Physiotherapist

1-3330 Ridgeway Drive,

Mississauga, Ontario, L5L 5Z9, Canada

905-608-9348

  • christina@elementcrossfit.com
  • www.elementcrossfit.com
  • Instagram: www.instagram.com/christinanowak3
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/christinanowak3

Academic Backround

  • 2007- 2011 Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (HBSc), University of Toronto
  • 2011- 2013 Masters of Physiotherapy (MScPT), McMaster University
  • 2015- Present Doctoral Studies, PhD candidate, McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science

Specialties & CertificationsCSCS

  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Mobility 
  • Starting Strength 
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Rock Tape

Athletic & Training Background

  • Competitive and Varsity cheerleading through my high school and undergraduate degrees
  • Competitive CrossFit athlete - Won UG Series 2013
  • 3rd Place Canada East Regionals - Team CrossFit Outlaw North 2014
  • 3rd Place Mega City Throwdown, Toronto ON 2014

Current Role Working with Athletes

My clinic is embedded within a CrossFit gym so the vast majority of the persons I see are CrossFit athletes. I work with people across the age continuum from 8 year old cheerleaders to 76 year old Boomers. 
I was also a Medical Practitioner for the 2015 Pan Am Games

Professional Philosophy

Soft tissue work is an amazing tool but it can also act as a band-aid if you aren't fixing the underlying movement issues. I do a lot of work with the Master's athlete where I am using exercise-based rehabilitation strategies to improve movement patterns and for some, functional independence

"Create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning."

Working with the parents of some of my clients got me interested in pursuing my doctorate studies. My studies is on optimizing resistance training protocols for the older adult. I believe that the human body, even as it ages, is capable of wonderful feats of athleticism and movement. Everyone of my clients I consider an athlete. I've seen persons who haven't been able to do muscle ups get on the rings pain free and men in their 70s race during running intervals. It really is incredible! My website www.staveoff.ca is an ancillary project that highlights some of the work of my PhD project.