We're on a mission to make your life easier as rehabilitation professional by bridging the gap between continuing education and what we provide to our patients. By making education accessible to all rehabilitation professionals - PTs, OTs, Chiro, RMTs - regardless of your geographic location, budget and area of practice, we can improve care and ultimately outcomes, for patients everywhere.

We're on a mission to make it simple, easy and enjoyable to learn where you want, when you want.

Our Story

In 2014 Maggie opened her own physiotherapy practice in Toronto and at the same time she joined a dragon boat team where she met a group of chemical engineers. One of these engineers, Elie, was bored working for a large corporation and decided to teach himself how to code on the train to and from work. Soon he had an internship at a startup that was developing hand hygiene apps for hospitals.

At the same time we spent many practices and post practice beers discussing the common challenges of physiotherapists.

That winter we decided to build a web and mobile app that Maggie could use with her patients where she could share exercise videos, education and resources from herself and experts in the field.

Over 4 years, we have developed Embodia to where it is today. We believe that just like in physiotherapy where impact is everything, so it is in innovation. Physiotherapists have a key role to play in the healthcare system - and in order to deliver the highest quality care and position ourselves as key stakeholders, we must adopt technology to compliment our work, save time and provide the best possible patient experiences. We're obsessively passionate about it, and our mission is to help physiotherapists achieve it.

Who we are

Embodia is backed by an experienced team of experts. Our board of advisors have over 35 years of combined experience in the physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and business fields.

Leadership Team

Maggie Bergeron
BSc(Hons), MScPT
Co-Founder, CEO

Maggie Bergeron is a registered physiotherapist who received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McMaster University in 2009 after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa.

Maggie co-founded Embodia in 2014 to modernize the patient experience and to provide a simple, easy way to take continuing education courses to all physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners, regardless of their location, budget or area of practice.

Maggie is also the host of HealthTO - a health technology event that brings together 200 health tech enthusiasts bi-monthly to network, learn, and collaborate. She has been an invited speaker at Universities, technology symposiums and healthcare conferences across Canada. Maggie currently serves as a mentor, placement host and holds a Status-Only Appointment (lecturer ranking) with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys travelling, rock climbing and attempting to play ultimate frisbee.

Elie Afif
BEng, MEng
Co-Founder, CTO

Elie Afif is a full stack software developer with experience in the healthcare industry. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from McGill and master's degree from University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering, Elie worked for an engineering consulting firm designing air pollution control systems.

His world changed overnight when he picked up a Python (programming language) book and started learning about software development. He decided to quit his job and taught himself the skills needed for his new fulfilling career.

Elie is an avid biker & rock climber.

Rick Lau

Rick Lau is a seasoned healthcare entrepreneur who has successfully built 3 multi-million dollar healthcare businesses over the past 15 years. He now mentors over 100+ clinic owners to scale and multiply using proven funnels, systems, and leadership tactics.

Rick's entrepreneurial journey started from humble beginnings. His first company, pt Health, began as a small business and transformed into a company that grew to a network of 127 rehab clinics across Canada with over 1400 employees. Rick's second company, CSC, is a one stop shop for clinics and is one of the largest e-commerce healthcare suppliers in Canada with over 50K website sessions per month.

Rick's third company, CallHero, a call metrics software (Saas) that helps health businesses answer and book more patients over the phone. CallHero allows you to easily listen to the phone calls that did not book with your clinic so you can improve your front desk training.

You can follow him on Instagram @thericklau

Sanjeev Bhatia

Originally a physiotherapist, Sanjeev Bhatia spent 10 years being at the forefront of running and growing one of the largest network of rehab clinics in Canada and, more recently, served as the VP, Operations for Myodetox - one of the fastest growing rehab companies in the world reaching millions of people via social media each month.

In the first half of his business and technology career, Sanjeev spearheaded the design and development of a proprietary practice management software as well as its associated technologies. As such, he has worked with hundreds of clinic owners, therapists, front desk staff, managers, and executives to understand how they work, master how to implement change in the business, and ensure staff “buy-in".

Currently, Sanjeev works as a rehab technology advisor, is co-founder of CallHero, and facilitates working sessions each week with clinic owners across the country to implement the ultimate blueprint on running a clinic - aligning patient experience and operations with revenue growth strategies

Rohan Raheja

Rohan Raheja is a finance leader with a talent for growing companies and optimizing their financial performance. With solid expertise in all facets of financial operations, he has developed and executed strategies to drive revenue growth and profitability for Fortune 500 companies, as well as small and medium sized businesses.

Rohan has a strong understanding of complex financial concepts and processes that influence the strategic direction of an organization positions the company for growth.

Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham is the CEO of commonsku and the President of RIGHTSLEEVE. Catherine has been named PPB's Best Boss and an ASI Rising Star.

