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Mariana Paz
Mariana Paz, MSc. PT , cert. MDT is highly sought after for her expertise in spinal health for treating and preventing neck and back pain.
She has been applauded by community members and organizations who express her approach to physiotherapy protocols for neck and back pain have produced life-changing results for them. Mariana’s simple yet highly effective strategies to treating and preventing pain and injury have made her well-known in the community and among family doctors in Toronto.
Her informative and optimistic presentations enable her to easily explain the causes of neck and back and extremity problems – all while educating her listeners on how to successfully self- treat these common orthopaedic issues and avoid taking medications, injections or surgery.
After working in home-care, hospital and industrial settings and opening her own practice in 2014, Mariana has propelled her career in health and wellness. Her clinic, MechPhysio, has been dedicated to helping members of the community and organizations know how to achieve optimal spinal health.
Mariana was featured on The Wall Street Journal for her successful transition to virtual care physiotherapy during the pandemic, thanks to her effective self-treatment approach including the McKenzie Method Technique. When she isn’t helping others live their healthiest lives she enjoys spending time rollerblading and biking with her husband and young daughter.
Amir Kazemi
Manual Osteopath, DO, DOMP
Kendra Sheppard
Certified Athletic Therapist

Kendra believes that education and exercise are major components to achieve ones rehab goals for a healthier lifestyle. Kendra provides excellent hands-on care and makes ‘feeling better’ an exciting journey to overall better health. Kendra is also a Certified First Responder and bracing technician, specializing in custom bracing.
As an Athletic Therapist, her skills include ART (soft tissue release), Advanced joint mobilizations, exercise prescription and massage.

Kendra is a Certified Athletic Therapist who graduated from Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (with honours) along with a minor in Biology. Kendra played four years of NCAA DII lacrosse while obtaining her degree, bringing home three conference championships and an NCAA National Tournament appearance. During her time at Limestone, Kendra had the opportunity to work with many sports teams at the high school, university and professional level. Following graduation, Kendra gained valuable experience in physiotherapy clinics with various workplaces and motor vehicle accident injuries along with every-day sprain and strains experienced by the recreational athlete in the community.

On her off days, Kendra coaches women’s lacrosse and stays active by hiking, mountain biking, and rollerblading.

Melina Bisogni
Manual Osteopath

Melina enjoys working with seniors and helping them enjoy their retirement with the freedom of mobility and strength. She always makes her clients laugh and focuses on helping her them reach their strength and flexibility goals! 


Melina has a great deal of experience with ACL pre and post surgery, meniscus injuries, sprained Ankles, Plantar Fasciitis, Muscle Strains/Tears, and Rotator Cuff Strains/Impingements that are common in the athletic population and weekend warrior. Melina loves to use Manual Therapy skills, Mobilizations, and a stimulating strength programming to treat shoulder pain, elbow pain such as tennis elbow. She also has great success with common knee injuries from sports strains, work strains, and arthritis.

Melina has worked both in clinical and field settings. Clinical settings include organizations such as Humber Hospital rehabilitation. Sports teams include Ryerson’s volleyball and ice hockey teams, University of Toronto’s soccer and volleyball teams, and York University’s Soccer team. Melina has attended Ontario University Athletics finals and Nationals multiple times. She volunteered with the Canadians Women Hockey League in 2016.

Melina earned a Specialized Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences along with Athletic Therapy at York University in 2020. Melina is a certified personal trainer and aquafitness instructor.

In her spare time, she loves to play soccer, swim, travel, and spend time with family, and friends.
Stacey Connell
Certified Athletic Therapist

Stacey graduated with High Honors from Sheridan College in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy. In the same year she successfully challenged the national exam and became a Certified Athletic Therapist.

Stacey graduated with High Honors from Sheridan College in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy. In the same year she successfully challenged the national exam and became a Certified Athletic Therapist.

Stacey has worked with athletes from the University of Toronto, St Michaels College School and Woodbine Racetrack providing on-field assessments, acute injury treatment, prophylactic taping, and emergency first responder services for a variety of sports including volleyball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, hockey, field hockey, football and horse racing.

In terms of clinical experience, Stacey has enjoyed treating a variety of clientele of all ages and abilities during her time at the McIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic, Be In Motion Physiotherapy, Centre for Sports and Recreation Medicine and Rosedale Wellness Centre.

Within her treatment sessions Stacey likes to blend a combination of manual therapy; which includes soft tissue work, joint mobilization and therapist assisted stretching, with exercise therapy; focusing on core stability and functional strength elements that translate into everyday life. Her goal is to help patients to achieve their rehab and fitness goals with a sense of enjoyment and levity.

Svetlana Fridlyand
Registered Massage Therapist
Svetlana Fridlyand is a registered massage therapist (RMT) and long time member of the RMTAO. She has been treating patients in the Greater Toronto Area since graduating from Kikawa College in 1996.
Svetlana enjoys helping people with:
Neck and shoulder tension through relaxing swedish and deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy.
Limb swelling from lymphatic insufficiency or vericose veins in the legs. Lymphatic massage provides significant and noticeable affects
Whiplash injury through gentle mobilization of all the muscles in the neck
Suthi Gopala
Physiotherapy Resident
Suthi is a seasoned physiotherapy resident who graduated in 2007 in India. Suthi will become fully licensed by the end of 2024 with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. With a strong background in hospital settings and a dedicated focus on chronic disease management, he brings a unique blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and ‘Big Picture’approach to our team.
Suthi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from University of Chennai in India in 2007. Suthi has clinical hands-on experience for over 11 years and has honed his skills in various hospital settings such as cardiac, intensive care and orthopeadic working closely with physicians, nurses, and other specialists. His experience with chronic disease management allows him to provide evidence-based practices for patients with complex and long-term health conditions such as Sarcopenia, Diabetes, Obesity, Arthritis, Osteoporosis.
Suthi enjoys collaborating with the team at MechPhysio to tailor a multi-faceted approach to address the ‘Big Picture’for patients to help them achieve their physical wellness goals and improve their quality of life.
Suthi brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to help our patients at MechPhysio with their physiotherapy goals as well as chronic disease management. He is excited about the positive impact he will have in the Thornhill and Vaughan community.
Claudia Fragnelli
BA, BAHSc, RKin, CAT(C) Certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist
Claudia received her Honours BA in Kinesiology at Western University and her Honours BAHSc in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College. Claudia has been practicing since 2011 and has extensive experience working with various populations ranging from the industrial athlete and weekend warrior to the casually active individual and sedentary senior. Conditions she treats on a regular basis are Lower back pain, neck pain and stiffness, shoulder pain related to sports such as tennis and golf, plantar fasciitis, and hip osteoarthritis.
Claudia utilizes Soft Tissue Release, joint mobilizations, Mckenzie Method and exercise prescription to treat both acute and chronic conditions in an attempt to return each patient to work and/or play as quickly as possible. Claudia enjoys motivating her patients to live an active lifestyle and feel strong and confident in their movement.