Rehabilitation Services Staff

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is fortunate to have a highly-skilled team working to provide inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services. These professionals include Activation Co-ordinators, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists and a Communicative Disorders Assistant.

MAHC is proud to recognize these professions during National Physiotherapy Month and Speech and Hearing Awareness Month in May and Occupational Therapy Month in October. 

Introducing Maria BurnsMaria Burns' first job was working as a physiotherapist at MAHC.  She had only planned to stay for one year, but 29 years later Maria is still here.  She enjoys working in a rural hospital where her patients range in age from newborns to 100-year-olds.  She provides one-on-one rehabilitation care to inpatients and outpatients to help them regain their function.  Each patient's goal is different, whether to return to work or hobbies, or perform basic life functions.  Maria is also involved in slow-stream rehab where she can spend up to three months with the same patients.  "It's a rewarding profession when you get to see the progress your patients are able to make. It's nice that you can affect such a big change in someone's life."




Introducing Stacey ChisholmStacey Carswell has been part of MAHC's Rehabilitation Services team for the past 7 years and has had the privilege of working with patients at both MAHC hospital sites and at Burk's Falls in a range of settings from outpatient care and slow-stream rehab to acute inpatient care.  As a Physiotherapist Assistant/Occupational Therapist Assistant, Stacey provides assistance helping patients improve their mobility and function using a holistic approach to their recovery that also considers mood and environment.  Raised on a family farm in Sadowa, Stacey is newly married and enjoys long distance running.




Introducing Michael O'DriscollWhen an injury or illness impedes a patient's function, Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with patients in order to help them improve their function and independence with activities of daily living.  As members of a multidisciplinary team at MAHC, OTs provide assessment of both physical and cognitive function and treatment including prescription of equipment in order to assist with a patient's return to the community.  In addition, they provide assessment and treatment for outpatients with specific hand injuries (fractures and surgeries) across Muskoka.  Michael O'Driscoll introduced the OT service to the hospital in 1993, and together with assistant Alison Robson, who has worked in the OT service since 1995, continues to provide safe, quality care to both inpatients and outpatients.




Introducing Brenda LiddleBrenda Liddle has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1997.  She treats adult inpatients with communication and swallowing problems. She also develops strategies to assist caregivers with treatment.  Often she sees patients who are suffering from stroke or degenerative conditions like ALS, Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis.  Brenda works closely with other members of the rehab team to provide high-quality care.  She is passionate about being able to help patients find their voice with the aid of assistive devices.
"I was always interested in neurology and I knew I wanted to interact with patients in a clinical setting and provide treatment.  It's a very special experience when you can help someone communicate again."




Introducing Tim FranksTim Franks is a familiar face in the rehab gym.  Working as a Physiotherapist, Tim provides one-on-one rehabilitation care to both inpatients and outpatients to help them regain their function.  While each patient's goal is different, whether to return to work or hobbies, or be able to perform basic life functions, Tim takes the same patient-centered approach to treatment.  Tim also gives back to his community as a volunteer firefighter at the Huntsville Fire Department's Port Sydney station.  His wife Laurie also works as a Physiotherapist and together they have twin daughters and a son.





Introducing Hailey WebbHailey Webb is a new face at MAHC who works closely with the hospitals' Speech-Language Pathologist.  Hailey is a Communicative Disorders Assistant and provides therapy to patients who have suffered a brain injury, stroke, or have delays or impairments caused by Alzheimer's or dementia.  She implements treatment plans to help patients regain verbal communication and language comprehension.
Hailey is excited to support adult patients at MAHC as she previously worked with school-aged children since finishing university and college.  Hailey is from Orillia, and enjoys hiking, biking and kayaking, and played ice hockey for 17 years.




Introducing Leah McAdam-BrayPatients get a piece of Leah McAdam-Bray's heart when they work with her through their rehabilitation journey.  Leah has worked as a Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant at MAHC for three years and is passionate about getting geriatric patients up and moving.  She says the best part of her job is building rapport and relationships with patients and earning their trust and willingness to work toward their rehabilitation goals.  Falls prevention is a big part of her work, and seeing a patient's recovery so they can go home is the best reward.  Leah is newly married and enjoys time spent with her pets and three nieces.