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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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France Lacoursiere


Registered Physiotherapist

France Lacoursiere graduated in 2002 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and initially joined the Back on Track team in 2004.  She has spent the last three years in Cape Breton and is delighted to be back in Ottawa.

France’s current professional interests include manual therapy, acupuncture and vestibular rehabilitation.  Vestibular rehabilitation treats symptoms including but not limited to, dizziness, vertigo and loss of balance caused by inner ear disorders.  France has completed her level three manual therapy courses from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and an introductory course in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Having worked in various settings during her career, France brings a vast amount of knowledge and extensive experience with acute and chronic orthopaedic injuries.  She believes in practicing with a hands on approach as her treatment of choice. Areas of interest include acute lower extremity injuries, manual therapy and sports injuries, focusing in on a safe return to the sport.

France enjoys an active lifestyle that includes running, soccer and curling.  In addition, she adores spending quality time with her four children.

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Sarah Black


Registered Physiotherapist
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Sarah Black is an enthusiastic and driven physiotherapist who is passionate about human movement and anatomy. She graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2011, from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. There she was awarded the school’s clinical excellence prize. This award is given to the recipient who achieves exceptional overall performance reviews from mentoring therapists. Prior to her time spent at McGill, Sarah completed a Bachelors in Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.

She has continued to pursue post-graduate education to advance her hands on skills and client outcomes. Some of which include Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Functional Dry Needling and Active Release Techniques commonly known as A.R.T. She is one of the few practicing physiotherapists in Ottawa who is ‘Full Body’ certified in A.R.T. The treatment is a patent soft tissue mobilization technique, which involves the therapist hands and the client’s active movement. The goal of treatment is to identify adherences or trigger points in structures related to the injury (muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve or fascial tissue) and release them to decrease pain or restore joint movement and function.

This technique has allowed Sarah to successfully treat those of all ages with acute or chronic conditions. She also has a keen interest in biomechanics of sports and has provided treatment to athletes participating in baseball, soccer, football and dancers from professional ballet companies.

Outside the clinic, Sarah was raised on a dairy farm and grew up figure skating competitively. She enjoys staying active at the gym, walking the dog and watching football.

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Lynn Maheral


Office Manager
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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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Tri Tran, BSc. HK, MPT


Registered Physiotherapist

Tri completed his undergraduate degree in BSc. Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa and continued on to complete his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. During his time in the BSc. HK program he developed a passion for strength training and other fitness domains and continues strive to learn more. His approach to treatment incorporates best practices from physical therapy and a variety of other strength and conditioning disciplines that he gained through experience. In addition to his manual therapy skills gained at Western MPT program, his treatment emphasises movement re-education, functional strength and return/maintenance of well-being. In his free time Tri enjoys playing volleyball, bouldering, snowboarding and especially weight lifting.

Currently Tri is certified in Soft Tissue Release (STR) and Manual Therapy Level 1 but is planning on progressing towards completing his FCAMPT credential. He continues to strive to further his education and is currently registered for Dry Needling – through Kinetacore Aug/17, and will be adding more certifications in the near future.

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Stephanie Ready


Kinesiologist

Stephanie graduated with a diploma in Kinesiology from Holland College in 2014, and a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2016. She is also a Registered Kinesiologist with the Ontario Kinesiology Association. She spent two years of her undergrad volunteering with the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy program helping conduct research on the current condition of the physical literacy levels in children 8-12 years old. During her schooling years she was actively involved in working with the numerous varsity teams as a Strength & Conditioning coach, as well as an Athletic Therapist Aide, with a special interest in aqua therapy. With this background, Stephanie is able to work with anyone recovering from an injury to those athletes wishing to improve their performance. She can create training programs for a variety of individuals whether they are recovering from specific injuries, pre/post surgery, or those just looking to lose some weight and get active!

Stephanie moved from small town PEI to the big city of Ottawa after graduation in 2016 to pursue her career as a Kinesiologist. She started out as a Physio Assistant with the Back On Track team in September, and has most recently made the move to our Manotick location as their resident Kinesiologist. Stephanie brings an open, adaptable and creative approach to her workouts that focus on the client’s specific injuries and goals. She enjoys expanding her practical skills and knowledge by constantly learning new treatment methods and techniques to further benefit her clients.

When she is not helping others achieve their goals, Stephanie can be found working on her own goals at Crossfit, sweating it out at hot yoga, swimming and riding her horse.

Stephanie is very enthusiastic about joining the Back On Track team at Manotick and is looking forward to making a significant impact on client’s health and lifestyles.

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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 Van Vaerenberg


RMT

Alex Van Vaerenberg, RMT is a compassionate and knowledgeable therapist who specializes in sports injuries, deep tissue massage, myofascial work, trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations. Graduating from Algonquin College, Alex believes in a holistic approach centered around client education coupled with massage treatment and remedial exercise to effectively correct postural imbalances that cause pain in the body, whether from injury or lifestyle. Alex helps his clients achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals by using a client centered approach, working with the client to change everyday postural habits and promote a healthier lifestyle to ensure long term relief of the clients’ complaints.

Alex has been involved with athletics his whole life playing multiple sports at a competitive level since a child. In high school he was champion of Eastern Ontario in badminton and placed 3rd in Ontario for pole vault. He continued on to play football in NCAFA winning Offensive MVP in 2007 and then playing in the CJFL for the Ottawa Sooners winning a championship in 2009. After suffering a complete tear of his ACL and meniscus, Alex quit football to pursue massage therapy so he could help others overcome the mental, physical and spiritual struggle of rehabilitation.

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Chiropodist
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Emily Lefebvre


Receptionist

Emily is the latest addition to the reception team at Back on Track Physiotherapy. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is currently pursuing post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa to receive a bachelors degree in Human Kinetics. Upon completion, she hopes to continue post graduate studies in physical therapy.

Emily has been involved in athletics her whole life. Playing competitive soccer and volleyball for 9 years. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and especially her cat and dog.

Emily comes with a background in customer services working at a veterinarian clinic for 5 years. She brings her warm, enthusiastic smile to this friendly and fun Back on Track team.

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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.