Scott Haller, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, AC, RMT
OWNER, OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONER
PRESIDENT, SHIFT CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Since earning his degree in Osteopathic Manipulation at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Science in 2004, Scott has earned a reputation in his field that is second to none. Early in his career, Scott joined the medical rehabilitation staff of both the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and their affiliate team, the Hamilton Bulldogs – an experience that has paved the way for a successful and fulfilling career in sports injury management.
Scott’s most recent project includes the development of an advanced protocol for the assessment and management of concussions – The SHIFT Concussion Management Program. This comprehensive program provides Healthcare Providers throughout Canada with evidence-based concussion management strategies that can be directly applied to their patients whether it sport, work, motor vehicle, or other accident-related head injury. Shift Concussion Management takes pride in serving as a Center for education and training for Health Professionals wishing to advance their knowledge in the area of concussion management. Scott has also received advanced education in vestibular assessment and therapeutic techniques out of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as training in Pittsburgh, PA through time spent with internationally renowned Neuropsychologist Dr. Michael “Micky” Collins. Scott is currently a Credentialed ImPACT (Immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing) Consultant (CIC).
As a result of his diverse training, Scott has an array of specialties spanning from generalized osteopathic treatment, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, vestibular therapy, to concussion management.
In addition to balancing a busy clinic schedule at his Guelph location, Scott lends his time speaking to sports organizations, hospitals, schools, and medical clinics throughout the province on the topic of concussion management.
Dr. Kailin Walter, BSc(Hons), DC
Kailin completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in 2006. After receiving treatment for numerous sports injuries suffered in competition, she was inspired to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She graduated with top honours, and completed additional certifications in Graston Technique® (an instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy treatment method), and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (McMaster University). She is a member of both the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA). Kailin subscribes to an interdisciplinary model of healthcare, and integrates the latest evidence based practices into her therapeutic approach.
Kailin has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the Shift Concussion Management Program in Ontario, and serves as a clinician and instructor alongside President, Scott Haller. She has completed advanced clinical training in the implementation of all aspects of Shift’s program, with particular emphasis in the area of binocular vision disorders in post-concussion syndrome. Kailin has also completed advanced training in ImPACT (Immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing), the most widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion management tool, and is currently a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC).
In addition, Kailin has undergone formal training in the burgeoning field of Vision Therapy and has spent a significant amount of time working with, and shadowing Dr. Patrick Quaid (OD, FCOVD, PhD) at his Guelph Vision Therapy Institute.
Growing up, Kailin was heavily involved in sports, particularly competitive softball and figure skating. She remains dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and is committed to helping her patients do the same.
Frances MacInnes, BSc(Kin), MSc., PTREGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Frances holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. Throughout her degree in Kinesiology, her interest and passion for human movement and rehabilitation lead to pursuing Head Athletic Training positions for varsity soccer, and Junior hockey. During this time, she was continuously exposed to concussion in sport, which highlighted the need for improved education, management and rehabilitation strategies surrounding the injury. Further exposure to vestibular and concussion rehabilitation during her Masters sparked an interest in pursuing concussion management as her main area of focus in clinical practice. She has received additional training in vestibular and oculomotor rehabilitation, acupuncture and dry needling, ImPACT (Immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing), and soft tissue modalities.
Frances works alongside Scott and Kailin as a clinician implementing the Shift Concussion Management model of care for a wide variety of concussion patients. She continues to remain active within the sport population, and has worked closely with community, amateur, and professional athletes recovering from concussion and post-concussion related disorders. Outside of clinic, Frances plays an active role in updating and integrating Shift’s concussion protocols, and she communicates with our network clinicians providing support for clinical inquires. She serves as an instructor alongside Scott and Kailin, and assists in the creation and development of our course content.
Sheri Moss, BSc(Kin), MSc., PTREGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Sheri completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2007 from York University. While at York University she discovered a passion for the human brain and entered into a second Bachelor degree in Psychology. After completing her time at university, Sheri worked as a Kinesiologist for 2 years in a large orthopaedic clinic. In 2009 she returned to university to further her education and decided this was a great opportunity to broaden her horizons and move to another country. Sheri graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011.
After graduation she spent 3 years working with patients with acquired brain injuries and in 2014 she was trained as a SHIFT concussion therapist. In March 2017 Sheri completed Emory University’s Vestibular Rehabilitation Course in Atlanta, Georgia. Sheri finds working with concussion and vestibular patients to be both fascinating and rewarding.
Sheri also has experience treating patients who have sustained sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, chronic musculoskeletal impairments, neurological conditions, pre and post-surgical conditions and many more orthopaedic conditions. She utilizes soft tissue techniques, joint and neural mobilizations, exercise, cupping, modalities, and patient education, in providing evidence-based care.
When Sheri is not at the clinic she enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends, family and her new puppy.
Dr. Katherine Lopinski, HBSc, DC
Katherine being our newest Chiropractor, is excited to offer locum coverage while Dr. Walter takes maternity leave.
