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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.

Lauren Armstrong Physio Therapist

Lauren Armstrong


Registered Physiotherapist. BSc(PT)

Lauren has been a physiotherapist with Back on Track since 2008. She attended Acadia University for a Bachelor of Science in Biology before going on to complete her Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lauren has begun to work on completing her manual therapy from the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has also has a special interest in acupuncture and is certified to perform traditional Chinese acupuncture as well as dry needling. Dry needling is a type of acupuncture used to reduce tension and trigger points in muscles and can be effective in treating a variety of conditions. Lauren has completed post-graduate education in Vestibular Rehabilitation including the treatment of BPPV.

Lauren has a vested interest in athletics. As an avid runner, who recently completed her first ever marathon, she has a great deal of knowledge and experience with physical activity and its inherent risks and rewards.

Lauren prides herself in her ability to treat sports related injuries and has treated some of Ottawa’s finest runners/triathletes.

Casey Swan Back on Track Orthopedic Physiotherapist

Casey Swan


Registered Physiotherapist. BSc(PT)

Casey Swan has been practising as a physiotherapist since 2009. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Casey worked as a Kinesiologist after obtaining her Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) with Honours in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. Since completing her degree in Physiotherapy, Casey has gone on to take various post graduate courses such as acupuncture (from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI)), treatment of chronic and complex pain, numerous courses from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) and Functional Dry Needling.

Functional Dry Needling is an extremely effective technique used to treat acute and chronic conditions. It uses small needles to deactivate trigger points and ‘loosen’ shortened muscles responsible for causing pain and biomechanical dysfunction.

As a former competitive dancer and now physiotherapist, Casey holds a keen interest in the biomechanics of movement and all it encompasses. Casey has a strong foundation in managing acute and chronic low back and neck pain, various sports and repetitive strain injuries; in addition to a variety of other musculoskeletal impairments resulting from everyday and or recreational activity.

Casey is passionate about rehabilitating, restoring and enhancing client’s function and performance. She enjoys working with a wide variety of injuries and client skill sets to achieve maximal therapeutic results.

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Jenna Mortimer (Jenna Contestabile)


Registered Physiotherapist M.Sc(PT)

After completing a bachelor’s degree in Commerce at Carleton University and working as a Marketing Associate for a few
organizations, Jenna realized she was in the wrong profession. With a passion for sports and a deep interest in how the human body functions and can recover from injury, Jenna decided to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. She worked for a year at Back on Track as a Physiotherapy Assistant while taking courses to prepare for her Master’s degree.

Since graduating from the MSc PT program at McGill University in 2012, Jenna returned to Back on Track finally as a Physiotherapist. Jenna is passionate about helping her clients come back from injuries to reach their full potential – whether that means returning to high level sports, pursuing leisure activities, or simply living pain-free in day-to-day life.

In order to best serve her clients, Jenna has taken 5 certificate courses in Acupuncture and Dry Needling as well as various Orthopaedic courses with a focus on sport injury and manual therapy. With a background in competitive soccer and having experienced a number of related injuries requiring extensive rehab, Jenna uses her experience to make her clients recovery process client-centred and as efficient as possible.

Jenna is focused on staying on top of cutting edge rehabilitation techniques in order to offer her patients the most up-to-date treatment to maximize their recovery.

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Janette Jean


Registered Physiotherapist

Janette holds a Master’s of Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Magna Cum Laude), specializing in Fitness from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (2008).

At Liberty University she won the Kinesiology Student of the Year Award for academic excellence and leadership. At Western she received the Leslie Bisbee Award and the St. Joseph’s Clinical Award for respect, excellence and compassion. During her education at Western, she had the opportunity to conduct a physiotherapy placement through Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Since graduation in 2010 Janette has completed her Level III Upper and Lower Quadrant Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy courses, along with Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 and an introductory course with the Acupuncture of Canada Institute. In January 2016 she successfully completed The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy National Exam and is a licensed Physical Therapist in Connecticut, USA.

Janette has developed a keen interest in concussion rehabilitation and is Shift Concussion Management Certified Provider and is also certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She provides advanced concussion management for both athletes and individuals who sustained a concussion through motor vehicle accidents. She uses neurocognitive assessment of concussion along with vestibular and oculomotor screening to implement concussion rehabilitation strategies. Janette has worked with various athletes and individual’s of all ages in Ottawa and also in the USA.

Janette’s volunteer experience includes physiotherapy coverage for the 2010 BMO Skate Canada Championships, and sideline/medical assistance for local football and competitive soccer teams.
Growing up in cottage country, Janette has an appreciation for the outdoors. She loves spending her time with her husband running, hiking, and kayaking.

