Physiotherapy Team

Leigh de Groot, B.Sc. Kin., DPT., Registered Physiotherapist

Leigh began her yoga journey in 2010, while completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at D’Youville College. Leigh has been a practicing Physiotherapist for 11 years.

Leigh is excited to be blending her Physiotherapy training with her love of yoga and Pilates to offer clients Physiotherapy Reformer Pilates at Lost ‘n Found Yoga. Leigh provides a hands-on assessment, treatment plan, manual therapy as needed, essential oil support as needed, ultrasound treatment as needed, and partners with the Lost ‘n Found Yoga certified instructors to provide treatments using Reformer Pilates.

Leigh is excited to meet you and help you on your journey towards increased strength, mobility and well-being!

Karen Tausendfreund, PT, B.Sc. (PT), Registered Physiotherapist

Karen Tausendfreund graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 1979. A well-seasoned physiotherapist with over 40-years of experience and long time
practicing yogi, she is excited to join the passionate team at Lost and Found Yoga and Pilates to offer a comprehensive physiotherapy service that considers the whole person.

Having clinical and leadership experience across the spectrum of care (acute, long-term care, home care and private out-patient practice) she understands the complexity of health care system and the
challenges clients face in their recovery journey. To complement her strong interest in orthopaedics and spinal rehabilitation, she certified as a STOTT Pilates instructor in 2008, added Pelvic Health to her
repertoire of skills in 2009 and certified in Medical Acupuncture in 2013.

With a biopsychosocial lens, assessment and treatment is holistic and focused on finding the potential underlying drivers of the problem. Goal oriented treatment is collaborative, based on the current best practices. Where appropriate physiotherapy treatment sessions will include motor control relearning for the area of injury following the Pilates repertoire allowing clients to get back to what they love with greater confidence and self-awareness. In addition, various hands-on techniques, modalities for pain and mind body disciplines may be used to improve movement, pain management, restore function, and health.

Karen is a lifelong learner and believes that providing clients with knowledge on their condition not only reduces the threat value and fear but also puts them back into the driver’s seat to manage their own
health and wellness recovery. She believes in the resilience of the human body and spirit.

She lives in the beautiful rowing community of Port Dalhousie along with her husband and her 2 loveable dogs. With her dressage loving daughter now married and living in Switzerland, keeping fit and active is necessary if she wishes to enjoy her trips abroad in that mountainous country.

Haley Bucknall, Physiotherapy Assistant

Haley has always been an active person, from soccer to dance all the way to gymnastics. Haley has always found an outlet in working out or doing some kind of sport.

Haley has trained with Allison Kares at Movement Unlimited in her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor program. She is also a Yoga Instructor and is passionate about helping others find a healthier body and mind.

Diana Harpwood, Physiotherapy Assistant

Diana began her journey with yoga and pilates in 2003 while completing a degree in Contemporary Dance at York University. Yoga and pilates helped her build strength and balance in her body and also helped her become more mindful and aware of her breath and the connection it has with her movements.

Diana’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from York University, CDTA Nationally certified Jazz/Ballet/Modern Dance teacher, a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga By Sarah, and a 475 hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification.

Diana wants people to feel better in their own bodies and her pilates certification has helped her take her teaching to the next level. She not only teaches a variety of group classes and private lessons, but also works as a Physiotherapy Assistant to help individuals in a rehabilitation setting.

Stephanie Niessen, Physiotherapy Assistant

Stephanie has a passion both for Yoga and Pilates. Steph strongly believes that the practice of both Yoga and Pilates is extremely beneficial for mental, physical, emotionally and spiritual health.

She was first introduced to Pilates in her early teens and found that it kept her toned, flexible and complimented her cardio exercises such as running and walking. Later, when she became a Personal Support Worker, Pilates supported her in protecting her back from heavy lifting by using proper form and alignment as well as building the strength necessary to protect her back.

At the beginning of 2020, she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Holy Yoga, a Christian faith-based YTT program that allowed her to incorporate her faith with her yoga practice. In the fall of 2021 she completed her 475 hour training in Comprehensive Pilates.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking and biking and traveling. Fun Fact: she grew up in Botswana, Africa

Lindsay Saxon, Physiotherapy Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Heather Wallace, Physiotherapy Assistant

Heather is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, a Personal Training Specialist and a yoga teacher. She comes from a Recreational Therapy background and enjoys blending all of her knowledge together to help clients reach their goals.

Heather fell in love with mat pilates after a surgery left her feeling estranged in her own body. Years later she discovered the reformer and it helped her dive deeper into her Pilates practice. The reformer encouraged a feeling a strength she never knew she had.

Whether Heather is helping you to rehabilitate, prevent injury, or she’s kicking your butt – she’ll keep motivating you to find your own inner strength.

Her goal is to help others see their potential, and never to shy away from who they are. She loves to share this passion with others.