Talbot Trail Physiotherapy

Meet Our Team

Clinical Staff – STEGH Location

Clinic and Headquarters – St.Thomas (STEGH) 189 Elm Street (519) 637-7171

Justin Scidmore

Justin Scidmore Clinical Director, Physiotherapist  Hon. BSc. KIN Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT)    

Justin was born and raised in St. Thomas where he went to school and was active in several sports in the area. He attended high school at Parkside, graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Kinesiology Degree, and finished his Masters of Physiotherapy at Western University in 2012.  Through extra courses and personal interest, Justin has developed his skills in “hands-on” manual therapy treatments and sports injuries. His favourite part of his job is getting to see the true personalities of his clients emerge as their pain goes away.

Justin lives in St. Thomas with his family where he likes to keep active with workouts, walks with his dog and playing baseball. Justin is always up for a game of anything, especially if it involves obscure backyard games such as spikeball or kan-jam. He can also be found organizing tournaments of games and hockey pools whenever possible. He looks forward to meeting you to see how he can help!

Stephanie McCoy

Stephanie McCoy Physiotherapy Resident BSc. Biology, Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Stephanie was born and raised in London, Ontario. She knew she had wanted to be a physiotherapist as she experienced the benefits of the profession following various soccer injuries throughout her lifetime. Stephanie moved to North Carolina to play Division 2 collegiate soccer, where she was a starting goalkeeper and was Third Team All Conference her junior year. She graduated from the University of Mount Olive, North Carolina with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2017. She went on to McMaster University to receive her Masters of Science (Physiotherapy) in 2019. Following her graduation, she starting working with the team at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy as knew she wanted to work closely with others in the community. She has now gained experience with workplace injuries and motor vehicle accidents, as well as orthopaedic and neurological conditions. She has pursued courses to further her education (such as Concussion Management) and hopes to continue developing a well-rounded understanding of treatments including acupuncture and manual therapy.

Steph enjoys relaxing in her free time. You will likely find her re-watching Brooklyn 99 or One Tree Hill. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. She is both a cat and dog person, but prefers cats. Karaoke is a passion and she says she does a pretty good rendition of “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne.

Russ Hicks

Russ Hicks Registered Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Russ grew up in Edmonton Alberta. At the age of 10 he moved to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and enjoyed living in the countryside, working hard helping out the local farmers.  In 1999, Russ enrolled at Fanshawe College in London Ontario to study Fitness and Health Promotion. After graduating with honors, he continued his education at the D’arcy Lane institute of Massage Therapy.  In 2004, Russ made his final move to St. Thomas and has lived in this community longer than anywhere else.

As both a Personal Fitness Trainer and RMT, he has been successfully improving his clients to be the healthiest ninja version of themselves! Both modalities complement one another by strengthening and healing, remaining free of injury.  Russ joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy family in January 2020 and has really enjoyed being part of the collaborative team. Russ is as high energy as it gets! His friends and family joke that his “super power” is the “incapability of getting tired”.

Russ enjoys spending his time ninja training with his wife and kids, rock climbing, reaching high speeds on his bike and DEEP back country hiking. He also has a love for wood working and being creative, which is displayed throughout his home.

Kristen MacDonald

Kristen MacDonald Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Kristen has lived in many provinces across Canada from Alberta to Nova Scotia.  She grew up in Ontario and returned roughly 5 years ago to pursue career opportunities.

She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010.  She completed further training and education specific to upper extremity rehabilitation, and has earned the designation of certified hand therapist.  Kristen has been a member of the Talbot Trail team since 2017.  Her passion is providing services including treatment and splint fabrication for the upper extremity.

Kristen enjoys cooking and trying new foods, she also enjoys hiking, outdoor adventures, as well as travel.

Dr. Kevin Cole

Dr. Kevin Cole Chiropractor, BHK (HONS), D.C, Certified Acupuncture Provider

Dr. Kevin Cole grew up in Belle River, Ontario where he developed his passion for activity and sports, playing as many as he could. With his parents both working in healthcare they encouraged him to live an active, healthy, productive lifestyle from a young age. In the years that came it led him to a career in supporting others to do the same.

