The Running Physio
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About Us

MEET THE TEAM

Run. Flow or cause to flow.

The world of rehab is changing. Gone are the days of old school machines, ratty curtains, and assembly-line treatments. Physiotherapists are leaders in assessing and treating all things related to mobility - whether it be walking, squash, playing violin, cartwheeling, or running. 

Welcome to TRP. Our physiotherapy team are leaders not only in the clinic, but in our own running lives as well. We’ve thrown out the conventional model of “protocols” and opened our minds to fresh, new, and innovative thinking. Our therapists are trained in treating everything from carpal tunnel to plantar fasciitis, but our real jam is getting into the nitty-gritty stuff with runners. Bodies are complex, multi-dimensional systems. Your care should reflect this. 

If you suffer with low back and hip pain, ITB syndrome and Runner's Knee, Achilles pain, shin splints, or plantar fasciitis - that’s our wheelhouse. We can get you back on your feet (literally). 

THE TEAM

LAUREN ROBERTS   |    LESLIE KLEINER   |    ARAS RUSLYS

LAUREN

Lauren Roberts has been running for as long as she can remember. As a child, she was born with internally rotated thigh bones, and specialists doubted that she would ever be able to run. Still, Lauren did her first 5 km race at the age of 13 in 26:57, and even though she wasn’t the fastest, she continued to incorporate running into her childhood and teenage years. After completing her degree in Kinesiology and Psychology at McMaster University, she went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. In 2015, Lauren competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austria, where she finished as one of the top ten Canadian women. She also completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in 3:12 and has a personal goal of 3:00. She is presently a member of the BlackToe Race Team in Toronto. 

Lauren has formal training in running and gait analysis and has combined her own personal knowledge of rehabilitation, running, and coaching to develop The Running Physio’s “Three Cornerstone” approach to treating runners of all levels. She has also been featured in Canadian Running Magazine, on several podcasts, and frequently does running talks with running groups in the city.

Lauren also has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporates mindfulness and meditation techniques in her treatment style to help address anxiety and depression that often occurs with injury and pain. Lauren believes that feeling good and moving well is a cumulation of both happy minds and happy bodies.

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LESLIE

Leslie Kleiner started running at the age of 13 after her soccer coach introduced a 5km run into the training plan, which resulted in shortness of breath, shin splints, and a feeling of defeat. She was determined ever since to master the sport and be pain free in the process. She has a strong passion for health and fitness and enjoys leading an active lifestyle. In addition to running, she enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and hockey.

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western University where she grew passionate about working with runners throughout her experience as the athletic trainer for the varsity cross country team. She received her Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto.

Leslie is a certified yoga instructor and she enjoys practicing yoga regularly as a compliment to her running regimen. She is trained in acupuncture and dry needling and she has taken additional courses to advance her manual therapy practice. Leslie practices a client centered and individualized approach to treatment in order to help clients achieve their goals in a timely and effective way. 

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ARAS

Aras Ruslys is a Registered Physiotherapy who studied at the University of Sydney in Australia. There he worked closely with the West Harbour Rugby Union team providing on-field injury assessment and management, as well as off-field rehabilitation and return to sport training. This experience of on-field injury assessment and management as well as post-game integration with coaching staff along with his experience in a clinical setting have given him the ability to provide goal-oriented treatment in a diverse spectrum of environments. Aras volunteered at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, helping to provide his medical expertise to diagnose and treat a variety of injuries. 

Aras is consistently seeking out the best ways to get his patients back on track and has added a significant number of skills to his treatment tool kit including but not limited to Concussion rehabilitation, Dry-needling (IMS), Gait Analysis, McKenzie MDT, Rehabilitation Pilates, Power-Lifting Rehabilitation, Mulligan’s techniques, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Currently, Aras is fully certified as an Emergency First Responder and is currently seeking his certification as a titled Sports Physiotherapist with Sports Physio Canada.  

When he’s not busy working, you might catch a glimpse of him on the water surfing, catching fly-balls in the outfield, running or cycling through the streets of Etobicoke, or hitting up one of the many courts of Toronto.

 

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