Our Team

Meet the Expanding Horizons Team

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy provides occupational therapy, social work and physiotherapy services to clients living in Ottawa and surrounding areas. Occupational therapy and social work assessment and intervention can be provided in either English or French.

To learn more about the Expanding Horizons team, read the profiles below. You can click each clinician’s photo for a more detailed profile.

the team

Meg Topolnisky, B.A., MScOT Reg. (Ont.), Psychotherapist

Meg is the founder of Expanding Horizons and has many years of experience working with children and youth. She strives to enable children to reach their full potential in life, school, and play.

Mark Topolnisky, Co-Owner

Mark is the co-owner of Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. He brings many years of experience from a hospital based setting in addition to completing psychometry in private practice.

Sivah, Certified Therapy Dog & CEO

Sivah is an eleven year old Labrador Retriever. She is mild mannered and loves to participate in OT sessions. She is great at reading social cues and adapts her approach to meet the needs of every individual. For some, using a pet can be very therapeutic!!

Lauren Pike, BScKin, MScOT Reg. (Ont.), Psychotherapist

Lauren is a passionate & hardworking OT whose positive attitude & inquisitive personality aid her in harnessing new skills & honing her expertise. She has a special interest in working with children and youth in the areas of sensory processing, sensory regulation and fine and gross motor skills.

Patrick Turcotte, BSW, MSW, RSW

Patrick is a registered clinical social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). He has completed a Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Ottawa and Western University, respectively. Patrick has extensive experience working with at-risk youth, teens, and young adults, as well as their immediate families and friends, and takes pride in creating and nurturing an open, safe, trusting, and welcoming environment in every session.

Jon Pike, BScKin, MSPT

From paediatrics to geriatrics, Jon strives to provide a fun, movement-based approach within his physiotherapy practice to help individuals of all ages achieve their goals. As a physiotherapist, his goal is to enhance movement, function, and well-being through a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and education on both injury management and prevention.

Carolyn Powell, BScHK, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Carolyn is an enthusiastic OT working with children and youth in the community, schools and mental health settings. Her interests include fine-motor assessment and teaching self-regulation strategies.

Alyssa Bergevin, BHSc, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Alyssa is passionate about working with teens and pre-teens in acute mental health setting. She has years of experience volunteering with kids with chronic pain. She loves to work with kids of all ages in areas of mental health, self-regulation, pain management as well as fine and gross motor skills.

Emilie Scott, BScHK, BEd, MScOT. Reg.(Ont.)

Emilie has experience working in a school setting with students from kindergarten to grade 12, with a wide variety of diagnoses and abilities. She loves working with children and youth in areas of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-regulation, mental health and sensory processing.

Michelle Seguin, Honours BSc BIM Neuroscience, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Michelle is very excited to be joining the team at Expanding Horizons. She was born and raised in a small town South-East of Ottawa and is fluently bilingual in French and English. She has special interest and background in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and self-regulation.

Jessica Summerton, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Jessica is passionate and committed about working in pediatrics to help support children and their families. She has many years of experience working with children and youth with a variety of abilities, within the settings of hospitals, schools, and clinics. Her interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, mindfulness, sensory processing, developmental milestones, learning disabilities, and fine and gross motor skills.

Jesse Friedman, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Jesse is a supportive, creative, and dynamic therapist. He always strives to identify goals collaboratively with clients and enjoys helping them to develop their ability to participate in meaningful activity. Jesse recognizes the importance of providing therapy to children that is safe, engaging, and fun. Jesse has experience and special interest in working with children on sensory processing, self
regulation, fine and gross motor skills, and handwriting.

 

Estefania Hoyos, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Estefania is a motivated occupational therapist who has worked with individuals of all ages and various needs. She loves helping her clients engage in activities that are the most meaningful, important and helpful to their everyday life. Estefania has worked in hospital, private practice and rehab settings. 

Caitlin Stone, B.PAPM, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

As an occupational therapist, Caitlin’s special interest in the area of child and youth mental health brought her to Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. Caitlin’s experience and interests also include working with children and youth diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, genetic conditions, mental health concerns, and sensory-related concerns. She also has experience working with adults and youth in managing post-concussion syndrome.

Holly Brule, MScOT, Reg. (Ont.)

Holly is committed to creating a space that cultivates each
of her client’s strengths and passions and prioritizes self-efficacy, autonomy and agency in
therapy and beyond! She is excited to add to her ‘OT toolbox’ and more specifically, expand
upon her knowledge on feeding, self and emotional regulation, sensory processing and gross
and fine motor skill development.