Dr. Cole is a graduate of Appleby College Boarding School. He also graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Human Kinetics (Honours) Movement Science at the University of Windsor in 2010, and his Doctor of Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014. It was his continued focus on sport and being active throughout his time at Appleby and the University of Windsor that fostered his passion to have a career in Chiropractic.

Dr. Cole has been practicing for 6 years at various clinics in Woodstock, London, and Blenheim Ontario. He is an evidence-based Chiropractor and is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized musculoskeletal and spinal health care using a variety of techniques that aim to maximize the bodies functional capabilities, promote healthy living and alleviate pain. Dr. Cole is passionate about teaching his patients how to maintain this lifestyle and you can expect to learn how to apply these principles in your every day life, beyond your appointment time. He is certified in various adjunctive therapies including Clinical Acupuncture, is full body certified in Active Release Technique (ART) and Functional Movement Taping (FMT).

Dr. Cole has recently moved to St. Thomas where he designed and built his first home with his partner, Ashley. He enjoys watching sports, running, hiking, and red wine in his time outside of work. He is excited to bring his passion for Chiropractic care to his new hometown at a multi-disciplinary collaborative clinic. He currently splits his time practicing in Blenheim and is available on a part-time basis at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy. He is hoping to grow with the growing town of St. Thomas and looks forward to meeting you soon.

Caryn van Zuiden

Caryn van Zuiden Registered Kinesiologist

Caryn was born and raised in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec. She graduated from York University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Kinesiology. She had the opportunity of working alongside various varsity teams as their athletic therapist. Caryn joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team in the summer of 2018 and has enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people who come through the clinic doors.

Caryn enjoys spending her free time reading, playing piano, and getting outside and working in her gardens. She comes from a large family of six kids and loves getting the opportunity to visit all her nieces and nephew!

Christopher Nydam

Christopher Nydam Registered Kinesiologist

Chris was raised in Chatham. He graduated from Laurentian University in 2018 where he received a BSc in Kinesiology. During his time at school he worked in fields involving athletic therapy, chiropractics, health and safety, and as a medical trainer for the varsity Men’s basketball team. He’s grateful for the team at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy for bringing him onboard back in the summer of 2019.

Chris enjoys learning from and getting to know his patients and in return is able to help them recovery from injury or chronic illness. When Chris isn’t working he enjoys running, hiking, weightlifting, visiting friends and family, and kickin’ back in the sun. His favourite movies include Rush Hour 2, Anchorman, Hot Rod, and Blades of Glory…basically if it has Will Ferrell in it, chances are Chris has seen it.

Kristen White

Kristen White Clinical/Community Pool Instructor & Manager, Physiotherapy Assistant

Born and raised in St Thomas, Kristen attended Parkside Collegiate Institute where she participated in sports and musicals. After graduating from Parkside, she commuted to Chatham in order to complete her post-secondary education at St Clair College. In 2018, Kristen graduated as a physiotherapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant and is excited to start a career in her field of study. Kristen joined the Talbot Trail Team in November working in the pool instructing community pool classes and truly loves what she does! She also enjoys coming up with tricky word scramblers to try and stump the pool goers!

Kristen spends her free time teaching dance classes to children, crafting, and hanging out with her cats.

Kaitlynn Toogood

Kaitlynn Toogood Patient Care Coordinator

Kaitlynn was born and raised in St Thomas. She graduated from Fanshawe College in the spring of 2017 from the Office Administration program and joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy family in the fall of 2017, where she loves being a part of this amazing team.

In her free time, Kaitlynn enjoys crafting, singing, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Most people don’t know this, but she is obsessed with Star Wars.

Clinical Staff – St. Thomas Location

St.Thomas 460 Wellington St. (519) 637-1831

Harleen Cheema

Harleen Cheema Clinical Director, Physiotherapist MSc.PT, CAFCI

Harleen was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario in 2003. He then went on to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta to complete his Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2007.  Harleen has worked in a variety of settings related to Physical Therapy over the years such as long term care centres, and sports teams, but has spent the majority of his time working at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since 2007.  Harleen has completed numerous courses since becoming a Physiotherapist including Acupuncture, Concussion Therapy, Mulligan Techniques, and Peripheral Joint Manipulation to name a few.

