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About Align

Align Physiotherapy + Sports Clinic is an advanced rehabilitation clinic that creates a customized treatment plan to meet each patient’s unique medical needs. In its new 2,500 square foot premises with state of the art equipment and the most progressive treatment techniques and practices, our highly trained team of professionals is committed to providing the utmost level of service. The team has successfully treated a wide variety of injuries and conditions that reduce pain and inflammation, increase range of motion, and improve posture, strength, body mechanics, and function. Each consultation combines an in-depth assessment, advanced manual therapy techniques, an individualized exercise program, and patient education to help patients achieve optimal results.

Conveniently located on the border of Mississauga and Oakville, Align Physiotherapy + Sports Clinic is easily accessible by car or public transit.

About Parag

Parag Shah is a highly qualified physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating complex injuries, illness, and disability in southern Ontario. After receiving an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Parag attended McMaster University where he completed his Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Parag began his career in a national physiotherapy company in southern Ontario and shortly thereafter added responsibilities as Clinic Director for a large multi-disciplinary clinic in Oakville. With a thirst to learn and a continuous improvement mindset, Parag prides himself on possessing a broad range of skills and techniques to best treat his patients, which range from infants to competitive athletes. In addition to being a registered physiotherapist, he is a certified practitioner of medical acupuncture, having obtained his certification with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. He is also trained in vestibular rehabilitation and has successfully treated hundreds of patients over the past 13 years who suffer from dizziness and vertigo related to vestibular dysfunctions.

In 2011, Parag completed a Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at The University of Western Ontario and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), signifying that he has completed extensive post-graduate education in the area of orthopaedics and has achieved an internationally-recognized qualification in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy.

Parag has lived in Mississauga for over 30 years and is an active member of both the Oakville and Mississauga communities. In the last 15 years, Parag has mentored numerous physiotherapists and physiotherapy students. For the past 7 years he has facilitated the Clinical Reasoning course at the University of Toronto for students in the Physical Therapy Program. He continues to be a popular speaker on injury prevention, health and wellness, and the physiotherapy profession.

When not working, Parag remains active by spending time with his young family or playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, squash, and golf.


About Gwen

After receiving an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University, Gwen Weitz completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. In 2019, Gwen successfully completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative therapy curriculum and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).  This internationally recognized program will be a huge benefit to the many patients Gwen cares for here at Align using a hands-on manual and manipulative therapy approach to assessment and treatment.

A certified practitioner of acupuncture, Gwen completed her training through the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program. She has also completed several courses focused on treating neck and back issues through the McKenzie Institute.

Gwen has experience treating individuals of all ages and has helped patients suffering from a wide range of ailments including sports injuries, post-surgical restrictions, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and acute and chronic pain. She enjoys the challenge of helping her patients maximize their function and optimize their quality of life.

A former competitive gymnast, Gwen enjoys an active lifestyle that includes gym workouts, softball, and volleyball. She is a passionate sports fan (Go Raps!) and loves spending time with family and friends.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Haywood is an experienced physiotherapist specializing in manual and manipulative therapy. With extensive experience working in orthopaedics and sports rehabilitation, Jennifer uses her expertise in manual therapy and exercise prescription to help her patients reach their rehabilitation goals.

Jen joined Align in 2014 after earning both her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences and her Physiotherapy degree with honours from Queen’s University, and gaining valuable physiotherapy experience in a variety of settings. Jen is committed to personal growth and development, and has taken numerous courses to enhance her skills. In November 2015, Jen successfully completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative therapy curriculum and is now a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Jen leverages this internationally-recognized qualification in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy to the benefit of her patients. In 2019, Jen also completed the Integrated Dry Needling (IDN) course.

A competitive athlete and former member of the Queen’s University varsity softball team, Jennifer has a special interest in working with elite athletes. She has worked with numerous varsity athletes at Queen’s University including the varsity men’s hockey and rugby teams. In private practice, Jennifer continues to treat elite athletes competing in a variety of disciplines.

Jennifer maintains an active lifestyle with gym workouts and by playing softball and hockey in the community.

About Mujeeb

Mujeeb Duranai has been applying his passion for rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and patient care at Align since joining the team in 2017. A strong believer in continuing education, Mujeeb is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS – National Strength and Conditioning Association). His clinical approach emphasizes hands-on treatment, education, and in-home exercises to empower patients to take an active role in achieving their goals.

After receiving his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Mujeeb attended the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Throughout his education, Mujeeb took on leadership roles, culminating in serving as the President of the Physical Therapy Student Association. He was Valedictorian of his graduating class and awarded the prestigious Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award for his contributions to the University community. In 2019, Mujeeb completed an Advanced Health Care Practice Program (MCISc) through Western University and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).

As a professional, Mujeeb continues to be active in the community, currently serving as the President for the Westgate District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. He also enjoys an active lifestyle, frequently playing indoor and beach volleyball throughout the GTA, strength training, and bouldering.

About Matt

As a certified personal trainer and Registered Massage Therapist with diplomas in both Massage Therapy and Sports Injury Therapy, Matt Finucan brings a unique skill set to Align. Matt is passionate about providing the best possible care to his patients through massage techniques and education that often includes demonstrating stretches and prescribing strengthening exercises.

Matt works with a broad range of patients including elite athletes and enjoys treating everything from sport injuries to every day pains. When not in the clinic, Matt is an on-call sports injury therapist for Mohawk College varsity athletes and the Burlington Braves Football Club, treating both on and off field injuries. He also works seasonally with Major League Baseball conducting drug testing.

Matt is very active, making time for regular gym workouts, and enjoying a game of hockey, baseball, golf, or squash. He also loves keeping up to speed on sports news and spending his down time with his wife, son and cat.

About Caryn

Caryn is proud to be the Office Manager at Align Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic, where she is an important part of the team helping others lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Prior to joining Align, Caryn earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from McMaster University.  She concurrently earned her Certificate in the Language of Medicine and Health, a designation that taught her to understand the etymology of medical terminology.

At university, Caryn began powerlifting and joined the McMaster Barbell team. With the support and encouragement of her friends in the powerlifting community, Caryn began competing in 2018. Outside of training and working, Caryn enjoys hiking, sailing, and enjoying new recipes with friends.

As someone who has benefitted from physiotherapy and is passionate about helping others, Caryn plans to pursue physiotherapy after learning first hand from the team at Align. She looks forward to welcoming you to the clinic.