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.
Dr. Dan Dao
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.
Dr. Evan Eindhoven
Sports Therapist / Chiropractor
Evan is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and is currently completing his Sports Sciences Residency through CMCC and the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences. He also holds a Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo as well an Acupuncture certification. His dedication to health and performance care led him to Apex Optimal Performance.
Evan has been involved with Sports and Athletics throughout his life, and after going through several injuries himself has developed a passion for helping others recover from their injuries. Evan has also had the opportunity to work with athletes from amateur to Olympic level in many sports including Volleyball, Martial Arts, Cheerleading and Gymnastics, Track and Field and many others both in the clinic and at events.
Evan’s focus is on evidence based manual therapy including soft tissue release, joint manipulation and mobilization, acupuncture, rehabilitative exercise as well as other therapies when needed to help recover from injury and enhance sport performance.
Sports Therapist / Kinesiologist / PTA
Jimmy is our Registered Kinesiologist and Physiotherapy Assistant; he 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.
Sports Therapist / Physiotherapist
Sports Therapist / Physiotherapist
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.
Melissa is a certified athletic therapist and strength and conditioning specialist. Her passion is helping people find ways to make exercise an enjoyable aspect of everyones life. Melissa believes that going to the gym should be a hobby that people look forward to and not seen as a chore that needs to be done. Her extensive knowledge in injury prevention and rehabilitation allows her to create safe and effective programs for all skill levels. She specializes in reconditioning during late stage rehabilitation to keep individuals pain free while returning to their normal routine.
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.
Riley’s love of sports and interest in athlete care began at a young age. As a competitive gymnast for 15 years and then a Varsity track and field athlete at Western University, she has experienced the benefits of proactive and regular treatment by a variety of healthcare practitioners. The care that she received throughout her sports career inspired her to earn an Honours BA with Specialization in Kinesiology from Western University. At Western she was a three-time Academic All-Canadian and graduated with distinction. Shortly after graduating, she enrolled in the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy where she earned her Massage Therapy Diploma.
At Sutherland-Chan Riley had the opportunity to treat people of all ages and abilities. She provided assessment and therapy in an athlete-centered Sports Clinic, Multiple Sclerosis clinic and had a placement at Sunnybrook working with High-Risk Pregnancy patients. Furthermore Riley has provided treatment at the Toronto Marathon, Toronto Triathlon Festival, Ontario Youth Indoor Track and Field Championships and Biosteel’s High Performance Hockey Training Camp.
Riley’s approach to treatment includes an in-depth assessment and hands-on work. Through soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilizations and nervous system stimulation Riley aims to improve movement and facilitate better performance. She strongly believes in patient education and the implementation of a therapeutic exercise routine to maintain function and tissue integrity.
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.
Maiya Ahluwalia is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is an active member of Dietitians of Canada. From an early age Maiya was interested in sports and nutrition but never knew she could build a career from it. Fast track to now, Maiya attended the University of Guelph where she completed the Applied Human Nutrition program and achieved an honours in Bachelors of Applied Sciences. Maiya also went on to complete her Masters in Nutrition (MAN) at the University of Guelph where she gained advanced professional nutrition knowledge and competency-based practical experience. Maiya has a vast array of experiences working in settings such as clinical nutrition, community nutrition, large corporations, family health teams, and nutrition management roles. These experiences have allowed her to work with a variety of individuals of all age groups. Maiya’s experience has allowed her to determine her key interests which include: pediatric nutrition, prenatal & postnatal nutrition, sport nutrition, community nutrition, and nutrition education.
Raeena works at our front desk and has been with APEX late this summer. She offers a warm and friendly smile and will assist you with any questions regarding the clinic.
Emily works at our front desk. She offers a warm and friendly smile and will assist you with any questions regarding the clinic.
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.