Vicki Chase, Registered Physiotherapist
Vicki graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University is 1986.
For 28 years she has worked in hospitals, in community care and in private clinics. The last 20 years have been spent practicing in the field of orthopaedics and sports injuries. She also has experience with workplace injuries.
Her additional professional training has included courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, the McKenzie therapeutic approach, Kinetic Control, Sahrmann as well as many additional orthopaedic studies.
Vicki has volunteered for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and is an examiner for the National Physiotherapy Exam. She currently sits on the board of Ottawa Foyers Partage, a not for profit organization which houses the profoundly disabled. Her physical activities include yoga, the gym, cycling and skating. Vicki is an avid traveler (47 countries and counting!) and is also passionate about art, film and wine.
Kim Drain, Receptionist/PTA (Woodroffe)
Kim works as our receptionist/Physiotherapy Assistant; she will be the first person to make you feel comfortable and welcome you to our physiotherapy clinic, as she professionally handles your information and prepares your file, and private room for you and your therapist. She will always act as a comforting "Go-To" person, should you have any questions.
Kim adds to our clinic by providing us with 8 years of Physiotherapy Assistant experience as well as over 15 years of administration experience.
She thrives in making your visit to our clinic as pleasurable as possible and will often go "above and beyond" to make all of our clients feel welcome and comfortable.
It is obvious to all of our clients that Kim thoroughly enjoys her job and her role as a receptionist and Physiotherapy Assistant.
Wendy Good, Registered Physiotherapist
Wendy completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 1989 and is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She has taken additional professional training in the McKenzie therapy approach; manual therapy to the E3/V3 level and in a wide variety of techniques: acupuncture; craniosacral therapy; lymphatic drainage therapy; visceral manipulation; progress by exercise and other treatment forms.
Wendy works together with her clients to ensure they achieve their rehabilitation goals. Her objective is to provide services that best suit the individual and their needs and promote an optimal return to health and activity.
Ms Good has been involved in many outside activities including competitive swimming; hiking; biking and travel. Wendy enjoys spending time gardening and trying new recipes.
Mona Kalra, Registered Physiotherapist
Mona is a highly skilled and successful Physiotherapist with over 20 years of physiotherapy experience, with 8+ years of clinical work in treating neurological conditions such as strokes, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injuries and multiple sclerosis.
Mona was educated in India and Canada she supports her education with professional certifications such as LSVT BIG for Parkinson's disease; FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) in Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis, Basic Bobath Certification: a technique used to treat stroke and other neurological patients, Chedoke McMaster Stroke Assessment, NIH Stroke Scale, GRASP Hand Program for Stroke, Neuro Visual Rehab, Mary Massery’s “If You Can’t Breath. You Cannot Function”, Dr. Janice Eng’s “Task Based Rehab” and many more.
Along with one-on-one treatment to patients, as an owner of MapleCare Physiotherapy Clinic, Mona promotes professional development activities, teamwork, patient-centered care, organizing education workshop for physiotherapist in National capital region and provides clinical education to students from the University of Ottawa Physiotherapy Program.
Mona regularly participates in inter professional activities for stroke. She is also an Ambassador of University of Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute. Along with her team, Mona is establishing an evidence-based rehab treatment center for neurological patients.
A mother of two, Mona enjoys time with family, friends and the study of philosophy.
Sanjiv Kalra, P.Eng, MBA (Managing Director)
Sanjiv has over 15 years of experience in business management which grew out of his roots as a Professional Engineer with an MBA from Carleton University, Ottawa.
Sanjiv has applied his extensive technical, business and problem-solving expertise across a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturers of baggage-conveyor systems, dog food, pressure vessels, pressure tubes for nuclear reactors, not to mention with the Canadian Government, interactive boards and health care.
Over the course of his career, Sanjiv has considerable experience in working harmoniously and effectively with people from different cultures: he grew up in India, studied in the USA, and now lives in Canada. Sanjiv enjoys playing cricket, badminton and chess.
Recently along with Mona, his wife of many years, he has joined a Mixed Double Slow Pitch Softball League.
