Novus Rehabilitation

Our Team

The Novus Rehab staff are a unique group of people in many ways. Remarkably qualified? Absolutely. Incredibly smart? You bet. Enthusiastic? Definitely. Even more important is the impressive level of dedication our team shows for their clients. We love what we do, and we show it.

Because we are an extensive group of therapists, each of whom have specific and distinctive specialties, the opportunity for sharing of knowledge is fantastic. What this means for you is that your therapists can draw ideas and resources from each other and work together to find new ways to solve all kinds of challenges.

You will have a whole team collaborating towards the common goal of getting you back on your feet!

Whether you are an injured party, family member, employer, hospital staff, or lawyer acting on behalf of your injured client, with Novus Rehab you can count on clinical excellence with a human focus. It’s what we do.

Join Our Team

Larry Norton

519-619-0981

larrynorton@novusrehab.ca

Larry Norton

Director

Larry is a Registered Nurse with specialty certification as an Occupational Health Nurse and has been working in the health care field for almost 30 years. His clinical experience includes hospital and community based assessment and rehabilitation of clients with physical, developmental, neurological and mental health conditions in the capacities of staff clinician, supervisor, director, educator and/or consultant.

 

In 1999 Larry began working as a Nurse Case Manager in the automobile insurance sector and in 2005 he opened Genesis Rehabilitation in partnership with his wife, Lisa. Genesis Rehab has since evolved into Novus Rehabilitation.

 

Larry spends as much time as possible outdoors, and enjoys canoeing, camping, fishing and even cutting the grass.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has been inspired by workshops at Pinecroft to become a Master Potter

  • 2

    once had to take shelter on the top of Silver Peak Mountain in the middle of a tornado

  • 3

    grew up on a farm and was milking cows at the age of 3

Cheryl Heard

519-494-1275

cheard@novusrehab.ca

Cheryl Heard

Occupational Therapist / Clinical Practice Leader

Cheryl obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health at Queen’s University after which she completed her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

 

Cheryl found her calling in the auto insurance sector and has significant experience working with people with diverse physical, cognitive and neurological concerns to maximize their participation in daily activities.

 

Cheryl’s main focus in clinical practice is in the assessment and treatment of those who have sustained complicated injuries, including complex orthopaedic trauma, amputation, spinal cord injury, brain injury or psychological impairment. She has a particular interest in complex wheelchair and seating solutions and is a highly competent Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer. Cheryl has certification as a PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) provider. In addition to her clinical practice, Cheryl has an appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario in the School of Occupational Therapy.

 

Cheryl lives in the St. Thomas area enjoying horse-back riding, biking, yoga, and soccer when she is not spending time with her husband and two children.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    was a self-professed band geek in high-school, playing the trombone, French horn and accordion

  • 2

    blossoming soccer career was sidelined by a fractured ankle

  • 3

    one weekend a year (sometimes more) Cheryl is voluntarily silent

Bonnie Cini

519-619-2134

bcini@novusrehab.ca

Bonnie Cini

Nurse Case Manager

Bonnie is a Registered Nurse whose practice spans over 20 years. Bonnie’s diverse clinical experience includes hospital and community based assessment and rehabilitation with both non-catastrophic and catastrophic clients with orthopedic, cognitive, psychiatric and neurological conditions.

 

Bonnie has extensive experience using the principles of client-centered care within the context of a multidisciplinary team approach. She is an effective service provider who establishes positive interpersonal relationships in support of the medical recovery of her clients.

 

Bonnie lives in St. Thomas where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has a reputation as “the calm one” because she takes everything in stride

  • 2

    her favorite quote is: “it is not what you expect, it is what you inspect”

  • 3

    doesn’t play sports, but she is a great cheerleader

Melissa Malacaria

519-204-6698

mmalacaria@novusrehab.ca

Melissa Malacaria

Case Manager / Psychotherapist / Vocational Counsellor

Melissa completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honors Psychology) in 2002 followed by her Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) in 2005 from the University of Western Ontario. The focus of Melissa’s education has been to obtain the skills and knowledge required to provide individual and group counselling; she has been working mainly with individuals involved in motor vehicle collisions since 2005. Melissa specializes in psychotherapy, case management and vocational counselling services and has been qualified as an expert witness at trial.

