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PT, B.A. B.Sc.PT


Dave, founder and partner started Back Works in 1993. He graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from The University of Western Ontario in 1982 and started his career managing a small hospital physiotherapy department for the next nine years. This included inpatients and outpatients. His next step was to manage a private practice in Kitchener for several years and then venture out to start his own private practice.  Dave has completed both of Cyriax’s Orthopedic Medicine levels from the Society of Orthopedic Medicine, all five parts of the McKenzie Institute Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for the spine and extremities curriculum and the acupuncture levels through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. He is certified in Concussion Diagnosis and Management and has done over a thousand independent physiotherapy assessments for insurers and WSIB.  As well Dave has certification in the assessment and management of breathing, called capnography, and certification in the Mulligan Concept of manual therapy.


Dave is one of the team physiotherapists for the Kitchener Rangers OHL junior A hockey team. He began with the team in 2001 and enjoys the challenge that these elite players bring to the practice.


When not busy at the clinic, Dave enjoys time with his wife, three children, four grandchildren, running, scuba diving, vacationing in the sunny south and keeping his children’s cars on the road at Dad’s Garage.



PT, BSc.P.T., Cert.M.D.T.,


Rabi graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Award for Clinical and Academic Excellence and is a partner in Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation. He has practiced physiotherapy in a variety of clinical settings but he has been based in the orthopaedic private practice setting since 2000. He has a special focus on sports-related injuries as the physiotherapist of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club since 2001. He also received a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine from the McKenzie Institute International in 2000 and completed the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT). This represents the highest recognized level of manual skills and knowledge in physiotherapy orthopaedics in Canada.  He completed the certification examination by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2009.  Rabi is also a certified Gunn Intra-Muscular Stimulation (UBC Gunn IMS) practitioner through the University of British Columbia.

In 2012, Rabi graduated from the Discover Physio Series instructed by Diane Lee and Dr. Linda-Joy Lee. These two clinicians are at the forefront of research and teaching in orthopedics in Canada. He was asked to be an assistant instructor with Discover Physio teaching the Thoracic Ring Approach™ (LJ Lee) and the Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (Lee and Lee) which he continued until the end of 2014.  Dr. Linda-Joy Lee launched her new education company Dr. Linda-Joy Lee International (LJLI) in 2015 and again asked him to challenge the skills and material become a member of the inaugural group of Dr. Linda-Joy Lee Certified Practitioners (LJLCP).  Rabi completed this certification that same year and is now a Lead Assistant Instructor for LJLI teaching the Thoracic Ring Approach and Connect Therapy™ (LJ Lee) in Canada, the United States and England.




Lisa graduated from Lakehead University, top of her class in 1999 receiving an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. She started her career as a kinesiologist and was inspired to return to school to become a physiotherapist. In 2004 she received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has practiced for 12 years in the orthopedic environment with a variety of populations, ages and injuries and is a partner in Back Works.  She completed the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2011 and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT).  In addition, she has continued her education in pelvic floor physiotherapy, mechanical diagnosis and treatment therapy, acupuncture and exercise therapy. She has a special interest for treating incontinence and has a skill set for treating the pelvic floor. She has her certification in Gunn Intra-muscular Stimulation (UBC Gunn IMS) and is a certified in Concussion Diagnosis and Management.  Most recently in 2015 she completed Linda-Joy Lee's Connect Therapy Series™ including the Thoracic Ring Approach.


Lisa enjoys spending her time away from the clinic with her family and being active with ringette, yoga, Zumba and ultimate Frisbee.




PT, B.Kin, MPT, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS

Stephanie graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2008 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree and was the recipient of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Award. Prior to completing the physiotherapy program, she graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology honours degree. She has practiced physiotherapy in the orthopaedic environment since the beginning of her career and is a partner in Back Works. Steph has her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) . This is an internationally-recognized qualification in hands-on therapy and represents the highest level of manual skills and knowledge in physiotherapy orthopaedics in Canada.  She has her level 3 acupuncture from the AFCI and is a certified Gunn IMS practitioner. Currently she is completing Dr. Linda Joy Lee's Connect Therapy™ series including the Thoracic Ring Approach.  She has a special interest in treating myofascial and neuropathic pain syndromes.


When not at the clinic, Steph spends her time chasing after her two young children.  




Dave graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2005 with a Masters of Physiotherapy degree following a four year honours degree in Kinesiology. He has successfully completed his Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy exam and is currently working towards his diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.  Dave has also completed post graduate work in acupuncture and has a special interest and advanced skills in breathing assessment and retraining to help manage chronic pain conditions. He is a certified Gunn IMS practitioner. Most recently, Dave completed Dr. Linda Joy Lee's Thoracic Ring Approach to assessment and treatment of neuro-muscular conditions.  He began working with the Kitchener Rangers OHL hockey team in 2013 and looks forward to more seasons with them.


Dave is the proud father of 2 and enjoys spending time with his family.




PT, MSc(PT), H BSc, PhD. (Cand.), CGIMS

Sherri joined the Back Works Team in November 2009. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 2005 and a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2007. Since graduating Sherri has continued her education and skill training completing several courses in acupuncture and completing her intermediate manual therapy exam in 2013. She intends to continue her post graduate training with the hopes of completing her fellowship manual and manipulative therapy exam in the future. Sherri is also currently perusing a doctoral degree at the University of Waterloo in Neuroscience. Her research aims to examine the relationship between head position sense and balance control in order to provide research to better assess and treat individuals reporting dizziness and imbalance related to neck dysfunction.




