Dr. Stephen Bako
As a Mississauga native, Dr. Steve Bako is returning to the area to join the talented Apex team. As a teen, and into his early twenties, Dr. Steve was always an active participant in sports. Before becoming a collegiate baseball pitcher he was a member of the ’05 USSSA 17U Championship-winning Ontario Blue Jays team. He attended school in Kansas City, Missouri and Tahlequah, Oklahoma on baseball and academic scholarships. After experiencing the power of chiropractic with his own injuries, his focus shifted from dentistry to chiropractic. He brings with him his experience working in two high volume practices in Florida and Mississauga, where he honed his skills and developed his passion for working with athletes and kids.
Dr. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma prior to attending chiropractic school at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Steve applies a tonal approach to structural correction addressing the underlying cause of abnormal tone and tension in the spinal cord. Dr. Steve is proficient in toggle recoil, Thompson, and Torque Release Technique.
When Dr. Steve isn’t in the office he enjoys cheering on all of Toronto’s sports teams, travelling, golfing, hiking, and discovering delicious coffee.
Dr. Manny Kumar
Dr. Kumar first decided that he wanted a career in healthcare when he suffered a couple baseball injuries and was helped back on to the field through chiropractic care. As a high level NCAA Division 1 athlete, he valued that there was more to the body than just what he could “feel” and “see”. In the last three years, Dr. Manny has been a part of some of the largest Structural Chiropractic offices in San Diego, California and Atlanta, Georgia. The majority of his patients were athletes and families.
Dr. Manny graduated with honors in Biology from Grambling State University in Louisiana before completing his Doctorate in Atlanta, Georgia. On top of his chiropractic degree, Dr. Manny completed his Master’s degree in Sports Health Science and Athletic Injuries. His vision is to help athletes and their families understand their overall function and how to live a better life through understanding health principles. Throughout his baseball career, chiropractic care allowed him, and others, to achieve higher levels in training, recovery, and overall performance. After living for over a decade in the United States, and being exposed to cutting edge technology involved with athletes, Dr. Manny is looking forward to enhancing the tools and abilities of each athlete in the Greater Toronto Area through a Structural and fundamental approach. When Dr. Manny isn’t at APEX, you can find him at his family practice, Modern Chiropractic and Wellness Center, ( www.getmodernchiro.com )
Dr. Manny played for the Ontario Blue Jays from 2003-2005 before heading down to Texas on a baseball scholarship.
Dr. Jason Yakimishyn
Dr. Jason Yakimishyn earned his Honours BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. While at Western, Dr. Jason was published in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research for assisting in visuomotor memory data analysis and was selected to be student Athletic Therapist for the Western Mustangs football team. This allowed him the opportunity to work closely with high level athletes and helped fuel his passion for natural healing and optimal performance.
Dr. Jason Yakimishyn went on to LIFE University in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated cum laude with his doctorate in chiropractic. As a former collegiate level hockey goaltender, he understands and appreciates the need for structural maintenance of the human body. Dr. Jason is currently one of a handful of chiropractors in Canada to be advanced certified in Torque Release Technique. He is also a certified animal chiropractor specializing in small animals. When he’s not at APEX, you can find Dr. Jason at his Oakville office – Foundation Chiropractic www.foundationoakville.ca
Outside of the office Dr. Jason loves playing hockey and golf, Crossfit exercise, skiing/snowboarding, and exploring outdoors with his dog Koda. He continues to study new chiropractic research and enjoys educating people about the proper structure, function and healing properties of the human body.
Sports Therapist / Chiropractor
Dan is a sport and performance therapist holding diplomas and degrees in health sciences, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy. He was the university on-campus therapist for UOIT varsity teams and students within a comprehensive athletic centre as well as in private practice downtown Toronto. He has been involved with patient and athletic care for over 10 years after receiving care for his own shoulder and back injury. He is experienced with working with a wide range of athletes including hockey, baseball, soccer, and volleyball players.
Dan is focused on manual care which includes deep tissue release of tight muscular structures, acupuncture to enhance and expedite healing, joint manipulation, and exercise prescription to restore and achieve better range of motion and strength to return players to their best performance.
Sports Therapist / Kinesiologist
Jimmy received his clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from D’Youville College in the United States. His international clinical experiences have given him the opportunity to learn and work with physiotherapists who were experts in their respective fields ranging from manual therapy, chronic pain, orthopaedics, neurological rehabilitation, and sports injury. Prior to that, Jimmy completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree at York University. Jimmy’s desire to help redefine the concept of health and progress it forward led him to Apex Optimal Performance.
Jimmy has been submerged into the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation since he developed a passion shortly after high school; accumulating over 7 years of knowledge and practical experience working with musculoskeletal and neurological related conditions among different populations. His treatment philosophy is based on his understanding of the “adaptability and connectedness” of the body as a whole. Jimmy effectively uses education, “hands-on” manual therapy, movement, and strength conditioning exercises to create an empowering state for the human body to heal, recalibrate, and perform. His treatments are evidence-based and progressive to ensure results. During Jimmy’s spare time, he enjoys exercising, learning, travelling, films, music, and hanging out with his dog.
Sujay brings a great deal of expertise in rehabilitation science, having earned both a Bachelors of Physiotherapy in 2001 and Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation in 2008.
