Alexandra (Alex) Truyens, Physiotherapist

Alexandra Truyens

Registered Physiotherapist, BHSc, MScPT

Alex grew up in Rideau Lakes before attending the University of Ottawa to complete an Honours Bachelor of Health Science (2014) degree. She then moved to pursue her Master of Science in Physical Therapy (2016) at the University of Toronto before returning to rural living to begin practice.

As a student, Alex completed intensive clinical internships in sports medicine, private orthopaedic practice, private neurological rehab, and acute cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedic care. Since graduation, she has worked at both the Carleton Place and Perth locations of Back on Track treating individuals of all ages with a wide variety of orthopedic presentations. In addition to staying up to date on relevant research, Alex has continued her learning by taking a number of post-graduate courses in manual and manipulative therapy (2016-2019), acupuncture (2017, 2018), dry needling (2019), concussions (2020) and soft tissue release (2016).

When not at work, Alex prefers to be outdoors: hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, skiing, spending time with family and friends.

Alex is interested in helping patients succeed in achieving their goals by creating individualized evidence-based treatment plans that utilize a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and education.

Bridget O'Brien, Physiotherapist

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!

Shea Puckett, Manual Osteopath

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.

Kathryn (Katie) Kirkwood, RMT

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.

Tracey Bedford, Client Care Manager

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.