Niagara Physiotherapy and Wellness (formerly Niagara Orthopaedic Institute St. Catharines), established in 2019, provides a client-centred approach that provides individualized programs to help improve your health needs.

Staying current on new assessment and treatment approaches is vital at Niagara Physiotherapy and Wellness, and this process ensures the most optimal and sustainable outcomes.

Physiotherapy

As primary health care professionals, physiotherapists combine in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. With your independence in mind, our registered physiotherapists' goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being and they wi... Read More

As primary health care professionals, physiotherapists combine in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability.

With your independence in mind, our registered physiotherapists' goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being and they will prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises, and provide essential education about the body, what keeps it from moving well, how to restore mobility and independence, and how to avoid or prevent bodily harm. Your physiotherapist will begin treatment with an extensive assessment that may include health history, evaluation of pain and movement patterns, strength, joint range of motion, reflexes, sensation, and heart and lung function.

Based on this assessment, your physiotherapist will establish a diagnosis and work in partnership with you and the rest of the rehabilitative team to develop an individualized treatment program that includes:

Manual joint mobilizations and soft-tissue manipulation
Myofascial release and passive muscle energy work
Therapeutic modalities which include: ultrasound, interferential currents, neuromuscular stimulation, TENS, infrared therapy, vibration therapy, acupuncture, cryotherapy, thermal therapy, and continuous passive movement devices
Postural and activity education/modifications
Orthopaedic device prescription and education (crutches, bracing, slings, canes)
Advanced exercise prescription and monitoring
Return to sport and work planning/simulation


Registered Massage Therapy

Massage therapy employs manual manipulations of the body's soft-tissue structure to assist in the body's optimal function. As an integral part of the comprehensive rehabilitative team at the Niagara Orthopaedic Institute, our registered massage therapists will help assist in your recovery by: Improving circulation and blood flow Reducing muscle tension and spasm Promote healing Reduce ... Read More

Massage therapy employs manual manipulations of the body's soft-tissue structure to assist in the body's optimal function.

As an integral part of the comprehensive rehabilitative team at the Niagara Orthopaedic Institute, our registered massage therapists will help assist in your recovery by:

Improving circulation and blood flow
Reducing muscle tension and spasm
Promote healing
Reduce pain
Assist in general relaxation


Naturopathic Medicine

Our Naturopathic Doctor understands the importance of patient-centered care and offers long-term health solutions for you and your family’s healthcare concerns. Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive and individualized approach to health care that addresses the root cause of disease. It integrates the best of both worlds: the science of conventional medicine with the wisdom of traditional nat... Read More

Our Naturopathic Doctor understands the importance of patient-centered care and offers long-term health solutions for you and your family’s healthcare concerns. Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive and individualized approach to health care that addresses the root cause of disease. It integrates the best of both worlds: the science of conventional medicine with the wisdom of traditional naturopathic therapies.

What to expect from a visit with our Naturopathic Doctor:

Whether you have several health concerns or just looking for a preventative healthcare plan, our Naturopathic Doctor will educate you on the steps that you need to take to maximize your health. On the first and second visit, our Naturopathic Doctor will take a detailed health history and physical examination to ensure that we get the “big picture” on your current state of health. Medical tests may be required to clarify a diagnosis. Each patient is treated as an individual and provided with specific diet and lifestyle changes to optimize their health goals. Natural health products may also be recommended to enhance your health. Follow-up visits are for addition diet and lifestyle education, treatment modification and overall monitoring of your health goals.

Jennifer Cox is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Ontario. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo where she obtained her Bachelor of Science. From there, Jennifer’s passion in healthcare and natural medicines brought her to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).

While at CCNM, Jennifer was awarded the Schad Foundation Bursary for achieving academic excellence. During her final year at CCNM, Jennifer completed a one-year internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic with a focus in mental health.

Currently, Jennifer has been practising naturopathic medicine in the Niagara region since 2010. She has a naturopathic family practice, seeing patients of all ages and conditions. Her special interests include gastrointestinal health, weight management and mental wellbeing.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, Jennifer takes her time to ensure that she has a complete understanding of her patients’ health concerns and goals. This allows Jennifer to assess the complexities of human physiology to address the root cause and develop a treatment plan that suits each patient’s individual needs. Her integrative approach is to work with you and your Medical Doctor to maximize results. Ultimately, she is grateful to be in a profession where true health can be achieved and aspires to see her patients succeed.

