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Occupational Therapists

 

Alexandra Leonardelli – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Alexandra (Alex) Leonardelli completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with a minor in Psychology) at McMaster University, before going on to obtain her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has gained valuable experience working with a variety of populations in diverse clinical settings, including community/home safety and mobility, advocacy-based public health, inpatient general medicine/neurological/orthopedic rehabilitation, and outpatient amputation/trauma/neurological rehabilitation.


As a registered Occupational Therapist at Rehab First Inc., Alex will be delivering assessment and treatment services in and around the GTA region, to enable clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents to reach their self-identified goals and to participate in their meaningful daily activities. Alex works from a holistic, evidence-based, and client-centered framework to facilitate independence and to optimize function and well-being in all facets of life.

 

Allison O’Neill – Occupational Therapist & Regional Manager (London)

B.A.Sc., M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Allison O’Neill is an Occupational Therapist, registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; working at Rehab First Inc. in the London and surrounding area. Ms. O’Neill is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.  She completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario.  She earned her Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Guelph in Child, Youth and Family.  Ms. O’Neill has clinical placement experience in community physical health, acute oncology, acute palliative care, pediatrics and community mental health. Ms. O’Neill has had additional training with working with individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Her scope of practice focuses on assessment and treatment of physical, affective and cognitive function, and recommendations of assistive devices and rehabilitation to maximize each client’s engagement in meaningful activities and occupations in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Ms. O’Neill provides occupational therapy services as well as is responsible for supervising a team of multidisciplinary therapists in London and surrounding area.

 

Angela Hubbard – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Angela Hubbard is a registered Occupational Therapist with Rehab First Inc. Angela completed her training in occupational therapy in Liverpool, England. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Moving to Canada in 1995, she has had over 20 years’ experience, working in various environments, including hospital in-patient/out-patient rehabilitation and community/home care environments. She has clinical experience in the areas of rehabilitation, acute care, in-patient and out-patient orthopedic, geriatric, neurological care. In community care, Angela provided her expertise in working with clients with acquired brain injuries. Angela has experience with prescribing wheelchairs and assessing for complex seating needs. She has also assisted other therapists in determining their equipment requirements.


At Rehab First, Angela’s scope of practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and affective functions. She services clients in the Barrie and surrounding areas. This encompasses providing education, recommending environmental modifications, providing assistive devices, and facilitating rehabilitation in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Using a client-centred and collaborative approach, Angela works with clients and their families, to help them return to occupations that are meaningful to them.
 

 

Azrah Lavji – Occupational Therapist & Regional Manager (GTA – East)

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.) 

Azrah Lavji is a certified occupational therapist who is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Azrah earned her double degree consisting of a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College. She has also obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University. Azrah is fluent in Gujarati and has clinical experience in a variety of roles including mental health, pediatrics, orthopedic, and neurological rehabilitation. Azrah is also certified in performing Functional Abilities Evaluations (FAEs).


As an occupational therapist at Rehab First, Azrah provides therapy services in Oshawa and the surrounding areas. She provides physical, cognitive and affective assessment and treatment to enable return to daily activities at home and at work. She improves client’s functional independence through education, environmental modification and provision of assistive devices. Azrah is involved in discharge planning and collaborates with families and hospital staff to ensure a safe transition to home. She places strong emphasis on client centered practice, enabling clients to reach their full potential in their self-care, productivity, and leisure occupations.

 

Brandon Stevens – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Brandon Stevens is an Occupational Therapist, registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, working with Rehab First Inc. in Kitchener/Waterloo and surrounding region. Brandon has completed his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. He has also obtained an Honours Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Lakehead University. Brandon has gained experience with Spinal Cord Injury and Acquired Brain Injury populations, predominantly in a variety of clinical settings including community, inpatient, and outpatient.

As a registered Occupational Therapist at Rehab First Inc., Brandon will provide assessment and treatment services within the Kitchener/Waterloo region to empower clients to achieve their self-identified goals, participate meaningfully in various activities, and optimize client functioning and independence. He improves client functioning through education, environmental adaptations, and provision of assistive devices tailored to meet the needs of each individual. Brandon values the use of an evidence informed approach with a strong focus on client-centered care.
 

