About Us

The STAVE OFF Physiotherapy and Exercise Team

Christina Nowak

MScPT, CSCS, PhD (s)

Christina finished her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2007. She then continued into her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. After graduation, she gained experience working in both the public and private sectors in outpatient orthopaedics focusing on exercise and soft tissue based therapies for the relief of muscle aches and pains. She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation, especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in 2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and prevention of disability. She has currently completed a pilot trial comparing two strength training programs and is working on publishing this research. She presented the protocol for this study at the Canadian Geriatrics Society Annual conference in April of 2016.
Feeling she needed to learn more about exercise prescription, she obtained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2014. Christina has competed in athletics for many years, including a third place finish in the CrossFit Regionals with her team in 2014. She interned at McMaster University in Strength and Conditioning with women’s rugby as well as being a member of the medical staff at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, ON. She has volunteered her time as a coach in rhythmic gymnastics with the Special Olympics and is currently trying to get her lovely black lab Boomer certified as a therapy service dog. Her hope is that the two of them can spread joy in the hospital setting with his wagging black tail.

Nick Prevett

BKin, PN1

Nicholas Prevett graduated from York University with a BA in Kinesiology in 2015. During that time, Nick interned as an Assistant Strength Coach with the varsity athletics program. He began as a strength coach in 2012, working with a wide range of individuals with various athletic backgrounds. While finishing his degree, Nick began working as an operator and head coach at Element CrossFit Port Credit. In that role, he was responsible for running small group and individual personal training. It is here that he began working with older adults and saw the power of strength training to improve quality of life into retirement. Nicholas believes this can STAVE OFF the effects of aging.
This passion led him to pursue more knowledge in the area of exercise in older adults, where he is currently enrolled in the Functional Aging Institute specialty program. With a passion for exercise as well as nutrition, Nicholas completed his Precision Nutrition Level I certification in Spring of 2016.
Nick grew up in Northern Ontario playing football and went on to play collegiately, becoming the Captain of the York University Lions football team in the 2013 season. From there he went on to be drafted to the Toronto Argonauts, making their roster for the 2014 season as a running back.

Chantal Gignac

Physiotherapy Assistant

Chantal graduated from St. Lawrence College in 2014 with a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. From that, she became a Registered Personal Trainer with Ontario Fitness Council. Following that, she completed a diploma in Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant at Kingston Learning Centre College, where she soon after gained 2 years of Physiotherapy Assistant experience working at a Physiotherapy clinic in Kingston. Chantal is currently completing the Massage Therapy Program at Trillium College, where she is following her dream to become a Registered Massage Therapist. Outside of school and work, Chantal keeps busy with family, friends and sports; playing on a family baseball and volleyball team. She is passionate about yoga, and plans on incorporating yoga into her practice as a RMT in the future.

Welcome to STAVE OFF

At STAVE OFF, we aim to build up all aspects of our community along a continuum. We aim to help you reach your goals no matter where you are starting from. Through our physiotherapy services, we can get you back to what you love to do most, reduce pain, improve stiffness and increase strength. These services are covered under many private insurance plans.

Our group exercise programs allow you to reach your fitness goals! We have programs that can cater to you such as PRIME or our arthritis-specific program, CONQUER. Our gym and rehab staff are knowledgeable about injury, injury prevention and modification of exercise programs based on your level. We strengthen our connection to the community through our fundraising efforts for local non-profit organizations. This is why a portion of every exercise membership to STAVE OFF goes to Hospice Kingston.

Through our community, we can work to be role models of healthy, active lifestyles. With the help of our team, we can encourage all members of the Kingston community at any age to be strong contributing members of our wonderful society.

What We Do


Physiotherapy is a treatment that involves the assessment, management and resolution of muscle aches and pains as well as strengthening of the body to improve your ability to complete the things that are important to you! We do this in a variety of ways but some include:
Soft tissue release techniques
Exercise based corrective exercises
Pain management
Teaching you ways to manage your injury as you work through the rehabilitation process

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We want to think of our retirement years as the PRIME of our life.

Prime is an exercise-based strength training program based off the latest research for adults as we age. It works to give you the opportunity to gain the strength for the activities you want to be involved in, from hiking, to travelling, to playing with your grandbabies. This program, led by a physiotherapist or physiotherapy assistant, teaches you the fundamentals of strength training and how to progress exercises appropriately. It is suited to people of all ages and skill levels.
Being led by rehabilitation professionals gives you the confidence to begin a program regardless of any aches, pains or health conditions.
The results speak for themselves, contact us to come and try out one of our classes!

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Individual &Small Group Personal Training

STAVE OFF personal training focuses on teaching the foundations of movement through strength training to correct any movement issues and work towards your individual goals.
Using small group personal training to create a safe and friendly environment, our team will work with you to achieve whatever milestone you have set out for yourself!

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Falls Prevention

In Canada each year, 1 in 3 persons over the age of 65 fall. Falls can lead to injury, hospitalization, fear of falling and other complications. At STAVE OFF, our falls prevention program is a STAPLE in our mission to allow our community to age successfully. We use a combination of exercise focused on strength training, education and lifestyle coaching to help older adults in our community stay active and enjoy their life in every decade.
This program is supervised by a physiotherapist and administered by a physiotherapy assistant with the knowledge you need to stay on your feet!

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