Swetha Naik, Registered Physiotherapist (On Leave)
Swetha has more than 10 years of experience in clinical practice and has certifications from Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy through the Mackenzie Institute and NDT. She enjoys treating both orthopaedic and neurological associated conditions. Aside from her passion for her profession, she also enjoys biking and playing recreational soccer in her spare time.
Kimlan Nguyen, Receptionist
Kimlan is a receptionist and physiotherapist assistant at the Wellington location. She is an aspiring physiotherapist and is currently going to school at the University of Ottawa for an Honours Bachelor in Health Science. She is the person that will welcome you into the clinic, and do whatever she can to improve your physiotherapy experience.
Leila Nourishad, Registered Physiotherapist
Leila is a bilingual therapist who completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2008.
Through experiences in different areas of the physiotherapy field. Leila has a wide scope of knowledge to offer her patients. At Canadian Tire Centre, she treated patients with orthopaedic injuries/ailments as well as emerging professional athletes.
She also has several years of hospital experience under her belt. There she treated patients presenting with complex neurological conditions including ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke and more. Within this hospital setting, Leila was also able to help and work with the geriatric population to restore their function to the highest possible level. Furthermore, she has additional professional training including acupuncture, Mckenzie Therapeutic Approach Level A,B & C as well as several other physio related workshops.
In her spare time, Leila enjoys quality time with her husband and four children, reading and exploring the real estate market.
Youssef Obeid, Registered Physiotherapist
Graduated from the Lebanese University in 2006, Youssef has been working as a physiotherapist, covering many different aspects and settings of physiotherapy since then. In addition to his experience working in Lebanon in an orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation centre, he has also worked in hospitals, private clinics, retirement homes and pediatric rehabilitation centre clinics.
Youssef is experienced in treating patients from all age groups including physically disabled children and adults. He also worked several years with patients with amputation and neurological cases.
Youssef is trilingual in Arabic, English and French. He will always ensure to provide the best possible treatment for the well being of his patients.
Vidia Panna, Marketing
Vidia is passionate about using communications to make a positive impact. Previously based in the Bank clinic, Vidia loves seeing patients recover and regain their active lifestyle which keeps her motivated in her role in marketing. Her favourite pastime activity is being part of nature such as through hiking and camping.
Palmer Patterson, Registered Physiotherapist
Palmer completed his Master of Physiotherapy degree from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2015. Before this, he attended the University of Ottawa where he did his Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics.
At present, and throughout his studies, Palmer has further broadened his knowledge of training and concept of correct functional movement patterns through participation in Adult Ballet Classes, Yoga Teacher Training Courses, several athletic hobbies, and work experiences as a Gymnastics Coach, Swimming Instructor, Athletic Trainer and Personal Trainer.
During university, clinical placements, and work experiences, Palmer has enjoyed working with many different people of varying age and background, from children to seniors, whom have experienced problems ranging from sport and orthopaedic injuries, to neurological diseases and post-surgery complications. Palmer has been injured himself many times through sport, and understands in part what the rehab process feels like. He is committed to giving his best to help others meet their personal goals.
In his spare time, Palmer enjoys the outdoors, playing sports, reading and relaxing. For the past two years, Palmer has also been trying to teach himself harmonica. He is progressing, and hopefully one day he will be good.
Erin Pelletier, Registered Physiotherapist
Erin is a graduate of the Master's of Physiotherapy program at the University of Ottawa. She enjoys treating people with conditions such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, as well as helping seniors to stay strong and mobile. She enjoys working in a field where her compassionate nature will aid her in helping others to regain their optimal function. Erin thrives to help her patients achieve their full potential.
Erin has been trained in the LSVT BIG program (for Parkinson's disease) and acupuncture. She has also attended workshops relating to assessing and treating patients with stroke.
Erin is fluently bilingual in French and English. In her free time, Erin dedicates many hours to a volunteer teaching work and also enjoys letting her creative nature flow by sewing or dancing.
Taylor Stimpson (Physiotherapy Resident)
Taylor is a new graduate of the Master's of Physiotherapy program at Queen's University. She is currently working as a Physiotherapy Resident while she prepares for her final practical exam coming early 2021. Taylor assesses and treats clients in the clinic and in patient's homes. She has experience working with patients with a wide variety of both neurological and orthopedic conditions.
