Our Team

Group photo of Grand River Physiotherapy staff
At Grand River Physiotherapy, we strive to treat, restore, maintain and make the most of a patient's mobility, function, and well-being. Our Physiotherapists use evidenced-based, progressive techniques while educating you on the nature of your condition.


Physio Staff

Frances Harrington

Frances Harrington

Physiotherapist and Clinic Director

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical, McMaster University, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, 1991, Dean’s List Graduate
  • Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, 2000
  • Certified by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2004
  • Vestibular Competency Based Rehabilitation Course - successfully completed in April 2008, Emory University, Atlanta 2008
  • Advanced Vestibular Competency Course - successfully completed in August 2011, Duke University, North Carolina

 

  • Established Grand River Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre in 1995
  • Qualified to assist with post graduate courses offered by CPA
  • Tutored anatomy and neuroanatomy at U of T
  • Researched behavioural neuroscience-published 2 articles
  • Member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA), the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMPT).
  • Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Completed post-graduate courses in: Part A and B Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy, McKenzie theory, Pilates, Acupuncture, evidenced-based practice, outcome measures, neural tension and many more.

Elizabeth Saltsman

Elizabeth Saltsman

Physiotherapist

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Manchester University in United Kingdom, 1999
  • Post-graduate courses in acupuncture, manual therapy and the treatment of sports
  • Special interests in neurological disorders, swimming, Pilates and weight training
  • Member of College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA)

Agata Artel

Agata Artel

Physiotherapist

  • Graduated from the College of Physiotherapy, Poland in 1986
  • Registered Physiotherapist in Ontario since 1995
  • Experienced with geriatric and ambulatory patients
  • Attended manual therapy courses and completed Level 1 Acupuncture, Dry Needling, ROST Moves and Incontinence courses

Support Staff

Katrina

Katrina Sousa

Office Manager

Katrina joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2009. Starting off as an assistant, she quickly transitioned into the Office Manager role. Katrina is known for her quick wit and smile, which are both provided free of charge. In her free time she enjoys camping and spending time with her children. She occasionally acts as the assistant to the assistant.

Katelyn

Katelyn

Receptionist

Katie joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2020 after spending 5 years working in finance. She has over 12 years experience working in customer service, and is known for her great smile. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, skydiving, and extreme sports. She also loves dogs.

Arpita

Arpita

Physiotherapy Assistant

Arpita joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2009. She trained as a Physiotherapist in India, graduating from Sigma University of Physiotherapy and working in the field for 5 years. During that time, she was qualified in myofascial release therapy, dry needling, pre-and-post natal fitness and yoga. She came to Canada in 2019 and continued to work as a Physiotherapy Assistant. Currently, she is on track to obtain her registered physiotherapist license in Canada. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Carma

Carma

Physiotherapy Assistant

Carma joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2012 as a Physiotherapy Assistant. In her free time, she volunteers with various organizations. When she's not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Sandy

Sandy

Physiotherapy Assistant

Sandy joined Grand River Physiotherapy over 20 years ago working as a Physiotherapy Assistant. When Sandy isn't at work, she enjoys spending time with her children and family.

Sara

Sara

Physiotherapy Assistant

Sara joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2019. She has been working as a Physiotherapy Assistant since 2018. Sara attended Conestoga College for the OTA/PTA dual trained program. She has experience working in long-term care homes and clinical settings. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.

Valerie

Valerie

Physiotherapy Assistant

Valerie joined Grand River Physiotherapy in 2015. She originally went to school for Fitness and Health Promotion. She became a personal trainer and worked for 2 years gaining experience in physical exercise and functional movement. Valerie went back to school for Physiotherapy Assistant, graduated from Trios College in 2015. In her free time she enjoys music and spending time with her family.