At Back to Health Wellness Centre, our health care team is committed to helping you achieve better health.
We will work collaboratively with you as you journey to a healthier lifestyle. Together, we will look at your daily living, such as sleeping, working and sports-related habits to achieve your health goals, restore function, reduce pain, and help you age gracefully. Your progress will be monitored and reported in follow-up assessments. Our team will involve you in the healing process, be it through lifestyle changes, healthier eating or at-home exercises.
Our goal is to help your whole family come back to health.
Dr. Barbara Rodwin feels that fitness is an important part of every person’s life. She exemplifies this principle in her own personal journey through various physical fitness pursuits, balancing activity with her professional life. A runner since 1978, Dr. Rodwin has participated in numerous marathons, triathlons, half Ironmans and 10 Ironmans. Also a cyclist, paddler, water runner and swimmer, her philosophy is that no matter your goal, with the proper training, guidance and fortitude you will be able to attain it!
Dr. Rodwin works with you to help you be free of pain, gain mobility, and be able to achieve your goals while feeling more energetic. Together, you and Dr. Rodwin will work toward attaining optimal body function through treatment, prevention and maintenance, examining the entire skeletal system, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nervous system, which will result in a new awareness of your body’s natural state of health and vitality. Dr. Rodwin’s goal is to aid her patients in creating a realistic, individual, comprehensive treatment plan, which represents a true commitment to change for the better.
“I enjoy working with people who see themselves as active participants in choosing better health and a better life for themselves and their families. I believe in a team approach when a patient comes in for a condition. The patient must be an active part of this team!”
Dr. Rodwin specializes in the treatment of headaches, migraines, concussions, neck, back, and extremities (such as the jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and foot), and conditions related to pregnancy, whiplash, and car accidents. Being active in sports, she is better equipped to understand and treat many types of sports injuries, including running, cycling, swimming, tennis and other racquet sports, rowing, climbing, hockey, figure skating, gymnastics and golf injuries and conditions, and can help prevent such injuries from occurring.
Dr. Rodwin has served with such organizations as the National Capital Junior Board of Trade, the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada.
She has served on the organizing committee for the CIBC Run for the Cure.
She consults with several organizations, such as the Military Family Resource Centre, and she works with the Ottawa Public Health Department to develop programs.
She gives lectures to various federal government departments, the Running Room, and other organizations suited to their individual needs. Her lectures include such topics as how to sit properly; lifting techniques; the shoulder anatomy and injuries; the biomechanics of running, swimming, cycling and golfing; ergonomic assessments of work stations; and stress management. You can check out her Google Reviews for feedback on her outstanding presentations and book a talk today!
She has implemented cost-effective stretching programs at local hotels for housekeeping staff, one of which reported a decrease in the number of on-the-job injuries occurred.
She has written professional papers for the Canadian Lung Association on “Chiropractic and Asthma” and for the Paladin on “Comfort Tips while Sitting on the Job.” She has also published an article in Canadian Chiropractor entitled “Biceps Tendonitis.”
Is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Doctorate in Chiropractic.
Is certified in the Active Release Technique (upper body, lower body, spine, nerve entrapments and the Master’s program) and trigger point therapy.
Is certified in cranial adjusting, known as the C.A.T.S. technique, Cranial Adjusting Turner Style.
Has obtained a master’s certificate in Clinical Anatomy.
Holds advanced training in biomechanics (the study of the body during motion and at rest).
Specializes in gait analysis and orthotic fittings.
Has the most up-to-date equipment for patients with disc herniations.
Holds advanced training in perinatal and pediatric care through the International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA).
Has the latest physical therapy modalities for acute and chronic care and for sports injuries.
Served on the Board of Governors at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for six years.
Was vice president and president of the Eastern Ontario Chiropractic Society.
Received recognition from the Eastern Ontario Chiropractic Society and the Board of Governors of the Canadian Chiropractic College for her commitment and continued involvement with chiropractic.
