Mark completed his Honors Bachelor of Science, with specialization in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto where he completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Mark is also committed to being a lifelong learner, pursuing continuing education courses such as soft tissue release, sports/K-taping, acupuncture and completing courses for his Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT) diploma. He plans on taking courses in dry needling and running injury prevention in the coming year.
During his undergraduate studies, Mark gained extensive outpatient physiotherapy experience working for a chain of private physiotherapy clinics across Ottawa. During his time in Toronto, Mark worked with some of the leading facilities in the country including his time with the Advanced Practice physical therapists at Mount Sinai’s outpatient orthopedic clinic, the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit at Toronto General Hospital and the Neurosurgery and Trauma Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital. Moreover, he volunteered at the IMAGINE clinic, a clinic providing healthcare services to the homeless and underserved populations of Toronto and served as an Executive member on Exercise is Medicine Canada.
In his spare time, Mark is a multi-sport athlete, an avid sports fan (Go Raps Go!) and a reader. He is always accepting new patients of all ages, lifestyles and conditions and is looking forward to helping you meet your goals!
Steve graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.
Steve has special interest in Orthopaedics with a strong focus on manual therapy and exercise prescription. He enjoys working with a wide variety of injuries with special interest in shoulder and hip dysfunction, along with running based injuries and rehabilitation.
He has completed a number of post graduate courses with primary focus on advanced training in Manual Therapy, and is working towards becoming a fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.
Post graduate training includes:
- Orthopaedic Division Manual Therapy level 1
- Orthopaedic Division Manual Therapy level 2 Upper and Lower Quadrant
- Orthopaedic Division Manual Therapy Level 3 Upper and Lower Quadrant
- Mulligan Technique Lower Extremity
- Soft Tissue Release
- Shoulder Dysfunction with Barham Jam
- Will be completing Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 in February 2017
I am so delighted to be joining the Back on Track team at Carleton Place to offer chiropractic services. What attracted me the most to chiropractic is its comprehensive, hands-on approach to assessment and treatment. I have a passion for health and fitness and am thrilled every day when I have the opportunity to promote health to others. More and more, Canadians are taking a proactive role in their own health and I believe evidence-based manual therapy should be an integral component of their care.
l attended the University of Western Ontario to complete my Bachelor of Health Science degree and then entered the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2004 in Toronto. Many do not realize that a Doctor of Chiropractic has spent four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. The chiropractic curriculum at CMCC, includes studies in anatomy, radiology, pathology, biomechanics, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques. In particular, chiropractors receive training in radiology that covers a range of topics from radiation biophysics and protection to clinical X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Radiology training consists of more than 360 contact hours followed by application during clinical internship.
As primary care practitioners, we develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment / management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care! Here are just a few:
-back or neck pain -headaches
-Automobile Accidents -Workplace Accidents
-Strains and Sprains -Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
-Sports Injury -Arthritis
-Limited Mobility -General Health and Wellbeing
In her spare time Ashleah can be found hiking, doing pilates and yoga.
Kaitlin has been with the Back on Track team since August 2016. She graduated from Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2016 and is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Kaitlin is an avid long-distance runner and spent
3 years working as a running coach while living and training in Toronto.
She brings a passion for running and fitness into her practice, and enjoys helping her patients meet their health and fitness goals.
Kaitlin was trained in Swedish massage but incorporates a wide range of techniques into her treatments such as myofascial release, dynamic release, scar mobilization, rhythmic mobilization, joint mobilization, cupping, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
During her training Kaitlin worked in specialty clinics and gained experience with sports injuries, neurological disorders, breast massage, post-surgical maintenance, and pregnancy massage.
Kaitlin also graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in
2016 and gained her designation as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). As an RHN she works to help her clients achieve optimal health by identifying imbalances within the body and working to provide individualized treatment plans that outline both nutritional and lifestyle modifications. She is passionate about holistic wellness and has used food as medicine to help her reclaim her own health. She enjoys educating her clients on the benefits of healthy eating, and providing them with the tools to treat their bodies right and take charge of their own health.
Kaitlin has worked with clients to address hormone imbalances, food allergies, skin challenges, digestive disorders, weight loss, diabetes management, chronic fatigue, and much more.
Kaitlin is currently offering massage therapy out of the Carleton Place location and massage therapy and holistic nutrition out of the Perth location.
Alex obtained an Honours Bachelor of Health Science Degree at the University of Ottawa, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2014. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. As a student, she completed intensive clinical internships in sports medicine, private orthopaedic practice, private neurological rehab, and acute cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedic care.
Alex is interested in treating musculoskeletal conditions by creating individualized evidence-based treatment plans that use a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and education to help her clients meet their goals.
Alex is keen to continue learning and has completed/will complete various post-graduate courses including:
- Orthopaedic Division: Manual Therapy Level I (2016), Manual Therapy Level II Upper Quadrant (upcoming, fall 2017)
- Neurokinetic Therapy: Level I (upcoming, April 2017)
- APTEI: Introduction to Acupuncture & Dry Needling (upcoming, June 2017)
- Soft Tissue Release (2016)
- Basic Sport Taping (2016)
In her spare time, Alex prefers to be outdoors, canoeing, hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Emma completed the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University where she did a dual degree program in Physical and Health Education and Sciences.
Since completing her degree, Emma has taken additional training including:
• Introduction to Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping
• Soft Tissue Release
• McKenzie Institute Part A Lumbar Spine
• McKenzie Institute Part B Cervical Spine
• AFCI Acupuncture
Emma is interested in addressing a wide variety of injuries and she is passionate about helping people return to a healthy active lifestyle. She also enjoys being active outdoors and by playing recreational sports.
