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Peter Levidis

B.Sc., CAT(C), Athletic Therapist & Co-founder

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University. He received his certification as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist and as an Athletic Therapist in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Peter received accreditation from the CHEK institute as a Golf Biomechanics Specialist and a CHEK level 2 Practitioner. Peter has had the honor of being part of the pre- and post-season physical testing for the Montreal Canadiens and their farm team, The Hamilton Bulldogs and was Athletic Therapist and Strength Coach for the Canadian Star Boat Sailing Team for the 2012 Olympics. Peter co-authored the book, “Get with the Program”, which hit 4 Amazon Best-Sellers lists and won a Quilly Award. His articles are featured in local newspapers and in the magazine Best Health Canada. Peter also recently completed his Reconditioning Course Level 2.

Melanie Scrase

B.Sc., CAT(C), Athletic Therapist & Co-founder

Melanie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Concordia University and became a certified Athletic Therapist in 1997. She worked for various sports medicine clinics as well as provincial and elite sports teams before co-founding, in 2000, the S.P.O.R.T. Specialists Inc. She is also a certified Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor Level II. As a varsity athlete herself, she understands the drive to improve overall performance as well as quick and effective recovery from injuries. Melanie has combined her manual rehabilitation skills with her strength & conditioning background to effectively treat orthopedic injuries. Melanie has also completed her Functional Stretch Therapy (FST) course to help improve her clients movement through a dynamic approach.

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Sara Capozzo

B.Sc., CAT(C), D.O.

Sara, overcoming several chronic injuries as a competitive Canadian National Team figure skater, pursued a Bachelor of Science at Concordia University and became a Certified Athletic Therapist. She then graduated from « Collège d’Études Ostéopathique de Montreal » in 2015 and is now practicing athletic therapy and Osteopathie. Sara is working at S.P.O.R.T Specialists since 2010. She is also involved with different sporting associations. As well as being a figure skating coach for the Lac-St-Louis region, she is the Head Athletic Therapist for Dalbé-Viau High School. As a highly ranked figure skater, she understands the importance of identifying the cause of the injury and not only treating the symptoms.

Karen Teolis

B.Sc., CAT(C)

She holds a Bachelor of Science, certified in Athletic Therapy, from Concordia University in 1998. She further pursued her career by becoming a strength and conditioning specialists and attained her certification as a Pilates Instructor from Polestar Education. Stemming from her education, she has worked with various team sports and has been working for over ten years at Cirque du Soleil. Joining the S.P.O.R.T.S Specialists team she can share her knowledge and dedication for getting clients and athletes on the right path of health.

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Arielle Rousseau

B.Sc., CAT(C)

Arielle joined the S.P.O.R.T. Specialists team in Jan. 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario and pursued a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University. Upon completion of her internships with the Cobras de Terrebone Jr. AAA hockey team and the National Circus School, Arielle became a certified Athletic Therapist. As a retired competitive gymnast, Arielle continue her involvement in the sport through 12 years of coaching coaching young competitive gymnasts most recently at Club Gymnix. Her interest in the development of young athletes has drawn her to work as a therapist with multiple teams and sporting events for gymnastics (including Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2017 and 2017 Fig Artistic Gymnastics World Championships), swimming (including 2017 & 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships, 2018 Canadian Swimming Trials, and 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series Atlanta, Georgia) cheerleading, football, soccer, and hockey. She is also the AT for the Pointe Claire swim Club since June 2017 working with young to elite athletes in therapy, injury prevention and strength and conditioning.  She aims to help clients gain the mobility, stability, and strength needed to succeed in their sport and physical activities.

Patrick Arseneault

B.Sc., Exercise Specialist

Patrick graduated from Concordia University with a Specialization in Athletic Therapy in 2011. Patrick joined the S.P.O.R.T. Specialists’ team in 2014. While pursuit his Bachelor’s Degree, Patrick interned as a student therapist with the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team for 2 seasons. He also has volunteered as a coach with West Island hockey for the past 6 years. Working with elite athletes as well as amateur athletes, Patrick understands the commitment and drive necessary to succeed and perform at every level. He enjoys teaching proper functional movement to athletes and the general public so they can effectively use their body to attain their goals.

