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Mike Gaynor


Clinic Owner/Director, BSc.PT, FCAMPT

Mike Gaynor is the owner of Back on Track and COO of Novo Healthnet Ltd. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1989 with his BSc in Physiotherapy. Mike’s clinical experience includes private practice as well as a sports medicine clinic.  In 1994 Mike opened the founding Back On Track Physiotherapy Centre on Hunt Club.  Over the past 2 decades Mike has expanded his passion for outstanding patient care by opening 7 different locations of Back on Track  to serve Ottawa and surrounding areas.

Mike has taken numerous post graduate courses in a variety of areas including manual therapy, orthopaedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation exercise, and acupuncture and is committed to the continuing education process. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy Manipulative Therapy (CAMT) in 1999, receiving his Diploma of Advanced Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy.  He has been an assistant instructor in post-graduate studies for physiotherapists with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA since 1996. Areas of interest include manual therapy, sports injuries (hockey, golf, track and field), and rehabilitation exercise.

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David Brien


Director of Physiotherapy / Clinical Associate, BScPT, BSc(Bio), MCPA

David Brien is the Director of Physiotherapy and Senior Therapist at Back on Track as well as the Senior VP of Novo Healthnet’s Eastern Division.  David has been a physiotherapist with Back on Track since 1999. He has been responsible for patient care, marketing strategies, the Golf Kinetics program, and writing a regular Golf Healthy article for Flagstick magazine. As Director of Physiotherapy for Back on Track David supervises and educates all team therapists, physiotherapy aids, and kinesiologists. He also oversees the day to day operation of the 7 clinics and assumes responsibility for maintaining the highest level of patient care.

David grew up in Saint John, NB and graduated with a B.Sc (Honors Biology) from UNB in Fredericton. He went on to receive his B.Sc.PT (Honours) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. David has a special interest in orthopaedic manual therapy and has achieved his post-graduate diploma in manual therapy from the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. David also has an interest in Golf and has completed the Golf Kinetics program, which enables him to perform biomechanical swing analysis. The purpose of the program is to design individualized exercise programs for golfer’s to optimize performance and prevent golf related injuries. David is  interested in running analysis and prevention/treatment of running related injuries. He has served as staff physiotherapist for the Canadian National Heptathalon/Decathalon teams.

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Kelly Clancy


Clinic Manager

Kaitlin Husein


Registered Massage Therapist
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Keegan Niedzielski


Occupational Therapist

Raised in Sydney NS, Keegan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2012 with a BSc Kinesiology. He then graduated from the MSc Occupational Therapy program at Dalhousie University in 2014.

Upon graduation Keegan worked in the Lethbridge area of Southern Alberta for 3 years working in a number of settings including community home care, in-hospital acute care, long term care and in collaboration with the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Keegan’s professional interests include enabling clients’ engagement

>> in daily activities through appropriate mobility, seating, and in home devices and interventions. Keegan provides a client centered approach to help achieve clients’ goals and remain independent in completing their activities of daily living.

In addition, much of his OT experience has been in the area of assessment and prescription of wheelchairs and ambulation aids for adults. This has included both manual and power wheelchairs and also wheelchair cushions/other seating equipment.

Keegan is excited to grow the OT services offered at Back on Track and to promote the importance of OT in clients’ lives.

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Sean Mellor


Kinesiologist

Sean’s interest in sport and exercise began at a very young age playing with and competing against his siblings. His interest continued through various community and High School sports. Sean enjoys playing multiple sports such as football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball. Sean’s main focus and passion is football, having played at every competitive level outside of professional. After High School, Sean attended St.Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia from 2012-2016 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology (BA HKIN) with a minor in sociology. During his time at STFX, Sean volunteered in the Fit 4 Tots program, aimed at teaching motor skills to young children and encouraging them to be physically active. He also competed on the University’s varsity football team, winning two conference championships.

During his final semester Sean became a certified personal trainer through the Certified Personal Trainers Network (CPTN) based out of Toronto. He also has obtained his First Aid and CPR certification.

In the near future he looks to further his education and certifications by becoming a registered Kinesiologist and certified strength and conditioning coach. He someday hopes to return to University to complete a master’s program in exercise physiology or physiotherapy.

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Mariane Fraser


BA (Psych), Registered Massage Therapist

Mariane practices in good standing with the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario and a
member of the RMTAO. Combining her passion for sports and massage, Mariane is able to
explore new opportunities using her skill level from a variety of different backgrounds to
ensure that the client is able to get back to their previous levels of activity. She is currently
involved in various sports and activities, which involve Crossfit, Sprint Canoe/Kayak, as well as
being a team member of the National Ringette League. As an athlete, Mariane is extremely passionate about
helping people  avoid and overcome injury. Mariane’s philosophy of care states that everyone is met and treated
with respect, compassion and honesty, without judgment, ensuring each individuals best interest and wellbeing
are first priority.

