ABOUT US

We’re not your usual physiotherapy clinic

Do you have an issue with mobility, movement, pain, or stiffness that prevents you from enjoying your life to the fullest? 

Imagine a one-on-one physical therapy session with a licensed professional that changes the quality of your life over the next days, weeks, months, and years.

Imagine moving through a pain-free life with full mobility. 

Imagine a life in which your physical health expands your limits over time rather than holding you back from the adventures you used to enjoy. 

At UP Rehab, we started our physiotherapy and wellness clinic with a vision to help our community feel and move better.

 
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ABOUT US

Our Mission & Vision

We strive to create a healthier community and help people move through their lives with greater confidence. 

By putting clients at the center of every decision we make, we implement treatment plans customized for each individual to create a healthier community. Our vision? A world in which age doesn’t determine mobility.

Our Competitive Advantage 

There are plenty of physiotherapy treatment clinics in our community. This is why you should choose us

—With over 20 years of collective experience and intensive healthcare education under our belts, we have the knowledge and hands-on treatment experience to understand mobility from the inside out. 

—Our team is client-focused, offering the one-on-one attention essential for faster, better, and stronger recovery. You get our full attention in every session. 

—We’re passionate about cutting-edge, research-backed technologies, investing in and using them to elevate client care through every treatment.

Our Team

Colin Oczkowski
BAS, DPT, CSCS, PT

                   Registered Physiotherapist                     Owner/Co-Founder
email: colin@uprehab.ca

Colin was born and raised in Hamilton, making the decision to practice in the area an easy one. He first began practicing in 2014 after receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

Education is the base upon which he builds his treatment approach, helping clients of all ages and activity levels learn about their bodies, exercise, and rehabilitation. He’s expanded that passion by teaching clinical skills for the Masters of Physiotherapy Program at McMaster University as a part-time faculty member. 

Colin’s background in strength and conditioning informs the other major aspect of his rehabilitation approach—finding the entry point of exercise to empower and attain his clients’ biggest goals. When Colin is not treating or teaching, he’s spending time with his family and friends and trying to fit in a daily run around or workout.

Jason Ward
HKin, DPT, PT

                    Registered Physiotherapist                      Owner/Co-Founder
email: jason@uprehab.ca

Jason has a strong foundation for success in musculoskeletal and orthopedic physiotherapy, built upon by almost nine years of experience. After working and training at multiple orthopedic rehabilitation clinics he decided to set out to build his own clinic alongside business partner and friend Colin. Together, they founded UP Rehab. 

Jason holds some additional certifications in acupuncture, spinal manipulation, concussion management as well as multiple manual therapy courses with special interests in vestibular rehabilitation and sport therapy. 

Jason enjoys living in local Dundas, spending time with his family and using his skills to improve the health of his community.

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Daniel Frankel
BScKin, MSc(PT)

Registered Physiotherapist
email: dan@uprehab.ca

Daniel is a Physiotherapist registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, having completed his MSc(PT) at McMaster University following a BSc in Kinesiology at Queen’s University.

Prior to PT school, he spent 11 years as a strength & conditioning coach, working with recreational and internationally competitive individuals of all ages. He’s trained and treated athletes through various 1-on-1 and group-based settings including varsity sport, gymnastics (trampoline), CrossFit, weightlifting (Olympic Weighlifting & Powerlifting), personal training.

Daniel strongly believes in a patient-centered approach, utilizing the best available research and his professional experiences while taking into consideration the factors of each individual’s needs as they seek care. 

He firmly believes that strength is for everyone, and that optimizing the human body’s resiliency primes them to succeed. Practicing what he preaches, Daniel is a national-level competitor in Olympic Weightlifting with multiple Jr. national medals and provincial records to his name. He’s currently training to earn a spot on the Canadian National Team.

In his spare time, Daniel is studying to become fluent in French and is an avid cook with over half a decade of professional restaurant experience.

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              Julia Espinosa               BA History

Receptionist
email: info@uprehab.ca

Julia completed her undergraduate studies at McMaster University obtaining an Honour Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Immigration, Race Relations and Indigenous-Settler relations. 

When not working at Up Rehab, Julia also works as a barista, listening to music, cooking and spending time with friends and family. 

Julia is always open to a conversation about history, coffee, cars or Taylor Swift.

Lauren Pailley
BSc.Kin, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
email: lauren@uprehab.ca

Lauren completed her undergraduate studies at McMaster University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. From there she went to the Ontario College of Health and Technology to obtain her Registered Massage Therapist license. She is certified in Cupping as well as Indie Head Massages.

