Meet our Staff
Registered Sport Physiotherapist
Certified in Acupuncture
BPHE, BScPT, Dip. Sport Physio, CMA
Nancy is a graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Physical Education. She also holds a Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy (specialist) and a Certificate in Medical Acupuncture. She is a clinical lecturer within the School of
Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Nancy specializes in a manual therapy approach to her treatments and exercise based sport injury rehabilitation techniques. She is a certified Pilates instructor and teaches Pilates classes for Physical Edge clients at Creating Space Yoga studio.
Nancy was a member of the Canadian Medical Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics & 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London Paralympics and Toronto 2015 PanAm and ParaPan Am Games. She was Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games and has recently again been named Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Nancy is a former National Team Sprint Kayaker and continues to race internationally in Outrigger Canoes.
Dr. Douglas Dittmer
Sport Medicine Physician
MD, FRCPC, Physical Medicine + Rehab.
Diploma Sport Medicine
Dr. Douglas Dittmer runs a sport injury and musculoskeletal consultancy clinic at Physical Edge Physiotherapy. Dr. Dittmer is a graduate of Queen’s University and McMaster University and has over 25 years experience as a medical doctor with specialty in Physiatry and Sport Medicine. He has been a Team Canada Physician for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, 3 Paralympic Games.and the Toronto 2015 PanAm and ParaPanAm games. He recently completed a term as the president of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine Physicians.
Dr. Dittmer can help you with any of the following musculoskeletal problems:
• Low Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Tennis-Golfers Elbow
• Knee Injuries
• Ankle and Achilles tendon Injuries
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Custom Bracing + Orthotics
• Cortisone Injections
Initial consultation and follow up appointments are covered by OHIP. Since Dr. Dittmer is a specialist, a referral from a family doctor is required for the initial consultation.
Dr. Dominique Forand Yedon
Chiropractic Sport Specialist
BScKin, DC, FRCCSS(c)
While attending the University of Victoria, Dominique suffered from a nagging knee injury that kept her from running. After seeing a Chiropractic Sport Specialist, she walked out of the treatment feeling significantly better and thought “THIS is what I want to do”. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, she attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Her years as a competitive flat-water kayaker motivated her to pursue a Sports Sciences Residency at CMCC. She went on to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences. Her treatment philosophy is straightforward: Get people moving. Moving better, stronger, and faster. Her personal challenge with every patient is to search for the cause of the problem. She uses a wide variety of treatment methods including myofascial release, joint mobilizations and manipulations, electrical modalities and acupuncture. With the right combination of manual therapy, rehab exercises and Functional Range Conditioning mobility work, she aims for her patients to get back to doing what they love…quickly! Dominique has also been a Clinical Supervisor at CMCC since 2008. In her spare time, she loves to run, cook and play epic street hockey games with her husband and two sons.
BSc., BSc.PT, CMA
Josie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is certified in Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University. Josie is also certified in Pilates method for physiotherapy. Josie has extensive experience in assessing and treating a variety of conditions including spinal conditions, scoliosis, osteoporosis, stroke, seniors’ health, post-operative rehabilitation, and sports injuries.
Josie emphasizes optimal posture as the foundation to painfree efficient movement, and she utilizes pilates and yoga principles to correct postural problems and muscle imbalances. Her treatment approach also emphasizes hands-on therapy and specific functional exercise prescription.
Josie also practices as a home and community physiotherapist providing private in-home therapy services in Oakville and surrounding areas (www.itsyourmovephysio.com).
In her leisure time, Josie enjoys a variety of sports including tennis, golf, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing (downhill and cross-country), Iyengar yoga practice, and wilderness camping. She also has a passion for nurturing rescued German Shepherds.
Certified Atheltic Therapist, CAT(c)
Annette became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1989, treating national level athletes and weekend warriors alike. In 1994, Annette certified as an International Pedorthist. She recognized the need for personalized orthopaedic knee bracing and custom foot orthotics, as well as professional and convenient assessment for a functionally appropriate medical product.
As an athlete with a history in several provincial level sports, and with many recreational interests, Annette understands first-hand the importance of physical health and structural balance from the ground up. As a mid- life sports enthusiast, she is sensitive to the importance of continuing one’s activities while minimizing wear and tear or discomfort. Annette acts as a consultant to the staff at Physical Edge Physiotherapy providing patients with custom foot orthotics, shoe modification and advice on appropriate footwear, custom Knee Bracing for ligament instability and arthritic unloading braces.
