Carleton Place

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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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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.

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Jessica Buffam


Resident Physiotherapist

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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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


Chiropractor

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.

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Emma Armstrong


Registered Physiotherapist BPHE, BSc, MSc.PT

Emma completed the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University where she did a dual degree program in Physical and Health Education and Sciences.

Since completing her degree, Emma has taken additional training including:

• Introduction to Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping
• Soft Tissue Release
• McKenzie Institute Part A Lumbar Spine
• McKenzie Institute Part B Cervical Spine
• AFCI Acupuncture
Emma is interested in addressing a wide variety of injuries and she is passionate about helping people return to a healthy active lifestyle. She also enjoys being active outdoors and by playing recreational sports.

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Valerie Martel


Registered Physiotherapist

Valerie Martel is a fully bilingual physiotherapist who is working fulltime 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 McKenzie, Mulligan, thorax, pelvis, shoulder dysfunction and soft tissue release. She has obtained her EPIC lifting capacity certification given her the skills and the knowledge to develop specific work hardening programs and safe return to work recommendations. She has also completed her Orthopaedic Division:
Level 1 & 2 Manual Therapy Certification, her Acupuncture and Dry Needling Course with A.P.T.E.I. and her Complete Concussion Management certification.

She enjoys working with a wide variety of injuries but has a profound interest for sports and repetitive strain injuries. Since joining Back on Track, Valerie has also been getting involved with her community reaching out to young swimmers and hockey players. She also offers home visit support for patients that are unable to attend the clinic.

Valerie is currently on Maternity Leave.

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Shea Puckett


Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Shea earned her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice at the National Academy of Osteopathy after completing an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Brock University in 2017. As a senior Brock student, she completed a clinical internship in the athletic therapy clinic on campus, working with several varsity athletes. During her time at the National Academy of Osteopathy, she also worked in the on-campus clinic, offering osteopathic treatments to the public, with clients ranging from fit university students, to office workers suffering from common workplace injuries, to elderly looking to improve their mobility and reduce chronic pain.
In the coming months, Shea plans to continue her training in Myofascial Release and Obstetric/Pediatric Manual Therapy, with hopes of offering specialized treatment for women with respect to fertility, during pregnancy and postnatal, as well as infants and young children.
As an osteopathic manual practitioner, or manual osteopath, her basis of practice is to help clients reach their optimal health through various gentle techniques guided to help the body return to its ideal structural alignment and physiological function. Osteopathy focuses not just on the musculoskeletal system, but all systems of the body, with the belief that all systems are interconnected and rely on each other to maintain an overall healthy state.
Shea implements a holistic approach to healing by using manual palpation and osteopathic manipulative therapies such as musculoskeletal joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy.

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Faith Hutton


Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, RHNP

Faith joined Back on Track early in 2020. She graduated from the B.C. based Canadian nutrition school, Nutraphoria, in 2018 and is a Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner
with the Canadian Association of Integrative Nutrition. In addition, she has a certification in Functional Nutrition, with invaluable advanced clinical nutrition training in
detoxification, mental health and neurology, gastrointestinal health, endocrinology, therapeutic nutrition, bloodwork, and functional lab testing. Faith was also a special diet
caterer for many years and loves sharing her delicious recipes with clients.

What is Holistic Nutrition?

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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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.

Theralase Laser Therapy

Back On Track Physiotherapy is excited to announce the addition of Theralase Laser Therapy at its Westboro 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 www.theralase.com/TLC-2000/ to learn more about this cutting edge treatment for tissue healing and contact the Westboro and Hunt Club locations to book an appointment.

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