Dr. Noor Al-Hashimi, Chiropractor
Dr. Noor Al-Hashimi is a passionate Chiropractor, driven by a strong commitment to helping people live a healthy lifestyle and getting them back to doing what they love.
Dr. Noor completed her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She was introduced to the field of chiropractic care while searching for alternative treatment options for her chronic migraines. Inspired by the impact Chiropractic care had on her ability to reclaim her sense of wellness and quality of life along with a strong desire to support others in reaching their own health goals, she began her journey towards joining the profession. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to New York to pursue her Doctor of Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College.
Dr. Noor is fluent in English and Arabic and is board-certified to provide comprehensive and individualized care to patients of all ages which include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, nutrition, stress management, ergonomic recommendations, and rehabilitation and exercise. She also holds advanced training in perinatal and pediatric care through ICPA and is Graston technique certified.
With over ten years of experience, Jessica Nepton has worked with a wide range of clientele and injuries, from sports injuries, developmentally handicapped individuals, seniors, restrictive scars, tendonitis, muscle tension, headaches, adhesive capsulitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, nerve problems, spinal cord injuries, post-surgery patients, pregnancy and more!
Jessica offers pre & post natal massage; therapeutic massage; deep tissue & sports injury massage; relaxation massage; and lymphatic drainage massage, including post-surgery.
Jessica is passionate about her profession, and believes that you should never stop learning. A member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, she is a graduate of the three-year Massage Therapy Program at Algonquin College, and also has a diploma in General Arts and Science – Pre Human and Community Studies.
Her massage therapy training includes extensive study in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, massage theory, professionalism, ethics, and proper home care in relation to cardio, stretching and strengthening exercises. She has also completed several other health-related courses, including hydrotherapy.
Jessica takes pride in working with her patients in a therapeutic and nurturing manner. She is up to any challenge, but isn’t afraid to ask for help if necessary. She believes in working closely with her patients to engage them in meeting their health goals and ensure they receive the best care possible.
Andrew Bouchier, RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
After spending several years in the Canadian Forces followed by several more in the Federal Public Service, Andrew turned his attention to matters of health and wellness. He completed his Massage Therapist training at Kiné Concept Institute in Ottawa and was licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in 2006.
The health studies continued a process which Andrew began years earlier when he had resolved to make changes in his life. He first made dietary changes that resulted in substantial weight loss. Shortly afterward, feeling stronger, he seized the opportunity to fulfill one of his life’s goals: travel to Spain and walk 500 miles on the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela.
Returning lighter and stronger, Andrew aimed for another life goal: long-distance running. Having never seriously pursued it before, he found the nearest Running Room store and enrolled in a clinic to prepare for the 2002 National Capitol Marathon (42.2 kilometres). He completed it and has since completed nine others, including the Boston Marathon.
Due to his running career, Andrew came to learn of the benefits of Active Release Techniques.Poor training habits had led to some nagging muscle pain which conventional therapies couldn’t relieve. The effect and benefits of ART treatment were so clear and immediate that he pursued extensive ART training after becoming a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Few RMTs in the Ottawa have as extensive ART training as Andrew. His certifications include ART Full Bodypractitioner (Upper Extremity/Lower Extremity/Spine), plus Biomechanics, Nerve Entrapment, Active Palpation and Masters training with the Active Release Institute.
Since 2008 Andrew has volunteered continuously with walking and running clinics at local Running Room stores where he can be frequently found giving talks on topics such as injury prevention, training techniques and stretching.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, Andrew approaches his goal of patient health by helping them achieve and maintain pain-free movement.
Emily McCook, RMT (Registered Massage Therapist)
Emily’s expertise includes treating patients with TMJ problems, MVA’s, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, sports injuries and has helped many who work long hours at desks with poor posture… treating patients with soft tissue and joint issues to achieve optimal health and performance.