Brina Puspoky – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Brina Puspoky is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts (Honors Specialization in Psychology) at Western University. She has clinical placement experience in community and hospital settings, including a leadership management position in a rural hospital setting. At Rehab First, Brina will be providing occupational therapy services in London and surrounding areas to enable clients to reach personal goals and engage in meaningful occupations.


Cailey Anderson – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Cailey is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Cailey graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western University in 2020 after obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree from the University of Waterloo in 2018. Throughout her Masters studies, she has gained clinical experience working with clients across the lifespan in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and the community, with a focus on both physical and mental health. Cailey also had the unique opportunity of gaining clinical experience in an international setting, on placement in Canberra, Australia.

At Rehab First, Cailey will be providing services within the London region. Cailey is dedicated to providing client-centered holistic care to address the diverse needs of individuals of all ages. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to enable them to return to their meaningful activities and enhance both physical and mental health.
 

  

Carol Smith – Occupational Therapist

B.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Carol Smith is a registered Occupational Therapist who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Carol is a seasoned therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working in both the hospital system and in community rehabilitation settings. She has worked with individuals with age related physical and psychiatric issues, chronic physical and functional issues, chronic and acute medical conditions, and acute physical and functional impairments to address the areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure.


Carol uses a client-centered approach for the assessment and treatment of individuals and she is a strong client advocate. Through support, education, and service provision, her goal is to improve, develop, maintain, or restore the individual to their highest level of functional independence in their daily living and work environments. Carol provides services in the Hamilton-Niagara area for Rehab First Inc.

 

Danielle Dilworth - Occupational Therapist

MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.) BSc Honours Health Studies

Danielle Dilworth is a registered Occupational Therapist with Rehab First Inc. Danielle completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Heath Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She has clinical experience in the areas of acute care, in-patient and outpatient mental health, spina cord injury rehab, and community care.


At Rehab First, Danielle’s scope of practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and affective functions. She serves clients in the Barrie and surrounding area. This encompasses providing education, recommending
environment modifications, providing assistive devices, and facilitating rehabilitation in the areas of self-care, leisure, and productivity. Using a client-centred and collaborative approach, Danielle works with clients, and their families, to help them return to occupations that are meaningful to them.

 

Dawnne Killeen – Occupational Therapist

B.A. (Psych) B.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont)

Dawnne is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She attained her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major, from Wilfrid Laurier University and later went on to attend The University of Western Ontario for her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Her clinical experience includes working in Ontario, Florida and Nevada providing assessment and treatment to adults in various settings, including acute, short term rehabilitation, long term care, inpatient, outpatient and home health. She also has some experience performing Functional Capacity Assessments. Dawnne has experience working with clients with neurological and musculoskeletal issues to provide client/family education, recommend assistive devices, energy conservation, activities of daily living training, home set up ergonomics and, overall, assisting clients with their functional and cognitive decline.

At Rehab First, Dawnne will be serving clients in the Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. Dawnne uses a client-centred and goal-oriented approach to support her clients to engage in activities that they find meaningful. Her scope of practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of cognitive, affective and physical functions. Dawnne is passionate about connecting with clients and their families to provide meaningful and attainable recommendations that will help clients optimize their performance in their daily lives.

Dominica Chorostecki – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Dominica is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy. Dominica is currently employed at Rehab First Inc. where she will be providing services in the London area. Dominica obtained her undergraduate degree at Western University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts – Honour’s Specialization in Psychology with Distinction. Dominica then completed her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University. Dominica’s placement experiences have exposed her to working with pediatric, adult, and elderly populations when working in settings such as acute care, the forensic mental health system, outpatient rehabilitation, and school health. Additionally, Dominica has experience working as a Rehabilitation Facilitator at Dale Brain Injury Services where she has supported clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries in participating in areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure.

