About - Physio for Surgery

About Physio For Surgery

“We Make Fast Recovery And Pro-Level Performance After Surgery Possible For Every Body – Sometimes Preventing Surgery Altogether. So, You Can Stop Worrying And Focus On A Fit And Healthy Future”

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Do you ever wonder how athletes and sports players get back in the game so quickly after serious injury, a major accident, or radical surgery?

  • Connor Mcdavid had torn Ligaments, cracked bones and damaged cartilage and lead the NHL when he scored 105 points in 56 games the following season.
  • Andre de Grasse famously overcame Achilles' surgery and a torn hamstring to get back on the track and become a Canadian record-breaker.
  • Serena Williams was back slamming balls at the French Open eight months after giving birth to her daughter by emergency c-section.
  • And Mark McMorris went from collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, and “shattered” pelvis in a snowboarding accident to coming home with an Olympic Medal from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

How is that possible? Some of these athletes seem even stronger and can run faster than they did before after serious collisions, major surgeries, and devastating injuries. What’s their secret?”

We hate to break it to you. They’ve got grit. But they’re not superhuman. Their surgeons and first responders play a pivotal role. Of course, we'd be lying if we said being in peak physical fitness didn't help too. But the magic behind their recovery and lightspeed return to form is what happens in rehab.

In athletic therapy circles, however, it's not magic. We know that the speed of their recovery and post-surgery fitness comes down to two things; The knowledge and skill of their physiotherapist and access to cutting-edge tech and physiotherapy equipment. It’s that simple.

At Physio For Surgery, we make pro-level treatment accessible to you, so you can achieve all of your goals safer and sooner. So you can get back on your bike, play tennis with your girlfriends or just beat your buddy at Golf again after surgery (or without surgery at all).

You don't even have to be a famous sports star or Olympic athlete.

Anything is possible with the right team behind you.


Founded by Nick Halkidis

Nicholas Halkidis

21st Century Rehab Specialist: Athletic Therapist, Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Medical Acupuncturist.

Nick Halkidis: Builds Bodies Back Better

Nick’s interest in the human body piqued when he took an exercise physiology course as an aspiring young athlete in the twelfth grade. But at that age, Nick’s heart was set on becoming a professional Hockey player – his talent a fitting match for his big ambitions. But fate had other ideas, and he was “stretchered off” that path when injuries derailed him from a promising career as a hockey pro.

At this point, he was nothing more than a “hoser” (or so he believed) – with his long-held aspirations for professional sport in the trash.

But during those dark early days of accepting that life wasn't going to pan out as he planned, Nick flipped adversity on its head and turned it into an opportunity. He channelled his anger and disappointment into a personal quest. His mission was to learn about the human body - how and why things go wrong and what to do about it when they do.

At this point, he was hell-bent on making sure no one's dreams of becoming a professional athlete ended from injuries as his did.

- He studied Kinesiology & Athletic Therapy on the #1 Kinesiology Program in Canada, at York University – finishing top of his class and winning "Student Athletic Therapist of The Year." 

- He attained a degree in Massage Therapy at the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy and gained his official license to work with patients that same summer. 

But Nick didn’t stop there. He went on to study acupuncture on the prestigious McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program. Before working as an Athletic Therapist specializing in Chronic Pain in Newmarket. Currently, Nick is working with Team Canada Junior National Baseball Team. He was also lucky enough to spend time working with the "Hamilton Tiger-Cats" and five years working for a Sports Medicine Clinic in Markham before deciding on a full-time career in private practice.

Hello, Physio For Surgery.

Nick opened Physio For Surgery to take cutting-edge technology off the sports field and make it accessible to health-conscious Canadians in the GTA. Patients who want superior results from pre-planned surgeries and get back on their feet (and back to their lives) faster.


Why Choose Us?

Everything Nick and the team does is evidence-based. From the Anti-gravity treadmill and the Game Ready Met4 Elite to Blood Flow Restriction. It’s all scientifically proven to enable superhuman-style recovery for the average Canadian - so you can recover as fast as the pros.

Nick LOVES Helping People.

He listens. He explains what's going on in a down-to-earth manner – answering all your questions without unnecessary jargon or BS.
You can lean on him and the team at Physio For Surgery and trust us to get you the best possible results.

Plus, there's free WIFI, coffee and great chat free with every appointment. I mean, it's hard to get Nick to shut up about physiotherapy, optimal health, and the latest tech once he starts, eh?
But you won't find a more up-to-date and passionate Athletic Therapist anywhere in Canada. That’s for sure.