Before coming to Canada in 2015, our Physiotherapist taught biomechanics and exercise therapy at a medical college overseas. He has a great depth of experience and has treated patients in both private clinics and hospital settings, including: Outpatient Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Geriatrics, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Neuro Rehabilitation
Sujay believes in evidence-based treatment, and his approach to care incorporates manual therapy, patient education, and exercise prescription. He enjoys treating a variety of conditions and has a special interest in orthopedic and sports injuries.
In his personal time, Sujay enjoys long runs, cycling, and spending time with his family.
Marco graduated from D’Youville College in the United States, where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree at Western University. He has a special interest in treating all types of orthopaedic conditions including sports injuries and is interested in pursuing continuing education studies in manual and manipulative physiotherapy, as well as dry needling and acupuncture. Marco speaks fluent Cantonese and takes a manual therapy and exercise based approach to treatment.
Marco strongly believes in an active approach with his treatments, including “hands-on” manual therapy, functional movement, and therapeutic/strengthening exercises to promote healing and enhance performance. He enjoys working closely with his patients to create individualized programs of care to help them achieve their personal goals. In his spare time, Marco enjoys playing tennis, badminton, softball, travelling, listening to music, exploring new areas of the city, and trying new restaurants.
Tim has completed in a wide variety of sports throughout his life in both an educational and extracurricular environment. This experience, as well as his own personal share of injuries and subsequent variety of treatments, has sparked an interest from a young age in human body functioning and how the healing process works. Tim graduated from York University with an Honours BA in Kinesiology and continued his education at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, where he now holds a diploma in Massage Therapy.
Tim has worked in a wide variety of multidisciplinary clinics as well as treated at many local sporting events, including the Toronto Marathon and CrossFit Games. This has allowed him to hone his skills in treating a range of different orthopedic and sporting injuries. Tim’s approach to treatment is to use manual therapy to communicate with the nervous system in order to restore the natural and pain-free functioning of the muscle, leading to improved recovery and performance. He appreciates a more well-rounded and integrated approach to client and athlete care. When Tim is not treating, his extracurricular activities include basketball, various outdoor activities including camping and hiking, and travelling.
Sophia’s interest in bodywork sparked at an early age and stemmed from the desire to work with her hands and healing of others. She obtained her BA Spec. Honors in Kinesiology at York University; thereafter, her diploma in Massage Therapy at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy.
Sophia’s clinical experience working in a multidisciplinary hospital and a massage therapy clinic has given her skilled hands and perspective into the multidimensional framework of healing and the human body. Her approach with bodywork has helped athletes at all levels of competition, accelerating recovery post-training and performance, and effectively treating various soft tissue injuries.
In addition to Sophia’s clinical practice, she is academically involved at Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. She mainly teaches classes in techniques, therapeutic exercise and her favourite, student clinics. Outside of her practice, Sophia enjoys the great outdoors, hanging out with her dog and listening to music while she cooks, and eats, of course.
Dr. Renata Zambo
Dr. Renata Zambo is a Board-certified Naturopathic physician and has a particular interest in performance optimization for athletes. Renata obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster and then completed another four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she was selected for the sport medicine focus shift in her clinical year. She is also a certified Sport Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Her approach uses naturopathic medicine as a comprehensive tool kit to understand health status on a wholistic level. She figures out where the body is deficient or compensating and guides it back to efficient functioning to alleviate disease and disharmony. For athletes, she helps transform peak health into peak performance. Growing up, she excelled at aquatic sports: she competed in synchronized swimming for 7 years and also did swimming and diving. Renata is an avid health foodie and loves finding new ways of being active, like rock climbing. She enjoys reading science fiction and discovering new coffee shops in Toronto.
Registered Nutritionist & D.O.M.P
Hanna specializes in a variety of fields of nutrition guidance. Ranging from customized weight loss diets, performance increase programs for athletes to cancer patient nutrition coaching, all forms of health goals can be reached with her guidance. Hanna’s extensive knowledge of dieting, health, and human anatomy amounts to the perfect plan for your needs.
Hanna graduated from the College of Natural Medicine, Canadian Consilium of Natural Health, Edison Institute of Nutrition, is a licensed Metabolic Balance Coach, and an esteemed member of the Society of Osteopaths of Canada. With 28 years of experience in her field, Hanna’s approach to dieting is centered around the belief that the body can be healed through preventative measures. Specialized diets that nullify and prevent harmful diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis and cancer, as well as maximize the body’s potential through optimal dietary practice is the core of her entire profession. Her practice and all nutrition diet programs are fully accredited by Weight Loss Grant Organization.
Outside of the office Hanna enjoys spending time reading about alternative medicine and the latest research in the field of dieting and coming up with new ways to improve her own research and practice.
Adrienne works at our front desk and has been with APEX early this spring. She offers a warm and friendly smile and will assist you with any questions regarding the clinic.
Adrienne is currently in her last year of study at the University of Toronto and will be receiving an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. She is specifically interested in courses relating to human physiology, modern biotechnology and biomedical communications. In the future, Adrienne hopes to pursue a master’s degree either in Health Rehabilitation or Health Care Management. In addition, she volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halton where she mentors and tutors’ younger students, the Centre for Student Engagement and Accessibility Program on campus. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys playing soccer, reading and hanging out with friends.
Alana is an administrative representative here at our clinic. She has been with the APEX family for almost two years. Alana will answer any inquiries regarding the clinic and will assist in finding the right practitioner for you.
Alana is currently attending Sheridan College working towards her Animal Care certificate. She hopes to work in wildlife rehabilitation in the near future. Outside of Apex, Alana volunteers for Desperate Cat Rescue and enjoys watching movies during her free time.