Dominica aims to foster trusting therapeutic relationships by being client-centered, collaborative, and holistic in her approach. Dominica is dedicated to continue her professional development in order to support the use evidence-based approaches throughout assessment and treatment to facilitate the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Erik Angeli – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Erik Angeli is an Occupational Therapist with Rehab First Inc. He is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). Erik completed his Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Western University. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Erik has had clinical experiences with clients across the lifespan in community, hospital, and virtual health settings.

Erik focuses his practice on maximizing his clients’ independence in their activities of daily life and meaningful occupations through client-centred and evidence-based care. Erik provides services in the Mississauga area for Rehab First.
 

Gabriel Paudyn – Occupational Therapist & Regional Director (GTA East and Ontario East)

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.) 

Gabriel attained his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. His Masters training is complemented with an Honours Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Human Physiology, at Queen’s University. His practical experience encompasses the areas of mental health (comprehensive psychiatric care), rehabilitation (neurology and general medicine) and acute care (orthopedics and general medicine). Gabriel devoted his Masters thesis to the understanding of how the communication disorder, aphasia affects an individual’s life and the impact of this change on self-perceived quality of life.


Gabriel strongly believes that active participation in purposeful and meaningful activities is an integral part of the health and well-being of every individual. His practice strives to return individuals to their desired activities through the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive and affective function, the provision of assistive devices, education on adaptive behaviors and rehabilitation and maintenance in the areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure. In addition to providing OT services, Mr. Paudyn is a clinical practice leader at Rehab First Inc. and manages a team of occupational therapists and rehabilitation therapists. Gabriel is also fluent in Polish.

 

Giuliana Borracci – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Giuliana Borracci is an Occupational Therapist serving clients in Ottawa. She completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University and her Bachelor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. Throughout her clinical placements, Giuliana gained experience working in the community, acute care, and an outpatient clinic at a rehabilitation hospital.

At Rehab First, Giuliana provides assessment and treatment to clients who have been involved in a motor vehicle collision to help them return to their meaningful activities.

 

Heather Jones – Occupational Therapist & Regional Director (Toronto)

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Heather Jones is a registered Occupational Therapist with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology, both from McMaster University. She is fluent in both English and French and has clinical experience in a variety of roles including mental health, pediatrics, acute medicine, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. Heather has additional training and a strong interest in brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation. She is certified in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and is currently completing coursework to become a certified Life Care Planner. At Rehab First, Heather provides occupational therapy and case management services to clients in the GTA, York, Durham and Simcoe areas. She conducts physical, cognitive and affective assessment and treatment to enable return to daily activities at home and at work. She improves client’s functional independence through education, environmental modification and provision of assistive devices. Heather is also actively involved in hospital discharge planning and collaborates with families and hospital staff to ensure a safe transition home. In addition to providing OT services, Heather is Regional Director at Rehab First Inc. and manages a multidisciplinary team.

 

Josh Campbell – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), B.A. (Hons) Kin.

Josh Campbell graduated with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario after completing his Honours Specialization in Kinesiology, also from UWO. He has experience in the areas of hand therapy, orthopedics, pediatrics and forensic mental health and has a strong interest in brain injury and musculoskeletal injury.


At Rehab First Josh is involved in assessment and treatment related to physical, affective and cognitive function. He is also involved in working with hospital staff and families to coordinate safe discharge from hospital. Once home, Josh coordinates the recommendation of assistive devices and rehabilitation and maintenance programs in order to help clients to achieve their greatest potential in all of their daily occupations.


Kaitie Hickling – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Kaitie Hickling is a registered occupational therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Kaitie completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto after obtaining an Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her clinical experience includes working with clients in the areas of orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, acute oncology care, acquired brain injury, as well as providing assistive device and discharge planning recommendations.


At Rehab First, Kaitie provides comprehensive occupational therapy services in Oshawa and the surrounding area. She is involved in assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and affective function as it impacts a client’s performance in self-care, productivity, and leisure activities. Services include the provision and implementation of assistive devices, environmental modification, client education, cognitive rehabilitation, and service coordination. Reflective of her focus on client centred practice, Kaitie values working collaboratively with clients, their families, and their rehabilitation team to help maximize a client’s functional independence and facilitate their return to meaningful occupations.

