Meet the team

Manuel Lupea

Mr. Manuel Lupea, PT, graduated Physiotherapy School in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003. Manuel has worked as a Physiotherapist in Canada since 2009, treating patients with sport injuries, chronic pain, repetitive strain injuries, motor vehicle accident and workplace injuries. His experience includes working with clients from childhood age to senior years. He has attended manual therapy courses with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association; also courses for the Mackenzie and Mulligan methods, dermoneuromodulation, acupuncture, treatment of osteoporosis and the Bobath concept for neurological rehabilitation.

A thorough assessment, followed by a program tailored to the client’s needs has been his approach since the beginnings of his career.

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Rishma Hirji

With enough years of experience to be considered a master-class therapist, and an unwavering enthusiasm for massage therapy, Rishma Hirji’s tenure here has made her part of Downsview Chiropractic’s legacy.

Rishma studied at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and has been registered as a licensed therapist since August 1995. Rishma first joined the Downsview Chiropractic team in 1996, and during this earlier time she continued studying to deliver better and more thorough care. She studied yoga in Toronto and abroad in India in order to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the musculoskeletal system.

Rishma is well known for her deep, soothing and rhythmic techniques. A devoted “muscle mechanic”; Rishma is ready to assist those desiring a higher level of health and well-being.

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Leanne Shapiro

Leanne Shapiro graduated with her Master of Social Work degree in 2001. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Services Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Leanne has a wealth of experience supporting children with needs and supporting their families.

Leanne listens to patients from a holistic perspective. She understands the strong connection between physical and mental health, whether physical signs of mental illness – such as headaches, or mental signs of chronic physical illness – such as anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbance. Counselling can be an effective way to strengthen coping skills, find effective solutions, and reach optimal health and wellbeing.

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Alex Hdalevich

Alex Hdalevich completed his Massage Therapy training in Toronto, Ontario, some years after completing an engineering degree. He graduated from Kikkawa College in 2008. Alex has a long-standing interest in anatomy, physiology, health and fitness. He has personally experienced how massage therapy can play a key role in treating the pain and dysfunctions that arise from physical and non-physical stresses.

Alex facilitates a holistic approach to therapy by using a variety of techniques in Remedial, Swedish, Deep tissue and Relaxation Massages, as well as Reflexology. Alex believes that massage therapy is an excellent way to promote wellness and is essential in preventative health care.

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Donna Forest

Donna Forest is very passionate when it comes to helping people. She believes in welcoming each person as an equal – with a smile, and ‘Hello’ as they arrive, and a ‘Thank you’ before they leave.

Donna brings many years of experience in Customer Service and Customer Relations through working in the Financial Industry. When Donna felt she needed a career-culture change, a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Weisberg led her here – to use her caring people skills in health-care. Donna’s believes that in health, like in life, what you put in affects what you get out. ”A little maintenance on an ongoing basis can go a long way toward a fuller, healthier, quality-of-life.”

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Estreya Cohen

Estreya Cohen is a student at York University. She is working towards a tri-lingual Bachelor of Arts because she has a passion for making connections with people from different backgrounds and helping people of all walks of life. She joined our team as Part Time Receptionist in 2018.

In our clinic, you will see Estreya smiling and engaging with patients. Her knowledge, training and interest in clinical psychology means she is committed to helping people be happy. She can’t wait to help you. 

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Amy Gotkin

Amy Gotkin is a high school student. In 2017 she chose our office for part of her community hours placement. She approached her shadowing experience with such empathy and interest, that we just knew she had to be a part of the team. In 2018, she joined us as Part Time Receptionist.

Amy is currently a competitive trampoline gymnast, routinely competing across Ontario. Amy has even represented Ontario in national competitions. As an athlete, multidiscipline healthcare, including chiropractic and physiotherapy, are beneficial to her healthcare. Her pursuit of fitness and experience in competitive sport are fostering a deep interest in health sciences for her future career.

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