Thrive team

Our team cultivates resilience with smarter recovery and stronger performance through connecting the brain and body for concussion recovery and sport performance.

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Katie Mitchell, Founder

PhD Candidate, Registered Physiotherapist & Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)

Katie Mitchell, PhD Candidate, Registered Physiotherapist & Certified Athletic TherapistI believe that optimizing how our brain + body work together can improve movement and performance. I will be your teammate in recovery, helping you set meaningful goals and guiding you through the process to achieve success! 

Whether your goals include picking up your grandkids or lifting a new PR, our nervous system plays a vital role allowing us to move and thrive each day.

I am also a proud advocate for mental health and wellness. Through my own experiences, I hope to offer support for anyone experiencing post-traumatic stress to build resilience and thrive on.

As the founder of Thrive NeuroSport, I am passionate about educating and empowering you to become resilient in sport and life.

Katie is a Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist. She is passionate about treating active, goal-oriented individuals recovering from concussion and orthopaedic injuries, as well as vestibular (e.g., inner ear) conditions. 

In addition to over 5 years of PhD training focused on concussion recovery, Katie has continued training and experience in the following:

  • Exercise Prescription and Programming
  • Integrated Dry Needling
  • Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
  • Manual Therapy and Soft Tissue Release
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Neural Tissue Mobility
  • Sport First Responder
  • Adaptive Training
  • Sledge Team Ontario (2018 to current)
  • Waterloo County Rugby Football Club (2009 to 2011, 2015 to 2018)
  • Rugby Canada NSWXVs program (2018)
  • Medical Team, Para PanAm Games (2015)
  • Hockey Alberta, Alberta Winter Games (2011)
  • CIS Women’s Hockey (2009 to 2011)
  • OUA Men’s Rugby (2008 to 2011)

PhD Candidate, Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Lifespan Psychomotor Behaviour Lab with Dr Michael Cinelli
  • Research Focus: The relationship between visual perception (e.g., dynamic visual acuity) and balance control for athletes with and without previous concussions.
  • Strength Training
  • Backcountry Camping
  • Hiking with my dog
  • Mountain Biking
  • Supporting Local
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Heather Grant

Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist

I believe rehabilitation is more than just going through the motions. Rehab should be functional, unique to each individual, and incorporate the connection of the brain + body.

Through my journey of persistent concussion symptoms and as a former varsity cross country athlete, I’ve realized the role the nervous system plays in the integration of our movements and the environment.

Athlete or not, this integrated approach is applicable to anyone aiming for a well-rounded recovery and optimal performance. Whether it’s performance in your daily movements or in sport, my aim is to help you achieve your goals and thrive.

Heather is a Registered Physiotherapist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Heather pursued her physiotherapy degree in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Whether it’s a recent concussion or one with persistent symptoms, it’s Heather’s passion to provide the highest quality of concussion rehabilitation. She also has experience treating vestibular (inner ear) conditions and a variety of orthopaedic injuries from head to toe.

A summary of Heather’s training and experience includes:

  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Manual therapy and soft tissue release
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Anatomical acupuncture
  • Osteoarthritis and osteoporosis exercise certifications
  • Concussion rehabilitation (acute and chronic)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Department of Physiotherapy, Queen Margaret University

  • Previously completed a dissertation identifying the potential causes to persistent concussion symptoms
  • Running
  • Hiking & wild camping
  • All snow sports
  • Travel
  • A good bargain
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