Dr. Alex Pessoa
Dr. Alex opened Peak Performance Health Centre in 2004 as a single chiropractor, bringing with him is expertise working with the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Esporte Clube Bahia (Professional Soccer Team in Brazil). His dream was to establish a top-notch health care facility in his hometown of Cambridge that would provide his patients with the best care to keep them at their peak performance.
Dr. Alex furthered his chiropractic education with courses in Anatomy, becoming an Active Release Technique provider (ART), as well as Guasha and Kinesiotape provider. He has completed his International Chiropractic Sports Sciences Diploma and is slated to treat athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He currently teaches Clinical Assessments at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, is the Co-chair of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Doctor Recruitment Task Force, Chair of the Doctors of Tomorrow Committee, and President of the Montessori School of Cambridge Board of Directors.
Registered Massage Therapist
Carmen Horvat graduated with honours from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2005. She has been practicing at Peak Performance Health Centre since graduation. Carmen is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario, the Lymphadema Association of Ontario as well as a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
Since graduating Carmen has taken numerous courses to provide the best possible treatment for her clients. The courses include: myofascial release, orthopedic massage, cupping, as well as thermal palms massage and most recently the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Decongestive Therapy. The Dr. Vodder method includes highly advanced techniques based on solid research with proven results. Her primary goal is to provide therapeutic treatments that will help her clients perform at their peak.
Registered Massage Therapist
Michelle Ractliffe began building her practice in Cambridge in 2011 after earning a diploma in Massage Therapy from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Since then, she has attended workshops in Massage Cupping, Deep Tissue, Temperomandibular Joint work and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
Joining Peak Performance Health Center in January 2016, Michelle is pleased to work with the team, and has been able to see her clients benefit and flourish first hand from this multi-disciplinary setting.
Michelle enjoys looking for ways to expand her knowledge and grow as a massage therapist, thereby providing the best possible care available to her clients. She is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario.
Registered Massage Therapist
Larissa has had a passion for massage therapy ever since pushing on her mother’s trigger points at age 6 to relieve her tension headaches. This passion developed more through high school when Larissa joined a competitive swim team and started taking training seriously. The intense workouts resulted in many sport related injuries which Larissa would treat by coaching her 12 year old sister through a “massage treatment”. Growing up in a third world country (Peru, South America) meant that alternative medicine of this form was not a popular option. Larissa, having experienced the benefits of this form of manual therapy, was determined to develop the art of aiding the body in the healing process. She wanted others to be able to experience the relief that massage therapy provided.
This determination lead her back to Canada where she attended the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. It was here that Larissa’s fascination with science, the human anatomy, as well as her desire to help people merged. She graduated with honours completing extensive hours of clinical practice and outreaches that put her in both sport and hospital settings.
Larissa is a Registered Massage Therapist with College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is proud to be joining the team at Peak Performance Health Centre.
Registered Massage Therapist
With hard work and dedication Taylor graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 2017 earning her diploma with Honours. Taylor is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in good standing.
Taylor’s passion for Massage Therapy began at a young age when dealing with many different sports related injuries. Growing up with three older brothers Taylor was always taught to be tough and never let her injuries get in the way of her soccer games or her track events. This motivation is what pushed her to seek help from a multi-disciplinary setting to keep her healthy on and off the field. She soon realized the benefits of manual therapy and found herself wanting to work in a field that was able to help others.
Since graduation Taylor has been working at Peak Performance Health Centre and is dedicated to putting her clients goals and health first. Taylor enjoys working alongside her colleagues to help her learn the best possible treatments for her clients. Taylor is excited to expand her knowledge and continue learning on her new path in order to help bring her clients to their peak performance.
Sandy first graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours degree in Kinesiology and worked a number of years as a Certified Kinesiologist and Ergonomic Consultant, before he returned to academics at McMaster University to obtain his Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy.
Since graduating from McMaster, he has worked primarily in a private orthopaedic setting treating spinal/peripheral joint dysfunction, sports injuries, and chronic pain. Sandy continued to pursue a diverse post graduate education having completed post graduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, mechanical diagnosis and treatment (McKenzie), Mulligan concepts, the manual treatment of the nervous system, and exercise prescription. He has successfully obtained his CAFCI certification in acupuncture, as well as his “Gunn” Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS) certification. Sandy has also completed his Level 3 Manual Therapy courses through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
In addition to orthopaedics, Sandy haas taken post-graduate courses and training in diabetes management, osteoporosis management, and vestibular rehabilitation. He continues to advance his knowledge and skills in these specialized areas.
Sandy is an avid runner and also enjoys competitive and recreational sports. This has lead to additional courses in treatment and prevention of running injuries, as well as going injuries., where he has obtained his Level 5 FitforeGolf certification.
Within all aspects of his practise, Sandy strongly believes education is central to his patients becoming active participants in their treatment and recovery. His treatment approach includes the use of manual therapy (the mobilization and manipulation of muscles, nerves and joints), augmented with focused active exercise, and when appropriate acupuncture or “Gunn” Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS) needling.
Patricia Wilson, BScN, RN, DCh, is a registered chiropodist with Peak Performance Health Centre. After growing up in Medellin, Colombia she returned to Canada, her native country to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Ryerson University. After four years as a Registered Nurse she further developed her education in health sciences by completing an Advanced Diploma in Chiropody at the Michener Institute for Health Sciences.
As a Chiropodist, her passion is the area of biomechanics and sports medicine. Her role at the clinic is to assess the biomechanics of the lower limb and analyze gait patterns to see how the mechanics of the feet impact the whole body. She also treats general foot ailments. When Patricia is not at our clinic, she can be found at various clinics throughout Southwestern Ontario completing biomechanical assessments and gait analysis. In addition to her clinical work, she is also a Registered Paediatric Nurse at Guelph General Hospital.
Dr. Tanya McEachern
Dr. Tanya McEachern, ND is a board-certified, Naturopathic Doctor registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
Dr. Tanya’s mission is to bring health, vitality and optimal wellness to all clients through an intricate combination of ancient holistic methods and cutting edge integrative biomedicine, allowing clients to look, feel and be their very best selves, no matter what ails them.
Dr. Tanya is currently accepting new patients!
Dr. Jessica Jarrell
Dr. Jess attended the University of Guelph where she obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Human Kinetics in 2012. Upon completion she spent a few years working in a multidisciplinary clinic along with numerous healthcare providers where I was able to see where she felt she could best improve the lives of others. From there she made the choice to continue her passion for health and wellness and attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where she graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic in 2018.
Dr. Jess focuses on traditional one-on-one chiropractic treatments. She uses a combination of different techniques when treating her patients; manipulations, mobilizations, myofascial release therapy, instrumented assisted soft tissue therapy, adjunctive therapies such as interferential current, as well as educational tools and rehabilitation exercises. She has also been trained in neurofunctional medical acupuncture. Dr. Jess encourages patients to participate in a team approach to health service delivery, as each health discipline brings a unique perspective to the healthcare team and improve the patient experience and satisfaction.