Brendan Hickey


Registered Physiotherapist

Brendan has been a practicing physiotherapist since graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy) in 1998. After initially working in the public hospital system and then with varsity athletes at the University of Waterloo, he left Canada to explore physiotherapy approaches overseas. That six year journey led to him to working as a physiotherapist in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia, along the way completing a wide variety of post-graduate courses, culminating in the completion of a Masters of Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. This training subsequently recognized him as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy.

On returning to Canada he continued to develop his clinical and field experiences in sports physiotherapy working with a variety of sports including men’s & women’s club rugby, box lacrosse, soccer, and Canada’s National Diving Team at international events. Recognizing the need for athletes and patients to achieve maximal benefit from their prescribed rehabilitative and preventative exercise programs motivated him to train to become a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and complete his exams to become a Sport Physiotherapy Canada Certificate level therapist.

His physiotherapy passions include deciphering complex/multi-region clinical presentations, integrating exercise conditioning science into active rehabilitation, using bio-psychosocial approaches in balance with the physical approaches to patient care, and particular interest in the use of IMS acupuncture (a specialized approach to treating chronic soft tissue dysfunction often causing referred pain) to normalize soft tissue restrictions and achieve lasting therapeutic effects.

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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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Morgan Seabrook


Registered Massage Therapist

Morgan graduated April 2017 from Algonquin College Massage Therapy program before joining the Back on Track team. He is a former competitive swimmer of 10 years, most notably competing at 2 Canadian Age Group Championships and 2 Eastern Canadian Championship. Training at a high level for a long period of time has shown him the importance of taking care of his body. Morgan has now been coaching for 3 years using his motivation and experience from his career as an athlete.

Morgan has experience treating clients in a wide range of settings such as hospitals and pools, but takes special interest in treating athletes of all ages and levels.

In the summer months you can find Morgan water skiing, kayaking, hiking and in the pool during the winter months.

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Benjamin Matheson – BKin Hons, DC


Registered Chiropractor

As a former university runner, who trained at both long and short distances, movement and exercise has been an exciting topic of conversation for me. As a chiropractor, I have combined an interest in pain and health into my interest in physical activity.

Since graduating from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2011, I have learned that our approach to both pain and physical health is one that is very personal. I have had the privilege to work in practices with primary medical focus, rehabilitation and chronic pain focuses as well. Through my varied experience, I have learned that listening and working hard for people goes a long way.

My approach includes a combination of hands on treatment (including some manipulation/mobilization, soft tissue treatment, Graston technique, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, exercise, advice, and referral to optimize results for patients. A few conditions I see frequently include:

Low back pain
Neck pain
Headaches
Jaw pain (TMJ)
Shin splints
Foot pain (plantar fasciitis)
Recurrent running injuries
Posture related problems
Shoulder pain
Numbness and ringing in the upper or lower limb

With each condition, a thorough assessment is key. Decisions for care are always made in a cooperative fashion (pain-centred) to ensure that you are presented with some of the best conservative options for care.

I love to chat about sports, food, entertainment, and data analysis (I am a big nerd!). I am very excited to contribute to a positive and caring environment. I look forward to meeting you and working hard to get you back to the active lifestyle you deserve.

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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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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.

Nathalie deMaurivez


Chiropodist BSc(Hons) DPodM
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Nathalie deMaurivez has been a practicing Chiropodist since 2009. She completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa followed by a three year post graduate program in Podiatric Medicine at the Michener Institute in Toronto. She continues to further her studies of the human body with various courses such as Active Release Therapy, Foot Mobilization and Osteopathy. This multidisciplinary approach allows Nathalie to better refer her clients for more specialized treatment as required. She is a registered Chiropodist in Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists.

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Chiropodist
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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.

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Leah Albert


BHSc.HK, Registered Kinesiologist

Leah Albert is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Human Kinetics (2009). She has taken several courses to expand her knowledge of rehabilitation, specializing in exercise prescription for musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain management, falls prevention and individualized work hardening exercise programs. Leah has a certification in EPIC lift capacity testing (2010) for Functional Abilities Evaluations. Leah is also an advocate of Exercise is Medicine. She is First Aid, CPR and
AED certified -level C, HCP. She has participated in many sporting events, most of which include long distance running. She considers cycling and walking the best form of transportation.

Leah’s favourite quote pertaining to rehabilitation is:

““We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ”

~ Carlos Castaneda

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Kylah Cawley


Kinesiologist

Kylah is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, where she attained her Bachelors in Kinesiology. She grew up just outside Vancouver and moved to Ottawa shortly after completion of her Bachelor’s degree. Following completion of her degree, she became a certified trainer through CanFit Pro.

Having completed various sport management internships with various sport governing bodies, Kylah joined the Back on Track team wanting to pursue a field that allows her to work with individuals more closely.

Kylah grew up playing basketball competitively and various sports at a recreational level. Today she enjoys various activities that get her outside, such as hiking, canoeing, camping, and snowshoeing.

Heather Thomas


Receptionist