Convenient, Expert, Local Healthcare at Affordable Prices
Since being established in 2005, Active Body Clinic has become Stoney Creek’s most respected health and wellness facility. Offering services like chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, orthotics, yoga and pilates therapy, diet and nutrition counselling and so much more, ABC is committed to helping clients live their life to the fullest.
As a team, we are members of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Ontario Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association, the Ontario Massage Therapy Association, the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association, the Ontario Kinesiology Association, and the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. We stay current on everything that happens in our industry so we can provide our clients with the absolute best in health and wellness.
Our comfortable environment and friendly staff contribute to making our clients feel relaxed and confident that they are in good hands. Give us a call or come in to meet us. We’ll show you that we are absolutely committed to improving your quality of life.
Active Body Clinic succeeds when every client increases the quantity of their health and improves the quality of their life. Through an integrated application of Active Body Clinic’s services, we aim for our clients to attain and maintain wellness of the body, mind and soul.
Our Statement of Purpose – Why do we exist?
Being a client-centered practice, our number one focus is the client. We work for them and serve their needs as if they were our own. Their pain is our pain. Their health goals become our goals. Their success defines our success.
An Introduction to Active Body Clinic
Hello Bryan, thank-you for the routine email check-in’s. For the past few years I have been a customer at another provider for orthotics however I have had several concerns with them. Mostly administration and organizational issues but overall just poor service. I got to talking with a friend who you know and he had similar experiences with them.
I have been very happy with the quality of chiropractic service I receive at ABC. Having lived in the US for 8 years we became accustomed to and had high expectations for customer service, a culture which I believe is generally lacking in Southern Ontario. ABC is definitely an exception and the best way I know how to show my appreciation is to remain loyal to your clinic. We will definitely be moving our orthotics to ABC this year.
My back pain was better in 2014 than it has been for years and I am committed to continue to make progress. Both my wife and son received chiropractic and massage services at ABC in 2014 after “interviewing” several other providers in east Hamilton and Stoney Creek; we wouldn’t go anywhere else.
I wish you the best success for your business. The ABC experience extends beyond the appointment and I would be happy to share my endorsement with anyone.
Meet the Team
Dr. Bryan DiFrancesco
Clinical Director of Active Body Clinic
Dr. Bryan DiFrancesco’s background, experiences and education have shaped him into a health care practitioner in whom his patients have confidence. He is a total body mechanic that uses a holistic approach to attaining and maintaining a strong and healthy person. Bryan was born and raised in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He resides here with his wife Natascha and their three children.
Bryan’s early education started in his hometown of Stoney Creek. He graduated as valedictorian of St. Martin of Tours elementary school and proceeded to graduate top of his class from Cardinal Newman high school. During these years he developed his natural athletic abilities through sport and achieved certification with the National Lifeguard Service of Canada. He became aware of his own health and fitness and the need to always be attentive to diet, conditioning and good health practices.
After secondary school, Bryan was selected for one of 40 seats from amongst 1000 applicants into the Queen’s University Physiotherapy Program and upon graduation in 2000 he became a member of both the Canadian and Ontario Physiotherapy Associations. He practiced this branch of medicine throughout his four years of study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). In June 2005, he graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), one of a select few in Ontario attaining licensure in both the disciplines of Physiotherapy and Chiropractic.
Armed with two professional healthcare degrees, Bryan attained certification in Clinical Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and in Orthotic prescription with The Orthotic Group. He is a life-long learner, always interested in new and alternative approaches to health and wellness.
Many experiences in Bryan’s life have contributed to his knowledge, including his travels. He left for Banff, Alberta at 18 to experience Rocky Mountain skiing. He traveled to South Korea to teach English at a ski camp. He was handpicked from amongst his peers by the International Center for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation to be a student Physiotherapist in Sarajevo, Bosnia providing training to local Physiotherapists and care to the war-torn population. After his third year at CMCC he and his wife traveled for eleven months to fulfill a dream to see the world. All of these have broadened his outlook on life and deepened his interactions with his patients.
An appreciation for wellness was expanded during Bryan’s work with the special needs population in his community. He worked as a personal support worker for a man with severe autism and epilepsy, and as a “note-taker” for a blind student at university. Rygiel Homes for the Disabled hired him as a support worker for adults with multiple disabilities and recently as a Physiotherapist Consultant to provide in-service training to staff. Bryan has a natural affinity for people with disabilities and strives to make their lives better.
