MEET OUR TEAM OF HIGHLY SKILLED PROFESSIONALS.
OFFICE MANAGEMENT & RECEPTION
The office management and reception team at Total Health Link are dedicated to making your visit as pleasant as possible. From a friendly greeting when you walk in, to caring conversations, coordinating your appointments, or billing your insurance company, the reception staff at Total Health Link strive to ensure your visit to the clinic is efficient, friendly and stress free. If there is anything we can do to make your visit better, please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen.
JOANNA GATAREK- Office Manager / Administrator
RIKKI BOJANOWSKI – Receptionist
LAUREN PAILLEY – Receptionist
MADISON ETMANSKI – Receptionist
DR. ED FILLION
Chief Clinician & Chiropractor
Dr. Ed Fillion is the chief clinician and Chiropractor at Total Health Link. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1990 with a four year B.Sc. degree, specializing in microbiology and human physiology. His post-graduate degree was completed at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and in 1994, he was granted his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Since his graduation, Dr. Fillion has completed numerous seminars covering clinical diagnosis, chiropractic adjusting techniques, clinical and sports nutrition, and pediatric chiropractic techniques. Dr. Fillion has a keen interest in the analysis and treatment of feet and has completed numerous courses and seminars covering orthotics and the diagnosis and rehabilitation of foot injuries.
Dr. Fillion’s holistic approach to treatment, combines a wide variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques with nutrition, stretching, massage, physiotherapy, custom foot orthotics, extremity adjustments, and active rehabilitation exercise programs to provide an individualized and customized program which assures that his patients reach their goals quickly and safely.
Dr. Fillion is a certified BackSafe Consultant. He conducts fully customized, hands-on employee training and ergonomic assessments designed to reduce WSIB costs while teaching the employee preventative strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of both workplace and home injuries. His client list includes GK Work Wear, The City of North York Public Works and Air Canada’s Flight Attendant Division.
DR. AMBER PURINS
(H)B.Kin, DC, ART
Dr. Amber Purins completed her undergraduate education at McMaster University where she graduated with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology. While at McMaster, Amber competed as Captain of the Women’s Varsity Rugby team, Women’s Football team, and was an active member is the McMaster Right to Play Chapter. Dr. Purins went on to complete her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Clinic Honours.
Dr. Purins enjoys practicing within multi-disciplinary and is a strong advocate for inter-professional collaboration. Dr. Purins has pursued training in several different treatment approaches as an adjunct to her chiropractic training. She is full-body certified in Active Release Technique (ART®) and has been trained in Graston soft tissue therapy, Activator, and Thompson adjustment techniques. Dr. Purins is also an active member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Purins treats a variety of conditions and injuries throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. She bases her practice on a patient-centred approach utilizing the most up to date research, treatment options, and patient education to provide the most comprehensive care possible. As an athlete herself, Amber enjoys treating athletes at all levels of the athletic spectrum from leisure to recreational through to elite competitive athletes. Dr. Purins also has a keen interest in women’s health, pregnancy related care, post-partum return to activity, and post-natal development.
Amber is very active in the Hamilton/Burlington community. For the past four years she has been one of the Assistant Coaches of the McMaster Varsity Women’s Rugby team and is currently the Assistant Coach of the U16 Junior Ontario Storm rugby team.
Linda McKend has been providing the highest quality physiotherapy treatments for the past 25 years. Linda was initially trained in the United Kingdom and moved to Canada, where she has continued her varied and well-rounded education.
Linda has education in many areas including pre-and post-surgical rehabilitation, athletic injuries, chronic pain, Pilates, and vestibular (balance) rehabilitation, but she specializes in the treatment of urinary and gynecological conditions including incontinence, pelvic pain, and related conditions. Linda works closely with local urologists and medical doctors to ensure her patients receive the optimal type and style of therapy needed to return them to optimal health. Linda strongly believes that a patient will benefit from a well-rounded rehabilitation program and will coordinate and recommend multiple therapists including chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and exercise therapy when designing your rehabilitation program.
Christine completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph in 2002 and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Husson College in Bangor, Maine in 2007.
Christine is licensed both in Canada and the USA. Christine grew up playing competitive soccer at the club, provincial, University and National level, representing Canada in the World University Games in 2001. Due to her competitive background, Christine understands the struggles of rehabilitation and return to sport in a timely manner. She has worked with several community sports teams as a coach, sports conditioning coach and therapist. Her philosophy and clinical vision is hands on, as well as exercise based. Always striving to improve her clinical skills, Christine has pursued post-graduate training in acupuncture, thoracic spine dysfunction and has attended several sports medicine symposiums. Christine is passionate about her work and enjoys educating patients and students with anything regarding rehabilitation, anatomy and exercise.
