STARTING OUT: OUR WELLNESS CLINIC NIAGARA FALLS TEAM
We started when two dreamers wanted to offer the people of Niagara a kinder, better, more exceptional health care experience. Dr. Ernie and Dr. Laura joined forces in 2006 after merging their vision and passion for health. With Dr. Ernie’s high energy spirit and Dr. Laura’s natural creativity, they grew to what we know today as WIN Health Solutions.
The clinic started small and had humble beginnings. WIN kept their focus on providing quality treatment and individualized care with a warm clinic setting and friendly health care providers.
Over the years, the clinic family has grown and we are proud to offer a dynamic range of care. In this time, we have remained focused on continuing to offer those priorities we set out way back in the beginning. In 2012, Dr. Ernie Bagnulo and Tania Mannella, DPT, won the 40 Under 40 Award of Excellence. In 2014, the readers of Niagara This Week voted Dr. Ernie Bagnulo, Dr. Laura Imola, and Dr. Matthew Bird as Niagara’s Favourite health care providers.
After many years of working together to create a happy place to be healthy, the WIN Team continues to support the growth of their original goals for providing health care. It is through this vision that we work with individuals to find their truest and best expression of health.
Our wellness clinic Niagara Falls team is a collective of educated, experienced and passionate health and wellness providers that are here to support you and your health.
MEET US: OUR WELLNESS CLINIC NIAGARA FALLS TEAM
Dr. Ernie Bagnulo, BScH, DC, DAp
Dr. Ernie Bagnulo is a chiropractor and clinic owner at WIN Health Solutions. He studied at New York Chiropractic College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He completed his Medical Acupuncture training at McMaster University and is now a senior instructor in the program.
An avid cyclist, skier and hockey player has lead Dr. Bagnulo to have special interests in sports injury care and concussion management.
A dedicated father, he loves to spend time with his two young sons. He is also a die hard hockey fan and cheers for one team in particular; legend has it that he bleeds Black and Gold.
Laura Imola, BSc, ND (Licensed)
Dr. Laura Imola is a naturopathic doctor and clinic owner at WIN Health Solutions. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and studied naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Read her CV Here.
With over a decade of clinical experience, yoga teaching and practice, writing contributions and personal experience of being a mom to two vibrantly healthy little boys, Dr. Imola offers approachable and practical health solutions.
Our reception team members, Nancy, Lora, Ashley and Nahtahna will warmly welcome you and be your guides during your time with us. They will smile, they will talk with you and they love a good laugh. Our friendliness starts at the front.
Dr. Matthew Bird, BScH, DC, DAp
Dr. Matthew Bird, a Chiropractor at WIN Health Solutions, attended the University of Guelph from 2000-2004 where he obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree with a major in Human Kinetics. He then continued his educational path at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from 2004-2008. While at CMCC, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Clinical Honours in obtaining his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Dr. Bird has a special interest in sport performance through the management of myofascial and joint restrictions to help achieve optimal biomechanical function. He lives an active lifestyle through sport and with family and friends. If you don't catch him at the clinic, he is most likely playing volleyball or on the slopes snowboarding.
Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, BScH, DC, DAp
Dr. Nicholas Slowinski, is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). He graduated Cum Laude from CMCC with Clinic Honours. Prior to CMCC, he attended Brock University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Honours). He completed his Neurofunctional Acupuncture certification at McMaster University and is certified in Active Release Technique (ART). Dr. Slowinski integrates multiple therapeutic techniques including motion palpation, myofascial release, neurofunctional acupuncture and manual adjusting to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. As an avid martial artist, gym rat and hockey player, Dr. Slowinski has developed a special interest in the care of combat and strength athletes. A true sports fan, when not in the clinic he can be found catching a game, or enjoying the great outdoors.
Tania Mannella, BSc, DPT (Doctorate in Physiotherapy)
Tania Mannella, PT, BSc, DPT is a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University and Doctorate in Physiotherapy from the University of Buffalo in 2004. She has been practicing physiotherapy for 11 years. She has a special interest in orthopaedics and women's health. Tania blends her love of her work and personal interests through her love of running, soccer and volleyball, health promotion and being active with her three young children.