 

Kelsea Liotta - Occupational Therapist & Acting Regional Manager (London)

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Kelsea completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, and earned her Masters Degree in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Kelsea has experience working with adults and older adults with musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and acquired brain injuries, mental health challenges and functional and cognitive decline. She has attended various courses, workshops and symposiums directed at increasing knowledge and
skills related to brain injuries, chronic pain, and psychological difficulties.

Kelsea is based out of Rehab First’s London office where she provides occupational therapy services including, but not limited to, assessment, treatment, assistive device recommendations and environmental modifications. She aims to maximize occupational functioning in areas of self care, productivity, and leisure with all her clients through collaboration and evidence based intervention. Kelsea is a passionate occupational therapist who is committed to providing services
to people experiencing challenges in everyday life, to ensure independence and quality of life is maximized.

 

Lauren Schwalm – Occupational Therapist

 

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lauren Schwalm is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and is a current member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Lauren completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario. Lauren has gained clinical experience in the areas of inpatient rehabilitation and private practice, working with clients with injuries and conditions related to physical, cognitive, and mental health.


As an Occupational Therapist at Rehab First, Lauren is part of the intake team and her practice focused on providing screening assessments for clients across Ontario. Through a client centered and collaborative approach, she provides client assessments to determine and access appropriate therapy services to meet each individual’s need in order to help them return to their meaningful occupations. 

 

Lindsay Goulden – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lindsay Goulden is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She completed her Honour’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (with a minor in French Studies) at the University of Western Ontario, before going on to obtain her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. Lindsay has clinical experience working in hospital rehabilitation settings, outpatient and school based paediatrics, and working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries in the community.


At Rehab First, Lindsay will be serving clients in Guelph and the surrounding area. Lindsay uses a client-centred and goal-oriented approach to support her clients to engage in activities that they find meaningful. Her scope of practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of cognitive, affective and physical functions. Lindsay is passionate about connecting with clients and their families to provide meaningful and actionable recommendations that will help clients participate in their daily lives.


Lindsay Hamilton - Occupational Therapist

Hons B.A., MOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lindsay Hamilton is a registered Occupational Therapist with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Specialty Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Exercises Science from
York University.She has clinical experience in a variety of roles including occupational rehabilitation, mental
health, home modifications, paediatrics, long term disability, ergonomics, and neurological rehabilitation.Lindsay has
additional training in motivational interviewing, relaxation therapy, jobsite analysis, return to work planning, cognitive behavioural therapy, and executive functioning for traumatic brain injury.At Rehab First, Lindsay provides occupational therapy services to clients in the GTA, York Region, Durham, and Barrie areas

 

Lindsay Maskell – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lindsay Maskell is a registered Occupational Therapist and a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. Lindsay has gained clinical experience in the areas of acute care, mental health, and inpatient rehabilitation. She has experience practicing as an occupational therapist in a community setting working with children, adults, and older adults.


At Rehab First Lindsay provides occupational therapy assessment and treatment for clients in the Kitchener – Waterloo area. Lindsay assesses the occupational performance issues of her clients through discharge planning, attendant care, in-home, cognitive, vocational, and worksite assessments. She creates treatment plans to help clients to improve functioning in their home environments, at work, and in the community including service coordination, prescription of assistive devices, education, and home/worksite modification. Lindsay has completed workshops related to moving and handling and seating prescription. She also attends vendor in-services regularly that showcase a variety of home health care products.

Madiha Nehal – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Madiha Nehal is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Madiha completed her B.Sc. majoring in biology and minoring in psychology at York University in Toronto. She then decided to move to Australia to pursue her Masters of Occupational therapy at Curtin University, where she also completed 6 months of intensive clinical placements in hand therapy, acute care and aged care. After moving back to Canada, Madiha gained extensive experience working in the community serving clients of various orthopedic, geriatric and neurological health conditions to assist a safe transition home from hospital, and to increase independence and safety in the home/community.

