CrossFit Closer is pleased to team up with Dr. Cristina Leonardelli, Co-owner of FLOW Health & Wellness, to provide in-house chiropractic, acupuncture, and rehab services.
Dr. Cristina Leonardelli
Dr. Cristina Leonardelli has spent the majority of her career working with active individuals and high performance athletes. She utilizes a patient-centred, functional, and integrative approach to care. She is certified in various therapeutic practices including diversified chiropractic technique, Active Release Technique®, contemporary medical acupuncture, and Functional Range Conditioning. Along with hands-on manual therapy, Dr. Leonardelli incorporates patient education and rehabilitative exercises into all her treatments. She is passionate about helping her patients get back to optimal function and performance, and ensures that they take an active role in their recovery.
Dr. Leonardelli is currently completing a post-graduate fellowship program in Chiropractic Sports Sciences through the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada (RCCSS(C)). This has enabled her to work as part of the team medical staff with numerous sports teams and organizations. She has been involved in various levels of sport from the club level to the international stage, including as a team chiropractor of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks since the 2018 season. She was the lead therapist for Atletico Ottawa of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) during their inaugural season in 2020, and she has recently worked with Canada Soccer Women’s National Team for the She Believes Cup in 2021.
Locally, she has worked with the Nepean Raiders Jr. A hockey team, as the medical coordinator for the Eastern Ontario region of OPDL provincial youth soccer league, with the Mont Cascades Ski Racing Club and she has also been involved as part of the core medical team at numerous international and multisport events, including the Toronto Triathlon Festival, Ontario Winter Games 2018, the U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships, PanAm Senior Fencing Championships, Ottawa Race Weekend, and the FIE GrandPrix de Sabre.
Dr. Cristina Leonardelli completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree at McMaster University while competing as a member of the varsity soccer team for five years. With her fair share of soccer injuries, she took a keen interest in the role of chiropractic in injury rehabilitation and sport performance. Following her undergraduate degree, Dr. Leonardelli attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and graduated magna cum laude. There, she was involved in various student leadership activities, including her role as Students’ Council President.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Leonardelli also holds a Masters of Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa with a focus in applied sport psychology. Outside of her chiropractic practice, she works with individual athletes and teams to enhance their mental performance and well-being.
While she is not in the clinic or working on the sidelines at a sporting event, she spends her time at Crossfit Closer (working on those unbroken kipping pullups!), walking her puppy Moose, or exploring the outdoors in Ottawa.