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Back to Function is a service provider to athletes registered with the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO). We are committed to assisting athletes in their quest for international success.
If you are a carded athlete with the CSIO and are interested in seeking treatment at our clinic, please submit the form below and a Back to Function staff member will contact you within 24 hours to answer any questions and arrange an appropriate time for your consultation and/or treatment.
Athlete Intake Form
In addition you may download and print our Athlete Intake Form to complete prior to your first visit.
Dr. Bell graduated as a Chiropractor in 1979. He is a Chiropractic Sports Specialist and a post-graduate Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences. He completed his Masters in Science and Human Nutrition in 1989, and is an accredited provider of Active Release Techniques® and Graston Instrument-assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization.
Dr. Bell has been heavily involved in many different sports disciplines, including track and field, triathlon, figure skating, hockey, cycling, basketball, bobsleigh and skeleton. He was featured on The Nature of Things (The Perfect Runner) as an expert on foot function and athletic performance, and is considered one of Canada’s foremost Sports Chiropractors. He was honoured by the Royal Chiropractic College of Sports Sciences for his contribution to the running community at a Gala Banquet in 2013.
Dr. Bell received the Centenary Award from the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) in 1996. This award is for individuals who, as a result of their efforts and dedication, have been involved with athletes both on and off the field, and have participated in sporting events, thereby establishing the validity of Chiropractic as a necessary and viable component of the modern sport medicine model. He was honored by being nominated into the Fellowship of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC) in 1999. He is one of only 400 Chiropractors world wide to be so honored.
He has lectured extensively on sports injuries, performance enhancement, and nutrition both nationally and internationally. He has worked with several Canadian national teams including track and field, bobsleigh and skeleton, and triathlon teams. People and athletes from all over the world seek treatment from Dr. Bell.
Dr. Ben Rayfield
Dr. Ben Rayfield was born and raised in Orillia. He attended Park Street Collegiate Institute High School prior to completing his University degree. Dr. Rayfield graduated from University of Western Ontario with a degree in Kinesiology. While attending Western he was a member of the Varsity Track and Field team, competing in sprints. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He began working at Back to Function in 2003 and has been a dedicated member of the team ever since.
Dr. Rayfield has always been heavily involved in local athletics, particularly track and field. In the fall of 2005 he began coaching track and field with the South Simcoe Dufferin track and field club (SSD), based out of Barrie, Ontario. His coaching focus has been sprinting and hurdles. The last 11 years have involved traveling across the country to coach and offer his chiropractic services at various different venues. Dr Rayfield enjoys treating a variety of injuries with a focus on repetitive strain injuries, neck and low back pain, postural issues, headaches and athletic injuries.
Dr. Rayfield is a diversified Chiropractor and is a Certified Active Release Technique® Provider.
Dr. Michael Duffy
B.A. (Hons), D.C., C.S.C.S.
While studying at CMCC, he attended McMaster University, obtaining his certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. During his internship, Dr. Mike completed an extensive clinical placement at Sunnybrook St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital.
On top of being a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Dr. Mike also employs several therapies including diversified chiropractic, Active Release Techniques®, and exercise rehabilitation to achieve optimal outcomes for his patients.
Dr. Mike firmly believes movement is medicine, encouraging patients to become active participants in the journey to a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.
Dr. Courtney Brown
B.Sc., M.SC., DC, RCCSS(C)
Dr. Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University in 2007, where she was Captain of the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team and 2-time CIS National Champion. She then went on to attain her Masters from the University of Oxford in England where she studied the Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance with a specific focus on sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Dr. Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude with Clinic Honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and then went on to pursue a sports sciences specialty in the post-graduate residency program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She has spent the last few years teaching at the undergraduate level at CMCC, expanding her knowledge in sport chiropractic and performing research in cerebral blood flow following chiropractic care.
Dr. Brown has travelled internationally as a therapist with the Canadian National Taekwondo team and has worked with a local semi-professional soccer team and a Junior A hockey team. She also volunteered as a member of the Toronto 2015 Pan am/Parapan Am Games medical team for gymnastics, waterski and wakeboard, road cycling and wheelchair basketball. Recently, Dr. Brown was selected a member of the Integrated Sports Medical Team supporting the Men’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team. She will be traveling around the world with the team throughout the 2016/17 World Cup competitive season and training camp in Argentina.