At Rehab First, Madiha is providing services within the Durham region. She is both fluent in English and Urdu/Hindi. Her scope of practice includes comprehensive assessment and treatment to support clients’ return to independence and enable participation and engagement in meaningful occupations. Madiha’s goal is to collaborate with the client to improve client’s functional independence through service provision, implementation of assistive devices, education/training, environmental modification, and support.


Maria Elma – Occupational Therapist

BSC.O.T.Reg. (Ont.)

Maria completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Perpetual Help College of Manila, after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Maryknoll College. Maria is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She has 12 years of clinical experience in various settings such as long term care facilities, children in school settings, community based treatments and completed assessments such as home modifications, home safety, Mobility/Assistive Device Program, Slip and Falls, Pre and Post Hospital Discharge Planning, In-Home, Form 1-Attendant Care Assessments, return to work programs and is a Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider.


At Rehab First, Maria is providing services within the Brampton area. She is fluent in both English and Tagalog. She also completed various certifications such as the Neurorehabilitation: Assisting Recovery & Function in Everyday Life Following Brain Injury (Level 1) from Ontario Brain Injury Association and also Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP). She has a proven ability to devise treatment programmes that increase a client’s ability to carry out activities or occupations independently, and with more confidence.

Megan Lewis - Occupational Therapist

B.Sc., M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Megan is a registered Occupational Therapist serving clients in the Meaford and surrounding area. She completed her

Bachelor degree at Acadia University in Biology and she earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University. Megan is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Megan gained occupational therapy experience while completing clinical placements in community mental health, severe mental illness and dual diagnosis, pediatrics, acute stroke

care, and acute orthopedic care.


Megan provides services that focus on the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive and affective functioning. She strongly believes in the use of collaborative methods through client-centered and family-centered practice to enable

occupational engagement in her clients; this includes completing assessments, providing education, and recommending assistive devices and environmental modifications that promote independence in the areas of self-care, productivity

and leisure.


Melissa Jamieson – Occupational Therapist and Acting Regional Director (Hamilton/Niagara-Western GTA)

B.H.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), CDMP

Certified Disability Management Professional


Melissa Jamieson is an Occupational Therapist servicing clients in the Burlington and Hamilton areas. She earned her Joint Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Psychology and Dance at the University of Waterloo and her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. Her clinical expertise has been acquired in a variety of settings in Canada, where her work experience includes roles at the WSIB and TTC, and India, where she studied at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Tamil Nadu. She has extensive experience in the areas of disability management, workplace health, attendant care, vehicle modifications, home modifications, and health promotion. Her scope of practice focuses on assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and mental health conditions to support clients’ return to independence in self-care, productivity, and leisure. Melissa is a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and has maintained this designation since 2015.

Nadia El Jerbi – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Nadia El Jerbi is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, before going on to earn her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Nadia has a variety of clinical experience working with both pediatric and adult populations with numerous neurological, developmental and orthopedic conditions. She has experience working in community, private practice and hospital settings.


As a registered Occupational Therapist with Rehab First, Nadia serves clients in the GTA to provide assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive and affective functions. She enables clients to participate in the occupations that are meaningful to them in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Nadia provides holistic, client-centered, evidence-based practice to enable clients to achieve their meaningful, self-identified goals.


Neha Hasan Gill – Occupational Therapist & Regional Manager (Milton)

M.Sc. (c) OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)


Neha Hasan Gill is an Occupational Therapist and Case Manager at Rehab First, registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Neha attained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and her Honours Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Cell and Molecular Biology, from University of Toronto. Neha has obtained certification in Catastrophic Impairment Evaluation, as a Functional Observer, i.e. C-CAT (FO). Neha has experience in various inpatient and community practice settings including neurological rehabilitation after acquired brain injuries and stroke, mental health rehabilitation, hand therapy, and complex continuing care. At Rehab First, Neha assesses and treats individuals who present with physical, cognitive, and affective impairments. This encompasses providing education and assistive devices, recommending environment modifications, coordinating community resources, implementing cognitive rehabilitation, and liaising with employers and/or schools with the goal of facilitating rehabilitation in the areas of self-care, leisure, and productivity. Using a client-centred and collaborative approach, Neha works with clients to increase their independence and function at home, work, school, and in the community. In addition to providing occupational therapy and case management services, Neha is a Regional Manager at Rehab First and manages a multidisciplinary team.


