Company founder, Kyle Whaley grew up on an 11-acre farm just outside of Kingston, Ontario. That is where he cultivated his love of activities like skiing, boating swimming, biking and hiking. It was during these formative years that his own sports injuries exposed him to physical therapy and cemented his desire to work in the field.
He began the physiotherapy program at UofT in 1999 with a strong desire to work in strength and conditioning with an active population including athletes from a variety of sports. However, a placement at Toronto Rehab Lyndhurst Centre where he got the chance to work with people with brain and spinal cord injuries and an incredible mentor changed the trajectory of his career.
Over the next 15 years, he honed his skills working with people recovering from stroke, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and living with conditions like MS and Parkinson’s. His passion and commitment to helping people move forward with their recovery, often in the face of huge obstacles, inspired Kyle to launch Propel Physiotherapy Etobicoke in January 2016.
In 2019, Kyle brought on partner Hoong Phang. Years earlier, as a Masters student at McMaster University conducting research on barriers to physical activity for people living with spinal cord injuries, Hoong realized he could make a bigger impact working directly in therapy.
He began his career as a physiotherapy resident under Kyle’s mentorship at Balance Physiotherapy West and worked his way up to clinic manager before. He continued in this managerial role when Kyle started Propel Physiotherapy and was tasked with developing the orthopedic side of the business.
Together, they have expanded the company to Pickering, as well as to Peterborough and surrounding areas through mobile services — becoming the Greater Toronto Area’s leading treatment centre for catastrophic neurological injuries and complex orthopedic injuries.