Always there to help

Justin Vanderleest

Justin graduated with distinction from the school of physical therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Since then, he has practiced orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation, developing special interests in elite training programs, racquet sports athletes, and injury prevention. 

Justin completed his Master’s degree in 2012 and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT).

Justin believes in comprehensive treatment sessions using evidence-based techniques that deliver the best results. He uses manual therapy, such as joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as intensive soft tissue release, to correct biomechanical faults, facilitating healing by correcting the underlying cause of the problem. Analysis of precipitating factors, and patient-specific corrective exercise are hallmarks of his approach, using stretching, strengthening, and neurological retraining to rehabilitate injuries long-term and prevent re-injury.

 Justin also incorporates a host of other modalities into every treatment, including acupuncture, shockwave therapy, ultrasound and electrical stimulation.



In 2011, Justin took a break from servicing the University of Regina varsity sports teams to organize a rehabilitation aide training and employment program to assist overburdened hospital staff in rural Zimbabwe. Upon completion of the program in Zimbabwe, Justin returned to Canada to complete his Master’s degree in advanced orthopaedics and manipulation at Western University.

Justin is passionate about educating and mentoring aspiring physiotherapists. Currently, he holds an adjunct lecturer position with the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy, and has been active in clinical education for the department since 2013.

An educator at heart, Justin endeavours to teach his patients as much as possible about their injuries, believing that this knowledge is instrumental in the rehabilitation process and can help prevent chronicity and future injuries.


Justin is no stranger to competitive sports. In 2006, he won a sprint canoe national championship with the Wascana Racing Canoe Club.

Prior to moving to Ontario, Justin was the top squash player in Saskatchewan and captain of their provincial team for several years. While completing his Master’s degree at Western University, Justin played varsity squash winning an OUA team championship and receiving the personal honours of All-star and OUA Rookie of the Year. 

In the past few years, Justin has been active in triathlon. At the 2015 Canadian Cross Triathlon Championships, he qualified to compete at the 2015 XTerra World Championships, as well as the 2016 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. Justin continues to train for both road and cross triathlons across Ontario.

“Athletes know their bodies and the challenges of their sports best. Individualized treatment planning requires a therapist who listens and a mutual sharing of information in decision-making. After the assessment and throughout treatment, the client should understand the problem well and the treatments should make sense to them.”


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