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Alex Whyte


Chiropodist

Raised in Ottawa, ON, Alex moved to NS to attend Acadia University’s Kinesiology Program. During his time there he was accepted into the Sports Injury Assessment and Management Program.
This program incorporated a strong academic platform for injury assessment, management, and rehabilitation knowledge, along with a mutually strong practical experience.

During his last two years, Alex was a student therapist for Acadia’s Football and Men’s Varsity Hockey team. After being awarded Kinesiology Valedictorian by his classmates and finishing his
baccalaureate, Alex continued education at the University of Western Ontario where he accomplished a Diploma in Pedorthics with Distinction. He obtained Certified Pedorthist (Canada)
credentials in 2011.

Alex has also been very active in the Pedorthic community holding chairs in the Communication Committee and Social Media Committee in the Pedorthic Association of Canada from 2011-2013. Alex was also the Pedorthist for the Halifax Rainmen Team in the National Basketball League of Canada for their 2013 season.

After working as a Pedorthist in Halifax for 2 years. Alex returned to school to further his education in the foot care world. He completed his three-year education and spent his last year of
placement at The Ottawa Hospital – Total Foot Care clinic that focused on Diabetic wounds/foot ulcerations.

He passed his Chiropody board exam in June 2016 and has been working and living in Ottawa since.

His practice covers all primary foot health services, but has special interest working with biomechanics (custom foot orthotics), and the diabetic population.

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Catherine “Cathy” Pakenham


MScPT, MSc Neuroscience, BSc Biopharmaceutical Sciences

In addition to treatment of orthopaedic injuries, Catherine has developed a passion for the management of Concussion and the treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Prior to completing her Physiotherapy degree at McMaster University, Catherine earned a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Ottawa, investigating the factors that influence neural stem cell self-renewal and working closely with researchers studying mechanisms of brain injury at the cellular level. This education has provided her with a solid background in the neurophysiology of brain injury and what steps are necessary for recovery. Additionally, she has taken several interdisciplinary courses focusing on visual and vestibular re-training for PCS, Post-Traumatic Vision Syndrome, and Visual Midline Shift Syndrome as well as other vestibular impairments such as BPPV.

With an extensive background in research, Catherine’s treatment plans are evidence-informed, primarily consisting of manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. She has also been trained in Acupuncture and Dry Needling techniques. Catherine prides herself on providing quality care to her patients and strongly believes that patient education is an integral component of the rehabilitation process. Having grown up in Ottawa, she completed her primary and secondary education in an Early French Immersion program, allowing her to communicate in both official languages.

Outside of the clinic, Catherine played competitive soccer for 15+ years, as well as volleyball, basketball, softball, figure skating, and running at the recreational level. She is currently trying to master tennis and enjoys relaxing with yoga.

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Dustin Palsson


BA (Kin.), B.Sc. (Hons. H.K.), MSc.PT

Starting her journey at the University of Winnipeg, Dustin completed a BA( Kin.), and then moved to Ottawa to complete a BSc(Hons,H.K) at the University of Ottawa. During her last year, she participated in an internship at NeuroGym Rehabilitation which ignited her passion for helping others achieve their best potential in ways not traditionally thought possible. Dustin completed her MSc.PT at Queen’s University, and then returned to Ottawa to work in orthopaedic private practice.

Dustin believes strongly in patient centered care and listening attentively to patients concerns. She works together with patients towards achieving their goals with a multi-faceted approach to get to the root of the problem.  Dustin strives to ensure that her patients understand the nature of their injuries inside and out so that they may be actively engaged in their rehabilitation and prevent recurrence.

With a desire to provide excellent care, Dustin has pursued continuing education and has completed courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, functional dry needling, as well as various other courses relating to the back, hip, knee and headaches. She attended IFOMPT in 2012 to upgrade her knowledge on the current research being conducted in physiotherapy and the evolving direction of the profession.

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Jane Moyse


BA Psyc/Soc, MSc (O.T.)

Jane graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA  in Psychology and Sociology as well as a MSc
(O.T) from McGill University. She grew up in then Quebec and moved to Ottawa upon completion
of her Master’s program.  Jane is the first OT to become part of the many Interdisplinary team
members that make up Back and Track.  She believes OT is an integral part of an interdisciplinary health care
team. Jane is excited to add to the roster of services that Back on Track offers.

Jane aims to help clients achieve maximal independence in participating in their meaningful daily occupations. Jane
works with her clients to develop strategies to overcome and deal with physical, cognitive and/or mental health
issues. Jane enjoys working with her clients to develop creative ways of accomplishing everyday tasks.