If you would like to know how the physiotherapy team at PHYSIO FOR SURGERY can help you prevent surgery or recover faster when you do, we recommend take advantage of our special offer and book a completely free taster appointment at our Markham clinic.

Note: We offer this Free Discovery Session to people who are worried about surgery and not sure whether physiotherapy is right for them. So, if that sounds like you, please book a free appointment. We will put your mind at ease and explain how physiotherapy helps both before and after surgery and how it sometimes prevents the need for surgery altogether.

We Help You:

  • Find Out What’s Wrongusually within 20 minutes, even if you’ve been in pain for months, years or even decades.
  • Reduce painwe can help reduce your pain levels from the very first session. You don’t have to put up with it.
  • Prevent surgery (if possible)In many cases, we can help you avoid surgery altogether by correcting the problem and reducing your pain.
  • Prepare For surgeryby strengthening your body: bones and muscles, increasing blood flow and improving your capacity for healing.
  • Recover Faster After Surgeryusing high-tech equipment and more effective hands-on physiotherapy and therapeutic exercise.

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physiotherapy clinic in MARKHAM, please click the button below and complete the short form:


“Here Are 3 People We’ve Helped Recently

Please enjoy these reviews of other people just like you who came to see the Physiotherapy Team at Physio For Surgery - and left much healthier and happier within just a couple of weeks:

