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Norman Friesen-Kobayashi

Norm opened Ortho-Sport Physiotherapy in 1989 after a career spent working in a hospital, rehabilitation centre, and a large private clinic. A graduate in physiotherapy from McGill University in 1980, Norm has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy, with emphasis on osteopathic therapy. Previously a national and Pan American wrestling champion, as well as a trainer for many wrestling and football teams, Norm has experience in sports and the injuries that can plague athletes. Norm’s philosophy about the field of physiotherapy is that fixing problems is easy; finding the true source of the problem is hard. He has treated a range of conditions and injuries throughout his more than 35-year career and prides himself on his ability to uncover – and thus accurately treat – the root of an injury, as opposed to just the symptoms.

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Aneeka Bhalla

Aneeka graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010. Upon graduation, she has been working full-time in private outpatient orthopedic settings treating a variety of injuries across the age spectrum, ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Aneeka is an energetic and motivated therapist dedicated to patient care. Her approach to treatment involves high quality, one-on-one physiotherapy interventions, emphasizing hands-on manual therapy, rehabilitation/exercise, and education. Her approach to treatment motivates and encourages her patients to be actively involved in their own rehabilitation.

A strong believer in the importance of continuing education, Aneeka has completed a variety of post-graduate courses, including Manual Therapy, Acupuncture (AFCI), Therapeutic Taping (including K-Taping), Concussion Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and is a McKenzie MDT Part A Therapist. Her commitment to best practices and evidence-based therapy ensures she is providing the best quality of care for her patients.

Aneeka obtained a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Psychology from Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in 2008 where she was a NCAA Division II Collegiate Athlete as a member of the SAU Women’s tennis team. She also has over 12 years of experience as a competitive tennis player and is a Tennis Canada Certified Tennis Instructor with over 10 years of experience coaching and teaching children, adults, and tennis camps.

Outside of work, you can find Aneeka on the tennis courts, running, mentoring local high school co-op students, or volunteering at local events in the community. She looks forward to being a part of your health and wellness team.

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Melanie Swain-Draves

A registered massage therapist, Melanie is a graduate of the International Academy of Massage who also holds a BFA from Concordia University. She has been in practice since 2002. A lifelong interest in anatomy, physiology, wellness, and the mystery of health and the body’s ability to heal, drew Melanie to the field. She has continued this pursuit of knowledge with education in acupressure, myofascial release, and cranial sacral therapy. She is also certified in reflexology and as an infant massage instructor. Melanie’s philosophy about her field is to learn from – and provide knowledge for – every client. She works with people who are at a range of stages of life, including rehabilitation, sports training, aging, illness, stress, pregnancy, and beyond. She also treats people with chronic and degenerative conditions and those looking to maintain and improve their health. Each person requires their own approach so she tailors the session to each client’s individual needs. To stay healthy herself, Melanie likes to work physical activity into her everyday life, from cycling and walking, to gardening and playing with her two children. She also enjoys a variety of fitness classes, including yoga.