Emily’s techniques include Swedish massage, Cupping, Hot Stones, cryotherapy, myofascial technique, and deep tissue massage. Emily incorporates a lot of functional movement, stretching, mindfulness, and meditation/breathing techniques to promote and encourage a faster healing time.
Claire Henry, Osteopathic Practitioner
Claire believes that health is found in the body when there is proper movement and alignment of all structures. She uses gentle yet effective treatment applications to calm the nervous system, unwind tension, and ensure that all parts of the body are well aligned and moving smoothly. Her goal in treatment is to free the nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic fluid going to and from all the soft tissue, joints, and organs to allow for optimal function of the body as a whole.
Claire completed her training in classical osteopathy at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton which follows a principles-based curriculum. This allows her to create individualized treatments for each patient, specific to what their body needs. Instead of focusing on treating specific conditions, she focuses on elevating the overall health of the entire body of each individual. The body has an innate ability to self-heal and self-regulate, which can be disrupted by imbalances in the structure that then affects its function. By balancing the tension throughout the body, Claire can help you on your journey to better health.
Prior to completing her osteopathic training, Claire studied Kinesiology at Queen’s University and worked as a personal trainer for many years. This began her curiosity, amazement, and respect for how the intricate systems of the human body work together to maintain health. Outside the clinic, Claire enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, kayaking, and exploring small towns looking for cute cafes, forever in search of the best chai latte.
Hiral Thakkar, PT (Physiotherapist)
Hiral believes that she doesn’t have magical hands; you have a magical body that has immense potential to heal. She is at Back to Health Wellness to guide you in your healing journey.
Hiral has helped patients of all ages with acute and chronic injuries; from youth to geriatrics – and all ages in between – she has helped countless clients with therapies ranging from restorative to preventative. Hiral helps her clients with her wide range of skills and techniques, which include but are not limited to: manual therapy, soft tissue release, myofascial release, cupping therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, patient education, exercise prescription and educated advice. She is also trained to help with TMJ pain, vertigo and pelvic health challenges.
Hiral is a physiotherapist who graduated from MSU, India in 2017.
Hiral is described as very inquisitive and willing to learn, which is why she furthered her education at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario with the fitness and health promotion program. The knowledge she has acquired through her training in Physiotherapy and Fitness greatly supports and enhances her abilities as a preventative and rehabilitative physiotherapist.
Hiral is here to guide you to improve your strength and movement to prevent future problems. If you are recovering from an injury, surgery or are suffering from pain that affects you every day at work or home, or stops you from doing what you love, schedule a meet and greet with Hiral to see how she can help you heal and find joy in the things you once loved doing.
ShaïmanGibeault, PT (Physiotherapist)
Shaiman is a graduate student from Ottawa University, where he first completed his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and was then admitted to Grad school with several scholarships, to eventually obtain his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2011.
In addition to his academic training, Shaïman continued to hone his skills with post-graduate courses in McKenzie Mechanical Assessment and Therapy, focusing on treatments at the cervical and lumbar areas, his two main areas of interest. Shaiman also completed a course in manual therapy at the AQPMO in Quebec City, and a course in therapeutic taping at the International Academy of K-Taping.
Shaïman has also always been involved in his community, having volunteered many hours in hospitals, for the Health Services of Ottawa University, and for the Quebec Games: The Jeux du Québec en Outaouais with multidisciplinary sporting events. In addition, he has been a sports therapist for multiple soccer and football teams during his career. Shaiman also moved north, more than a thousand kilometers from home, to practice with indigenous populations for a year.
Overall, he has worked with a mix of clientele on outpatient sports injuries, orthopedics, acute care, pediatrics, as well as home care.
Shaiman continues to learn from and study scientific databases for recent developments in physiotherapy. It is important for him to be aware of and incorporate evidence from the literature into his physiotherapy treatment. Continued learning improves Shaiman’s diagnoses and treatment plans to meet and exceed the patients expectations.
Front Office Staff
Our front office staff are the first people you will see and talk to at Back To Health.
240 Catherine Street, suite 100
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2G8