Our Team


Sarah Hornby (Burke)


Sarah was born and raised just outside of Gravenhurst, Ontario.  After graduating high school, Sarah went onto the University of Guelph where she studied Human Kinetics while competing as a member of the varsity swim team.  Upon graduation, Sarah pursued a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto.  While attending U of T, she continued her swimming career with the Varsity Blues.  Upon graduation in 2004, Sarah has practiced physiotherapy in multiple settings including; private orthopaedic, sports clinics, long-term care, and strength and conditioning facilities. 

Sarah has continued to educate herself with post-graduate courses in acupuncture (CAFCI), manual therapy (CMT), orthotics and strength and conditioning.  In 2014, Sarah pursued her diploma in Massage Therapy, and has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2015. 

Sarah's athletic career did not finish after University.  Some of her achievements in sports include:  

2009 World Championship Half Ironman

-2008 Florida Ironman

 -Member of the Canadian Age group Olympic and Sprint distance Triathlon Team

Sarah is very excited to bring her knowledge to the Coldwater area.  She looks forward to providing care for everyone.


Tyson Hornby

B.A., A.D. Hort.

Tyson is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where he originally met Sarah in 1998.  During his studies at University, Tyson was a member of the varsity football team.  This is where Tyson honed his technical skills to excel in strength and conditioning. 

After graduation in 2003, Tyson decided to travel, living in South Korea for three years, then moving to Australia in 2008 to play American football.  Tyson was a member of the Perth Blitz football team in 2009 and an assistant defensive coach.  During this time, Tyson put more emphasis into educating himself as a strength and conditioning coach, and became a certified coach before leaving Australia in 2010. 

Tyson brought his knowledge of strength and conditioning back to Canada where he became an owner of a fitness facility in Collingwood, Ontario.  Tyson is also a full-time firefighter.  In 2016, after six years of marriage to Sarah, they decided to move closer to the in-laws in Gravenhurst, Ontario and parted ways with the fitness facility they established in Collingwood. 

Tyson is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge in fitness and strength and conditioning to Coldwater, Ontario. 

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Ashley Larcina


Ashley is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Halifax. She graduated with a specialty certificate in neuropathic dysfunctions. Ashley has experience withthe bluenose marathon, breast cancer retreats and severe disability community group functions.

Ashley has been practicing in Barrie for 7 years, and is now relocated to the Coldwater area.  Ashley is an energetic individual dedicated to the health goals of her clients. She is personable and always has a positive outlook. She values client empowerment as a cornerstone to health outcomes. Any question is encouraged to promote public health awareness. She is compassionate to her client’s needs and is always striving to find balance in safe treatment to client goals.

Most of Ashley's specialties revolve around specific muscular dysfunctions such as TMJ, frozen shoulder, hip flexor, low back postural and repetitive strain injuries. Having specific additional focused training with clients with parkinson's, MS, tumors and dementia have helped focus and inspire a love of helping clients with daily living goals. Being a mother of 4 and having a large portion of her initial practice with pregnancy treatments she is skilled with common pregnancy ailments. Ashley also has experience with severe burns and skin grafts. Additional expanded training includes "Comfort Touch for the terminally ill and palliative care" as well as cranial and pediatric osteopathy.


Karen Shatford

CATC, Reg. Kin

Karen Shatford attended the University of Calgary where she obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 1999.  She continued on at Mount Royal College in a post graduate athletic therapy program and became a certified athletic therapist in 2002.  Karen has lived in Midland since 2008. 

Outside of the clinic, Karen is a certified doping control officer with the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport and enjoys working at high level athletic events in that capacity.  Karen also enjoys a variety of recreational activities such as golf, softball, waterskiing, winter skiing (cross country and downhill) and camping with her husband and daughter. 

Karen is excited to join our team at ActiveNorth Physiotherapy, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

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Karri Tuorila

Karri is currently attending school to become a paramedic. We are very happy for Karri to pursue such an important career. We wish her the best of luck!

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Karri has lived in Coldwater for over 20 years and is excited to start her career with ActiveNorth Physiotherapy. Karri graduated from Nipissing University with an Honors Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree. There, she did research in exercise physiology, looking at maximal oxygen consumption during exercise at altitude. She also travelled with the women’s varsity hockey team as their athletic trainer and worked at Nipissing’s rehabilitation clinic. Karri is also in her second year as a volunteer firefighter with Severn Township.

Karri is looking forward to teaching upcoming BoneFit classes for people with osteoporosis and fall prevention. You can see her at the front desk or in the gym doing exercise therapy.  She enjoys continuing education in the health care field.

Karri is excited to start with ActiveNorth in the town that she loves. 

Adrienne Lade


Adrienne attended the University of Guelph and graduated from Bio-Medical science in 2014. It was at Guelph that Adrienne truly first discovered her love of anatomy through her first cadaver course. After completing her B.Sc Adrienne went on to pursue Osteopathy in Halifax at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques. Osteopathy was the perfect fit for Adrienne, bringing to life her love of anatomy and how its knowledge is channeled into therapeutic practice.

