- Kevin Villafana
- Samy Shash
- Jennifer Simic Bogler
- Meaghan MacNeill
Kevin Villafana BA Hons (Kin.), MScPT, ART®, CSCS Registered PhysiotherapistART® Active Release Techniques ProviderAcupunctureCertified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Kevin has always had an intrinsic understanding of the importance of fitness and training from his competitive days in soccer and volleyball to the present, enjoying recreational sports such as soccer, hockey, tennis, yoga, squash, basketball and ultimate Frisbee. Kevin was exposed to the benefits of Physiotherapy when a devastating injury prevented him from enjoying his passion for sports. As a patient he sought out Physiotherapy for the first time and shortly after, he was restored to full function with no limitations allowing him to return to his beloved sports. It was this experience that motivated Kevin to pursue his Masters degree in Physiotherapy.
Kevin began his journey by acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology at York University. This allowed him to understand the science behind human movement which is crucial for the specific training and conditioning of his clients. Kevin then went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at Queen's University and also completed training to become a Certified Strengthening & Conditioning Specialist. His completion of courses in ART®, Medical Acupuncture, Kinesio/Athletic/Leuko Taping, Athletic Therapy, Athletic Injuries, courses from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute, and experience in 5 orthopedic settings has providing him with the tools to affectively treat and restore full function to his clients.
Kevin has many years of experience and was recently recommended in an article from the magazine Delectably Chic (link under 'media' link in top menu bar). Kevin has a strong foundation in managing acute and chronic low back and neck pain, various sport injuries, muscle strains, ligament sprains, repetitive strain and rotator cuff injuries, functional rehabilitation; in addition to a variety of other musculoskeletal impairments resulting from everyday and/or recreational activities. In order to treat these conditions he can provide joint mobilizations to improve movement, spinal manipulations, specific manual stretching, therapeutic taping, soft tissue and myofascial release/massage and specific exercises to rehabilitate and prevent injuries.
Kevin has always appreciated the complexity and immense physical capabilities of a single human being. Thus, he trains and treats every client as a unique individual with specific goals which optimizes their results. This is why he has dedicated his life to studying the human body, and why he is motivated to continually advance his professional expertise. Kevin believes that with guided education, treatment and training, every client can benefit from a little push in the right direction to achieve their full potential. His charismatic and motivated personality combined with his extensive knowledge base provide him with the right tools to be a valuable member of the SHAPE team.
Samy Shash BSc (Kin), MSc (PT), FRCmsRegistered Physiotherapist
FRC® Mobility Specialist
Samy is passionate about bridging the gap between rehab and fitness, and understands the importance of creating individualized goals to achieve every client’s unique goals. Samy enjoys staying active by playing basketball and weightlifting recreationally and emphasizes active participation in all rehabilitation programs. His passion for healthy active lifestyles combined with an interest in further understanding the science behind human movement motivated him to pursue his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University.
Samy completed his Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, and prides himself on remaining up-to-date on the current scientific literature to develop comprehensive treatment programs for patients of all ages and activity levels. Samy has developed clinical experience in a wide variety of settings, including neurological rehabilitation, geriatrics and chronic pain, and works in acute care for patients in the Intensive Care Unit. He is certified in Soft Tissue Release, acupuncture and uses an integrated approach of manual therapy, functional exercise and education to develop comprehensive rehabilitation programs. He is also certified in Functional Range Conditioning, a comprehensive joint training system to improve mobility, strength and body control used in many professional sports leagues.
Samy recognizes the importance of integrating the physical, mental and social aspects of recovery, working closely with clients to develop goals together and ensure a smooth transition from rehab to performance. Samy is always eager to learn more from various sources, whether it is through interaction with clients every day, or by taking additional continuing education courses.
Jennifer Simic Bogler, HBA (Kin), MScPTRegistered Physiotherapist Currently on Maternity Leave
Jennifer is a registered physiotherapist and dance instructor in Toronto. She holds a diploma in performing arts from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in addition to being alumni of Broadway Dance Center’s (NYC) International Student Visa Program. Her lifelong involvement in dance, and her wondrous appreciation for the movement vocabulary that it demands eventually led her to pursue her designation as a physiotherapist; as such, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from York University and a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Toronto.
With clinical experience that spans inpatient general medicine and trauma units, neurological pediatrics, orthopaedic private practice, and onsite work with professional dancers at the National Ballet of Canada, she offers a well-rounded working knowledge of current, evidence-based, therapeutic guidelines for wide-ranging populations and conditions.
Jennifer believes in exercise/movement’s ability to achieve therapeutic effects physically, but also on a social and personal level. Her research exploring the experiences of individuals with Parkinson’s disease who participate in a community-based dance program was published in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation in 2016, and was successful at poster presentations at the Ontario Physiotherapy Association’s and Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s 2016 conferences, winning second and first prizes respectively.
She appreciates the challenges and variety of conditions that can be addressed in private practice and embraces opportunities to empower her clients to achieve their goals through education, active rehabilitation and self-management techniques, and injury prevention.
Meaghan MacNeill BKin, MScPTRegistered Physiotherapist
Meaghan is passionate about helping and encouraging others to lead a physically active and healthy lifestyle. She combines manual therapy techniques and rehabilitative exercises in order to help patients reach your health and fitness goals. Meaghan encourages autonomy and empowers her patients by providing them with education about their condition, home exercises and self-management strategies.
Before pursuing a career in Physiotherapy, she completed a Bachelors of Kinesiology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. During her undergraduate degree, Meaghan gained clinical experience as a student athletic therapist to the varsity football team and as an instructor in a cardiac rehabilitation program. She then went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University where she gained clinic experience in several orthopaedic private practice settings, in general medicine and intensive care units, paediatric physiotherapy and concussion rehabilitation.
In the end, her love for athletics led her back to a career in active rehabilitation and fitness. Outside of SHAPE, she also works part-time with cheerleading athletes ranging in age from five to twenty five years old. She is always eager to continue her education in order to provide appropriate evidence-based care.