Dr. John Balkansky, B.Sc., D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic
Nutritional Sciences Specialist
Clinic Director and Owner



Mon:     12:30 pm    to   7:00 pm

Tue:         2:00 pm    to   7:00 pm

Wed:      10:00 am    to   2:30 pm

Thurs:      2:00 pm    to   7:00 pm

Fri:          10:00 am    to   2:30 pm

Sat:           9:00 am    to   1:00 pm 

Dr. John Balkansky graduated from The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1997, and founded the Rehab & Wellness Clinic in 2007.


Dr. Balkansky takes a functional approach to care, incorporating chiropractic principles, along with other treatment options, in order for his patients to reach their maximum recovery potential. His passion for healing compliments his personal approach to health care, looking at the entire person and treating each case as unique. He performs thorough assessments of structural and functional aspects of injuries and uses this information to provide the most relevant and effective treatment options for each person as an individual. 


Although he focuses his practice mainly on the treatment of sports-related and motor vehicle injury rehabilitation, he also deals with a wide range of other conditions, including acute injuries, supportive care and chronic conditions. In the past, he has 

performed functional ability evaluations as the director of an assessment centre and as a result, has extensive experience in this area. He works closely with family physicians and other health care providers in order to maximize his patients recovery. 

Dr. Balkansky is registered on the Theralase website as one of the few certified clinics within the City of Toronto to employ the      

TLC-1000 Theralase therapeutic laser system and it has become one of the main treatment modalities employed at Rehab & Wellness Clinic.


Dr. Balkansky is fluent in English and Bulgarian, and also speaks some French, Russian, Italian, and Spanish. Dr. John is a self proclaimed "techno geek", and his hobbies include playing the piano, drawing, painting and is also a Sci-Fi and action movie buff.

Registered Massage Therapist / Nurse

Esther Aguilar, RN, RMT.


Registered Nurse

Registered Massage Therapist



Wed:      10:00 am    to   3:00 pm

Thurs:    10:00 am    to   7:00 pm


Esther Aguilar has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 1997 and is fully licensed with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, and an active member of The Ontario Massage Therapist Association. She is also Registered with The College of Nurses of Ontario.


Esther is committed to providing safe and compassionate health care and provides her expert care with compassion and empathy. She is extremely thorough in her assessments and her approach is always holistic, addressing all areas of the individual: physical, emotional and psychological.


Her individualized holistic approach helps her patients increase relaxation, manage pain, increase blood circulation, and improve their overall health. Her bedside manner is very professional and respectful, treating people from all walks of life with the dignity everyone deserves.


Esther Aguilar is an expert in Traditional Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Athletic Therapy Massage, Myofascial Release, Relaxation Massage, Pre and Post-Rehabilitation Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Passive Stretch Massage, and Lymphatic Drainage.


Esther is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys playing guitar, swimming and cycling in her spare time.

Registered Physiotherapist

Amin Sarvaiya, PT.


Registered Physiotherapist




Fri:           10:00 am    to    3:00 pm

Sat:            9:00 am    to    1:00 pm

Amin pursued his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Sardar Patel University in India. Soon after finishing his education, he started working in a clinic where he attended to a wide variety of patients with musculskeletal and neurolological problems.

Following that Amin came to Canada to pursue a course in Fitness and Health promotion which has helped him to understand the Canadian education system, culture, and also has helped him to improve his communication skills, added to his knowledge for improving people's health from normal to elite.

Amin is very passionate about his career and always tries his best to make his patients physically independent and always brings a smile to their face.

Apart from the clinic Amin likes to spend time with family and friends and enjoys long road trips. Amin is also an avid cricket player and fan.

Registered Massage Therapist

Irina Casap, RMT. 


Registered Massage Therapist


Tues:        10:00 am    to     4:00 pm

Irina Casap earned her degree as a Registered Massage Therapist back in 2010 and is a fully licensed member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.


Originally from Moldova, Irina has developed a hard working ethic during her formative years back home before moving to Canada.


