Our Clinicians & Rehabilitation Associates

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Our multi-disciplinary team of licensed and skilled clinicians including Physiotherapists, Chiropractors,  Massage Therapists, Podiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse and others offer quality care for the relief of pain conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. Our facility is equipped with the latest equipment as well as diagnosis and assessment tools based on best practices.   Our standards of care are consistently delivered, so patients receive the best care possible.

SPINEgroup has a very competitive process when selecting our registered clinical rehabilitation team.  Upon selection, our rehab clinicians receive ongoing training and mentoring in our evidence based protocols.  Staff are audited and their performance evaluated to ensure use of best practices and compliance.  You will be case managed by both our clinical director and registered nurse. These measures ensures only the most qualified, experienced and skilled doctors and therapists are selected to provide your care.

Our approach is always individualized and highly patient focused. Our clinical management team has in-depth knowledge of  rehabilitative medicine with clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat MSK injury or disability, with the goal of helping patients regain strength, function, movement and overall better quality of life.

SPINEgroup is  committed to excellence in clinical care and quality improvement to ensure we continue to provide quality services to clients and our community.

Clinical Management Team:

Clinical Director

Dr. Connie D’Astolfo, DC, PhD (candidate)

 

Client Services Manager and Registered Nurse:

James D’Astolfo, BSc.N

 

Rehabilitation Associates:

Physiotherapists

Sandeep Sraw, PT

Sandeep completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2007 and Diploma for Registered Massage Therapy in 2011. She is in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Sandeep has a wide range of knowledge on all newest medical manual techniques such as soft tissue release, deep tissue release, joint mobilization, electrical modalities and exercise therapy.  In her free time she enjoys yoga and painting.

 

Kushagra (Andy) Soni, PT

Kushagra completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2012 and diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion in 2014. Kushagra is a Registered Physiotherapist in good standing with College of Physiotherapists of Ontario with special interest in musculoskeletal,neuromuscular, neurological and conditions affecting geriatric population.

Kushagra has been working in Long Term Care home since September 2015 and works under the guidelines set by Ministry of health and long term care. He is one of the small handful Physiotherapists who have received ADP( Assistive Device Program) Authorizer status with the ministry. So that he can prescribe wheelchairs and walkers for the qualifying Ontario residents.

He is professionally trained in orthopaedic techniques like Flexion distraction and joint mobilization,Spinal decompression therapy,McKenzie protocols for spine, Myofascial release and postural training. He is clinically experienced delivering electro modalities like TENS, US,LASER and Shockwave therapy.He always aims to provide the best physiotherapy services to the patients so that they can achieve their optimum goals.

Kushagra loves travelling and reading Physiotherapy journals and evidence based practice resources.

Ram K. Acharya, MPT

Ram completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2006 and Master of Physiotherapy in 2010. Ram is a Registered Physiotherapist in good standing with College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. He has special interest in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. He is working towards Manual Therapy certification through orthopaedic division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Ram has more than 6 years of experience in physiotherapy and rehabilitation field. He been working in multi-disciplinary clinics focusing spinal pain rehab since October, 2014.

Ram enjoy playing Tennis, hiking and biking in his free time.

Clinical Psychologist:

Harsha Raghuraman, MA, C.Psych

Harsha Raghuraman is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at York University, and obtained his postgraduate education in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago

Harsha is experienced in the assessment and empirically-supported treatment of chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, emotional dysregulation, and trauma. He also has a specific interest in stress reduction and Mindfulness Meditation. Overall, Harsha is very passionate about helping individuals expand their horizons and be the best they can be.

 

Registered Massage Therapists

Behzad Shamma, RMT

Behzad is registered with the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario (CMTO) since 2011 and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO). A former medical lab technician or over 20 years,  Behzad has gained a great deal of experience with providing exceptional patient care.

Identifying the true origin of pain along with decreasing the symptom of pain is his primary goal in the treatment of patients.

Since graduating with his diploma in massage therapy in 2011, he has continued to improve his knowledge with learning different techniques including Hot Stone therapy, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, Myo-fascial release and pre/post-natal/ pregnancy massage and much more.

 

Registered Dietitian

Reza Nazem Boushehri, RD

Reza is a registered dietitian with over eight years experience in diverse health care settings, specializing in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada and Consulting Dietitians.

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, Reza worked at 600 bed hospital and assisted a lot of patients in the management of nutrition-related diseases. Then, as a corporate nutritionist, one of his role was providing nutritional intervention and counsellig to employees. As a result, he empowered 400 employees with hyperlipidemia to achieve an average reduction in blood Low-density Lipoprotein [LDL] levels by 10 % within a year.  Meanwhile, Reza worked with athletes, ranging from the recreational level to professional (National Gymnastics team of Iran) and empowered many of them to achieve their fitness and performance goals.

On his journey to update himself, he was graduated from Ryerson university, an International Dietetic Pre-Registration program. Then he worked at a private clinic in Newmarket and provided clients with an evidence-based information in nutrition for disease prevention and weight management. Now, it has been the second year that he enjoys serving older populations at Long-term care facilities in Toronto.

Reza provides nutrition counselling to adults and older adults with weight challenges, high cholesterol, high blood sugar level, high blood pressure, heart disease, gastrointestinal issues and etc. He believes in the prevention of coronary heart disease and most of cancers through life style modifications. Outside of his work, he is an advocate for Canadian Diabetes Association. He is also an avid swimmer and sports enthusiast.

 

Podiatrist

Dr. Alan Silverstein, DPM

Dr. Silverstein was educated at State University of New York at Buffalo and New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is licensed in Ontario, New York and California and has been in private practice in Toronto since 1973. He served as staff Podiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Baycrest Hospital since 1973 and continues to be a member of The Ontario Podiatric Medical Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Silverstein is available for orthotic fitting and casting for foot disorders including plantar fasciitis, pronation (flat feet), supination (high arches), ankle ligament instabilities and heel spurs.

 

Please note that the use of words “expert” and “specialty” on all SPINEgroup ® advertising does not specifically apply to physiotherapists or registered massage therapists or others providing care at our clinic; however, use of such terms, under some circumstances, is not inconsistent with Section 2 of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (“CCO”) Standard of Practice “S-016- Advertising” when it comes to the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs of care or specialty programs of individualized care of Dr. Connie D’Astolfo which may or may not involve physiotherapists, registered massage therapists or others providing care.