Dr. Robert Lafontaine is proud to be the Timmins Rock’s official doctor. Hockey has always been one of his passions. Born and raised in Kapuskasing, he played hockey as a youth in the KMHA. Despite demanding studies at the University of Ottawa and Montreal, he continued to play Canada's beloved sport and continues to play hockey to this day. Better known as Dr Bob, he is a passionate and loyal Boston Bruins fan.
After graduating with honours from Université de Montréal, he established his practice in Timmins in 2002 as a general orthopaedic surgeon with a keen interest in sports injuries. Dr Bob has been involved with the TMHA and spring hockey leagues as a trainer for his son’s hockey teams for over 5 years. Since June 2013, he has held Level III Trainer Certification from the NOHA.
Restore Physiotherapy Timmins
Scott Alexander - graduated in 2004 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics, followed by a post-graduate Master of Physical Therapy degree at Western University in 2006. Since graduating Scott has done numerous courses to continue his education and learn the most up to date evidence-based interventions to best treat his clients. In 2011 Scott completed his Level 5 manual therapy course and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMPT). Scott is also certified in Acupuncture, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Functional Movement Screening. He is also a co-instructor of Manual Therapy courses with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Scott moved to Timmins in 2011 and is proud to be a co-founder of Restore Physiotherapy and part of the Timmins Rock physiotherapy team!
Patricia Ferrari - graduated from Western University in 2004 with an Honours degree in Health Sciences. She returned to Western University the following year to continue her studies and completed a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2006. Patricia moved back to her hometown of Timmins and began working at the Timmins and District Hospital providing physiotherapy services in both in-patient and out-patient settings.
While working at the hospital Patricia discovered her passion for treating patients with orthopaedic injuries and in 2012 opened her own private physiotherapy clinic with her classmate and colleague Scott Alexander. She continues to extend her practice through continuing education courses in manual therapy offered through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Patricia is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and the Functional Movement Screen to provide screening to help her patients prevent future injuries. She is excited to be one of the Timmins Rock physiotherapists.
Ian Wemyss - graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He then travelled overseas to Australia to the University of Sydney where he completed his Masters of Physiotherapy degree in 2010. After graduating, Ian returned home to work at the Timmins & District Hospital where he rotated between various areas of the hospital including medical, surgical, intensive care unit, emergency, rehabilitation and outpatients. After gaining valuable knowledge and experience at his first place of employment, Ian decided to transfer from the public system to private practice. The focus of his work shifted to treating musculoskeletal conditions including sport, motor vehicle accident injuries and workplace injuries.
As a therapist his treatment consists of manual therapy, exercise prescription, modalities and education. Since joining Restore Physiotherapy, Ian has begun his manual therapy levels from the Orthopaedic Division and is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Ian looks forward to keeping the Timmins Rock players healthy for the upcoming season!
Kara Williston - grew up in South Porcupine and was first introduced to a career in physiotherapy during a high school cooperative education placement where she was immediately drawn to the profession. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2012 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During her time at Dalhousie, Kara volunteered as an athletic trainer with the varsity women’s volleyball team where she was able to gain experience with injury prevention and management, soft tissue massage, and supportive taping.
Upon graduating from Dalhousie, Kara went on to pursue a Master of Physical Therapy degree at Western University. She has completed Level 1 of the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s manual therapy levels. Kara is passionate about helping clients restore function and prevent injury through a combination of manual therapy techniques and individually tailored exercise programs. She plans to advance her education in manual therapy and trigger point dry needling. Kara is excited to be a part of the Timmins Rock health team and is looking forward to the upcoming season!