 

Melissa lives in London and enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    is a true Scorpio....loyal, balanced, trustworthy, zealous

  • 2

    loves apples but hates apple juice

  • 3

    one of her favorite quotes (there are many) is: "Out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength" -Sigmund Freud

Randy Parrack

519-860-4367

rparrack@novusrehab.ca

Randy Parrack

Nurse Case Manager

Randy obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Randy is keen to address and coordinate the unique rehabilitation needs of clients with non-catastrophic and catastrophic injuries including acquired brain injuries, amputations, stroke, para and quadriplegic and severe and multiple orthopedic injuries. He works collaboratively with clients, auto insurers, legal representatives and all health care disciplines to provide optimal medical and rehabilitation outcomes.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    childhood superhero is Rocky Balboa

  • 2

    likes Canadian hockey and American football

  • 3

    lives / loves to fish

Tina Feoli

519-572-1576

tfeoli@novusrehab.ca

Tina Feoli

Case Manager / Certified Vocational Evaluator / Rehabilitation Therapist

Tina graduated with a Bachelor of Sociology and an inter-disciplinary study in Criminology from the University of Waterloo. She has completed Acquired Brain Injury Certificate Level I and Neuro-Cognitive Behavioural Approach Level II certificates in addition to on-going professional development through conferences, seminars, and collaborative learning.

 

Tina acquired her Vocational Testing Certification and Skills Training (C.V.E) through Thomson Nelson.

 

Additional clinical experience includes case management and active rehabilitation for clients with physical, developmental, neurological and mental health conditions.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    makes wine but doesn’t drink it

  • 2

    averages one parking ticket per week

  • 3

    has met the entire cast of Friends

Cathy Geurtjens

519-773-9019

cgeurtjens@novusrehab.ca

Cathy Geurtjens

Registered Kinesiologist / Rehabilitation Therapist

Cathy graduated with her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Since then Cathy has become a Certified Functional Abilities Evaluator and Interpreter. She has extensive experience performing worksite assessments including Physical Demands Analysis and Ergonomic Assessments.

 

As a certified exercise physiologist, Cathy has tremendous experience working with clients with orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries as a Rehabilitation Therapist.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has named all her pets after food

  • 2

    believes Cadbury mini-eggs should be their own food group

  • 3

    secret childhood dream was to be a lumberjack

Cayley Thompson

519-281-8384

cthompson@novusrehab.ca

Cayley Thompson

Registered Kinesiologist / Rehabilitation Therapist

Cayley graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts Honours specialization in Kinesiology. She has extensive experience working with clients who have suffered injuries of all types ranging from soft tissue injuries to significant orthopedic injuries, amputation, spinal cord and acquired brain injuries.

 

Cayley brings her enthusiasm to her clients’ care from their acute stages in hospital to their return to home and in the community. Cayley works in the London, Exeter, Goderich and Sarnia areas and has an extensive knowledge of available community resources. She is able to provide services that include work hardening, compensatory strategies to assist in activities of daily living or vocational pursuits, community reintegration, job coaching, personal fitness training and adjustment to injury.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    favorite binge food is nibs

  • 2

    she is both a volleyball and ball hockey champ

  • 3

    has a secret crush on Harry Potter

Ashlen Schembri

519-319-4882

aschembri@novusrehab.ca

Ashlen Schembri

Occupational Therapist /
Certified Life Care Planner

Ashlen completed her Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Western Ontario and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. Ashlen has considerable experience assessing function and the impact of physical and cognitive impairment on an individual’s ability to fulfill their daily life roles and responsibilities.

 

Ashlen’s experience includes hospital-based assessment and treatment within acute, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings, as well as community-based assessment and rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries. She has worked closely with clients who have an array of physical, neurological, cognitive, and mental health conditions. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider and Life Care Planner.

