There is hope for those who have been sidelined because of musculoskeletal injury or illness


Stella Barnett, BSc, BScPT, CAT (C), Physiotherapist, Athletic Therapist

Following completion of her Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Human Biology in 1998, Stella completed a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2001, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy in 2006.  Stella is a Physiotherapist, registered with the Ontario College of Physiotherapy. In addition, she is a Certified Athletic Therapist, registered with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.  Stella previously worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in her home country of England and immigrated to Canada in 2005.

In her free time, Stella enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and training her two dogs.  She is excited to be continuing her career here in Huntsville.

What is new at ProActive Rehab?

We have recently begun offering the Progressive Goal Attainment Programme. This programme offers hope to those who have been away from employment due to a short or long-term musculoskeletal injury or illness and can be commenced even if there are still symptoms present. The goals of the Progressive Goal Attainment Programme are to reduce psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation, promote re-integration into life-role activities, increase the quality of life and facilitate a successful return to work. The goals of the programme are achieved through the targeted treatment of psychosocial risk factors, planning and commencing structured activity scheduling, implementing client-led goal setting, problem solving and exercises for motivational enhancement. Studies have shown that participating in the Progressive Goal Attainment Programme can increase the probability of returning to work following injury by more than 50 per cent.

The Progressive Goal Attainment Programme is typically funded through extended healthcare benefits, disability insurance, motor vehicle insurance or the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The client is invited to take part in the programme and the initial assessment is carried out after an information video has been watched with the provider of the programme. The assessment consists of taking the client’s history and the completion of several psychosocial questionnaires with the client. These questionnaires are repeated part-way through and at the end of the programme as part of recording the client’s improvement.

The Progressive Goal Attainment Programme is a five to 10 week programme which progresses through developing a structured activity schedule, establishing activity goals, implementing intervention techniques and focusing on activities related to re-integration to the workplace. The programme consists of weekly one hour meetings between the client and provider along with completion of a home workbook by the client. The workbook is used for planning and recording daily and weekly activity levels, progress made towards the agreed upon goals, and provides exercises to assist the client with problem solving. If the client is progressing well, and the workplace is ready for their return, the programme may be terminated after week five. If more time is required by the client, the employer or the insurer the programme will run the full 10 weeks.

The Progressive Goal Attainment Programme is a psychosocial intervention programme, not a physical rehabilitation programme, and it can be carried out as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other rehabilitation therapies.

If you have been away from work due to an illness or injury and would like to return to work but don’t know where to start, or if you have concerns regarding your ability to return to the workplace, the Progressive Goal Attainment Programme may be your solution. If you have questions and would like to learn more about the Progressive Goal Attainment Programme, please contact the clinic on (705) 788 1480 or visit our website

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Leslie Tempest, BScPT. CEO, Physiotherapist, Owner/Operator

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