disciplines, Dr. Spina takes special interest in the management of athletes from combat sports as he is an experienced mixed martial artist himself with over 21 years experience.


Dr. Scott D. Howitt


Sports and Rehabilitation Specialist Chiropractor

Director Sports Performance Centres Ltd.

  • Associate Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Sessional Instructor, University of Guelph at Humber
  • Varsity Chiropractor, University of York
  • Certified Active Release Techniques ® Instructor and Provider
  • Certified Graston Techniques ® Provider
  • Certified Kinesiologist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Chiropractor,Graston Technique Toronto Dr. Howitt holds an Honors Baccalaureate degree in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. He graduated from Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and has since completed a two-year post-graduate residency in Sport Sciences, a three-year post-graduate program in Rehabilitative Sciences. Dr. Howitt has been a member of the core medical team for the Canada Summer Games, as well as numerous professional, Olympic and amateur sports including rugby, soccer, bobsled/skeleton and triathlon. He has had the privilege to travel both nationally and internationally for bobsled/skeleton, triathlon and soccer events.

He has created content for sports medicine courseware, has published numerous research papers, and is a prominent lecturer for undergraduate and post-graduate sports medicine, rehabilitation, nutrition and fitness.

Dr. Howitt began his sports injuries career as a student therapist at the University of Western Ontario where he looked after the Varsity rugby team. He still continues his university athletic involvement as the Varsity chiropractor for the University of York, where he works in the Gorman Shore Clinic, and by hosting 4th year athletic therapy students in their clinical placements at Sports Performance Centres


Dr. Jason Su

B.Sc. Pharm, MD, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med.

Sports Medicine Physician

Toronto Sports Medicine Doctor Dr. Jason W. Su is our in house Sport Medicine Specialist at SPC Vaughan. He has extensive experience with athletes and non-athletes in their various conditions and injuries. Dr. Su also does consulting work for various National/Professional teams, governing sport bodies, and governmental agencies (eg. Department of Defense, Ontario Athletics Commission as ring/cage side physician, RCMP), private and publicly traded corporations. He is also involved in cutting edge clinical trials of potential new diagnostic tools and treatments on the horizon. Because Dr. Su is a M.D. licensed in Ontario, all essential medical services are covered under the provincial Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for those that have valid provincial health insurance in Ontario. Please feel free to book your next consultation and assessment with Dr. Su at SPC Vaughan.


Dr. Michael D. Chivers

BPhE (Hons), DC, FCCSS(C)

Kinesiologist, Sports Specialist Chiropractor

  • Certified Active Release Techniques ® Provider
  • Certified Graston Techniques ® Provider
  • Team Doctor Team Ontario Baseball

Chiropractor, Active Release Techniques ProviderDr. Chivers holds a Honours Bachelor of Physical Education from Brock University. Upon graduation he entered the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he graduated with cum laude and clinical honours. He has just recently completed a two year post graduate fellowship program in Chiropractic Sports Sciences. Dr. Chivers has traveled throughout Canada as the team doctor for a variety of elite amateur and professional soccer clubs. He has also worked with national and provincial martial artists, elite triathletes and golfers. As the team doctor for Team Ontario Baseball, he has a special interest in working with and developing elite amateur pitchers in helping them get to the next level. Dr. Chivers also has published papers in peer reviewed scientific journals.


Dr. Jason Izraelski


Chiropractor, ART Practitioner

  • Masters Candidate Year 1
  • Sports Science Resident
  • Certified Active Release Techniques (ART) Provider

Certified Active Release Techniques Provider Toronto Dr. Izraelski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from York University. He has since graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science at York University in conjunction with the Sports Science Residency Program through the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada).

In addition to his chiropractic education, he has completed training in Active Release Techniques through McMaster University. Dr. Izraelski is an avid recreational athlete and fitness enthusiast with a particular interest in hockey and endurance sports.

Dr. Izraelski has worked with a variety of athletes including volleyball, soccer and hockey players as well as a number of triathletes, all at the amateur and recreational levels. He is currently the Team Doctor for the North York Rangers Jr. A hockey team.


