Mary Jusdanis – email@example.com
B.A., R.R.P., Dip C.B.S.
Neuro Rehabilitation Consultant, President and Founder
Mary Jusdanis specializes in complex cases of acquired brain injuries. She has built a solid reputation within the industry based on insight, integrity and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of rehabilitation over her sixteen year career.
Mary’s dynamic nature and enthusiasm along with her advanced training and experience have served her well in establishing her own privately run company, Jusdanis Neuro Rehabilitation Inc. She insists on providing service excellence to clients, treatment team members and customers, meaning she and her consultants consistently deliver on what they say they are going to do and always, in a timely and efficient manner.
You may find Ms. Jusdanis dividing her workday between management of her own catastrophic case portfolio, nurturing the direction of the company or supporting her consultants with their casework. Throughout her career, Mary has always been a willing student of higher education. An intense interest in behavior from a neuropsychological perspective and how it relates to rehabilitation of clients with acquired brain injuries led her to earn a Clinical Behavioral Science Diploma and pursue additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (McMaster University; Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences; Faculty of Health Sciences ) while working as a case manager fulltime.
Mary has also taken the time to share her expertise by guest lecturing at the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program, (McMaster University). She is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and member of many community and professional associations.
Jacalyn Boekestyn – firstname.lastname@example.org
Trauma Rehabilitation Consultant
Jacalyn joined Jusdanis Neuro Rehabilitation Consultants in 2007. Her 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience in both hospital and community settings make Jacalyn an invaluable member of our team. Her psychiatric nursing background afforded her dual diagnosis expertise, specifically working with developmental disability and mental illness clients. Her in-depth knowledge of mental illnesses includes mood disorders, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Jacalyn has very good working knowledge of psychotropic medications. Additionally, her strong communication skills, attention to detail and compassionate nature make her a strong asset to her clients at Jusdanis Neuro. Jacalyn offers excellent knowledge of community based resources in the Niagara Region.
Jacalyn graduated with a Diploma of Nursing from Georgian College in 1988 and a Post Diploma of Psychiatric Nursing from Durham College in 1991. Jacalyn is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada.
OT Reg. (Ont.)
Justin is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). He graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2010. He also holds full membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). For the past 4 years, Justin has been working as an Occupational Therapist in the consultative capacity within the auto insurance sector. He has direct clinical experience completing Functional In-home Assessments, Attendant Care Needs Assessments, Discharge Planning Assessments, and Future Care Costs Analyses. Since 2010 he has gained ongoing knowledge and experience in assessing and treating non-catastrophic and catastrophic clients. He has experience providing hospital, clinic, and community-based occupational therapy assessment and treatment to adults and children with neurological, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal diagnoses including acquired brain injury. Justin has been working with a pediatric / young adult population including those with Autism and acquired brain injury since 2007. In addition, Justin has vocational experience having conducted Worksite Assessments and developed Return to Work programs. Justin is certified to provide Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) therapy. He is also a certified Coach in administering the Cogmed Working Memory Training Program.
Mario Papadopoulos is a registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and with the Ontario Association of Social Workers. He received a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Toronto. Mario has worked as a social worker in both community and hospital settings. Mario has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma, including brain injuries and/or physical injuries, cognitive issues, and mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and addictions. His diverse clinical experience he has allowed him the opportunity to work with numerous age groups, from adolescents to older adults. He has been specifically trained, and has experience, in numerous therapy modalities such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavourial therapy, solution-focused therapy, addiction counseling, and is proficient with individual, couples, and family counseling. As a social worker, he also has a good knowledge of community resources, and is able to work with individuals to connect them to supports and services that could aid in their ongoing recovery.
Rehabilitation Therapist/Certified Yoga Instructor
Alaina joined Jusdanis Neuro Rehabilitation Consultants Inc. in 2014. She has 5 years of experience working in client centered environments, including in-home services, private classes, hospital, and wellness settings. She is experienced working with the ABI population, youth, adult, and seniors, to support rehabilitation goals.
A Rehabilitation Therapist and Certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, Alaina is experienced in rehabilitating people with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries. She emphasizes emotional flexibility, focused breathing, meditation and gentle yoga. Alaina integrates yoga and rehabilitation therapies to assist clients with self-empowerment strategies, pain and stress management, and increasing physical and emotional wellbeing.