Harleen enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and can often be found competing in an intense matchup with his kids on the Nintendo, or out at a campground enjoying the camping life. Harleen is also an avid collector of comic and sports memorabilia.

Travis Goettl

Travis Goettl, Physiotherapist

Travis was born and raised in London Ontario. He completed undergraduate degree at Western University in Health Sciences with an honours specialization in rehabilitation sciences. After he graduated, he attended the University of Toronto to achieve his MSc PT in 2017. Following the completion of his degree he returned back to London and has since been working for Talbot Trail Physiotherapy. He has completed continuing education in advanced manual therapy (Orthopaedic Division Level 3 Upper and Lower), introductory level Bobath Course for neurological conditions, taping and soft tissue release, Acupuncture Canada Level AA1, and concussion management. In September 2020, he will be attending Western University’s Masters of Clinical Science in Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and upon completion will become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), the highest designation of manual therapy in Canada.

In his down time Travis enjoys keeping fit through running, biking, swimming, and working out. He can be found hiking on most trips he goes on, for example in British Columbia last year where he also went skydiving. Travis also likes to cook while listening to the podcast Stuff You Should Know.

Andy Dockrill

Andy Dockrill  Physiotherapy Assistant, BKIN

Andy grew up in London. He attended the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Clinic for a knee injury in high school which sparked an interest in physiotherapy. He studied Kinesiology at Brock University and then joined Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in 2015. Andy loves interacting with people and teaching exercises, helping them bounce back from injuries stronger than before.

Andy is a competitive ball hockey player and plays several sports including beach volleyball, slo-pitch, disc golf and more. He is the last person to sit down if there are fun activities to do. His favourite activities are board games, camping/cottaging, cooking and spending time with family. He married his wife Jessica in 2014 and they had a baby girl, Brynlee in June 2020.

Linda Poort

Linda Poort  Physiotherapy Assistant

Linda was born in Woodstock, Ontario. She has been in the St.Thomas area for 16 years. She worked many years in industries before heading back to school to study as a Physiotherapy Assistant. Linda graduated in September of 2012 and was fortunate to get into her field right away. She enjoys motivating the clients to complete their exercise programs, making them feel comfortable in the clinic setting.

Linda loves her family and home and takes great care in the manicure of her gardens.  You will see her working long hours outside to keep them in great shape.  Linda’s fur family consists of cats and a dog who also keeps her busy. She enjoys all nature, hiking, biking and golf.

Linda also enjoys many sports especially Canadian Hockey.  She has a dedicated room in the basement called the CanCave where she enjoys watching Team Canada play the world.  This is another of her “Happy” places.

Jen Plant

Jen Plant Patient Care Coordinator

Jen was born and raised in London.  She now lives in St. Thomas with her wonderful husband and 2 beautiful daughters.  She graduated from Medix College with honours from the Medical Office Administrator program in the winter of 2009 at which point she started her career in the physiotherapy industry.  She has worked in customer service for about 30 years.  She joined Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in the winter of 2017 and enjoys working with the fantastic teams within the company.  She really enjoys the interaction with the patients and watching them progress in their therapy.

Once when she was 10, she won a hoola hoop contest, she hoola hooped for 40 minutes straight and left her foot prints in the ground.  She enjoys spending time camping with her family and watching her daughters swim in the pool.  Her favourite relaxing activities are reading and watching movies with her husband.

Rachel VanPelt

Rachel Van Pelt  Patient Care Coordinator

Rachel grew up in Essex county and now resides in St. Thomas with her husband. She graduated from the office administration program at Conestoga College in 2009. She has worked in a variety of administrative fields including property management, retirement home, insolvency, industrial, and educational settings. Rachel comes to us with over 18 years of customer service and administrative experience. She has always had an interest and passion for the medical field and is excited to now join Talbot Trail Physiotherapy. Having a concussion in 2016 and other medical issues has given her empathy for those in need of care. She looks forward to serving everyone at Talbot Trail and being part of this excellent team!