 

Ashlen lives in London where she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    played the oboe with London Youth Symphony

  • 2

    faithfully attends local ComicCons/FanExpo

  • 3

    although she loathes spiders, Ashlen loves camping

Jennifer Spencer

519-473-1917

jspencer@novusrehab.ca

Jennifer Spencer

Certified Life Care Planner

Jenn obtained her graduate degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario with special interest in rehabilitation and biomechanics. Her thesis was done in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Orthopedics at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Jenn taught in the Department of Physiotherapy at Western University and has lectured to occupational therapy students regarding the quantification of future care damages for disabled persons. She has completed over 1000 life care plans/future care cost analyses for disabled clients with injuries including but not limited to spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries, orthopaedic / musculoskeletal, amputations, visual and hearing deficits, burns, developmental impairments (medical malpractice). She has qualified as an expert in future care costs, provided expert testimony in the Courts of Ontario and remains actively involved in continuing education.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    is a self-professed dancing fiend

  • 2

    has a recurring nightmare of being a Bell telephone operator

  • 3

    likes all things sports-related; she loves playing and watching all ages and abilities

Lori Henderson

519-521-3808

gar-lor@hotmail.com

Lori Henderson

Registered Massage Therapist

Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and then went on to obtain her Diploma in Massage Therapy from D’arcy Lane Institute of Massage Therapy. After graduation, Lori obtained Level 1 training in Thai Massage in Thailand as well as training in Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release and Osteopathic Courses. She went on to complete her Medical Acupuncture Certificate from McMaster University.

 

Lori is active in providing both clinical & relaxation massage therapy, working with MVA, WSIB and other specialized claims areas. She is available for both clinic-based and in-home massage therapy services.

 

Lori enjoys many outdoor activities and travelling with her husband and four children.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    knew how to bake before she knew how to walk

  • 2

    is accomplished at playing the spoons and is also a budding ukulele star

  • 3

    has a great party trick up her sleeve…ask her about it

Ashlen Schembri

519-319-4882

aschembri@novusrehab.ca

Ashlen Schembri

Occupational Therapist   /
Certified Life Care Planner

Ashlen completed her Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Western Ontario and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. Ashlen has considerable experience assessing function and the impact of physical and cognitive impairment on an individual’s ability to fulfill their daily life roles and responsibilities.

 

Ashlen’s experience includes hospital-based assessment and treatment within acute, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings, as well as community-based assessment and rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries. She has worked closely with clients who have an array of physical, neurological, cognitive, and mental health conditions. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider and Life Care Planner.

 

Ashlen lives in London where she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    played the oboe with London Youth Symphony

  • 2

    faithfully attends local ComicCons/FanExpo

  • 3

    although she loathes spiders, Ashlen loves camping

Cheryl Heard

519-494-1275

cheard@novusrehab.ca

Cheryl Heard

Occupational Therapist / Clinical Practice Leader

Cheryl obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Health at Queen’s University after which she completed her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

 

Cheryl found her calling in the auto insurance sector and has significant experience working with people with diverse physical, cognitive and neurological concerns to maximize their participation in daily activities.

 

Cheryl’s main focus in clinical practice is in the assessment and treatment of those who have sustained complicated injuries, including complex orthopaedic trauma, amputation, spinal cord injury, brain injury or psychological impairment. She has a particular interest in complex wheelchair and seating solutions and is a highly competent Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer. Cheryl has certification as a PGAP (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) provider. In addition to her clinical practice, Cheryl has an appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario in the School of Occupational Therapy.

 

Cheryl lives in the St. Thomas area enjoying horse-back riding, biking, yoga and soccer when she is not spending time with her husband and two children.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    was a self-professed band geek in high-school, playing the trombone, French horn and accordion

  • 2

    blossoming soccer career was sidelined by a fractured ankle

  • 3

    one weekend a year (sometimes more) Cheryl is voluntarily silent

Courtney Moore

226-984-7877

cmoore@novusrehab.ca

Courtney Moore

Occupational Therapist

Courtney completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Prince Edward Island followed by her Master of Science in Occupational Therapist at the University of Western Ontario.

 

After graduation, Courtney practiced in a mental health setting, working in both forensic mental health and outpatient addiction and mental health services. Following her work in mental health care, Courtney transitioned her practice into the auto insurance sector, where she is committed to supporting her clients in their individual rehabilitation journeys.