Taylor strives to help individuals maximize their physical function, mobility and quality of life through an active treatment approach. When Taylor is not with patients you can find her out for a run, hiking with her dog, paddling along the water, or spending time with family and friends.
Anike Vanagas (Physiotherapy Resident)
Anike has recently earned her Bachelors of Physiotherapy from the Lithuanian Sports University in Lithuania where she graduated top of her class. She has interned in Denmark, Malta & Canada. Before this, she attended Brock University where she did her Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours).
She has a very extensive sports background having been a member of her University's varsity teams for both rowing and field hockey and had also played competitive ice hockey, basketball and snowboard cross all over North America. With this experience, she has acquired an extensive exercise database which can be used in various treatments for any ability level.
Anike loves learning new things and helping people improve their health. She loves to expand her knowledge by finding and learning new and more effective techniques so that she can better treat her clients now and in the future.
Anike is bilingual in English and Lithuanian. In her spare time, Anike enjoys traveling, board games, playing sports, especially snowboarding in the winter and riding her motorcycle in the summer.
Ben Wassel, Registered Physiotherapist
Ben was the lead physiotherapist at the premier CARF accredited brain injury facility in New Zealand. With six years of experience in the rehabilitation of clients with specific neurological injury and a Post Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation. Ben has worked with a multitude of neurological injuries, stroke, TBI, SCI, orthopaedic injuries with both young and elderly clients in New Zealand and Australia before moving to Canada.
Ben has presented independent research at National rehabilitation conferences, regional special interest groups, physiotherapy clinics, hospitals and at registrar training days. He has completed many courses on Vestibular rehabilitation, spasticity management and has good knowledge and experience with Chronic pain and Conversion disorder.
Amara Wong, Registered Physiotherapist, C/NDT
Amara is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Masters of Physical Therapy program. She has had the opportunity to work with patients with a variety of neurological conditions. Amara works in the clinic and home visits patients at home.
Amara's caseload allows her to provide quality care to patients with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury, as well as geriatrics. Additional professional training includes soft tissue release techniques, acupuncture, and manual therapy level 1. She is also an LSVT BIG therapist as well as certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, which is a treatment approach to treat individuals with stroke or acquired brain injury. She has also attended workshops about the assessment and treatment of stroke patients.
Her goal as a physiotherapist is to help individuals regain confidence in their abilities and ultimately improve their quality of life. She is also dedicated to provide compassionate patient-centered care.
Amara is fluent in both French and English.
In her spare time, Amara likes to play volleyball and enjoys arts and crafts.
Amruta Saravankar, Registered Physiotherapist
Amruta completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2010; while in internship she was extensively involved in stroke rehabilitation and treatment of neurological conditions.
This enhanced her interest in neuro rehabilitation and inspired her to pursue her Masters in Neurosciences. She has been involved in treatment of patients with Strokes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Head injury, Muscular Dystrophy to name the few.
Amruta believes in creating treatment plans by considering patients need and care required by them, while doing so thinking outside the box is her strongest asset. Along with neuro, She is experienced in managing patients with orthopaedic conditions.
In her free time, Amruta loves travelling, painting, learning different arts and crafts. She loves playing outdoor sports and is trained in playing badminton
Jessane Castro, PTA
Jessane graduated from the University of Ottawa where she completed her Master of Physiotherapy. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of International Politics and Modern Languages, which allowed her to advance her Spanish skills and gave her insight on the policies that govern human relationships. She also did a semester in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.
Throughout her studies, she also completed the McKenzie certificate course part A and the introductory course for NDT. She is also interested in completing the LSVT BIG Certificate and vestibular courses within the next year.
Jessane's special interests include stroke, TBI, Spinal Cord Injuries, vestibular and paediatric rehabilitation, as well as working with clients living with Parkinson's Disease. Jessane is fluent in both official languages and also has advanced language skills in Spanish.
In her spare time Jess likes to play badminton, go for a swim, bike, travel and enjoys keeping herself healthy and active.
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