Rachel loves to write, read, and learn. She enjoys time with family and friends, getting out in nature as much as possible, and being involved in her church community. She loves to travel, swim, and spend time at the cottage. Though her favourite past-time is spending time with her husband. She can sometimes be found with a big smile and a sledgehammer in hand while they work on various projects.

Clinical Staff – Aylmer Location

Aylmer 418 Talbot St.W. (519) 773-7400

Lori McNames

Lori McNames Clinical Director, Billing and Collections Officer, Practice Perfect Education/Implementation

Lori was born and raised in Aylmer.  She graduated from Medix College with honours in Medical Office Assistance in 1993 and has worked in this field for 30 years, both in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. She has spent time working on the floor performing modalities, as a Patient Care Coordinator and in Finance. Lori joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy Family in the fall of 2008 (with a 6 month Hiatus in 2011) and has enjoyed working with such a great team.  She enjoys the time she gets to spend getting to know the patients.

Lori is also the Practice Perfect Officer for all the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy PCC staff. This includes reviewing upgrades and training staff on our professional management program. She works with the management team to create and implement upgrades, protocols and training programs. Basically trying to keep all clinics streamlined.

Lori likes to spend her free time crafting. She enjoys making rustic signs and designing and creating beautiful custom items for people with her silhouette.  The rest of the time she enjoys floating in her pool and spending time with her grown children.

Mark Holmes

Mark Holmes Physiotherapist BPHEDkin MSc.PT.

Mark is a native of Aylmer who returned to his roots after completing a Bachelor of Physical Education at Brock University. He then attended the University of Toronto where he completed his Masters of Physiotherapy. Upon graduation, he worked in Barrie, Ontario working at Royal Victoria Hospital in both the inpatient program and the outpatient day rehab program. Mark then returned to southwestern Ontario taking a position at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. He then returned to Aylmer, where he commenced physiotherapy care at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in 2008.

Mark has continued to participate in post grad education taking courses in cardiorespiratory care, osteoporosis, McKenzie Institute training, the Neuro Orthopedic Institute and Orthopedic Manual Therapy level system. He has taken courses in both Concussion management, as well as for treatment of Vestibular conditions. Mark is able to provide acupuncture and was trained through Acupuncture Canada, formally the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Mark continues to participate in athletics through recreational hockey, baseball and golf. He enjoys rollerblading, mountain biking, hiking, playing badminton and camping with his wife and two daughters. Mark is actively involved in the community, coaching in both Aylmer and St. Thomas, including hockey, soccer and baseball. He has been a member of the Aylmer Minor Hockey Association for several years.

Mark enjoys being a part of the Aylmer and area community providing essential care for those in need.

Monica Loewen

Monica Loewen Physiotherapist

Monica was born and raised in Aylmer, Ontario. She attended Redeemer University for her undergraduate degree where she played collegiate soccer and graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science Honours in Kinesiology.  She then attended Western University and completed her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2018. She joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team in the fall of 2018. Her future plans for her career include further training in pelvic floor physiotherapy, concussion management, and manual therapy.

Monica is involved in her church and in the local soccer community. She loves sports, food, plants, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Leigh St. George

Leigh St. George Physiotherapist

Leigh was born and raised in Ottawa.  She graduated in 2012 from Brock University with honours in Kinesiology before receiving her Masters of physiotherapy from Western University in 2015. Leigh joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy family in the fall of 2015 and is very excited to be part of this amazing team.  Leigh has a passion for developing client-centered treatment through education, manual therapy, and exercise prescription. Her ultimate goal is to return patients to pre-injury functional status, while providing patients with the knowledge and tools to prevent future injuries. Leigh’s post-graduate education includes courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, soft tissue release and concussion therapy.

Leigh enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, hiking with her two dogs and working out.

Brian Zagorodny

Brian Zagorodny Physiotherapy Assistant B.Sc. Kinesiology

Brian grew up in Dorchester. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and has been working at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since the day after his last exam in 2015. Brian finds great passion in not only helping people throughout their healing process but also giving them the exercises and tools needed to improve their quality of life going forward.

Brian’s life revolves around physical activity and his workouts. If you can’t find him in the gym, he will most likely be out with his dogs on some adventure.

