HEALTH CARE TEAM

We are pleased to introduce to you our health care team.  We are committed to treat every person with honesty and respect, to our utmost ability, and with the highest level of training available.

We proudly serve New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Tavistock and all surrounding communities.  Our centre always welcomes new patients.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from our services, please pass on our contact information.


                     






Best Chiropractic Clinic 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014
Best Massage Therapy Clinic 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2014
Best Alternative Medicine Clinic 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014
Best Medical Acupuncture Clinic 2019
Best Naturopathic Medicine Clinic 2020 & 2019

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DR. JOHN A. PAPA

       ·       Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
·       Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist
      ·       Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Graduate
·       Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - CSCS
·       Clinic Director and Founder, New Hamburg Wellness    
      Centre

·       Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical and 
            Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C)
·    Low Back Pain Rapid Access Clinic Advanced Practice
     Provider (APP)
    

Dr. John A. Papa was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University where he played varsity soccer and obtained an Honors Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation, he worked in the fitness industry as a manager, health consultant, and personal trainer.

Dr. Papa attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and graduated in 2002 with clinical honors while receiving the prestigious Hoskins/Sommacal Clinical Proficiency Award. He is a Fellow of the Chiropractic College of Physical & Occupational Rehabilitation in Canada - FCCPOR(C), and holds a specialty designation as a Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist (one of only five specialties recognized by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario). He has also completed post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, and is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, he serves as an Independent Consultant for several Disability Management Companies, and is currently on the editorial board for the Journal Of The Canadian Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Papa's extensive post-graduate education allows him to offer many different treatment options for patients seeking acute and chronic pain relief, and maintenance-preventative care for their musculoskeletal health. This list of treatment options includes Activator Techniques, Medical Acupuncture, Laser Therapy, Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston Soft Tissue Therapy, Rehabilitative Exercise and Physical Therapy, and Computerized Gait and Orthotic Analysis. This multi-faceted approach has resulted in the effective treatment of neck and back pain, along with many non-spinal conditions including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and foot injuries/complaints. He has successfully been able to treat a wide range of individuals including seniors, expectant mothers, children and highly skilled athletes.

Dr. Papa is the Clinic Director and Founder of the New Hamburg Wellness Centre. Since opening, the New Hamburg Wellness Centre has continued its award winning reputation as an evidence-based, patient centred and results orientated facility, becoming Wilmot Township's trusted and reliable choice for chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitative physical therapy, and soft tissue injury management.


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DR. R. GREG LUSK

·       Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
·    Low Back Pain Rapid Access Clinic Advanced Practice
     Provider (APP)
   
 
Dr. Lusk completed his undergraduate health sciences degree at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 2001. He then pursued further study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, completing the four year program in 2006.

Dr. Lusk has experience and enjoys treating a wide range of clientele with muscle and/or joint conditions. This includes individuals with symptoms from everyday tasks, postural strain, sports and workplace injuries, along with car accident injuries.  In addition, if you are not in pain but looking to move better and start an exercise routine, he can provide you with some guidance to avoid injury as you get started.

Dr. Lusk takes an evidence-informed approach to injury and pain management. His treatment style is largely manual, involving many soft tissue therapies (including myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue release, trigger points), as well as joint manipulation or mobilization. Education, progressive stretches/exercises, electro-therapeutic modalities, and custom orthotics are also used when indicated.

Dr. Lusk has worked with local minor hockey players, as well as university athletes, employing functional exercise to improve athletic performance. He is currently the team chiropractor for the Waterloo Siskins Jr. B Hockey Club. Dr. Lusk has a diverse athletic background and is passionate about active living. 

 
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DR. MELISSA HAMILTON

·      Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
·      Master of Science (MSc) in Human Health and Nutritional
      Science

       ·      Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Candidate

·     Resident of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences
     (Canada)

Dr. Hamilton completed her undergraduate Human Kinetics degree at the University of Guelph with Honours before continuing to pursue her Master of Science degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. She successfully defended her thesis at the University of Guelph in 2015.  While completing these two degrees, she worked in the fitness industry as a weight room supervisor, personal trainer and health coach. She continued to work full time in the fitness industry for two years following her studies before she made the decision to pursue Chiropractic as her final career choice.

Dr. Hamilton attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and graduated in 2021 with clinical honours. Upon graduation she was accepted into the Sports Residency program of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences where she will continue to learn about fitness and sport, conduct research on pregnancy in sport, and work with elite athletes. She has also completed post-graduate training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and postpartum rehabilitation with GrowCo. She is a certified Functional Range and Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), and Graston Soft Tissue Therapy provider. She also holds certifications in muscle activation and palpation techniques, and Sportside Medical EFR.

