The MOVE Team
Who We Are...
Dr. Shane McCormack
Chiropractor & Owner
Dr. Shane McCormack has maintained a Chiropractic practice in Northwestern Ontario since 2002. His patient centred approach emphasizes the role of soft tissue in pain syndromes. He is a strong advocate of a multidisciplinary approach. He believes that the goal of passive therapies should always bring patients to the point where they can become more independent in their care, via exercise and active healthy living.
In addition to private practice at MOVE Therapy, he is an Advanced Practice Clinician with the Rapid Access Clinic at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, in the Low Back Pain and Spine assessment programs.
Dr. McCormack enjoys being active and outside time with his family during his time off.
Physiotherapist & Owner
Brian has been working as a Physiotherapist in Thunder Bay since 2003, providing personalized care to patients with various orthopaedic ailments. He has completed several post-graduate courses incorporating various manual therapy techniques and functional strength training concepts.
Brian looks forward to providing movement based treatment and a rehabilitative approach to your care with the goal of returning you back to your previous physical prowess and beyond.
His primary areas of interest are the rehabilitation of sports injuries, correction of running technique errors and the restoration of normal functional strength movement patterns. Brian has a good working knowledge of CrossFit concepts, methodology and partakes in the sport of fitness regularly.
Dr. Sydney Lopez
Dr. Lopez was born and raised in Thunder Bay. At a young age, she participated in sports and experienced Chiropractic care for the first time. She began exploring career paths that encompassed both sports and chiropractic. Her education began at Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelors Kinesiology degree. She went on to Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, Minnesota, where she received her Doctorate degree in Chiropractic. During her schooling, Dr. Lopez gained knowledge and certification in sports injuries, upper and lower extremity care, motion palpation, and extended knowledge on prenatal, and pediatric care. She is also a Functional Health Chiropractor through the Institute of Functional Medicine (AFMCP, Immune APM). Dr. Lopez graduated with a Sports Emphasis, but hopes to provide care to all individuals in the community. She uses many techniques including MRT and IASTM, soft tissue therapy, manual adjusting, and rehabilitative exercise. In order to provide Chiropractic care to the region, Dr. Lopez has committed to visiting the Nipigon Community on a weekly basis. Dr. Lopez looks forwards to providing multidisciplinary and patient care to those in Northwestern Ontario.
Registered Massage Therapist
Michelle Boland graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Sault College in 2002. That same year she became registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. She is also a long time member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario. Michelle treats all ages, including infants and children. She enjoys working on all conditions, whether it be an acute injury, a chronic condition, post surgery or a massage for overall health and well being. Over the years she has taken a number of courses to gain knowledge and techniques that she incorporates into her treatments as she feels fit. Michelle loves her work and finds nothing more gratifying than to see the benefits of massage resolve an issue and her clients reach their goals, feel better and get back to activities of life.
When Michelle is not working she most often can be found spending time with her family.
Melanie Ailey returns to Thunder Bay, after a decade in BC, where she worked for Vancouver Coastal Health in a hospital-based outpatient hand therapy program. She is excited to offer Certified Hand & Upper Limb Physiotherapy Treatment here in Thunder Bay, which includes assessment and treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. Hand therapy provides optimal results for post-surgical and post-traumatic conditions, individuals with repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, work-related injuries, osteoarthritis, and other conditions impacting the hand and upper-extremity.
One of her favourite aspects of hand therapy is making custom splints for a variety of conditions, from carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis of the thumb, and wrist tendonitis, to trigger fingers and mallet fingers.
Melanie also does Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) dry needling which can be particularly beneficial for those with trigger point or myofascial pain syndromes.
Melanie obtained her Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2003, after completing her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Lakehead University in 2001. Before moving out west, she worked at The Hand & Upper Limb Clinic here in Thunder Bay for 8 years.
She brings 19 years of experience in the profession and has been a Certified Hand Therapist for 11 years.