Our Team

Meet the Expanding Horizons Team

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy provides occupational therapy services to clients living in Ottawa and surrounding areas. Occupational therapy assessment and intervention can be provided to children and youth 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 Evans, BScKin, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

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.

Carolyn Powell (Hall), 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.

Megan de Cruz, BHSc, 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

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.

Catherine Cullwick, B.P.H.E., MHScOT Reg.(Ont.)

Catherine is a passionate OT who has an interest in working with children and youth in a school care and mental health setting. She also has experience working with adults with mental health needs.

Catherine Bourdeau, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Catherine completed her Honors bachelor’s in human kinetics and her Master’s degree in Health Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa. She offers services in English and French.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Hatice Turan, MScOT. Reg.(Ont.)

Hatice is happy to collaborate with families to facilitate children and youth’s participation in meaningful activities and roles by providing them with the essential opportunities and supports. Having grown up in different cultures, Hatice is able to provide culturally competent care and services in three different languages: English, French and Turkish.

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.

Carol Bishay, MScOT. Reg.(Ont.)

Carol is a graduate from the University of Ottawa offering services in French and English. She is a hardworking and passionate OT who has worked with individuals of all ages. She has a special interest working with children. She is interested in optimizing one’s health through meaningful activities.

Courtney Barton, B.A., MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Courtney is a graduate from Queen’s University with a special interest in paediatrics. She utilizes her creativity to assist children in their daily life activities. She looks forward to increasing her expertise in working with children.

Karina Rodgers, Administrative Assistant

Karina is currently in her second year of a Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa. She graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Sciences in Human Kinetics and has a post graduate certificate in Brain Disorders Management.

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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