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. Jacquie has recently been elected to the Ontario Physiotherapy Board of Directors.
Véronique Audet- Registered Physiotherapist
Véronique graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and a minor in Health Sciences. She then pursued her Masters degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa. Veronique has always had a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. She has completed courses in Neuro Developmental Therapy (NDT), neurological physiotherapy and concussion. Veronique’s practice focuses on working with clients with spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and MS and she is also able to treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries of conditions.
She is passionate about working with her patients to achieve their best possible function.
Caryn Taylor — Registered Physiotherapist
Caryn graduated from Queen’s University.. She has worked as a registered physiotherapist in neurological rehabilitation in both Ottawa and Toronto, including at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and in community and home settings. She is a certified NDT therapist, has completed advanced Bobath training, and is also an ADP authorizer. Caryn’s experience has focused on acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, young adults with cerebral palsy, and multiple trauma. She has also provided volunteer physiotherapy services in Haiti with Team Canada Healing Hands and Handicap International.
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.
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. Pat recently launched a new Cardio Strength Training Class at Action Potential Rehabilitation called HeartStrength.
Wynne Lee — Registered Physiotherapist
Wynne Lee has a BSc from the University of British Columbia and a BSc in Physiotherapy (Honours) from Queen’s University. She has over a decade of diverse experience in pediatric physiotherapy within the hospital, community and home settings and is passionate about working with children. She continues to participate in ongoing paediatric physiotherapy training such as advanced NDT for infants and toddlers, postural control, functional exercises, and strength training courses. She has most recently completed CME I & CME II courses with Simona Demarchi.
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 o n 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.
Shaughna McDonald– Registered Physiotherapist
Shaughna is a recent graduate of Robert Gordon University in Scotland where she completed her Master’s of Physiotherapy. Her final clinical placement was with Action Potential Rehabilitation. Prior to this she obtained a Bachelor of Science from Carleton University and, at the same time, volunteered with Action Potential Rehabilitation and discovered her passion for neurological physiotherapy.
Erin Morgan Donnelly– Registered Physiotherapist
Erin graduated from University of Ottawa in 2005 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree. 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 has completed numerous post graduate courses with a focus on stroke (NDT, GRASP) and general neuro. 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 is a PhD Rehabilitation Science (candidate) from the University of Ottawa where she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. 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 NVPT from the Padula Institute of Vision, as well as a visceral manipulation course from the Barral’s innovative approach. She has worked as a 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.
Isabelle Proulx— Registered Physiotherapist
Isabelle graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy, in 2015. Prior to this, she completed an Honours BA in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Isabelle’s passion and current practice is primarily focused on concussion and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a certified vestibular therapist. Isabelle has additionally taken multiple advanced courses with focus on post-concussion syndrome, neuro-visual rehabilitation and orthopaedic cervical injuries. Furthermore, Isabelle is a certified LSVT BIG clinician for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. She continues to participate in continuing education courses such as NDT, functional strength training and facial neuromuscular rehabilitation. Isabelle is fluently bilingual in both French and English.
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. Prior to that she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. Malissa’s interest is in working with individuals with neurological injuries and conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. She enjoys helping clients meet their functional goals by creating exercise programs that work for each individual.
Malissa is certified in the NDT approach to treating adults with stroke and brain injury and has taken advanced courses in this area. She is a certified as an LSVT BIG practitioner for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. She has also taken additional courses with varying treatment approaches for these conditions as well as courses in post concussion rehabilitation, neurovisual rehabilitation (The Padula Institute) and orthopedic conditions.
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.
Chantal von Schoenberg – Registered Physiotherapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Chantal has almost 20 years experience in the areas of adult and paediatric neurology, and in working with clients with complex rehabilitation needs. She received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2009. She is a clinical supervisor for the University of Ottawa Physiotherapy Program . She is a professor at Algonquin College in the physiotherapy assistant program. She is a researcher with the University of Carleton in the Innovative Technology department.
Her areas of specialty are traumatic Brain Injury , concussions (Shift Concussion Management Specialist), spinal cord injuries and Chronic pain.
Formerly, lived and worked in developing countries working with Handicap International and International Red Cross. 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.
Jessane Castro – Rehabilitation Assistant
Jessane graduated from the University of Ottawa where she completed a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor in 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.
During her studies, she volunteered and completed a clinical placement at Action Potential Rehabilitation, which confirmed her passion for the neurological field. She also completed the McKenzie certificate course part A and is interested in furthering her skills by completing the NDT/Bobath Course, 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 Parkinsons Disease. Jessane is fluent in both official languages , and also has advanced language skills in Spanish.
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.
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.