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Alexandra Truyens


Registered Physiotherapist, BHSc, MScPT

Alex obtained an Honours Bachelor of Health Science Degree at the University of Ottawa, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2014. After her undergraduate studies, she went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. As a student, she completed intensive clinical internships in sports medicine, private orthopaedic practice, private neurological rehab, and acute cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedic care.

Alex is interested in treating musculoskeletal conditions by creating individualized evidence-based treatment plans that use a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and education to help her clients meet their goals.

Alex is keen to continue learning and has completed/will complete various post-graduate courses including:

  • Orthopaedic Division: Manual Therapy Level I (2016), Manual Therapy Level II Upper Quadrant (upcoming, fall 2017)
  • Neurokinetic Therapy: Level I (upcoming, April 2017)
  • APTEI: Introduction to Acupuncture & Dry Needling (upcoming, June 2017)
  • Soft Tissue Release (2016)
  • Basic Sport Taping (2016)

In her spare time, Alex prefers to be outdoors, canoeing, hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends.

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Bridget O’Brien


Registered Physiotherapist - B.Sc. MPT, MCPA, CAFCI (Acupuncture), Dry needling

Bridget was raised in Ottawa, Ontario she attended the University of Ottawa and obtained her four years honours degree in kinesiology, while also playing university hockey.

Upon graduation she completed the Masters of Physiotherapy program at Western University and was also a member of the university hockey team.  With a genuine love for orthopedics she pursued and completed the Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic. During this fellowship she was involved with the latest research, viewed surgeries, followed athletes from acute on field injuries to the rehabilitation setting, and worked within a close medical team at the clinic.

She has been in Whistler British Columbia for the past 10 years treating a variety of injuries and working closely with National, Provincial and pro- level freestyle skiers and snowboarders including travelling to Spain with the Canadian National Snowboard Team for the 2013 World Cup in Sierra Nevada. She has continued to pursue post-graduate training in spinal mobilization and manipulation and has completed her certifications in Anatomical Acupuncture (CAFCI), Dry needling (IMS) as well as recent courses in concussion & vestibular rehabilitation.

Her personal experience with sports (snowboarding, skiing, ice hockey, soccer, cross-x biking, fastball, running, wakeboarding) has also allowed for an insightful understanding of injury and its effect on the individual both physically and mentally. She understands the importance of getting back out there and doing what you love to do!

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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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Deb McGuire


Mental Health Practitioner, RSW, MSW

Deb has extensive experience working with a wide range of demographics in our rural communities in the mental health field. She currently works at the North Lanark Community Health Centre – working with people experiencing mental health challenges. Her role involves managing crisis, assessment, planning and collaborating with other professionals.

As part of her work, she facilitates many groups including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups through the CHC (one of them in collaboration with community partners). Additionally, she has extensive training in Mindfulness Based approaches

She has had additional professional development in Trauma Informed Treatment, Narrative Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Deb is a Registered Social Worker with the College of Social Workers of Ontario.
She brings integrated approaches to the Counselling she offers.

She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Victoria, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University.

Deb employs a strengths-based, trauma informed approach to working with her clients. She practices mindfulness in her own life and uses this practice as a tool for wellness in the work she does with clients as a Counsellor and as a Facilitator.

She has facilitated many Mindfulness and mental health workshops, including Mindfulness and Yoga, and Mindfulness for Trauma Survivors.

Deb has completed certification in the following areas:

Mindfulness based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-t)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Approaches for Athletes
Mindful Schools Fundamentals
Mindful Schools Essentials
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Narrative Therapy
Trauma Counselling for Front Line Workers
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Standard First Aid/CPR
Mental Health First Aid Parts I & II
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)

She has spent much of her career working with youth and young adults, as a teacher, coach, facilitator, counsellor and as a youth outreach worker. She has grown her Counselling practice in the past several years to see folks of all ages and demographics. She is excited to work collaboratively with the team at Back on Track to meet your wellness goals.

Be in touch with Deb to make an appointment:
info@bendwellness.org
613-390-0199

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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?

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Kathryn Kirkwood


Registered Massage Therapist

Kathryn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and is licensed by the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario.  In 2019 she graduated from the three year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Kathryn was awarded the Massage Therapy Award of Excellence in her graduating year for demonstrating Professionalism, communication and clinical reasoning by incorporating an evidence based informed approach to treatment and patient care.

Kathryn strives to ensure each patient receives consistent care with treatments that focus on meeting their needs. She uses a variety of techniques from Swedish massage, deep tissue massage to myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Her massage therapy treatments are enhanced with education on self-care such as postural awareness, stretching, hydrotherapy and remedial exercises to ensure patients meet their health goals.

Kathryn looks forward to meeting new people and helping them in their journey to health and well-being.

Joel Cameron


Registered Massage Therapist

Joel has been a practicing RMT since 2009 after graduating from Algonquin College in Ottawa. His learning has continued through out his career to expand his knowledge base allowing him confidence in treating a multitude of conditions. Whether seeking assistance with:

  • Postural Correction
  • Repetitive Strain
  • Discomfort during Pregnancy
  • Whiplash or other traumatic injury as a result of an accident
  • Swelling Reduction
  • Headache Symptoms
  • Stress Moderation
  • Scar Mobilization

Joel will work hard to find the treatment that will help each individual client reach their goals.

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Tracey Bedford


Office Manager

Tracey has been working administration in the health and wellness industry since 2000.  After graduating from the Child & Youth Worker program, Centennial College Toronto in 1992, she worked as a front line worker in Lanark County for a few years before deciding to obtain her Office Administration Diploma.  After completing placements at the Children’s Aid Society and North Lanark Community Health Centre, she was offered a part time position at the Health Centre, and through a referral from the Health Centre, also obtained a part time position with Dr Joannou and Tay River Reflection Medical Spa.  In a short time, Tracey was offered a full time position with Dr Joannou, and was part of the Tay River Reflections team for 16 years.

Tracey joined the Back on Track team in September of 2016 when the new clinic opened for business. She enjoys making everyone feel welcome and understood, as well as getting to know the patients that come into the clinic.

Tracey has a son that attends PDCI, and a daughter that attends the Stewart School, and both are involved in extra curricular activities in and around Perth.  Feel free to contact Tracey with any questions you may have.