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David Brien

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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Manpreet Kaur


Registered Physiotherapist

Manpreet graduated from the Physiotherapy program at Guru Nanak Dev University, India in 2011. She has worked in private clinic settings and hospital settings prior to coming to Back On Track and is fully accredited by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She is experienced in working with Pre/Post Operative Orthopedic conditions as well as acute and chronic orthopedic conditions.
Manpreet has taken courses in Acupuncture and Dry needling for Cervicothoracic and lumbosacral areas, Instrument assisted soft tissue release, Kinesiology Taping. She has interest in treating Pelvic floor conditions and is looking forward to take further courses to enhance her knowledge and skills in it. Likes to emphasize on correct posture and exercises for treatment and prevention of injuries in addition to Manual Therapy.

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John Campagna


Registered Physiotherapist

John Campagna is a Kinesiology and Physiotherapy graduate of the University of Ottawa (1999) and the University of Western Ontario (2002) respectively. He has worked professionally as a physiotherapist and kinesiologist for over 15 years in both private clinic and long-term care settings and owned his own clinic (Parkdale Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic) for 10 years. He is trained in Mackenzie, level 1 manual therapy, and myofascial release techniques as well as athletic taping and kinesiotaping.
John has significant experience working with and responding to the particular needs of various orthopaedic conditions resulting from sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents (MVA), work injuries/repetitive strains, and several neck/back/spinal conditions. He truly believes there is no better approach to physiotherapy than manual therapy…except for active exercise of course! John is very active in the Ottawa soccer community as a player and is a keen promoter of health and wellness to all his patients and family.

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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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Andrew Gaterell


Registered Physiotherapist – MSC PT, BSC HON HK

Andrew graduated with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University Canada after completing his Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. He returns to Ottawa after working as a Physiotherapist in Australia.

Andrew’s uses a variety of “hands-on” and evidence-based manual therapy approaches, supplemented by a strong background in neuromuscular and exercise-based rehabilitation. In addition to his focus on holistic, movement-based rehabilitation, Andrew has also developed a special interest in the shoulder complex, knee pathologies and any issue regarding the nervous and myofascial system including concussion management.

As a physiotherapist, Andrew has a special interest in working with active individuals ranging from recreational to professional-level athletes. Andrew has worked with athletes and sports teams participating in a wide range of sports and had success not only with injury recovery and prevention, but in helping to improve any movement-related dysfunctions, which may be leading to pain or poor performance.  He was regularly called upon to provide group training and information sessions to athletes and coaching staff on a range of topics.

Outside of Physiotherapy, Andrew spends his time training and competing in individual and team sports. He is an avid competitive soccer player having competed in Canada, England and Australia. In addition to soccer, he spends his time: mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, hockey, running as well as strength and conditioning training.

As part of his commitment to continuing education, Andrew has completed the following courses/ certifications (Australia /Canada):

  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Level 1 and 2 Lower Extremity
  • Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant
  • Musculoskeletal Segmental and Dry needling for Physiotherapists (APA)
  • Complete Concussion Rehabilitation and Management
  • Advanced Knee Diagnosis & Rehabilitation (APA)
  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • Functional Movement System FMS level 1 certification
  • Trained in Gait Analysis, Orthotic Casting and Gait Scan Technology
  • McConnell Institute– Treating the younger knee
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Jason Barbosa


Registered Massage Therapist

Registered with the CMTO in 2015, I believe that every client deserves individualized treatment and that there is no one-size fits all approach. I am currently a student in my 2nd year of 4 at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy; learning Classical Osteopathy. I use a variety of massage and osteopathic techniques in order to get specific results, I have been very lucky to have great mentors along the way that have helped mold me into a results based therapist. I have a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and like to keep active in the gym. I look forward working with you to meet your specific treatment needs.

Highlights:

Ottawa Senator’s Development Camp

– Treated the rookie team and current team pre and post games.

Granite Ridge

– Palliative care setting, treated patients with chronic conditions like Parkinson’s, Cancer.

Osteopathic student at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) in Hamilton.

Victoria Tuttle

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

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

Heather Thomas


Office Manager