Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for Athletes

Our physiotherapists will help you return to your physical activity safely and prevent injuries related to your sport.

Whether you are an elite professional or recreational athlete, no one is immune to a sport-related injury.

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An active approach

Popular and recognized among athletes, this type of physiotherapy is for anyone practicing a sport that requires more specific care for their physical activity. The role of our physiotherapists is therefore based on the needs of the athletes, whether they are a high-level athlete or an amateur.

An injury related to the practice of a sport can result in a forced break that is not always appreciated. Our goal is to help you return to your activity or competition quickly, but safely. Sports-related injuries are numerous and varied, whether it be a sprain, a strain, a fracture, a muscle cramp, a dislocation or even a concussion. Our physios can assist you in the healing process to help you recover and return to your sport.

We also value injury prevention in physiotherapy. High-level athletes are often followed by health professionals throughout their training. By maximizing your physical capacities, your flexibility and by benefiting from an exercise program adapted to your activity, your physiotherapist takes into account your objectives and the improvement of your performance.

What happens during an appointment?

During your initial evaluation, your therapist will ask you questions about your sport and your injuries in order to understand your condition and your goals. Through testing and observation of certain movements related to your sport, our physiotherapists are able to pinpoint the source of your pain or injury and give you appropriate advice. You will then agree on an adapted treatment plan followed by an exercise program specific to your physical activity.

Quelques faits intéressants

  1. Our physiotherapists are also present at sporting events (in schools, recreational or high-level sporting events) throughout the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. We can provide first aid to participants who are injured during a practice or a game. Are you the head of a local sports association or team and would like to know more about this service? Are you organizing a large-scale sports event? Contact us for more information!

  2. A warm-up according to the muscles that will be used during your sport allows you to increase the temperature of the body and muscles, lubricate the joints, and increase the supply of oxygen in the body. Not to be neglected to reduce the risk of major injuries!

    Your warm-up can include running, Jumping Jacks, ballistic stretching, footwork (for soccer), etc.

  3. Did you know that we support student-athletes at the clinic through our annual Ekinox sponsorship? Inspiring the next generation of athletes means using our expertise in physical and mental health to help young athletes achieve their goals. Keep an eye on our newsletter and our social networks, the selection is usually made in October of the current year.

Our physiotherapists

  • Aditi Kapoor
    Aditi Kapoor
    Founder & Physiotherapist
  • Andrea Dewar
    Andrea Dewar
    Physiotherapist
  • Angela McLaren
    Angela McLaren
    Physiotherapist
  • Célia Sutter
    Célia Sutter
    Physiotherapist
  • Francis Rolko
    Francis Rolko
    Physiotherapist
  • Marie-Andrée Dufour
    Marie-Andrée Dufour
    Physiotherapist
  • Maxime Besner
    Maxime Besner
    Founder & Physiotherapist
  • Sylvie Pirard
    Sylvie Pirard
    Physiotherapist
Aditi Kapoor

Aditi Kapoor

Founder & Physiotherapist
Expertises : Postural Analysis with Biotonix, Physiotherapy for Athletes, Shockwave Therapy, Physiotherapy for the jaw, Respiratory Physiotherapy
Aditi Kapoor is one of Ekinox’s co-owners and co-founders, alongside Maxime Besner. She completed her master's degree at McGill University in 2013 and began working in Vaudreuil. In 2015, she became the head of the physical therapy department and continued to look for new ways to challenge herself until she became a partner in the company in July 2019!

Aditi has completed her levels 1, 2, and 3 in manual therapy with the Association Québécoise de Physiothérapie Manuelle Orthopédique (AQPMO). She is passionate about complicated shoulder cases, and has completed motor control training with Shirley Sahrmann and Jeremy Lewis. She continues to expand her knowledge through continuing education and learning from her colleagues.

To take care of her mental and physical health, Aditi has been doing hot yoga and improving her practice for over 7 years. In December 2019, she successfully turned her personal passion into a professional skill by completing a medical yoga therapy course.

