Category Archives: Clinic Information / Updates

FAQ – Do I Need a Doctors Referral for Physiotherapy?

This is a common question we receive at our North Oakville Physio clinic. People are wondering if they require a physician note to attend physiotherapy assessments / treatments.

The short answer is NO!

You do not require a doctor’s referral to book an appointment with a physiotherapist in Ontario (and therefore Oakville / Burloak). Physiotherapy is direct access. This means that you can see a physio without seeing your family doctor / specialist first.

It is within a physiotherapists scope of practice to assess patients with musculoskeletal issues and to communicate a diagnosis. For example, your elbow has been getting more sore and painful with activities like gripping and typing. After trying some home remedies you decide your elbow is not getting better and in fact, it is getting worse.

What do you do?

At this point booking in to see your physiotherapist would be a great idea. They can provide you with personalized education and treatment to get you started right away. In cases like these, your physio would communicate with your physician and send you for medical assessment if they feel that it is necessary, they may suggest this as well if you do not seem to be improving with treatment.

It is easy to delay treatment that could be helpful by waiting for a doctors appointment where they may only provide a prescription for medications and or imaging. THEN you wait for the imaging results and / or a specialist referral, while you could be getting the help of a physiotherapist, and THEN you may be referred to physiotherapy.

In an ideal situation you’re already seeing a physio even IF you need the above. This prevents further decline in strength or function. This also prevents a decrease in quality of life.

Are we saying to not consult with your family doctor?


Please do consult and keep them in the loop. In fact, as physiotherapists we often send off assessment and progress reports to your medical team to let them know what is going on.

Keep in mind that some insurance companies (ie. private benefits) require a doctors prescription for them to pay for your physio, or massage appointments. Every insurance is different so it is best to familiarize yourself with your own insurance by either calling or looking through your booklet.

Our North Oakville Physio, Massage, Acupuncture and Foot Clinic is able to provide direct billing to most insurance companies. Again, this depends on your personal insurance.

Contact us to book in with one of our awesome physiotherapists!

Palermo Physio and Wellness Labour Day Long Weekend Hours – 2022

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun labour day long weekend.

Please find the clinic hours below for Palermo Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre.

Saturday September 3, 2022 – OPEN 8am-1pm

Sunday September 4, 2022 – CLOSED

Monday September 5, 2022 – CLOSED

Tuesday September 6, 2022 – OPEN regular hours

Please contact us at 905-582-9700 or to book an appointment or if you have any questions.

Oakville Physio Nada – Team Tuesday at Palermo Physio and Wellness

As a Senior PT at or North Oakville clinic, Nada has been a practicing physiotherapist for 10 years after having graduated from McMaster University with her MScPT in 2012.

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree also at McMaster. Nada believes in continuing education and is always learning formally and informally Her further training includes acupuncture training from McMaster University and certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment.  Nada hopes to continue her education by adding skills in areas such as manual therapy and soft tissue techniques. Nada choose the field of physiotherapy as she has always had a passion for sports science and rehabilitation.

Nada believes physiotherapy treatment should be client-centred and individualised to meet each patient’s particular needs. She is committed to providing evidence-based patient care and her ultimate goal for physiotherapy treatment is to facilitate independence and function. She enjoys working with a variety of patients from those who are post-surgical (rotator cuff repairs and total knee replacements etc.), post-fracture, and patients with a neurological focus (Parkinson’s disease, post-stroke Physio).

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Nada treats patients of all ages and stages! She has recently taken part in continued physio training for pediatric patients. Somehow Physio Nada landed in the House of Slytherin from the sorting hat even though she is super kind and empathetic!

Nada has a special interest in working with patients who are going through cancer related treatments and surgeries such as post mastectomy.

She has recently taken part in a Yoga Teachers Training further skills she can help patients with, as well as for her own enjoyment!

Contact us to book in for a Physiotherapy assessment with Physio Nada.

Josephine (Acupuncturist & RMT) – Palermo Physio & Wellness Team Tuesday

Josephine has enjoyed practicing Massage Therapy since 2009 when she graduated from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic and is registered as a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She has also completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University in 2012.

Josephine has since gone on and worked hard to become accredited in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

Josephine’s massage therapy treatments are tailored according to the client’s needs in order to ensure the best results possible. She has vast experience in areas such as Swedish massage, prenatal and post-natal massages, sports recovery massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, Tuina, and acupressure. She enjoys helping patients with longer term pain relief through massage.

