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NEUROGYM®’S FOUNDER

Avi Nativ | PhD (Kinesiology), Physiotherapist, Owner, Founder

The NeuroGym® concept was founded more than 25 years ago by Avi Nativ PhD (Kinesiology), PT.  Avi received his doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.  Kinesiology is a field concerned with the Science of Movement (including Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise and Motor Control).  His post-doctoral work in Rehabilitation was done at the University of Wisconsin and he has been a registered physiotherapist in Ontario for more than 20 years.

While doing his doctoral and post-doctoral research work, Avi’s focus was on brain organization, plasticity and rehabilitation. He was intrigued with scientific research findings that indicated the remarkable capacity of the brain to adapt after injury, and envisioned how such plastic changes could be encouraged through inventive ways of enabling more patient-initiated, active movement rather than the more conventional passive therapy approaches.  Thus began Avi’s enthusiastic, life-long pursuit of creating more effective neurologic physiotherapy techniques and tools.

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“He was intrigued with scientific research findings that indicated the remarkable capacity of the brain to adapt after injury.”

  • Janet Nativ, MSC
    Janet Nativ, MSC Business Manager, Owner
  • Heather Williams
    Heather Williams Kinesiologist, Clinic Manager
  • Tiffany Tremblay
    Tiffany Tremblay Physiotherapist, Director of PT
  • Eva Applebaum
    Eva Applebaum Physiotherapist
  • Carly Basset
    Carly Basset Occupational Therapist
  • Mohamed Benbrahim
    Mohamed Benbrahim Physiotherapist
  • Angela Benoit
    Angela Benoit Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Eric Heiden
    Eric Heiden Kinesiologist, Director NeuroGym FIT
  • Zach Noyes
    Zach Noyes Kinesiologist
  • Kaley Walsh
    Kaley Walsh Physiotherapist
  • Nir Zaltsberg
    Nir Zaltsberg Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Rui Zhang
    Rui Zhang Physiotherapist
NEUROGYM®’S FOUNDER CONTINUED…
The NeuroGym® approach to therapy was developed through a synthesis of research findings in human motor learning and motor control, biomechanics, physiology of exercise and rehabilitation medicine. It developed as a practical implementation of these research findings. Long before techniques such as “harness assisted treadmill training” or virtual reality were even imagined, Avi was developing these tools for use in his neurological physiotherapy practice. Through research and development, he created a line of rehabilitation tools and techniques that have been providing wonderful opportunities for those with neurologic injuries (even years post-acute) to continue to improve their motor skills. In 2006, he founded NeuroGym Technologies Inc. which now sells this unique and effective line of rehab equipment worldwide. He remains committed to developing new and more effective ways to achieve optimal rehabilitation results.

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