Susan Shipton, RMT
Susan Shipton, Massage Therapy
Susan is a caring and empathetic massage therapist who offers a combination of advanced education and keen analysis within a nurturing environment.
Susan has extensive experience working with people through all stages of cancer treatment and beyond to alleviate complications such as cording (axillary web syndrome), scar tissue, and restricted movement. In addition, since 2015, she has been helping people manage lymphedema and lipedema through manual lymph drainage, compression bandages and garments, exercise and other self-care methods.
Always drawn to the human aspect of our physical experience, Susan has a particular interest in helping people with persistent pain, chronic illness, end-of-life care, and breast health. All involve our relationship with our changing bodies, our self-identity, and how we interact with the world around us.
Having been a competitive swimmer, rower, and runner, and a lover of strength training, hiking, and canoeing, Susan understands the aches and pains associated with being active and athletic. She believes every treatment should be in the context of relaxation and aims to make massage therapy primarily an enjoyable experience in which to achieve our goals.
In 2021, Susan completed a master’s degree in Interprofessional Pain Management in the Advanced Health Care Practices program at Western University. She has been a registered massage therapist since 2012 when she graduated from Sutherland-Chan School, and a combined decongestive therapist (certified in manual lymph drainage) through the Vodder School since 2015. Susan is an ADP Authorizer for lymphedema compression garments. Previously, she worked in book publishing for 12 years after completing a BA in English and history from University of Toronto.
James Braithwaite, Physiotherapy
James is a physiotherapist who has been practicing in the Bloor, Yorkville and Annex neighborhoods of Toronto since 2012.
As a physiotherapist, James is highly involved in community life, he sponsors local events and sporting groups, provides lectures at Centennial College and instructs in the school of continuing studies at Western University.
James is a fitness and sports enthusiast of many stripes (and skill levels!). His physiotherapeutic mantra “Move Beautifully!” is infused with his strong belief that we all get to think of ourselves as athletes, regardless of our physical situation, by training in a thoughtful, progressive manner for specific physical outcomes.
As you will see when you meet him, James loves what he does.
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Dr Michael Berenstein, Chiropractor
Dr. Berenstein graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2004 and holds an honours degree in Biology and Kinesiology from York University. Dr. Berenstein is a licensed member of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO) and a member of the Canadian (CCA) and Ontario (OCA) Chiropractic Associations.
In addition to chiropractic, Dr. Berenstein is a certified Functional Range Systems provider, including certifications in Functional Range Assessment (FRA), Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms), and Functional Range Release (FR). Additionally, Dr. Berenstein is certified in Graston Technique, Cold Laser Therapy, and Custom Orthotics.
Dr. Berenstein provides evidence-informed chiropractic care, and various manual therapy techniques and modalities. Dr. B emphasizes mobility training for rehabilitation and functional optimization. His diagnostic and assessment techniques blend orthopaedic testing with a functional movement assessment.
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