About Us

Our Staff

Leslie Tempest

Leslie Tempest,
Physiotherapist, Owner/Operator

Leslie Tempest, BScPT, is a registered physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 1992. She has practiced in a variety of fields and locations, including a 3 year stint in England. Her experience is varied but has primarily focused in an out-patient environment and in private practice since 1996. Over the years she has taken many post-graduate training courses and has developed an interest in biomechanics, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise/exercise as medicine and preventative education. More recently she is delving into understanding the science of pain and how that impacts treatment. She is also fully trained in the McKenzie method of mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

Leslie became the owner/operator of her own clinic in 1999 and, 22 years later, now operates as ProActive Rehab! As being a business owner is much different than being a clinical physiotherapist, Leslie has also given much of her time over the last 11 years to learning how to do this better. She is proud of her clinic and is confident you will love working with her great team as they work hard to get YOU back to living ProActively!

When Leslie is not engaged in the practice of physiotherapy or the development of her clinic, she is mother to two great kids, Kira and Will and pursues fitness through swimming, cycling, running (and yes, triathlons!) as well as family camping, skiing, & snowshoeing. She thanks Scott, her ever supportive husband, for all he does behind the scenes!

Professional Memberships:

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; Canadian Physiotherapy Association; Ontario Physiotherapy Association; Private Practice Division, CPA; Pain Science Division, CPA.

Stella Barnett

Stella Barnett,

Following completion of her Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Human Biology in 1998, Stella completed a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2001, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy in 2006. Stella is a Physiotherapist, registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapy. Stella previously worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in her home country of England and immigrated to Canada in 2005.

Stella has taken continuing education programs in Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Soft Tissue Release, Concussion Assessment and Treatment, Vestibular Rehabilitation, the Progessive Goal Attainment Program and Therapeutic Horse Back Riding. She strongly believes in the importance of active rehabilitation to assist clients in achieving their therapeutic goals. Stella has a special interest in the rehabilitation of lower limb injuries and athletes. She has worked as the therapist for several sports team, including hockey, football, soccer and rugby, ranging from high school to elite level athletes. Stella was also a senior coach for a varsity trampoline team in England.

In her free time, Stella enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, and training and competing at agility with her one dog. 

Professional Memberships: Canadian Physiotherapy Association, including Animal Rehabilitation Division and Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Ontario Physiotherapy Association, and Acupuncture Canada

Jaimee Clarkson

Jaimee Clarkson,
Registered Massage Therapist

Jaimee Clarkson graduated from Humber College with a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion and an advanced diploma in Massage Therapy, and is a Registered Massage Therapist. Jaimee has been an athlete all her life, from playing Premier women's soccer to being a Varsity Cheerleader at Humber College, and has worked in the fitness industry for over 5 years. She is excited to being a part of the ProActive Team as our newest Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). With education in remedial exercise and clinical based approach treatments, Jaimee’s goals are to get you feeling your most optimal!

Jaimee is new to area and looks forward to discovering Muskoka. She enjoys snowmobiling, hiking and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Professional Memberships: College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario

Marlee Moore

Marlee Moore,
Aquatic and Exercise Therapist

Marlee Moore graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2014 with an honours degree in Therapeutic Recreation, minoring in Gerontology. She also completed a Diploma in Fitness and Health promotion from Conestoga College in 2010. Marlee is also a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer. As Exercise Therapist she is excited to work alongside the physiotherapists, supporting exercise programming and helping to promote overall fitness and health to our “proactive” clients. As an Aquatic Therapist, Marlee runs the Aquatic Therapy program offered by ProActive and truly has a passion for the water. She is currently certified with WaterART fitness international as an Aquatic Rehabilitation Instructor, certified with the Canadian Aquatic Rehab Institute, a member of  the Canadian Aqua Fitness Leaders Alliance (CALA) and a certified Lifeguard with the National Lifeguard Society (NLS). She is dedicated to her work and is always looking to expand her knowledge and help each client get back to living ProActively!

