About Us

KAREN VALENTINE BHK, RMT, Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist

Karen graduated from the University of Windsor in 2004. She graduated with an honours degree in Human Kinetics, with a major in movement science and a minor in psychology. After completing her degree, she went on to complete a 2200 hour diploma in Massage Therapy from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. Karen completed numerous hours of hands on training as well as a hospital rotation at Toronto Rehabilitation in acquired brain injury and stroke.

In June 2008, Karen opened her own business, Back to Balance Massage Therapy and Kinesiology. She treats numerous cases including; athletic injuries, motor vehicle injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (problems with the jaw), pregnancy and infant massage, stress relief, scarring, breast massage and whiplash associated disorders. Karen has a broad knowledge base of many healing techniques and has attended numerous certified workshops and courses. Karen will research and plan a successful treatment plan allowing you to move forward with a clearer healthier focus and renewed confidence.

In a one-to-one session, let Karen use healing massage techniques to help you transform into an improved, healthier life and aid you in your quest for improved physical and mental health. Karen believes that massage therapy should be used as an adjunct to total health care. She feels that clients should not only be pro-active in their own health care but take personal responsibility for their well being. Karen is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

In June 2016, Karen became a Certified Nutrition Coach with Venice Nutrition. Health, exercise, nutrition and the body systems are a passion of her’s and she has now incorporated that into her practice.

In April 2020, Karen completed her Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist and Core Confidence Specialist courses for retraining the pelvic floor for expecting mom’s and postnatal mom’s. Being a Mom is a very challenging time, yet amazing at the same time. I am here to help you trust your changing body, embrace the miraculous job it is doing/has done and show you the true strength that your body possesses. Peeing your pants at any point- prenatally or post birth is NOT normal- common, yes- but NOT normal! Wondering if you are in need of pelvic floor help? Book a Core Confidence Assessment today and learn more!


Brandon Arbour MPT, BSc. Kin., AN-IMS/Dry Needle

Brandon is a registered Physiotherapist who has recently returned to Barrie after spending 7 years in Vancouver, BC. While there he worked extensively in Vancouver and North Vancouver, but is happy to be home and close to Lake Simcoe!

While out west, Brandon gained considerable experience working with all types of injuries and pain conditions. He has wide ranging interests, with a background in elite athletics, movement analysis and chronic pain conditions. He has a particular interest in chronic pain and how these complex cases can be treated and managed effectively. While in Vancouver
he had the opportunity to work with and improve performance in athletes of all skill levels, from recreational to national level sport. He worked closely with both Snowboard BC and the Rob Short Field Hockey Academy, among others.

In clinic he combines his academic training and the hours he has spent working with clients to find a treatment strategy that will work specifically for each individual. Brandon has had the advantage of working with clients ranging in age from 10 to 85 years old, with a large variety of presentations. He also has extensive experience working with a wide variety of sport athletes, including but not limited to soccer, hockey, field hockey, stunt performance, distance running, power lifting, golf, skiing and snowboarding. He firmly believes in the value of continued education.

Brandon has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Kinesiology from Western University and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. He has completed his Level 3 training in manual
therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division. He is certified in IMS/Dry Needling and is a co-founder of Foundations Health Education, a health education company that offers post graduate physiotherapy training in Anatomical Neuropathic (AN-IMS)/Dry Needling. He is currently completing the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) Mentorship Series with Dianne Lee. He has previously been both a Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a MovNat Certified Trainer.
Brandon’s goal is to help each of the individuals he works with live a health filled, pain free and active life. He believes both in the power of physiotherapy intervention as well as the management of lifestyle factors for health.

To book directly with Brandon please visit his website at www.adaptphysio.ca