Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness;
  • Preventing disease, injury, and disability;
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions;

Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance;
Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions; and Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.

Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

Some of the interventions utilized may include:  joint mobilization/manipulation, myofascial release, specific exercise prescription, education and thermal/sonic/electrical modalities.

Physiotherapy services are those that are performed by physiotherapists or any other trained individuals working under a physiotherapist’s direction and supervision.

Physiotherapists undergo Post-Graduate University training and must successfully pass the Physiotherapy National Examination prior to being registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

John graduated from Queen’s University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Honour Degree in Physiotherapy.  John began post-graduate studies in Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Therapy upon graduation.  In 1999, he successfully completed his examinations in Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Therapy.  At that point, he became a Fellow of the Academy of Manipulative Therapists.  John volunteered as a Physiotherapist for the Peterborough Junior Bees Hockey Club    ( 1998-2001 ) and The Peterborough Junior Lakers ( 2001-2006 ). John also participated in the development and teaching of Physiotherapy courses during these periods.  He also mentored fellow Physiotherapists during this time.

In 2001, John entered into Partnership at Murphy, Scarsella & Associates Physiotherapy.

In April 2016, John opened Murphy Therapeutic Group.

John continues to offer a broad range of Physiotherapy services with a special interest in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release.  He continues to grow and learn more methods to help facilitate recovery and healing of the whole person and ultimately help people have better lives.

*FCAMPT certified Physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy, whom have completed extensive post-graduate education and who have attained internationally recognized qualifications in manual and manipulative therapy as it relates to neuromusculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about this certification, please click here

Enzo Scarsella has been practicing physiotherapy since graduating from Queen’s University in 1995.  He immediately began working in a hospital setting in conjunction with a local physiotherapy and sports injury clinic, upon returning to Peterborough. Between 1995 and 1999 Enzo completed several post-graduate courses and received his Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy in 1999. In 2001, Enzo entered into a partnership and opened Murphy, Scarsella and Associates Physiotherapy.  Subsequent to this, Enzo continued to offer formal and informal mentorship to physiotherapists, including the development and presentation of several workshops and courses.  He has also provided instruction\education to Queen’s medical students.

Enzo’s current treatment approach integrates manual therapy, incorporating the use of various hands-on techniques including mobilization, myofascial release, manipulation as well as utilizing acupuncture and dry needling, where appropriate. Enzo firmly believes that the above combined with education and customized exercise are the key to the patient’s success. Enzo incorporates his education and experience into a clinical reasoning process that attempts to find the best long-term solution to the patient’s symptoms.

When not practicing physiotherapy, Enzo enjoys spending time with his family, remaining active with activities including walking, cycling, running, yoga, and music.

Enzo welcomes the opportunity to meet and work with you toward your goals!

*FCAMPT certified Physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy, whom have completed extensive post-graduate education and who have attained internationally recognized qualifications in manual and manipulative therapy as it relates to neuromusculoskeletal conditions. To learn more about this certification, please click here

Gary Wall

Gary is dedicated to providing patient-centered care, using his experience to ensure effective and enjoyable therapy to meet your specific requirements. You will be educated and motivated about all aspects of your treatment through a comprehensive assessment, treatment and review, which takes your lifestyle into account whether work, sport or simply everyday life related. This develops a mutual understanding of how we can make the changes that will make you move better and feel better, resulting in a lasting effect on your health and life.

In 2010 Gary graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Bath University, England, followed up with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2014. Gary immediately enjoyed specializing in musculoskeletal rehabilitation but still blends in his clinical experience in exercise progression, neurological, respiratory, and mental health rehabilitation. He has completed courses in acupuncture, soft tissue, manual and manipulative therapy, concussion rehabilitation, and subscribes to several research publications. Combining this experience and a one-on-one approach gives Gary confidence in finding a solution to your needs.

Otherwise Gary has previously enjoyed a career in teaching, set up the spinal cord institute of Zambia, covered the Peterborough Petes, Junior and Senior Lakers, and speaks English, French, Dutch and Spanish. Gary can be found playing several sports, cycling to work, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


Joanne McKee

Joanne McKee graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1993. In 1996, she obtained certification to practice acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is registered to practice in the Province of Ontario. She has been in clinical practice for 23 years providing orthopedic/musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, and acupuncture. Joanne has completed several post graduate course in orthopedic manual therapy techniques, myofascial release, acupuncture and yoga.

Joanne’s current treatment approach integrates manual therapy hands on techniques (mobilization, myofascial release), acupuncture, modalities (ultrasound, TENS, IFC, heat/ice), exercise prescription, individual yoga instruction and education.

When not practicing physiotherapy, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, cycling, reading, yoga and farming.

Liam O’Rourke

After attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa in 2016, Liam continued his education at the University of Toronto, where he completed his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2018. Upon graduation, Liam returned to his hometown of Peterborough to apply his knowledge.

To ensure that clients are able to progress towards their goals, Liam uses a multimodal approach which involves education, manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, and exercise prescription. He understands that patient-centered care is important, and always encourages his clients to take an active role in their therapy.

Liam has experience in orthopedic and neurological rehab, but also takes a keen interest in the prevention of injuries at home, at the workplace, and during physical activity. While completing his physical therapy degree, Liam worked at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where he gained a special interest in pediatric rehabilitation.

Outside of work and continued education, Liam enjoys spending his time staying active with various sports, including volleyball, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.