Occupational Therapy Clinical Team Lead
Hélène Lefort is registered and a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She has been working at CVE Inc. since September 2014. She has a background in Kinesiology, along with a certification in personal training with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She graduated in 2014 from a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa, where she also completed a Bachelor in Health Sciences. Helene is both fluent in French and English. She has a compelling passion for health and fitness and has high values in work-life-balance, leading a very active lifestyle integrated with a healthy diet. Working at CVE gives Hélène the opportunity to share her extensive knowledge in workplace injuries, mental health and rehabilitation, as well as nutrition, strengthening and stretching. Hélène enjoys working with a variety of clientele with both mental and physical disabilities, which is why she loves working at CVE, giving her the opportunity to help people manage their condition and improve their overall quality of life.
Senior Occupational Therapy
Melanie is a duly qualified and registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and L’Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Occupational Therapy and Psychology and is a member of the Ontario Association of Occupational Therapist. Melanie has 10 years’ experience in providing bilingual occupational therapy and vocational counselling services within the automobile and long-term disability insurance sectors and private clients in Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Nunavut and Western Quebec. Additionally, she has four years’ experience providing driving assessments for the Ministry of Transportation.
Julie Brezden is a registered member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and the Order of Occupational Therapists of Quebec. She has been working at CVE Inc. since May 2016. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa. She has extensive knowledge in health sciences, psychology and ergonomics. Julie is fluent in both French and English and has professional working proficiency in Spanish. She enjoys working with people of all backgrounds and is passionate about helping them discover and achieve their full potential. At CVE, she strives to help her clients engage in meaningful activities and employment, ultimately improving their quality of life.
Elnaz is a registered and a member in good standing with the College on Occupational Therapists of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa. Prior to that, she completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences at McMaster University. Her clinical experience consisting of providing treatments in the LTD and MVA sectors has allowed her to gain skills in assessing and treating a diverse range of clientele while focusing on both physical and mental health barriers. Using a holistic approach, she is able to assist clients in participating in daily living and vocational pursuits, as well as encourage them to strive for continual self-improvement and growth. Elnaz continues to enhance her clinical skills through continuing education and community health awareness initiatives thus enabling her to deliver a high quality of therapeutic care. She provides therapy in English, French, and Farsi.
Genna is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT). She graduated from McGill University in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and has worked at CVE since April 2017. Prior to working in the field of occupational therapy, Genna completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, following which she worked as a hairdresser. After incurring a serious physical injury, it was her own experience with trauma and healing that inspired her to study the rehabilitative sciences and support others recovering from both physical and psychosocial health conditions. Genna has worked with children and adults across the lifespan, volunteering at a school for children with developmental disabilities and a neurological rehabilitation hospital, as well as working as a fitness instructor for people with physical disabilities at the YMCA in downtown Montreal. She is also a certified yoga instructor, having trained in the discipline of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for over four years. She has experience working in a research laboratory at Universite de Montreal, and has a published article in CAOT’s Occupational Therapy Now magazine. Genna has significant experience providing occupational therapy services to individuals with a wide variety of mental health disorders, including substance abuse disorders, personality disorders, and various forms of trauma. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering others to improve their own health and wellbeing through meaningful occupation. Genna is dedicated to continually learning and honing her therapeutic skill set, which enables her to deliver high quality to care to her clients here at CVE Inc.