Catherine Ball — Physiotherapist and Clinic Owner
Catherine graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy with Honours from Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire, England. She worked for more than 11 years as a Physiotherapist in a hospital setting before branching out into private practice, and opening her own clinic in 2008.
Catherine is passionate about helping people on their road to recovery and she prides herself on having created a practice that provides individualized attention to each of its clients. She doesn’t believe in a cookie-cutter, one-size fits all approach to treatment. Instead, her philosophy is to tailor a treatment plan that is specific to the needs of the individual to get them back to living fully, faster. Catherine frequently incorporates acupuncture, mobilizations and soft tissue release taping, and core stabilization into her treatment plans.
Catherine is a Stott-trained Pilates instructor and offers regular classes at Perth Physiotherapy’s Gym location. Her expertise in physiotherapy allows her to tailor movements to ensure proper form and reduce risk of injury. She firmly believes that regular completion of Pilates improves posture, tones and elongates muscles, prevents injuries and helps to counteract spinal issues as well as the musculoskeletal changes associated with aging.
Catherine and her husband are proponents of healthy active living and have three children who keep them active and engaged in various activities. Catherine loves spending time outdoors and can often be found hiking with her Bernedoodle “Ozzie,” gardening and enjoying lake-side living.
Catherine is a proud member of the Perth community and supports various events by personally volunteering her time and through corporate sponsorship.
Danielle Mingelinckx — Physiotherapist
Danielle is a native of Almonte and graduated in 1990 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. She has since worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, private clinics, long-term care facilities and home.
Throughout her years, Danielle has completed advanced training in Manual Therapy and has a very hands-on approach to treatment. She is NDT-trained (Neuro Development Therapy), rostered in Acupuncture and is an ADP-authorizer for mobility devices. She also specializes in treating balance/vestibular disorders such as vertigo as well as concussions. At Perth Physiotherapy, she is part of a team involved in providing Community Pulmonary Rehabilitation for clients with chronic lung disorders.
Danielle is very happy to be a part of the Perth Physiotherapy team where she can put her more than 25-years of experience to work for her patients.
Andrea Picket — Physiotherapist
Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa. She began practice in Burlington, Ontario in 2003 where she gained experience in all areas of rehabilitation including orthopedics, sports injuries and post surgical. Andrea then joined the Perth Physiotherapy team in 2010. She incorporates a variety of techniques in her individualized treatment plans including: Manual Therapy, Acupuncture and sport-specific exercise prescription for runners, skiers and golfers. She is a strong believer in health and wellness and takes pride in continuing to educate herself and all of her clients to assist them in leading an active lifestyle.
Matt Rice — Physiotherapist
Matt received his BA in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier and in 2013, came to work at Perth Physiotherapy as a Physiotherapy Assistant. In 2014, he completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University and has worked for Perth Physiotherapy ever since.
Participating in several sports both as a coach and athlete since his early teens, Matt has experienced firsthand the benefits of both rehabilitation and pre-habilitation exercise. He believes in a holistic approach to treatment using techniques such as Acupuncture, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Neuro Kinetic Therapy, exercise prescription and nutrition. Recovery is more than just treating the site of pain; it’s a treatment of the whole system. Recently, Matt completed the requirements to be a NSPA Speed & Agility Coach.
Whether returning from an injury or looking to prevent one, Matt enjoys helping clients of all ages and abilities to return to their full potential with confidence.
Philomena (Philly) Caracciolo — Physiotherapist
Philomena (or, Philly) has always had a passion for strength, mobility and flexibility. After training as a competitive gymnast while growing up, she was even keen to hit the Cirque du Soleil stage. Instead, she took her years of training as an athlete as well as a coach and used it to help others gain flexibility, mobility and strength in their everyday lives.
Originally from the Ottawa Valley, Philly completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Queen’s University and she’s now a full-time member of our team as a physiotherapist.
Philly served as an athletic trainer for the University of Ottawa women’s soccer team as well as the Kingston Grenadiers football team. She also taught personal lessons in flexibility mostly for gymnasts, cheerleaders, yogis, and dancers. Her athletic experience and passion for health connected her with physiotherapy and she loves that it’s always evolving. She is excited to take her knowledge and experience to the Salto’s Gymnastics Community as well.
While she’s always wanted to work with clients who suffer from musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, Philly’s also eager to explore the entire scope of physiotherapy from cardiac rehabilitation to amputee training and community health promotion. She wants to inspire the people she meets to live a healthier, more active lifestyle and provide them with the guidance and tools they need to succeed in the goals they set.