Dr. Hamilton’s extensive education has given her the tools to provide exceptional patient centred care. She uses an evidence-based approach in diagnosing muscle and joint conditions, along with developing a plan of management and treatment plan. Her clinical experiences have ranged from injury prevention, to working with chronic pain patients at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. She is well equipped to deal with a wide range of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, hip and shoulder pain, ankle sprains, carpel tunnel and more.  She also has a special interest in treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (jaw pain). Her treatment style includes a combination of manual therapy involving chiropractic joint manipulation, joint mobilizations, and a variety of soft tissue therapy techniques. She puts a large emphasis on patient empowerment through self management techniques such as progressive stretches and strengthening exercises. She is also capable of utilizing acupuncture, electro-therapeutic modalities, and custom orthotics when indicated.


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JERE BUKICH

·       Physiotherapist (B.A., B.Sc.(P.T.)

Jere graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, with a concentration in Athletic Injuries.  Upon graduating he pursued a career in home building/renovating.  Following a few work injuries, he returned to Queens University to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy), graduating in 1993.

After a short period of time in the hospital setting, Jere moved to the outpatient clinical setting.  Working in Parry Sound, Simcoe and Stratford, Jere continued his career focusing on orthopaedic injuries from sports, workplace injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. An interest in motor control lead him to working with adult CVA (stroke) and geriatric patients.

For the past 16 years Jere has been working in Wilmot Township providing homecare physiotherapy.  Jere has developed an expertise with post surgical candidates, primarily joint replacements.  He sees patients with multiple neurological conditions (CVA, multiple sclerosis, ALS) as well, he treats numerous respiratory conditions (COPD, asthma, pneumonia). Jere is also an ADP (Assistive Devices Program) authorizer for mobility devices (rollator walkers only).  Personally, Jere lives with his wife in St. Marys, Ontario.  He has two adult children.



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SHEILA REINHART
 
·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Sheila Reinhart was born and raised in the New Hamburg area.  She graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1999 and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  Since graduation, Sheila has continued with her learning through continuing education courses in Pregnancy and Labor Massage, and Infant Massage.  She utilizes a broad range of massage techniques in her practice including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point release, hydrotherapy, and myofascial release.  Whenever possible, she also incorporates home care exercises into her treatment plans.

Sheila enjoys working in a setting that promotes health and wellness, and she is dedicated in educating her clients in improving and maintaining their health.
 
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 JESSICA STALLER

        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)


Jessica graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2009, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). She is certified in Sweitzers Deep Tissue Therapy and general Swedish massage. She enjoys working in a professional clinical setting which affords her the opportunity of collaborating with other health care providers to offer a high standard of client care.
With a combination of therapeutic massage and deep tissue work, Jessica customizes her treatments for a client's specific needs. She has extensive experience treating many conditions and specializes in neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and chronic headaches. Jessica truly enjoys her chosen profession and has a passion for helping others. She strongly believes that massage is an essential modality for overall health and well-being of the human body.

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.

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JENNIFER NEWCOMBE

        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Jennifer graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  From a young age, she has been involved in many sports, including competitive hockey.  This has taught her the importance of properly managing aches and pains so that an individual can stay healthy and active.  When not on the ice, at a soccer field, or in the gym, she enjoys spending time with friends and family or traveling.


Jennifer has a specific interest in how all the systems of the body interact.  She utilizes a variety of techniques including fascial stretch therapy, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and proprioceptive techniques.  This allows her to effectively address conditions such as hip, knee, back, and neck pain, along with headaches, postural dysfunctions and rotator cuff injuries.  She looks forward to working with patients to help them to perform to the best of their ability wherever their daily lives may take them. 

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.


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JENN PITSCH

        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Jenn graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2003.  She is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). With a background of over sixteen years in massage therapy, Jenn shares a wealth of expertise, experience and understanding with her clientele. 

Jenn specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point release, hydrotherapy as well as having a background in reflexology.  She is comfortable massaging individuals of all ages.  With two teenagers of her own actively involved in sports, she is very capable of handing children's needs and concerns.  Jenn is also experience in performing pregnancy massages. Her warm friendly, and caring manner has endeared her to many loyal clients.  She is a lifelong learner who readily adapts her massage techniques to the stress and strains of an individual's specific needs. 

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.


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JODI WILDFONG

       ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Jodi graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1997 and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  She has completed certified courses in Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, MVAs, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Headache treatments.   

She has two sons who play competitive hockey and golf and is comfortable treating children of all ages.  She also has experience with post stroke patients and patients with multiple sclerosis.


Jodi has 22 years experience in a clinical setting and provides a balance of therapeutic and relaxation for optimal health and well being for patients.

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.


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BARBARA CAWSTON

        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Barbara has always had a passion for helping others. She successfully graduated from Westervelt College in 2020. She is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Barbara has extensive knowledge of the human body and how it functions. She is client focused, and will work with each patient to develop the best treatment plan for their individual needs. Along with home exercises, she will help educate patients with the knowledge they need to help in their healing process.