Nettya Senthilnathan – Occupational Therapist & Regional Manager (Woodbridge)

MOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)


Nettya Senthilnathan is a certified occupational therapist who is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Nettya earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a double major in Health studies and Psychology from University of Toronto and her Masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Sydney.


Nettya is fluent in both English and Tamil and has clinical experiences as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of health care settings in Canada and internationally. As an occupational therapist at Rehab First, she by provides therapy services in North York and the surrounding areas. She works with individuals who have conditions/ injuries that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling, helping them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Nettya not only helps clients improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function, with a goal to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.


Nicole Zomer – Occupational Therapist

HBA (Psych), M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Nicole is a registered Occupational Therapist with Rehab First Inc. serving clients in the London and surrounding areas. She completed an Honors Specialization Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at King’s University College and earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western University. Nicole is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.


Having experience working with a range of diverse clients with a focus on both physical and mental health, Nicole develops therapeutic and client-centred relationships with clients built on trust and empowerment. She has also completed several seating and mobility courses to increase her knowledge of mobility and adaptive equipment. Nicole is dedicated to her continued professional development and seeks opportunities further to develop her clinical skills in the areas of ergonomic and home safety assessments in order to maintain best evidence-based practice.


Patricia Saad – Occupational Therapist

BSc., MHScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Patricia Saad is a Registered Occupational Therapist in the Province of Ontario and is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists. She completed her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa, and her Bachelors of Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. Patricia is fluent in English, French and speaks Arabic.


She has clinical experience in acute care, cardiology, vocational rehabilitation, community mental health and pediatrics. As part of the Rehab First team, Patricia works with clients across the GTA to resume meaningful activities through a holistic and client-centered approach. She provides assessments, develops treatment plans with the clients based on their needs, recommends assistive devices, and provides cognitive rehabilitation and mental health strategies to optimize each client’s autonomy, function and reintegration into their communities. Patricia strives to help clients return to their meaningful activities through a collaborative approach with the client, their families and their interprofessional team.

Pauline Ricketts – Occupational Therapist

Bsc. OT Reg. (Ont.)


Pauline Ricketts graduated from Coventry University in England in 2004 with a Bachelors (Hons) degree In Occupational Therapy. Pauline has practiced primarily in the community with extensive experience in performing in home assessments, home modification, home safety, mobility assessments, in home-attendant care assessments and assessments for the Workplace Safety Board (WSIB) serious injury program. Pauline is an Assistive Device Program Authorizer. Pauline Inspires to provide recommendations, treatment, education and training in all efforts to promote the safety and quality of life of the clients.

Robyn McMackin - Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), BSc Psychology

Robyn McMackin is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and is a current member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Robyn completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University. Robyn has gained clinical experience in the areas of community mental health, pediatrics, return -to-work/vocational rehabilitation, and acute care.


As an occupational therapist at Rehab First, Robyn is part of the intake team and her practice focuses on providing screening assessments for clients across all of Ontario. Through a client centered and collaborative approach, she provides client assessments to determine and access appropriate therapy services to meet each individual’s needs in order to help them return to occupations that are meaningful to them.

 

Salihah Faroze – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Salihah Faroze is a registered Occupational Therapist with Rehab First Inc. Salihah completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has clinical experience in the areas of acute care, orthopaedics, pediatrics, community care, and virtual settings. At Rehab First, Salihah will be providing services within the Markham region. She aims to collaborate with clients to enable their engagement in meaningful occupations through providing holistic and client-centered care.
 

Samantha Bondy – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Samantha completed her Bachelor degree at Eastern Michigan University in Therapeutic Recreation, then went on to complete her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. Samantha completed her bachelor degree at Eastern Michigan University in Therapeutic Recreation after which she pursued her passion for helping people with various diagnoses in group home settings for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Samantha recently earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario where she completed placements in acute care settings, neuro rehabilitation, on a community mental health team and in the community working with individuals post motor vehicle accidents and with WSIB claims.