Marie-Pier Audet, B.A. Crim. & Psyc., M.S.W., R.S.W.

Marie-Pier is a clinical social worker dedicated to guiding individuals toward a healthier, and more fulfilled life. She offers services in French and English. With a rich background spanning hospital, school, and community settings, she brings a wealth of experience in navigating the complexities of mental health, family dynamics, life changes, and relationship challenges. Her passion lies in understanding the unique journeys of her clients and empowering them to make positive changes.

Nadine Ivall Boileau, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Nadine is a compassionate OT who believes in collaborating with her clients and their families to identify meaningful treatment goals and develop personalized treatment plans that support their flourishing. Nadine has a strong background in mental health and experience working with clients of all ages and abilities.

Hodan Farah, BSW MSW RSW

Hodan’s work extends beyond traditional boundaries, as she also serves as a mental health therapist, where she focuses on fostering growth within Francophone and immigrant communities. This dual capacity allows Hodan to offer comprehensive support tailored to the unique needs of these groups. She believes that by working together, we can create a supportive environment that promotes mutual understanding and effectively addresses mental health challenges.

Isabel Johns, MScOT Reg.(Ont.)

Isabel is an occupational therapist who is dedicated to providing person-centered and
collaborative care to children, youth, adults, and their families. She is passionate about enabling her clients to reach their occupational goals. Isabel has a special interest in mental health, sensory processing, and emotional regulation.
Isabel has recent experience in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and
international occupational therapy contexts.

Megan de Cruz, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Megan is motivated and passionate about helping individuals of all ages participate in their meaningful occupations. Megan has experience working with children, youth, and adults. Her recent experiences include hospital, rehabilitation, and private practice settings. Megan is interested in working with children in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, sensory processing, and self regulation. 

Julie Brezden, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Julie is a friendly, caring and enthusiastic OT who is passionate about helping her clients achieve their meaningful goals and reach their full potential. She has experience working with individuals of all ages in a variety of practice settings. She offers services in English and French.

Meghan Lau, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Meghan is a creative and enthusiastic OT who strives to help individuals engage more fully in their daily occupations. She has worked with a wide range of age groups in different practice areas, such as in hospital and community settings, to provide OT services to people with various conditions.

 

Peter Soliman, MScOT, Reg. (Ont.)

Peter is a driven and passionate OT who has always had an interest in helping children and their families achieve their meaningful goals. Peter has experience working with children of younger age. Peter is interested in working with children to help them with school readiness, gross motor skills, sensory processing, and self-regulation. Peter’s passion for learning allows him to continue to grow professionally and personally.

Mila Stewart-Stevanovic, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Mila is passionate about the right to fully engage and participate in your life. She is dedicated to providing a compassionate, safe and fun environment with appropriate resources and strategies that individuals can apply in their everyday lives. Mila has experience working with children, youth and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practice, rehab and community settings.

Giuliana Borracci, MScOT, Reg. (Ont.)

Giuliana is a compassionate and patient OT who believes in the importance of connecting with children and youth in such a way that therapy sessions are not only beneficial, but also enjoyable. She strives to create a supportive, safe environment where all feelings and emotions are valid. Giuliana has a strong background in mental health, but enjoys working with children in all aspects of their lives. 

Stéphanie Bérubé, MHScOT Reg. (Ont.), B.A.

Stéphanie is a graduate from the University of Ottawa offering OT services in both English and French. She is especially interested in child and youth mental health, self-regulation as well as sensory processing.

Victoria Sarunksy, MScOT, Reg. (Ont.)

Victoria obtained a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University. Victoria is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing through meaningful
activities and believes in taking a holistic, evidenced-based, collaborative, and relationship-centred
approach.

Amira Meyers, BHSc, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Amira is a graduate from University of Ottawa’s Occupational Therapy program and has experience providing OT services in various settings including hospital, community, and in clinic.

Barri Trager BSc, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Barri was born and raised in Toronto. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University in 2006.

Ashley Valad, Administrative Assistant

Ashley was born and raised in Saskatchewan and will always be a prairie girl at heart! She relocated to Alberta where she met her husband and since then, they have lived in 3 different provinces. They have now settled in Ottawa where they are happily raising 2 energetic boys. Ashley has a wide range of administrator experience in several different areas of life. Her favourite position was working alongside adults with various diagnoses; helping to bring them joy throughout their day. Ashley looks forward to greeting everyone with a smile and and an open heart and bringing joy to the clients of Expanding Horizons.

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