Bryan’s easy rapport with children, peers, adults, seniors and patients is one of his great qualities. His charisma makes patients comfortable and his effective clinical skills make them confident. His interpersonal skills and problem solving ability are assets that have always stood him in good stead. He strives to reach his potential as witnessed by the numerous awards received (outlined below). Bryan has always been able to balance all aspects of his busy life…education, employment, marriage, children, community, sports and leisure. He is a well-rounded individual who knows the importance of a healthy, pain-free existence if all facets of living are to be enjoyed.
Here is a list of some of Bryan’s awards:
- CMCC Governor’s Club Award – excellence in academics, leadership and service
- Millennium Scholar
- Queen’s University Academic Scholarship
- Miller Thompson Foundation Scholarship – strong educational goals and high standards of excellence in academics, extracurricular and community involvement
- Teacher’s Fraternal Society Scholarship – academic performance, school involvement and community activities that demonstrated leadership and good citizenship qualities
- H.G. Bertram Foundation Bursary
- Ontario General Bursary
- Bishop Tonnos Gold Medal Graduation Award – academic excellence, school involvement and promoting the goals of Cardinal Newman High School
Tara completed her undergraduate degree in Honours Kinesiology at Brock University in 2007 and her Certificate in Athletic Therapy at York University in 2009. Tara has worked and volunteered for many different sports teams throughout her career including soccer, wrestling, baseball, hockey and rugby. When she is not working, Tara enjoys spending time outside running, swimming and biking. Tara believes manual therapy techniques, exercises and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are key in the rehabilitation of injuries.
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Dr. Ashley Petrina
Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncture Provider
Dr. Ashley Petrina received her undergraduate education from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She continued her education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). In addition to her chiropractic training, Dr. Petrina has also completed her Graston® part one certification and received a Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certificate from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is provincially licensed under the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Ontario Chiropractic Association.
As a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Petrina is a holistic health care provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions and disorders relating to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. She is a true believer in finding and treating the source of the problem, rather than simply treating the symptoms alone. She believes that increasing patient understanding and educating patients is pivotal to patient care and works hard to create a warm environment to foster open communication. Dr. Petrina is passionate about optimizing your health and wellness through chiropractic care, whether it be through treating acute injuries, chronic conditions, or optimizing function and performance. She believes in individualized treatment plans that may include chiropractic adjustments/mobilizations, myofascial release techniques, acupuncture, stretching/strengthening exercise prescription, lifestyle counseling, bracing, and custom orthotics.
In her free time she enjoys exercising at the gym, doing outdoor activities, and spending time with her friends and family. As a native of Stoney Creek, Dr. Petrina is excited to return back to serve the community she grew up in.
Registered Kinesiologist and Certified Athletic Therapist
Kristen received her Bachelor of Applied Health Science degree in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College after studying biology and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours from Queen’s University. Throughout her academic career, Kristen has had the opportunity to work with and care for many athletes of different sports including box lacrosse, rugby, and hockey in addition to gaining experience in many different clinical settings that treat a wide variety of people.
Kristen believes that education doesn’t stop after graduation. She is interested in updating and adding to her skill set by attending new courses when she can. She has recently completed a course in muscle energy technique focused on rehabilitating the lumbar spine and pelvis. Kristen is passionate about helping patients reach their goals by providing them with the support, tools, and education on how to get better.
Outside of the clinic, Kristen enjoys being as active as she can by hiking and camping. She is an animal lover with two black cats, and loves spending time with her family and friends when she can.
Registered Massage Therapist
Since graduating from Mohawk College and registering with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, Jessica has now joined Active Body Clinic and uses her knowledge as a registered massage therapist to provide quality massages anywhere from relaxation massage to specialized cases.
Jessica’s specializes in Swedish, pre-natal, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and myofascial techniques. She customizes her massages to your individual needs. Although she is known for using a deep pressure she can adjust to a light touch if that is what the clients prefer. Jessica always keeps the clients well being in mind over anything else.
