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Dr. Paul Brown, BSc, CSCS, DC


After earning an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Waterloo, Paul completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic in Chicago achieving Summa Cum Laude honours and graduating as class Salutatorian. Paul continued his education becoming certified in acupuncture and has been an Active Release Techniques® (ART®) instructor since 2006.


When Paul and his partner Chris Kraemer first opened the Dearborn Health Performance & Wellness Centre in Waterloo, their goal was to develop a clinic where health care professionals could work collaboratively to help patients achieve an active healthy lifestyle. This team approach has allowed them to take advantage of their collective expertise, recognizing that their patients will benefit from the pooling of their respective skills rather then creating unnecessary barriers founded in competition. As such, they are not looking to replace your current provider, but would appreciate the opportunity to become a member of your health care team.


Dr. Chris Kraemer, BSc, CSCS, DC


Chris received his Bachelors degree from the University of Waterloo, and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He maintains credentials as a Chiropractor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in addition to advanced credentials as a provider of Active Release Techniques and Acupuncture.


Residing in Waterloo, Chris and wife Connie have four beautiful daughters.  Chris has an extensive athletic background having spent 3 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before moving on to the University of Waterloo Men's Varsity team where he was an assistant captain on the '96 Queen's Cup Ontario Championship and National Finalist team.  Chris continues to keep himself fit and is a 9x Ironman Finisher and 3x Ironman Hawaii Qualifier.


His personal practice specializes in sports-medicine and the treatment of difficult athletic and work-related injury where his extensive experience and knowledge gained both as an athlete and through education is helpful in his routine day of practice.


Dr. Adam Williamson, B.A. (Kin), DC


Dr.Williamson graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an honours degree in Kinesiology and then went on to study at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Upon graduation in 2004, Dr.Williamson began a successful chiropractic practice in Waterloo which he was able to integrate into the Dearborn Health Performance and Wellness Centre upon joining the team in 2006.


Dr.Williamson is a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, Ontario Chiropractic Association, and the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. He is actively involved in program and policy development for the profession's continued success. Dr.Williamson is a certified provider of Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.) and member of the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (S.W.I.S.).


In his practice Dr.Williamson enjoys working within a multidisciplinary clinic where all the needs of his patients can be met. He works closely with a wide variety of patient populations including general wellness, seniors, recreational athletes, professional athletes, and Olympic athletes to assist them in reaching their goals of optimal health and performance.


His personal interests include triathlon, running, basketball, skiing and golf. Dr.Williamson is also an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University within the Department of Kinesiology.


Dr. Eric Brubacher, BSc. (Hons. Kin) D.C.


Dr. Brubacher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo while playing 4 years for the University of Waterloo Varsity Hockey Warriors and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. Professionally he has practiced for 23 years at a practice he started in Bolton, Ontario and is re-locating to Dearborn Health to be closer to family and his original home area. He is in the process of completing certification in Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.)


Dr. Brubacher grew up in Elmira and attended Elmira District Secondary School completing Grade 13. He played on the first 2 years of the Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. B Hockey Club and played for the Kingston Canadians Major Jr. A Hockey Club, now the Frontenacs in the OHL while attending Queen's University. He was drafted by the New York Rangers of the NHL. He was the player-coach for the Rheem Racers of the Dutch First League in Utrecht, Holland and played for Langenthal, Switzerland in the Swiss League while helping with Minor Hockey Development in both countries.


Currently residing in Elmira , Eric and his wife Ellie have 2 boys 14 and 16 which are active Rep hockey players. Dr. Brubacher has been the Vice President of Player Development in the Woolwich Minor Hockey Association in Elmira for 10 years and has been coaching in the organization during that time period. He is looking forward to the experience and opportunity of practicing at Dearborn Health and helping new patients meet their health goals.


Massage Therapists

Erik Abayof, B.A., R.M.T., A.R.T.®


Registered Massage Therapist and Active Release Techniques® Provider, Erik joined the Dearborn Health team in 2003. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2000 he pursued massage therapy studies at the Canadian Therapeutic College. In 2002, Erik earned his honors diploma in Massage and Hydrotherapy and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (C.M.T.O.). Erik is also a full body certified provider in the Active Release Techniques® (A.R.T.®) Soft-Tissue Management System since 2002. He is a member of the Society of Wellness Integrated Specialists (S.W.I.S.), and the Ontario Massage Therapy Association (O.M.T.A.). Erik's field experience includes being a treatment provider for the Brick Duathlon, Endurrun racing series, World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Festival De Velo cycling races, National Midget Hockey Championships, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the United Way.


Erik participates in various sports such as hockey, running, snowboarding, weight training, and golf. He believes exercise, nutrition, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important, all of which has become a part of his practice.


In his practice Erik treats various conditions including acute and chronic injuries, sprains and strains, peripheral nerve entrapments such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive strain injuries. He also focuses on athletic massage and performance care helping people achieve proper biomechanics and optimizing body function. Erik has experience treating amateur and elite runners, cyclists, triathletes, power lifters, hockey players, and various other athletes, as well as injuries and stresses encountered in our day-to-day lives.


Bernadette Tallon, RMT, CDT


Bernadette joined the Dearborn team in December 2003, graduating in 2002 from the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy. She is Vodder certified in Manual Lymph Drainage Techniques & Combined Decongestive Therapy. Treatment techniques include Heated Stone Massage, Paraffin Wax Baths, Fascial Integration, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage in addition to traditional Massage Therapy. Please note that Paraffin Wax and Heated Stone Treatments must be specifically requested, in order to properly prepare the materials. Particular areas of interest include pregnancy massage, fibromyalgia and other forms of arthritis, lymphedema and pre-post surgical care.