Alaina is an active individual who has experience instructing personal fitness. She creates and facilitates dynamic sessions that are reputed for being accessible, engaging, and delivering positive results. She models a healthy lifestyle with a regular self-practice including: yoga, meditation, weight training, and hiking.
Alaina has a Bachelor’s Degree from Carleton University and is currently completing a Brain Basics Certificate though Brock University and the Ontario Brain Injury Association. She is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association and the Canadian Yoga Alliance.
B.Sc., MPT, CAFCI, MCPA
Neurological and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Consultant
Chris aligned with Jusdanis Neuro Rehabilitation Consultants Inc. in 2017 to provide Physiotherapy consultation services. Chris brings valued experience in neurological and orthopaedic injury rehabilitation, which is utilized to provide comprehensive Physiotherapy care for his clients. This includes clients suffering from a variety of neurological conditions such as concussion, acquired brain injury (ABI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and clients suffering from various other traumatic orthopaedic and multi-system injuries. Chris’ expansive and unique skill-set has allowed him unique opportunities to provide Physiotherapy services for clients such as Canadian Special Olympic athletes, those who have suffered extensive traumatic injuries as result of an accident, and others.
Chris thoroughly enjoys being able to assist clients in regaining function, independence, and returning to as much of a normalized lifestyle as possible following injury. Chris believes that using a Physiotherapy treatment approach focused on corrective rehabilitative exercise and manual therapy is best in order to regain function, retrain the body, and return to activity.
Chris is a Registered Physiotherapist in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health from Bethune-Cookman University (USA) in 2009, and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. In recent years Chris has been a guest lecturer at McMaster University (Human Pathophysiology) and a clinical preceptor for the McMaster University Physiotherapy program. Chris has also pursued additional training and certification in traumatic brain injury, manual therapy, and acupuncture.
Hon. B.Sc., M.Sc. O.T., OT Reg. (Ont.)
Registered Occupational Therapist
Jelena Ulemek is a registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). In her clinical role, Jelena works with clients across the lifespan who have sustained serious traumatic injuries. Her clinical work is always client-centered and evidence-based to ensure each client’s individual rehabilitation needs and goals are addressed using best rehabilitation practices. In addition to her clinical role, Jelena is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Rehabilitation Sciences Institute where she focuses on neuro rehabilitation and rehabilitation technologies for improving motor function outcomes post injury. She has a special interest in rehabilitation of chronic upper extremity motor function deficits. Jelena has extensive experience in teaching and currently works closely with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in the formal training of therapists in the Master of Science of Occupational Therapy program.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant
Sharon Masters is an Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy assistant for JN Rehabilitation Consultants. Sharon graduated from the OTA/PTA program at Mohawk College in 2002. Within her 16 years as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she has carried out many diverse and specialized treatments for clients with a large array of diagnosis, specifically within the acquired brain injury field. Sharon has a keen interest for neurodevelopmental treatment and enjoys learning new techniques promoting recovery. She has a love for running and strives to be a genuine mom to her three children.
Speech-Language Pathologist Reg CALPO
Rachelle Dunn joined the Jusdanis Neuro Rehabilitation Team in 2016 as a registered Speech-Language Pathologist Consultant. She is in good standing with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and been practicing since 2013. Along with her experience with rehabilitation of both adult and paediatric clients following traumatic brain injury, she also has experience working with clients suffering from various neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, dementia, ALS or Multiple Sclerosis. Her diverse skill set includes vast experience in swallowing disorders, cognitive-communication difficulties, articulation difficulties, and voice impairments as well as experience with language impairments and stuttering.
Rachelle has a passion for client rehabilitation and optimizing her client’s independence and overall quality of life. Because of this her treatment plans are unique to each client and she prioritizes client-centred care. Further, providing evidence-based care is her priority, and because of this, Rachelle attends frequent conferences or workshops to continue her education to improve her treatment of clients with cognitive-communication difficulties.
Rachelle received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Sciences from Western University following completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bethune Cookman University in Florida, where she also captained her Varsity volleyball team. She is a local to Brantford, a wife and a mother to two young, active children. She has a rising interest in mental health and the benefits of mindfulness and staying active to maintain brain health.