Our athletic therapists and sports coordinators team


Mario Starnino, B.Sc., CAT(C) NKT®, FMS™, Athletic Therapist and Sports Coordinator: Mario graduated from Concordia University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science: Specialization Athletic Therapy. He got certified as an Athletic Therapist in June 2013 and continues his education through seminars around the world. He has completed all levels of NKT® (Neurokinetic Therapy) and is currently studying P-DTR® (Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex). Doing his internships at John Abbott College and with the Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue Rugby Club has allowed him to work extensively with a variety of different sports and injuries. Mario is dedicated on helping people by correcting movement patterns and implementing exercises. Taking a global approach to resolvingpain and not just focusing on symptom management leads to an overall complete recovery.

Kelly Cappadocia, B.Sc PhT, Cred. MDT, Head Physiotherapist, Concussion Specialist and Clinical Director: Kelly is a McGill University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and has been a physiotherapist since 2002. Over the years, she has attended over 30 post-graduate courses on various orthopedic topics and has taught several physiotherapy classes. She became a Credentialed McKenzie Physiotherapist in 2004, making her a specialist in the evaluation, management and treatment of back and neck pathologies. Kelly is also a reACT Accredited Concussion Therapist, which allows her to properly diagnosis and treat both recreational and elite athletes, as well as those in the general population, who have sustained concussions.

Over the years, Kelly has rehabilitated many high performance athletes, most notably nationally ranked swimmers, divers, synchronized swimmers and Irish dancers. She is a partner and Clinical Director of Cappino Physiotherapy and Wellness Center.

Meghan Straub, B.Sc. M.Sc A. PhT, Physiotherapist: Meghan is a graduate of McGill University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and member of l’ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Quebec (OPPQ). She has completed several stages with high-distinction in the fields of orthopedics, neurology and pediatrics and has worked with the McGill Women’s Rugby team for the past three years. In addition, Meghan has taken courses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions, cancer rehabilitation and advanced pediatric physical therapy.

Ryan Smith: Ryan is Head trainer and Owner of L’usine West Island. Ryan has been a full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2007 and has run the strength and conditioning programs at many different gyms around the Montreal area, CrossFit Be Training, Studio Adonnics and MWM Conditionement Physique to name a few. Since his graduation in sports psychology, Ryan has since collected many different recognized certifications, specializing him in various domains of fitness.  Ryan has worked with many professional athletes and collegiate athletes, helping them achieve athletic success through sports specific training programs!

Mike Rastelli: Prior to Mike’s employment with Usine West Island he was the Head strength and conditioning coach at John Rennie Sport Etudes (Bantam AAA/AA -Predators). In addition, he was the assistant coach of the Dawson Blues’ men’s hockey team, as well as their head strength coach. Moreover, this past summer he became the head strength coach at Perform Hockey; responsible for training players in their off-season. He has trained players from prep school, Cegep, Jr. A, QMJHL, CIS, NCAA D1-D3, ECHL, SPHL. Mike has also collected several training certifications.

To learn more about these services, please contact Mario Starnino at mstarnino@cappinophysio.ca or at 514-900-3049.