Featured Therapist: Justin Vanderleest

By Athlete's Care on August 07, 2013

This weeks featured physiotherapist is Justin Vanderleest.  Justin is currently at our newest Athlete's Care location at Downsview Park and also at our Mississauga location at One Health Clubs.

Toronto PhysiotherapistAthlete's Care Downsview Park
75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 15
tel.  416.479.7348

Athlete's Care Mississauga
in One Health Clubs
2021 Cliff Road
tel.  905.275.0182


“Athletes know their bodies and the challenges of their sports best. Individualized treatment planning requires a therapist who listens and a mutual sharing of information in decision-making.”

Justin graduated with distinction from the school of physical therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Since then, he has practiced orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation, developing special interests in elite training programs, racquet sports athletes, and injury prevention. Until 2011, Justin was a physiotherapist for the University of Regina, servicing their varsity sports teams.

Justin is no stranger to competitive sports himself. In 2006, he won a sprint canoe national championship with the Wascana Racing Canoe Club. And, prior to moving to Ontario, Justin was the top squash player in Saskatchewan and captain of their provincial team for several years. He participates in many other sports recreationally for fun.

 In 2011, Justin took a break from his Regina practice to organize a rehabilitation aide training and employment program to assist overburdened hospital staff in rural Zimbabwe. Upon completion of the program in Zimbabwe, Justin returned to Canada to do his Master’s degree in advanced orthopaedics and manipulation at Western University. At Western, Justin played varsity squash winning an OUA team championship and receiving the personal honours of All-star and OUA Rookie of the Year. Justin continues to train squash with the Canadian national squad in Toronto, competing nationally and internationally at the open level.

 Justin completed his Master’s degree in 2012 and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT). He believes in using manual therapy to correct biomechanical faults, facilitating healing by correcting the underlying cause of the problem. Analysis of precipitating factors, and patient-specific corrective exercise are hallmarks of his approach, using stretching, strengthening, and neurological retraining to rehabilitate injuries long-term and prevent re-injury.

“After the assessment and throughout treatment, the client should understand the problem well and the treatments should make sense to them.”