Mr. Rolland Heider


Registered Massage Therapist

Toronto Sports Massage TherapistAfter competing in Rugby at Wilfrid Laurier University and rowing competitively at both Laurentian University and the University of Victoria, Rolland pursued a professional career in Massage Therapy. Working as a Registered Massage Therapist, Rolland has garnered clients including national track and field team members, national team rowers, top tri-sport athletes, top rock climbers, top golf professionals, NCAA and professional basketball, CIS football, and national level gymnasts, as well as a host of amateur sports participants. He has also worked at a variety of events such as the Canadian National Track and Field Championships, OFSAA Basketball Championships, the Canadian Masters Tennis Tournament, and the Canadian Senior Men?s Soccer Championships.


Nik Komarov

Hons BA Kin, MScPT, CAT(C), MCPA
Physiotherapist, Athletic Therapist, Kinesiologist

Toronto Sports Massage Therapist Nik studied Kinesiology and Health Education as well as Athletic Therapy at York University. He went on to become a certified Athletic Therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA) in 2009. Nik completed his physiotherapy degree at McMaster University in 2011 and is currently pursuing continuing education towards his specialty in sport and orthopaedic physiotherapy.


Mr. Sean Demelo


Certified Personal Training Specialist, Certified Fitness Consultant

Certified Personal Training Specialist, Certified Fitness Consultant
Sean holds an Advanced Diploma in Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program from George Brown College. In addition, Sean is a Certified through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Consultant.
Sean has experience working with athletes from the Markham Rep Baseball organization, lacrosse teams and high school track and field athletes in the GTA. Sean has a wealth of experience as personal trainer and Fitness Consultant working with the City of Vaughan, where he specializes in goal setting and motivational strategies to help individuals meet their individual goals.
As a competitive baseball player Sean played with the Ontario Maple Leafs Elite baseball team, as well as with the George Brown Huskies baseball/volleyball teams. His experience as a high performance athlete gives him insight to better understand the mental and physical standards and requirements needed to excel at the elite levels.


Atila Balaban

B.Sc., M.Sc.
Exercise Physiologist

Certified Personal Trainer Toronto Atila is an Exercise Physiologist specializing in Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the U of T and a Master of Science in Exercise and Health Science from York University. His research at York focused on mitochondrial adaptations to endurance exercise (Hood, D. A. et al, 1994 - Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology 19:(1) 12-48).While at York University, Atila also worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. O. Bock who developed experiments for the Neurolab, used in NASA's Space Shuttle program, and for the International Space Station.

He has extensive background in the fitness field including: personal training; fitness club management; corporate fitness; and adult education instruction for Seneca College in the Fitness Leadership Program. Over the past 18 years, his focus has been rehabilitation and his experience includes: cardiac rehabilitation; orthopaedic rehabilitation/exercise therapy; being Clinic Director of a multi-disciplinary rehab clinic; and performing FCEs. During this time, he has performed more than 800 FCEs.

He has been qualified as an expert witness in Functional Capacity Evaluations and has given expert testimony in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has also given testimony at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) Arbitration Hearings and CPP Tribunal Hearings.

Atila continues to pursue his interest in resistance training and is an avid canoe tripper traveling through Algonquin and Killarney provincial parks with his son and daughter.


Andrew Wadhwa

BSc.(Kin), MScPT

Physiotherapist As a Masters graduate in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland (2008) of Queensland, Australia, Andrew had the chance to practice/work on some of Australia's up and coming athletes while also collaborating with some well known Manual Physiotherapists from the Physiotherapy world. Andrew has always been a helping hand to the elite athlete even before his venture into Physio while serving for a period as the head athletic trainer for the University of Waterloo Men's Varsity Soccer team while he completed his Honours Kinesiology Degree also at Waterloo. Andrew looks forward to furthering his manual skills by working his way up through the various specialized levels of the Manual Physiotherapy world. As an avid athlete Andrew is no stranger to the sports world enjoying many different sports activities including but not limited to: Rock Climbing, Road/Mountain Cycling, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Golf & Snowboarding. Andrew is an extremely positive person and this is always clearly on display whether on or off the job with everyone around him. Andrew is always looking to towards new and challenging experiences so that he can bring his best to help everyone he comes into contact with.



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