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Meet the Team

Get to Know Us at The Clinic on Elm

Chiropractor Port Colborne, Dr JamesDr. James Cousineau

Dr Jim Cousineau began his chiropractic career in Port Colborne. In the spring of 1998, he and his wife purchased the building on King Street, which has been a medical office since 1908! In November of 1998, he began his chiropractic practice. An opportunity to relocate came in the spring of 2013. Dr. Jim purchased the former Port Colborne Hydro office. This allows better accessibility and off street parking.

Jim began his pre-chiropractic studies at Brock University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1993. While at Brock, Jim completed studies in human movement, basic anatomy and physiology studies. Upon his graduation, he headed to Lambton College in Sarnia to complete courses in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry in order to prepare for his chiropractic studies.

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Dr. Mike Koabel

Chiropractor Port Colborne, Dr. MikeDr Mike was born and raised in Port Colborne. He joined The Clinic on Elm in the fall of 2004.

Mike went to Brock University in St. Catharines and graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education with Honours in 1999. Always an athlete, Mike has had a passion for the body and body mechanics. He became very interested in chiropractic at a young age because there was a family history of back issues. It was an easy and natural decision for him to choose his career path in chiropractic.

From Brock, Mike continued his chiropractic studies at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. An extensive program, he also studied anatomy, physiology and chiropractic adjustment techniques. Mike interned at CMCC during this time. During his time at CMCC, Mike worked as a personal trainer. Mike is trained as a Functional Range Assessment Specialist, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist as well as in Functional Range Release Technique, A.R.T. and is a certified Graston Technique Practitioner.

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Dr. Ben Brinda

Dr-BenBorn and raised in Port Colborne, Dr. Ben is excited to begin his chiropractic career in his hometown at The Clinic on Elm!

Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, where he received his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology and Chemistry. He then continued his education at D’Youville University in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated from the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Program.

While in Western New York, Ben worked as an intern for chiropractic clinics at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), University of Buffalo Neurosurgery (UBNS) and the Hageman Chiropractic Health Center. These internships allowed Ben to develop and master various chiropractic techniques, including spinal manipulative therapy, myofascial release technique, therapeutic exercises and many more.

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Nicole Karan, Registered Physiotherapist MPT, BHKin

Nikki, The Clinic on Elm physiotherapistNikki graduated with honours in Kinesiology from Brock University in 2015. During her undergraduate degree, she also spent time helping in the athletic therapy center with various sports teams. There she developed an interest for human anatomy and physiology, combined with her love for helping people. This as well as her love for knowledge and learning she decided to further her education in Physiotherapy.

She completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at Western University and graduated in 2018. Since then, she has also completed training to specialize in Pelvic Health. Nikki has a passion for women’s health and believes more women should be in-tuned with their bodies. She believes in a person-centered approach and hopes that others find meaningful ways to incorporate exercise into their lives.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys playing soccer and volleyball as well as spending time with adorable pup, Gus. Her experience and academic background along with warm and caring personality allow her to help clients reach their full potential and goals.

Sherri, The Clinic on Elm staff

Sherri Cousineau

Sherri works overseeing the daily administration of the office. She began working at the office in 1998. Sherri is a graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree. She is a certified chiropractic assistant, with additional training in laser therapy and the many techniques that are offered within the clinic. She often attends the same seminars that both Dr. Jim and Dr. Mike attend. Sherri is married to Dr. Jim and enjoys spending time with her girls.

Deanna Rudyk

Deanna joined the staff in 1999. She was looking for a different direction, and we were happy to have her join our staff. A familiar face to many patients, she is an outstanding member of our team. Deanna is a specialist in WSIB and her knowledge is put to the test often! Deanna is married to Stan, has four wonderful children, two fantastic daughter in laws and three wonderful grandchildren.

Deanna retired to enjoy her grandbabies, but will always be a part of the team here!

Lisa, The Clinic on Elm staff

Lisa MacLean

Lisa joined our staff late summer of August 2015. Lisa is an active member of our community and has extensive office experience. Her friendly smile and positive energy adds a special touch to our front desk. Lisa enjoys skiing and biking. She is married to Mark and has two children, one who is attending the University of Guelph and the other attending Georgian College.

Karen, The Clinic on Elm staff

Karen Schroeder

It is with great pride that we welcome back Karen to our front desk. Karen adds a wealth of knowledge and always has a smile on her face. Her dynamic personality and welcoming attitude compliment our already fantastic staff. Karen is a life long resident of Port Colborne, married to Wes and has two children attending school in Port Colborne.


Piper, The Clinic on Elm dog


Piper joined the clinic in the spring of 2019. She would come to the office intermittently. We recognized early on the benefits of having Piper in the office. Patients loved interacting with her. We decided to train Piper at Over the Rainbow Dog Academy. She is also a certified Therapy Dog. Piper hangs out at the front desk or behind the gate in Sherri’s office. She is always open to a chat and a petting.

The Clinic on Elm Team | (905) 834-5551