Ottawa Osteopathy & Sports Therapy

Our staff combines the evidence-based success of the sports medicine model with the growing demand for holistic care. We cater to anyone with an interest in improving their function, decreasing pain or removing physical activity limitations. You don't need to have a sports injury to consult our clinic.

Physiotherapists
 
Kinesiologist
Registered Massage Therapists
Administrative Staff

 


Richard Gregory Richard Gregory, B.Sc. CAT(C), D.O.M.P.

Clinic Director | Certified Athletic Therapist, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Richard uses a global treatment approach combining the specific knowledge of muscle testing and exercise prescription from athletic therapy with the manual therapy skills of osteopathy.  

He has a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University with a specialization in Athletic Therapy (1999) and a professional diploma in osteopathy with the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) in Montreal (2004). The CEO, affiliated with the Canadian Colleges of Osteopathy in Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver, currently has the most demanding course requirements of all osteopathy schools in Canada. Richard is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Richard is also a certified Athletic Therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, a Sports First Responder and has had certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Running Specialist (The Running Clinic) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified.

Richard believes strongly in patient education and injury prevention. As such, home exercise programs play an important role during his treatments to support the changes occurring from manual therapy. He has been lecturing since 1994 on various sports medicine related topics at local organizations, fitness centers, Canadian Universities and surgical rehabilitation hospitals.

He has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil artists at their international headquarters in Montreal. He has also worked as a high-performance consultant with Athletics Canada as lead medical for sprints and relays. Participation as part of the Canadian medical teams for international sporting events include: 2016 Americas Rugby Championship (Canada, Argentina, Chile),  2012 Panamerican Combined Events Cup (Ottawa, Ontario), 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India), 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2008 NACAC Cross Country Championships (Orlando, Florida), 2006 NACAC U23 Championships (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), 2006 NACAC Cross Country Championships (Claremont, Florida), 2005 Pan American Games - Juniors (Windsor, Ontario), 2003 Pan American Games - Juniors (Bridgetown, Barbados) and the 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2001 (Edmonton, Alberta).

Please note: Richard is not a medical doctor.

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Shauna IronsideShauna Ironside, BSc. CAT(C), D.O.M.P.
 
Certified Athletic Therapist, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Shauna graduated with distinction from Concordia University's department of Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy. She is a Certified Athletic Therapist with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and First Responder with the Canadian Red Cross. She is a Running Specialist (The Running Clinic) and is also Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified.

Shauna completed her studies at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. She completed a clinical study investigating functional lung capacity in addition to her training in osteopathy which includes manual therapy for the spine, pelvis, extremities and TMJ.

Shauna combines both athletic therapy (manual therapy, joint mobilization, exercise prescription) and osteopathic manual therapy into all of her rehabilitation plans. She also believes that patient education and exercise prescription are of utmost importance for fast recovery and preventing the recurrence of injury. Shauna prides herself on a global approach to treating the body for effective return to sport, work and for the maintenance of optimal health.

Shauna has previously worked at the Ottawa High Performance Centre (OHPC). She is a medical team therapist with the Canadian Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline team. She has worked with a variety of sports teams including the Ottawa Fury W-League Soccer Team, Ottawa Irish Rugby Club and Concordia University Football Team. She has also provided athletic therapy at various regional and national sporting events including the World Junior Hockey Championships, National Rugby Championships, Ontario Gymnastics Qualifiers, Ontario Trampoline Qualifiers, Ontario Summer Games and Provincial Judo Qualifier.

Shauna is a runner, triathlete, avid outdoor enthusiast and long-time Ottawa resident.

Please note: Shauna is not a medical doctor.

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Please note: Shauna is currently on maternity leave. She will be returning in the Spring of 2019. If you were seeing Shauna and require treatment in her absence, please speak with us to arrange treatment with another therapist - we will be happy to help you choose a suitable alternative to meet your needs.

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Christian AlbrechtChristian Albrecht, B.Sc. (PT),  D.O.M.P.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Christian completed his physiotherapy degree in 1986 from L'École de Masso-Kinésithérapie de Strasbourg, France, and a sport physiotherapy diploma in 1994 from L'Institut National de Sport et de L'Éducation Physique. He completed his osteopathy studies in 2005 from the Montpellier Osteopathic College & Toulousain Osteopathic Institute in France. He is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Christian previously worked for many years in private practice in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Repentigny, Quebec. Prior to this, he worked as a physiotherapist in France treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and completed a thesis study in chronic lumbar pain.  He has worked with professional soccer players in France's League 1 (F.C. Metz), amateur soccer players (US Forbach), and elite-level athletes in gymnastics, cycling, rowing and tennis.

In addition to providing traditional osteopathic treatments, Christian uses exercise prescription to support the return to full active living. He regularly assesses and treats babies, toddlers and children, as well as individuals with concussion-related symptoms, pregnancy-related issues, and those with chronic pain.

Christian speaks French, German and English.

Please note: Christian is not a medical doctor.

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Neil PriceNeil Price, M.Ost, B.Sc. Hons., D.O.M.P.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Neil completed his master's degree in osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO). He has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Gloucestershire and a Diploma in Fitness Training and Sports Therapy. He is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

The BSO is one of the oldest schools of osteopathy, world-renown for its exceptional teaching and finesse in manual therapy. As a BSO graduate, Neil combines a structural approach in treatment with patient education to effectively address patients' concerns.

Neil's professional training in traditional osteopathy and exercise sciences allows him to use hands-on techniques as well as provide tailored home exercise programs. He is comfortable addressing both acute and chronic conditions resulting from sport, work, or everyday activities.