As an occupational therapist at Rehab First, Samantha will provide service within the Windsor and Essex- County region. Samantha’s scope of practice at Rehab First is to provide assessments and treatments to enable participation in self-care, productivity, and leisure for individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents. Samantha will provide services such as Occupational therapy home assessments, environmental modifications within the home, attendant care assessments, rehab needs assessments, worksite and ergonomic assessments, recommendations for assistive devices and other rehab services that meet the needs of her clients.


Samantha will utilize a client-centered and holistic approach to work collaboratively with her clients to assist them with achieving their needs and goals, which will help enable those injured in motor vehicles accidents to participate in meaningful activities of daily living.

Samantha Richardson – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Samantha is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Samantha completed her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University, after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Therapeutic Recreation from Seneca College. Samantha is also a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Throughout her Masters studies, Samantha gained clinical experience across the lifespan in hospital and clinic settings, with placements in acute care, an outpatient mental health clinic, an outpatient hand clinic and a paediatric clinic.


At Rehab First, Samantha provides client-centered occupational therapy assessment and treatment of cognitive, affect, and physical functioning. Samantha serves clients in the London and surrounding areas. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to assist them in achieving their goals and enabling them to return to their daily activities. Samantha is dedicated to her continued professional development.


Sarah Tomczak – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist at Rehab First serving clients in Ottawa. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She completed her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Western University. Sarah’s clinical placements have given her experience in acute care (general medicine), acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and mental health. She also travelled to Moshi, Tanzania for a community development placement which provided her with cultural awareness and experience overcoming environmental and communicative barriers.


As part of the Rehab First team, Sarah will provide services in Ottawa that focus on the assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and affective functioning to enable participation and engagement in meaningful occupations. Sarah is passionate about a holistic and client-centered approach to address diverse and complex needs in a coordinated manner. She values a collaborative environment that focuses on building strong therapeutic relationships to establish trust and promote independence in the areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure. Sarah will provide services such as occupational therapy home assessments, education, environmental modifications within the home, worksite and ergonomic assessments, attendant care assessments, recommendations for assistive devices and other rehab services to optimize function and facilitate the health and well-being of her clients.


Sean Fleming – Occupational Therapist

B.A, MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sean is an Occupational Therapist at Rehab First. He is a certified occupational therapist, registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Sean attained his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. His Masters training is complemented with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with a focus on Psychology, from York University. Sean has clinical experience providing assessment, treatment and discharge planning in a variety of areas including pediatrics, mental health, orthopedic and neurocognitive rehabilitation. At Rehab First, Sean provides physical, cognitive and affective assessment and treatment to enable return to daily activities at home, work and in the community. With a strong emphasis on client centred practice, Sean collaborates with clients to facilitate function in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.


Shauna Smith – Occupational Therapist & Regional Manager (Brantford)

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Shauna Smith is a Senior Occupational Therapist and Regional Manager with Rehab First Inc. She is registered to practice with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). She has a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario. Ms. Smith is responsible for providing occupational therapy assessments and treatment to catastrophic and non-catastrophic clients with a variety of physical, cognitive, and affective conditions and promotes independence through meaningful occupation in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Ms. Smith has experience completing complex case coordination and discharge planning, in addition to, assessing and addressing attendant care, rehabilitation, home safety, and accessibility needs of clients. Ms. Smith has experience in acute care, hand and rehabilitation therapy, return to work coordination, work hardening, and community mental health. Ms. Smith is certified to conduct the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) – 3rd edition. She has experience completing catastrophic determination assessments. Additionally, Ms. Smith is involved with teaching and training of occupational therapists at Rehab First Inc. to promote best practices and optimal, client-centred care. She also manages a multi-disciplinary team in Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas.

 

Sydney Thomas – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sydney Thomas is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is a member with both the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Sydney completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with a minor in Business) at McMaster University, before going on to obtain her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has gained valuable clinical experience primarily with adults and older adults in diverse practice settings including acute care orthopedics and sarcoma, outpatient stroke rehabilitation, and private practice with concussion clients. Sydney also has clinical experience with pediatrics in acute care and had the unique opportunity to gain experience in a pediatric school setting in Trinidad and Tobago.

