Meet our skilled professionals
Valerie Beaulieu, B.ExSc., CAT(C)
Clinic Founder / CEO / Certified Athletic Therapist /Certified Life Coach, Mind-Body Specialist
Welcome to our specialized clinic, ProActive Athletic Therapy! If you are an individual suffering from an acute injury, chronic pain, or perhaps you need concussion management or looking for pre-and post-surgery rehab, you are at the right place!
My name is Valerie Beaulieu, and I’m the clinic Founder/CEO and Certified Athletic Therapist. I’m very passionate when it comes to helping and empowering people of all ages with attaining their optimal health goals through Athletic Therapy. I believe that the best approach towards achieving optimal results towards any injury recovery is to identify the root cause of the problem, all muscular strength imbalances, joint range of motion limitations, and understand injury prevention. This proactive attitude combined with using a Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Model results in a safe and accelerated injury recovery while promoting confidence, movement and injury prevention.
I completed my Bachelors in Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy and Sports First Responder at Concordia University in 2008. Since then, I’ve gained extensive experience in the management of acute, chronic and sports-related injuries, pre-and post-surgery rehabilitation and in concussion management, for individuals ranging from the general public to high-performance athletes. I’ve also had an amazing opportunity to be part of the core medical team of the Paralympic Track and Field Canadian National Team for 5 years.
In 2013, in line with my values in making a difference in people’s quality of life through Athletic Therapy, giving back to my community and leading a passionate team of professionals, I founded ProActive Athletic Therapy.
My team and I have a mission of getting you healthy and at your peak performance at work, at home with your kids, during your recreational activities, or your sport.
When I’m not working, I love spending quality time with my family and friends, exercising, journaling and practicing yoga. I’m also an avid podcast listener, reader and love cooking, entertaining and adventure!
Melissa Fequet, M.Sc, R.kin, CAT(C), CYT-200, CSCS
Certified Athletic Therapist / Sports First Responder / Certified Yoga Teacher
Melissa became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2013 after graduating from the Exercise Science and Athletic Therapy program at Concordia University. She also completed a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University in 2018. In 2021, Melissa also completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training and is now a Certified Yoga Teacher. She loves how movement in yoga helps you to connect with your body and understand it better. She offers personalized Yoga Therapy sessions that combine Athletic Therapy treatments along with yoga poses and breathing. This helps with body awareness and pain management while gaining mobility, flexibility and strength.
With extensive knowledge in movement and exercise, Melissa is able to create individualized rehabilitation programs based on the goals and needs of each client to get them back to doing what they love. She uses exercise to not only rehabilitate current injuries, but to prevent future injuries from occurring. Melissa has always had a passion for sports and has worked with high school, college and university athletics.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.
Stephanie Lowther, M.Sc., CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist / Sports First Responder
Stephanie is a Certified Athletic Therapist, graduating from the Athletic Therapy program at Sheridan College. She also completed her Master of Science, Human Kinetics degree from the University of Ottawa and is in the process of having her thesis published. In brief, Stephanie’s thesis investigates head impacts and brain trauma in professional ice hockey.
Stephanie has worked with a variety of sports groups across Ontario, working with athletes of all ages and levels. She has been a Sports First Responder in Ottawa and the Valley for a number of years, covering several sporting events, including field and ice hockey, soccer, Special Olympics Basketball, and cross-country events!
Her approach is personable, utilizing manual techniques and exercises that work best with each individual. Stephanie is passionate in supporting people achieve their goals, and getting them back to the activities they enjoy.
She chose Athletic Therapy as her career because the profession involves helping people, lifelong learning, and variety!
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading and spending time with her family in the great outdoors.
Emilie Côté, B.ExSc.,CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist / Sports First Responder
Emilie graduated from the Athletic Therapy program at Concordia University in 2023. Emilie is no stranger to the benefits that athletic therapy can bring to not just the athlete, but to anyone who it looking to live a healthier quality of life.
While earning her degree, Emilie was part of the Women’s varsity soccer team. Playing high level soccer and her passion for fitness and overall wellbeing has given her the unique opportunity to see the athlete and patient as a whole, focusing not just on the injury and recovery but on the mental and emotional components as well.
During her internships, she worked with athletes ranging from high school, university, and adults in a variety of sports but most recently basketball, volleyball and hockey. She also had the opportunity to intern at the Concordia PERFORM Centre, in Montreal, working with people with conditions ranging from Parkinsons to post surgery recovery.
When Emilie is not working, she enjoys exercising, yoga, landscaping, doing theatre, playing soccer and spending time with her family and dogs. Family is important and quite often she can be found doing these activities with them.
Vanessa Cornish, Clinic Manager
Vanessa grew up in Orleans for most of her childhood. After graduating high school, she packed up her things and headed out West to ski and snowboard for a winter. Finding herself in BC after the ski season was over she headed back to school and graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2003.
Vanessa spent three years in Germany which granted her tons of travel opportunities with her family. She also had the unique opportunity to work with the international community at her children’s school as the Canadian Representative and Volunteer Coordinator.
Having worked many years in Corporate and Community Development and Office Administration she has an extensive background in customer service and relationship management. She has experience working with athletes of all levels and values the importance of a welcoming experience for all. She enjoys building relationships with clients and helping them on their journey to wellness.
Vanessa spends most of her spare time keeping up with her kids. In the summer they spend a lot of time swimming at the family cottage on Mississippi Lake and x-country skiing in the winter. Also, she has recently developed a new love for running.