Josie Ferguson

Josie Ferguson Physiotherapy Assistant

Josie was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. She attended Brock University in St. Catharines where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. Josie grew up participating in athletics, she was heavily involved in cross country running, basketball, volleyball and track and field. Her background in sports and physical activity as well as a passion for helping others lead her to follow a career with Kinesiology. She joined Talbot Trail Physiotherapy shortly after finishing her time at Brock in May 2019.

Josie enjoys spending her time with family and friends, running, baking and biking. In her spare time, she can be found taking her dog Cali for adventures and spending the sunny, summer months in a boat on a lake somewhere.

Sue Murray

Sue Murray Patient Care Coordinator

Sue grew up in Kingsville Ontario and graduated from Kingsville District High School in 1994. After raising a family, she decided to become a Medical Office Assistant and graduated with Distinction (99% avg) from TriOS College London in November of 2019. She is also a certified Phlebotomy Technician and Accounting and Payroll Administrator.  Sue joined our team at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in January 2020 and looks forward to interacting with our patients and learning new things every day.

Sue enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and has a passion for genealogy/historical research.

Clinical Staff – St. Thomas YMCA

St. Thomas 20 High St. (519) 637-1887

Christy Taunton

Christy Taunton Clinical Director, Physiotherapist BHSc(Hon), MPT

Christy was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario but grew up in Kingsville, Ontario.  She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences in 2002 and again with a Master of Physical Therapy Degree in 2004.  After graduating, she worked in several clinics as well as long-term care and retirement homes.  She moved to St. Thomas in 2007 with her husband, Rob and they now have 2 children.  She has worked at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since 2013.  She has experience and extra training in treating women’s health conditions (including postpartum care, bladder/bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain, and abdominal rehabilitation).  She also has training in acupuncture, vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo), and advanced orthopedic conditions (all conditions from head to toe).  She is also an authorizer in the prescription of walkers with the Ontario Assistive Devices Program.  Christy loves being able to work with her clients to achieve their goals, whether regaining movement, returning to activities, or relieving pain!

Christy spends as much of her free time as she can outside with her family.  They enjoy hiking, racquet sports, swimming, kayaking, biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.  She also loves spending time with friends and family, baking yummy treats, and knitting.

Brittany Ralph

Brittany Ralph Physiotherapy Assistant

Brittany was born and raised in Holland Landing, ON. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2019, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Human Kinetics. She has volunteered in the health care field both locally, and abroad, including a medical trip to Guatemala in 2018. These experiences made her realize her love of helping others, and solidified her decision to start a career in this field. Brittany joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team one year ago, and has enjoyed meeting and helping many people.

Brittany enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. She enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors during the summer. She doesn’t like the winter months, but a game of Scrabble will cheer her up when the weather gets cold!

Christine Heesels

Christine Heessels Physiotherapy Assistant

Christine grew up in London. For 16 years she has owned and operated her own house cleaning business, but in the last couple of years she has decided to change careers.  Christine recently graduated from Trios College with a diploma as a Physiotherapy Assistant/Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 2017 she became a Certified Yoga instructor and since then has enjoyed working with people. She especially has a passion for helping people understand the benefits of exercise and mindfulness.

Christine enjoys spending time with friends, family and my dog Stella. They enjoy long walks, movies, board games and creative art activities.

Christine Bond

Christine Bond Patient Care Coordinator

Christine grew up on a dairy farm in Sparta, Ontario and went to Parkside in St. Thomas. After high school she relocated to Red Deer, Alberta for 6 years where she expanded her resume and traveled the Canadian West Coast. Christine joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team in June 2019 and has operated in several of our locations.

Christine enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever exploring new beaches and parks within Canada. She loves music and attending concerts whenever she can.

Clinical Staff – Blenheim Location

Blenheim 110 Talbot St. W. (519) 676-1192

Jason Higgins

Jason Higgins Clinical Director, Physiotherapist

Jason was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. He moved to London, Ontario to attend the University of Western Ontario in 1996 where he graduated from the Physiotherapy Program in 1999.  Private practice orthopedics has been the area he has practiced for most of his career, with extra interest in Concussions, sports injuries, vertigo and post surgical patients. He has been very happy to join and work with Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since the Fall of 2011. It is always a pleasure to work with patients and guide them on their road to recovery. The many success stories are always rewarding as a physio.

