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.

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 completed the Level 1 “Best Practices in Concussion Management” with Shift Concussion Management. The course encompasses clinical assessment and treatment based on evidence-based approach for individuals suffering acute and post-concussion symptoms.

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, Level 1 – Concussion Management, 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
Naval Shah

Naval Shah


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 Cupping and Gua Sha level 1, AromaTouch with DoTERRA essential oils, Symphony of Cells, Chakra balancing, Reiki level 1 and Theralase cold laser therapy. Cassandra also has experience using modalities such as Ultrasound, IFC (Interferential Current), and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machines.

Cassandra has experience working in placements such as hospital with in and outpatients, sport clinics, physiotherapy clinics, mental health centres, and elementary schools using her 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 and hot stone massage certificates to her treatment options in the upcoming years.

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!


Nadine Boileau

Occupational Therapist

Nadine is a compassionate OT who collaborates with her clients to identify meaningful treatment goals and develop individualized treatment plans that best support their recovery and overall well-being. She obtained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Social Development Studies.

Nadine is experienced in working with adult and pediatric clients. She is skilled in working with individuals with memory and attention impairments, chronic pain, and mood disturbances. She utilizes a client-centered approach in combination with evidence-based practice to best support her clients in achieving their goals. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, sewing, creative writing, cooking, and baking.

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.