Meet Our Team

We are very proud of our associates. We have skillfully struck a balance between experience and youthful enthusiasm. Our varied backgrounds provide us with a synergy that enables us to achieve our mission of helping patients. Our team not only has individuals who have achieved high academic standards but also have accumulated many awards as athletes, researchers, educators and clinicians. Above all our team members are dedicated to excellence and care deeply about helping their patients.

Dr. Mike Poschar

Clinic Director/Owner

Dr. Mike Poschar

Clinic Director/Owner

Dr. Michael Poschar is clinic director and proud owner of Active Health Centre. He is a doctor of chiropractic with an honours degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Poschar has been involved in a wide variety of recreational and competitive sports for most of his life and has special area of interest in treating sports related injury. He has worked with athletes from a variety of sports and proudly serves as team doctor for the Markham Waxers provincial junior “A” hockey club.

Dr. Poschar has completed post-graduate training in paediatric chiropractic, orthopaedics, rehab, sport specific training and numerous adjustive therapies. He has completed specialized courses in Trigenics® neurological treatment system,  is a fully certified Active Release®, and acupuncture provider. Dr. Poschar has a keen interest in treating golfers and is a certified Titleist® Golf Medical professional. Dr. Poschar is also on faculty at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Poschar is an experienced outdoors man, marathon runner and enjoys skiing, playing slow-pitch and hockey.

Dr. John De Finney

Bilingual Chiropractor

Dr. John De Finney

Bilingual Chiropractor

Dr. John De Finney is a bilingual chiropractor with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and a Specialty in Sports Chiropractic. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1976. He is also one of the founding members of the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences and one of its first three Fellows. Dr. De Finney is also still involved in a variety of recreational sports and has won national titles as an age class runner. He has lectured at the undergraduate and post graduate level in sports injuries and published articles on the topic of running. “The Running Chiropractor” has recently completed a course in a new soft tissue therapy, Trigenics®, and has joined the Trigenics Institute and serves as its research consultant with specific interest in running and sport injuries and rehabilitation.

Dr. Robert Garofalo

Chiropractor

Dr Robert Garofalo Portrait

Dr. Robert Garofalo

Chiropractor

Dr. Robert Garofalo is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a proud member of the Active Health Centre team. He graduated with clinic honours as a Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and has a Specialized Honours degree in Kinesiology from York University. Dr. Garofalo was a proud recipient of the Orthotic Group Excellence in Biomechanics Scholarship Award during his second year of study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Garofalo is a certified Active Release Technique® provider, a certified Medical Acupuncture provider, a certified Functional Release Provider, and a certified Personal Trainer.  During his final year at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Garofalo was the on-site athletic therapist for the Markham Waxers Junior “A” hockey club. Dr. Garofalo has always been involved in a variety of sports which fuels his passion for treating athletic-related injuries.

Dr. Garofalo was selectively chosen to participate in an elite mentorship program where he had the opportunity to observe sport-specific assessments and treatments of professional NHL hockey players during their off-season training/treatment sessions.  This course consisted of hands-on instructional coaching and participation in an open analytical, case-specific discussions.

Dr. Garofalo continues to strive for excellence by constantly remaining up-to-date on evidence-based research through reading journal articles and various texts.   Also, participating in post-graduate studies such as soft tissue techniques, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, and sport-specific training ensures that Dr. Garofalo continues to provide the utmost care and service to his patients.

Dr. Garofalo spends his spare time weight lifting, jogging, and playing sports such as hockey and baseball.

Dr. Caitlin McAlpine

Chiropractor

Dr. Caitlin McAlpine

Dr. Caitlin McAlpine

Chiropractor

Dr. Caitlin McAlpine is a recent graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. While completing her four-year doctorate program, she furthered her studies at McMaster University and is also a certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provider. Prior to her CMCC education, Dr. McAlpine attended the University of Western Ontario and graduated in 2009 with an honours specialization degree in Kinesiology.

Dr. McAlpine has always been passionate about helping others achieve their maximum potential in health and fitness. As a former professionally trained ballet dancer, Dr. McAlpine takes great pride in helping individuals of all ages to achieve their personal health goals and live active balanced lifestyles. She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor, as well as a certified Senior Fitness Class Instructor. Additionally, she recently travelled to Barbados as the team chiropractor for the Canadian players competing in the Barbados International Masters Football Tournament.

By incorporating lifestyle and nutritional advice, as well as personalized home-based rehabilitation programs, into each chiropractic visit, Dr. McAlpine has ensured that her patient’s leave with the tools necessary in order to become active participants in their own health.

Suzanne Elieff

Registered Massage Therapist

Suzanne Elieff

Suzanne Elieff

Registered Massage Therapist

Suzanne’s passion for health and fitness came from her 15 year career as a competitive swimmer. She pursued her interests by completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at York University and graduated with Honours in 2003. While at York, Suzanne developed further interest for the treatment and prevention of injuries, as well as a passion for hands-on, precise care, hence guiding her to massage therapy. Suzanne attended Kikkawa College in Toronto and earned a degree in Massage Therapy-becoming registered in 2005.

Many modalities have been added to Suzanne’s career to further help her clients, such as: Therapeutic Ultrasound & Electrotherapy and a Medical Acupuncture diploma from McMaster University. She was also the proud owner of York Region Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre in Markham for 5 years, and now in 2014, her and her team are happy to join Active Health Centre!