He is married with 4 boys, who keep him very busy with their sports and friends. He enjoys going to the cottage and hanging out with friends and family. He loves playing hockey and golf.

Go Oilers Go…..

Fiona Hayes

Fiona Hayes Kinesiologist

Fiona was born and raised in Ridgetown. She graduated from University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Honours Program Human Kinetics as well as diploma in the Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant program. She has a background in customer service from previous jobs and completed placements in both a local physiotherapy clinic and the Children’s Treatment Centre in Chatham. She joined the team at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in December of 2018.

When she’s not working, Fiona enjoys camping, biking, crafting, cooking, and hanging out with her golden retriever. She’s happiest at the beach or traveling with family and friends.

Ian Jenner

Ian Jenner Registered Kinesiologist

Ian was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. He then went on to graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2019. He has now moved back home to work in the Blenheim Clinic. As a Kinesiologist, Ian is an advocate for healthy and physically active lifestyles for all populations. He is enthusiastic and passionate about helping individuals reach their rehabilitation goals, whether that is regaining functional movement, return to activities, return to work, or being pain-free.

Ian spends much of his free time being active and playing sports. You can find him on the golf course and soccer field in the warmer months and on the ice rink or volleyball court in the winter. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family playing games, watching movies, or just hanging out.

Tammy Moore

Tammy Moore Patient Care Coordinator

Tammy was born in London Ontario, but lived most of her life in the Chatham Kent area.  She graduated with honors from the medical office administration course from St. Clair College in Chatham.  Tammy has been with Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since 2014 at the Blenheim location.

When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her friends and family (especially the grand kids!)  Her favorite down time is being outside with the music on doing anything from gardening or reading in the hammock, to relaxing in the hot tub.

Linda Evans-Breault

Lynda Evans-Breault Patient Care Coordinator

Lynda grew up on a farm near Ridgetown and still resides in the area.  She has diplomas in Developmental Service Work, as well as Child and Youth Work.  Linda has enjoyed a career of being a “Jill of all Trades”.  From assisting people, working in an Ice Cream Shop, Boarding Kennel for Dogs to picking seeds for Ducks Unlimited in order to restore the Prairie and wetlands.  She loves the adventure every new experience takes her on.  Starting with Talbot Trail in November 2020, she continues working as a PSW also.

On down time, Lynda enjoys the outdoors, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Clinical Staff – West Lorne Location

West Lorne 146 Munroe Street (519) 768-3998

Stephanie Ford

Stephanie Ford Clinical Director, B.A. Kinesiology

Stephanie graduated from Western University in 2012 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Kinesiology degree along with a minor in Psychology. After graduation she returned to her hometown of West Lorne to join the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team. Stephanie has experience working and volunteering with a variety of populations and is passionate about giving back to her community.

Stephanie enjoys spending her time with family and friends, running, baking and traveling.

Chantelle Lewis

Chantelle Lewis  Physiotherapist, BA Hon. Kin, MSc. PT

Born and raised in London, Ont., Chantelle graduated with Honors from Western University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2014. Chantelle completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2017. She joined the Talbot Trail Physiotherapy team in 2018 shortly after her graduation. Since then she has completed certifications in acupuncture, concussion rehabilitation, and the treatment of vestibular disorders. She is currently working towards a degree in advanced manual therapy.

Chantelle grew up playing competitive fastball and hockey and this has translated to a passion in treating sports injuries. At home she enjoys spending time with her cats and dog, cycling, and reading a good book.

Corporate Staff

Clinic and Headquarters – St.Thomas (STEGH) 189 Elm Street (519) 637-7171

Chris Streib

Chris Streib B.Sc. (Kin), M.Sc (P.T.) Registered Physiotherapist Certified in Acupuncture Chris Streib is the Co-owner, President and Director of Rehabilitation at Talbot Trail Physiotherapy. Following graduation from East Elgin High School in Aylmer, Chris attended McMaster University from 1993 – 1999 to receive his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (‘93-‘97) and then his Bachelor of Health Science degree in Physiotherapy (‘97-‘99).