Katherine completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and minor in Business Administration at the University of Guelph in 2013. After a bout of low back pain, and seeing family members endure through spinal cord injuries and disc herniations, she was inspired to pursue her Doctorate of Chiropractic (DC) at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. She completed additional certifications in Graston Technique® (an instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy treatment method), and will soon be certified in Functional Integrated Acupuncture (CMCC). Katherine is currently furthering her knowledge in concussion management to better serve her patients at Shift. She is a member of both the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) and Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA). Katherine utilizes the best research evidence, her clinical expertise, and individual patient values and preferences to practice evidence based care.
During Katherine’s chiropractic intern rotations, she has become more proficient in the use of diversified and drop-piece manipulative techniques, myofascial release and instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitative and strengthening techniques. In addition, she has successfully incorporated methods such as acupressure for headaches, mindfulness meditation for stress, mirror-box therapy and graded motor imagery for chronic pain, and nerve-flossing techniques for neurodynamic-related pain. Katherine is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, and has taught classes ranging from chair-yoga for seniors to high-energy flow classes. She is committed to helping her patients lead a healthy lifestyle.
When Katherine isn’t practicing, you can usually find her enjoying the great outdoors or spending quality time with friends and family.
Jessica Mahler, BASc(Kin), MSc.,PT
Jessica received her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2017 after graduating with an honors Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Following her Kinesiology degree, and during her time at McMaster, Jessica worked as a strength and conditioning coach, further increasing her knowledge and skills in exercise prescription and rehabilitation.
Jessica’s personal experience in sport and athletics lead to her passion for physiotherapy. Throughout her sporting background she was personally exposed to concussions, which lead to her completing additional training in concussion management. Jessica has completed her manual therapy level 1 course and plans to develop her skills through completion of further manual therapy levels and acupuncture courses.
In her free time Jessica enjoys hockey, snowboarding, competing in Redbull crashed ice and spending time with friends and family.
Keira Stroyan, BA(Kin), MSc.,PT
Keira obtained her Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, and previously a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Kinesiology at Brock University. As a former women's fast-ball player, she understands the importance of treating and preventing injuries from a personal level.
Keira’s drive to help others coupled with her passion for sports and athletics has built the foundation of her career as a physiotherapist. Her treatment plans incorporate a combination of hands-on techniques, education and exercise prescription to reduce pain and optimize function. She offers additional skills and knowledge in acupuncture and concussion management.
Keira believes her role is to work with you to create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs and lifestyle. Her goal is to maximize your recovery to return to your favourite sport, hobby or work and prevent the recurrence of injury.
If not in the clinic, you will likely see Keira playing baseball, curling or reading a good book.
Rachael Grafe, BSc(Kin), BAHSc(AT), R. Kin, CAT(C)
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC THERAPIST
As a Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C), Rachael provides medical coverage for sporting events, orthopedic treatments in the clinic and/or works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach to enhance athletic performance.
In a clinical setting, Rachael performs a thorough assessment of any musculoskeletal injury and/or condition, looking for the root cause of the problem. She uses contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or fatigue. She takes an active approach to rehabilitation, providing sport specific exercises and education, all in an effort to safely reintegrate an individual back into their sport or an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
She draws her clinical practice from working in a variety of sports settings and teams, working with elite and world-class athletes, as well as, continually attending conferences and workshops. Prior to joining Shift, Rachael enjoyed working with the University of Guelph varsity teams, Rugby Canada, and The National Ballet of Canada. Rachael has worked with both Olympic and Paralympic athletes, ensuring they have a safe and successful season.
Joe Pendleton, MPK(kin), R.Kin, CSCS
Joe received his Master of Professional Kinesiology from the University of Toronto in 2017 after completing his honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. During the completion of his MPK degree, Joe discovered the importance of concussion management strategies through working with varsity athletes and personally experiencing a concussion, forcing him to implement the strategies he practices. He is passionate about utilizing an evidence based and collaborative approach to care to ensure the best possible treatment is provided to all. As a Registered Kinesiologist Joe excels in using exercise as a form of rehabilitation and taking an active approach to care for all injuries, including concussion.
Prior to joining Shift, Joe has spent time working in other orthopedic based clinics and sports teams, where he has been exposed to a variety of clientele, from the general population to professional athletes as both a strength and conditioning coach and Kinesiologist. In his free time Joe now enjoys playing lacrosse and hockey, and spending time outside with friends and family.
Michael Robinson, RMT
REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST
When individuals experience aches and pains their quality of life can also suffer. Michael’s passion is in helping turn people to that higher quality of living. He aids his clients (including adults of all ages, children and families) to their pain-free lifestyles.
He understands that no single approach is the right one for every individual and so he’s trained in a range of modalities such as Neurofunctional (contemporary) Acupuncture (McMaster University) and Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute).
His clinical background includes not only treating soft tissue conditions (strains and sprains), headaches, migraines, and stress, but also assisting those undergoing oncology, addictions and mental health treatments. Michael has been in professional practice since 2005.
Johanna Padalino, RMT
REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Katy joined Shift Concussion Management in 2016 after shifting gears from Medical Imaging to Rehabilitation. She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. Although often behind the scenes, Katy is responsible for ensuring our patient experience and overseeing clinical operations.
She brings with her 6 years of experience dealing in administration and marketing that have made her an experienced and versatile member of our team.
When not at the office Katy can often be found reading a good book, getting tangled up at a hot yoga class or enjoying the outdoors with her friends.