PT, M.Sc.(Kin), M.ScA.(PT)

Eoghan graduated from McGill University in 2012 with a Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy following a three year Master of Science degree in Kinesiology specializing in the Biomechanics of Gait and Posture from the University of Waterloo. Prior to this he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science Honours Kinesiology in 2007.  Eoghan has completed postgraduate work in acupuncture and is currently working on completing his postgraduate course work in Manual Therapy, as well as completing Dr. Linda Joy Lee's Connect Therapy™ series including the Thoracic Ring Approach. He also has a special interest and advanced skills in gait/running assessment and analysis to help patients with issues while walking and/or running.


Eoghan is an avid triathlete and in his spare time competes in Ironman triathlons.



PT, BA Kin (Hons), MPT, CGIMS

Derek graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2003 with an Honors degree in Kinesiology with Psychology and returned to graduate from UWO with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005.  Since then he has worked in both private practice as well as publicly funded areas of physiotherapy in both Ontario and British Columbia.  During these experiences, Derek has gained knowledge in and appreciation for a number of areas of rehabilitation.  Specifically, Derek has gained experience in the area of stroke and neurological rehabilitation while working at the Brantford General Hospital, has taken Neurodevelopmental Treatment approach (NDT) training, and continues to use this knowledge when treating people who have been diagnosed with stroke in the community.  He is also an authorizer for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) through the Ministry of Health and Long Term care for mobility aides. This allows him to assess, prescribe and facilitate the process of receiving government funding for walkers when indicated.  Another area of special interest for Derek is Concussion Diagnosis and Management.  He not only believes that early detection and proper management of concussion is essential for recovery, he also feels it is imperative for athletes to have a Baseline Test completed prior to injury to better help manage their recovery in the event of a concussion.  As well, proper education of the athlete, family, and the general public is crucial.  Most recently, Derek has completed the Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS) course through the University of British Columbia.  Other areas of training include level 3 manual therapy training, acupuncture, therapeutic taping, and working towards completing Dr. L.J. Lee's Connect Therapy Series™ including The Thoracic Ring Approach.  Derek looks forward to continuing to improve his manual therapy skills and challenging the intermediate exam next year.


Currently, Derek resides in Guelph with his wife, 2 children and dog.  He enjoys playing soccer, playing guitar, camping, his vegetable garden and most importantly spending time with his family.



​PT, BHK(Hon), MPT



Jonathan, the youngest of four, grew up in a small southwestern Ontario town.  After graduating from high school at the top of his class and being honoured with the Governor General’s Academic bronze medal, he attended the University of Windsor. He graduated with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (honours) and also gained valuable experience as a student therapist for the varsity cross country and track and field teams. During that time, he worked part time as a personal trainer and fitness class instructor. Following his undergraduate degree, Jonathan pursued his life-long dream of becoming a Physiotherapist and attended Western University for the Master of Physical Therapy program. He prides himself in being a life-long learner and plans on working toward his certification in Dr. L.J. Lee’s Connect Therapy™ Series through the Institute for Physiotherapy and Movement as well as his manual therapy credentials through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 


In his spare-time he likes to kick back and watch the Raptors or lace up his sneakers to play some pick-up basketball. Jonathan enjoys helping his clients to become aware of and unlock their own untapped potential through physiotherapy. 




NDTA Coordinator/Instructor

Karen graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  She worked in the United States for 3 ½ years treating individuals with neurological diagnoses in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.  She returned to Canada in 2000 and began working at Grand River Hospital (GRH) in the acute stroke unit, inpatient and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation settings at the Freeport Site of GRH.  She presently works in the outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Clinic of GRH, treating individuals who suffer from stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and other neurological diagnoses, as well as treating individuals privately at Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation.

Karen has extensive training in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) which is a treatment approach to treat individuals with stroke or acquired brain injury. Karen successfully completed the NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Adults with Hemiplegia (NDTA™ Approved Course) in 1999, and attended many NDT/Bobath Approved Advanced Courses between 2000-2005.  She began her training to become a NDTA™ Instructor in 2002 and earned the title NDTA™ PT Instructor in 2007.  Karen became a NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor in 2011, and achieved NDTA™ Advanced Course Instructor status in 2014.  She is only one of five NDTA™ instructors in Canada and she has taught courses to registered therapists in Canada, United States and internationally including such countries as Singapore, Estonia, Columbia and Ireland.

More recently, Karen completed her certification in Integrated Dry Needling.

Karen is also the co-author of a research case report published in the textbook Neuro-Developmental Treatment: A Guide to NDT Clinical Practice (2016).




Speech Language Pathologist





B.Sc., B.Sc. (CD)

Laurie graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.  She went on to the University of Western Ontario where she completed her degree in Speech Pathology in 1988.  She is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).  Laurie has over 25 years experience working with pre-schoolers, school-aged children and adults in school, community and private settings.


Laurie is currently offering private service in articulation and language therapy for pre-schoolers and articulation therapy for school aged children.  Appointments can be made by calling 519-746-8172 or by email at


Administrative Staff




Dianne joined our Administrative Team in Feb 2016.  Her positive energy is an asset to the clinic and she is happy and eager to assist you with many of your needs. In addition to being on the front lines of patient care, Dianne does a lot of work behind the scenes to help keep the clinic running smoothly.  A “retired” massage therapist, she is happy to still be working in the health care field at Back Works.


An avid triathlete since the late ‘80s, Dianne and her husband Rick have recently added golf to their activities.  When they’re done swimming, biking, running or golfing they enjoy chillaxin' with their cats.  



Melanie joined the Back Works team in April 2017 as an Administrative Assistant and is one of the friendly voices and big smiles that greet you at the front desk.  Melanie is a Conestoga College graduate and has over 10 years experience working in Office Administration.  Melanie enjoys spending her free time with her fella, family, friends and fur baby, as well as camping and hiking.  She is thrilled to be a part of Back Works and is looking forward to meeting you!


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