Another activity that helps Aditi recharge her batteries is hiking! In September 2020, she and her boyfriend spent two weeks in the Gaspé and managed to hike 13 times for a total of 76.8 km! She finds it a great way to take a break from her mind, but also to challenge her body to another level!
Andrea Dewar

Andrea Dewar

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy
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Andrea graduated from McGill University in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy. She worked at the Montreal General Hospital and has been working in a private clinic setting since 2005.

During the years she worked at the hospital, she was a member of the Canadian Waterpolo team and participated as an athlete in the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, the World Championships in Barcelona 2003, Fukuoka 2001 (bronze) and the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo 2003 (silver).

With her involvement in sports, Andrea has worked as a physiotherapist for the Canadian Junior Women's Waterpolo team, the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Waterpolo Club, the Pointe-Claire Swim Club as well as the Pointe-Claire Canoe-Kayak Club.

Andrea has her Level 3 post-graduate manual therapy course and over the past 20 years has done numerous post graduate courses in myofascial release, running courses, vestibular therapy, yoga for pain, thoracic ring approach among others. Andrea loves running (has done half and full marathons in her past) ), triathlons (half Ironman, Olympic and sprint), cross country skiing and swimming.
Angela McLaren

Angela McLaren

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Shockwave Therapy, Physiotherapy for the jaw, Physiotherapy
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Angela is a 2021 graduate from the University of Montreal with a masters in physiotherapy. She is very happy to start her career at Ekinox after falling in love with the clinic and the team during one of her internships for school. She is very excited for this new chapter in her life and is looking forward to learning even more to help guide her clients on their journey to wellbeing.

Ever since she was little, Angela has stayed grounded at home by baking up a storm (and enjoying the fruits of her labour!), as well as playing with her two cats.  She also loves spending time with her friends trying out new restaurants, going to the beach and spending weekends at the cottage.

Angela is open-minded and always up for an adventure. Whether it’s white water rafting, canoe camping trips, water skiing or hopefully one day skydiving, she loves to try new experiences. Other activities she enjoys are soccer, volleyball, hiking, swimming, and downhill skiing.
Célia Sutter

Célia Sutter

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Physiotherapy Dry Needle Puncture, Concussions, Physiotherapy
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Célia Sutter graduated from Université de Montréal with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2015. She found her passion by working clinic hours as well as on the sports field. This all started with the Université de Montréal Les Carabins women’s soccer team and continued more locally with Gymini, Chêne-Bleu High School (hockey and football) as well as FC Trois-Lacs AAA soccer team.

Célia always ensure to keep her Sports First Responder training up to date to be able to work on the field but also completed her levels 1 and 2 in manual therapy with the Association québécoise de physiothérapie manuelle orthopédique (AQPMO). Since October 2019, Célia has developed a new interest in the dry needling approach (PPAS - Puncture Physiothérapique avec Aiguilles Sèches). This technique brings her new challenges at the clinic and a wonderful new tool to help her patients.

In March 2021 Célia participated in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. She is giving 1-2 days a week to help move things along so that we can all find a ‘back to normal’ lifestyle as fast as possible. She looks forward to the time when we can start traveling again!

To enjoy life to the fullest and help to unwind in her freetime, Célia enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities such as soccer, yoga, slacklining, running, biking, kayaking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, skating, camping and hiking! Most recently, Célia has also found a passion in her new garden. Time will tell if this will bring fruit!
Francis Rolko

Francis Rolko

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Physiotherapy for Golf, Running Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy
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Francis obtained his master’s degree in physiotherapy from the Université de Montréal in 2013. He started working at the Vaudreuil clinic in 2009 and has been working there as a physiotherapist since 2013.

Francis has completed several training courses during his years of practice. He has completed his levels 1, 2 and 3 in manual therapy with the Association québécoise de physiothérapie musculosquelettique avancée (AQPMA). Certified by the Clinique du Coureur in 2018, he has an expertise in treatment and prevention of runner’s injuries, both beginners and more experienced runners. An avid golfer, he earned his FitforeGolf Level 5 certification in June 2016. He focuses on injury treatment and prevention for golfers.

