80 Southgate Drive, Guelph
Ontario N1G 4P5

Email: info@instilphysio.ca
Tel: 519 840 0784

Fax: 519 840 0784

Mondays: 8am -8pm

Tuesdays: 8am-8pm

Wednesdays: 8am -8pm

Thursdays: 8am -8pm

Fridays: 8am-1pm

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Please be aware we do not have reception in the clinic. Please call or email for enquiries regarding service or book online. 

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At Instil Physio we offer a unique approach to performance care and the assessment and treatment of your movement problem. Our practitioners have an exceptional level of knowledge and skill in a neurofunctional approach and take the time needed to properly understand you as a complex system. Our goal is to help you get back to doing what matters to you and keep you doing it, whether that be gardening or participating as a high performing athlete.


Mission statement: Empowering individuals and providing the environment needed to thrive and reach their full potential. 


Vision: Accessible knowledge; Innovative approach; Empowered community.      

Kristin Bignell physiotherapist at Instil Physio

Kristin Bignell

PT, MScPT, BScES(hons), CMAG


Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner

Senior Neurofunctional Practitioner & 

Practice Team Leader at Instil Physio

Why I am here: 

I started with the Instil Physio team shortly after the clinic’s opening. I saw it as a place where I could do better for my clients without the limitations of time or the confining expectations of traditional physiotherapy. I truly believe that quality care requires a team approach, a holistic mentality, a network of like-minded practitioners and time. Instil upholds a high standard of excellence and pushes the boundaries of traditional physiotherapy in order to continually advance the care of our clients and I love that! 

A little about me: 

My experience with movement and injury started at a young age. Growing up I played many different sports but ended up attaining most of my success in volleyball. I played four years of NCAA Division 1 Volleyball at the University at Buffalo and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Exercise Science. 

I subsequently spent 2 years working as a Kinesiologist at a local physiotherapy clinic. Wanting to have a greater role in the rehab process, I went on to complete my Master of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Toronto. 

My personal history with sport includes swimming, ballet, soccer, basketball and volleyball. I currently enjoy playing squash, running, cycling, yoga, skiing and any outdoor adventure that includes my husband and our bullpei, Eleanor! When I’m not on the move, I can often be found reading books about neuroscience, nutrition and psychology, with an occasional side of fiction. 

Some of my special interests and future ambitions: 

I love spending time advancing my clinical skills and knowledge. I enjoy the creative approach inherent to the neurofunctional model and enjoy pushing the boundaries of what we traditionally believe is possible in injury rehabilitation and performance optimization. 

I am fascinated by the complex nature of the human body and enjoy learning about the different systems and physiological processes that are essential for its optimal functioning. I am constantly seeking a deeper understanding of the human body in order to holistically solve complex cases and to be able to optimize function in already high-performing individuals. 

Currently, my main interests lie in Neurofunctional Acupuncture and Sports Physiotherapy. I have completed both the Main Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and The Advanced Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner Programs through McMaster University. I continue to be involved with the program as an Instructor in Training and am excited about the knowledge I will continue to gain through the process of becoming an instructor in the program. 

I am currently working towards my Sports Physiotherapist Certification and have recently completed complementary coursework in concussion management. Being one, 

I really love working with athletes of all different ages and abilities. I especially enjoy working with youth and elite-level athletes to correct dysfunction, prevent injury and improve performance using the neurofunctional approach. With proper care, I believe we can mitigate the effects of injury and keep athletes participating for life. 

I have also completed additional training in manual therapy and multiple courses in core retraining (many specific to female athletes). I am interested in core retraining as it relates to injury rehab, injury prevention, and athletic performance - an important part of a holistic approach.