Having been born and raised in Huntsville, Marlee is very excited to be working in her home town. Outside of work Marlee enjoys spending time with her husband Corey and their dog Reimer, hanging out with friends & family, and is a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs Fan. Marlee has a passion for fitness and enjoys playing hockey, soccer and swimming. She looks forward to helping you get Strong, Fit & Healthy with ProActive Rehab!

Jackie Nikiforuk

Jackie Nikiforuk,
Client Experience Coordinator

Originally from St. Catherines, Ontario, Jackie moved to Muskoka in 2001. She recently retired from the hospitality industry,  where she had over 30 years experience as a Manager, General Manager and Events/Wedding Planner, including as the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for the G8 Summit hosted at Deerhurst Resort in 2010.

She brings with her years of customer service experience and a strong work ethic. When not in the outdoors with her family, Jackie spends her spare time as an organizer and leader in numerous community youth sports programs in Muskoka. You will also find Jackie on the sidelines cheering for her son Isaiah and his team.

As a strong believer in physical health and well being, Jackie is proud to join the ProActive team and serve the Muskoka community.

Branigan Samson

Branigan Samson,
Client Experience Coordinator

Originally from Manitoba, with roots in Tanzania and Myanmar where she taught English as a second language, Branigan also lived in Newfoundland before settling in Muskoka three years ago. Branigan now lives in Huntsville with her partner Bryan and her amazing pug Nova.

She comes to ProActive Rehab after working one-on-one with children, youth, adults and the elderly in a wide variety of settings; loving that everyone has their own unique story. She looks forward to connecting with you on your journey towards wellness at ProActive Rehab.

Branigan is also an avid artist, creating embroidery, sewing creations and painting. With her creative talents Branigan has started a fundraiser/support platform to help those living with mental illness. “Hope in Numbers” now raises funds to support  Mind-Aid, a local non profit in Muskoka. 

When not participating in the arts, she can often be seen kayaking down the Muskoka River with her pug Nova.

Maureen Simpson

Maureen Simpson,
Client Experience Coordinator

Born and raised in Toronto, Maureen is a new resident of Huntsville, having moved here in August 2018. 

Maureen comes to ProActive with 20 years of administrative and customer service experience. Most recently, Maureen was an office manager and secretary at High Park Optometry. Maureen gained most of her professional experience working at a Jaguar/Land Rover dealership as an administrative coordinator and assistant business manager. 

At home Maureen is a busy mom, raising her two children, Emily and Evan, and taking care of their dog Springer. Maureen also spends time helping her husband Kevin to establish and build his contracting business in a new community.

Maureen is happiest surrounded by friends and family. Maureen also enjoys exploring the outdoors, hiking, swimming, camping and loves a long road trip. Maureen strongly believes in treating everyone with respect and compassion and hopes to make your visit here a comfortable and positive experience. Maureen is excited to be part of the team here at ProActive Rehab and looks forward to meeting you.

Shelby Speicher

Shelby Speicher,
Physiotherapist Assistant, Exercise Therapy

A recent graduate of the Physiotherapy assistant and Occupational therapy assistant program at Georgian College, Shelby is pleased to be joining the ProActive team as a full time PTA. She has spent the past year and a half working in a Chiropractic clinic in Orillia where she assisted athletes in their recovery from injury. She has also been able to gain experience in the areas of low back pain management and concussion care.

Shelby has lived in Muskoka her whole life and is glad to be working here now too! Prior to her post secondary education, Shelby was a competitive dancer in the Muskoka area for over 13 years. Now that she has graduated she continues to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with hobbies like hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing and in her spare time she is an assistant to her boyfriend in many house renovation projects!

Shelby is excited to be joining the ProActive team and looks forward to helping as many people as possible get back to living - ProActively!

Samantha Thompson

Samantha Thompson,
Physiotherapist Assistant, Aquatic & Exercise Therapy

Samantha graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant program at Durham College in the spring of 2019. Samantha completed her final placement as a student PTA at ProActive Rehab, and was excited to join the team shortly thereafter.

