EXPERIENCE THE CONNECT DIFFERENCE
CONNECT isn't your average physiotherapy clinic. CONNECT isn't your average fitness or yoga studio. CONNECT is a family of dedicated clinicians, coaches and trainers coming together under one roof to give you the most comprehensive care - from injury to excellence.
OUR MISSION AND CORE VALUES
At CONNECT we strive to break down the silos between rehabilitation, fitness and wellness in order to revolutionize the model of healthcare delivery.
Every single day the CONNECT team aims to create an environment where the people of Owen Sound can go to move from a state of injury, to a state of peak wellness, and realize their capabilities at every stage of life.
SUSTAINABILITY | TRANSPARENCY | COMMUNITY & TEAM WORK | LEADERSHIP | LONGEVITY
INDUSTRY LEADING FACILITIES
The CONNECT Team
MPT, HBaKin, CrossFit Level 1
Georgian Bay - Born and Raised.
Clare grew up across the bay in Penetanguishene, ON. She completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in 2014 from Wilfird Laurier University. She went on to complete her Master's of Physical Therapy from Western University in 2016 where she graduated as Valedictorian. Clare moved to Owen Sound in 2016 to live with her fiance (now wife) Samantha and hasn't looked back since.
After discovering CrossFit in 2011, Clare realized her passion for fitness and the impact that training principles can have on acute and chronic injury. What started with programming for varsity athletes quickly became the foundation on which the idea for CONNECT was built.
Clare's ideal patients are people with a passion for fitness, whether they're just starting out on their fitness journey, or they're established and looking to take things to the next level.
When she's not at work, Clare can be found working with the Northstars Jr B Lacrosse team, or Owen Sound Rugby Club where she coaches and provides medical coverage.
MScPT, BSc, Certified Yoga Teacher
Steph has always called Owen Sound home. And it was her kids and love for the great outdoors that brought her back to this growing vibrant community.
As a gymnast, dancer, coach, and trainer growing up, this led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in 2006 at the University of Waterloo. From there she attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a Master's of Physical Therapy in 2008, before starting her career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Yoga has been a part of Steph's journey for over 10 years, a natural choice to maintain flexibility and strength while training for a half marathon. After experiencing first hand the healing effects of yoga after illness, pre- and post-partum and with trauma, Steph's intention has been to CONNECT her knowledge and training in physical therapy with yoga for the well being of her clients of every age, stage, and ability. Her ideal clients are kids from 0-18, pre- and post- partum women wanting to restore their cores and activity levels, and individuals of all ages and abilities who want to stay active with yoga. She has completed additional training in paediatrics, the core, oncology rehab and most recently received her 200 hr yoga teacher training certificate with DevaTree.
Steph and her husband Johnny live in beautiful Kemble with two young boys, Mason and Ben, and their dogs.
Dr. Nick Centritto
Doctor of Chiropractic
Nick grew up in Ancaster Ontario, playing competitive soccer, hockey, and exploring as many trails and forested areas as he could find.
He graduated with honours from the Human Kinetics program at the University of Guelph in 2013, during which time he wrestled for the Gryphons.Nick went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2018, and subsequent education to complete his certifications in Functional Integrated Acupuncture, and Athletic Movement Assessment.
Nick is not your typical chiropractor, taking a heavy focus on active rehabilitation and recovery to supplement any therapeutic techniques he uses, which is why he’s such a good fit here at CONNECT.
“Active interventions for active results. Proper recovery needs to look at correcting the faulty movement mechanics or loading patterns that are causing stress and injury on tissues in the first place, and the only way to do that is to watch people move, correct those movements, and get them to keep moving properly.”
He loves working with those looking to get back to activity following an injury, people looking to improve their quality of life through movement and exercise, as well as individuals looking for tips and strategies to prevent injury and maximize performance in their day to day lives, occupations and recreational activities.
In his first year in Owen Sound Nick has become involved in the community, participating in a number of educational outreaches, training the Midget Northstars lacrosse team, and playing for OS United Soccer Club. An outdoorsman at heart, when not helping his patients, Nick can often be found (or not found at all) at the cottage, fishing, camping, or hiking any number of the trails or rivers with his two dogs Django and Hugo, and his partner Miranda.