Jennifer Lapierre, BSc, DPT (Doctorate in Physiotherapy)
Jennifer Lepere is a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. She graduated from D'Youville College in 2008 with her Masters in Physical Therapy and again in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, where she was a well decorated Scholar Athlete which included the Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Softball Teams. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute and post acute rehab in hospitals, long term stay facilities and other sports and injury rehab physiotherapy clinics. Jennifer is certified as an Acupuncture Practitioner.
Deepa Sadanandan, BScPT
Deepa Sadanandan is a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions. She has been registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario since 2015. Her treatment plan is based on individualized rehabilitation programs, while also using a hands on approach, that enables patients to achieve their health gaols. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Jeff Dill, HBA(Kin), HBA(Business Admin), MPT
Jeff Dill, a physiotherapist at WIN Health Solutions, attended the University of Western Ontario from 2007-2011 & 2012-2013. During this time he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degrees in Business Administration (Ivey Business School) and Kinesiology. He then completed his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia, during which time he also became certified in lower extremity Active Release Technique. Jeff enjoys using a combination of hands-on and exercise treatments to provide an individualized treatment plan for patients. When he’s not in the clinic, Jeff is either spending time with family and friends or training/racing at home & abroad as an elite level marathon runner.
Karen Evers BKin, Reg. Kin, OTA & PTA
Karen Evers is a Registered Kinesiologist and Physiotherapist Assistant at WIN Health Solutions. She obtained her Bachelors of Honours Degree in Kinesiology from Brock University in 2007 and her College Diploma in Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant at Niagara College in 2010. She is interested in ongoing educational opportunities in Rehabilitation and fitness as well as educating future graduates in the profession.
Shauna Pierrynowski, PTA, RNCP
Graduated from the Physiotherapy Assisting program in 2008 and started creating her path in the health in wellness industry ever since. She has her Personal Training, Health and Wellness Certifications as well as being certified with soft tissue release techniques and Aquatic therapy programming. Her most recent accomplishment includes completing her Holistic Nutrition Consulting through Alive Academy. When not helping others to achieve overall health and wellness goals you can catch Shauna soaking up the great outdoors, creating tasty treats in the kitchen or spending time with family and friends.
Belinda Ham, OTA, PTA
Belinda Ham is a Physiotherapist Assistant at WIN Health Solutions. She graduated from the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Niagara College in 2017. She has a passion for helping others succeed in reaching their goals and she strives to learn and grow in her skills. In her spare time she enjoys baking and being outdoors, whether it be running, hiking, camping, or fishing.
Dr. Shiyama Hassan, ND, MD(Nepal)
Dr. Shiyama Hassan is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to pursuing Naturopathic Medicine, she was a practicing medical doctor (MD) for over ten years in the Maldives. With her blended experience naturopathic and conventional medicine, she is dedicated to helping empower her patients achieve their most optimal health. She maintains a work-life balance through her enjoyment for cooking and photography.
Coleen Martuccio, RMT, R.Kin.
Coleen a Registered Massage Therapist and graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Health and Technology. She was also certified as a reflexologist for many years and is excited to to incorporate that into some of her massage treatments. Coleen is also certified in soft tissue release. For the past 18 years she worked as a registered kinesiologist, after graduating from McMaster University in 1998. Coleen is passionate about helping people feel better! In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family travelling, skiing or just relaxing together.
Phil Rowland, RMT
Phil studied Massage Therapy at the Ontario College of Health and Technology, is an Active Release Techniques (ART) Provider, a Certified Personal Trainer and is also a member of the Discipline Committee for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. He enjoys time supporting his son and daughter in their sport related extracurriculars, in addition to coaching hockey and soccer. A hockey player himself, he also enjoys hitting the links for a round of golf.
Scott Paul, BSM, MSc (Candidate)
Scott Paul, received his Bachelor's of Sport Management from Brock University in 2003, went on to becoming a professional boxer and is working on completing his Master's of Science in Human Movement from A.T. Still University. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the NASM, Scott has worked with many top level athletes, including lacrosse players from the National Lacrosse League, Ohsweken Demons of the Canadian Lacrosse League and various minor hockey teams around the Niagara Region. He was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Buffalo Bandits and still does strength programs and helps individual players. He is the founder of Driving Force Strength & Conditioning.