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Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic

Contact US

Dr. Nina Hovanec
UNIVERSITY CENTRE CLINIC LEAD
(416) 597-3422 ext. 3505
(416) 597-7111

CLINIC WEBSITE

REFER A PATIENT
  • To complete the standard referral process, first download and complete the physician Referral Form.
  • Once you have completed the form, please fax it to us at (416) 597-7111.
  • The form will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete; if incomplete, the form will be returned to you.
  • Our office will contact the patient directly with their first appointment. Please call us at (416) 597-3422 ext. 3505 if you do not receive information about your first appointment within a few weeks.

What We Do

The Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic has two locations at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre and Lyndhurst Centre. Our clinics bring research, best practice and clinicians together to offer evidence based, outcome focused outpatient treatment for people with impairments of the upper extremity due to neurological problems. Both locations are clinical/research partnerships to accelerate the development of innovative practices to optimize upper limb functional outcomes for people with neurological conditions.

Services provided are not usually covered by OHIP and in most cases, covered by third party funding such as motor vehicle insurance, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), extended health benefits and/or self-pay.

Services will be provided by Registered Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

Who We Treat

TARGET POPULATION

We assess and treat individuals who have a neurological condition that has resulted in changes in their upper extremity function from conditions such as: stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic or acquired brain injury.

Individuals must be able to participate in an intensive therapy program and home program.

NOW OFFERING TELE-REHAB

If you are unable to access services at the Rocket Family Upper Extremity in person we are pleased to announce that we are providing services using Tele-Rehab.

Services provided with tele-rehab include:

  1. Initial assessments by a registered therapist.
  2. Therapist guides you to correctly complete your home program.
  3. Real-time feedback on quality of movement, corrections and modifications as the treating therapist and you interact via video.
  4. E-mailing: customized home therapy programs, as well as appropriate activity modifications and progressions.
  5. Education: sharing tailored strategies, information, and neuro-rehabilitation knowledge about how you and your loved one may be involved in your ongoing recovery.
  6. Answering any questions or concerns related to your therapy and recovery.

Tele-Rehab Fee: $100/hour

LIST OF TREATMENTS/THERAPIES *
  • Activity Based Restorative Therapy
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation including the Myndmove Technology **
  • General Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb
  • Group Programming
  • Imagery
  • Management of Chronic SCI UE Problems
  • Neuro-Developmental and Bobath Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Somatosensory Stimulation and Massed Practice
  • Splinting to Support Functional Use
  • Saebo Product Measurement
  • Transcutaneous Epidural Stimulation
  • Task Specific Training
  • Mirror Therapy
  • Armeo™ Robotic System
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RATES: All treatments and assessments will be offered at a rate of $120.00/hour. Some therapies will have an additional charge to the hourly rate.

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Referrals are centrally reviewed and patients are allocated to the clinics based on diagnosis. Expertise in stroke and hemiplegia are typically present at the University Centre location, while and expertise in spine related UE Neurological deficits is present at Lyndhurst Centre. However, other arrangements may be possible pending client needs.

Who We Are

ROCKET FAMILY UPPER EXTREMITY CLINIC – UNIVERSITY CENTRE CLINIC LEAD
Dr. Nina Hovanec, PT, PhD, MScPT, MSc, c/NDT

Dr. Hovanec is a physiotherapist with a research background in knowledge translation, health promotion, and exercise prescription for chronic disease prevention and management. She is the lead at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic (University Site). Nina also works in the inpatient stroke unit, helping patients affected by stroke achieve meaningful mobility and participation goals. Nina’s interests include upper extremity neurological rehabilitation, creating enriched clinical environments to maximize patient engagement, and integrating clinical, arts, and technology collaborations (e.g., robotics, AI, FES, virtual/mixed reality, gamification) to achieve innovative rehabilitation solutions.

ROCKET FAMILY UPPER EXTREMITY CLINIC - LYNDHURST SCIENTIFIC AND CLINIC LEAD
Dr. Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Dr. Kalsi-Ryan, is a Clinician Scientist in the field of upper limb assessment and recovery and spine pathology at TRI-UHN and is also Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy. Her research is oriented to establishing methods to quantify neurological change after injury and studying neurorestorative methods to enhance and optimize function for those with neurological impairment. Dr. Kalsi- Ryan’s lab at TRI-LC is called, The Upper Extremity NeuroRestorative and Innovations Lab, which provides a platform for not only the development of new and novel treatment approaches, but also research related to knowledge translation and uptake of new discoveries. Her additional interests include: outcome measurement, upper limb recovery, traumatic and non traumatic SCI, quantification of neurological disorders.

Contact US

Dr. Nina Hovanec
UNIVERSITY CENTRE CLINIC LEAD
(416) 597-3422 ext. 3505
(416) 597-7111

CLINIC WEBSITE

REFER A PATIENT
  • To complete the standard referral process, first download and complete the physician Referral Form.
  • Once you have completed the form, please fax it to us at (416) 597-7111.
  • The form will be reviewed to ensure that it is complete; if incomplete, the form will be returned to you.
  • Our office will contact the patient directly with their first appointment. Please call us at (416) 597-3422 ext. 3505 if you do not receive information about your first appointment within a few weeks.