Who we are

The Philippine Working Group:

CristinaCristina Cauillan – Abadiano, PT,BScPT

Cristina received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the Philippines. Following three years of clinical experience as a Clinical Supervisor, she accepted a position in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Physiotherapist. In 2010, she joined the Society of Physiotherapists with Foreign Credentials (SPFC) and was appointed as auditor. She is an active member of International Center for Disability and Rehabilitation, Philippine Working Group (Toronto).She currently is a full time Registered Physiotherapist and her focus of practice is in geriatric rehabilitation. Cristina and her husband, Archie, live in Ontario, Canada.


Juvy Alix
Co-Vice-Chair Community Projects

•  BSc Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University; Philippines

•  Canadian Equivalency Studies in Physiotherapy; Ryerson University

•  Certificate in Restorative Therapy

•  Member, Restorative Professionals Alliance of Ontario

Juvy is a Clinical Resource Coordinator in the Adult Day Program of Providence Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. In the past five years, she has focused on geriatric rehabilitation in various settings including home care, long term care and community care.

As an active member of the ICDR, Philippine Working Group, she advocates for the promotion of equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities in the Philippines.

In the past, she has held positions in the Falls Prevention Committee and Behavioural Supports Ontario in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) while working at Community Nursing Home in Pickering, Ontario.



  • PhD (Health; York University) (Candidate)
  • MA (Critical Disability Studies; York University)
  • BSc (Physical Therapy; Capitol University, Philippines; Equivalency Studies in Physical Therapy, McGill University)

Jeffrey founded the Philippine Working Group in 2007. He is a physiotherapist at the Sunnybrook Holland Orthopedic and Arthritic Centre in Toronto, Canada. He is also an Instructor and Clinical Placement Facilitator at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. His academic research interests are on disability and development; landmines in the Philippines; and health policy.

Vice-Chair of Finance

  • Canadian Equivalency for PT, Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging Program, Ryerson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, University of the Philippines Diliman

She is the auditor for the PWG- ICDR and is also involved with the Society of Physiotherapists with Foreign Credentials (SPFC). She is an advocate for the rights of people with disability particularly in the Philippines where more needs to be done to raise awareness on disability issues and human rights.


marianneMarianne Bayongan, BScPT
Communications Officer

Marianne Bayongan currently works as Physiotherapist Assistant at a private clinic in East York. She is still in the process of getting herself credentialled in Canada.

Marianne received her BS in Physical Therapy from the Philippines.


marianneZachary Chan
MSc Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

BSc (Honours) Kinesiology, Queen's University

Zach's interest in international health stems from his experience completing an international internship in Metro Manila, Philippines.  In addition to his extensive clinical experience with paediatric  populations, Zach's appeal for treating athletes has driven him to  become a Sport First Responder and obtain certifications in athletic  taping and concussion rehabilitation. He also holds certifications in  Soft Tissue Release, Functional Movement Screening (Levels 1& 2), BSN  Medical Leukotaping, and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and is  pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy through A.T. Still University.

A firm believer in continual education, Zach is involved in the   University of Toronto's MSc Physical Therapy Program and theOntario  Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program as a  clinical instructor, private tutor and laboratory facilitator. Through  these roles, he is able to stay relevant with current literature in  the field, and facilitate clinical reasoning among the next generation  of physiotherapists. Most recently, Zach presented his research on   leadership in Physical Therapy at the Canadian Physiotherapy   Association's National Congress; and has two manuscripts due for  publication in Physiotherapy Canada in the Fall of 2015.

bunnyBunny Claveria, PT, BScPT
Bunny is a registered physiotherapist in Ontario, Canada.





Sharon Cancino (Toronto, member)

Arlyn Dadufalza (Toronto, member)


  • BSc Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University (Philippines)
  • Canadian Equivalency Studies in Physiotherapy, Ryerson University
  • Certificate in Health Services Management, Ryerson University

Toni currently works at a long term care facility and is involved in Restorative Care and Health and Safety Management.


Allan Falmarin 

Jane Santiago-Falmarin 
VC Fundraising

She is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.


Sharon Mauhay-Gallardo
Communications Officer

She is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.


Hilda Ho (Australia, member)


Noel Laguna




gefeRodolfo D. Lastimosa Jr.

Professional Licenses:

Registered Healthcare professional in the Philippines: Physical Therapist, Nurse, and Midwife

Registered Practical Nurse (Ontario, Canada)

Resident Assessment Instrument Coordinator in Canada (RAI-C)


Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Comprehensive Bridging Program

University of Toronto

Academic Pathway for Nurses Bridging Program

George Brown College

Liceo de Cagayan University (Philippines):

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Associate in Health Science Education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Arts in Nursing

Rodolfo has an extensive healthcare experience in various fields complemented by his outstanding

people skills that both contribute to providing quality health care to patients.


  Stephanie Nixon, PhD

   Executive Director, ICDR

  PhD Public Health and Bioethics (University of Toronto)
  MSc Rehabilitation Science (University of Toronto)
  BHSc Physiotherapy (McMaster University)
  BA(Hons.) Kinesiology (University of Western Ontario)






Kenneth Quismundo (Toronto, member)

He is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.

photoMelanie Pacheco 
Co-VC Community Projects
Acting VC Research

BA (Hons.), Communicative Disorders Assistant

Melanie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at Spark Therapy, and a Patient Administrative Associate at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She became involved in the Philippine Working Group after taking a hiatus in the Philippines to offer her knowledge and help with underprivileged children. While she was there, she was able to make ties and connections with projects in Iloilo City and has been very instrumental in setting up community projects in the area.

randyRodolfo Quimbo (Manila, Co-Chair)

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of the Philippines




Jovy Ronquillo
Vice-Chair of Education

  • BSc (Physical Therapy, Angeles University Foundation, Philippines)
  • Equivalency Studies in Canadian Physiotherapy (Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia)

Currently working in geriatrics setting, Jovy truly supports the mission, vision, and goals of PWG since its inception, serving as an advocate for Filipinos with disabilities. As a Physiotherapist practising in Canada, she is well aware that in the Philippines, poverty plays a crucial part in the neglect of persons with disabilities.

jaqJacquelin Rotella 

  • BSc Physical Therapy, Iligan Medical Center College (Philippines)
  • Equivalency Studies in canadian Physiotherapy, Thompson Rivers University

Jacquelin Rotella is currently working in a clinic in Richmond Hill. Her experience in the Philippines was with children with special needs and that is how her eyes were opened to the lack fo care and representation for people with disability, especially children.


photoCorrine Gay Tinaco

She is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.






gladysGladys Villaruel (Toronto, member)

  • BSc (Physical Therapy; Our Lady Fatima University, Philippines)
  • Equivalency Studies in Canadian Physiotherapy, Ryerson University

Having worked as a physiotherapist both in the Philippines and in Singapore, Gladys is based in Toronto, Canada. She has held various clinical positions in different settings including sports physical therapy. Her clinical interest is on women's health.