Registered Massage Therapist
Raised in Markdale, ON, James has always had a strong connection with Grey County and has continually found his way back home. After stints in both Toronto and Ottawa, James is excited to be returning to his roots and to be joining the team at CONNECT.
In 2014, James completed his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kinesiology before going on to obtain his Massage Therapy Diploma at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2016. James has always had a strong passion for athletics. He has participated in hockey, fast-pitch softball, golf and various other recreational sports throughout his life.
The world of health and fitness has become diluted with information that is hard to decode. This can make finding the right program suited for an individual a daunting task. James looks to simplify the information for his patients and help them improve their health, well-being or performance. He enjoys working with people who actively want to enhance their overall health and looks to reCONNECT people to their most basic human elements with emphasis on movement and strategic sensory based therapy.
James, his partner Tess and his son Finnley are excited to be joining the Owen Sound community.
MScPT, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS, BSc EXS and AT
Sarah was raised in Owen Sound, Ontario and grew up playing hockey from a young age. Her love for sports and exercise earned her a scholarship to Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri, USA. While playing NCAA Division I hockey, Sarah completed two undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Science and Athletic Training with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. She graduates in September 2020 with her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University.
Building on her experience as a high performance athlete, Sarah has worked with many teams and high level athletes, and takes pride in enabling athletes of all abilities to get back to the game they love. She is a strong believer in the power of movement and loves to work with anyone wishing to accomplish their rehabilitation and fitness goals. She wishes to help people realize their potential by CONNECTing them to the tools of self-management and to empower them to take control of their health and well-being.
Cody grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, where he attended Laurentian University and completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology in 2017. During this time, he met his partner who is from Owen Sound, and can now tell you where to get the best ice cream in the area. He is passionate about providing a tailored approach to each client, where their own experiences, abilities and goals are incorporated into the treatment plan in order for them to achieve the best possible outcomes. Throughout the rehabilitation process, Cody also strives to work alongside his clients to create a unique relationship, allowing the privilege to share in their personal development and struggles during this journey.
Cody was your typical Northern Ontarian growing up. He spent lots of time outdoors fishing, hiking, and has participated on many sports teams with a special talent in hockey and soccer. Involvement with sports, fitness, and his undergraduate education intensified Cody’s desire to pursue physiotherapy as a career as he became increasingly more aware of the importance of an active lifestyle and the ability to participate in the things we love.
Community involvement is essential to Cody’s values, wellbeing, and personal development. Which is why living in Owen Sound is the perfect fit! He is an avid participant in many community endeavours affecting positive change. He loves being a role model and leader in the lives of others and is honoured when able to take part in improving the physical, mental and emotional well-being of his clients
Katie has always had a fascination for human movement. Growing up in Owen Sound, ON, she was an avid highland dancer, involved in school athletics and a fan of nature and outdoor adventure. She also had a passion for helping others.
Kinesiology is the science of human movement, applying the latest evidence based research to improve function, health and wellness. Feel better. Live better. Move better. Katie can help improve your health, mobility and well-being. From treating common injuries to helping prevent some of the most serious medical conditions, exercise prescription is just what the doctor ordered!
Katie graduated from the University of Victoria with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and top of her class with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Katie has over 15 years of clinical experience as a Kinesiologist. She worked for more than a decade in New Zealand and Canada with CBI Health, an international leader in rehabilitation services (formerly Canadian Back Institute) treating individuals with an array of physical impairments following workplace, motor vehicle, sports or personal injury.
In addition to private practice, Katie also works for a local manufacturing company providing occupational health, safety and wellness programs for employees working in the office and rotating 12 hour shifts.
Katie is excited to be back in her hometown and is actively involved in the community with her young family. Her husband David and two sons (Tamati and Fisher) keep her busy between school events, hockey arenas and getting out cycling and skiing as the seasons permit.
A true beach lover, Leslie comes from Sauble Beach and lives for hot sunny days.
Leslie attended Georgian College for Business Accounting and has worked in that field for over 15 years. She is excited to watch the CONNECT community grow, and greet you in person or on the phone.
Leslie is very excited to join the health care community from the inside out and to experience the positive influence that it will have on her kids.
When she’s not at the clinic, Leslie enjoys spending time with her 3 kids and friends.