Jeff Aird, BPHED (Kin), MPT, CPTN-CPT
Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Personal Trainer
Clinic Owner and Director of Health Care Services
Jeff began his education endeavors by completing his Bachelors degree with an Honours and First Class standing in Kinesiology at Brock University in 2003. During that time, Jeff completed his Personal Trainers certification through the Certified Personal Trainers Network (CPTN) which offered him the pleasure to train numerous collegiate athletes. Jeff was awarded the provincial distinction from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) for excellence in exercise physiology across the province in 2003. He was also awarded an Ontario Graduate student scholarship for his research regarding "the Effects of Salivary Cortisol on Immune Function" which he subsequently published as the first author.
Jeff continued his studies at the University of Western Ontario where he completed his comprehensive Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. During his graduate studies, Jeff published his research involving "Current Perception Thresholds in Peripheral Neuropathy" in the Journal of Hand Therapy. At Western, Jeff was privileged to work in conjunction with the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic and treat various collegiate, amateur, and professional athletes.
Since graduating with his Masters degree, Jeff began working at the Canadian Back Institute as the Manager of Clinical Services. In 2008, Jeff opened the Niagara Orthopaedic Institute and maintains the titles of Registered Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner and Director of Clinical Services. In 2014, Jeff was appointed the position of Educational Representative for the Niagara District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA). This dynamic position allows Jeff to utilize his educational background and research interests to disseminate Physiotherapy knowledge and evidence-based practice to Physiotherapists within the Niagara Region. In 2016 Jeff was elected as the President of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association ( Niagara District).
Jeff is an Associate Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University. Jeff began this role in 2015 and is pleased to be part of a world class education and research institution like McMaster University. His roles include clinical teaching and mentoring of Physiotherapy students, admission interviews into the Masters of Physiotherapy Program, proctoring clinical examinations for students, and participation in various School of Rehabilitation Science initiatives. Jeff also sits on the Deans Advisory Council in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Brock University. A position he has held with honour since 2015. In 2016 Jeff selected was selected to be a member of the Program Advisory Committee at Niagara College in the OTA/PTA program. His roles include reviewing curriculum, reviewing program initiatives, public relations, assisting and providing human resource, and recommending new types of equipment and facilities
In 2015 Jeff won the Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award that recognizes a physiotherapist who provides inspiration to their colleagues by acting as a role model for professionalism and volunteerism. Jeff was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 award that honours business leaders under the age of 40 within the Niagara community for their entrepreneurial contributions.
Jeff has also taken numerous post-graduate courses in spinal rehabilitation, acupuncture, manual therapy, chronic pain management, sport rehabilitation, and post-surgical management which has allowed him to provide the most effective and evidence driven treatments to his clients. Jeff continues to treat a wide array of clientele ranging from the general population to professional athletes.