Dr. Spencer Bell
DC MASc BEng (Biomedical)
Born and raised in Orillia, Dr. Bell has always been passionate about biomechanics, healthcare and human performance. He combined these interests to pursue an undergraduate degree in biomechanical engineering at the University of Guelph with an emphasis on new-age prosthetic designs. Following graduation, Dr. Bell went on to pursue a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto. His thesis examined regenerative medicine and the design of bio-implantable devices, which highlighted the remarkable healing capacity of the human body.
Dr. Bell graduated with honours from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where he was awarded the prestigious FICS International Student Scholarship for his contributions to the betterment of sports chiropractic and his involvement in grassroots athletics. He is also the recipient of an international award for his student-led research initiative in clinical biomechanics. Currently, Dr. Bell is pursuing a fellowship in sports chiropractic, while maintaining his clinical practice.
As a former varsity volleyball player, Dr. Bell has a keen interest in athletics and has worked extensively as a coach and mentor in grassroots athletic initiatives. Most notably, Dr. Bell was part of the medical teams for the FIFA Women's World Cup and Jr. Women's World Cup, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and the Pan-Am Games.
Dr. Allison McFarlane
D.C., BSc. HK
Dr. McFarlane was the recipient of the prestigious FICS International student scholarship for her outstanding contributions to sport chiropractic, which is awarded to 4 students annually around the world. She has been a member of numerous medical teams for national and international events including Fencing Canada, Skate Canada, Snowboard Canada, and the Box Lacrosse World Championships. She has also been involved locally with the annual Orillia Sledge Hockey Fundraiser, Orillia Triathlon, Tough Mudder, WayHome festival, Boots & Hearts festival, and several workplace initiatives.
Dr. Chris Grant
Dr. Grant has spent the past two years studying to become a sports specialist chiropractor and taught at CMCC in the departments of Anatomy, Diagnosis and Clinical Education. Dr. Grant’s research interests include biomechanics and epidemiology of injuries in overhead athletes.
Dr. Grant has worked with numerous local track and field athletes and has been the team doctor for the Aurora Barbarians and Barrie rugby teams, as well as the North York Rangers Junior A hockey team. He has also worked as a therapist for Beach Volleyball Canada and was a member of the host medical team for the North American, Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Track & Field Championships. Dr. Grant has worked in several multidisciplinary and hospital settings, working alongside sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons. This has helped to shape his understanding of the healthcare system and the importance of multidisciplinary care.
Dr. Grant is passionate about providing excellent care for his patients and helping athletes perform at their optimal level. He views everyone as an athlete, from a professional baseball player to a senior trying to maintain their independence. Evidence of this is seen in his treatment style which includes a combination of chiropractic manipulation, medical acupuncture, Active Release Techniques™ and rehabilitative exercises.
Dr. Janet McMordie
M.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P.(SEM), Dip. Sport Med
Dr. McMordie has worked as the team physician for the McMaster Women’s and Men’s Rugby teams as well as the Hamilton Tiger Cats Cheerleaders. In the summer of 2015, she worked as part of the medical team providing coverage for the Toronto Pan Am/Para-Pan Am Games.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from St. Francis Xavier University followed by her Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her Medical degree followed by her residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University. She received her Diploma in Sport Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine after a Primary Care Sport Medicine Fellowship at McMaster University. She holds a focused practice designation in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Dr. McMordie currently holds a member-at-large position on the Ontario Medical Association Section of Sport Medicine after being the resident representative for the past two years.
Dr. McMordie prefers a referral from your family doctor but a physician referral is not required to obtain treatment. Most of her services are covered with a valid OHIP card.
Please Note: Dr. McMordie does not impact family physicians as she has a focused practice designation in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
HBSc. Kin, MPT, Cert. MDT
A competitive curler as well as a recreational athlete, Jessica developed an interest in rehabilitation throughout high school. While attending McMaster University for Kinesiology, she worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Marauder Men's Rugby Team and volunteered at the Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre working with varsity athletes throughout their rehab process. Jessica also volunteered in a number of other clinical settings throughout her bachelor degree, graduating with Summa Cum Laude. Jessica then completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia. After another three years of studies Jessica successfully became a credentialed clinician in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the Robin McKenzie Institute Canada in 2018, becoming the only Cert. MDT practitioner in Orillia, and one of the few north of the GTA.
Jessica has had physical therapy experience in a variety of clinical settings including oncology rehabilitation, inpatient hospital settings, orthopaedic private practice as well as pediatric care in India.
Her current clinical interests are low back pain with or without sciatica, neck pain with or without arm referral, soft tissue injuries, post-operative joint surgery rehab, and postural correction. Jessica has also completed courses in oncology rehabilitation, orthopaedic level training and is certified to perform acupuncture through Acupuncture Canada.
