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Dr. Stephanie Gaston

Dr. Stephanie Gaston, a Toronto native, has been a chiropractic patient since she was 5 years old. Unlike many chiropractors who had some childhood experience where chiropractic care saved them from a debilitating injury or some chronic condition, chiropractic was introduced to Dr. Stephanie as a normal part of life. Her mother, a very progressive woman, simply saw the value of preventive healthcare and began taking her children for monthly maintenance checkups and adjustments.

“Chiropractic has always been a part of my life,” says Dr. Stephanie. As a teen exploring her options for a career, becoming a chiropractor seemed a natural way to mesh the views she’d developed regarding health with her love for math and science…

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Dr. Stephanie Gaston, a Toronto native, has been a chiropractic patient since she was five years old. Unlike many chiropractors who had some childhood experience where chiropractic care saved them from a debilitating injury or some chronic condition, chiropractic was introduced to Dr. Stephanie as a normal part of life. Her mother, a very progressive woman, simply saw the value of preventive healthcare and began taking her children for monthly maintenance checkups and adjustments.

“Chiropractic has always been a part of my life,” says Dr. Stephanie. As a teen exploring her options for a career, becoming a chiropractor seemed a natural way to mesh the views she’d developed regarding health with her love for math and science. “As a chiropractor, I work with the body – not against it,” says Dr. Stephanie. “I enjoy working with people who are seeking health, being a part of true health care instead of sick care.”

Dr. Stephanie attended the University of Western Ontario from 1987 – 1990 and earned a degree in Biology. She then moved on to study at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 1994 as a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Initially she moved to Vancouver, where she purchased a small practice and successfully built it into a high-volume one over a period of seven years. “While on maternity leave after giving birth to my first child, I decided I wanted to come home to Toronto.” She sold her Vancouver practice in 2001, returned to Toronto, and has been practicing here at Urban Health Group ever since.

Married with three children, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about family wellness and chiropractic care beginning at birth. Her teenage son and twin grade-school daughters were each adjusted within hours of birth. Although she recommends early chiropractic care for all newborns, Dr. Stephanie’s three children all needed to be adjusted for different reasons. Her son had a posterior delivery, which placed a lot of strain on his spine. And her daughters – as is common with twins – had been cramped in utero, while one of them experienced a stressful breach delivery.

“I continue to be motivated by a desire to help people,” explains Dr. Stephanie. “I’ve been here 20 years now and I feel like I have known my patients that long – as if I get to come to work each day and visit with old friends all day.”

Even in this big city, Dr. Stephanie brings a local, neighborly feel to her practice. She gets to know patients, is connected throughout the local community, and maintains a comfy inviting space that makes patients feel welcome.



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Dr. Christina Mallinos

Dr. Christina Mallinos was first introduced to chiropractic at a young age. Growing up a competitive gymnast, Dr. Christina chose chiropractic care as a safe and natural way to support proper function throughout her development, and manage her injuries. In receiving regular adjustments, Dr. Christina noticed a substantial improvement in her chronic headaches, which sparked her early interest in manual therapy, wellness, neurology and anatomy.

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Dr. Christina Mallinos graduated from York University with an honors degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to attend the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and graduated with clinic honors. In addition, Dr. Christina has attained a certificate from the University of McMaster’s Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program, and has completed continuing education credits in custom orthotics. In addition to her chiropractic practice, Dr. Christina teaches anatomy, pathology and orthopedic testing at The College of Massage and Hydrotherapy.

Dr. Christina is motivated by a strong desire to help people master their bodies, so that they can accomplish all that they wish to in life. She is committed to providing honest, efficient and effective care, and engaging patients to become active participants in their treatment plan. Though she has helped many patients overcome pain and injuries, she believes that chiropractic care is best utilized regularly, to optimize wellness and prevent symptoms of pain. Whatever your health goals are, Dr. Christina looks forward to working with you to achieve them.

Dr. Christina grew up in Toronto, Ontario and attended Leaside High School. She loves exploring the city, and trying new restaurants. She enjoys cooking, travelling, keeping active through hot yoga, and strength training, and looking at pictures of people’s pets.



