Meet Our Team!
DR. MICHAELA MCCLURE
I have been a practicing Chiropractor for 12 years and am passionate about getting to the root cause of your complaints and guiding you to take a preventative approach to your health so you can achieve your personal best.
In each treatment, I will do a full body assessment and use appropriate techniques such as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, soft tissue release, rehabilitative exercise and
mindfulness to help restore your body’s proper function.
I have recently added Breathwork to my practice as an effective tool to calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation, connect to your emotions, move energy and learn to trust your body again.
Over the course of my career, I have developed special interests and done further training for:
Nervous System Function
Running injuries and biomechanics
Pregnancy (including Webster Technique)
Infants and children.
I am excited to be part of your health and wellness team and look forward to seeing you at Frontline Forward.
DAVID BURNETT, BScH, MScPT
Patient-centred, evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation.
David has been successfully treating MSK patients for nearly a decade. He graduated with his MScPT from Leeds Beckett University and BScH Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo. During his time at Waterloo, he also played 5 years for the Warriors Men’s basketball team.
David has completed extensive post-graduate training including level 3 FCAMPT (manual therapy) and Functional Dry Needling, which is used to release muscular restrictions throughout the body. He also specializes in comprehensive movement analysis and gait analysis for both experienced and inexperienced athletes and runners.
David enjoys working with athletes of all ages and skill levels to help them achieve their goals.
David played semi-professional basketball in Nairobi, Kenya after University and previously worked as a Sport and Fitness Director in Sydney, Australia. In his free time, David enjoys keeping active outdoors, going to the gym, and playing a multitude of sports.
Peggy Kelly-Davies is the founder of The Hypnosis Connection & Training Center in Bowmanville, ON.
She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, a Master Hypnotist, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor through the National Guild of Hypnostists(NGH) in the US. She is also an Award Winning Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor for 5-PATH® and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® through The Banyan Hypnosis Center in Plano, Texas and is contributing author of the book - Real Hypnosis Business Success. She has a degree in Holistic Health Sciences and is Certified in Brain Mapping. Peggy has served as a Director on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Hypnotherapists in Toronto for 2 years. She is President of the Toronto East Chapter of the NGH and is Vice-President of the Mississauga NGH Chapter. In 2016 Peggy, once again, received the Leadership Award from the Banyan Hypnosis Center and the prestigious Order of Braid award at the National Hypnosis Convention in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
Christine Hillis is a Registered Social Worker with more than 9 years of experience working in the mental health field. She has worked in crisis and outreach roles, within police detachments, and in clinical social work/therapy. Her passion in life is working with individuals who may be struggling with grief and/or trauma. Our previous life experiences impact us more than we may realize.
Her approach is based on narrative therapy and EMDR. These modalities look beyond simply coping. Through her work, Christine looks to address what is causing the issue to begin with. She works with clients to reprocess and re-write the stories of their lives.
Christine also enjoys spending time with her dog and being active.
A MEDIUM NAMED BRI
I'm Frontline Forward's resident "woo woo"!
My name is Bri, and I can talk to the dead. More specifically - I can speak to our loved ones on the other side. I am a medium who is passionate about using my abilities to help others.
Bringing messages of love, healing, tears, and even laughter is what lights me up. I am so grateful to get to do the work I do with beautiful souls like yourself.
I spend my days helping others through my gifts. I provide medium readings in one on one, paired, and group sessions. I also take my clients to a deeper space in a soul session where we connect to your guides and work on healing and growth within you. Beyond that, I run classes where I give out hugs like they're going out of style, help you learn how to enjoy all things woo-woo in your own life, and provide a space for curiosity and fun.
I want to thank you in advance for your willingness to be open and vulnerable. I know this experience is not always easy, but it is often needed. While there is a lot of pain that is felt with loss, there is also a tremendous amount of love. I am happy to hold your hand through both. But don't worry, I am a crier; so you will be in good company.
Exercise Therapist Level 1 Certified
Level 1 Weightlifting Coach
Post Rehabilitation Specialist
The Science of Squat, Deadlift, and Bench Press Certified
The Art of Instruction Certified
Police Foundations II graduate
I have been a personal trainer for 13 years and counting. My passion for fitness started when I was just a teenager and weighed only 135 pounds at 6'3, when I started lifting weights over the years I brought myself to the nearly 200 pounds I am today. I competed in powerlifting, with a 2.5 times body weight deadlift, nearly 2 times squat and almost 1.5 bench press. Since then, I have transferred to a general physical preparedness (GPP) style of training. I love pushing my body to the limits of what it's capable.
Outside of the gym, I'm a published author, avid adventurer, and former chef that enjoys trying new cuisines. I love experiencing new thrills, from jumping out of a plane at 10 000 feet, hiking for 4 days through the Andes mountains at high altitude, or zipping through white water rapids in Costa Rica, my bucket list is ever-growing.
I look forward to meeting you at Frontline Forward!
The path of truth exists once and then it becomes a story.
My name is Ron Sonoda; I was a paramedic for 20 years. In 2011, I was diagnosed with PTSD and deemed unfit to serve. My path led me to dark thoughts filled with depression, guilt, shame, rage, night terrors and insomnia.
In 2012, I left my existing life and survived in my car and in a tent for 4-years. Today I live a nomadic life, sheltering within the altruism of others.
Paramedic Martin Wood was my partner for 8-years—he took his own life on January 31, 2016. My brother was the first of 28 First Responder suicides that year. His sacrifice transformed my dark path into a journey of PTSD advocacy through long-distance hiking. I walk and hike for those lost along the way; I
ascended mountains in British Columbia; trekked along Nova Scotia’s longest trail and recently completed hiking Canada’s longest footpath, the Bruce Trail where I raised $15,000 to help empower First Responders living with PTSD.