 

Courtney lives in London, where she enjoys reading, cycling, curling, camping, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    secretly aspires to open a knitting café or bookstore

  • 2

    loves a good survey

  • 3

    attends all Harry Potter related events in full costume

Crystal Barrett

519-282-2797

cbarrett@novusrehab.ca

Crystal Barrett

Occupational Therapist

Crystal completed her Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology followed by her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Crystal’s main focus in clinical practice is to help clients maximize their function and their participation in activities of daily living. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of those with wide-ranging injuries as well as those afflicted with progressive disorders, particularly arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. She is proficient in her expertise of wheelchairs, positioning and ambulation aids as an Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizer. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) Provider.

 

Crystal lives in London where she enjoys playing baseball, running and spending time with her family.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    is a lifelong tent camper with aspirations of RV’n

  • 2

    sometimes she secretly wishes to trade places with her cat, Walter, to catch up on sleep

  • 3

    favorite song is REO Speedwagon “I Can’t Fight this Feeling”

Jessica Waschenko

519-636-9788

jwaschenko@novusrehab.ca

Jessica Waschenko

Occupational Therapist

Jessica completed her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degrees at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Jessica has experience in supporting clients with a variety of neurological, musculoskeletal, and mental health concerns to reach their personal goals and maintain participation in meaningful daily activities. Her experience includes providing hospital-based care in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as providing community care in the auto insurance sector.

 

Jessica lives in London, where she enjoys reading, swimming, playing the flute, and spending time with her family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    once talked with Stephen Colbert of The Late Show

  • 2

    favourite day of the week is Thursday

  • 3

    has never re-gifted (not even once)

Kelly Smale

519-709-1459

ksmale@novusrehab.ca

Kelly Smale

Occupational Therapist

Kelly earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. She continues to study in her spare time…. for fun.

 

Kelly practices in the auto insurance sector providing assessments and treatments to clients with a wide variety of injuries including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, complex orthopedic injuries, amputations, psychological impairments and chronic pain. She is certified in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS). Her scope of practice includes assessment and treatment related to physical, affective and cognitive function, adaptive behavior, the prescription of assistive devices, and rehabilitation and maintenance within the areas of self-care, productivity, and leisure.

 

Kelly lives and works out of the Exeter area, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    was an all-Ontario kick ball team captain

  • 2

    enjoys glamping, and would rather hike than bike

  • 3

    can sing her ABC’s backwards

Kirsten Slaven

519-282-9222

kslaven@novusrehab.ca

Kirsten Slaven

Occupational Therapist

Kirsten graduated with her Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree at Brock University, and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider.

 

Kirsten has experience assessing and treating client’s function in a variety of environments, including community-based and hospital-based settings. She provides client centered care by working collaboratively with clients towards their mental and physical rehabilitation goals.

 

Kirsten lives in London where she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    favourite smell is hot wet pavement, followed closely by Canadian Tire and gasoline

  • 2

    likes to use her pens from start to finish

  • 3

    is (self-proclaimed) terrible at cooking, but enjoys trying

Kristen Wood

519-588-9535

kwood@novusrehab.ca

Kristen Wood

Occupational Therapist

Kristen completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider.

 

Kristen has extensive experience with assessment and treatment in hospital settings including acute care, orthopedics, outpatient paediatrics, and complex continuing care, as well as community-based settings including school, home and employment.

 

Kristen has a special interest in working with paediatric clients and those who have suffered cognitive sequelae following injury.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    desperately wanted to be Ariel the Mermaid as a child (well, still does sort of)

  • 2

    she yoga-posed on Machu Picchu – King Pigeon Pose

  • 3

    loves unique and uncommon household pets, as long as they are in cages

Natalie Walters

226-678-2445

nwalters@novusrehab.ca

Natalie Walters

Occupational Therapist

Natalie completed her Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours) degree at Brock University, and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. She is a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider.

 

Natalie helps in maximizing client’s safety and independence, and also supports clients returning to work following an injury. Her experience includes hospital-based assessment and treatment within acute, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings, as well as community-based assessment and rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries. Natalie is committed to supporting her clients through their healthcare journey, using her clinical knowledge and expertise to tailor a custom support plan to meet their individual goals.

