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Action Potential Rehabilitation Team

 

Jacquie Levy and Wendy Sarsons are the co-owners of Action Potential Rehabilitation.

 

Wendy Sarsons – Registered Physiotherapist
Wendy has over 30 years of experience treating babies, children and adults with neurological disorders. This includes clients with stroke, cerebral palsy, brain injury, Down syndrome and developmental delay. Wendy has both Advanced Paediatric NDT/Bobath and Advanced Adult Bobath training, and is a certified examiner of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (for infants). She has taken courses in a variety of treatment techniques including Kinesiotaping, Myofascial Release and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, and in specialty areas such as sensory processing, vision and movement, and hand rehabilitation. She has also taken specific training to treat Torticollis in infants and children, and more recently she has completed the modules of NVPT training with the Padula Institute of Vision.

Wendy’s special interests include working with children and adults with stroke and brain injuries. She provides physiotherapy consultation to many programs for clients with special needs through the City of Ottawa Recreation Special Needs branch. She has also worked at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center.

 
Jacquie Levy – Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist Neuro-sciences
Jacquie has more than 20 years experience in the areas of adult and paediatric neurology, and in working with clients with complex rehabilitation needs. She received her clinical specialist certification in neurosciences from the Physiotherapy Specialty Certification Board of Canada in May 2012 and is an assessor for the specialty program. Jacquie has advanced NDT/Bobath certification and is certified in the LSVT BIG method of treatment for Parkinson’s disease. She is also a PWR (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) Clinician. She has taken courses in a variety of treatment techniques including Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, Motor Relearning and Graded Motor Imagery. Her special interests include the transition and re-integration of patients with multiple needs into the community and fitness programming for the disabled. Jacquie provides physiotherapy consultation and teaching to many of the community exercise programs for these clients in Ottawa, including the Acquired Brain Injury Program (City of Ottawa) and the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa. Jacquie and Wendy have taught several workshops for professional working with Stroke survivors.

Jacquie has worked as a member of the Ontario Provincial Guidelines Committee helping to establish guidelines for exercise programming for Stroke survivors and is the physiotherapy representative to the Health Advisory Committee of the Champlain LHIN. She is a clinical supervisor for the University of Ottawa Physiotherapy Program and has been invited to join the neurology team teaching parts of the Neuro physiotherapy practical curriculum.

 
Wilma Berti – Registered Physiotherapist

Wilma graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy. She has been working for the past 21 years as a Physiotherapist and has experience in acute hospital care, rehabilitation and manual therapy. Wilma has Advanced training in the Bobath Concept (for adult hemiplegia following stroke) and is certified in the LSVT BIG method of treatment for clients with Parkinson’s disease. She has also completed continuing education courses in Graded Motor Imagery, Functional Electrical Stimulation and Manual Therapy.  Wilma is currently enjoying working in the community with those who have neurological disorders and mobility issues.

 
Eloise Bruner – Registered Physiotherapist
Eloise graduated from McGill University in 1977 and worked at the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital until 1992. She has called Ottawa home since 1993. Elly has extensive experience working in community based rehabilitation, much of which has been with seniors. Her special interest is in working with clients with balance impairments and gait problems, as well as post-stroke. Elly also has orthopaedic training and experience, and has worked with sports teams and treated their related injuries. Elly is qualified to perform acupuncture to assist clients with pain relief. She is fluent in English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish.

 
Kelsey Cook – Registered Physiotherapist
Kelsey Cook received her Masters degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to her physiotherapy degree she completed a Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. She enjoys working with people with neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and spinal cord injury.  She finds importance in setting clients up with exercise programs to maximize their independence with exercises targeted at balance, dexterity, core strength, cardiovascular endurance, and coordination.  To improve her skill set with working with people with neurological conditions, she has taken Bobath courses including an advanced course. Kelsey is a Certified Vestibular Therapist.  She works with people with dizziness and balance issues.  Additionally, she has taken courses on post-concussion syndrome including learning about how contributions from the neck and vision can cause dizziness.  She has a passion for working in vestibular rehabilitation because improving vestibular issues can really impact how someone can function day to day.

