Physiotherapy and Counselling
As well as family physicians the Uxbridge Health Centre is home to Physiotherapist Ken Guo and to councsellors Jane Whitaker and Rita Vanhalteren.
Call: 905-852-1009 x 1013
Qingli (Ken) Guo has extensive education, training and working experience in Canada and internationally. Prior to coming to Canada, Ken studied eight years at medical universities in China, and became a physiatrist (clinical specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) and practiced rehab medicine in China Rehabilitation Research Centre Hospital in Beijing. After spending about a year at the Pain Management Program of Ottawa Civic Hospital as an exchange medical doctor, he further pursued academic research in spinal cord injury and obtained his Master of Science degree from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario.
He subsequently moved to Toronto and completed his physiotherapy degree at University of Toronto in 1996 to become a Registered Physiotherapist.
Ken’s motto is “How Can I Do better in treating my patient’s/client’s condition”. With that motivation in mind, he attended over seventy-five postgraduate courses related to manual therapy, manipulative therapy, acupuncture, Mulligan concept, Shirley Sahrmann system of musculoskeletal imbalances, myofascial release, osteopathy, Kinesio-taping, running injuries, functional biomechanics, vestibular rehab, lymphatic drainage, osteoporosis, concussion, and NDT/ Bobath approach. The highlights of those therapeutic skills he has achieved include his certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) of the spine and extremity from the McKenzie Institute International in 2008, and certification of Acupuncture from Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 1998.
Ken has worked in a variety of clinical settings for the past twenty years, including hospitals, community clinics and nursing homes. Today, Ken’s main area of clinical practice is in musculoskeletal /orthopedic conditions (e.g. Neck and back pain, extremity problems, post-surgical conditions, sports-related injuries). He uses an integrated and holistic biomechanical approach in assessment and treatment of his clients.
Ken strongly believes in the unity of mind and body. In his spare time, Ken enjoys playing sports, reading academic journals, and meditating. He believes that to live is to move, to have a healthy body is to have a healthy mind, and this is what he strives to help his clients achieve every day.
Jane Whitaker is a mother of four, and a grandmother, and has been counselling for almost 20 years. She is a member in good standing of both the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario and the Canadian Counselling Association. Jane's approach to therapy is a holistic one, believing the body, mind and emotions are intricately linked. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relational issues, workplace bullying, and pre-marital counselling. Her paradigm is eclectic; cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and emotion focused therapy are examples of types of therapy used in sessions. She has experience in various settings other than private practice such as hospital transition programs, group therapy, counselling university students, and teaching workshops on various topics. Jane enjoys being part of a team of practitioners which includes family doctors, and the cooperation which benefits clients from those relationships.
Rita Van Halteren has a passion for empowering youth, young adults and their families to reach their personal and emotional goals. With a Masters in Counselling (focusing in youth) and over 20 years of counselling experience, Rita connects well with all age groups. Her style is down to earth, gentle and practical. She also has extensive experience teaching and leading workshops on a variety of topics including: self-esteem, depression, anxiety, attachment issues and grief. A new focus over the past several years has been Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, which educates couples to overcome a range of emotional concerns and move beyond their current struggles to live richer, fuller lives. Rita, like wise has lead marriage groups that have enabled couples to have a stronger connection and understanding within relationships. Other areas of expertise: · Abuse · Anxiety · Depression · Grief or Loss · Life Transitions · Marriage Relationships · Relationship Issues · Self-esteem · Self- Harm · Stress and Trauma