Dr. Alessia Stefenatti

Dr. Alessia Stefenatti, born and raised in Toronto, has always had an interest in helping people reach their optimal well-being as a health care practitioner. With inspiration from her own chiropractor, she was motivated to study the science and master the technique of chiropractic care. After many years of competitive figure skating and running; receiving regular adjustments has helped her to continue to participate in her favourite activities. She wants to show people how chiropractic care can make a difference in their lives.

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Dr. Alessia graduated from Richview Collegiate Institute. She then studied at Queen’s University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Specialization in Kinesiology. After deciding to pursue chiropractic, she attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Alessia is in the process of attaining a certificate from the University of McMaster’s Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program.

Dr. Alessia is dedicated in providing care that can benefit you as a whole; mind, body and soul. She is highly motivated to educate patients and help them empower their health. A lesson she learned throughout her athletic and studious endeavours was to deal with any aches and pains right away, or even before they would become symptomatic. Chiropractic care can help prevent pain and injuries from occurring and getting worse. In addition, it can help with functional and performance improvements. Dr. Alessia encourages chiropractic care on a regular basis along with active participation from the patient. She will strive to help you achieve your optimal wellness and personal goals.

Dr. Alessia loves children and looks forward to having a family of her own. She enjoys getting out in the wilderness and being by the water where it’s peaceful. Her favourite activities include skating, snowboarding, swimming, running, baking and travelling with family. The winter holidays are Dr. Alessia’s favourite time of year to celebrate with the ones she loves.


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Katie Blundell

Katie completed her Chiropody studies at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in 2013. Prior to that, she studied Human and Animal Physiology and History at the University of Toronto. Katheryn has a special interest in treating children and biomechanical issues. Katheryn was the first Chiropodist in over 10 years to be granted an observership at the Hospital for Sick Children in the orthopaedics department.

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Katie has a passion for the profession and enjoys being able to help her patients to resolve all of their foot-care health issues. She is a member of the HPRAC review committee, working to advance the profession in Ontario, the Program Review Committee at her alma matter, and the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine. Outside of work, Katie enjoys horse riding and Improvising. She is also very involved with the Toronto Irish community, representing them as the 50th Toronto Rose of Tralee.

Kaitlyn Wengler

Kaitlyn graduated from the massage therapy program at The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and has completed an advanced training certification in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Drawn to the profession for its healing capabilities, she believes that massage therapy presents a foundation for rehabilitation, exercise education, health maintenance, and wellness. Through soft tissue manipulation, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and manual lymph drainage, she works to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded treatment specific to each individual.

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Kaitlyn values a patient-centered care approach to all treatments and utilizes massage therapy to assist and optimize the health and wellness of her patients. She has experience treating patients with edema, tendonitis, chronic back and neck pain, rheumatic arthritis, headaches, neuropathies, pregnancy and postpartum etc. Along with providing a therapeutic treatment, Kaitlyn has a strong passion for educating patients in safe and effective home care and remedial exercises. Outside of work, Kaitlyn loves staying active and participates in various recreational activities including hockey. She also enjoys trying new cooking/baking recipes and spending time with friends and family.


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Brenda De Silva, RMT

Brenda has over 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Having worked through her own personal struggles through exercise, nutrition, and meditation, she experienced first-hand the impact a healthy lifestyle can have on an individual’s overall well-being. She decided to combine her love of health and fitness with her passion for self-development and spiritual growth.

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Brenda has an extensive background in personal training, working as a personal trainer for 10 years in boutique and corporate gyms. In 2013 she became a certified Reiki Practitioner and Master and in 2014 she became a Fascial Stretch Therapist®. By 2017 she had completed her Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapy Fitness certification and became a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapy® Instructor with Stretch to Win™ Canada.

In 2019 Brenda successfully completed the Massage Therapy Program at Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is excited to apply her newfound skills, knowledge and techniques to her treatments, providing a fluid, holistic and intuitive approach to her sessions catered to her clients’ needs.

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Salvatore unofficially began to care for people as a young Architect. He completed a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1998. Improving the lives of people, he designed interior spaces, custom furniture and industrial design objects for a decade. At midlife, Salvatore received a dream that changed everything. He answered the call and returned to school as an adult. In 2009, he received a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Kikkawa College. Artful hands transitioned into therapeutic hands and at last, design found its maturity in the Architecture of the body.