During her studies Adrienne was opened to the world of Massage Therapy and became a Registered Massage Therapist in January 2018. Currently in her 4th year of Osteopathic school, Adrienne has adapted her massage therapy treatments to encompass a whole body approach highlighting the interrelationships within the body, and striving to find the cause of symptomology.  

Adrienne grew up involved in many sports including: figure skating, cross country running, hockey, and competitive soccer.  She has a love of sports and being active. In her downtime, you can find her camping, curling, waterskiing, ice fishing, kayaking, or enjoying any dockside activity.

Adrienne is excited to start her amazing therapeutic journey at ActiveNorth!

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Sue-Ann Gibson

Registered Massage Therapist

Sue-Ann is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Sir Sandford Fleming College.

She is returning to the area after living in Temiskaming Shores Ontario, where she had a successful practice for over thirteen years.

Professionally, Sue-Ann has continued her education and training with many different courses including Schweitzer’s Deep Tissue Therapy. She enjoys the challenge of working with all different kinds of ailments including TMJ Dysfunction, repetitive strain injuries, muscle imbalances and maintenance for overall good health.

When Sue-Ann isn’t busy with her three daughters, she also enjoys an active lifestyle of running, yoga, and being outdoors.

Sue-Ann is honoured to join the amazing team at ActiveNorth!

Cassie Leigh

Doctor of Chiropractic

Cassandra (a.k.a. - Cassie) has lived in the Coldwater/Oro-Medonte area for her whole life. While she has been involved in many different sports/teams throughout the years, her main focus was on competitive wrestling. Cassie was a member of the Canadian National team in 2009 competing at the Victory Cup in Turkey and the Pan American Championships in Nicaragua, placing 3rd and 2nd respectively. Her athletic background, injuries and associated therapy, peaked an interest in the human body. After graduating high in Orillia, Cassie received an athletic scholarship to attend Western University in London, ON. Here, she competed as a member of the varsity wrestling team for two years while studying Kinesiology. In her third year and after a history of injuries, Cassie decided to focus on her studies and future career in chiropractic instead of competitive sport. She graduated from Western in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Kinesiology Degree in just three years. Upon graduation, Cassie pursued a 4-year Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. In June of 2018, she officially became a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Cassie plans to continue to self-educate herself with post-graduate courses, starting with an acupuncture course in winter of 2018.

Cassie’s athletic history and the unfortunate injuries that go along with it, and her current interest in recreational sports and active living give her a unique perspective into injuries and the associated healing processes that she is looking forward  to sharing with everyone. While she misses the competitiveness of higher level sport from time to time, she feels she made the right choice and is excited to start her chiropractic career with ActiveNorth!


Cortney Lacroix

B.A. (Psych), MHK., MPC

Cortney is a graduate from the University of Ottawa where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Psychology and a Master of Human Kinetics with a Concentration in Consultation and Intervention (Applied Sport Psychology). She is a student member with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

Cortney was born and raised in Tiny, Ontario. Growing up she played several sports such as soccer, ball-hockey, curling, snowboarding, etc. She enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding on Georgian Bay. Cortney values the connection of the mind and body; she is passionate about meditation and yoga. Cortney is bringing her knowledge of psychology and love for sports together to help others. Cortney is charismatic and her care for the wellbeing of others is what led her to this field.

As a mental performance consultant, Cortney helps athletes enhance their performance and individuals enhance their daily wellbeing through the use of mental skills training. Mental skills include, but are not limited to, goal setting, motivation, performance planning, confidence, relaxation, distraction control, imagery, self-talk, organizational skills, and stress management.

Cortney is looking forward to working with athletes, business professionals, and individuals interested in increasing their physical activity levels and/or wellbeing. She is excited to be joining the Active North team!

Kendall Darnay

Registered Massage Therapist, BSc. HK

Kendall attended the University of Windsor where she graduated with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2015. During those 4 years she was apart of the Lancer Varsity Track Team competing in pole vault. After graduating from Windsor, she attended Mohawk College where she obtained a Diploma in Massage Therapy. In August she became a Registered Massage Therapist.


Growing up as a competitive athlete (gymnastics, pole vault) she was reliant on her team of health care professionals to be in the best shape to compete. She gained the drive to one day be able to help others the way she had been helped throughout these years in the sport world. She is looking forward to her new journey at ActiveNorth. 


Kristina DiFabio

Registered Physiotherapist

Kristina graduated from Western University’s Master of Physical Therapy program in 2014. Her clinical interests include Clinical Pilates, pelvic health, concussion management and paediatrics. Since graduation, she has completed continuing education in Clinical Pilates, Pilates for pelvic health, concussion management, acupuncture, and sport physiotherapy. She further developed her clinical skills in concussion management and sport physiotherapy through completion the Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine clinic at Western University, in London Ontario.  During the Fellowship, Kristina worked with varsity rugby, soccer and swimming. Kristina looks forward to bringing her experience to the multidisciplinary practice at Active North Physiotherapy.


“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
— -Michael Jordan