Growing up, Lauren played very few sports, only because once she found one she liked, she stuck with it. Lauren started with Taekwondo, learning self defense and discipline. Later on, she fell in love with Rock Climbing and still participate to this day. You can find Lauren climbing at Mount Nemo or the Niagara Glen on beautiful sunny weekends! As with most athletes, Lauren suffered her own injuries and went through rehab. One being a rotator cuff and labral tear. With this injury Lauren had to take a step back from climbing, but during that time she fell in love with body building. You can find Lauren in competition prep on stage at least once a year!

Lauren is a firm believer that exercise plays a huge role in all physical rehab; she uses it alongside all of her treatments to help bring you back to doing what you love.    

Stacey Arbour
BKin, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
email: stacey@uprehab.ca

Stacey Arbour became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) after completing her studies at Kikkawa College in Toronto. She also holds an Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, which she obtained from York University. In her spare time, you’ll most likely find her underwater; she’s an avid scuba diver and loves anything and everything that involves nature and being outdoors.

As a health and fitness advocate, Stacey adopts a holistic approach to health and wellness, and encourages her clients to do the same. With years of experience in the rehabilitative health and fitness industry, Stacey possesses an enriched, diverse understanding of the body and body processes. She utilizes this knowledge to tailor her treatments to meet the specific needs of her individual patients and enhance their recovery.

With experience treating an array of conditions at various stages of healing, spanning from soft tissue injury and chronic pain, to neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy, she specializes in therapeutic massage with a focus on Soft Tissue (STR) and myofascial manipulation. Her years of experience in the field has enhanced her competence in all styles of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Sport Injury focused treatment, Postoperative Massage and Cupping Therapy. 

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Chris Slomczewski
RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
email: chris@uprehab.ca
Coming from a background of 1-on-1 personal training, Chris has experience connecting with clients of all different backgrounds, careers, experiences & hobbies. When personal training was helping clients with flexibility, mobility, strength and cardiovascular training, Chris decided to take a step further to help his clients even more. 
 
After becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario, Chris now uses his knowledge and understanding of the human body to help people live a pain-free, stress-free lifestyle while maintaining their strenuous schedules. 
 
His current goal is to ensure that all patients are given the assistance they need to live their best life. Physical health & mental health are the fundamentals that make a person continue to strive in their careers, and Chris embodies them as such.

Piera Rooke
MScPT, B.Sc (Hons)

Registered Physiotherapist
email: piera@uprehab.ca
Piera graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology-Physiology at McMaster University. During her time at Queen’s, Piera worked with individuals across the lifespan, with placements in paediatrics, geriatrics, and everything in between! She also completed an Introduction to Spinal Manipulation course to widen her skillset. Piera’s physiotherapy approach includes manual therapy, exercise prescription, and client education.

 

Piera trained for 10 years as a competitive artistic gymnast. She navigated multiple injuries during this time, but her positive experiences with physiotherapy motivated her to pursue a career where she could help support others throughout the rehabilitation process. Outside the clinic, Piera loves to keep active in the gym, go for runs, travel, and spend time with her friends!

 
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Jenna DiDonato
Hon.B.Sc.Kin., DC

Doctor of Chiropractic
email: jenna@uprehab.ca

Raised in Ancaster, Jenna is a life-long resident of the Hamilton area. In 2019 she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University. At McMaster, Jenna was a Strength & Conditioning Coach to various varsity teams and made return to play protocols for injured varsity athletes during her fourth year Kinesiology placement. This is where she developed her passion for treating sports related injuries and providing movement-based therapy. 

Jenna completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at D’Youville University and continued to refine her skills in movement & exercise rehabilitation with Division 2 varsity athletes, all while completing her doctorate course work. In practise, Jenna employs a variety of manual therapy skills such as Active Release Technique (ART), medical contemporary acupuncture, joint adjustments & mobilizations, atheletic taping, and exercise. She is passionate about treating the person as a whole by identifying dysfunctional movements in the kinetic chain to treat pain with movement disorders.

In her spare time, you will find Jenna in the gym lifting weights, or in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area hiking with her dog or mountain biking. During the winter Jenna is a U14 race coach at the Holimont ski resort in Ellicottville, N.Y. and occasionally she has been known to sneak off to Whistler to get in some out-of-bounds turns.

Chloe Frias
BA Aging and Society

Clinic Manager
email: info@uprehab.ca

Chloe completed her undergraduate studies at McMaster University where she obtained an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Aging and Society and a minor in Business Studies.

In her spare time, Chloe enjoys playing badminton, reading books, and spending time with friends and family by playing board games or eating good food. 

Chloe is passionate about helping others and hopes to create a welcoming and positive environment at the clinic.  

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