OUR TEAMEST. 2014
Melanie Stevens Sutherland
Clinic Director / Registered Physiotherapist
HonsBKin, MSc(PT), FCAMPT
Melanie is a graduate of McMaster University and brings 16 years of experience as a senior physiotherapist to Body Co. She has enjoyed a long tenure working with active populations at prestigious sport medicine clinics. Past clients include Provincial, National and Olympic level athletes as well as members of the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, the Ontario Hockey League, the American Hockey League, the National Lacrosse League and Major League Soccer.
Following the birth of her own children, Melanie developed a strong interest in women’s health. She has taken specialized courses in pelvic floor physiotherapy and women’s nutrition. She is passionate about helping women find strength and confidence in their post-natal bodies following pregnancy and delivery.
Melanie is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy and is qualified to perform spinal and peripheral manipulation. Her treatments are focused on hands on techniques, comprehensive education and supported by tailored exercise programs and healthy lifestyle modifications.
Manager of Clinical Services / Registered Physiotherapist
Jordan is a graduate of the University of Toronto Physiotherapy program and has since been practicing in orthopaedic settings. He has developed an interest in sports physiotherapy through his many years as an athlete, participating in baseball, golf, snowboarding, and more recently rock-climbing, cycling, and strength training. He has worked with a variety of clientele including athletes from disciplines such as competitive dancing, running, rock-climbing, and mixed-martial arts, as well as non-athletes of a wide age range and ability. Regardless of activity level, he is dedicated to improving mobility, optimizing function, and strengthening to help achieve your goals through the use of an individualized exercise prescription and manual therapy. He also has additional training in sports taping.
Registered Paediatric and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist
Sandra graduated from Dalhousie University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with honours from McMaster University. She has worked with a variety of clientele but has developed a true passion in working with both the paediatric and women’s health populations. Sandra has extensive experience assessing and treating a variety of paediatric conditions and most recently has become certified as a pelvic health physiotherapist. She also has additional training in acupuncture and kinesiotaping. Sandra finds great value in guiding each individual through a tailored rehabilitation program to optimize their function and quality of life. In her free time, Sandra enjoys yoga, pilates, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Registered Massage Therapist
Heather graduated from Sutherland -Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2005 and has established a strong practice in the Junction over several years. As an experience registered massage therapist, she specializes in Deep Tissue, traditional Swedish massage, Therapeutic massage, Pregnancy massage and Breast massage techniques in her practice. Most recently Heather has taken specialized courses in therapeutic cupping, taping and abdominal massage.
Heather is passionate about women’s health issues and works with her clients to create effective and specialized treatment plans.
Johann de Chickera
Dr. Johann completed his 4-year degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto. His clinical focus lies in chronic disease, such as those related to the Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Immune Systems.
Johann joined Body Co. in 2019, with enthusiasm and desire to joint a forward thinking, integrity driven and results-based multi-disciplinary clinic. Having worked alongside physiotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths and other health care providers, he is confident he will complement the current providers and help maximize new and existing patients’ overall care.
His approach to medicine relies on working with the patient to come up with a feasible, multi-factorial approach that addresses all complaints at once. He employs a strong background in diagnostic medicine and human physiology and pathology to diagnose and treat. His treatment involve a combination of nutritional counselling, botanical medicine, eastern medicine (acupuncture), nutraceutical supplementation and hands on physical medicine.
Florence was first introduced to alternative therapeutic modalities in her teens, as a dancer and competitive athlete. After high school, Florence furthered her dance training and obtained her Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. Teaming up with the artistic director of the McMaster University contemporary dance company, she developed introductory dance classes for children and teens across Hamilton. Inspired to further her teaching skill-set, she obtained her yoga teacher certification in Hatha yoga. Florence teaches across the city and combines her knowledge of human kinetics, dance, strength and conditioning, and yoga. Teaching movement to pre and postnatal women, and coaching as a birth doula, she gained a unique perspective into the supportive systems available to new and expecting mothers. Florence has an affinity for the holistic approach to women’s care. She is passionate about the assimilation of progressive knowledge to educate and empower women at any stage of life including: pre-conception, pregnancy and recovery after birth. Most recently, Florence completed her five years of study at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. As a manual therapist, she believes in having her patients actively participate in their healing. She currently is working to complete her thesis which will examine how osteopathic treatment effects diastasis-recti abdominus in postnatal women.
Registered Kinesiologist / Osteopathy Candidate
Leah is a Registered Kinesiologist and Osteopathy Candidate at the Canadian College of Osteopathy. She is a natural medicine practitioner and believes the body has a tremendous ability to heal itself. She uses her manual practice to help patients restore tissue mobility, position and vitality. She is a graduate of McMaster University's kinesiology program and former varsity soccer athlete who is focused not only on short term health, but also on long term recovery. She understands that people play an active role in their recovery and recognizes the benefit of both aerobic and resistance training. She has a keen interest in cranial health due to many concussions received through sport. Howevery, with her second degree in Gerontology she also understands the aging population.
She is currently undertaking a Master's in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Neuroscience at York University. Her clinical research is focused on treatment interventions for concussion.
In her spare time you can find Leah spending time with friends, enjoying the outdoors or being active. She loves, to run, climb, cycle, ski or play any sport! She is a certified spin instructor and challenge course practitioner and is committed to healthy active living!
Client Experience Manager
Shannon has a Bachelor of Applied Business in Hospitality Operations Management from Niagara College, along with a diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management and a certificate in Event Management. She has extensive experience in customer service and knowledge of personal injury processes. She is always looking for opportunities to grow her experience and work with a wide variety of people.
In her spare time you can find Shannon spending time with her family, friends and husband. She enjoys traveling, camping, swimming, playing baseball and is always up for planning a event of any size.
Administrative and Clinical Assistant
Eden has recently graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, and is also a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. She will be continuing her studies at University of Toronto in September 2018 to pursue a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She is passionate about healthy and active living and strives to help others lead healthy lifestyles and accomplish their goals.
Eden enjoys participating in a variety of activities and sports such as running, dragon boat, dance and horseback riding. She is always looking to have a chance to learn more about rehabilitation and the different fields it can encompass, and is happy to assist in any way she can.