Josephine is passionate about health and massage therapy and as such is always looking for opportunities to advance and continue her education to provide the best massage and massage outcomes for her patients. Josephine loves to go for walks and enjoys different types of exercise!

Contact us to book an Acupuncture or Massage Therapy appointment at our North Oakville clinic.

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Brayden (RMT) – Palermo Physio & Wellness Team Tuesday

We would formally like to welcome a new (ish) member of our Oakville Physio and Wellness team to the clinic!

Brayden is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) who graduated from Sutherland-Chan in 2021. He is also a Registered Kinesiologist since 2017, with previous experience helping clients rehabilitate from long term disability and work injuries.

North Oakville RMT and kinesiologist

His passion for helping people led him to become an RMT. He enjoys working with clients to overcome musculoskeletal injuries, relaxation, postural corrections, sports injuries, and pain management.  He holds certifications in chronic pain management, functional ability evaluations, and ergonomic assessments.

In his spare time, Brayden enjoys reading and participating in a wide range of sports including tennis, squash, hockey, baseball and golf.

Contact us to book in with RMT / Kin Brayden or if you have any questions in how he can help you!

Happy New Year! 2022

The team at Oakville’s Palermo Physio and Wellness Centre would like to wish everyone Happy New Year!

We know the past couple of years have been challenging for everyone. We appreciate your continued trust in our practitioners for your wellness needs. Our Physiotherapists, Chiropodists, Registered Massage Therapists and Yoga Therapist work hard to stay current and provide you with evidence based care.

We want you to know and believe that you are worth the time and energy spent on yourself.

This means attending appointments as well as committing to your home program in whatever way works for you!

It is important to keep the communication lines open with your health care practitioner whether it be a physio (PT), a massage therapist (RMT), a Chiropodist (foot care specialist) or Yoga Therapist. Communicating your goals as well as your expectations is an important part of your care.

It takes 4 weeks of consistent work to build habits. Small but purposeful steps will get you there. A large goal can feel like you are looking up at Mount Everest.

Break your large goal into small steps. Keep the large goal in the back of your mind and focus on the first. Then go from there.

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Involve your loved ones to make it easier. If your goal is to move more, but it takes away from daily time, then try including the family. Go for hikes, walks, bike rides, or play at the park! Trade off with your partner with child care, animal care, or household chores. Don’t be afraid to carve out some time that is for you. What a great example to show your loved ones that you are worth it!

Look ahead and schedule yourself in. Many people love having regular massage therapy. Unfortunately time slips away and private benefits are left to the end of the year and it adds stress to try and find and schedule massage services with their favourite practitioner. Try scheduling maintenance appointments at regular intervals in advance. If your schedule changes you can always modify your appointments. Having regular foot care appointments (6-10 weeks apart) booked in and scheduled in your calendar ensures time does not get away from you. It is easier to stay on top of things like foot care and your wellness, than having to play catch-up.

We hope you have a safe and healthy 2022.

Remember, we are here for all of your Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Foot Care and Yoga Therapy needs.

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All the best from our families to you and yours.

Palermo Physio & Wellness News

We would like to wish our office manager Kate good luck as she heads off to new adventures North of Toronto.

The Physio’s, RMT’s, Chiropodists, yoga therapist and front desk admins would all like to thank her for her hard work over the past few years as well.

We would like to wish Ana a big welcome as she takes over for Kate in the Office Manager role. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and will be smiling at you from under her mask!

We are working hard to make this transition a smooth one.

Please email with any questions or concerns regarding your care, treatment plans or billing.

Holiday Clinic Hours 2021 – Palermo Physio

As we wind down 2021, there will be some days our North Oakville Physio and Wellness clinic is closed or has modified hours.

Please find our clinic hours below:

  • December 23, 2021 – OPEN
  • December 24, 2021 – CLOSED
  • December 25, 2021 – CLOSED – Merry Christmas
  • December 26, 2021 – CLOSED- boxing day
  • December 27, 2021 – CLOSED
  • December 28, 2021 – OPEN 9am to 8pm (building will be locked- call up to be let into the building)
  • December 29, 2021 – OPEN 9am- 8pm
  • December 31, 2021 – CLOSED – New Years Eve
  • January 1, 2022 – CLOSED – Happy New Year
  • January 2, 2022 – CLOSED
  • January 3, 2022 – CLOSED
  • January 4, 2022 – OPEN – 9am-8pm

We hope that this holiday season finds you and your loved ones well in all meanings of the word. We appreciate you and your kind words to us as the years have gone by. We also appreciate your kindness in referring you loved ones, friends, neighbours etc to our Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Chiropodists, and Yoga Therapist, knowing that they are in excellent hands.

