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PT, B.A. B.Sc.PT

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Dave Wilkinson has retired from Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation.  Dave completed his physiotherapy degree in 1982 and, after working in the hospital setting for several years, founded Back Works in 1993.  Dave was well-known throughout the community for his generosity and genuine desire to help his clients.

Dave was a mentor and friend and we wish him all the very best in his well-earned retirement.




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.  Rabi is also fluent in French.




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. Most recently she completed Linda-Joy Lee's Connect Therapy Series™ including the Thoracic Ring Approach, which utilizes a whole body approach to assessment and treatment for neuro-muscular conditions.


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

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.  In May of 2018 he completed Dr. Linda Joy Lee's Connect Therapy™ series including the Thoracic Ring Approach. More recently, Eoghan completed his certification in Integrated Dry Needling. 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.  Derek has completed his Intermediate Exam in the Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Curriculum.  Other areas of training include acupuncture, and therapeutic taping.  He most recently completed Dr. L.J. Lee's Connect Therapy Series™ including The Thoracic Ring Approach.  


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.






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 has completed his certification in Dr. L.J. Lee’s Connect Therapy™ Series including The Thoracic Ring Approach through the Institute for Physiotherapy and Movement as well as his manual therapy credentials through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and certification for intramuscular dry needing with Acupuncture Canada.


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).



PT, BSc (Hon), MPT



Adriana Richard is the newest addition to the Backworks Team.  She graduated from University of Waterloo with a degree in Honours Bachelor of Science in 2014.  She then pursued her Master of Physical Therapy at University of Western graduating in 2016. Adriana is excited to continually improve her skills and update her knowledge.  Since graduation she has pursued courses in acupuncture, pelvic floor physiotherapy and has completed her certification in Dr. L.J. Lee’s Connect Therapy™ Series including The Thoracic Ring Approach through the Institute for Physiotherapy and Movement. Currently, Adriana is involved in postgraduate course to update her manual therapy credentials through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 


In her spare time, Adriana enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.  Adriana also enjoys learning and participating in new activities recently picking up salsa dancing and skiing.  She speaks Romanian, Hungarian and German and would love to practice what she knows or learn a new language. 



Andrew graduated from Western University in 2016 with a Master of Physical Therapy degree following a 4-year honours degree in Kinesiology & Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. During this time, he helped out with coaching and training for local youth sports teams and was involved with exercise physiology research, both at Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo. Origianally from Hanover, Andrew began his physiotherapy career in Thunder Bay, where he gained valuable experience working alongside a certified hand therapist and with orthopaedic surgeons, helping to manage complex upper extremity injuries. Since graduating, he has additional courses/training in manual therapy & soft tissue release, acupuncture, intramuscular dry needling and custom thermoplastic splinting. He is currently pursuing a Master of Clinical Science in Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, an advanced health care practice degree out of Western University.


In his spare time, Andrew enjoys exercising, playing golf and a variety of recreational sports, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. 




Jennifer, originally from KW, is joining the Back Works team on April 6, 2021, bringing 20 years of experience and passion for Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) with her.


After graduating from the physiotherapy program at University of Western Ontario in 2000, Jenn began working in the neuro rehab outpatient program at UHN-Toronto Rehab, where she gained valuable experience working with patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and acquired brain injury (ABI).  She has been very involved in stroke and MS best practice initiatives, fitness and education groups, research and teaching students, including being a lab instructor at the U of T physiotherapy program.  She has her certification in NDT and continually advances her knowledge by taking courses in stroke best practice, advanced NDT, gait retraining, functional balance, understanding pain and hydrotherapy.  She uses all of these skills to help improve patients’ quality of life, from improving gait and use of affected arms to increasing overall strength and vitality.  Jennifer has a real interest in helping her patients return to their life roles by practicing meaningful real-life activities, and providing therapy in their familiar environments, both at home and in their surrounding community, if possible.


Jennifer also has a passion for teaching yoga. After many years of doing yoga herself, in 2008, Jennifer went to India to obtain certification in teaching yoga.  Since then, she has been excited to blend her knowledge of physiotherapy and yoga to help others reap the many benefits of the practice and can adapt yoga to any level of ability and mobility.  She teaches yoga 1:1 and hopes to run groups at the clinic in the near future.


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.  





Debbie is our newest addition to the Back Works Administrative staff, joining us in June of 2018.  She is also new to the Region of Waterloo, coming to us from the Ottawa Valley where she spent several years honing her business and administrative skills.  Debbie’s smile will be one of the first to welcome you to the clinic.  Her dedication and enthusiastic approach to patient care is exceptional.   She is delighted to be part of the Back Works team!


Debbie has a background in dance, studying at the Ontario School of Ballet and Related Arts in Toronto.  Her interests include dancing, Zumba, yoga, swimming, kayaking, cycling and tennis, but top of the list is spending time with her family.



Erika is one of the new Administrative Assistants on the Back Works team.  She actually began her career at the clinic as a teenager, working part-time.  She has extensive experience in customer service which has proven to be an asset to the clinic.  Erika went to school at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto for photography.


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, running, travelling, and has recently taken up Tae Kwon Do.


Cassidy joined the Back Works team as a volunteer in 2017, and then as an employee in 2020.  She is a high school student at St. David’s Catholic Secondary School and will graduate in 2023.  She is passionate about learning and has a keen interest in math, science and computer technology.  Cassidy joins our front desk staff, performing clerical activities, as well as behind the scenes work on the website, virtual workshops, web-based questionnaires, and Instagram.


Cassidy plans to attend university either in Canada or the United States.  She also loves to play soccer and basketball, and enjoys running and spending time with her dogs and family.  In addition, she is an avid Toronto Raptors fan.


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