When she was 16, Samantha tore her ACL downhill skiing, and received her physiotherapy treatment at ProActive Rehab. This incident was the turning point in her life, and helped her decision of what she wanted to do for a career!

Samantha grew up in the Sundridge area, and values her family and the time she can spend with them while striving to live an active outdoor lifestyle. Cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking and camping are some of her favourite outdoor activities as well as being a volunteer firefighter. She is very proud of being able to give back and help her community.

Samantha is looking forward to being able to use her knowledge and experiences to help you through your journey to recovery.

Sarah Tyler

Sarah Tyler,
Registered Massage Therapist

Originally from the big city of Brampton, Sarah has found her home in Huntsville. She graduated with honours from Elmcrest College in North York for Massage Therapy and then became a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). After her certification, she worked in multiple Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics in Brampton for a couple of years before moving to Muskoka in 2010 and joining the ProActive Rehab team. Throughout college and the years since then, Sarah has obtained experience in treating a wide variety of clientele, ranging from musculoskeletal problems to motor vehicle accidents, work place injuries and sports related injuries. She is skilled at providing therapeutic massage treatments according to the individual needs of her clients.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her partner Daniel and their cat (Ollie), and her friends and family here in Muskoka and back in Brampton. She also frequently enjoys listening to and seeing live music, personal fitness, cooking and baking, hiking, camping and snowshoeing.

Professional Membership: College of Massage Therapists of Ontario

Nelly Twiss

Nelly Twiss,
Physiotherapist Assistant

Nelly Twiss is a graduate of Guelph-Humber University with a degree in Kinesiology and a diploma in Health & Fitness promotion. After a year of working as a physiotherapy assistant in both private practice and long-term care, she relocated to British Columbia, where she tried working in an office. Nelly found she missed working in a health care environment and working with people. This motivated her to enter the Registered Massage Therapy program at Langara College which she completed in May of 2021. She is now working towards becoming registered as an RMT in Ontario. In the meantime, she will be returning to her roots as a PTA with the ProActive Team.

Nelly has been active and an athlete her whole life which has led to her needing her fair share of manual therapy! She has been a part of volleyball, swimming, and soccer teams, and is also an avid hiker, camper, and adventurer. Nelly looks forward to exploring her new surroundings and getting to know her new town of Huntsville. She is excited to be part of the team at ProActive Rehab, where she hopes to learn and grow as a therapist

Stacey Van Schyndel

Stacey Van Schyndel,
MSc.PT, BKin

Stacey Van Schyndel is a registered physiotherapist who graduated from Queen's University in 2011 with a Masters in Physiotherapy. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, and while completing her undergrad studies at Brock University she worked as a student therapist with the varsity volleyball and rugby teams. She has been at ProActive Rehab since September 2011.

Since graduation, Stacey has undertaken several continuing education courses in the areas of concussion therapy, vestibular rehab and minimalist running as well courses through the McKenzie Institute of Canada and APTEI (Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute). Outside work, Stacey has a passion for the outdoors and loves to camp. She is active in the Triathlon community, plays in the local women's hockey league and is often found on the hiking or cross country ski trails. She is very much looking forward to getting YOU back to living ProActively at ProActive Rehab!

Professional Membership: College of Physiotherapist of Ontario, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Ontario Physiotherapy Association

Janis Washington

Janis Washington,
Client Experience Manager

Janis has lived in Muskoka for 30 years, and is originally from Brampton. She has a long history of customer service, starting with an 18 year career with Bell Canada, then moving on to Trillium Resort & Spa as assistant manager. Before coming to Proactive Rehab she spent 15 years in a health care clinic locally where she gained experience in the multidisciplinary healthcare field. Along with all this experience, Janis brings a very strong work ethic and keeps the clinic running smoothly. She has taken courses in Telecommunications as well as Advertising and Design at Sheridan College. She is certified under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in the Community Care Sector.

Janis enjoys being active with interests in weight training, running, X-country skiing and snowshoeing. She is an avid golfer in the summer with her husband and two sons. Another of her interests from the creative and design background is watercolour.

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