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Salvatore officially began to care for people as a Registered Massage Therapist. In good standing with the CMTO for 12+ years, his professional practice holds the possibility of change as holy ground for clients to traverse in their own way. Guided by the wisdom of the body, he co-creates a sacred container to meet clients exactly where they need to be met. Compassionate and open-hearted his therapeutic approach to wellness balances technical discernment with intuitive perception. In this way, Salvatore listens to the inherent intelligence of the body when unwinding soft tissue restrictions.

He utilizes a number of modalities and techniques to provide deep relief and emotional well-being for his clients, namely Craniosacral therapy, Myofascial Release, Medical Qi Gong, Suikodo, Spinal Mobilizations, Deep Tissue Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy.

Specializing in a Visionary approach to Craniosacral Therapy, Salvatore was awarded a Diploma in Visionary Craniosacral Bodywork, in 2015, by the internationally recognized Osteopath, Hugh Milne. The rigorous, multi-level training established an in-depth understanding of the Craniosacral System and consciously prepared Salvatore to value both technical knowledge and intuitive mastery. The teaching mantra was simple: Open the Heart, Clear the Mind, Free the Body.

Enamored with the beauty of this world Salvatore is a life-long learner. Deeply invested in self-care practices that expand his capacity for joy, curiosity of life and body awareness he loves Dream Journaling, Japanese Calligraphy, Tenkoku workshops, daily Medical Qi Gong, walking trails and cooking adventures infused with global spices.

Craniosacral Therapy: This unique healing modality applies a gentle, meditative contact of 5g or less pressure to interrupt the fight or flight cycle and activates the rest and digest response of the nervous system. The self-healing mechanisms of the immune system are called into action to distribute resources to where they are needed and restore natural rhythms of the body. Tissue is either pushed, pulled or held in place with traditional hand contacts made at the pelvis, sacrum, spine and cranium, but any part of the body can be valuable place of stored information. Clients often report a deep sense of relief with an added quality of witnessing their body change as it is changing. Performed without oil, clients are encouraged to attend sessions in loose clothing (t-shirt and shorts).

Some of the conditions treated include: Headaches/migraines, pre/post pregnancy, grinding/temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sacroiliac misalignments/sciatica, postural asymmetry, eye/vision problems, concussion/whiplash injuries, hearing loss/tinnitus, sinusitis, bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, depression and digestive disorders.

Craniosacral Massage: As the name suggests, this blended treatment combines the best of Craniosacral Therapy with Swedish Massage. Tailored to the needs of the client hand contacts are made along the pelvis, sacrum, spine and/cranium to reduce the muscle tension in a given area. Intended as an introduction to the gentle, meditative touch of craniosacral therapy, clients can expect to experience a qualitative change in muscle tone and feel a sense of deep relief.


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Urvashi Krishnan

Urvashi loves sharing her enthusiasm for healthy living and fitness. With a passion to educate and inspire her clients, Urvashi’s goal is to make lasting changes in her patients’ lives and empower them to achieve their goals. Her focus is to uncover the origin of the problem, address the issue and attain the highest level of function possible. She believes in providing her patients with the confidence to take ownership in their recovery.

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Urvashi graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Indraprastha University in India. She has a keen understanding biomechanics and the physical demands required to achieve performance excellence. With years of clinical experience, knowledge and a high degree of cultural sensitivity, Urvashi is experienced in treating orthopedic, soft tissue and sports injuries with a focus in treating clients suffering from whiplash and other injuries due to motor vehicle accidents. Urvashi also enjoys working with high-functioning clients dealing with deficits from Stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, or other neurological conditions.

Urvashi believes that rehabilitation is a team effort and prides herself in taking the time with her patients to ensure they fully understand the injury and treatment plan. To achieve the best outcome, she uses an individualized treatment approach that incorporates education, manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, dry needling, shockwave therapy and specific exercise prescription.

Urvashi believes in the concept of lifelong learning. She has completed certification courses to further her knowledge in Integrated Dry Needling, K-taping, Pilates, Active Release Therapy. Urvashi also plans to pursue other courses in Pelvic Health to aid pregnant women struggling with incontinence.

When she is not treating patients, Urvashi remains active by practicing kickboxing and lifting weights at the gym. She also enjoys running outdoors and sprinting. She loves eating out and exploring places in the city. Above all, she loves spending time with her family.