 
Pat Fejes – Registered Physiotherapist
Pat Fejes, B.Sc.PT, is a registered physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience working in hospital and community based settings with clients with neurologic, orthopedic and respiratory conditions.  She is a NDT certified therapist for adult stroke and brain injury and has completed many courses in vestibular rehabilitation, post- concussion management (including R2P) and neurovisual rehabilitation.  Pat has also successfully completed the COPD Educator Certificate at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences and has an interest in working with individuals with respiratory conditions such as COPD/bronchiectasis.  Pat has completed numerous other continuing education courses for the treatment of orthopedic and neurologic conditions and is an assistive devices (ADP) authorizer for mobility aids. She has extensive experience in post amputation rehabilitation.

 
Susan Goodridge – Registered Physiotherapist
Susan graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and a Master’s of Science (Rehabilitation). Prior to that, she graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Ottawa. Susan has spent the last 12 years providing comprehensive client-centered community and clinic-based physiotherapy with focus in the areas of Chronic pain, Orthopedic, Cardio-respiratory and Neurological Rehabilitation. Her special interests include chronic pain / PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation.  Susan is a certified PWR! Clinician (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) and is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to provide Anatomical Acupuncture.  She holds her PGAG certification for Chronic Pain Management and is a Certified Nordic Walking instructor.  Susan has also completed numerous continuing education courses for the treatment of orthopaedic and neurological conditions.

 
Linda Kealey – Registered Physiotherapist
Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University. She is registered to practice in Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Linda has over 35 years experience in pediatrics and rehabilitation and for much of her career worked at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. Linda is able to draw on years of “hands on” clinical experience for the assessment and treatment of her patients. She has completed both the Paediatric and Baby NDT certification courses and Medek courses level 1 and 2.

One of Linda’s areas of expertise is with the diverse specialized equipment needs of persons with disabilities including wheelchairs, power mobility, walkers, seating systems, positioning and pressure management. She is an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer for seating, wheelchairs and mobility devices.

 
Lorraine McCormack – Registered Physiotherapist
Lorraine received her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from McGill University in 1985. She worked in Montreal in many different settings including the public and private sector and with adults and children. In 1997, she moved to Ottawa and began treating patients in both the community and clinical setting. She has completed numerous continuing education courses including Neurological physiotherapy, Manual Therapy and Osteoporosis management courses as well as training in Global Postural Education, Cranio-Sacral Therapy (Level 1 and 2) and Myofascial Release techniques. Lorraine is bilingual in English and French. She is also a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has a regular Meditation practice. One of Lorraine’s special interests is in helping people with persistent pain (from neurological or orthopaedic conditions) to manage their pain by developing an exercise routine using Physiotherapy, Yoga and Meditation.

 

Erin Morgan-Donnelly– Registered Physiotherapist
Erin graduated from University of Ottawa in 2005.  Since graduating she has worked in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors and has experience practicing as a physiotherapist in New Brunswick and Ontario as well as in Australia.   She has worked in a variety of settings including orthopaedics and neurology. She has a particular interest in the treatment of clients with complex rehabilitation needs.   She is bilingual in English and French and is qualified to perform acupuncture and dry needling.

 
Michèle Murphy – Registered Physiotherapist
Michèle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Montréal and a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa. She has over 15 years of experience as a physiotherapist. Michèle worked for many years in the areas of cardiac and stroke rehabilitation, as well in acute respiratory care. Her current area of interest is in paediatrics working with children with developmental and acquired physical and neurological disorders. Michèle has participated in post-graduate courses such as NDT, Core Restoration, Kinesiotaping, and CME I and II. In her spare time, she enjoys being active with skiing, running and traveling.

