Carleton Place


Derek Gorman

Registered Physiotherapist

Derek completed his Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He continued his studies at the University of Manitoba where he completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Derek is also committed to pursuing continuing education courses such as active tissue release, sports/K-taping, acupuncture and vestibular rehab. He plans on taking courses in dry needling and Mulligan Technique in the coming year.

Derek has completed continued education in:

McKenzie Institute Part A Lumbar Spine

Vestibular Rehabilitation (APTEI)

Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Acupuncture & Dry Needling (Meridian Health Education)

Advanced Lumbo-Pelvic (APTEI)

Derek has special interest in manual therapy and exercise for his treatment regime with emphasis on education to empower his patients to be able to stay healthy and prevent re-injury.

In his spare time, Derek is busy at home with his kids and is a huge Sens fan. He looks forward to helping you reach your goals and provide you with the tools to accomplish them.


Jessica Buffam


Jess studied at Queen’s University where she obtained a BSc specializing in Biology and Psychology. She completed her MSc in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Upon graduating, Jess accepted a position at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, where she worked as a pediatric physiotherapist for 2 years. In England Jess focused on specialist pediatric training in areas such as knee and lower limb rehabilitation, aquatic physiotherapy, chest management, post-op intensive rehabilitation, and general rehabilitation. Jess is currently pursuing additional training to develop skills necessary in supporting patients with autistic spectrum disorder and scoliosis.

In addition to her pediatric training Jess enjoys working with patients from all walks of life. She has completed additional training to enhance treatment sessions with all patients. This training includes a Level 1 Pilates Mat Work Instructor designation with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, OTAGO fall prevention training, and aquatic physiotherapy training. She uses her skills and training to work with clients to develop a program that fits their lifestyle and helps them manage their condition or injury.

Jess enjoys using a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and education to help her patients achieve their goals. Whether the goal is to be able to complete every-day errands without being in pain, or train for a marathon, Jess will work hard to help her patients achieve their goals.

In her spare time, Jess enjoys keeping active by playing tennis, spin, running, and reading. Jess is also an avid traveler, with lots of fun stories from all the places she has visited.


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Dr. Karolina Michalowski


Dr. Michalowski graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She continued her studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Doctor of Chiropractic. During her clinical internship, Karolina worked collaboratively with medical doctors and other healthcare providers at St. Michael’s Hospital to co-manage chronic pain patients. While studying at CMCC, she also became certified in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and took courses in Active Release Techniques (ART).

Dr. Michalowski takes an evidence-based, patient-centred approach to care. She combines current research with the values of her patients to create an individualized treatment plan for them. Her treatments may include a combination of patient education, hands-on care (soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation, acupuncture), lifestyle modification, and exercise to help every patient reach their health goals. She strives to educate patients on their injuries, and believes that having patients understand their condition plays an important role in their recovery and well-being.

Karolina was born and raised in Kanata, Ontario. In her free time, she can be found exploring new hiking trails, learning to play a new instrument, or spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to working with people of all ages and backgrounds in the Carleton Place community.

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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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Dr. Ashleah Linden


I have had the pleasure of working with Back On Track since 2013, I have since experienced working with a group of highly skilled professionals in health rehabilitation.

I earned my Bachelor of Health Science degree from Western University and earned early acceptance to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and graduated in 2008. I initially began my career in private practice in British Colombia and eventually moved back home.

Since beginning my professional role with Back On Track I have pursued further study in Concussion Management and Vestibular Rehabilitation. I continue to pursue continuing education to further my clinical abilities.

Recently, as well as providing private service, I have been working with the Interprofessional Spinal Assessment and Education Clinics as an Advanced Practice Clinician for the Kemptville area. Through this training at the Ottawa Hospital and the ISAEC team, I have further advanced diagnosis and management strategies.

You should expect that an initial visit with a chiropractor should include a full history of symptoms and orthopaedic examination as well as a clear and concise diagnosis. A plan of management will then be determined and agreed upon, with an emphasis on evidenced based care.

Naval Shah

Naval Shah

Resident Physiotherapist

Naval Shah has completed his Bachelor’s of Physiotherapy in 2019 and is an active member of the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario.  Naval has also completed a diploma in Fitness and Health promotion from Algonquin College, Ottawa in 2021.

Naval loves the idea of treating an injury or chronic problem by natural methods and without medication and surgery.

His goal is to use his knowledge and therapeutic skills to restore function and movement and relieve pain so that his patients can enjoy their lives and remain active.

Naval can help you if want to understand the mechanics and root cause of your injury. Furthermore, once you want to know how to independently manage and prevent recurrences. He favours a hands-on approach to assessment and treatment in addition to movement & exercise interventions..

He is interested in continuing education and taking courses like Dry Needling, Acupunture, Kinesio Taping, Manual therapy and Sports Physiotherapy.

Outside of work he likes cooking, hiking, swimming and playing beach volleyball.


Cassandra Borghese-Jones

Registered Massage Therapist

Cassandra graduated from the International Academy of Massage in Ottawa and received the award of Academic Excellence. After successful completion of the Ontario massage board exam, Cassandra became registered under the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario as a licensed Massage Therapist.

Cassandra has previously graduated with a diploma in the Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant condensed 2-year program from Sault College. Cassandra has also received her Bachelor’s in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario in a 4-year undergraduate program. Cassandra has obtained certificates in AromaTouch with DoTERRA essential oils, Symphony of Cells, Chakra balancing, Reiki level 1 and Theralase cold laser therapy.

Cassandra has experience working in placements such as hospital with in and outpatients, sport clinics, physiotherapy clinics, mental health centres, and elementary schools using my occupational and physiotherapy knowledge. Cassandra developed knowledge working with a wide range of people and conditions, including post-stroke, post-operation, sports injuries, arthritis, repetitive stress injuries, and other rehabilitation conditions.

Her experience as a competitive dancer for 20 years combined with her massage therapy program,   has provided extensive knowledge in how the body moves and the muscles that are involved.

Cassandra plans on adding acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha and hot stone massage certificates to her treatment options.

Cassandra has worked at Back on Track Physiotherapy as a physiotherapy assistant/ receptionist for the past 5 years and looks forward to continuing her career at Back on Track as a Registered Massage Therapist!

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.


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.

Hasna Nassir

Senior Administrator
Theralase Laser Therapy

Back On Track Physiotherapy is excited to announce the addition of Theralase Laser Therapy at its Antares and Hunt Club locations. Our commitment to having the latest and best technology for our patients is further validated with the addition of the Theralase technology. Check out the link to learn more about this cutting edge treatment for tissue healing and contact the Antares and Hunt Club locations to book an appointment.