Dr. Gauvreau has been practicing Sport Medicine for over 35 years, in the Ottawa area. He has served as the Head Team physician for the Ottawa 67’s for the past 15 years and has also been a team physician for the CFL Ottawa Red Blacks, Ottawa Lynx, various minor hockey & soccer teams and University Varsity Teams in the Ottawa region. He currently serves as alternate team physician for the NHL Ottawa Senators.
Dr. Gauvreau has hospital privileges at the Ottawa Hospital and Kemptville Hospital, in the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, in the Dept. of Family Medicine, and continues to teach Sport Medicine to Family Practice residents.
His Focused Practice in Sport & Exercise Medicine specializes in the care of muscle and skeletal injuries and conditions, that affect the active person. Dr. Gauvreau also focuses on leading edge regenerative medicine solutions. i.e. platelet rich plasma, viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid, US guided injection procedures etc., for the treatment of muscle, skeletal & joint conditions.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Dr White attended the University of Ottawa and received a BSc in Human Kinetics and an MSc in Neurosciences. He then attended the University of Toronto to complete his undergraduate medical education before returning home to complete his residency in Family Medicine in 2014. This was followed by a fellowship in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Ottawa, which he completed in 2015.
Dr White has already worked on the medical teams for major international competitions including the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games. Locally he has worked with the Varsity programs at Ottawa and Carleton University and is currently a team physician for the Ottawa 67’s. Dr White has played several competitive sports including hockey and baseball. He has completed over 15 triathlons and currently enjoys skiing, golfing and running. He currently practices Family Medicine as part of the Nepean Family Health Organization and Sports Medicine at Optimize Physiotherapy & Sport Medicine.
Jessica completed an honours BSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and then went on to complete the Intensive Massage Therapy Program at Algonquin College. Her experience as a kinesiologist and personal trainer has helped develop Jessica into the therapist she is today. She educates her clients on the benefits of Massage Therapy and how to optimize a treatment session with self-care and movement. As a runner and triathlete, Jessica has a very personal understanding of the requirements and demands of sport. She utilizes many manual techniques including trigger point therapy, soft tissue release, myofascial work and deep tissue massage. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience as a therapist, trainer and athlete while helping others through the rehab process.
An Ottawa Native, Nick attended University of Ottawa to obtain his BSc in Biology and then his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating from Western, Nick completed a specialized fellowship program in Sports Physiotherapy working for the London Knights OHL hockey team as the team physiotherapist and trainer and at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic. After a stint working for Western University as the physiotherapist for varsity athletics, Nick returned to Ottawa to cofound Optimize. A passion for movement, mobility and strength training forms the foundation of his treatment approach.
Mike grew up in the Ottawa area, and completed an honours BSc in Biology at the University of Ottawa in 2010. He then went on to graduate with a Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2013. He has an extensive background in competitive hockey and soccer, and currently has a passion for strength training and human movement. His style of treatment incorporates best practices from physical therapy and a variety of other movement and strength disciplines. In addition to his manual therapy skills, his treatment emphasizes movement re-education, functional strengthening, and attaining better overall health and fitness.
Yulia completed her undergraduate BSc in health sciences and MSc in Biology at Carleton University before going on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. During her time at Carleton she worked as a personal trainer where she discovered her passion for movement and physical activity as a way to improve sports performance and improve the lives of the people she worked with. Yulia is an avid runner and her treatment approach is based on her passion for coaching better movement for injury prevention.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Tommy completed his Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics (BHK) at the University of Ottawa in 2013, followed by his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) at Western University in 2015. In 2016, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association in addition to a Graston Technique Provider. As a former varsity volleyball player, his extensive background in sport from an athletic perspective provides an advantage when it comes to treating and training athletes. His treatment philosophy is based on using hands on therapy to optimize movement, performance and function.
Having obtained a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Queen’s University, Paul decided to travel overseas to complete his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. While overseas, he gained additional experiences working with local soccer and rugby academies and discovered CrossFit.
His passion for rehabilitation, fitness and human performance began through the multiple sports he played growing up in Ottawa. Paul’s main sport of hockey gave him the opportunity to compete at the Junior A level and he has also given back and coached at the minor hockey level.
Sports have developed Paul’s special interest in treating athletes and anyone looking to get the most out of their bodies while living pain free. He strives to help people enhance their movement quality, functional strength and mobility in order for them to achieve their goals and needs.