While attending McMaster, Chris played varsity volleyball for 5 years and was team captain for 2 years. After university life, Chris opened the first Talbot Trail Physiotherapy clinic in Aylmer in 2002, expanding four years later to open the 460 Wellington Street clinic in St. Thomas. With a mission to make Talbot Trail Physiotherapy a quality source of physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services, Chris entered into a collaborative agreement with the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital in the spring of 2008 to reopen the 22,000 sq. ft. rehabilitation centre.

The new location would become a Centre of Excellence, utilizing the most progressive treatment options and state-of-the-art equipment, including an indoor 95° saltwater pool to ensure the best possible patient recovery. In developing the Centre, Chris was instrumental in recruiting the first Rheumatologist to Elgin County, as well as an Orthopaedic surgeon to build a multi-disciplinary, hands-on team for the rehabilitation of a variety of conditions. These include sports injuries, motor vehicle accident injuries, work related injuries and post-operative related disorders. In 2011, clinics were added in West Lorne and Blenheim and in 2013, a sixth clinic was opened in London. Chris’ dedication for continuing education and learning followed him as he continued on to complete additional advanced programs related to Physiotherapy and executive training.

This ongoing education included certification from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and advanced spinal therapy education from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Talbot Trail Physiotherapy has grown to become the largest clinic in the area, with six clinics spread throughout southwestern Ontario, featuring a complete rehabilitation care team.

Dedicated team includes Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, Chiropractor, Occupational Therapist/Splinting/Hand Therapy and a Personal Trainer, all sharing a common goal to return patients to their optimum functional ability and independence.

Brad Troop

Brad Troop Vice President

Brad was born and raised in Hamilton, ON.  He graduated from McMaster University in 1993 and has been involved in the field of physiotherapy ever since.  He has been working at Talbot Trail since 2002 and has been involved with helping build the company from one clinic to six.  Brad enjoys both the clinical and administrative side and has been lucky to have worked with so many great staff over the years.

Brad enjoys spending his free time doing things with his family.  He has two boys very active in sports which keeps him busy outside of work.  When time allows, he loves to spend it on the golf course with friends, sitting by the pool or traveling some place that has a beach.

Patti Gardiner

Patti Gardiner Executive Assistant

  • Recruiting Officer
  • Job Description Officer
  • Education Officer
  • Communication Officer
  • Keeper of Policy
  • Billing and Collections Officer
  • Estates Officer
  • Organization Board Officer

Patti was born and raised in St. Thomas, where she still lives with her husband and two children. Patti graduated in 1993 with a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), from the Medical Office Administration Program at St. Clair College where she received the Shirley Blaxall award of Excellence upon graduation. She’s worked in multiple medical fields ranging from Audiology Services to Rehabilitative Therapy. Patti has worked for Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since July 2008. Throughout high school, Patti coasted and was happy just to pass her classes. It was more of a social event than it was a learning event.

Once she hit College, she realized her passion was in the medical field and helping people, and there she excelled….never turning back. Patti enjoys a wide variety of activities including walking, spending time with family, playing sports with her children and watching and encouraging her family as they actively participate in a wide variety of athletic events.

Melissa DeSutter

Melissa DeSutter Director of Finance

After Graduating from The University of Windsor in April of 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Melissa attended Fanshawe College and completed her Social Service Worker Diploma program in 2006.

Melissa joined Talbot Trail Physiotherapy in September of 2008, and has never looked back. Melissa enjoys spending time with her friends and family including her husband Ryan and two dogs, reading, and playing sports in particular baseball.

Dayna Cartier

Dayna Cartier B.H.K., Director of Staff Development & Clinical Procedures, Director of Community & Patient Relations

Born and raised in St. Thomas. Graduated from the University of Windsor in 1996, with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, majoring in Movement Science. I have worked in the medical field since graduation, ranging from Medical assistant for a physiatrist in Windsor to working in physiotherapy clinics.

I have been a member of Talbot Trail Physiotherapy since 2006, starting as a Kinesiologist in the Aylmer clinic. As we have expanded, so have the opportunities that have been presented to me. I am now currently at the Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Clinic within the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.

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