Jessica is very passionate about massage therapy and she believes in the benefits that it provides. She began to realize how beneficial this type of treatment was after sustaining an injury and completing a treatment plan with a therapist. Seeing the overall improvement from this therapy gave her the passion and drive to become a massage therapist to help others as well. Friendly with clients, and confident in what she does, she enhances the well being of her clients in a safe, qualitative and caring way.
Active Body Clinic is a fast growing healthcare clinic. We are always looking to meet dynamic individuals to join our team. Please fax your resume to 905-667-1223 if you are interested in Joining us as:
Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Registered Massage Therapist, Athletic Therapist, Clinic Assistant/Receptionist
Registered Massage Therapist
Frequently Asked Questions
Here to Help
We answer some common questions to help make your experience as simple as possible.
What Should I wear to my treatments?
Please wear comfortable clothing to your physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage sessions. Appropriate exercise clothing and shoes are required for the active program. A pair of shorts is also required for treatment of lower-body injuries (e.g. knee, ankle).
Am I Covered?
Should you have private insurance coverage, please contact your insurance provider to determine the terms of your individual plan as we do not bill private insurance companies.
Should you have motor vehicle insurance coverage, please contact our office to provide your policy and claim number so that we can contact and bill your insurance company directly on your behalf.
Is there Parking?
Yes, we have parking onsite.
How Long are treatments?
Typical Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatments are scheduled for 20 minutes, however some treatments may be as little as 10 minutes or up to 40 minutes depending on your condition. Registered Massage Therapy treatments are typically 30 or 60 minutes, inclusive of room change over time
How much notice is required to cancel my appointment and is there a fee for cancelling?
We require 24 hours notice for any cancellation, to give us enough time to accommodate other patients who hope to book an appointment time on that day. A $25 charge will apply for each missed appointment with less than 24 hours notice. In the case of an emergency, please contact us as soon as you can.
I think I have tendonitis. What can I do to fix it?
Tendonitis means inflammation of a tendon – the fibrous tissue that attaches a muscle to bone. This could occur at any muscle insertion point in the body, but people most commonly experience symptoms at the shoulder, elbow, arch of the foot, or at the heel (Achilles tendon). Symptoms of elbow tendonitis – a.k.a. golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow – can include pain while gripping or holding an object, opening a jar or turning a door handle. Symptoms of foot tendonitis – a.k.a. plantar fasciitis – can include pain with weight bearing especially upon waking or tenderness to touch. Standard treatments such as rest, icing, stretching or massage can often be effective.
New research has shown that tendons under long term stress do not experience inflammation but actually undergo damaging structural changes, leading to pain and dysfunction. A degenerative injury of this nature – referred to as a tendinosis – will be resistant to standard treatments.
So what do you do if standard treatments are not helping your injury? Your first step would be to have the problem assessed by someone qualified to diagnose musculo-skeletal disorders, such as a Chiropractor. A tendinosis requires focused soft-tissue therapy to repair the damaged fibers. Active Release Technique and Graston Technique are two such specialized treatments that will set a damaged tendon on the road to a quick recovery.
Should I use Ice or heat for my pain?
It depends on the type of injury and the length of time that you have been suffering from it. Both ice and heat provide modest pain relief. However, ice also provides an anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, for recent acute injuries it is advisable to ice for the first 24-48 hours after onset. The recommended frequency is 10 minutes of ice followed by 10 minutes of rest. You can repeat this cycle as often as necessary. Common methods of applying cold are ice cubes in a plastic baggie, a frozen gel pack, or a bag of frozen peas. For the brave of heart, an ice water bath for injured hands or feet can be used. However, in this case, you should only submerge the injured body part for 5 minutes.
The application of heat is useful for chronic conditions. Often pain resulting from osteoarthritis or chronic stiffness responds well to heat. Heat can be applied with the use of heating pads, hot water bottles, microwavable bean bags or gel packs. The use of moist heat will provide better penetration and more comfort. Heating for 20 minutes to 1 hour is suitable for most conditions.
These recommendations are provided as general information for common painful conditions. Ultimately, if you suffer from severe pain or a pathological condition, an assessment from a regulated health professional is required. Active Body Clinic specializes in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. We are your local one-stop-shop for all of your physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture treatments.
Do I need a doctor referral to start treatment at Active Body Clinic?
No, we do not need a doctor referral to assess you and begin treatment. However, some insurance companies may require a doctor referral in order to issue payments for your treatments.