MEET OUR TEAM
Meet Our Physiotherapy Team
John Staresinic, BPE, BHSc.(PT), MCPA, Owner,
-Special Interest in Concussions
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, the Ontario Hockey Federation’s (OHF) U15 Program of Excellence development program and the 2020 U-16 OHL Gold Cup Program of Excellence
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.
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Sue Staresinic, B.Sc.(PT), M.C.P.A.,
-Special interest in Cancer and Online Virtual Care
Sue Staresinic has over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist, fitness professional and educator. Bilingual in French and English, she is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and is certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. Passionate about professional development, she has taken multiple continuing education courses and certifications including Stott Pilates, Prevention of Running Injuries and many more. Sue uses these skills and evidence based practices to help her clients thrive in their daily activities and sports.
Sue’s passion for human movement was nurtured in her youth and teenage years through jazz, ballet and contemporary dance. She loves using her knowledge of dance and the human body to keep dancers performing to their full potential.
In 2018 Sue obtained her certificate in Complex Decongestive Therapy, adding management of lymphedema to her qualifications. She is an ADP Authorizer for Compression Devices with the Government of Ontario and she has a special interest in cancer rehabilitation.
Besides her role as a physiotherapist, Sue is a sought after group fitness instructor. She teaches, trains and mentors aspiring fitness instructors for canfitpro. She has presented at numerous National conferences and in educational videos for fitness professionals. Sue and her workouts are featured on the virtual fitness platform in 300 GoodLife Fitness Clubs and 90 Fit4Less Clubs across Canada.
Sue is a contributing author in the inspirational WHY Book of Courage where she shares the impact that being clear on our purpose, our reason for being, can have on our life and the lives of those we impact and serve. She is passionate about living her own why: sparking the way to confident movement!
When not at the clinic or the gym she can be found cheering for her boys at hockey rinks or enjoying some family time at the cottage.
Stacey Meester, BSc.(HK), MSc.(PT), M.C.P.A., FCAMPT
-Special Interest in Pelvic Health
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.
Alissa Settimi, BSc.(HK), MSc.(PT)
Alissa is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where she recently received her master degree in physiotherapy. Prior, Alissa received an honors 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 traveling.
Ryan Sellan, BMSc, MscPT , M.C.P.A., FCAMPT
Ryan studied Physiology at the University of Western Ontario and then completed a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2016. Ryan is a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists.
Ryan has a special interest in sports injuries, manual therapy treatments and takes a patient-centred approach with all his clients. Ryan is also trained in Post-Concussion management and holds a certificate in acupuncture and dry needling.
Ryan was inspired to pursue Physiotherapy because he has always been intrigued by the human body, movement, and sports. He enjoys sharing his passion for the human body and helping people get back to the activities they enjoy. Ryan empowers people with the knowledge about their own bodies and how to prevent future injuries.
Outside of the office Ryan enjoys playing and watching all kinds of sports including basketball, golf, volleyball, soccer. You can also find him hiking, trail running, mountain biking and travelling.
Dr. Wade Elliott, BSc., MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med
Sports Medicine & Primary Care Physician
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.
Krista Simpson, PTS, NWL, Pn1
Exercise Prescription & Personal Trainer
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.
Carlee Aarlaht, B.A. (Hons),
Child and Youth Studies
Customer Care Coordinator
Carlee was born and raised in the Niagara Region. She appreciates Grimsby’s small town lifestyle and the people that are part of it. Carlee is a graduate from Brock University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies. She had previously been a lifeguard locally for several years and has worked in the community with many, both young and older. Carlee is passionate about health, fitness and overall wellness. Outside of work, she enjoys weight training, cooking and reading a good book. In the summer, you can likely find her at the beach or travelling with her family! Carlee will be one of the first faces you meet in the clinic and will welcome you with a smile even if she is wearing her mask! She will take care of setting up, coordinating and booking your appointments.