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Owner/Movement and Rehabilitation Specialist

Hydro Therapist in Barrie, Ontario
A passionate and experienced Kinesiologist, who loves what she does and always looks forward to helping her clients.

Desirée Knack is a Registered Kinesiologist, licensed with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and she has over 20 years of experience in the field of movement and rehabilitation. Prior to starting Fit to Function Kinesiology in 2003, Desiree held positions in health and fitness settings, corporate fitness, municipal recreation, employment testing evaluation, exercise prescription and intervention, pain management and functional assessment.

Desirée holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology from Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario), and subsequently earned a Post-Graduate Honours Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma from Humber College.

Over the course of her career, Desirée has had the fortune of working with a variety of clients, injuries, and medical conditions, and a diverse collection of highly accredited health care and wellness professionals in multi-disciplinary settings. Such varied experience has helped Desirée to identify that she enjoys both, teaching people and working with them, to understand how movement plays a key role in recovery, daily life, function and lifestyle improvement.

To provide the best treatment to all of her clients, Desirée regularly engages in furthering her professional knowledge through courses, reading and conferences. Shaping her treatment philosophy, lifelong involvement in sport has taught Desirée the solid values of integrity, perseverance and an indomitable spirit, each of which she teaches her clients to help them in their recovery. Desirée is a firm believer that movement promotes healing on emotional, psychological and physiological levels.

In her spare time, Desirée can be found leading an active lifestyle through exercise and playing sports, and enjoying her family's athletic and academic pursuits. Although playing soccer year-round is her favourite sport, Desirée also enjoys strength training, running, aquatic exercise, and enjoying the great outdoors to hike, camp, and cycle. She lives by the slogan, use it or lose it; movement is freedom!

"Indomitable spirit is defined as unconquerable; a very strong character that will not give up.
One who cannot be subdued or overcome and will keep on trying." Author unknown

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario
  • Post-Graduate Honours Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma from Humber College
  • Registered Kinesiologist through the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
  • Bone FitTM Trained, Osteoporosis Canada
  • Nordic Pole Walking Instructor
  • AquastretchTM Trained
  • College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO)
  • Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)
  • Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI)
  • Canadian Aquatic Therapy Conference, October 2019
  • AQX AquaBility Training, Level 1 Certification, AQX
  • BoneFit Clinical Course, Osteoporosis Canada
  • Attendance at Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA) Conferences
  • CARI Aquatic Physical Therapy for Gait and Balance: Evidence-Based Practice
  • Spine Therapy Network: Code Spine Symposium
  • Swales Performance Systems Level 1: Movement Foundations and Corrective Exercises
  • AP Kinesiology - Clinical Assessment for the Upper and Lower Extremities
  • AP Kinesiology - Business Management Skills for Healthcare Professionals
  • OBIA: Brain Basics
  • CARI Aquatic Physical Therapy in Orthopaedics: Evidenc-Based Practice
  • CancerSmart Rehab Level 1
  • Canadian Aquatic Rehab Institute - AquastretchTM Specialty Certificate Course
  • Building the Ultimate Back: From Rehabilitation to Performance with Dr. Stuart McGill
  • CPR (updated yearly)
  • ERGO - Workstation Ergonomics - Computer & Equipment Set Up
  • CALA Introduction to Aquatic Post-Rehabilitation Course
  • CALA Aqua Arthritis Course
  • CALA Aquafitness Leadership Training Specialty Course
  • WaterART Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist Course
  • WaterART Special Populations Instructor Course
  • Regular interaction and mentoring for movement training and aquatic therapy through leading industry professionals

Move. Transform. Live.