I want to preface this review by saying that if I could give this clinic more than five stars, I would!Brandon, Nick & Angelo - Easily 3 of the best people to have by your side while you’re recovering from an injury. About 4 months ago, I injured my ankle to a point where I was constantly in pain, and wasn’t able to walk properly without support. When I first called the clinic to make an appointment, Nick went out of his way to fully understand the extent of my injury and to explain what was truly going on with my ankle. Before my first appointment, I was apprehensive, a little confused, but mostly, in a lot of pain. Brandon was more than patient with me as I started my recovery journey, and he explained the reasoning behind his treatments, and helped me understand how each exercise was working to fix the damage that was already done. I can confidently say that Brandon was the best Physiotherapist I could have gotten! In a short amount of time, I was back to doing my day to day activities, and now that the course of my treatment is over - my ankle feels great! I’m no longer in pain and my range of motion has come back!Brandon - I genuinely don’t have enough words to say thank you! Without your help, I would not be running at top speed! Going to miss the Anti-Gravity TreadmillNick - You’ve got such an amazing clinic here and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me! I had absolutely the best experience here.Angelo - Always great to see a smiling face everytime I walk in! Thanks for always making it a seamless experience!Highly recommend Physio for Surgery - this clinic makes recovery fun, and most importantly, they’re dedicated and invested in making sure your recovery journey is a happy and successful one!
Shivani Thaker
Shivani Thaker
15:27 18 Jan 23
These guys are awesome. Got treated by Brandon Rozario twice for my achilees heel soreness and back sprain. They accommodated me quick and provided amazing care.
Eben Samuel
Eben Samuel
03:12 05 Jan 23
Daisy Ben
Daisy Ben
03:11 05 Jan 23
Nick is very knowledgeable and helpful. He has great sense of humor but most importantly is that he fixed my knee pain that has been bothering my for over 6 months! Greatly appreciate it.
Moon Feng
Moon Feng
19:39 03 Jan 23
I am seeing the physio therapist Brandon, he is very helpful
nat nhb
nat nhb
16:24 25 Dec 22
Nick is a fantastic physiotherapist. Well attentive to my needs. Ran me through all my needs, exercises and gear.
Deb McKay
Deb McKay
14:35 23 Dec 22
I have found strength in my knee and heel. The healing process takes time, but so grateful for the physio work done on my knee and heel by Nick. Friendly atmosphere and great staff. Thanks again
Lorraine Kennedy
Lorraine Kennedy
16:42 21 Dec 22
Went to see Brandon after rolling my ankle from basketball and was thoroughly impressed by the treatment provided. He helped me pinpoint what the issues were and built a rehab program to get me back on the court ASAP. Staff were always friendly and an overall wonderful experience.
Dan R
Dan R
00:36 17 Dec 22
Awesome place...great service....attentive to your needs and care. Would raccomend it to anyone that requires physical rehabilitation 👍👍👍
Josie Feldman
Josie Feldman
18:14 16 Dec 22
Thanks for all the great help with my shoulder injury. Can't say enough kind things about Brandon and the work he did - highly recommend! Nick, the owner, also took the time to check in and follow up. Super nice team.
Michael Ray
Michael Ray
14:00 09 Dec 22
SO HAPPY I COULD CRY!Since April of 2022, I started having slight shoulder pain in my left arm. I had an ultrasound which revealed that I had calcific tendinitis of my supraspinatus tendon. I went to 2 physiotherapists, and the pain would go away for a few hours, but always come back. I also started doing exercises from the internet that were suggested to me, to no avail.After 6 months, the slight pain turned EXCRUTIATING. I couldn't even lift my arm at a 45 degree angle without feeling a shooting pain go down to my fingers. It was just brutal. I was readily preparing myself that I would probably need to have surgery or live this way.Until I found BRANDON at PHYSIO FOR SURGERY!I searched online for a clinic that specialized in rotator cuff issues. Since I had already been to 2 physiotherapists previously, I didn't have very high expectations, however, Brandon was a Superstar and changed all that!After only our first assessment, my shoulder was already feeling extremely better. That night was the first time in 6 MONTHS that I didn't wake up because of the horrid pain, and was finally able to get a full night’s sleep. I've been seeing him once a week, and diligently following the rehab exercises he provides to me. My shoulder is almost back to normal, and I'm so grateful.If my shoulder pain sounds familiar to you, just know that not all physiotherapy clinics are the same.If you want to actually get healed, get their help. They will take care of you!!
Angelica Jill
Angelica Jill
19:50 07 Dec 22
Nick are very patient, caring and detail. Equipment at the clinic were great. Especially like the game ready machine and I wish I had that at home. Not to mention all the staffs there were super nice and friendly. Always offer me drink, snack and ice-cream bar when I arrive for appointment. Wouldn't hesitate to refer anyone to this place for treatment. Keep up the good work.
Kenny Chan
Kenny Chan
15:25 05 Dec 22
I went to Nick after breaking my collarbone during the on summer. I picked Physio for Surgery based on the Google reviews that were posted. And the other reviews are spot on! Nick and crew are friendly and they care as they take the time to explain why things hurt and how they're going to help fix it. They have treated my shoulder and got it back to how it was pre injury. They've also helped with my lower back issues and are now working on my tennis elbow. If they aren't good I wouldn't be going back to have them look at my other issues. Highly recommended!
Allan Lo
Allan Lo
00:25 05 Dec 22
Physio for surgery is absolutely amazing! Nick truly cares about his patients and finding a way to get them better! I had sever back pain for 3 months and no one was able to help, until I got here! Not to mention, they truly make you feel like your at home!