Certified in Acupuncture
BHScPT, MSc, CAFCI, CSEP
Karen is a graduate of York and McMaster Universities with an Honours Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. Karen is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist and is certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. She specializes in manual therapy, exercise prescription and myofascial release techniques.
Karen coaches dragon boat and outrigger canoeing and competes internationally in marathon and outrigger canoe racing and has twice been named Mississauga Master Athlete of the Year.
Hon.BSc Biomedical Sciences, MScPT
Jane is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Physical Therapy and an Honours degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph. Her treatment approaches include: manual therapy, acupuncture, addressing postural and muscular imbalances, and designing individualized and specific exercise programs.
Jane participates in a wide variety of sports to help keep her active including ringette, squash and ultimate frisbee. When possible, Jane can be found enjoying nature on a hiking trail, lake, or campsite.
Mary is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Physical Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her treatment approach incorporates manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, acupuncture and individualized exercise programs helping people to achieve their goals of returning to their normal activities at home, work and sport. Mary is dedicated to enhancing her clinical skills and continues to attend a variety of post-graduate courses as well as volunteering her time as part of the medical team at many sporting events.
Arthur Pamplona Nolasco
Arthur graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College in 2012 and furthered his education in 2015 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers University in the United States.
Arthur has practiced in the outpatient orthopaedic field where he has experience in sports related rehabilitation, and he specializes in the treatment a variety of orthopedic conditions with manual therapy and corrective exercise prescription. He has continued his education to include advanced manual therapy techniques and acupuncture training.
While working in the US, Arthur gained experience working within the neurological field of Physical Therapy with post stroke rehabilitation, post joint replacement and those patients with neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis.
Having recently moved from the United States, Arthur is now a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada after completing the Canadian licensing examination. We are excited to welcome Arthur to Physical Edge and look forward to the sharing the experience that he brings to our team!
Registered Massage Therapist
Certified Sport Massage Therapist
Joshua studied Kinesiology and exercise science at York University and Humber College and graduated with an advanced Diploma in 2012. He became a Massage Therapist in 2014 and has completed his Neurofunctional Acupuncture Certification through McMaster University. He has been formally trained in a range of additional modalities including Neurofunctional Acupuncture, Sport Massage Therapist, Graston Technique ® Provider, Kinesio / Athletic Taping, Cupping Massage, Fascial Stretch fundamentals provider, fully certified in Mulligan Concept joint mobilization technique and Shiatsu Therapy (Acupressure) / Floor assisted athletic stretching.
Joshua leverages his knowledge in Exercise Science and experience while working as a Personal Trainer (7 years) to provide patients with exemplary remedial exercise to best accelerate recovery and success with treatment.
Some highlights of Joshua Rago’s career so far include Team Massage Therapist for the Toronto Furies, Instructor at Mohawk College, Event Massage Therapist CWBL Woman’s National Championship, Event Massage Therapist OFSAA Wrestling Championship, Team Massage Therapist for the National Ontario Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team, Athlete Medical for the Ontario Summer Games, Athlete Medical for the Toronto PanAm/ParaPanAm Games, Event Sport Massage Therapist for the Canadian Master’s Swimming Championship and Sport Massage Therapist for the past 3 consecutive years for the Ride To Conquer Cancer.
Joshua is continually working to improve his craft as he is constantly seeking out new skills and working to refine his current approaches to treatment.
Registered Massage Therapist
Certified Sport Massage Therapist
Amaya is a RMT, SMT(cc), CST graduating with her Massage Therapy diploma from Sutherland Chan in 2002. She has an active interest in sports, having been a former national level junior tennis player and rep soccer player. She is also a certified tennis instructor. Amaya is a member of the CMTO & the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association and enjoys working with athletes at all levels from weekend warriors to professionals. She has been part of the Medical Team at various Events & Major Games some of which include the Core Medical RMT for the Team Canada at the Rio Paralympic Games, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, a Lead Therapist for Soccer at TO2015 Pan Am Games, Parapan Am Games, Invictus Games, National Swimming Championships, the York Swim Club, Women's Lacrosse, 2014 FIFA World Cup, Canada Summer Games, Women's Hockey Worlds. Amaya is Canada's Chief Classifier for Para-Badminton and a BWF International Classifier. She utilizes all these incredible experiences to better understand and help her clients live active lives.