Nastassia takes the time in every session to address her patient’s story, assess, and decide on the most appropriate treatment plan, lending her full attention and critical thinking.
Her calm, engaged, and empathetic personality facilitates an easy road to identifying factors necessary for recovery.
Nastassia completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University. She appreciated her first two years in biology but found her passion in studying athletic injuries, endocrinology, chronic diseases, vascular function, neuronal development, and psychology in Kinesiology.
Her understanding of most of these topics was further developed in her Masters of Physical Therapy, and more deeply through the McMaster Medical Contemporary Acupuncture Program with Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, and mentorship of assistant instructors.
Nastassia knew she wanted to do quality work with patients one on one after volunteering with individuals with chronic diseases at a community health centre in York University’s community. She witnessed the effect of movement, education and individual attention. She was determined to continue this work as a physiotherapist.
Nastassia completed a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2017. There she developed an interest for working with the paediatric population with cerebral palsy, as well as neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement problems in adults.
Nastassia finds gratification in working with individuals of varying abilities, passions and activity levels. She finds satisfaction in helping patients both return to and achieve new heights in function.
Her post-graduate education in paediatric physiotherapy includes the Therasuit Method (Use of the Universal Exercise Unit for functional strengthening and achieving functional goals), Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (Primitive Reflex Integration), and Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation for Lower Extremity for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Nastassia is a neurofunctional acupuncture practitioner with her completion of the McMaster Medical Contemporary Acupuncture Program, and will have taken the Advanced program by May 2020.
She strives to be among the most proficient and meticulous of her profession, dedicated to learning and mentorship in both neuromusculoskeletal and paediatric fields of physiotherapy.
Nastassia hopes to empower and inspire her patients to develop the same curiosity, awareness, and care of their bodies.
She is active through training in Muay Thai as well as African, Caribbean and Latin dance styles, and enjoys the benefits of weight lifting, mobility work, and tug of war with her dogs.