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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.