 
Jennifer O’Neil – Registered Physiotherapist C/NDT
Jennifer graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she received a Bachelor in Movement Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current areas of special interest are traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and community based rehabilitation. Jennifer is a clinical instructor for the physiotherapy master’s program at the University of Ottawa. She is a certified NDT therapist and has completed advanced NDT courses. Jennifer is certified to administer dry needling (a form of acupuncture) and has completed advance vestibular courses and numerous other continuing education courses. She has worked as volunteer physiotherapist for the emergency team of Handicap International, a humanitarian aid organization. Jennifer is bilingual and licensed to practice physiotherapy in both Ontario and Quebec.

 
Andreanne Scott-Boyer – Registered Physiotherapist
Andreanne is a graduate of the Masters Degree program in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa. Prior to that, she received a BA in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. After graduating, she travelled to South East Asia and volunteered at a centre for children with disabilities in Vietnam. Andreanne has also volunteered, and then worked in the Physiotherapy Supervised Exercise Program for Stroke survivors at the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and the Post Stroke Hand and Arm Rehabilitation Program. She has recently completed her NDT/Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Adults with Hemiplegia. She has also taken courses for the paediatric population including NDTA Approach to the Baby, and Dynamic Core for Kids. Her interests are in neurological and paediatric rehabilitation, and she is fluent in both English and French.

 
Malissa Stack – Registered Physiotherapist
Malissa completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.  Previous to that she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa.  Malissa has always had a strong interest in neurological injuries and conditions, pursuing volunteer opportunities and internships while in school before working in the area. Malissa is certified in the NDT approach to treating adults with stroke and brain injury. She is also certified in the LSVT BIG program for Parkinson’s disease. In addition to this, Malissa has taken post-graduate courses in the Bobath concept, Parkinson’s Rehab, acupuncture and soft tissue release. Previous work experience in orthopaedic physiotherapy allows her to bring that perspective into her current practice. In her free time, Malissa loves to travel and stay active.

 

Anne Taillon-Hobson – Registered Physiotherapist
Anne Taillon-Hobson graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc.P.T in 1988 and has pursued a variety of areas of clinical practice. She has worked predominantly in orthopedics and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy and earned a Certificate in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (2000). She also practices acupuncture and has done extensive courses in motor control (Kinetic Control). She also completed a Master’s of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa (2010) where she is now an associate professor in Rehabilitation Sciences (physiotherapy program). Her current clinical interests lie in treating patients with orthopedic, chronic illnesses and cancer rehabilitation in their homes and enabling them to live functionally independent lives in their community environments.

 
Nolla Timmins – Registered Physiotherapist
Nolla graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to that, she attended the University of Guelph where she received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. Nolla has always had a keen interest in working with the patients with neurological conditions and, after graduating, worked in MS, ABI and stroke inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation before joining the Action Potential Rehabilitation team in the fall of 2015. She has continued to expand her learning by attending diverse post-graduate courses and education series including the NDT and Bobath concepts, vestibular and balance disorders, MS rehabilitation and Nordic Pole walking. Nolla is passionate about a client-centered and function-based approach to rehabilitation.

 
Vicki Thomson – Registered Physiotherapist

Vicki graduated from the Physiotherapy program at Curtin University, Western Australia in 1985. Her areas of clinical experience include musculoskeletal (simple and complex) and sports medicine rehab; geriatrics; and some neuro rehab. She also does therapy in pain management, chronic disease management, and facial retraining for post tumour re-sectioning and Bells Palsy.

 
Chantal von Schoenberg – Registered Physiotherapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Chantal has several years experience working with client populations with neurological impairments (peripheral and central neuropathies, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord lesions) in children as well as adults. She previously worked and lived for 7 years in developing countries focusing on identification of developmental delays in small children. As well as working at Action Potential Rehabilitation, she is presently working part-time at the University of Ottawa as professor/researcher in the Health Sciences department. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with a good knowledge of German.