I started my career in 1990 and had the honour to work alongside Bryan Stevens, a former Critical Care Flight Paramedic, PTSD survivor and creator of Frontline Forward. I reunited with Bryan in September 2019 at a memorial
honorarium for a fallen 9-1-1 Dispatcher; I now volunteer at Frontline Forward.
The mission of this story is to let you know that we’re going hiking. Our first steps will take place at the Walter Bean Grand River Trail, a family-friendly footpath that is located near Frontline Forward.
Registered Massage Therapist
Taylore Pennell graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Cambridge, ON in 2014. She is an active member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
Taylore has always had a passion for health and wellness which lead her down the path to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist. She provides General Swedish Massage, deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, manual lymph drainage and prenatal massage. Taylore is committed to providing a safe, professional and therapeutic relief of pain and discomfort brought on by everyday life stressors (including but not limited to mental, physical and emotional).
Taylore prides herself on having a comfortable, cheerful and welcoming environment for her clients. She believes massage therapy is an effective option for recovery from a variety of acute and chronic conditions and can have a lasting, positive effect on your health and well-being. While Taylore focuses on client care and making sure her clients feel heard and understood, she will also educate them in injury prevention and self-care to be the best version of themselves!
When not in the clinic, Taylore’s guilty pleasures are binge-watching reality tv (like The Bachelor) drinking wine & baking.
Blake graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Physiotherapy Degree and University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Hons) in Kinesiology. Blake’s graduating class at University of Sydney ranked 1st in the 2017 QS World University rankings for sports-related subjects including Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.
During Blake’s time in Australia, he was the head Physiotherapist for the University of Sydney Women’s AFL team as well as provided sports coverage for the Men’s Premier AFL team. Working with these teams allowed Blake to develop valuable experience treating and diagnosing acute athletic injuries and developing return to sport treatment plans.
Following three years in Australia, Blake moved back to Canada in 2018. He immediately started working with one of the leading Sports Medicine clinics in Kitchener-Waterloo where he works alongside a team of highly regarded Physiotherapists, Sports Medicine Doctors, Chiropractors and RMTs.
Blake’s treatment philosophy is to provide a comprehensive injury education and develop a treatment plan that aligns with his patient's lifestyle and goals. This process involves a mixture of manual therapy skills and an emphasis on strengthening and corrective exercises.
If you see Blake in the gym, feel free to break the ice by talking about his favorite sports teams (Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Falcons), hike/bike trails in the KW region and his dog Louie. He will be happy to discuss your injury concerns whenever, wherever!
My name is Monica Beirith, the owner of Affinity Counselling.
I have 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings and helping roles. I have worked in both non-profit and government positions as a Social Worker, and have been a private therapist for over 10 years. In 2017, I decided to focus my energy on my therapy practice.
My areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, power and control issues within relationships, workplace issues, and empowering women and men to live their best lives.
My methods of intervention are based in CBT and DBT principles, solution-focused and goal-oriented strategies, along with the implementation of mindfulness work. My professional designation is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
No matter how serious the injury, no matter when it happened, you have the capacity to get better.
Ben has been treating patients of different ages and conditions for over 32 years. As a hands-on therapist who has experienced the healing power of Osteopathic manual medicine, he chose to specialize in this area of service specifically, for the past 14 years and is passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals through Osteopathy.
Osteopathy is a truly comprehensive remedy for seemingly un-treatable problems, by unlocking the body’s natural healing power. Ben’s eclectic osteopathic style uses a variety of methods to treat the body as a whole, with tailored treatment strategies for every patient, and with each session designed to help the individual recognize their body's own natural healing ability and move toward health.
Reiki - Rei – Spiritual Wisdom (Universal) Ki – Life Energy
“Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation that also promotes healing through the power of touch. A warm and soothing energy flows from my hands through your
body promoting relaxation and the release of tension.”
Let me introduce myself, my name is Bryan Stevens and I am the Founder and Creator of Frontline Forward. Over the past 30 years I worked the frontlines as a Paramedic, with the last 18 years of my career as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic
working on board the helicopter based out of London.
As a Level II Certified Reiki Practitioner, I have been trained and certified under the traditional USUI SHIKI RYOHO techniques and high standards. This powerful natural system will unlock the inner flow of vital energy creating balance and positive
Give Yourself a gift and experience the relaxing and soothing energy flow of Reiki, in a warm, inviting, and safe space at Frontline Forward.
Thanks again, hope to see you soon!
Chief instructor with Caissie Canine Instruction
Paul Caissie has spent the last 30 years serving his community in a variety of both personal and professional roles.
He is a graduate of Centennial College in recreation leadership - community services, and the Ontario and Toronto Police Colleges.
Paul's extensive training and experience allow Caissie Canine Instruction to offer a number of services, namely private canine Instruction or advisory consulting for corporations deploying dog teams as part of their risk reduction strategies.
He has given back to his community with initiatives such as "K9 Cards For Kids", a non-profit charitable organization. This was established in the year 2000 and donations were made to identified retired law enforcement canine teams in need. Also, corporations like Sick Children's Hospital benefited in cash donations for over 10 years.
Paul has also donated his time to coach boys and girls minor hockey in the Durham region throughout the years.
Paul currently resides in the GTA, with his wife and 2 children, and recently has added the newest K9 addition to his family...Jaxon.
With over 28 years of dedicated K9 experience, dog handling and training, and over 30 years in law enforcement, CCI can help you achieve your goals and passion for excellence in the deployment of dogs as companions, or in high quality working roles.