Our Team at Sporting Edge Physiotherapy in Vaughan
Marco Visconti (PT, BScHons.KIN, MScPT, CIDN) received his Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Kinesiology from York University and his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Marco has also completed postgraduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation, integrated dry needling, neuromobilization, and McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
Marco treats a diverse group of patients of all ages and various fitness levels. He treats patients with motor-vehicle accident induced injuries, repetitive strain injuries, spinal injuries, sports injuries, and post-surgery injuries.
Marco’s Kinesiology training gives him a very strong personal training and fitness background which helps him rehabilitate his patients using functional return-to-sport exercises.
Marco has extensive experience performing functional assessments to determine a patient’s ability to return to their daily routines at work and home. Marco is currently SFMA Level 1 certified.
Marco believes that combining progressive injury specific exercises with manual therapy and dry needling is the best combination to help his clients achieve their rehabilitation goals.
Matthew Wright (PT, BScHons.Kin, MScPT, Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, CIDN) graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science Kinesiology Honours degree and received a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.
Matthew has successfully achieved his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMPT). Matthew is also well on his way to credentialing in the Mckenzie Method of Diagnoses and Treatment.
Matthew has advanced training in acupuncture. Matthew is also an integrated dry needling practitioner. In addition to his Physiotherapy credentials, Matt is a certified Olympic Lifting club coach through the USAW.
Matt utilizes a combination of education, specific strength training, core conditioning, joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, exercise therapy, acupuncture, dry needling and neural mobilization techniques in treating an assortment of spinal dysfunction and upper and lower extremity injuries.
Matt works closely with his patients to develop effective treatment plans that are specific to their goals using biomechanical analysis and an extensive sporting background. His philosophy is not to remove you from the sport that you love, but to modify activity and exercise to get you back faster and better then before. He has a keen interest in baseball, hockey, and volleyball as well as their respective injuries having spent a majority of his life playing competitively in these sports. Matt is also an active member at Vaughan Strength and Conditioning.
Marlene Luis (PT, MScPT, MSc, BPHE) graduated from the University of Toronto and earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education with high honours, a Master of Exercise Science specializing in Motor Control/Motor Learning, and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Marlene’s post graduate education has included training in advanced orthopaedic manual therapy, acupuncture, soft tissue release, and temporomandibular joint disorders. She is currently working towards a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
In addition, since the birth of her daughter, Marlene has taken a special focus in Pelvic Health rehabilitation. Courses completed include incontinence, pelvic pain, and pre-/post-natal care. Her comprehensive training in orthopaedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy has given Marlene a well-rounded and unique approach in treating her clients.
Marlene’s approach to clinical practice is influenced by 10+ years of coaching experience in gymnastics, including previously owning a successful competitive club. Her certifications in this sport are: NCCP Level 2 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Level 1 Trampoline, and Level 3 Theory.
Furthermore, prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Marlene gained extensive experience in the field of motor behaviour, publishing research and presenting in national/international conferences. Her thesis work in particular highlighted her knowledge of gymnastics by focusing on visual-vestibular interactions during a back salto and the ability to use sensory feedback to control landing stability.
Overall, Marlene treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions, sports related injuries and pelvic health dysfunctions. Her treatment approach combines education, manual therapy, acupuncture and progressive exercise prescription to meet her client’s specific rehabilitation needs.
Wenky Ma (PT, BScHonsKin, MScPT, CAFCI) completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and her Bachelor of Science Honours Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She is certified in acupuncture by Acupuncture Canada. She has also completed training in manual therapy, Kinesio Taping and the McKenzie method.
Wenky’s goals as a Physiotherapist are to help her clients achieve and maintain health and wellness in their daily lives. She has a strong interest in orthopaedics and has worked in a variety of specialized clinical settings, including inpatient stroke, amputee and orthopaedic rehabilitation, as well as private practice.
In all settings, she strives for a collaborative relationship with her clients in order to better suit their treatment and goals.
Wenky is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Orthopaedic division. She is aware of the importance of continuing education and continues to complete independent coursework. This includes furthering her training and credentials in manual therapy.