To learn more about Dr. Jennifer Cox, please visit www.naturopathicfamilypractice.ca.

Jennifer Cox is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor in the province of Ontario. She is ... Read More

Ellie is a Registered Physiotherapist. She earned her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. Prior to, she attended Brock University where she received her undergraduate degree in science while specializing in kinesiology. Ellie is passionate about working with her patients to provide care and guidance that is tailored to their goals. She values exercise, patient education, and manual therapy.

Ellie has a special interest in pelvic health which includes treating females and males for urinary incontinence, post-prostatectomy incontinence, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, and labour and delivery preparation. She is licensed to provide pelvic floor physiotherapy.

She has completed additional post-graduate training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, management of female athletes, management of the pregnant and postpartum female athlete, as well as modern management of the older adult.

In her spare time, Ellie enjoys CrossFit and spending time outdoors.

Ellie is a Registered Physiotherapist. She earned her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy from M... Read More

Austin is an osteopathic manual practitioner that has been practicing since 2021. Originally from Saskatchewan, he moved to Niagara in 2014 where he completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Science at Brock University. Pursuing his passion for human anatomy and physiology, he began his osteopathic education at the Canadian College of Osteopathy (Toronto) in 2017. He graduated with a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice and a Diploma in the Science of Osteopathy after completing his thesis on the Three Diaphragms Concept.

While studying osteopathy, Austin simultaneously attended the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy from 2018-2020, graduating as a Registered Massage Therapist.

As every individual is unique, Austin is committed to integrating the traditional osteopathic philosophy within his practice while still providing his clients with individualistic, patient-centered care. As an osteopathic manual practitioner, Austin searches for the root cause of pain and dysfunction with the aim of restoring and maintaining health and mobility. This is accomplished through the realignment of the bony structure and manipulation of soft tissues.

Austin lives in St. Catharines with his wife, Tracey. He enjoys completing home renovation projects, playing several different sports, reading, being outdoors, and weekends at the cottage with friends and family.

Austin is an osteopathic manual practitioner that has been practicing since 2021. Originally from... Read More

Brett is a Registered Massage Therapist as well as a Registered Kinesiologist. Growing up, Brett was a high level football player, eventually going to Western University to play football for the Mustangs. He continued his passion for athletics by volunteering as a quarterback and receivers coach for the Niagara Spears for a number of years. It was his time playing for the Spears as well as countless hours volunteering that lead to him being inducted into the Niagara Spears Hall of Fame. It was not only his love of sports and everything physical that helped move him towards a career in kinesiology, but a personal injury in 2012 that solidified his career path. With the help of his Kinesiologist, Brett was able to overcome the obstacles related to his Achilles tendon tear to be able to run, jump, and play sports again.

Brett graduated from Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2015 and was registerd as a Kinesiologist that same year. With the success he had treating patients within the scope of kinesiology, Brett wanted to expand his abilities to become even more competent with hands-on manipulations of the soft tissues. Thus, Brett went back to school in 2017 where he successfully obtained a diploma in Massage Therapy from the Ontario College of Health and Technology, and was registered shortly thereafter.

Brett has put forth many efforts to understand the relationship of biomechanics with the soft tissues of the body to become a comprehensive functional therapist. Within the scope of both designations, Brett can assess the muscular and functional issues of the body and can treat the presenting symptoms through soft tissue manipulations and prescriptive exercises. His ultimate career goal is to not only heal and treat pain symptoms, but to prevent recurrence in his clients by determining all of the true causes of biomechanical dysfunction. It is with the lessons learned from his past, and a passion to heal, that Brett treats his clients with understanding, enthusiasm, and knowledge to give the most beneficial experience possible.

Brett is a Registered Massage Therapist as well as a Registered Kinesiologist. Growing up, Brett ... Read More

Peter is a graduate of D’youville College, obtaining his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. Prior to, he graduated from Brock University with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2009. Upon completion of his graduate courses, Peter traveled and worked in the United States in Texas and Pennsylvania, while gaining experience in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. Peter returned back to Canada and the Niagara Region early in 2014.

Peter has been with Niagara Orthopaedic Institute since 2015, and has expanded the brand opening up Niagara Orthopaedic Institute St Catharines.

Peter has focused his interests on manual therapy and sports injury rehabilitation as well as vestibular rehab. Peter has his certification in Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University and continues to take courses to keep up to date and improve his techniques.

Peter’s focus is providing functional treatments that help his patients move better.

Peter is a graduate of D’youville College, obtaining his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. ... Read More

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