 

Natalie lives in St. Thomas where she enjoys running, volleyball, travelling, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    starred in hit musicals including ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘Oliver’

  • 2

    life goal is to visit every continent and swim in every ocean

  • 3

    can solve a Rubik’s cube with one eye closed

Shannon Hamilton

519-933-8057

shamilton@novusrehab.ca

Shannon Hamilton

Occupational Therapist

Shannon completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of Victoria, and went on to obtain her Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She has completed additional training and certification in administering the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).

 

Shannon has clinical experience assessing and treating client’s function in a variety of environments. Her scope of practice includes assessment and treatment related to physical, affective and cognitive function, adaptive behaviour, recommendation and provision of assistive devices and providing rehabilitation and maintenance to maximize client’s function and participation in activities of daily living. She has experience with complex cases including discharge from hospital, and provides assessment and treatment services to those with wide-ranging injuries. Shannon provides client-centered care by working collaboratively with clients towards their rehabilitation goals.

 

Shannon lives and works out of London, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    she has to finish every book she starts even if she hates it

  • 2

    was a vegetarian for 10 years

  • 3

    loves organization and her computer is meticulously arranged with folders within a folder, within a folder…

Shannon Sinclair

519-200-9395

ssinclair@novusrehab.ca

Shannon Sinclair

Occupational Therapist

Shannon obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario, following which she attended Queen’s University to complete her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She is an Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizer, a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) provider and is AMPS certified.

 

Shannon’s professional background has provided significant experience treating clients who have various physical, cognitive and neurological concerns so that they can maintain participation in their daily activities. She is skilled in the areas of adaptive equipment and home modifications, and has considerable proficiency in the prescription of complex wheelchair and seating solutions. In addition to her clinical practice, Shannon has participated for several years as a guest lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Shannon lives in London; along with her young children she is very active in her neighborhood promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has danced on Broadway … in New York (for real)

  • 2

    dislikes water skiing because she always forgets to let go when she falls

  • 3

    quote to live by: “Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people”

Dr. Jack Ferrari

519-619-5170

jferrari@ualberta.net

Dr. Jack Ferrari

Psychologist

Dr. Jack Ferrari is a Clinical Psychologist who has practiced for many years in mental health care occupying a variety of professional roles while supporting a wide range of clientele.

 

He has been an Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member with the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario for over 25 years, and has supervised numerous graduate students on assessment, in therapy practica and in internships.

 

Dr. Ferrari is a highly-experienced clinician having conducted or supervised hundreds of assessments with a full range of referral questions and has been involved in Disability Assessments over the past 20 years. As well, Dr. Ferrari has expertise in short term and long term adult mental health therapy including assessment, diagnosis, hypnotherapy, program evaluation, client empowerment, and regulatory issues.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    he may be a 5th cousin twice removed to Enzo Ferrari

  • 2

    favourite car is the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

  • 3

    has flown in a plane that was faster than a Ferrari

Dr. Robert Schnurr

519-858-0491

rschnurr@novusrehab.ca

Dr. Robert Schnurr

Psychologist

Dr. Robert Schnurr completed his Bachelors Degree at Queen’s University, Masters Degree at Carleton University, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

 

Dr. Schnurr takes a generalized approach to helping people deal with their problems; his treatment approaches are tailored to the specific needs of each individual. Dr. Schnurr understands that not everyone needs the same type of help and that what works for one may not work for another. “Everyone has problems. Sometimes they’re small, sometimes they’re big. Most of the time we deal with these problems on our own, or we talk to a friend, family member, or co-worker to help sort things out. Sometimes, we just don’t seem to be able to work through these issues on our own and that’s when it makes sense to speak with a psychologist.”

 

Dr. Schnurr has helped individuals with a wide variety of difficulties including chronic pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, driving anxiety, phobias, work related issues, anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges. Many of the people Dr. Schnurr sees are struggling with loss or potential loss in one way or another.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has his pilot’s license “to go nowhere”

  • 2

    likes to go biking, but always ends up where he started

  • 3

    has his black belt and invites you to ask him about it

Grace Piekosz

519-438-8048

piekoszg@hotmail.com

Grace Piekosz

Psychotherapist

Grace is a culturally sensitive Psychotherapist with experience in individual, family and educational therapy, international consulting, and vocational rehabilitation among other practice areas.

