Dan graduated from the University of Toronto's Four-year Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy (B.Sc.P.T.) program in 1998 and has been an actively practicing physiotherapist ever since. Upon coming to Ottawa in 1998, Dan practiced in multiple clinic locations until establishing his own practice, Newell Physiotherapy, in December 2005.
With over a decade of experience, Dan has always taken pride in his continuing education. Although he completed his university education fifteen years ago, Dan firmly believes that a physical therapist's professional development must be ongoing. Each year he completes multiple instructional courses to keep up with developments in healthcare and treatment research. Dan has completed wide-ranging professional training including manual therapy; joint manipulation; vestibular (vertigo) rehabilitation; and exercise courses for treatment of the back and core, neck, shoulder, and lower extremities. In 2007, Dan discovered the benefits of myofascial release treatments and has since completed extensive training in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and has been an Expert MFR Practitioner since 2011.
Dan is actively involved in recreational sports, including downhill skiing and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ), in which he has achieved a blue belt. His martial arts training affords him an understanding of economy of movement and athletic motivation to return to high-level performance. He is also a certified instructor of Hatha Yoga and realizes the health benefits of practicing yoga. Dan prides himself combining knowledge and experience from these different aspects of life, with physiotherapeutic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and functional body mechanics in his therapeutic practice.
Jennifer Spak has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2001, having graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.
As part of her ongoing professional development, Jennifer has taken specialized training toward becoming an Expert MFR Practitioner in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release; Manual Lymphatic Drainage; and Craniosacral Therapy. Jennifer uses these modalities in conjunction with Trigger Point Therapy and deep tissue work to restore optimum function and movement throughout the body.
Jennifer believes in the body's ability to heal itself and that manual therapy is one of many techniques to restoring health and wholeness to the body. Her patient care includes educating patients on exercise programs and posture correction, to maximize the benefits of massage therapy treatment. In her years of practice, Jennifer has often worked in close collaboration with physical therapists. Jennifer shares the Newell Physiotherapy approach to thorough patient treatment, as a strong promoter of self-care and patient education.