Photo of Emilie Thibeault-Rivard


Chartier Physiotherapie
307 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Mon 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm  
Wed 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm  


Emilie’s love for medicine started when she joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve as a medic at the ripe age of 16. She gained valuable experience working with injured soldiers in a multitude of settings, which eventually pushed her into university studies in health sciences. Emilie always thought her focus would be medicine, however she found her true passion in rehabilitation – she loved the challenge of assisting and motivating people to achieve their own goals. Since graduating from the University of Ottawa Masters program in physiotherapy in 2013, Emilie has been working across Ontario in a variety of settings, honing her skills. Beyond clinical physiotherapy, Emilie’s love for the outdoors and her strengths in wilderness medicine led her to spend the past five summers working with the Spartan Race Eastern Canada Medical Team. She was the event medical operations chief and the on-site physiotherapy lead. She was able to put her education and experience to the test, working with sports injuries/musculoskeletal trauma in all types of athletes and environments, from the weekend warrior lost at the top of the mountain, to the elite runner at the finish line. Emilie also believes in giving back through teaching. She holds instructor qualifications in a variety of pre-hospital medical courses, and taught broadly during her days as a medic. Now Emilie presents at conferences and workshops, discussing various sport-injury and wilderness medical topics. Emilie’s clinical interest lies in myofascial and trigger point release and the interconnection between soft tissue and chronic pain conditions (such as fibromyalgia). She is also certified in acupuncture and dry needling. She continues to pursue additional training in these areas.