Our Therapists


Donna Saal
Donna Saal was born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario and is thrilled to be back in the Valley doing what she loves. She graduated from the Physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa in 1996 and started on a path of post graduate training that has lead to a great interest in orthopedics, manual therapy, women’s health, and pediatrics.

In addition to her orthopedic manual courses, Donna has been trained in acupuncture, and the treatment of women’s pelvic pain and incontinence. She has also completed five years of training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and applies osteopathic concepts and skills to her physiotherapy practice.

Womens' Health: Donna has been practicing in the field of women's health for close to 2 decades.  She is trainning in advanced certification/specialization in Pregnancy and Post-Partum physiotherapy and pelvic floor rehabiliation .  ( AWAITING CAPP certification via the Amercian Physiotherapy Association) Donna is a co-owner of Physio in the Valley with her husband, Paul. They live in Pembroke with their two boys.



Paul Saal
Paul Saal was born in Sudbury, Ontario and relocated to Pembroke in 2001 to open Physio in the Valley with his wife, Donna. He graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Physiotherapy program in 1996. He also completed three years of Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa.

Paul has studied orthopedics and manual therapy and had worked solely in hand therapy in Sudbury. He also completed five years at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and uses osteopathic concepts and techniques in his daily physiotherapy practice.



Amanda Bennett
Amanda was was born and raised in in the Ottawa Valley.  She holds Honours Bachelor of Science ( BHSc) with Honours Specialization in Health Science  with Biology from Western Universityas well as a Master of Science Physiotherapy from University of Toronto.

She has completed post-graduate courses in the areas of  pediatric gait assesment and training, neurodevelopmental theory (NDT), sports physiotherapy taping, and concussion assessment and management. 


    Justin Zadow
Justin was born and raised in the Pembroke area and is very happy to be pursuing his career back in the Ottawa Valley.  Justin holds Honours Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) from the University of Ottawa and his Master's of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Justin grew up a sports fanatic and wants to apply his love of sport to his physiotherapy training. 

Justin is fast becoming specialized in orthopedics and sports therapy mangement; having completed high levels in the manual therapy division, MacKenzie courses, Selective Functional Movement assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Sceeening ( FMS) training. He has also completed advanced cervical thoracic certifications.  Justin is pleased to also be able to offer DRY NEEDLING techniques to his clients in pain, which has been shown to be a very effective pain mangement tool. 

Justin hopes to continue to pursue his passion of helping people recover from orthopedic, functional movement impairments and sports injuries.  

He is also trained in Functional Capacity Evaluations to help determine impaiments with screening and in-clinic testing to help guide recovery and return to safe work. 


I completed my Masters in Physiotherapy studies from the University of Queensland Australia in 2006 and since then have practiced in a variety of clinical settings. While in Australia, I worked with rugby teams from club to semi-pro levels. Currently I am in the process of becoming a certified with Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

I have always been involved in swimming and lifeguarding, so I joined forces with the University of Guelph and Guelph Marlins' swim teams in 2010 to help treat and prevent injuries and keep swimmers in the pool. I have also trained in post-concussion rehab as well as vestibular rehab to help a wider variety of patients. In 2011 and in 2012 I was lucky enough to be voted as Guelph’s favourite physiotherapist (Gold) in the Guelph Mercury’s Readers' Choice polls. I also was lucky enough to work as a therapist at the PanAm games in the Modern Pentathalon, and Springboard diving events.

When not in clinic, I enjoy playing a variety of sports (golf, tennis, swimming, and downhill or water skiing,) and spending time outdoors with my husband, Brent and dog, Bear.