Registered Kinesiologist at Propel Physiotherapy

Chris Sutarno works with clients with paraplegia, tetraplegia, amputation, dementia, acquired and traumatic brain injury, diabetes, and orthopedic injuries to help them transition after acute care. He adapts therapeutic exercises to suit their personal goals, whether it be resuming activities of daily life, returning to work, improving their physical conditioning and athletic performance, or maximizing aging at home. Working collaboratively with clinicians and the client’s rehabilitation team, his goal is to help people maintain or improve their quality of life beyond their injury or condition.

Chris has specialized training and experience in the areas of soft tissue release, facilitated stretching for pain relief or performance enhancement, mild traumatic brain injury assessment, neurorehabilitation, fitness assessment, exercise prescription and program design, strength and conditioning, therapeutic exercise for seniors and special populations, physical job demands analysis, and office and industrial ergonomics.

He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology specializing in Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics. He obtained his Master of Science in Spine Biomechanics under the tutelage of Dr. Stuart McGill.

Over the past 15 years, Chris has enjoyed a wide and varied career that has taken him across North America and overseas as a human factors consultant, ergonomist, process improvement consultant, disability accommodation specialist, employability counsellor, instructor, spine researcher. Most recently, he upgraded his clinic skills at Humber College to become a Registered Kinesiologist, and joined Propel Physiotherapy.

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Chris is very passionate about having that direct impact on people’s lives and well-being. Having spent time assisting a paraplegic family member in his youth, he learned firsthand about the physical and emotional challenges of adapting to a disability. It instilled in him a desire to work in direct client care and prompted his departure from the corporate world.

In addition to working in the clinic, Chris provides on-site exercise therapy in home or community, as well as ergonomic, accessibility, and return-to-work consultation and education in the workplace.

In his personal life, Chris is very involved in his kids’ activities. You can find him helping out with his son’s basketball team or attending his daughter’s dance recital on any given night. He also enjoys playing tennis, dragonboat racing and loves adventurous food experiences.

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