 
Kathryn Vant – Registered Physiotherapist
Kathryn graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, and has over 15 years of experience as a physiotherapist. Kathryn joined Action Potential in 2015, and brings a rich variety of experience to her practice, including work in home care, acute care and geriatrics settings. Her current practice is primarily focused in pediatrics, and includes experience in rehabilitation, acute care, PICU/NICU, aquatic therapy and both home and school-based community therapy. She has taken a variety of courses including Dynamic Core for Kids, Post Concussion Rehab, Myofascial Release, basic NDT, several of Mary Massery’s respiratory/holistic courses and Visual+Vestibular sensory integration. Kathryn is a registered ADP authorizer for mobility aids and standing frames. She is extremely passionate about providing a client-focused, multi-system, holistic approach to therapy, and particularly enjoys working with complex clients and situations. Kathryn is fluently bilingual in English and French.

 
Jacquie Baillie – Rehabilitation Assistant
Jacquie has training as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant, graduating in 1998. She has 16 years of experience working in pool therapy programs, rehabilitation, palliative care, geriatrics and with clients who have experienced a stroke.

 
Christine Rogers – Exercise Therapist – B.Ed from Worcester, England
Chris holds certifications in Fitness, Creative Movement and Exercise Design, and specializes in working with the Older Adult population and with people with disabilities. Chris has worked as an Exercise Therapist on a Post-Stroke Study as well as with breast cancer survivors to aid in the prevention and management of lymphedema. Chris currently works for the City of Ottawa teaching a Walking Rehabilitation program, an Integrated Weight Room program, as well as being a Personal Trainer and working for Action Potential Rehabilitation.

 
Maria Shepertycki – Rehabilitation Assistant
Maria successfully completed her post-secondary education at the University of Ottawa concentrating her studies from within both the Dept. of Human Kinetics and the Dept. of Social Sciences. Since 2007 Maria has worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant in the Ottawa area and, under the direction of a supervising Physiotherapist, has provided comprehensive client-centered community and clinic-based physiotherapy treatment with a focus on neurological, cardiorespiratory, orthopedic and chronic pain rehabilitation. For the previous three years Maria has received training and provided physiotherapy treatment specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease under the direction of PWR! and LSVT Big! Clinicians. As well as being a certified Nordic walking instructor, Maria was accepted into and has successfully completed introductory and advanced dance teacher training courses run by ‘Dance for PD’ – an internationally renowned non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

 
Kelly Logan – Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP)
Kelly studied Linguistics at Carleton University in Ottawa and then completed a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at McGill University in Montreal.  During her internship at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, she focused on voice therapy in a clinical setting.  She currently works as a S-LP at Action Potential and the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, helping adults with neurological conditions gain back their communicative independence. She is licensed to practice in Ontario and is a certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Since graduating, Kelly has obtained certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) LOUD method, which is specifically designed to assist those with Parkinson’s disease. By increasing vocal loudness and improving articulation, the LSVT LOUD method helps those with voice quality concerns because of Parkinson’s disease be better understood. LSVT LOUD can be used in conjunction with LSVT BIG for a more holistic approach to therapy. For more information on LSVT LOUD, visit LSVT Global at: http://www.lsvtglobal.com/patient-resources/what-is-lsvt-loud.

 
Nada Skerl – Registered Massage Therapist

Nada Skerl has been practising massage therapy for over 20 years, after graduating from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and the University of Guelph (B.Sc. in Human Kinetics).  She is a strong believer in the combined benefits of physiotherapy and massage therapy in the healing process.  Nada strives to provide a supportive environment through her sensitivity, compassion and confidence in the body’s ability to repair.  Her aim is to help clients decrease pain and muscle tension, and increase circulation and range of motion. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and yoga practitioner.

 
Jackie Sidwell – Administrative and Accounts Manager
Jackie has training as a legal assistant, as well as having a business diploma. She has a wealth of experience in managing billing, reception and physiotherapy practices in general. She is the pleasant and patient voice answering the phone for Action Potential Rehabilitation.