IPP team

Introducing Injury Prevention Plus

Injury Prevention Plus is an industry leader in office and industrial ergonomics in the Ottawa area. We offer a broad range of services including training, job demands analysis, return to work assessments and corporate programs.

The PLUS of IPP reflects the depth of experience and expertise we bring to our clients. Our physiotherapy skills enhance our services and clients have frequently chosen us for this reason. For more than 20 years we have been providing office and industrial assessments over a broad range of work environments in a cost effective and comprehensive manner. We make every effort to remain up to date with current ergonomic trends and equipment. The entire IPP team is committed to providing a high level of customer service.

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Wendy O'Connor, Partner

A graduate of Dalhousie University in Physiotherapy, Wendy worked for 14 years as a clinical physiotherapist before establishing IPP in 1993. She is a registered physiotherapist and a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She has an extensive range of experience in the field of ergonomics in both office and industrial work environments.

The following are some examples of projects Wendy has been involved with:

  • Wendy honed her skills as a Return to Work Specialist at Nylene Canada where she has worked for the past 16 years assessing employee injuries, developing modified work programs, analyzing the industrial work environment and providing the link between industry, the medical community and WSIB. In this role she has been able to assist Nylene Canada in reducing costly lost time injuries and developing a culture of wellness.
  • She has been involved in the ergonomic analysis of a variety of work equipment in many work environments. This has included working closely with Paramedics Services for the City of Ottawa reviewing equipment such as stretchers, stair chairs and infant incubator decks for air ambulance transfers and making recommendations for change/adaptation. She has also provided analyses in other venues such as the dairy and pharmaceutical industry. These analyses facilitate the purchase of ergonomically sound equipment to minimize risks for injury and allow for the development of safe work practices.
  • Wendy has worked with various Government departments to review existing injury management programs & develop structures for Internal Ergonomics Programs. These programs are designed to ensure compliance with legislation and ergonomic guidelines and define roles, responsibilities, objectives and targets for reducing and managing musculoskeletal problems in the work place.
  • Over the years, Wendy has had the opportunity to be a speaker on ergonomic related topics in a variety of professional venues such as: Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s National Convention, Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), The Ontario Dental Association, BASF Best Practices Conference, Canadian Orthopedic Symposium, WSIB sponsored Industry session on 'Best Practices' and a Dental Surgery Convention in Vancouver.
  • Wendy has delivered a variety of Injury Prevention and 'Ergo Coach' training courses to local businesses and government departments such as DND, CIHR and the NCC. These interactive courses provide a basic level of ergonomics knowledge to employees that can be used proactively in the work environment.

Wendy hales from New Brunswick and has maintained that link to the east coast. That down to earth maritime warmth and wit blends nicely with her strong professional knowledge to build client relationships.

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Cheryl Witoski, Partner

Cheryl is a graduate of Queen’s University’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy (Physiotherapy). She is registered physiotherapist and a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She has a broad range of clinical experience developed prior to establishing IPP in 1993. Since 1997 she has headed up the Ergonomics Services team for the City of Ottawa and has worked closely with Canadian Blood Services (CBS) since 2000 where she continues to provide ongoing ergonomics consultation for return to work cases. Cheryl is fluently bilingual.

The following are some examples of projects Cheryl has been involved with:

  • Cheryl has developed and delivered train-the-trainer (Office Ergonomics and general Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention) programs for the Canadian Blood Services
  • She has worked in the capacity of a Return to Work Specialist for the City of Ottawa and the Canadian Blood Services. This has involved carrying out Job Demands Analyses (JDAs) and cross referencing job demands with worker’s limitations. This work requires close collaboration with Occupational Health Nurses and Worker’s Compensation Coordinators to review files and conduct job site visits to facilitate successful return to work.
  • Cheryl has developed Canadian Blood Services’ national office ergonomics product standards and has established office standards for seating and other products for the City of Ottawa. This has involved working with purchasing personnel and suppliers to ensure selection of ergonomically sound products.
  • Cheryl has conducted numerous ergonomic analyses of jobs across a wide range of work environments. These have included City of Ottawa Libraries, Fleet Mechanics and Water Distribution as well as Canadian Blood Services Laboratories, Logistics and Blood Collections Operations.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, Cheryl often spends her down time paddling on the Rideau River, cycling or Nordic skiing in the Gatineau Park.

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Susan Gibbons, Associate Consultant

Sue is a graduate of Queen’s University’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy (Physiotherapy). She is a registered physiotherapist, a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She has been providing ergonomics services with Injury Prevention Plus since 1995. Sue has carried out numerous office assessments and job demands analyses across a broad range of the City of Ottawa sites, local businesses and federal government departments. For the City of Ottawa, Sue has acted as a consultant to OC Transpo where she has delivered Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention training and guidance for workplace accommodation and modified work. She brings a strong background of clinical orthopedic assessment and treatment to the team.

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Mélissa Parent, Associate Consultant

Mélissa received a Masters in Kinanthropology, Concentration in Ergonomics from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and a B.Sc. (Physiotherapy) from the University of Ottawa. She is a registered physiotherapist and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She is also an Associate Ergonomist (AE) with the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE). Mélissa has been providing ergonomics services with IPP since the spring of 2011 and has carried out numerous office and return to work assessments for both the City of Ottawa and several federal government departments. She developed and delivered a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention training program for the City of Ottawa’s Solid Waste Division and worked with Pepsi Bottling Group, Montreal to develop a musculoskeletal risk reduction program.

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Laurelle Morrow McEwen, Administrative Consultant

Laurelle joined the IPP group in 2012 with a background in ergonomic equipment and products. Laurelle is a great addition to the team and coordinates the requests for service from the City of Ottawa among other administrative duties.