Teagan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2011 and with a Bachelor of Science with Honours Specialization in Kinesiology in 2009.
Since graduating, Teagan has completed a number of post gradual courses, expanding her knowledge in Orthopedics with a special interest in Pelvic Health. She began working in Pelvic Health in 2014.
Post graduate training includes:
– The Physical Therapy Approach to Male and Female Urinary Incontinence
– Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Pregnancy, SI Joint Dysfunction and Coccydynia
– Female and Male Pelvic Pain
– Pelvic Neurodynamics
– Treating Pain: A New Model of Care
– Gastrointestinal Disorders and the Pelvic Floor
– Improving Pelvic Floor Function Through Spinal Manual Therapy
– Acupuncture with AFCI
– Acupuncture and Dry Needling with Meridian Health
– McKenzie Part A
– Mulligan Concept Introduction
– Orthopedic Division Manual Therapy Level 1
– Lyn Watson Shoulder Course Level 1
Kathryn graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics; after which, she went on to study massage therapy at Algonquin College, graduating with honours in 2016. Since graduating, Kathryn has completed her Manual Lymphatic Drainage course and Cupping Level 1. She enjoys working with a wide array of patients to help them meet their health and wellness goals, treating and managing conditions such as musculoskeletal injuries, headaches/migraines, stress, chronic pain, breast discomfort, and lymphedema.
Outside of the clinic, Kathryn likes to keep active with running, Crossfit, and walking with her dogs.
Valerie Martel is a fully bilingual physiotherapist who is working fulltime at the Carleton Place location. She has graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy.
Since completing her degree, Valerie has been expanding her knowledge by taking various post graduate courses such as McKenzie, Mulligan, thorax, pelvis, shoulder dysfunction and soft tissue release. She has obtained her EPIC lifting capacity certification given her the skills and the knowledge to develop specific work hardening programs and safe return to work recommendations. She has also completed her Orthopaedic Division:
Level 1 & 2 Manual Therapy Certification, her Acupuncture and Dry Needling Course with A.P.T.E.I. and her Complete Concussion Management certification.
She enjoys working with a wide variety of injuries but has a profound interest for sports and repetitive strain injuries. Since joining Back on Track, Valerie has also been getting involved with her community reaching out to young swimmers and hockey players. She also offers home visit support for patients that are unable to attend the clinic.
Shea earned her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice at the National Academy of Osteopathy after completing an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Brock University in 2017. As a senior Brock student, she completed a clinical internship in the athletic therapy clinic on campus, working with several varsity athletes. During her time at the National Academy of Osteopathy, she also worked in the on-campus clinic, offering osteopathic treatments to the public, with clients ranging from fit university students, to office workers suffering from common workplace injuries, to elderly looking to improve their mobility and reduce chronic pain.
In the coming months, Shea plans to continue her training in Myofascial Release and Obstetric/Pediatric Manual Therapy, with hopes of offering specialized treatment for women with respect to fertility, during pregnancy and postnatal, as well as infants and young children.
As an osteopathic manual practitioner, or manual osteopath, her basis of practice is to help clients reach their optimal health through various gentle techniques guided to help the body return to its ideal structural alignment and physiological function. Osteopathy focuses not just on the musculoskeletal system, but all systems of the body, with the belief that all systems are interconnected and rely on each other to maintain an overall healthy state.
Shea implements a holistic approach to healing by using manual palpation and osteopathic manipulative therapies such as musculoskeletal joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy.
Brendan graduated from the International Academy of Massage Therapy in 2008. He became a licensed and certified Registered Massage Therapist in January of 2009.
Managing the stresses of everyday life and the rehabilitation after injury are the focuses of Brendan’s practice. He puts emphasis on home care and postural re-education as part of his treatment.
Brendan has taken post graduate courses in Acupressure and Reiki.
In his free time, Brendan enjoys outdoor adventure, natural medicine, cooking and nutrition.
Nicole has been a massage therapist since 2009, when she graduated from Everest College in Ottawa. She is a member of the Registered Massage Therapist of Ontario.
Through Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and deep tissue Swedish massage, Nicole can relieve the effects of stress, chronic pain, headaches, repetitive strain syndromes and tendonitis, among others.
Nicole is currently pursuing her specialization in Lymphedema massage which would be appropriate treatment for people with lymph swelling due to hip/knee replacements or cancer treatments, especially breast cancer. Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Although lymphedema tends to affect just one arm or leg, sometimes both arms or both legs may be swollen.
Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in your lymphatic system, an important part of your immune and circulatory systems. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and as the fluid builds up, the swelling continues. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment.
There’s no cure for lymphedema, but it can be controlled. Controlling lymphedema involves diligent care of your affected limb.
For more information on treating lymphedema, visit the following website www.lymphontario.ca
Nicole has also taken her TENS and ultrasound course.
On a personal note, Nicole is on the Board of Executives for the Carleton Place Girls Hockey Association. She also volunteers her time to be a trainer or team manager for her children’s hockey team.
Victoria Graduated April 2012 from Algonquin college- Massage Therapy intensive program before starting with Back On Track. Prior to that she completed a B.A in psychology/linguistics from Carleton University.
She is very proud to have worked with members of Canadian diving team, Canadian canoe kayak team, and various Ironman athletes. Victoria is a former National team athlete (11 years) and competed at 5 world championships. Being a high level athlete taught her the massage therapy needs that this specialized population has.
Victoria treats all traditional massage therapy clients and also has a special interest in scar work, lymphatic drainage, TMJ treatment, pre/post athletic competition.
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.