Mike – Founder & Owner
Mike sustained a spinal cord injury in June1996. He was the driver of a car that was involved in a single vehicle accident outside of St.Marys, Ontario. Mike has done everything an able bodied person would do from the ages of 16 to 35, he was able to finish high school, go on to get a University degree, get a great job, buy a house, got a vehicle modified to be able to drive independently and has also traveled throughout the United States and Australia. He was very happy with his life and the accomplishments he had made but he never gave up on the goal of one day walking again. It was 15 years post injury that he decided to attend a facility in California that was specializing in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. After returning to London with the best intentions of maintaining his functional gains, it was then that he realized London was the best place for Moving Forward to be started.
Mike’s primary motivation for opening Moving Forward Rehabilitation and Wellness Center is to ensure that he and others can have access to the tools, facilities and support required for them to continue Moving Forward with their recovery right here in London.
Melissa – Athletic Therapist
Melissa was born in London and raised just north of the city in Ilderton. An honors graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences program in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College, she is a Certified Athletic Therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. Melissa ran an athletic therapy based clinical practice working with athletes, SCI clients as well as the general population before joining us at Moving Forward.
Melissa has also been the athletic therapist for the London Majors Baseball team since 2009, as well as with the London Gymnastics Academy, Southwest 7′s rugby Ontario team, and at the Special Olympics Ontario Basketball tournament. Melissa has her Intro to Dynamic Taping Certification, Canadian Red Cross First Responder Level HCP and Ontario Minor Hockey Level II Trainer Certification.
Mike – Training Assistant
Mike is a graduate of Bishop’s University and a native of St. Mary’s, Ontario. With 6 years of experience developing strength and conditioning programs for University athletes from varsity rowing to football and a NCCP level 1 coach, Mike is looking forward to assisting clients in setting and attaining their personalized goals. Currently, Mike is involved in the community as a youth support worker and a high school football coach.
Aaron Verschraegen – Kinesiologist / Training Assistant
Aaron was born and raised in Chatham but currently lives in London. He is a recent graduate from the Honours program of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. Aaron has been active his entire life, being involved in multiple competitive and school sport teams. He has the necessary tools that are needed to provide the proper athletic training and therapy within the business to allow for successful rehabilitation. Working one on one with clients, Aaron is looking forward to setting personal goals with clients and being a part of helping them achieve those goals.
Danielle Pletch – Physical Therapist
Danielle grew up in Lucan, Ontario. A registered physical therapist, she graduated from UWO with an Honors Bachelor of Science and a Master of Physical Therapy. For the past 7 years, Danielle has been working at a private clinic in British Columbia. Her main focus was on active rehabilitation for people injured in the work place. Working one on one with clients, Danielle is looking forward to setting personal goals with clients and being a part of helping them achieve those goals.