Prior to moving to Canada, Neil was a founding partner of Body Foundation Osteopaths, a private clinical practice in London, England. He uses sports massage techniques and personal training to empower those he works with to overcome their existing barriers and achieve their personal physical goals.

Neil is an accomplished athlete who has successfully completed several ultra-marathons and long distance cold water swimming championships.

Please note: Neil is not a medical doctor.

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PaulineCostaPauline Costa, B.Sc., D.O.M.P.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Pauline graduated from the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) in Montreal with a professional diploma in osteopathy. She also graduated from Concordia University's department of Exercise Science with a Bachelor of Science and completed course work from Kiné-Concept in Kinetic Swedish Massage. Pauline is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Pauline has worked in public medical, private sports injury and osteopathic clinics. She has a special interest in chronic pain and completed a research review on the topic of treating patients suffering from chronic pain.

Having graduated from the CEO, Pauline is very comfortable treating a wide variety of dysfunctions. This includes muscle and joint pain, headaches, abdominal/pelvic pain and cramping, digestive disorders, respiratory issues and chronic pain.

She embraces the multi-disciplinary approach and regularly works with other healthcare practitioners to provide the best possible treatment outcome for her patients. Her focused manual therapy treatments are always combined with exercises to maintain and improve function between sessions. She believes strongly in providing effective health care with compassion and empathy.

Pauline is a salsa dancer and understands the body’s need for movement and physical activity. She speaks fluent French, English and Portuguese.

Please note: Pauline is not a medical doctor.

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Sara Roy Sara Roy, B.Sc., PT

Physiotherapist

Sara obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2004. After graduating, she worked at a private sports medicine clinic in Montreal for over 6 years. She is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

She has worked with patients of all ages suffering from various orthopedic, neurological and cardiorespiratory problems and has regularly treated artists from Cirque du Soleil and the Conservatoire de Danse de Montréal. During her time in university, she also worked with the McGill Martlets Hockey team (2002-2004).

She believes in a holistic approach to treating patients, using a combination of manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises to retrain the body for peak performance. Patient education is key in the prevention of injuries and allows one to take charge of their recovery.

Sara also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from McGill University (2001), is a Sports First Responder and is fluent in both English and French.

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NormanChow Norman Chow, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Norman received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at York University in 2000. He is a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto, receiving his Massage Therapy diploma in 2004. He is a member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is Ottawa’s only certified NISA (Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment) practitioner having completed his training in 2015. Norman has over 13 years of experience working as a registered massage therapist.

As a passionate RMT, Norman has furthered his studies in body work with graduate courses in myofascial release (John Barnes approach), craniosacral therapy (Upledger) and muscle energy. For those patients looking to address postural related pains and dysfunction, Norman uses his NISA training, in a series of sessions, to make corrections through a systematic manipulation of muscular and connective tissue.

Norman has always had a desire to help others develop a better quality of life. He has previously worked as a clinical kinesiologist, functional capabilities evaluator and a certified personal trainer; however, his interest in achieving more significant improvements in patient health led him to the hands-on approach of massage therapy, through which he has learned to physically manipulate soft tissue to decrease pain and improve function.

Throughout his career, Norman has treated a wide variety of musculoskeletal and overuse injuries, postural dysfunction and issues associated with pregnancy. He has also treated several severe neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, spinal cord injuries, as well as nerve lesions, thoracic outlet syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Norman is thrilled to be able to give back to his profession in his role as Clinic Supervisor at Algonquin College where he guides and nurtures students' clinical skill set as they complete their RMT training.

Norman’s passion for improving the quality of life of his patients motivates him to keep an active lifestyle through exercise, diet and keeping up with his energetic young child. He is also an avid foodie, hunting for new and healthy vegan recipes and believes in the importance of daily mindful meditation.

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David WitilukDavid Witiluk, M.Sc., R.Kin

Registered Kinesiologist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist

David has an Honours Bachelor and a Master's of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Lakehead University.  He has experience creating a wide variety of training programs which develop fundamental movement skills for athletes and improved health and fitness in the general population.

He has been actively involved in research in biomechanics and physiology of the human body and has completed the following studies:

The effect of warm-ups and elevated oxygen consumption on running performance in trained collegiate distance runners.

The relation between active flexibility and running economy in competitive male and female university distance runners.

Pilot study: Stability ball exercises for seated postures.

David is passionate about running both on and off the track. He has competed at the University level in middle distance track and cross country races. He has also coached the Lakehead Athletics Club Track Fundamentals program developing speed, skill, strength, and suppleness.

David cares about helping people regain and maintain an active lifestyle, maintain general health or improve performance in sport.

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Emily RoikEmily Roik 

Clinic Manager

Emily has been with us since the opening of the clinic in 2008. She has a background in medical administration and has worked with the public for many years.

Emily ensures that the clinic is maintaining the policies and standards of all regulatory bodies and provincial associations that our multidisciplinary practitioners are a part of. She helps facilitate our services for Blue Cross federal program members, carded athletes, individuals working with MVA insurance, and anyone using workplace extended health benefits.

Outside of work, Emily spends much of her time running after her busy beagle-mix Max.

Emily has been a helpful and dynamic addition to our team, and she will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the clinic.

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PictureComingSoon17 Amanda Leclair

Office Administrator 

Amanda attended Carleton University for Biochemistry. She has previously worked in administration and customer service, and enjoys interacting with the public and assisting in any way she can. Outside of the clinic, Amanda strives to maintain an active lifestyle, and enjoys going to the gym and walking her pup, Cici.

Amanda joined the clinic in the summer of 2018, and we are happy to have her as part of our team.

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