An expert in concussion rehabilitation, Mat is one of few Physiotherapists in Canada who has completed extensive training in NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), Anatomy in Motion, Cranial Therapy, and Neurofunctional Acupuncture.
Mat’s interest in healthcare began at a young age, when he would listen to stories from his grandfather, one of the founding medical doctors at Trillium Hospital. His involvement in sports led him to a diploma in the Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Humber College, followed by an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Brock University. He gained extremely valuable experience from these hands-on programs, including an opportunity to work as a trainer with Varsity men’s rugby teams. He received his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, where he received multiple awards for excellence in clinical practice.
As a physiotherapist, Mat has an extensive post-graduate education, helping to put him at the forefront of treatment in physical medicine. His appreciation and respect for the importance of the body’s nervous system has remained the focus of his continuing education and approach to therapy. Mat’s love for neurology eventually led him to take several concussion rehabilitation courses, and he has developed a concussion protocol that integrates multiple approaches (NKT, acupuncture, cranial therapy) to generate immediate changes in symptoms and function.
His treatments focus on enhancing the movement capability and response to injury of each and every patient.
Mat continues to pursue a greater understanding of the body’s response to its environment and perceptual influences, and in particular, how influencing various inputs can improve injury recovery and performance. Many times, this means delving into old, under-treated injuries, compensatory patterns, and other underlying contributors to decreased function. After identifying the root causes of the issue, he uses an approach that combines both support (passive treatment) and challenge (functional movement). Above all, Mat is driven by the belief that it is essential to educate each patient on their own body, empowering them to take control of their health.
Mat enjoys pursuing a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, eating well, and playing hockey. He also loves reading books of many genres, including fiction and self-improvement.