Catherine has played a variety of roles prior to RIGHTSLEEVE and commonsku. She spent several years doing financial planning for fast-track individuals and entrepreneurs at TD Bank. She then went on to pursue an MBA at the Rotman School of Management during which time she joined the fledgling eBay Canada as employee #4 and launched two categories in the Canadian marketplace. After leaving eBay, Catherine worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, working with Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of areas including merger integration, marketing strategy and operational efficiencies

Outside of work, Catherine is a mother to 3 children ranging in age from 14 to 9 years old and sits on a variety of boards and committees in the non-profit space. She has a particular passion for supporting female entrepreneurs in the tech space. Some examples of organizations she has been involved with include the Dell Global Entrepreneur in Residence Advisory Board, the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network, the Loran Scholar Foundation, Communitech, Next Canada, Futurpreneur and Founder City Talent.

Team

Christian Minstrell
Video Editing Manager

Christian Minstrell is Embodia's video editing manager and a graduate of Humber College's Bachelors of Film and Media Productions program. He is responsible for editing many of Embodia's courses, exercises, and other video content, while overseeing the rest of the editing teams' work. Christian also performs videography duties and act as the primary editor in Embodia's partnership with the CPA. If you have any questions about the editing or recording process, Christian is the person to ask.

Keifer Wiseman
Lead Videographer

Keifer Wiseman is the head of videography at Embodia. He graduated from Ryerson University in Image Arts: Film Studies program. He leads Embodia's team of videographers, works directly with Embodia's course instructors to develop and record courses and assists in instructor training programs for those instructors interested in recording their own courses.

Prior to working with Embodia, Keifer was the videographer and editor at the Ryerson DMZ, the top university business incubator for startups in North America.

Addy Moguel
Social Media Manager

Addy Moguel is the social media manager at Embodia, in charge of all promotional content and social strategies. She works directly with Embodia instructors to facilitate and assist with their marketing needs, creates engaging videos and manages all of Embodia's social platforms. Addy holds a Business Management degree with a specialization in Marketing.

Quality Assurance

Many physiotherapists and healthcare practitioners work with us to review and approve the courses on Embodia. Interested in becoming a QA Embodia member? Enter your information here

Queenie Wu
PT, Hons. BSc., MScPT, MCPA

Queenie Wu is a registered physiotherapist who received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (focusing on human biology and psychology). She has been invited to serve as guest speaker for various wellness workshops, career exploration/mentorship conferences and panels. Queenie currently serves as a mentor, laboratory facilitator and holds a Status-Only Appointment (lecturer ranking) with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is also a facilitator for the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum at the University of Toronto, which is an integrated, interdisciplinary, pain curriculum that is a mandatory component of health science curricula for all pre-licensure health science students at U of T.

Holly Mitchell
BA, MSc(PT)

Holly is a Canadian trained physiotherapist with 10 years clinical experience in both public and private practice in Canada and Australia. Her clinical focus is in Pilates, functional movement pattern retraining, and effective patient education which lead her to on-boarding with Embodia (formerly healthswapp) in a Business and Content Development Capacity. Holly now splits her time between clinical practice and health technology business development and functional testing quality assurance.

Danielle Underwood
BScH (Kin),MScPT

Danielle Underwood recently completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, she completed her BSc with specialization in Kinesiology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Danielle's clinical interests include musculoskeletal physiotherapy and paediatric neurological/musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has a strong sports background, particularly in rugby, which she played at the university level. Danielle is currently living in Cork, Ireland.

Soroush Peyvandi
MScPT, BA Spec. Hons.

Soroush Peyvandi is a graduate from the University of Toronto and is currently working in the private practice sector. He co-founded PT Business Corner as a way to enhance the profession and allow the many current and aspiring business owners in our profession learn from the experts in our industry. With his deep interest in business, innovation, and technology, he hopes to combine these with his career in physiotherapy.

Stephen Baker
Interim Physiotherapist, MPT

An avoid rock climber and newly minted distance runner, Stephen graduated from Western University with a Masters of Physical Therapy. He currently treats patients at Royal City Physio, in New Westminster, British Columbia, and while he enjoys meeting and treating all kinds of people, he takes particular joy in helping those with neck or knee injuries return to their daily adventures. When he isn't in the clinic, Stephen sings professionally in a men's choir, provides Quality Assurance for Embodia courses, and enjoys the great outdoors.

Slava Blokhin
MScPT, BSc. Spec. Hons.

Slava Blokhin is a co-founder of PT Business Corner with a specific mission to educate physiotherapists about business in the profession and provide PTs the tools to succeed in their practice. Slava is also a graduate from University of Toronto and is working in private practice clinics. During his leisure time, Slava strives for continuous self-development by reading books and listening to podcasts and playing soccer for some exercise.

Our Why

Our why is for the patients like Heather. Heather had a severe car accident 18 months ago which resulted in a concussion and multiple fractures. Her physiotherapist prescribed exercises using Embodia and recently Maggie met Heather by chance. Here's what Heather told her:

I felt supported, cared for & cheered on between each of my physiotherapy sessions. I felt as though I had my rehab team with me every time I went to do my exercises. Embodia was critical at a time when I was in so much pain.

In healthcare our technology solutions should not replace what we do but rather complement our work to create a better patient experience and to help us as practitioners save time, be more efficient and build our practices.