At Rehab First, Sydney serves clients in the Niagara and Hamilton areas, providing assessments and treatments to address the physical, cognitive, and affective needs of her clients. Sydney is passionate about providing client-centered, holistic, and collaborative care, always with a functional, evidence-based, and goal-oriented approach to her practice.

 

Tanya Purevich – Occupational Therapist

B.A, BSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Tanya Purevich is a Registered Occupational Therapist in the Province of Ontario and is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Ms. Purevich graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.


Tanya is the Occupational Therapy Practice Leader at Rehab First, Inc., and provides case management and occupational therapy services to clients in the GTA and surrounding areas. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist in the Province of Ontario and is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, as well as a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. With over 20 years of clinical experience, Tanya has worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community-based rehabilitation settings in both the United States and Canada. Her wide-ranging experience includes clinical lead OT for an inpatient brain injury team, and an outpatient clinic manager for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Working together with clients and their families, Tanya strives to maximize function and independence through a client-centered, collaborative approach.


Taylor Lyons – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Taylor completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Western University. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Science from Western University with an Honors Specialization in Genetics and Minor in Psychology. Throughout her Masters studies, Taylor gained clinical experience across the lifespan in community and hospital settings, with placements at a children’s treatment centre, a community health centre, outpatient rehabilitation, and inpatient acute care.


Taylor is an Occupational Therapist in the London area, providing client-centred and holistic assessment and treatment. Taylor finds it very rewarding to collaborate with her clients to work towards returning to the daily activities that mean most to them.

 

Taylor Peart – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Taylor Peart is an Occupational Therapist, registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Taylor graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2020 after obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree (with a minor in Psychology) from Brock University in 2018. She has gained valuable clinical experience with adults and older adults within acute care, working conditions programs and community care settings. Taylor also has experience with the pediatric population within inpatient settings for burns, Brachial Plexus injuries and sensory motor difficulties.

At Rehab First, Taylor will be providing clients with occupational therapy services within the Hamilton region. Using a client-centered and evidence-based framework, Taylor aims to work collaboratively with clients in order to support the achievement of goals and facilitate the return to meaningful activities. She is dedicated to maximizing each client’s independence and quality of life. Taylor is passionate about using a holistic lens while working with clients, taking into consideration clients’ physical, cognitive and affective functioning in order to maximize occupational performance in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
 

Theresa Major – Occupational Therapist

M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Theresa Major completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. She has gained valuable experience working with a wide variety of populations in diverse clinical settings including community home safety, acute general inpatient and post-surgery, geriatric assessment, neurological/amputee/orthopaedic rehabilitation, splinting/hand therapy and outreach seating and mobility.


As a registered Occupational Therapist at Rehab First Inc., Theresa will be delivering assessment and treatment services to clients in the Burlington/Hamilton area. Theresa uses a client-centered and evidence-based framework, to work collaboratively with clients to support their participation in meaningful daily activities and to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals. Her scope of practice focuses on assessment and treatment of physical, cognitive, and mental health conditions. Theresa has been an ADP authorizer for mobility devices for 30 years and has extensive experience in the area of seating and mobility devices.


Victor Wu - Occupational Therapist

M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Victor Wu is an occupational therapist registered to practice with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Victor has obtained a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with an Honors Specialization in Physiology and Pharmacology and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, both from the University of Western Ontario. Victor’s clinical placements have given him experience supporting children, adults, older adults, and individuals with developmental disabilities in progressing towards their meaningful functional goals.


Victor is based out of the London office of Rehab First and provides assessment and treatment in a holistic manner. Specifically, Victor considers how physical, cognitive, and affective aspects of an individual will affect the self-care, productivity, and leisure areas of their life. Victor thrives to provide client-centered and evidence-based care, through interventions such as client education, recommendation of assistive devices, and environmental modifications, in order to facilitate meaningful occupational engagement.

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