Our Team

Owner, Founder & Physiotherapist

(Ottawa, Ontario)

Lucy Nguyen

Lucy is Owner and Founder of Ontario Physiotherapy Online. She holds a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University, and an Honours in Biomedical Sciences.


Prior to clinical work in Ottawa, Lucy toured Europe and Asia as therapist for the Chinese National Canoe & Kayak Team. During this time, Lucy honed her skills for treating and preventing over-use injuries during the various cycles of elite-level, pre-Olympic training. While overseas, Lucy also supported rowing and other water sports, and collaborated with therapists from their national snowboard and climbing teams.


Lucy’s extensive client experience spans children through adults, as well as junior through world-class athletes.  Her areas of expertise include pelvic floor dysfunctions, and postural, sports and spinal-and-nerve related injuries.  Additional clinical experience includes: breathing screening and assessments, Mulligan mobilizations, Graston / Gua Sha techniques, fascial manipulations and European Pinotherapy.


Working toward certification in Sport Physiotherapy, Lucy recently volunteered as an assistant team therapist for the Women’s Varsity Hockey and Rugby teams at the University of Ottawa. During her high school and undergrad years, Lucy also volunteered as a fund-raiser and events organizer for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Qualifications // Credentials:​

  • The McKenzie Method Part A, B, C, D: Advanced Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar Spine & Extremities (Upper Limb and Lower Limb (All levels)

  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling Level 1 & 2

  • Dry Cupping & Gua Shua Certification

  • Soft Tissue Release Certification

  • K-Tape Pro Therapy Certification

  • Canadian Orthopaedic Division Manual Level 1 & 2 (Upper)

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1

  • Evidence Based Pelvic Floor Retraining Certification

  • Sports First Responder & First Aid CPR/AED (level HCP)

  • Current member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


(Picton, Ontario)

Vincent Turpin

Fully bilingual, Vince earned his Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Ottawa, following a BSc. in Kinesiology.


Vince has worked extensively with high-performance athletes around the world.  After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Vince traveled to France to work with Division IV soccer players.  Later, after completing his Master’s degree, he worked with Baseball Canada, New Zealand Rugby, and the Arctic Winter Games.  


Most recently, Vince toured Europe and North America as the resident Performance Medicine Therapist with Cirque du Soleil’s production, Corteo. 


Helping others has always been a core value of the Turpin family. Vince’s mother was a special needs educator for autistic children, and his father, a search-and-rescue pilot. 


To this end, Vince is ready to help you with all your physical therapy needs.  Fully bilingual, Vince can assess, treat, and build personalized exercise programs in both official languages.

Qualifications // Credentials:​

  • McKenzie Method Part A, B & C: Advanced Lumbar Spine & Lower Limb, Cervical & Thoracic Spine

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist

  • APTEI Dry Needling and Acupuncture certified

  • Dry Cupping and Gua Sha Certified

  • Owens Recovery Science Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

  • Canadian Orthopaedic Division Manual Level 1

  • Return2Play (R2P) - Advanced Concussion Management

  • FMS Movement Screen Certified

  • Sport First Responder & First Aid CPR/AED (HCP)

  • Certified NCCP Generalist Coach Level 2

  • Current member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Physiotherapy Association


(Ottawa, Ontario)

Robert Vareta

Rob earned his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Robert Gordon University in the UK, following an Honours in Kinesiology. 

Since moving to Ottawa, Rob has worked in clinics with clients of all ages and lifestyles — ranging from desk jockeys to recreational and elite-level athletes. His goal for virtual care is to provide preventative physiotherapy for hockey athletes of all levels across Ontario!

At the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow, Scotland, Rob interned to structure and implement the rehabilitation of paraplegia and tetraplegia patients — from the onset of their injuries until their discharges. Treatments included resistance training, sitting balance, managing neurological deficits, wheelchair skills and transfers, and helping patients learn to walk again.  


Rob also volunteered as an assistant sit ski instructor.  As an avid snowboarder, Rob shared his passion with younger patients who had severe mobility issues with neurological conditions.  Seeing them transition from fear and in some cases depression, to developing confidence and a sense of joy in their new-found activity, reinforced two key lessons: the importance of a positive frame of mind, and the need to restore a quality of life for his patients. 

Outside of clinical practice, Rob enjoys soccer, ice hockey and obstacle races. Rob’s previous volunteer experience includes work with Spartan Canada, and paddling races.

Qualifications // Credentials:​

  • Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) certified

  • McKenzie Method Part A & C: Advanced Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremities

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 Certified

  • Concussions Assessment and Management Workshop — Level 1

  • APTEI Acupuncture and Dry Needling

  • Current member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Physiotherapy Association


(Hamilton, Ontario)

Danielle van Andel

Danielle holds a Master’s of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, following a BSc in Human Kinetics with an interest in Reproductive Biology from the University of Guelph.  Prior to her career as a physiotherapist, Danielle worked as a personal trainer. 

One of Danielle’s areas of focus is treating chronic pain, or pain that has persisted for more than 6 months.  She enjoys treating patients of all ages and genders with issues such as chronic low back, neck, pelvic or other joint pain.  Danielle also treats pelvic floor issues such as bladder problems, prolapse and pelvic pain.  Whatever their lifestyle goals are — recreational sports or elite athletics, resuming careers, or caring for their children — Danielle’s passion is getting her patients back to their meaningful activities.


Danielle believes that teaching and learning go hand-in-hand, and are life-long practices. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the School of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and has participated in teaching programs including precepting for physiotherapy and midwifery students.  To further her own learning, Danielle is currently brushing up on her French so that she can offer treatments in both English and French.  


Outside of her clinical practice, Danielle enjoys sailing, horse-back riding, cycling and skiing with her two young children.

Qualifications // Credentials // Conferences:​

  • Pelvic Floor Re-education Levels 1-5

  • McKenzie Method Parts A & B: Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Spine

  • International Spine and Pain Institute Conference 2014

  • The Female Athlete: Bulletproof your Core and Pelvic Floor

  • Relieving Sacroiliac and Pubic Pain During and After Pregnancy — Cecile Rost

  • Explain Pain, Graded Motor Imagery (NOI)

  • McMaster Medical Acupuncture Program

  • Current member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Women’s Health and Pain Divisions), and the Canadian Society for Pelvic Medicine 


Honorary Goodpup Ambassador OPO


Born June 2019 in Shawville Quebec, Elliott’s one of the youngest members of the growing OPO team. Look for Elliott in his discreet cameo appearances in OPO instructional videos and virtual care sessions.  


When he’s not busy with video production, team-building activities and engaging with clients, Elliott enjoys hoarding socks, rearranging shoes, and displays of advanced agility and ball-play.  

Fun facts: stare at the OPO logo long enough and you may detect a faint outline of Elliott’s face.  This resemblance is purely coincidental. 

Qualifications // Credentials:​

  • Sitting, Staying, Jumping and Rolling Over

  • Puppy Kindergarten Levels 1 & 2

  • Basic Good Manners Level 1

  • Basic canine massage therapy

  • Greeting patients and repositioning (hiding) their shoes


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