Barbara has experience in treating a variety of conditions and injuries. She specializes in deep tissue massage, general Swedish massage for stress, anxiety and depression, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and hydrotherapy. Barbara hopes to continue her education with a great interest in myofascial release. 

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.


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SHANNON ROBERTSON


        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Shannon graduated from University of Guelph in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics.  She wanted to further her education in the health care field with the goal of helping people.  In 2021, she graduated, with distinction, from the Massage Therapy program at TriOS College in London, Ontario, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  Shannon is dedicated and eager to continue her education and develop new skills to provide the best possible patient care.

Shannon's warm, kind and empathetic nature makes her an ideal with as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).  She is able to provide treatments that incorporate a variety of techniques that are both thorough and specific, to meet each patient's individual needs and goals.  Shannon enjoys providing therapeutic massage, as well as deep tissue and fascial work.  She has a particular interest and experience in treating conditions such as tension headaches, back and shoulder pain, and sciatic pain.

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.

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JANELLE BEATTY

        ·         Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Janelle graduated with honors with an Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy from Mohawk College in 2016, and is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Throughout her years in practice, Janelle has taken a special interest in assessing and treating neck injuries including whiplash, nerve entrapments, concussions, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, dysfunctions, and pathologies. Janelle has taken several  courses for assessing and treating jaw pain and dysfunctions, and is a fully certified TMJ Therapist. She has the ability to use several modalities in her practice such as cupping, taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM), and also has advanced training in concussion assessment, and rehabilitation.  Her treatment style has a therapeutic and rehabilitative approach with the ability to provide deeper work if clinically indicated.

To learn more about Massage Therapy, click here.

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PETER KLASSEN

·         Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Peter Klassen, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.  He then pursued a Masters Degree in Theology at the University of Toronto before turning his attention to the health care field.  In 1993 Peter began the four year Doctor of Naturopathy program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.  Upon graduation in 1997 he was fortunate enough to work with a Naturopathic Doctor who practiced Functional Medicine, a field of complimentary medicine which combines the science of western medicine with the wisdom of traditional medicine. This valuable experience helped shape his understanding of health and disease and emphasized the importance of treating the "regulatory disharmony" which causes disease.

Peter uses a wide variety of modalities to support the health of his clients including botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, exercise and stress management techniques.  These clinical tools allow Peter to address a wide variety of health concerns in men, women and children.



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AMANDA MODARAGAMAGE

·       Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
·       Advanced Podortho Foot Care Nurse (APFCN) 


Amanda is a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.  She graduated from Georgian College in Barrie, ON in 2009 and later moved to Stratford, ON.

After seeing a need for Nursing Foot Care in her own community, she went on to graduate at the top of her class from Feet For Life in Podortho Foot Care Nursing School in Burlington, ON.  She is therefore, specialized in Diabetic, Arthritis and Vascular disorder foot care as well as managing painful corns, warts, fungal infections, ingrown toenails and much more.

Amanda believes proper foot care is a vital part in ones overall health and wellbeing, and looks forward to treating and maintaining patients feet to help them feel their best.


To learn more about Nursing Foot Care, click here.

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SANDRA TOCITU

·       Master of Social Work (MSW)
·       Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
·       Registered Clinical Social Worker (RSW)


Sandra completed her Bachelor Degree in Science in 2006 at the University of Waterloo, and began working with individuals of dual diagnoses, mental health and addictions. She continued her professional and educational development when she completed her Bachelor Degree in Social Work at the University of Waterloo, graduating with Honours in 2013. In July 2018, Sandra completed her Master Degree in Social Work. She is a registered member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.

In the domain of Clinical Social Work and Counselling, Sandra has extensive experience working as a clinician in the field of child and adult mental health, focusing her therapeutic practice in areas of depression, anxiety, addictions, domestic violence, child abuse, custody and access disputes, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) rehabilitation and chronic pain just to name a few. Her work is trauma informed as well as attachment based and she practices from the cognitive model of psychotherapy. In addition, Sandra uses a large variety of techniques stemming from clinical frameworks of Signs of Safety, and Circle of Security, which are client focused as well as strength based approaches. What’s unique about Sandra’s work is that she recognizes everyone’s journey to recovery as a subjective experience, and depending on the circumstance, she utilizes a combination of interventions and modalities that best suit the specific needs of this person. Continuing her passion to grow and expand her knowledge and ability to help clients, Sandra is hoping to become a certified Clinical Traumatologist through the Traumatology Institute of Canada.

In addition to offering clinical counselling and therapy, Sandra also provides general social work supports that may include but are not limited to connecting individuals and their families to the most appropriate resources in the community, making referrals for their family members to different/other service providers, as well as general navigation of the social system (for example Ontario Housing, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability, court services just to name a few). Many Extended Health Care (EHC) insurance policies fully or partially cover individuals for Clinical Social Work and Counselling. Please check your policy for details.


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