With an avid interest in life long learning, Bernadette regularly participates in conferences and workshops. Recent workshop topics have focused on the benefits of Massage Therapy for those with Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Cancer and sacral dysfunction.


Janmari Ross, MSc., RMT, CDT


Jan has been a member of the Dearborn Health team since 2002, joining the clinic after she graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy with specializations in Sports and Geriatric massage. Her educational background includes a Master’s of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Waterloo and an Honours B.Sc. (Chemistry) from Laurentian University in Sudbury. She is now a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, the Ontario Massage Therapist Association and the Lymphovenous Association of Ontario.


Jan has attended numerous conferences, workshops and courses. The constant up-grading of her skills and knowledge directly benefits her clientele. These post-graduate studies include furthering her training in manual lymph drainage. She is now certified in Combined Decongestive Therapy (Dr. Vodder technique), and is able to treat many conditions including lymphedema. More information about lymphedema and the many applications of manual lymph drainage massage can be found on the Dearborn website.


Jan’s clientele range in age from pre-schoolers to seniors, and bring a variety of concerns into the clinic, such as athletic performance, injury care, health concerns, stress-related complaints, postural problems, and chronic conditions. Therefore, some of her areas of study have included Esalen deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, direct cranial techniques, temporalmandibular joint dysfunction, women’s health, breast massage, and pelvic and sacral dysfunction. She has also attended a series of workshops surveying the latest research results regarding the benefits of massage therapy for patients suffering from afflictions such as cancer, diabetes, anxiety, depression or fibromyalgia. Next, she plans to recertify as a Combined Decongestive Therapist, and to attend a workshop on massage therapy for people with sleep disorders.


Jan has had personal experience in equestrian sports, martial arts, sailing, archery and cross-country skiing. She has also worked as a fitness instructor, teaching exercise classes such as aerobics, aquasize and pre- and post-natal. Currently, she participates in yoga and Pilates classes, gardens extensively, and is trying out pole-walking this summer to train for a winter full of skate-skiing fun.


Valentina Platonova R.M.T


Valentina was born in Europe, where she obtained her Ph.D in Physics and Mathematics. Valentina took a great interest into medicine and alternative healing, she was considering applying her scientific background to medical research.


Valentina’s life changed after her visit to Canada. She decided to stay in Canada, and it became a time of life adjustment. It was at this time that she decided to pursue her passion for medicine by completing the Massage Therapy Program at Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in Toronto. In 1998, Valentina became a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2001, she obtained a diploma, with honours, in Acupuncture and further continued her study of advanced acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine while preparing a Doctorate Thesis. In 2002, the Open International University recognized that Valentina had fulfilled the requirements of the World Health Organization Syllabus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Beijin and certified her as a Doctor of Acupuncture.


Valentina’s post-graduate studies include tensegrity therapy (Therapy that affects the crystal structure of tissues), intensive training in the Chow Integrated Healing System and Qigong, and the GBV Kirlionics Technology-an aura-imaging technique to register subtle energy distribution around the human body and along chakras. The technique allows to estimate general health and an emotional impact on the physical body. Valentina continues to attend various workshops, courses, and conferences to master her skills. Specific areas of interest include stress management, neck and back pain, arthritis management, sports injuries, headache management, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and geriatric care. Extended studies of acupressure, reflexology, joint mobilization, face and scalp massage, in addition to her 14 years of working experience, allow Valentina to help a wide range of clients.


Ingrid O'Sullivan, Hons. B.A.Kin., M.Sc. P.T.


Ingrid received her Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy in 2003 from McMaster University. She also holds an honours undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in Kinesiology.


Ingrid has over 5 years of clinical experience treating Orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, spinal dysfunction and upper and lower extremity injuries. She enjoys the rehabilitation associated with fractures and joint replacement surgeries.  She has completed several courses in Manual Therapy Techniques.  She also has a special interest in Spinal and Peripheral stabilization exercises. In particular she has a special training in using Pilates based rehabilitation and will treat one-on-one Pilates with patients as well as doing group Pilates mat classes for beginners.


Ingrid's treatment philosophy involves using modern manual therapy techniques to restore joint or tissue mobility and then application of focused exercises to restore function and prevent injury re-occurrence.


Personal Trainers


Josh Leyes BA (Kin), CPT, FMS

Josh has been a personal trainer in the region since 1999, and is excited to be part of the team at Dearborn Health again, where he trained from 2005-2010.  Helping others achieve their goals and watching people change for the better is what continually drives Josh to help his clients succeed, whether it’s losing weight, or rehabilitating an injury or setting a new personal best.


Josh has a strong passion for good health and good movement.  He is a passionate teacher with extremely keen observational eye for assessing biomechanics.  Josh’s philosophy on life and fitness is that “you are only as strong as your weakest link”.  By utilizing the Functional Movement Screen, Josh can help clients pinpoint where there may be weak links in their movement patterns, which may lead to injury if not addressed.  By incorporating corrective exercise into his programming, Josh helps his clients to improve their ease of movement.  Josh is also an advocate for living a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, and helps his clients with accountability and guidance if needed.


Josh lives in Waterloo with his wife and 3 children.  He maintains an active lifestyle by chasing his kids, strength training, running, and yoga.  He also enjoys cooking, listening to music and is a certifiable golf nut.



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