Suzanne truly enjoys the challenges brought with every new client and is constantly learning.With our lives getting busier, and less time left for ourselves, Suzanne believes Massage Therapy plays a significant role not only in prevention, but in sustaining mental and physical health; it is a key component to a healthy lifestyle

Mary Patterson

Registered Massage Therapist

Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson

Registered Massage Therapist

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Mary graduated from the Canadian College of Health, Science and Technology in April, 2006. Through this comprehensive program she received training in numerous massage techniques including Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Trigger Point Therapy and Joint Mobilization. Since graduating she had been practicing in the GTA and enjoying every minute of it!

Mary continues to take courses to keep up to date with the every-changing healthcare field. She is certified as a Labour Support Provider, also known as a Doula. She believes it is important for a woman to feel confident and comfortable during her child-birthing experience.

Mary takes pride in helping every client with their individual needs to help them find balance in their lives.

Ellen Bradley

Therapist

Elen Bradley Portrait

Ellen Bradley

Therapist

Ellen Bradley is a Therapist who graduated from York University with an Honors Degree in Psychology.  She is also a part-time Professor at Durham College in the Counseling Program. Ellen specializes in healing emotional pain caused by a variety of factors such as grief, loss, physical pain, addiction and trauma.

Ellen uses an outcome measure/feedback-informed approach to ensure successful treatment outcomes with her clients. She offers counseling services to individuals, couples, families and parents.

Ellen has worked in the field of counseling for 20 years. Her personal interests include dancing, fitness and music.

Ellen’s professional interest lies in helping individuals overcome suffering by the use of a variety of methods from relaxation exercises, grounding techniques, mindfulness practices to talk therapy.

Ellen’s specialty lies in helping individuals heal from pain by promoting present moment awareness through conscious living.

Kris Wong

Registered Physiotherapist

Kris Wong

Registered Physiotherapist

Kris completed his Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto and his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University. Kris has extensive experience with treating a variety of sports injuries and chronic conditions, returning people to their optimal level of function and improving their fitness levels. His treatment approach is based on thorough assessments, evidence-based hands-on treatments and personalized functional exercises. Treatment sessions incorporate techniques from post-graduate level courses including Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Mulligan Techniques, and Neuro-proprioceptive Taping. Kris focuses on empowering his patients through education of their condition and a long-term plan to prevent further injury or reoccurrences.

Kris is a certified Sport Physiotherapy Canada First Responder and was part of the Medical Team at the 2015 Toronto PanAm Games.

Shivangi Trivedi

Registered Physiotherapist

Shivangi Trivedi

Registered Physiotherapist

Shivangi Trivedi is an experienced Registered Physiotherapist with a graduate in Bachelors of Physiotherapy in 2007, specializing in Manual therapy and Neurodevelopmental treatment. Shivangi has extensive experience treating work-related, gym, acute and chronic sports injuries; neurological disorders like concussion, stroke in pediatrics and adults; pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, diastasis recti and post-natal fitness. She is passionate about fitness and uses physiotherapy principles to create custom fitness sessions for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Shivangi is a Certified Mulligan Practitioner and Certified Neurodevelopmental Therapist with a research publication in International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She focuses strongly on thorough assessments, evidence-based manual techniques and custom exercises. Treatment strategies include Soft tissue and fascia mobilization, Mulligan techniques, Active and passive elongations, Strengthening exercises, Taping and Electrotherapeutic modalities for pain relief. 

Shivangi cherishes her growing years as a sports captain having won state and local championships in Cricket, Judo-Karate, Shot put, Discus Throw and Long jump and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and hiking.

Dr. Alison Gottschalk

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Alison Gottschalk

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Alison has competed at the national level for synchronized figure skating in her teenage years, later making the varsity team at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Also a runner, she completed the 42km Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2014.  Dr. Alison earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by her degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an active member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

Dr. Alison has a special interest in digestive health, and how it relates to immune and neurological health.  Concerns of interest include, but not limited to, weight loss and management, IBS/IBD, allergies, autoimmunity and immune health, hormonal imbalances, mental health including both depression and anxiety, as well as general paediatric health.

Don’t have a particular area of concern? Naturopathic medicine is great for not only achieving optimal health, but providing ways in which we can maintain our health as we age.

Sergei Nor

Registered Massage Therapist

Sergei Nor

Registered Massage Therapist

Sergei Nor is a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered Massage Therapist (R.Ac, RMT). Through his practice, Sergei combines skills of Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture with western massage therapy modalities. His scope of practice includes Acupuncture, Cupping, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Active Release Therapy (Upper Extremities Certified), Joint Play, PNF stretching.

Sergei has extensive experience in working with and providing massage treatments to professional athletes.

In his free time, Sergei practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mountain skiing in winter.

Dr. Jessica Wingrove

Chiropractor

Dr. Jessica Wingrove

Chiropractor

Dr. Jessica Wingrove is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario where she received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Geography. She continued her education by receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, Ontario, graduating summa cum laude. During her time at CMCC, she received the 2017 & 2018 Gilbert H. Young Memorial Scholarship for the highest academic standing, as well as the 2019 Douglas V. Hoskins & Samuel F. Sommacal Clinic Proficiency Award for outstanding clinical proficiency during her final year. Additionally, Dr. Wingrove has enjoyed furthering her education by becoming a Functional Integrated Acupuncture provider. Dr. Wingrove is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Chiropractic Associations. 

Dr. Wingrove has always been passionate about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. She played numerous sports growing up and was a nationally ranked springboard and platform diver. Her interest in the human body stemmed from her participation in sport, which ultimately lead her to pursue a career in chiropractic.Dr. Wingrove takes great pride in helping individuals maintain and optimize their active lifestyles through patient-centered care, while combining the most up-to-date research and manual therapy techniques. 

In her leisure time, Dr. Wingrove enjoys traveling, golfing, yoga, cooking and reading.