Meet the Osteopaths


37e6fd96-4731-4c2a-a10f-f5a9018b4ab8Matt is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner who graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2020. Before this he went to Brock University in 2011 with a keen interest in both fitness and rehabilitation. He spent time during his undergrad volunteering at a physiotherapy clinic as well as working with seniors and athletes as a trainer. Immediately after graduating in 2015 he took a job as a Physiotherapy Support Personnel which he did until September 2018. During this time Matt came across Osteopathy and knew he wanted to pursue a career in it.


IMG_9064Melissa graduated from Western University with a Ba in Kinesiology in 2002. She then went on to study radiation therapy at Michener Institute/University of Toronto. After graduating, she moved to Manchester England to work at one of the largest cancer hospitals in Britain for a year. When she moved back to Canada, she discovered a new passion in osteopathy and enrolled at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in 2011. She graduated in 2015 with her Masters in Practice diploma of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M.OMSc).

Melissa is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association and is also a registered member of the Canadian Institute of Classical Osteopathy.


IMG_8972Lisa Nugent is no stranger to Vital Link. In 2009, she came in for an appointment and knew she wanted to be a part of the team. A week later she answered a job posting for an Office Manager and joined Vital Link. Lisa has always had an interest in health and wellness. She comes from a family involved in competitive sports and enjoys watching her two girls compete and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

After years of clinic management, her admiration of Osteopathic Manual Practice grew and she decided to return to school to follow her passion. She watched various practitioners working in a clinic setting treat patients who experienced life-changing treatments. People of all ages, health issues and traumas found relief when no one else was able to help them; and Lisa  wanted to be part of that!  She completed her 4 years of schooling at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy earning her degree of Master in Practice of Osteopathic Manual Sciences.

Lisa has a keen interest in educating families about the importance of Osteopathic treatment from birth onwards. She has continued her education through various pediatric courses and is excited to share her knowledge.

Additional Paediatric Courses:

  • Tethered Oral Tissues (Lip and Tongue Ties) ~~ Dr. Malisa Gambacorta, B.A., B.A. (Hons), B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S.
  • Treating Pregnancy ~~ Terra Nicolle, M.OMSc., RMT, PFT
  • Assessing Pregnancy ~~ Terra Nicolle, M.OMSc., RMT, PFT
  • Birth and Its Mechanics of Injury ~~ Dr. Dustin Costescu, OB-Gyn, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Treating Babies Pediatric Apprenticeship ~~ Dr. Jonathan Evans, Osteopath, Australia
  • Personal Tutoring and Pediatric Shadowing ~~ Joanne Lynne, M.OMSc., B.Sc


IMG_9804 With the Love of learning, she began further Studies and became a Registered Massage therapist, and Active Release Provider. Carole worked in a clinical setting, providing health care to her patients. She did this with passion. After practising for 4 years as a Registered massage Therapist, she proceeded into an intense Osteopathic program. She continued her practice and studied Osteopathy at the same time. After completing her program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Sciences she began to practice and loves it.Carole has had the opportunity to educate the public by speaking about various subjects about health and fitness. Being in the health care profession has helped Carole become a strong, compassionate, caring person, her flourishing practise demonstrates this.Carole takes a personal interest in her client’s health and life. Carole believes that Health is a state of mind. She encourages positive self image and instils her passion to all she meets, she does this with a smile. Carole has since gone on to follow her other passions! Carole is a real estate agent as well as a Home Decor Store owner :)