All the best.

From the team at Palermo Physio and Wellness Centre.

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We Remain Open- Palermo Physio

With the recent lockdown and stay at home orders in Ontario, many people are unsure about what is open and closed.

Our North Oakville Physio, Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropody clinic remains open.

As Regulated Health Care professionals, there has been no change in how we are able to operate. We will continue to go above and beyond public health measures in order to keep our team members and patients safe and healthy.

This includes:

  • Screening questions the day of your appointment.
  • Contact tracing.
  • Hand hygiene stations.
  • Requirement of masks for patients.
  • Requirements of medical masks and eye protection / face shields for professionals.
  • Use of cleaning measures with ministry of health approved cleaning agents.
  • Fogging of the spaces (No patients present)

Please find the statement from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario HERE.

Please find COVID-19 related resources from the college of Physiotherapists HERE.

Find out more about virtual physiotherapy we can provide for anyone in Ontario HERE.

We are here for you and understand this is a challenging time for everyone. If you need help with, pain, function, recovery, your workstation setup, we are here.

Contact us if you have any questions or to book an appointment with one of our Oakville Physio’s, Massage Therapists, Chiropodists or Acupuncturist.

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We are here for all you Physio, Massage, Acupuncture and foot care needs.

Palermo Professional Centre – Building Directory – December 2020

The North Oakville Medical / Professional building our Palermo Phyiotherapy and Wellness Clinic is in has continued to grow. With that, we’ve been getting numerous calls,  drop-bys as well as our patients asking about the other services in the building.  Our Oakville Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Chiropodist (Foot Care) and Yoga Therapist are happy to welcome everyone to Oakville’s Palermo community. The building housed its first tenants beginning and July 2014 as has continued to grow quickly! It’s a treat in a medical building of this size to have free parking available as well as three functioning elevators. As the parking lot gets busier remember that there is also parking available to a second level.

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Palermo Professional Centre is Growing!

Below is an updated the Palermo Professional Centre Directory (as of January 2016). Clicking on the green text will take you to the website of the respective tenant to find more specific information regarding their hours and services.

First Floor
Second Floor
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Fourth Floor
  • Suite 400 – Dr. Anosike & Dr. Selvarajah (P) 905-825-5999
  • Suite 410 – Chorus Speech & Hearing Centre (P) 289-856-9933
  • Suite 420 – Oakville Respirology (P) 905-842-3366
  • Suite 430 – Dr. M Fox & Dr. A. Fathollahzdeh – Oakville Paediatricians (P) 905-842-3993
  • Suite 440 – Dr. Sandeep Sharma (P) 905-849-8855
  • Suite 450 – Dr. Best & Dr. Smith & Dr. Cruckshank (P) 905-469-9111
  • Suite 455 – Tiny Heart 3D UltraSound (P) 905-465-3343
  • Suite 460 – Palermo Medical Centre (P) 289-837-0222
  • Suite 470 – Bhandari Dental (P) 905-825-5110
  • Suite 475 – Dr. S Andrighetti & Dr. Cawkwell (P) 905-815-8895
  • Suite 480 – Dr. Mark Ginty (P) 905-339-0707
  • Suite 480- Dr. Heather Brien (P) 905-339-2498
Fifth Floor
  • Suite 500 – Dr. Foroozan (P) 905-847-1300
  • Suite 525 – Gualtieri Insurance (P) 905-257-7773
  • Suite 540 – Bronte Medical FHO (P) 905-827-9865
  • Suite 545 – Antonios T. Antoniou
  • Suite 550 – Dr. Szalay & Dr. Chan – Ontario Vein Clinic (P) 905-849-1835
  • Suite 560 – Dr. Willoughby & Dr. Alolabi (P) 289-386-1835
  • Suite 570 – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP (P) 905-825-4255
  • Suite 575 – VGR Investments Ltd – Building Management (P) 905-827-4441
  • Suite 580 – Dr. L Huang & Dr. N Hameed (P) 905-338-0550
  • Suite 590 – Pam Damoff MP (P) 905-847-4043

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North Oakvilles Palermo Professional Centre offers complete health care services. Just West of the New Oakville Hospital. Free Parking.