Physiotherapists

Doug Freer B.Sc.PT, FCAMT, CAFCI, CAT (C)
Grad. Dip. Sports Physiotherapy, Grad. Dip. Manipulative Physiotherapy Registered Physiotherapist

Doug has been in practice in Barrie since graduating from Western's physiotherapy program in 1973. His expertise is assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions allows him to address the complaints of the most complicated clients. He continues to lecture at the University of Toronto and assist in manual therapy, sports physiotherapy, and acupuncture courses across Canada.
Doug has been selected by his peers to be Chief Therapist for 3 World Student Summer Games, Canadian Team therapist for 3 Winter Olympics, the Pan-American Games, the Paralympic Games in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and was selected as Chief Therapist for the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Joyce Wong B.Sc.(PT), Cert. AFCI
Registered Physiotherapist

Joyce completed her Physiotherapy degree at Queen’s University in 2006.

Since then she has pursued her interest in orthopaedics and has taken extensive post-graduate training, including: McKenzie Technique for disc injuries, nerve mobilization techniques, therapeutic taping, and myofascial manual therapy techniques.

She is certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada and is able to incorporate this modality into her treatments.

She is also certified in Graston Technique, which aids in breaking up fibrous adhesions and scarring in soft tissue injuries (muscular or ligamentous) or post-surgery.

Her clinical focus is in spinal injuries, neck/shoulder pain, and sports injuries.

Sandy Van Dyke B.Sc. (Bio. Sci.) B. Sc.PT
Registered Physiotherapist

"After 25 years, I'm still passionate about what I do." says Sandy Van Dyke (Reg PT).

"It still gives me a thrill to change someone's life by changing their pain level and improving their ability to function whether that is with daily activities, sport or work.  I started in this profession because I was fascinated wih how people move and when they didn't move properly to fnd out the reason why and change that."

This continues in her commitment to ongoing education in the areas of acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy as well as the core manual therapy courses.  These give her the depth from a osteopathic/physiotherapy perspective to treat a simple sprain or follow through with the complicated or chronic client with multiple musculoskeletal issues.  She is certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute for treatment with acupuncture.  She has over 15 years of experience doing foot orthotics and treating problem feet.  She has specialized knowledge for treatment of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and specific hand therapy experience.

"Over the years I have treated all ages from babies to seniors, recreational athletes to elite athletes and multiple orthopaedic and neural conditions.  This has provided me with depth and experience to provide excellent physiotherapy treatment and draw upon a significant knowledge base."

 

Christina Tirone BSc (Kin), MScPT
Registered Physiotherapist

Christina graduated with her Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in 2010 before completing a Master of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 2012. 

As a competitive soccer and volleyball player, Christina is looking forward to specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. She also hopes to specialize in McKenzie techniques and courses that help to manage incontinence.

Christina has a passion for learning and has completed several educational courses since graduating in 2012. These courses include the first level of Craniosacral Therapy in September 2012, Graston Technique in November 2012 and Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada in February 2013.  Christina is very excited about the opportunity to incorporate these alternative therapies into her practice at D.Freer and Associates. 

Oliver McKay B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (PT)
Registered Physiotherapist

Oliver graduated from McMaster University at the top of the class in the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program in 2013, and graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph in 2010 with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Bio-Medical Science.  Upon graduation from McMaster University, Oliver recieved the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Convocation Award and the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Outstanding Achievement Award to commemorate his academic accomplishments.

Oliver is dedicated to life-long learning and has taken post-graduate courses in both acupuncture and advanced hands-on manual therapy.  He takes an individualized approach with each and every patient, using treatment techniques based upon the best available evidence. 

His training and experience have led him to focus on treating patients who have had long-standing chronic pain in any body region, particularly those with pain in the low back and those suffering from headaches.

From a sport injury perspective Oliver has a certification as a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, has a strong weightlifting and Olympic weightlifting background, and has experience with trail races, squash, volleyball, and soccer.  He has also been involved in primary research on the debate between modern running shoes and the barefoot running style.  His experience in these areas has made him ideally suited to understand and treat sport or exercise related concerns of any kind.

 

 
Marilyn N/A
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Marilyn earned her Masters of Physiotherapy degree from Queen’s University in 2012.  Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2006 from Dalhousie University, in Halifax.  

 

Following graduation, Marilyn practiced for nearly three years in Toronto, but now is eager to get back to her roots, having grown up in Orillia.  She looks forward to enjoying all that Barrie has to offer and developing a well rounded practice with a strong sense of community.

 

Marilyn believes that movement is essential to enjoying life to its fullest.  Moving better is key to feeling better, and by working with her patients to restore functional and optimal levels of movement, Marilyn sees the satisfaction in her clients when they are able to return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. She hopes to pursue education in myofascial release, to better treat the complex and integrated human kinetic system.

 

As an avid football fan, Marilyn also has an interest in the prevalence of head injuries in contact sports.  She has experience working with athletes who have sustained concussions ranging from mild to severe, from the first steps of rehabilitation to their return to sport.

 
Kaley Veerman B.H.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., M.Sc.PT.
Registered Physiotherapist

Kaley graduated from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University in 2009, and went on to complete a Master of Medical Science in 2011. Thereafter, she continued at McMaster in the Master of Physiotherapy program, and entered clinical practice in 2013.

Passionate about learning, Kaley has taken a number of continuing education courses to advance her clinical skills. Her interests lie in anatomical acupuncture, manual therapy, and pelvic floor physiotherapy. An avid athlete, Kaley is also working toward her Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) Certificate designation. She is looking forward to combining her orthopedic skills and knowledge of the pelvic floor to address pelvic pain and continence issues for both men and women within the community.

Kaley grew up playing hockey in Northern Ontario, and continued to play for the women’s team during her time at McMaster. She was a member of the gold-medal-winning 2013 National Women’s Ball Hockey Team, and continues to play both ice hockey and ball hockey recreationally. When not on the ice, Kaley can be found training for triathlons, practicing yoga, or enjoying the great Canadian outdoors with family and friends.

Emily-Jane Stewart B.Sc. HK (Hons), M.PT
Registered Physiotherapist

Emily-Jane graduated from the University of Guelph in 2008 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, and then went on to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice in 2012 from La Trobe University in Australia. Upon graduation from La Trobe University, Emily-Jane received a Golden Key International Honour Society award for her academic achievements and for graduating within the top of her program.

Following graduation, Emily-Jane has continued to show her strong passion for learning by taking numerous post-graduate courses in Australia, with the main focus on chronic pain and pilates. Her experience working in one of the largest health networks in Australia has also allowed for ongoing learning in the areas of stroke and vestibular rehabilitation.

Emily-Jane is an enthusiastic and engaging therapist with experience treating a wide range of conditions. She has specialty experience in orthopaedics, neurological, and cardio-respiratory physiotherapy across the entire treatment span for a patient from day one of onset to return to sport, work and activities of daily living. Through this exposure she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the continuum of care in both acute and chronic rehabilitation.

While away from practice, Emily-Jane maintains an active lifestyle by practicing yoga, attempting snowboarding, and enjoys the outdoors while hiking.