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Kathryn Grzelak

B.SC., CAT(C)

Kathryn studied Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University. Throughout her degree, she completed internships with Concordia Varsity, John Abbott College rugby, as well as the Perform Center clinic. She graduated and became certified as an Athletic Therapist in June 2015. Since then, Kathryn has been working in strength and conditioning as both a personal trainer and a coach for a small group training program. She continues to work with various sports teams on the field, including AAA soccer, CEGEP level hockey and football. Kathryn was a competitive swimmer throughout most of her youth, and has recently joined a soccer team and began taking golf lessons. She is passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle, which has kept her involved in sports. Her aim is to help clients achieve their goals through both therapy and training, and emphasizes teaching them proper movement patterns.

Marie-Eve Julien

B.Sc., CAT(C)

Marie-Ève has recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a specialisation in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University. She will write the national certification exam in June 2017 in order to become a certified athletic therapist. She is thrilled and really excited to join the S.P.O.R.T. Specialists team. As a former competitive figure skater, she advocates the importance of a specialized approach to physical preparation and injury management. Although she has stopped figure skating, she still remains an athlete by devoting herself to functional training, weightlifting and fitness. Marie-Ève has always been passionate by sports and exercise, she will certainly transmit you her passion!

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Gabriela Padvaiskas

B.Sc., CAT(C)

Gabriela graduated in 2015 from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Specialization in Athletic Therapy. She completed internships with a number of sports teams including Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby and the Montreal Alouettes, as well as in different clinics including our team here at SPORT Specialists. Since becoming a certified athletic therapist, she has worked with gymnastics, football, basketball, soccer, track and field, and hockey teams. Growing up, she competed in high-level gymnastics, soccer and track and field, leading to varsity soccer and the practice of capoeira. Throughout her sports career, she has always been interested in how the human body moves and functions and how this relates to sports. To further her knowledge, Gabriela is studying at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques and looks forward to applying her new skills. Her desire is to help people overcome injuries and dysfunctions by finding the cause while keeping them motivated and goal driven in the process.

Erica Cavallo

B.Sc., CAT(C), D.O.

Erica Cavallo graduated from Concordia University in 2005 in Exercise Science: Athletic Therapy specialization. She became a certified Athletic Therapist in June 2007. In 2009 Erica decided to pursue her studies in Osteopathy to further her skills as a health care professional. She has since completed her thesis on Fibromylgia and the treatment of the brain-gut axis and has received her official diploma in Osteopathy in June 2017.

Erica has worked with many teams such as the St-Leonard Cougars, AAA soccer and UQAM’s Women Basketball team.

Her background in athletic therapy and her passion for Osteopathy, has allowed her to apply both methods of treatment to better improve the health and wellbeing of her patients. Erica’s practice can benefit many populations from new born to geriatrics. Osteopathy can have a positive effect on a multitude of physical ailments, ranging from the musculoskeletal system to the proper functioning of the digestive system.

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Chelsea Pitre

Front Desk

Chelsea joined the S.P.O.R.T. Specialists team in September 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, where she majored in Linguistics and minored in Human Relations. Through her studies, Chelsea has developed a great ability to recognize and make use of her strengths as a team member, and she aims to use these skills to contribute to a positive experience for everyone who comes in to the studio. She also participated in her city’s league soccer team for many years in her youth, and although she no longer plays in an official league, she still enjoys playing recreationally. In the future, Chelsea hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry as an editor.

Tracy Smith

Front Desk

Tracy graduated from Education, with a specialization in physical education from McGill University in 1997. She then went to Concordia University, to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. She spent 20 years following teaching, coaching Soccer and Track & Field, and sharing her passions of healthy living and the functions of the earth. An avid sports enthusiast, and one time competitive skier, Tracy understands how injury can slow down progress of both the body and spirit. Joining the team at SPORT Specialists as one of the Front Desk Team, brings on a very exciting growth mindset for Tracy, where she can continue to work with people who share her passions.

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Emma Ryan

Front Desk

Emma joined the S.P.O.R.T Specialists team in August 2018. She is currently majoring in the Health Sciences at John Abbott College and hopes to later pursue a career in nursing. Throughout her youth, she partook in competitive swimming, softball, tennis and badminton. She believes in the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and looks forward to encouraging our clients to achieve their fitness goals.