 

Grace holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Psychology as well as a Masters Degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski). Her practice now spans over 30 years in Europe and in Canada.

 

Grace specializes in two languages, Polish and English, and has a practical knowledge of Russian.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    can talk in English while typing in Polish

  • 2

    her Polish is polished

  • 3

    loves the Monarch butterfly and is in fact a bit of an aficionado

Melissa Malacaria

519-204-6698

mmalacaria@novusrehab.ca

Melissa Malacaria

Case Manager / Psychotherapist / Vocational Counsellor

Melissa completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honors Psychology) in 2002 followed by her Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) in 2005 from the University of Western Ontario. The focus of Melissa’s education has been to obtain the skills and knowledge required to provide individual and group counselling; she has been working mainly with individuals involved in motor vehicle collisions since 2005. Melissa specializes in psychotherapy, case management and vocational counselling services and has been qualified as an expert witness at trial.

 

Melissa lives in London and enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    is a true Scorpio....loyal, balanced, trustworthy, zealous

  • 2

    loves apples but hates apple juice

  • 3

    one of her favorite quotes (there are many) is: "Out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength" -Sigmund Freud

Cathy Geurtjens

519-773-9019

cgeurtjens@novusrehab.ca

Cathy Geurtjens

Registered Kinesiologist / Rehabilitation Therapist

Cathy graduated with her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Since then Cathy has become a Certified Functional Abilities Evaluator and Interpreter. She has extensive experience performing worksite assessments including Physical Demands Analysis and Ergonomic Assessments.

As a certified exercise physiologist Cathy has tremendous experience working with clients with orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries as a Rehabilitation Therapist.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    has named all her pets after food

  • 2

    believes Cadbury mini-eggs should be their own food group

  • 3

    secret childhood dream was to be a lumberjack

Cayley Thompson

519-281-8384

cthompson@novusrehab.ca

Cayley Thompson

Registered Kinesiologist / Rehabilitation Therapist

Cayley graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts Honours specialization in Kinesiology. She has extensive experience working with clients who have suffered injuries of all types ranging from soft tissue injuries to significant orthopedic injuries, amputation, spinal cord and acquired brain injuries.

 

Cayley brings her enthusiasm to her clients’ care from their acute stages in hospital to their return to home and in the community. Cayley works in the London, Exeter, Goderich and Sarnia areas and has an extensive knowledge of available community resources. She is able to provide services that include work hardening, compensatory strategies to assist in activities of daily living or vocational pursuits, community reintegration, job coaching, personal fitness training and adjustment to injury.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    favorite binge food is nibs

  • 2

    she is both a volleyball and ball hockey champ

  • 3

    has a secret crush on Harry Potter

Steve Diavolitsis

519-852-0908

sdiavolitsis@novusrehab.ca

Steve Diavolitsis

Rehabilitation Therapist

Steve graduated from the Developmental Services Worker program at Fanshawe College in 2000. He has continued his education in the field of rehabilitation with a strong focus on acquired brain injury; completed courses include Neurobehavioural Treatment Strategies, Introduction to Chronic Pain, Rehabilitation for Children with Acquired Brain Injury – Level 1 and ABI and Addictions to name a few.

 

Steve has worked with a diverse population of persons with brain injury, spinal cord injury and complex orthopedic injury. He is adept in areas of behavior management and community reintegration as well as cognitive and psychosocial rehabilitation as recommended by a variety of health care providers.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    childhood nickname – Giggles

  • 2

    takes pride in his dancing ability – ask him to demonstrate

  • 3

    thoroughly enjoys watching children’s movies (with his children)

Tina Feoli

519-572-1576

tfeoli@novusrehab.ca

Tina Feoli

Case Manager / Certified Vocational Evaluator / Rehabilitation Therapist

Tina graduated with a Bachelor of Sociology and an inter-disciplinary study in Criminology from the University of Waterloo. She has completed Acquired Brain Injury Certificate Level I and Neuro-Cognitive Behavioural Approach Level II certificates in addition to on-going professional development through conferences, seminars and collaborative learning.

 

Tina acquired her Vocational Testing Certification and Skills Training (C.V.E) through Thomson Nelson.