Since she obtained her license here, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide spectrum of clients including pediatric, geriatric and adults. She treated a wide range of conditions like acute and chronic pain, arthritis, and specializes in the treatment of frozen shoulders and sciatic pain.


Irina is a patient and performance oriented professional, and has a holistic approach towards her clients.


In her free time, Irina keeps herself busy with her family and enjoys reading.

Registered Acupuncturist 

Zahra Kensi, R.Ac. 


Registered Acupuncturist


Mon:    10:00 am    to     5:00 pm

Zahra is a graduate of The University of Toronto where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Toxicology. After years of working in the pharmaceutical industry, she became interested in alternative therapies.

Passionate about enabling patients to heal themselves, Zahra went on to study Acupuncture at the Toronto School of Chinese Medicine.

Zahra's compassionate and empathetic nature, helps to make all her patients feel comfortable and at ease.

In her spare time, Zahra enjoys singing and dancing.

Yoga Instructor 

Elaine Nestor 


Yoga Instructor


Wed:    10:00 am    to     3:00 pm

Elaine Nestor is the Rehab & Wellness Clinic yoga instructor.


She provides many benefits to patients in the clinic such as protection and recovery from injury, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy, vitality, as well as teaching meditation calming and releasing the mind techniques.  

She is a friendly, devoted and hard-working yoga instructor with a passion for helping people and always does what she can to make people feel better with their bodies and mind, and enlighten their day.


Elaine completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate in 2014 on a Greek island. She is a well-rounded yoga instructor, teaching people of all ages, from teaching children to the elderly. She has taught yoga in corporate work offices allowing people to let go of stress from their hectic work days and release body tensions. She has also worked in a yoga studio environment at a yoga tree, children in a daycare and kids camps, and private one on one lessons. The private lessons are so amazing to individually create a routine to specially help a patients injuries and give the most in depth lessons.


When not assisting patients at Rehab & Wellness Clinic, Elaine’s hobbies include hot yoga, hiking, fitness, and traveling.

Office Administrator

Shanell Williams

Office Administrator



Mon:     10:00 am    to   7:00 pm

Tue:         1:00 pm    to   7:00 pm

Wed:      10:00 am    to   3:00 pm

Thurs:    12:00 pm    to   7:00 pm

Fri:          10:00 am    to   7:00 pm

Sat:         09:00 am    to   1:00 pm

Shanell Williams is the Rehab & Wellness Clinic resident "Jill of all trades". She is what makes the clinic run as efficiently and seamlessly as possible. From always having a friendly greeting for our clients ready, to helping them to navigate all those tricky intake forms, and helping them deal with insurance claims and forms, Shanell is always there to assist our patients and make their 

visit to our clinic a hassle and frustration free experience.


Apart from performing general administrative duties such as booking appointments and follow ups with patients, she also attends to the clinic book keeping, handling billing for insurance companies and patients alike, as well as taking inventory and maintaining stock levels of medical supplies. She is the heart and soul of our clinic, and we would not be the same without her.


When not assisting patients at Rehab & Wellness Clinic, Shanell's other passion is movies, whether going to the theatre or staying in, you can be sure to catch her enjoying a good comedy or action flick.

Office Administrator

Maria Messiha

Office Administrator



Tue:       10:00 am    to   1:00 pm

Maria Messiha is the Rehab& Wellness clinic, receptionist  and office administrator. She is what makes the clinic run as efficiently and seamlessly as possible.

She is a friendly, devoted and hard-working individual with a passion for helping people and is always willing  to learn new skills.


Maria graduated as a Business Administrator in 2006 and refreshed her business administration training in 2017. Currently she is taking Medical Terminology and Medical Billing and is constantly upgrading her knowledge and expertise.


When not assisting patients at Rehab & Wellness clinic, Maria's hobbies include reading, horseback riding and watching action movies.


The Rehab & Wellness Clinic team of health care professionals are a collection of some of the very best doctors, therapists, and health care providers in Toronto. Rehab & Wellness Clinic | 2221 Keele St., Suite 302 | North York, Toronto | 416-759-8099

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