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Elijah Stevens

Elijah graduated from the University of Guelph with an honors degree in Kinesiology and Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences. During his studies, he completed a Kinesiologist internship at the University’s Health and Performance Center, where he worked mainly with varsity athletes. He then went on to work as a Physiotherapist Assistant, Personal Trainer and certified Fascial Stretch Therapist®. Elijah is currently studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and is set to graduate in 2023.

His style of exercise prescription focuses on improving functional movements and overall quality of life through movement proficiency and strength.

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Fani Peker

With a deep passion for and intrigue in the mind-body connection, holistic healing, and intergenerational trauma, Fani always knew she was meant to support others in creating authentic well-being. She focused her efforts, while accomplishing her Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber, to research neuroscience, mindfulness, and strength-based approaches for emotional well-being.

While healing through her own challenges with PTSD, burnout, and depression, she connected with Dr. Mandy Wintink, University of Guelph-Humber neuroscience professor and CEO of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience in Toronto.

Under her mentorship, Fani completed a certification in life coaching guided by positive psychology and mindfulness. Fani is a clinical hypnosis practitioner and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists trained by Georgina Cannon at the University of Toronto.

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Salvatore Spatafora, B. Arch, RMT, VCSB

Salvatore unofficially began to care for people as a young Architect. He completed a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1998. Improving the lives of people, he designed interior spaces, custom furniture and industrial design objects for a decade. At midlife, Salvatore received a dream that changed everything. He answered the call and returned to school as an adult. In 2009, he received a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Kikkawa College. Artful hands transitioned into therapeutic hands and at last, design found its maturity in the Architecture of the body.

Read more about Salvatore »


Salvatore officially began to care for people as a Registered Massage Therapist. In good standing with the CMTO for 12+ years, his professional practice holds the possibility of change as holy ground for clients to traverse in their own way. Guided by the wisdom of the body, he co-creates a sacred container to meet clients exactly where they need to be met. Compassionate and open-hearted his therapeutic approach to wellness balances technical discernment with intuitive perception. In this way, Salvatore listens to the inherent intelligence of the body when unwinding soft tissue restrictions.

He utilizes a number of modalities and techniques to provide deep relief and emotional well-being for his clients, namely Craniosacral therapy, Myofascial Release, Medical Qi Gong, Suikodo, Spinal Mobilizations, Deep Tissue Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy.

Specializing in a Visionary approach to Craniosacral Therapy, Salvatore was awarded a Diploma in Visionary Craniosacral Bodywork, in 2015, by the internationally recognized Osteopath, Hugh Milne. The rigorous, multi-level training established an in-depth understanding of the Craniosacral System and consciously prepared Salvatore to value both technical knowledge and intuitive mastery. The teaching mantra was simple: Open the Heart, Clear the Mind, Free the Body.

Enamored with the beauty of this world Salvatore is a life-long learner. Deeply invested in self-care practices that expand his capacity for joy, curiosity of life and body awareness he loves Dream Journaling, Japanese Calligraphy, Tenkoku workshops, daily Medical Qi Gong, walking trails and cooking adventures infused with global spices.

Craniosacral Therapy: This unique healing modality applies a gentle, meditative contact of 5g or less pressure to interrupt the fight or flight cycle and activates the rest and digest response of the nervous system. The self-healing mechanisms of the immune system are called into action to distribute resources to where they are needed and restore natural rhythms of the body. Tissue is either pushed, pulled or held in place with traditional hand contacts made at the pelvis, sacrum, spine and cranium, but any part of the body can be valuable place of stored information. Clients often report a deep sense of relief with an added quality of witnessing their body change as it is changing. Performed without oil, clients are encouraged to attend sessions in loose clothing (t-shirt and shorts).

Some of the conditions treated include: Headaches/migraines, pre/post pregnancy, grinding/temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sacroiliac misalignments/sciatica, postural asymmetry, eye/vision problems, concussion/whiplash injuries, hearing loss/tinnitus, sinusitis, bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, depression and digestive disorders.

Craniosacral Massage: As the name suggests, this blended treatment combines the best of Craniosacral Therapy with Swedish Massage. Tailored to the needs of the client hand contacts are made along the pelvis, sacrum, spine and/cranium to reduce the muscle tension in a given area. Intended as an introduction to the gentle, meditative touch of craniosacral therapy, clients can expect to experience a qualitative change in muscle tone and feel a sense of deep relief.



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