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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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Clinic Manager
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Mark Gerguis


Registered Physiotherapist

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!

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Valerie Martel


Registered Physiotherapist BSc.Kin, MSc.PT

Valerie Martel is a fully bilingual physiotherapist who is currently working 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:

  • Orthopaedic Division: Manual Therapy Level I& Level II lower
  • Acupuncture & Dry Needling with A.P.T.E.I
  • Diane Lee’s Integrated Model understanding thorax & pelvis
  • McKenzie technique Part A
  • Mulligan technique upper body
  • Hockey Trainers Certification Program Level III
  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • EPIC certification for work hardening programs
  • Shoulder & Cervical spine dysfunction with Barham Jam

She enjoys working with a wide variety of injuries but has a profound interest for sports and repetitive strain injuries. She has worked closely with the Carleton Place Canadians Junior A hockey team as their head trainer and continues to assist the players in the clinic in order to achieve a safe return to play.

Steve Zanet


Registered Physiotherapist, BSc. Kin., MSc.PT

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
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Leah Hellyer


Registered Physiotherapist

Leah holds a Master’s in Physical Therapy (2013), a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology (2011) and Minor in Psychology (2011) from the University of Western Ontario.

During her undergraduate, Leah joined a volunteer organization called the Student Emergency Response Team who responded 24/7 to 9-1-1 calls on campus. She trained at the Emergency Medical Responder certification level. Leah was also an Athletic Trainer for the Varsity Women’s Rugby team in 2010.

While completing her physiotherapy degree, Leah became President of the Physiotherapy Student Council. Leah was published in Physiotherapy Canada for her work in a Neck Strength Reliability Study. Leah has also written a student perspective article for the Cardiorespiratory Division News Magazine.

Leah has completed her Orthopaedic Division: Level 1 Manual Therapy Certification (2013) with hopes of completing her Level 2 and Level 3 certifications in the next 2 years. Leah has completed her Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 (2015) as well as an Introductory Acupuncture Course with A.P.T.E.I. (2014).

Throughout the last two years, Leah has become very interested in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. She has completed her Level 1 Male and Female Incontinence certification (2013) and Level 2 Male and Female Pelvic Pain certification (2014). She is currently treating patients for these conditions at Carleton Place Back on Track and welcomes anyone to contact her with questions.

Leah’s favourite quote as it relates to her professional and personal life is:
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

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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Dr. Ashleah Linden


Chiropractor

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.

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Alexandra Truyens


Registered Physiotherapist, BHSc, MScPT

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.

Brendan Donnelly


Registered Massage Therapist
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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 Boissoneualt Cadieux


Registered Massage Therapist
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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.

 

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Natalie Bouvier


Registered Massage Therapist
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Natalie graduated from Massage Therapy in 2000 from Algonquin College.

Her post graduate work includes courses in prenatal massage and level l craniosacral therapy. Natalie’s has experience working with physiotherapists, athletic therapists and chiropodists in a multidisciplinary setting. She began working at Back On Track Physiotherapy & Sports Injury in 2011 and has a passion for treating challenging cases. Natalie is also a doula and has had experience in both giving massage during labor and being a birth companion.

When she is not working, Natalie is home enjoying her two small children.

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Victoria Tuttle


Registered Massage Therapist

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.

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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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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.