 

Additional clinical experience includes case management and active rehabilitation for clients with physical, developmental, neurological and mental health conditions.

Little Known Facts

  • 1

    makes wine but doesn’t drink it

  • 2

    averages one parking ticket per week

  • 3

    has met the entire cast of Friends

Wesley Ciejek

416-509-7104

ciejek@gmail.com

Wesley Ciejek

Rehabilitation Therapist

Wesley graduated from the University of Physical and Health Education in Poznan, Poland with a Masters Degree in Physical and Health Education. Wesley has furthered his training in Community Based Rehabilitation through Brock University in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Injury Association.

 

Wesley has substantial experience working with clients suffering from Acquired Brain Injury offering community based rehabilitation, personal training and aqua-therapy. He enjoys empowering clients to regain their independence and collaborating with clients and their team members in developing comprehensive individualized rehabilitation programs.

Little Known Facts

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    loves loves loves the water – I mean, he really loves it

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    childhood superhero – Aquaman (not surprisingly)

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    enjoys a traditional Polish folk dance but is especially fond of The Polonaise with the Oberek coming in a close second

Carrie Martin

519-777-3455

cmartin@novusrehab.ca

Carrie Martin

Social Worker

Carrie is a bilingual (English and French) Registered Social Worker with considerable clinical experience in the community, public and private sectors. After obtaining her social service degree at Dawson College, Carrie completed her Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University. Carrie is currently undergoing a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

 

Carrie has experience partnering with clients and their family units to help them cope with various traumas such as acquired brain-injury, spinal cord injury, loss of loved ones and chronic pain. The consequences flowing from these traumas may include PTSD, adjustment disorders, depression and addictions. In her treatment repertoire, Carrie includes different treatment modalities, including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Systemic Desensitization.

 

Carrie lives in the London area and enjoys spending time with her partner, traveling, baking and swimming.

Little Known Facts

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    has a “love / hate” relationship with meringue

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    dreams of vacationing to Alaska because she loves polar bears

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    would rather crash with her friends than stay in a hotel

Mai-Ling Thiessen

519-859-0497

mlthiessen@novusrehab.ca

Mai-Ling Thiessen

Social Worker

Mai-Ling earned a Combined Honours Degree in Philosophy and English at The University of Western Ontario and then her Bachelors Degree of Social Work at King’s College School of Social Work.

 

Mai-Ling has an extensive background in rehabilitation that includes geriatrics, spinal cord injury, amputees, and brain injury. She has practiced in a variety of social work settings including Child Welfare and Mental Health. Mai-Ling has an exceptional understanding of the adjustment process and the changes that a family undergoes when someone they love is hurt or distressed.

 

Mai-Ling is passionate about her work, family, four-legged friends and painting.

Little Known Facts

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    favourite quote: “you’re gonna need a bigger boat”

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    bass player in a band

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    has sold her paintings internationally

Amelia Baer

519-680-3770

a.baer@elginspeech.ca

Amelia Baer

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amelia’s background includes an undergraduate degree in English from York University. After this she completed her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, ultimately earning her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

 

Amelia typically works with clients suffering from speech and language impairments, social communication delays, voice impairments, feeding and swallowing problems, and cognitive-communication impairments caused by brain injury (including concussion). Amelia is passionate about helping others and fully enjoys working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Little Known Facts

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    famous for her ability to fit things perfectly into Tupperware

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    believes that socks are actually small prisons for toes

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    can quote every word to The Princess Bride including musical interludes, vocal inflections, and sound effects

Kendra Breedveld

519-680-3770

k.breedveld@elginspeech.ca

Kendra Breedveld

Speech Language Pathologist

Kendra studied political science and elementary education at the University of New Brunswick, following which she earned her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario. Kendra is a certified instructor of the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program, has received Level 1 training in Cognitive Communication Disorders, and was recently trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).

 

Kendra has worked for several years providing assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing impairments. She has assisted individuals of all ages in recovering from communication disorders related to acquired brain injury or stroke, cognitive communication difficulties associated with chronic pain, and acquired motor difficulties due to head and facial trauma. She is committed to acting as a resource for clients and their families in order to promote awareness of communication strategies.