Erika Vecchiarelli
Erika Vecchiarelli
14:11 03 Dec 22
Nick treated my non-surgical ACL rehab and would highly recommend him to friends and family.Smaller sized clinic with a personal touch to get you back to health and sport quickly.
Carey Gushue
Carey Gushue
16:50 02 Dec 22
Wonderful place with great staff! Thanks to Brandon for taking the time to work with my son on his neck issues and really taking the time to address his needs and giving him some relief. Our first choice for physio.
Sonja Razmovski
Sonja Razmovski
13:07 02 Dec 22
Excellent physio for over worked muscles and joints due to intense training for athletes who are going on to the next level. Nick and staff are excellent and have the know how to treat pain!!
anthony colangelo
anthony colangelo
05:01 30 Nov 22
I found Nick through a referral and was pleased to have options that were not available at other therapists. Nick was able to diagnose my issue and am currently receiving therapy, so far so good.
John Roberts
John Roberts
19:11 28 Nov 22
Jason Wei
Jason Wei
16:09 27 Nov 22
I searched for a great physio treatment clinic and I finally found it!Physio for Surgery is highly focused on individual one on one treatment.Staff is positive and skilled, the clinic is clean and organized and the energy and care is amazing!Lucy
Lucy Adams
Lucy Adams
22:15 26 Nov 22
I have had sciatica for 26 years with a numbness in my leg and foot. I had 4 treatment with Nike and I am feeling a lot better.Thank Nike and Amber.
Audrey MacDonald
Audrey MacDonald
15:45 26 Nov 22
Great atmosphere, Dr.Nick is a good communicator with expert knowledge of his clients needs (and he likes golf as well :))Amber is an excellent assistant with great quotes of the week quiz's
Paul Feldman
Paul Feldman
18:33 25 Nov 22
Great and friendly staff. Brandon has done a great job getting me back to health with my various aches and pains. Love the new equipment used with the various therapies.
Vincent Lee
Vincent Lee
17:02 25 Nov 22
Nick is great! Best spot in the GTA!
M L
M L
01:33 14 Nov 22
Rose Judar
Rose Judar
23:20 10 Nov 22
Nick has been a huge help to get my knee back into better shape. I was impressed by his quick and correct diagnosis of the issue with my knee and sending to the correct places for excellent quality of care for the MRI and especially the surgery. The appointments for the MRI and surgery were very quick that it surprised my family doctor. I know that I would not be where I am without Nick’s help. Thank you.
S C
S C
15:14 07 Nov 22
10/10 A very welcoming place, employees are wonderful and friendly.They are flexible with scheduling.Brandon is a great physiotherapist always following up with my progress, providing manageable exercises and treatments to improve my mobility for my sprained ankle. Nothing more I can ask forThanks 🙂
B L
B L
15:19 25 Oct 22
Nick is amazing!I never really had great results with previous physiotherapists, but Nick has changed that. I’ve seen a difference in such a short amount of time with respect to my injuries over the years and the therapy he has given me has so far released some of the pain that I have had for quite some time. He has truly been a blessing and will continue going to Nick for sessions. I would definitely recommend!A bonus - the others who work there are also wonderful people! Great environment.
Rekisha and Alex Anchundia
Rekisha and Alex Anchundia
12:08 25 Oct 22
For treatment to be successful, consistency is key. Multiple sessions coupled with performing the exercises provided by the physiotherapist.I began attending Physio for Surgery due to a shoulder issue. The initial assessment was done thoroughly and right away I was given exercises. Over the next couple of weeks, I had several sessions and made sure to do the exercises given to me. Needless to say, my shoulder feels much better!Thank you Amber, Brandon, and Señor Nick!
Brett Adams
Brett Adams
22:33 18 Oct 22
My son had a shoulder injury from pitching over the summer. Nick got him in immediately, made an effort to work with our baseball schedule, gave effective treatment, and then often added on additional time on some of the latest machines/equipment he has there to continue the effects of his own work. He sent us home with exercises that changed week by week and followed up with us via email regularly. We felt like he was invested in my son and his recovery much more than other places we have been to. Would highly recommend Physio for Surgery. We had a great experience and achieved the results we were hoping for.
Maaja Kukla
Maaja Kukla
15:59 18 Oct 22
I went to Brandon here for knee pain from running. I had a fantastic experience here. Brandon was very thorough in his assessment. It was my first time doing physio but Brandon and team were great at making me feel comfortable and ensuring I understood everything we were doing. Within 5 sessions my pain was completely gone and I was able to participate in all the high intensity exercise (running, swimming) that I was interested in! Definitely will be coming back in the future for any other needs. 11/10 would recommend!
Sammi Zhao
Sammi Zhao
16:11 17 Oct 22
After having a complete knee replacement on the horizon, I knew I was in store for a lot of work to get back to any level of knee normalcy.With a challenging road in front of me, before surgery I started to look for a physiotherapist, and a clinic to work with me and together, take care of my rehab.I spoke to many different clinics, but I didn't feel my recovery would have been smooth as it should be, UNTIL I met Nick at PHYSIO FOR SURGERY.From the moment I met Nick, I knew he was the BEST Physiotherapist I had spoken with, and best fit for me and my recovery. Nick's attention to detail and constant concern made me feel like a human patient, rather than a number and a commodity to generate cash flow for a clinic.Eleven weeks after my surgery, I am now well on my way to a total knee replacement recovery, and I can say without hesitation my recovery is largely due to everyone at Physio For Surgery working with me.If you are looking for one of the many medical recovery features, they offer........do not walk to the phone to call the office, RUN.....if you are able!
