MEET OUR TEAM
Meet Our Physiotherapy Team
John Staresinic, BPE, BHSc.(PT), MCPA Physiotherapist and Concussion Consultant
John has been practising in Grimsby and the surrounding community since 1997. He is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he received undergraduate degrees in both physical education and physiotherapy. He has also completed his training in ambulance and emergency care and has since retired from the paramedic field. John is a long-time professional associate with McMaster University’s School of Physiotherapy program, and a past clinical instructor within the program for over 10 years. He continues to maintain his teaching affiliation with McMaster University by way of welcoming physiotherapy residents from McMaster University to the clinic. As the head of an accredited McMaster teaching facility, John has welcomed over 120 physiotherapy residents to his clinic over the past 20+ years.
John’s clinical focus is in the field of concussion and recovery. For the past 10 years, much of his continuing education has revolved around staying up to date in the ever-changing field of concussion management. Much of his post-graduate work has been at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with specific courses across Canada on vestibular rehabilitation and the pediatric population.
John currently serves as the head trainer for the Flamborough Minor Hockey Association and is the concussion consultant for Grimsby Minor Hockey. He is a past recipient of the Flamborough Hockey Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award and holds his Level 3 Hockey Trainers Certificate. He is currently the team trainer for the Hamilton Huskies AAA Minor Midget team and the Ontario Hockey Federation’s U15 Program of Excellence development program.
Away from the office, John can usually be found in a hockey rink somewhere in southern Ontario. He is the proud father of three boys and is married to the most understanding wife in the world. With all three boys playing competitive hockey, both he and his wife take advantage of the short summer season by watching the boys’ soccer games, enjoying the outdoors at the cottage, or playing a round of golf when possible.
Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard
Stacey Meester, BSc.(HK), MSc.(PT), MCPA, FCAMPT Physiotherapist and Pelvic Health Specialist
Stacey received a master of science in physiotherapy at McMaster University after completing her bachelor of science in human kinetics at the University of Guelph. Stacey brings to the clinic more than 13 years of clinical experience in orthopedics and has a strong desire to continue to advance her skill set through continuing education.
She has successfully attained her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the orthopedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is a member of FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy). She mentors fellow physiotherapists wishing to attain the same designation.
She has also obtained certifications in acupuncture from Acupuncture Canada, sport/therapeutic taping and kinesiotaping. More recently, in the last five years, Stacey has taken a special interest in pelvic health. Within the pelvic health realm, she has taken a variety of courses to assist with treating female and male pelvic pain and urinary incontinence and pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Stacey is a professional associate for McMaster University’s Master of Science (Physiotherapy) Program and has also mentored physiotherapy students through this program for over 10 years.
Stacey employs an evidence-based treatment approach with clients that involves the use of manual therapy, which includes joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue release, acupuncture and a customized exercise program that is reflective of each individual.
Stacey enjoys leading an active, healthy lifestyle. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s running, cycling or involved in some form of fitness, weight training or physical activity. Stacey takes great pride in her career in physiotherapy and enjoys empowering her clients to pursue their rehab goals.
Byron Dickie, BSc.(Bio), MSc.(PT), MCPA Physiotherapist
Byron received his master of physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2007, as well as a bachelor of science in biology at York College in 2004. Byron has continued his postgraduate education by successfully completing levels 1 through 3 in manual therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He has also continued his postgraduate studies in the field of acupuncture, which he utilizes daily. Byron continues to be an active participant in the McMaster University physiotherapy resident program. He has been mentoring and supervising McMaster physiotherapy residents for more than 10 years, and challenges his students to be critical thinkers and to develop strong clinical reasoning skills.
Byron strives to provide a higher standard of one-on-one client-centred care that is effective, efficient and motivating. He employs a multi-modal evidence-based approach to allow his patients to reach their injury rehabilitation goals. Byron provides a safe and friendly environment to encourage his patients to reach their full potential. He has experience successfully treating clients of all ages for various conditions, whether musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory or neurological. Byron is committed to putting his patients needs first and advocating for them.