Carmelle Mongeon — Physiotherapist
Carmelle developed an admiration for physiotherapy after experiencing her fair share of injuries during 20 years of martial arts training. She pursued her interests and graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics and Psychology, and then obtained a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2016.
Since graduating, Carmelle has taken her level 1 Manual Therapy course, K Taping, Trends in the Prevention of Running Injuries and Cupping certifications. She is fluently bilingual and offers physiotherapy in both French and English.
After gaining valuable experience in orthopedics and neurology in Ottawa, Carmelle moved to Perth in 2018. She is thrilled to be a part of a holistic team that puts the client first and has multiple services available to maximise each individual’s outcomes. Carmelle is passionate about empowering her clients to overcome adversity, discover their potential and live their best life.
Outside of the clinic, Carmelle continues to practice martial arts and teaches students that are preparing to take their Canadian Physiotherapy Exams. She is also the proud owner of her new dog Molly!
Su Musse — Physiotherapist
Su received her Masters of Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2013, after completing her Bachelor of Arts and Science. She began her career in Northern Ontario where she treated clients with a variety of injuries from fractures to neurological conditions.
Su has experienced her own share of injuries and remembers what it was like to be in her client’s shoes. This is why she recreates the same supportive and knowledgeable environment that helped her recover. Using the latest evidence to guide her treatments plans, Suad’s goal is to treat the root cause of the problem, instead of managing the symptoms. This has propelled her to take a wide range of courses to help clients get better quicker and achieve lasting, maximum and pain free function.
Valerie Rose Dyer R.Ac – Registered Acupuncturist*
After graduating from the College of International Holistic Studies with a degree in TCM Acupuncture & Moxabustion in 1999, Val, a registered acupuncturist, has completed a range of complementary training that makes her such a valued member of the Perth Physiotherapy team.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat millions of people over the past 4,000 years. It is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system as a safe and non-invasive approach.
With more than 17 years of experience practising TCM acupuncture, Val has treated a range of clients to help them with their health journey. From joint and muscle pain to hot flashes to migraines, clients have come to Val to help alleviate their symptoms through acupuncture. While acupuncture helps with pain management, it can also act as a preventative measure to a person’s long-term health and wellness plan. Val has a personable and caring nature that makes it easy for her to connect with a client and understand how to best serve them through acupuncture.
*Ontario Regulatory College – CTCMPAO Registration # 2618
Shawn Turner — Registered Orthopedic Technologist
Shawn is a native of Carleton Place and has been working as an Orthopedic Technologist since 1982. He attended George Brown College in Toronto where he took the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician Program. He has worked in a number of different hospital settings including Sick Kids and The Ottawa Hospital, where he worked for more than 17 years. He also has a background in sports injury bracing. He worked in a sports medicine clinic as well as for the Ottawa 67’s and the Ottawa Rough Riders.
He chose his line of work after being fitted for a custom-knee brace in 1974, after sustaining an injury playing high school football.
Shawn enjoys his work assisting clients who require off-the-shelf or custom braces and orthotics and brings his more than 30-years experience evaluating and fitting people so they can be supported in their daily activities.
Sarah Foster – Registered Massage Therapist
Sarah’s compassionate nature is what led her to a career as a Massage Therapist. She is a graduate of the three-year Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College and has been practicing since 2001. Much of her treatment focus is on motor vehicle accident (MVA) recovery, including neck and head injuries. She has recently completed a Head, Neck and Jaw Master Class with a focus on the treatment of TMJ issues.
Sarah believes in providing a tailored approach to treatment and helping people to reconnect with their bodies. She encourages her clients to take an active role in the process of their own healing and recovery.
Julie Burt – Registered Massage Therapist
With over 18 years of experience working in health care and her naturally kind and compassionate nature, Julie’s clients are quickly put at ease. Since completing her massage therapy diploma in 2009 from Trillium college, Julie has continued her education by taking courses in Soft Tissue Release, Schweitzer’s Deep Tissue Therapy, Cupping, Reiki and Kinesio Taping. Julie truly enjoys helping people feel their best, whether recovering from a significant injury or dealing with life’s aches and pains.
Outside of her treatment room, Julie enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, playing hockey and softball with friends and hanging our with her dog, Gertie.
Kristen Noack – Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Kristen started her career by studying Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, where she graduated from in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree. The desire to take her academic knowledge and interest in the human body to the next level, lead Kristen to complete her Massage Therapy Diploma (with honors) at Algonquin College.
Kristen’s passion for helping people to feel their absolute best is what drives her to provide excellent services, regardless of whether a gentle touch or deep, therapeutic tissue work is required. After completing intensive Klose training in November, 2018, Kristen is a certified Lymphedema Therapist. She is providing Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) to treat clients with lymphedema, by using a combination of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression therapy, exercises and skin care.
