Our Team

Physiotherapists

Judith Apps: BScPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner
  • Certified Urban Poling Instructor
  • Personal Trainer

Judith Apps is a bilingual, Registered Physiotherapist, and personal trainer. Judith has completed an extensive number of post-graduate courses in manual therapy, as well as courses related to running injuries, movement assessment, therapeutic exercise, kinesio taping, osteoporosis prevention and management, and fall prevention risk assessment. Judith consulted for a year with the Real You Program with the Ottawa Police Services, providing exercise counselling and programs to help prevent illness and improve the overall health of the program participants. Judith enjoys numerous outdoor physical activities, including cross-country skiing, cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing. She is a regular runner, and has completed many 1/2 marathons.

Lyne Denis: BScPT, FCAMPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner
  • Concussion Management practitioner

Lyne is a bilingual, Registered Physiotherapist, who began her career in the Canadian Forces as a Military Physiotherapist. She has practiced in Quebec, Ontario, Germany and British Columbia, where she also owned an orthopaedic and sports clinic in Victoria. She has taken part in physiotherapy coverage in International, National and Provincial sports events. Constantly updating her knowledge through post-graduate education, Lyne has also been an instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1999. Her treatment techniques include manual therapy, myofascial release, acupuncture, dry needling and exercise prescription. Lyne has a special interest in sports rehabilitation particularly dance, soccer and running injuries. Lyne enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and water sports.

Vicky Follett: MScPT, MClScPT, FCAMPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Certified in Functional Dry Needling
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner

Vicky has been practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist since 2009. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) and an instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Vicky underwent additional schooling to obtain a Clinical Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from UWO and has completed several post-graduate courses in dry needling, acupuncture, manual therapy, movement analysis, therapeutic exercise, and exercise prescription. She has a special interest in using her skills to help clients achieve a solid foundation of efficient, pain-free movement on which they can build the strength and conditioning needed to meet their goals. Away from the clinic, Vicky enjoys strength training, yoga, soccer, and spending time with her dog and young family.

Allen Hicks: BA(Hon) PE, BScPT, FCAMPT, CSCS

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SMFA) practitioner
  • Concussion Management and Vestibular Rehabilitation practitioner

Evolution Physiotherapy is owned and operated by Allen Hicks, a Registered Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer. Allen is the one of the only physiotherapists in Ottawa who holds both the FCAMPT (Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) and CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) credentials, and has taught post-graduate physiotherapy courses through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In addition to manual therapy courses, Allen has completed post-graduate courses in dry needling (IMS/IMT), movement assessment, functional testing and therapeutic exercise prescription. Allen’s interests include hockey, baseball, golf, running, and fitness training.

Wendy Hofmann: BScPT, DipSportPT, CAFCI

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Sports Physiotherapy Diploma
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SMFA) practitioner

Wendy Hofmann is a bilingual, Registered Physiotherapist. She has completed a post-graduate diploma in sport physiotherapy and was selected to the Canadian health care team at the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. She has completed many post-graduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, functional movement assessment, therapeutic exercise prescription and running biomechanics. Wendy has been a presenter at various local and national conferences on such diverse topics as rotator cuff tendinopathy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and competitive diving injuries. She enjoys yoga, cross-country skiing and swimming, and is passionate about gardening.

Matthew McKinnell: BScPT, GunnIMS

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Certified GunnIMS Practitioner
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner
  • Concussion Management practitioner

Matthew McKinnell is a Registered Physiotherapist. Matthew has completed post-graduate courses in manual therapy, dynamic stability, dry needling (IMS/IMT), acupuncture, movement assessment, functional testing and therapeutic exercise prescription. Matthew has played on and coached various community teams, including hockey and baseball teams. He has completed several half marathons and triathlons. Recently, he has re-discovered a passion for golf.

Brooke McKnight: BScH, MRehabSc, MScPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner
  • Certified in Functional Dry Needling

Brooke is a Registered Physiotherapist. She has completed post-graduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, movement assessment, therapeutic exercise prescription and running injuries as well as a Masters of Rehabilitation Science. Brooke has a special interest in the rehabilitation and prevention of ACL injuries. She has developed a program to assess, educate and prescribe exercises to help in the prevention of knee injuries for athletes. Brooke enjoys curling, hiking and skiing.

Nicol McNiven: BScHK, MScPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Sport Physiotherapy Certificate
  • Certified in Functional Dry Needling

Nicol McNiven is a bilingual, Registered Physiotherapist. She has completed post-graduate courses in running assessments, functional movement training, and functional dry needling. Nicol recently obtained her Sport Physiotherapy Certificate, and has worked as a team therapist for volleyball, hockey, running, rugby, soccer and football. She is currently the executive therapist for the Ottawa Sooners Football and the head therapist for the North Football Academy. Nicol’s interests include curling, running, swimming, rockclimbing, skiing and fitness training.

Cara Patterson: BSc(Hon)KIN, MScPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Certified in Functional Dry Needling
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner

Cara has been practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist since 2009.  She has completed post-graduate courses in manual therapy, functional movement analysis, acupuncture, and therapeutic exercise prescription.  Cara is a former national level and NCAA gymnast and has a passion for working with athletes. She is a strong believer in the power of exercise both to rehabilitate an injury as well as for injury prevention.  Cara believes that a healthy and balanced lifestyle is the key to success. She loves quality time with her two young children, but also enjoys yoga, cycling, cross-country skiing and cooking.

 

Julie Shearer: BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT

  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
  • Certified Acupuncture Provider
  • Certified Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) practitioner
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner

Julie is a Registered Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She has completed numerous post graduate courses in manual therapy, pelvic/women’s health, acupuncture and has a Masters degree in Clinical Science. Julie has a keen interest in working with women to help resolve pelvic floor dysfunctions like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pain and more using an entirely external approach to assessment and treatment. The pelvic floor is an integral part of our body and it is often ignored in traditional physiotherapy settings due to embarrassment or lack of knowledge. Outside clinical work Julie enjoys an active lifestyle whether it be rowing, running, cross country skiing or just spending time with friends and family.

Administration

Sue Holland

Sue joined the Evolution Physiotherapy team in October 2018. She has an extensive background in sports administration and customer service. When not at the clinic Sue enjoys spending time with her family and dog, playing soccer and volunteering for a local dog rescue.

Jacky Little

Jacky joined our team in August 2018.  She brings over 18 years of experience with several startups and multiple responsibilities including client support, software implementations, operations management and human resources.  Jacky likes working with progressive organizations and identifying ways to improve and enhance the client experience.  She is passionate about health and fitness, and in her spare time enjoys working out and spending time with her husband, two children, and her Labradoodle Rigley.

Danielle Lord

Danielle joined Evolution Physiotherapy in July 2016. With a background in office administration and previous clinic experience, she is a great addition to the team. In her free time Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and dog, practicing yoga and paper crafting. You will also find her volunteering at various community events in Stittsville.

Rhonda MacLean

Rhonda has been working at Evolution Physiotherapy since it’s inception. Her education programs at both the University of Waterloo (Psychology and English) and Algonquin College (Library & Information Technician and Accounting) have prepared her for her rewarding work at Evolution Physiotherapy – helping clients at the clinic and taking care of office administration. In her spare time Rhonda enjoys keeping active with yoga and zumba