SERVING BOWMANVILLE FOR OVER 23 YEARS
Registered Massage Therapist
MScPT, BSc Exercise Science, IDN
Jeff was born and raised in Clarington and grew up involved with many local sports teams. He was introduced to manual therapy at an early age by his father who became one of the most successful massage therapists that Clarington has ever seen.
Jeff started his health career in 2005 while working as a CanFit Pro certified personal trainer at Goodlife Fitness clubs in Peterborough ON. During that time he attended Fleming College where he would receive an Advanced Diploma as a Registered Massage Therapist in 2007. Jeff started working at Hands in Motion in 2007 as an RMT. After a short year of work he took his studies to Bond University in Australia to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. While attending school he also worked as a massage therapist and personal trainer. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science and upon returning to Canada was accepted into the Physiotherapy program at McMaster University. In 2013 Jeff graduated with his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy.
Jeff has continued his post- grad education by obtaining his Advanced diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy Level 3, through the Orthopedic Division of the CPA. He continues to work towards his full accreditation with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Jeff has also continued his pursuit of education by completing courses in concussion management, Mulligan manual therapy concept, spinal manipulation and Integrated Dry Needling (IDN).
Outside of the clinic Jeff remains dedicated to health and fitness. He can always be found in the gym lifting weights, out on the golf course pretending he can golf, and on the ice still trying to live the dream playing men’s league hockey.
The Slemon family has strong roots in the Clarington medical community, and this is where Tara first became interested in health and working with people to reach their health goals. Her love of sports and science lead her to Wilfred Laurier University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a minor in Chemistry. Through her undergraduate program and through many volunteer hours, she familiarized herself with different fields of practice, though felt most drawn to Naturopathic Medicine and the broad scope of possibilities the field promised. Tara then spent the next 4 years in the Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she graduated in 2013 after completing in classroom courses, multiple board exams, and a year of internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.
Tara has been practicing and accepting patients since January 2014, and is still continuing to grow and learn within the ever-expanding field of Naturopathic Medicine. Her favourite modality is acupuncture, though works within the wide spectrum of practice tools to individualize treatment plans for her patients. The most common patient complaints she works with are pain, injury, digestive upset and hormone dysregulation, though also has a lot of experience working with mental health, weight loss, energy, sleep disturbances and fertility.
Tara offers free 15-minute consults for patients wanting to know more about the field, and what Naturopathic Medicine can do for them!
KAREL VAN KLAVEREN
Registered Massage Therapist
Karel graduated with Honours in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Sutherland Chan Massage Therapy School in Toronto. Between his studies, Karel cycled across North America to raise money and awareness for Poverty with the Sea-to-Sea bike tour.
Being a Registered Kinesiologist, Karel has a deeper understanding of how the body works and moves, and is able to further individualize his Massage Therapy treatment plans to target specific goals; working with people of all ages and physical abilities to treat and prevent injury and disease, and improve movement and performance. He believes in educating his patients to understand their treatment plan and teaching remedial exercises to prevent injury/pain.
Karel specializes in Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Sports Injury, Relaxation, Prenatal and Postnatal Massage; as well as Myofascial Release, and overall joint health using Mobilization Techniques. He has previous experience with patients with CNS disorders, MS, and Cancer.
Karel individualizes treatments to your goals, whether that is rehabilitation or relaxation.
MScPT, FCAMPT, TDN
Marcus has recently returned to the area after spending the last 5 years working in Kamloops BC. He grew up in the Cobourg area and spent many years playing rep and house league soccer in that area. He eventually went off to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. From there he attended McMaster University and graduated with his Masters of Science Physiotherapy in 2010.
Since this time Marcus has gone on to complete additional courses in manual therapy, acupuncture and dry needling as well as many others. Marcus completed his Advanced Manual Therapy exam in November 2016 and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Marcus enjoys playing sports and being active. This used to mean being on various different teams, but now it means scraping out exercise where possible while helping take care of his two young children and managing his own physiotherapy practice.
Marcus believes in taking time with his patients to ensure that they are fully heard and understood. He works hard to collaboratively develop a treatment plan with the patient’s present life situation in mind.
Learning to do new exercises properly can be tricky especially after years of compensations, so appointment times are all spent one on one to try to ensure that technique is understood. Marcus also values his patients taking control of their own health and so utilizes home exercise programs as much as possible to get patient’s their results.
Mary Anne Slemon