Byron played four years of collegiate-level soccer in the United States and still enjoys playing competitive soccer. In his spare time, he plays hockey and enjoys coaching his son’s hockey and soccer teams in St. Catharines. Byron enjoys running and has successfully qualified and completed the Boston Marathon in 2012. Whatever your goals, he is committed to working with you to achieve them.
John Josipovic, B.Kin. (Hon.), MSc.(PT), Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT Physiotherapist
John completed a master of science in physical therapy from the University of Toronto after obtaining an honours bachelor of kinesiology from Brock University.
Since graduating in 2011, John has completed a variety of continuing education courses to enhance his practice, as he believes in an evidence-based approach to treatment. John has successfully attained his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He has achieved the highest level of manual therapy training in Canada, making him a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT). In addition, he has completed his certification in contemporary medical acupuncture from McMaster University.
John has a keen interest in treating sports injuries and orthopedic injuries, especially ones related to the shoulder, hip or knee, and has experience working with a variety of individual and team sports.
John’s personalized and evidence-based treatment revolves around the use of manual therapy, which includes mobilizations and manipulations of joints and tissue in the body, electro-acupuncture, soft tissue manipulation and individualized exercise prescription. John takes pride in helping clients understand and overcome their injuries to enable optimal functional performance.
Fitness and health promotion are important to John. When he is not working clinically, he enjoys strength training, cycling, soccer and golf.
Alissa Settimi, BSc.(HK), MSc.(PT) Physiotherapy Resident
Alissa is a PT resident, just graduating from her master’s program. She is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she recently received her master degree in physiotherapy. Prior, Alissa received an honours bachelor of science in human kinetics at the University of Guelph.
Alissa has an interest and looks to continue to refine her skills through continuing education in areas such as acupuncture, manual therapy and concussion/vestibular rehabilitation. Being born and raised in Grimsby, Alissa looks to help improve the quality of life and function of her patients, so that they are able to get back to what they love to do and enjoy all Grimsby has to offer!
In her spare time, Alissa loves playing all sports. Some of these include hockey, soccer and volleyball. She also enjoys anything active outdoors and has a passion for travelling.
Krista Simpson, PTS, NWL, Pn1
Krista is a physiotherapy assistant and personal trainer. Krista has a diploma from Mohawk College in health, wellness and fitness. Throughout her time at Mohawk, she was a strength and conditioning coach with Core Fusion, and also the head coach of the Lincoln Leapers competitive jump rope team. Krista has been able to explore her passion for exercise prescription and programming over the last five years.
Krista has a special interest in personal training and is certified through CanFit for PTS and NWL. She has obtained her Trigger Point Level 1 certification, learning the latest self-myofascial techniques. Krista is currently taking courses to become a certified pre- and post-natal exercise coach. She also takes on an administrative and clinic management role at The Physiotherapy Edge.
Outside of work, Krista is a former varsity cross-country runner turned triathlete, completing in many half Ironmans. She is looking forward to completing a full Ironman in the near future. Aside from swimming, biking and running, Krista also enjoys rock climbing in her spare time.
Dr. Wade Elliott, BSc., MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med
Dr. Elliott is a practising full-time primary care sport and exercise medicine physician in Burlington, Ontario. Dr. Elliott received his diploma in sport and exercise medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine in 2002. He is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.
Dr. Elliott is currently chair of the CASEM Fellowship Committee, past lead physician at the Hamilton Regional Joint Assessment Program and past chair OMA Section on Sports Medicine and is currently chair of the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Elliott regularly supervises residents and medical students.
Dr. Elliott is involved in medical coverage for a number of sports, including the Toronto Rock Lacrosse team from 2001 to 2008, Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2001 to 2003, and McMaster Marauders football team from 2001 to 2004. Dr. Elliott served as CMO for the ISU Four Continents Skating competition in Hamilton in 2003 and on the medical team for the National and World Road Cycling Championships in Hamilton in 2003.