MICHAEL J. COOK
Canadian Athletic Therapist(c)
Registered massage Therapist
International Doctorate Acupuncture
Michael combines the best aspects of massage, acupuncture and athletic therapy to provide safe, yet aggressive and effective, individualized rehabilitation programs – ensuring the patient reaches their optimal goals quickly and economically.
• 2001-2005 College of International Holistic Studies – International Doctorate Acupuncture Program
• 2002-2003 Canadian Therapeutic College – Massage & Hydro Therapy Diploma Program
• 1996-1999 Sheridan College – Sports Injury Management Diploma Program (Athletic Therapy)
CLINICAL AND FIELD EXPERIENCE:
- Head Therapist for Canadian Men’s Rugby (Canada vs. Portugal)
- Athletic Therapist for 2006 Grey Cup Finalists, Montreal Alouettes
- Burlington Mens/Womens Rugby
- University of Guelph and University of Toronto
- Invictas Football
- CFL/NBA Training Camp
- Canadian National Figure Skating Championships
- Canadian National Squash Championships
- Ontario Winter Games
- Ontario Special Olympics
- Basketball Ontario
- Lester B Pearson / Notre Dame High School (Hockey & Baseball)
- History and Orthopedic Functional Joint Assessment
- Functional Muscle and Connective Tissue Testing
- Recording of Confidential Medical Information
- Interpreting Diagnostic Medical Report and Doctors Reports
- MVA, WSIB Treatment Plans
- Manual Techniques
- Use of Hydrotherapy
- Use of Therapeutic Modalities: Ultrasound, TENS, Interferential Current, EMS
- Treatment and Rehabilitation Thou: Acute, Sub Acute, Chronic and Return to Work Stages
- Education: Strengthening, Stretching, Nutrition, Postural Techniques
- Injury prevention/Protective Equipment
- Gait and Biomechanical Analysis
- Recognition of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Disorders
- Recognition of Various Infections, Diseases and Disorders
- Working with Multi-Disciplinary Assessment Team
- Return to Work, Activities of Daily Living, Per Accident Programs
- Emergency Onsite Care
Kimberly began her career as a Rehabilitation Specialist and as an aerobics instructor. She completed her Registered Massage Therapy Degree in 2004, her Pregnancy Massage diploma in 2004, her Reflexology and Reiki diploma in 2005, and her Doctorate of Acupuncture in 2007.
Kimberly incorporates a wide variety of modalities within her treatments to obtain the most effective results.
With 11 years of clinical experience completed, she believes that aggressive treatments along with client education will further her client’s ability to heal and return to full function. Kimberly focuses her practice around sport specific and work-related injuries, as well as pregnancy and infant/child care. She encourages all clients to become actively involved in obtaining optimal health and wellness through regular treatments, proper diet and exercise.
As a former elite hockey player, Alex has dedicated her career to the rehabilitation and prevention of sports related injuries. She had completed her education earning an Advanced Degree in Massage Therapy from Humber College. Completing a three year research case study specializing in the rehabilitation of shoulders. After school, she continued her education by taking courses in Medicupping therapies, Concussion testing and treatment, advanced sports massage, functional movement screening I, and currently working on a bachelors in sport psychology.
Alex’s patients range from recreational to professional, non contact to extreme sports athletes. Recently, she became the Ontario Events Chair for the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association she began treating her patients on and off the field as a Sports First Responder. She continues to work as a field therapist for a variety of local teams and medical staff during larger games; for example, North American Indigenous Games.
Alex believes in helping patients towards a goal, it is what motivates her. This is accomplished in part by assessing specific impairments and using evidence based massage to create specific outcomes and progress towards the patients goals for each individual treatment plan. She believes that the patient should progress towards being better each day.
BA(H.S.), DIP SIM, CAT(C) Certified Athletic Therapist, RMT Registered Massage Therapist
Brock University – Sept ’95 – Apr ‘99 – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Studies
Sheridan College – Sept ’99 – Apr ‘02 – Sports Injury Management Diploma
Sheridan College – Certified Athletic Therapist
Canadian Therapeutic College – Registered Massage Therapist
Soft Tissue Release Course – Oct ‘04
Intro to Cranial Sacral Course – Nov ‘04
Muscle Energy Certificate – Mar/Apr ’02
Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute Courses
The Shoulder Complex – Apr/May ‘04
The Sacroiliac Joint – Sept ‘04
The Knee Complex – Jun ‘04
First Responder Including AED
Tara has faith in combining a various range of modalities, manual techniques, physical activity and home programs in her therapy treatments. She believes that returning to physical activity and movement as soon as possible will decrease recovery time. She will work closely with a team of healthcare professionals to ensure her patients receive the most beneficial treatment possible.
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ATHLETIC THERAPISTS/PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTANTS
Canadian Athletic Therapist(c)
Registered massage Therapist
International Doctorate Acupuncture