Little Known Facts

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    was cut from the cast of Anne of Green Gables because she was too tall to pull it off

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    loves grocery shopping (really!)

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    has a devoted following of her food blog

Mo Oshalla

519-680-3770

m.oshalla@elginspeech.ca

Mo Oshalla

Speech-Language Pathologist

Mo Oshalla earned his Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

 

Mo’s clinical experience is diverse and includes the assessment and treatment of speech and language impairments, social communication delays, voice impairments, feeding and swallowing difficulties, and cognitive-communication impairments caused by acquired brain injury (including concussion). He is the owner of Elgin Speech and Language Services where he and his team treat children with Cognitive Communication Disorders.

Little Known Facts

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    avid outdoor runner / tough mudder’er

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    loves all things Batman

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    once fell in the forest and nobody heard him

Melissa Malacaria

519-204-6698

mmalacaria@novusrehab.ca

Melissa Malacaria

Case Manager / Psychotherapist / Vocational Counsellor

Melissa completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honors Psychology) in 2002 followed by her Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) in 2005 from the University of Western Ontario. The focus of Melissa’s education has been to obtain the skills and knowledge required to provide individual and group counselling; she has been working mainly with individuals involved in motor vehicle collisions since 2005. Melissa specializes in psychotherapy, case management and vocational counselling services and has been qualified as an expert witness at trial.

 

Melissa lives in London and enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Little Known Facts

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    is a true Scorpio....loyal, balanced, trustworthy, zealous

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    loves apples but hates apple juice

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    one of her favorite quotes (there are many) is: "Out of your vulnerabilities, will come your strength" -Sigmund Freud

Tina Feoli

519-572-1576

tfeoli@novusrehab.ca

Tina Feoli

Case Manager /
Certified Vocational Evaluator /
Rehabilitation Therapist

Tina graduated with a Bachelor of Sociology and an inter-disciplinary study in Criminology from the University of Waterloo. She has completed Acquired Brain Injury Certificate Level I and Neuro-Cognitive Behavioural Approach Level II certificates in addition to on-going professional development through conferences, seminars and collaborative learning.

 

Tina acquired her Vocational Testing Certification and Skills Training (C.V.E) through Thomson Nelson.

 

Additional clinical experience includes case management and active rehabilitation for clients with physical, developmental, neurological and mental health conditions.

Little Known Facts

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    makes wine but doesn’t drink it

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    averages one parking ticket per week

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    has met the entire cast of Friends

Aimee Hulst

519-673-0981

ahulst@novusrehab.ca

Aimee Hulst

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in St. Thomas, Aimee obtained her diploma in Dental Assisting at George Brown College in Toronto. She transitioned from being a dental assistant into the chiropractic health care field, then into the legal world working for the government. Aimee has completed many health care programs including Reflexology and Deep-Tissue Aromatherapy Massage. At Novus Rehab she is happy to have her medical, legal and administrative backgrounds combine.

 

Aimee enjoys living in a small friendly community with her son, watching him play sports and being a chauffeur to his many activities. Baseball is the family passion, and opposing team favourites only makes the season more interesting. Aimee enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, curling, scrapbooking, playing basketball in the driveway and doing yoga.

Little Known Facts

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    enjoys camping (as long as it is in a hotel with room service)

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    loves the colour orange but detests the smell of oranges

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    secretly aspires to be a stunt car driver

Jaimie Gore

519-637-0981

jgore@novusrehab.ca

Jaimie Gore

Executive Assistant

Jaimie attended creative writing courses through the University of Western Ontario while completing the Law Clerk program at Fanshawe College.

 

Jaimie’s experience has taken her from the insurance world and personal injury law where she specialized in Accident Benefits to the Medical/Legal field. Her expertise in these industries assists medical, legal and insurance professionals and clients in obtaining the best possible assistance in dealing with the everyday mechanisms of the auto benefits sector.

 

When Jaimie isn’t chauffeuring her teenage daughter to dance classes she enjoys retreating to the country on weekends to spend time outdoors with her family, hiking, running and enjoying the views.

Little Known Facts

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    has a secret irrational fear of cats

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    her Cher impersonation is spot on

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    favorite activity is getting lost in the woods