Duncan Shields
Duncan Shields
15:50 14 Oct 22
After so many different attempts in different places I am finally able to say "I feel better!", all because of the amazing and very professional team at Physio for Surgery and Nick!, from the go I felt improvement and that finally my shoulder blade problem was being properly attended/treated. All in a super atmosphere where you feel at home, spoiled (they even give you treats!) and totally relaxed.
Edgar Alvarez
Edgar Alvarez
02:03 12 Oct 22
Nick is a gem of a therapist. His knowledge, personality, patience and ability to keep his patients involved in understanding short term and long term solutions for their therapy is priceless.He is very professional and extremely attentive to your needs and for this, I am so appreciative.Nick always focuses on listening to you and your concerns and educates you on how to heal and strengthen your body over time.He’s super knowledgeable and makes you feel extremely comfortable. I highly recommend if you are looking for your pain to go away, “Physio for Surgery” is the way to go! Thanks Nick!
Mimi Bungaro
Mimi Bungaro
23:39 11 Oct 22
I was recommended Physio for Surgery in September 2022 from a fitness coach when I started experiencing some hip and back discomfort. I was very comfortable in the treatment plan given to me by the team and after 2 short months I was able to do things again like tie my shoes and bend without the pain. Brandon, Nick and the whole team at Physio for surgery were so helpful. My son also receives treatment for a soccer injury and is back to playing.
lisa dyer
lisa dyer
22:37 11 Oct 22
I highly recommend Physio for Surgery. I called on a Sunday asking for support for a knee injury. Nick immediately picked up and booked me for a consult within 2 days. I am feeling almost 100% better and have avoided a surgery. Nick and his team are professional, caring and knowledgeable. I give Physio for Surgery 5 stars and would recommend it to friends and colleagues.
roula hawa
roula hawa
21:12 11 Oct 22
Wonderful place for physiotherapy! Brandon and Nick are professional and knowledgeable, supporting staff Amber is friendly and caring. I've been to a dozen physio clinics but I'm using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill and the Game Ready Machine for the first time, great equipments.
Claire Deng
Claire Deng
14:18 11 Oct 22
Nick and the team are fantastic. They have helped my kids overcome a few injuries.A great friendly environment.
Danny Machkovski
Danny Machkovski
13:05 11 Oct 22
Nick is friendly, knowledgeable, and an absolute professional. I felt well taken care of throughout my visit and it was very helpful to receive pictures of the stretches and exercises I should be doing at home.
Duncan Kwan
Duncan Kwan
12:56 11 Oct 22
Nick and his team at Physio for Surgery are very welcoming, knowledgeable, and have the right resources for pain management and recovery. Nick’s focused treatment and exercise plan for my lower back have been working well and I highly recommend his services. Thank you!- Suraj
Shiv Kumar
Shiv Kumar
12:26 11 Oct 22
Happy that Nick has finally opened up his own clinic in Markham which happens to be closer to my house which is an added bonus. I have been many places throughout the years for physio but since meeting Nick he is the only person I see when my body is breaking down on me and needs treatment.
Paul Loughrey
Paul Loughrey
19:16 07 Oct 22
Thanks to Nick, Brandon and Amber for all their help in getting me back in action with their support after I tore my Achilles tendon. Oh, and W-Alter as well!
Ian Yan
Ian Yan
03:08 07 Oct 22
Very happy and fortunate to have found this place!!!! I'm recovering from a hip replacement surgery after a traumatic event. Nick and Brandon are great to work with: knowledgeable, understanding, professional, patient; they listen well and adjust the treatment to my needs; they explain things clearly. Great communication. Friendly, relaxed environment. I have made huge progress while being treated here and look forward to every visit. Thank you guys! You are AWESOME!
Danute Rackus
Danute Rackus
11:04 06 Oct 22
Great staff, really trying to help you. We went here because of the antigravity treadmill to help my husband and everyone there is doing so much to get him on the treadmill. It is amazing that he can walk on there!
Eleni Calaitzis
Eleni Calaitzis
00:13 05 Oct 22
Great team! - Very knowledgeable, professional, and experienced. Definitely recommend !
Witton Leung
Witton Leung
23:25 04 Oct 22
Luisa DiLucia
Luisa DiLucia
20:13 04 Oct 22
I went to see Nick after I was experiencing pain in my knee and found out I hurt my IT band. He was able to explain the issue and the treatment plan clearly and I felt confident I was in great hands. I needed hip replacement surgery and I wish I had known where Nick was practicing because I would have started to see him after both surgeries in 2021. I have noticed my mobility has improved significantly and I look forward to getting fit again following years of pain and then surgery! Thank you so much Nick!!
Gina O'Rourke
Gina O'Rourke
16:34 04 Oct 22
Ever since finding Nick and the Physio for Surgery team my son has been in the best of hands. He had a sports injury early in the season, and between Nick and Brandon, my son was able to be back out on the field in no time at all! We continue to see Nick to ensure continued support, and optimal care as my son continues to engage in high intensity sports, and growth spurts.
Tara Merritt
Tara Merritt
15:51 04 Oct 22
Really enjoyed my experience at Physio For Surgery, they definitely exceeded my expectations. Nick is the best physiotherapist I've worked with. Two thumbs up for their front office (Amber!) as well.
Jimmy Leung
Jimmy Leung
23:26 29 Sep 22
Very clean. The staff is very professional and know what they are doing. Went for about two months for an injury on my shoulder (an alternate to surgery) and it’s all better now.
Nina Luciano
Nina Luciano
18:45 02 Sep 22