Marven Bani (PT, BScHons, MScPT) graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree specializing in Kinesiology. This allowed him to develop a passion and understanding behind the science of the human body. Marven then went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University.
Marven has a strong basis in managing acute and chronic conditions, sport injuries, low back and neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, post-op surgery, functional rehabilitation; in addition to a variety of other musculoskeletal impairments.
Marven utilizes a variety of treatment techniques in order to treat injuries. He has extensive experience and training with manual therapy, exercise prescription, acupuncture, therapeutic taping, Mackenzie method for diagnosis and treatment, specific manual stretching, soft tissues and myofascial release/massage, and cupping therapy.
Marven believes in empowering his patients with knowledge and ensures they understand their injury. He treats every client with an individualized treatment plan and develops goals that will optimise their recovery. He is eager to meet and help you get back to doing what you love. Not only does Marven have a passion in helping and treating patients, but he also enjoys playing soccer, basketball, going on hikes, exploring different cultures and food, and volunteering in the community.
Justin Huang (PT, BScHons. Kin, MScPT) graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology and received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Justin has completed his Level 1 exam for Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and training in taping. He is currently working towards a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Justin treats patients with sports injuries, acute and chronic conditions, MVA, neck and back pain, post-op surgery and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Justin incorporates manual therapy in conjunction with specific exercises and education on injury management to help his clients reach their rehabilitation goals. He is also trained in neural mobilizations, soft tissue release and trigger point release. He has a strong interest in basketball and running along with treating the common injuries that come with it. Outside of work, Justin actively plays in a local basketball league (TCBA) and participates in races (MEC and SportingLife).
Robert Beer (Mental Performance Consultant)
Having played on the Futures Tour for an extended period of time and competed at an elite level for a number of years, my knowledge in the psychology of tennis is vast. I have had the pleasure of working with former number 1 Canadian junior, ITF travelling juniors, as well as WTA ranked players varying from top 1000 to top 100.
Tennis is the only sport where the score always resets and starts from zero. Due to the nature of the sport, the psychological fight is immense. Tennis requires its professionals to not only deal with the opponent, but also the nature of the score, the frustrating conditions, different surfaces, different types of balls, various natural environments, elusive crowds, as well as the biggest obstacle of them all; themselves.
Having been part of the tennis world for so long, I have understood the necessary strength to perform under pressure, playing with anxiety, dealing with fear of winning, and “choking” under highly pressurized situations. As part of my tennis expertise I have developed various ways to overcome such obstacles through techniques such as focus development, imagery, goal-setting, and emotional regulation.
At Sporting Edge we look to develop the mental skills of athletes and aid in their achievement of elite performance and reaching beyond-imaginable goals. Psychological barriers are part of every day life, however, being an athlete, it seems that we are faced with multiple barriers simultaneously and continuously. At Mindset First we break these barriers by establishing the mindset that nothing is impossible! My job as a mental performance consultant is to provide athletes with the necessary tools and skills to allow the body to perform at the level at which the mind desires. At Mindset First we strongly believe that “The Mindset Always Wins!”.
What to expect from a session:
Before the initial one on one session the client must fill out both consent form and intake form. The first one on one session will require the athlete to complete a full assessment. The first session will be between 60-75 minutes. The following sessions will proceed on the basis of the specific needs of the athlete and will take between 50-60 minutes.
At Mindset First we also offer One on One Skype sessions for those athletes who are required to travel. The Skype session will follow the same format as a face to face session.
Dr Robert Raponi (ND, CISSN, B.Kine)
Dr. Raponi is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and York University. His undergraduate degree in Kinesiology left him wanting more in terms of helping others. Having been around naturopathic medicine all his life, he knew right away that he wanted to help others in the same way he had been helped in the past. During his time at the college, Rob chose to pursue a focus in sports medicine where he honed in on his management of pain and recovery, weight loss and nutrition in order to return others back to optimal health.
Dr. Raponi is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) and lectures on sports nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.