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, BPHE, MSc, MScPT) 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.
Bentzen Takyi (PT, BAHons, MScPT, CSCS) graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Kinesiology and went on to receive a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. He has completed courses in soft tissue release, pre-rehabilitation and currently is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He plans to work towards his levels in manual therapy through the Orthopaedic Division.
He has a comprehensive understanding in managing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as neck and low back pain and peripheral joint injuries (shoulder, knee, ankle to name a few). He is also knowledgeable in preoperative and postoperative treatment and management. Bentzen is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. He uses a combination of primarily active- based therapy, education and manual therapy to help patients get back to doing what they enjoy, but more importantly, build the resilience to avoid future injury.
Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Bentzen worked as a fitness consultant for the City of Vaughan and worked with training elite basketball athletes. Having a strong interest in basketball, he has worked with several teams, camps and showcases as a therapist on-site. He also plays in an ultimate frisbee league and has one full marathon completed under his belt.
He is currently a member of Sport Physiotherapy Canada, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), Ontario Physiotherapy Association and the Orthopaedic Division.
Marven Bani (PT, BScHons, MScPT) graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University. He began his studies with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree specializing in Kinesiology from York University. This allowed him to develop a passion and understanding behind the science of the human body.
Marven has a strong basis in managing acute and chronic conditions, sport injuries, low back and neck pain, rotator cuff injuries, total knee and hip replacements, functional rehabilitation; in addition to a variety of other musculoskeletal impairments.
Marven utilizes a variety of treatment techniques in order to facilitate your full recovery. 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 is currently doing his level 3 courses in manual therapy through the orthopaedic division and eventually will gain his FCAMPT designation. He also provides concussion management for patients that have had a concussion from sports, Motor vehicle accidents or falls.
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. returning to your sport. Not only does Marven have a passion in helping and treating patients, but he also enjoys playing soccer, weight training, travelling, and volunteering in the community.
Marven is currently a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), Orthopaedic Division and Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) & has been trained in Shift Concussion Management Program.
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.