HBSC. KIN, B.Ed., R.Kin
Carley's background in education and experience as a high school teacher brings a unique set of skills to her work. Her ability to interpret the different learning needs and styles of others and her ability to explain difficult concepts in a clear and concise manner is very helpful to patients. Carley enjoys combining her knowledge of Kinesiology with her joy for teaching to help others discover the therapeutic potential of corrective exercise.
Carley was born and raised in the Orillia area. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology in 2002, graduating at the top of her class. She then completed her Bachelor of Education, specializing in Physical Education and Science. A Registered Kinesiologist since 2005, Carley has worked with patients with chronic conditions, acute injuries, motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries, and athletes of all ages and ability levels. Due to her particular interest in functional movement restoration she has completed her Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 training certification. She also completed a continuing education course with Dr. Stuart McGill, an industry expert on lower back rehabilitation and strengthening for high -level performance.
Carley has experience training and working with amateur, professional and Olympic athletes. Carley also enjoys providing sports specific training programs to different sports teams and athletes, and worked alongside other team members as a trainer for the Orillia Men's Senior AAA Hockey team.
Kerri Lynn Deir
HONS. B. Kin., PFLC, R.Kin
Kerri Lynn, a native of Newfoundland, joined our team over 11 years ago. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2002 with an Honours degree in Kinesiology and is now a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists. Due to her particular interests in sports specific training, Kerri has completed many certifications including Twist Sport Specific Conditioning, Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant, Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1, SWISS Ball Training. She also has an interest in water healing therapy and has completed the Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance (CALA) water rehabilitation program to offer standardized specialty rehabilitation programs for patients with sports injuries, cancer, neurodegenerative conditions and more.
Kerri brings with her a strong rehabilitation background, having completed many courses for low back and shoulder rehabilitation. She has experience training and working with amateur and professional athletes, patients with concussion and acquired brain injuries, seniors and children alike. Kerri has been a trainer for the Jr. A Couchiching Terriers and the Sr. A Orillia Tundras where she provided first aid coverage and training programs for the team. Kerri has worked with amateur to Olympic athletes, providing individual training and group conditioning programs. Her programs have been completed at our clinics as well as in arenas, fields, parking lots and gymnasiums.
Kerri is a big supporter of the community. She is co-chair of the Orillia MS Walk and on the Mac and Cheese Committee for the Sharing Place Food Bank. She has spearheaded and organized many local events to support the local food banks, women’s shelters and Orillia’s Youth Centre.
Andrea has been a Registered Kinesiologist with The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario since 2016. Before joining the Back to Function team, Andrea worked closely with older adults, specifically in the field of active rehabilitation and post-operative joint replacement. Andrea has also worked with patients with chronic conditions, with a goal of improving their overall quality of life. Andrea has been with Back to Function since 2017 and has quickly become part of the interdisciplinary team.
Due to her hands-on experience and work with specialized clinics and various outreach and volunteer programs, Brittany is well qualified to treat patients with a range of pathologies and conditions including sports injuries, those with acute pain and chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis as well as stroke victims. She also provides pregnancy and infant massage therapy.
Brittany is certified in dynamic taping. She also has extensive training in aromatherapy and Thai stem massage. Brittany is always participating in continuing education courses to expand her knowledge, allowing her to provide you with the best possible care.
After graduating with honours from Georgian College, she gained experience in the spa industry where she saw the benefits her clients experienced from regular proactive massage treatments. Since joining the team, she has focused on combining her relaxation skills with deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and rehabilitative treatments.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
During this procedure, a small amount of your own blood is drawn and processed in a special centrifuge which separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The high concentration of platelets and growth factors is then injected into the damaged tissue or joint.
In this procedure, the concentration of platelets and growth factors increases up to 500%, therefore when the PRP is injected into the site, an optimal healing environment is created. The healing response of PRP injections works over a long period so it may be 6-8 weeks before you feel the total effects of the injection.
Depending on the area injected and the severity and chronicity of the problem, one or two subsequent injections may be necessary. A good program of physical rehabilitation is required to fully rehabilitate the body back to full functional capacity.
Cortisone injections are used to treat knee osteoarthritis, greater trochanteric bursitis, epicondylitis and rotator cuff tendonitis. It is also used to treat non-operative TFCC tears, CMC OA, carpal tunnel and many other inflammatory conditions.
Injections are usually done three months apart, to a maximum of four injections per year. Our Sports Medicine Physician uses Kenalog as it has the lowest rate of post-injection pain. Cortisone is covered through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.
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