In addition to his passion for golf, Francis has been playing soccer at a competitive level since he was very young. After 3 years of playing at the AAA level for the FC Trois-Lacs club, Francis is back at the elite level this summer, this time with the St-Lazare Hawks soccer club. An avid athlete, he also enjoys tennis, road cycling, running and yoga.

When he’s not outside and moving, Francis enjoys playing the piano. After 14 years of lessons, he is now able to play a wide variety of music, which brings him health and well-being.
Marie-Andrée Dufour

Marie-Andrée Dufour

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Running Physiotherapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussions, Physiotherapy
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Marie-Andrée obtained her master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Sherbrooke in 2019 with foundational training in radiology and peripheral manipulation. Upon finishing her degree, she joined the team. Having completed her first sports responder course, she enjoys being involved in various sporting events as well as with the schools in the area, namely the Cité-des-Jeunes and the Sport-études program at Chêne-Bleu. The combination of working on the field and clinic brings a certain balance to Marie-Andrée's practice!

In order to deepen her skills in physiotherapy, she has completed a course on concussion management and has developed an expertise for vestibular conditions. She has also taken several other courses including the McKenzie Part A approach for lower back problems as well as the Level 1.0 running analysis. She plans to continue developing her expertise in the coming years with continuing education in manual therapy.

For her mental health, she enjoys traveling to discover the history and different cultures of the world that surround us. Her goal would be to visit all the continents once in her life! For her physical health, Marie-Andrée is very passionate about sports, she regularly plays soccer and hikes, but she also enjoys all outdoor sports such as camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, cycling and running!
Maxime Besner

Maxime Besner

Founder & Physiotherapist
Expertises : Postural Analysis with Biotonix, Physiotherapy for Athletes, Physiotherapy for Golf, Shockwave Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation
Native of the area, Maxime is the owner of the clinic and founder of Ekinox with his partner Aditi Kapoor. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2006 and became co-owner of the clinic in 2008. After more than 15 years as a co-owner of 4 clinics in a renowned physiotherapy franchise, and following his training with the Leadership Institute, Maxime decided to take flight and proudly launch his new identity by focusing solely on the Vaudreuil-Dorion clinic.

Maxime's reputation is well established when it comes to jaws, headaches, migraines, concussions and other neck, face and head disorders. An expert in the field, he teaches health professionals about jaw disorders and works with the majority of dentists in the west of Montreal. He is compassionate, treats his clients as a whole and does not hesitate to work with other professionals to optimize his clients' results.

Involved with sports teams since his graduation, Maxime has recently been working mainly with elite soccer players, the Quebec Freestyle Ski Team (moguls) and with local schools (Cité-des-Jeunes and the sport-études program at Chêne-Bleu).

Father of 3 children and self-described as a passionate, Maxime plays several instruments. Mainly mastering the guitar and the piano, he also plays percussion, ukulele and recently started playing the cello. Playing music is the best way for him to take a break and, as he says himself, “it helps stop the 8 hamsters running around in his head”. Camping and the outdoors are other hobbies that Maxime values as a way to take care of his mental health.

For his physical health, Maxime likes to ride his bike to work. He plays soccer, tennis, golf and also enjoys water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding.
Sylvie Pirard

Sylvie Pirard

Physiotherapist
Expertises : Physiotherapy for Athletes, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy
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Sylvie joined the Vaudreuil clinic team in December 2019 and graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor in Science of physiotherapy in 1995. She has passed the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and is a member of the Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ). She also studied exercise science for one year at Concordia University. During her studies, she was a fitness and aerobics instructor.

She has completed her manual therapy levels 1 and 2 and is certified in the Mckenzie cervical and lumbar method. She has taken multiple courses in orthopedics and has also taken an interest in the Mézières method (levels 1 and 2). She has just completed a course in vestibular rehabilitation.

Sylvie is a person full of joy and energy. Physical activities such as running, golf, yoga and fitness training are part of her daily routine. In addition, travel, outings and reading nourishes her search for adventure!