Darryl Barker — Senior Physiotherapy Assistant and Facility Manager
Darryl was raised in Perth and studied to become a Physiotherapy Assistant at Everest College in Ottawa in 2010. His outgoing nature lends itself well to helping others and he especially enjoys supporting and helping people on their road to recovery. He loves the people and the warm and friendly atmosphere he gets to experience at Perth Physiotherapy.
Darryl now supervises the physiotherapy assistant team and helps to educate our college and high school co-op students, while continuing to work with clients during their rehabilitation treatments. He has developed a special interest in assisting clients with physiotherapy off-the shelf products and has valuable experience fitting off-the shelf braces.
Darryl lives in Perth with his two sons and is active in the community. In his spare time he enjoys fishing with his sons, coaching their baseball team, and helping out with their hockey commitments.
Lynn McNames — Physiotherapy Assistant
Lynn joined Perth Physiotherapy in 2014 and enjoys helping clients achieve their exercise and health goals. As a certified personal trainer, Lynn works in the physiotherapy clinic and the Fitness Studio and always makes sure every exercise is performed optimally. Lynn also provides BioFlex laser therapy and is a certified CCAA (Canadian Centre for Aging & Activity) instructor for seniors exercise classes.
Lynn loves spending time with her kids in the outdoors playing soccer, volleyball, skating and running. She now has a big dog to keep up with too!
Amber Barton — Physiotherapy Assistant
Amber is a familiar face at Perth Physiotherapy, she first completed her high school co-op placement in 2013 and was immediately drawn to the profession. She loved being a part of helping clients on their journey to recovery while working alongside staff who shared that same passion. Amber’s experience led her to complete the Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Georgian College where she completed four placements. In between her school years, Amber returned to Perth Physiotherapy to work for the summer months.
Now working full time at the Perth Physiotherapy Wellness Centre & Fitness Studio as a Physiotherapy Assistant, Amber works alongside the physiotherapists. She completes BioFlex laser therapy and provides support to client treatment plans, all while keeping the facility in tip top shape.
Natalee Hickey — Physiotherapy Assistant
Natalee completed her high school co-op placement at the Perth Physiotherapy Wellness Centre and Fitness Studio after joining the team as a summer student. She knew then it was the kind of place she wanted to work on a full-time basis. Following High School, she completed the Fitness and Health Promotion Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and has returned back to Perth Physiotherapy as a Physiotherapy Assistant. She is OFC Certified in group fitness/training and teaches community classes, helps clients with their exercises AND keeps the Fitness Studio running smoothly. Natalee loves coming into work every day because the staff is so supportive of one another and, together, they help clients feel their best.
Laura Barr — Physiotherapy Assistant
Laura completed the Physiotherapy Assistant program at Canadore College in North Bay, where she then went on to obtain a second diploma in Strength and Sport conditioning. With a passion for exercise and healthy living, Laura skillfully combines her education with her warm personality to help clients get the most out of every physiotherapy appointment. Laura enjoys assisting clients with their rehabilitation program, teaching falls prevention and gentle fit exercise classes to seniors, and also motivating clients in our spin/TRX and strength/cardio classes in the Fitness Studio. Having grown up in the Westport area, Laura is happy to be working and enjoying life back in her local community.
Tawnya Graham – Office Manager
Tawnya came to work at Perth Physiotherapy in 2012. The cheerful environment and focus on wellness and assisting others is what attracted her to work at the clinic. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence College, having completed the Child and Youth Worker program in 1998. Her passion for helping others led her to work with at-risk girls in a group-home setting. She later worked as an Educational Assistant with the Upper Canada District School Board and after educational cutbacks in 2008 she decided to obtain her licence as a Registered Insurance Broker. After more than four years in the business, Tawnya left the industry to join the team at Perth Physiotherapy. Here she manages the front desk, takes care of billing details, books appointments for clients and assists Physiotherapists when required. When not at work, Tawnya and her husband enjoy spending time with their two children. From travelling the roads for hockey, to camping, to spending time with friends, life is always busy and fun!
Julie Atack — Office Administrator and Fitness Studio Coordinator
Julie graduated with honours from the Kingston Learning Centre in 2011 with a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Diploma. She has an extensive background working with seniors, particularly with those living in long-term care facilities. Julie now works at our front desk and behind the scenes to keep our Fitness Studio schedule and programs organised. Through social media and the monthly newsletter, Julie also provides regular Perth Physiotherapy updates to our community.
Originally from Perth, she is excited to be a part of Perth Physiotherapy as she, too, embraces the team’s community-driven approach as well as its passion to provide the best possible solutions for our clients.