NeuroMotrix is a team of health professionals specialised in adapted physical activity who have developed unusual expertise in guiding people living with illness or made frail by age.
Every NeuroMotrix kinesiologist has a university degree in Human Kinetics and has completed an advanced degree in rehabilitation and aging. The team is specialised in both neurological disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, life after a stroke, cognitive decline, chronic pain, loss of balance and chronic fatigue, for example), age-related health conditions (osteoporosis, osteoarthritis) and in geriatrics following several years’ experience and research in these fields as well as clinical practice with clients. NeuroMotrix’s strength is its team of kinesiologists and scientific experts as well as its vast network of contacts and partners in community and health organizations.
Sara Bourcier-Dupuis / Benoit Carignan / Jean-François Daneault / Sophie Gérard / Martine Lauzé / Catherine Lavigne-Pelletier / Sonia Legault / Léa Lemay Lapointe / Kassandra McCullough / Grégory Payet
Sara joined NeuroMotrix in 2019 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She is also a National Lifeguard.
Sara has wide experience as a private and group instructor to people with limited physical capacity. She has worked at the Viomax centre for adapted physical activity where she ran the aquatics section. Her kinesiology work took place primarily in the pool and in the studio. She is also a swimming instructor and has led aqua workout groups with both children and adults. Sara also practised kinesiology with a clientele of elders at Place des aînés (now Axion 50 plus), in Laval.
Given her skills working with a variety of clients living with different kinds of limitations and her knowledge of many health conditions affecting adults as well as her experience in the pool, Sara is a valued member of the NeuroMotrix team. She works both in the studio and in the home and is also responsible for developing several group activities including our walking workshop, Neuro Balance, Neuro Intensity and Chair Exercises.
Manager and Associate
A NeuroMotrix co-founder, Benoit is a kinesiologist with a Master’s of Science in Kinanthropology from UQAM. He has carried out several years of research in assessing movement disorders.
In particular, Benoit helped develop a tool that automatically detects motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. He has written several scientific articles on the subject of tremors and dyskinetic manifestations. A keen programmer and analyst, Benoit is currently pursuing a degree in computer sciences.
Benoit is an experienced cyclist and has completed two Ironman competitions. He spent three years as head kinesiologist charged with training at NeuroMotrix for Parkinson Québec’s Défi Vélo (cycling event).
Highly qualified in computer engineering and gifted with exceptional analytical skills, Benoit drives operational efficiency at NeuroMotrix. Even though he often works behind the scenes, Benoit’s priority is always the well-being and the satisfaction of both clients and staff at NeuroMotrix.
Scientific Expert and Associate
Jean-François, a NeuroMotrix co-founder, received an Master’s of Science in Kinanthropology from UQAM and a doctorate in Neurosciences from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. His graduate work focused primarily on Parkinson’s disease. Later, he held a post-doctoral position in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is currently professor and scholar in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences at Rutgers University, in New Jersey.
Jean-François’ research is on motor behaviour among healthy subjects and among those whose movements have been altered by conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, dystonia, cerebral paralysis or stroke. His research aims to develop personalized physical exercise techniques that optimize movements by people living with neurological disorders.
By virtue of his vast scientific knowledge and research experience, Jean-François provides NeuroMotrix the solid foundations it needs for its practice. He is always on the lookout for the latest in scientific progress and guides our team of kinesiologists, particularly in cases where they are working with people affected by more unusual neurological conditions or in cases where common practice does not seem to produce expected results.
Sophie joined NeuroMotrix as Communications Manager in Spring 2020. She studied Business Management at ISTEC (école supérieure de commerce et marketing), in Paris. Since then, her work has focused on communications and marketing.
Sophie has worked in a variety of fields including welcoming immigrants and the trucking industry. A true culture vulture, Sophie founded and writes regularly for a blog called Kulturellement vôtre. Her priority is people’s health and well-being, which is what led her right to NeuroMotrix. She has always known that physical activity can enhance quality of life and is delighted to be able to promote that idea, especially among more vulnerable groups.
Dynamic and a good listener, Sophie loves to teach and to share. She makes sure that NeuroMotrix, its clients and its partners are always shown at their best. Her creativity and initiative are strengths she shares with every member of the team. You may catch sight of her on your screens during sessions and special events. In any case, she is behind many of the NeuroMotrix words and images.
Manager, Associate and Kinesiologist
Martine is a NeuroMotrix co-founder and holds a Master’s degree in Kinanthropology with a focus on aging from UQAM as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Royal Military College of Canada. In addition to her work at NeuroMotrix, Martine teaches the physiology of aging and of adults experiencing disability at UQAM’s Department of Science of Physical Activity.
Martine has wide professional experience that she has placed at the service of NeuroMotrix. She worked for a number of years in logistics, management and international relations before reorienting her career towards health. A great physical activity enthusiast, kinesiology is Martine’s tool of choice. She has also carried out laboratory research assessing movement disorders at CRIUGM (Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal) and has also collaborated in projects with The Huntington Society of Quebec and with Parkinson Quebec in Montreal-Laval. In addition, Martine has worked as a personal trainer at Nautilus Plus. She is a member of the Quebec Federation of Kinesiologists and a group fitness instructor certified by the University of Victoria.
Martine’s excellent understanding of disease and aging inform her sensitive and efficient work. In addition to her kinesiological work with NeuroMotrix clients, she also helps develop and manage the company in her role as Communications and Operations Director.
Manager, Associate and Kinesiologist
Catherine is a NeuroMotrix co-founder. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinanthropology with a focus on aging from UQAM and an MBA in Science and Engineering from UQAM’s School of Management Sciences.
Catherine has vast experience in private coaching. She worked at Nautilus Plus for six years in a variety of positions in both personal training and branch management. Catherine is a qualified personal trainer and spinning instructor, certified by the Association nationale des intervenants en entraînement (ANIE). She spent more than two years coordinating laboratory research into movement disorder assessment, including Parkinson’s disease, in particular, for the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). She was also External Affairs and Partnerships Manager at the Institute of Gender and Health, one of Canada’s Institutes of Health Research.
Given her many years of experience with clients living with neurological disorders and her compassionate and empathetic approach, Catherine knows how to find EXACTLY the right program for each person. In addition to her work as a kinesiologist, Catherine is NeuroMotrix’s Director of Human Resources and Client Services.
Sonia joined NeuroMotrix as a Kinesiologist in January 2020. She has a degree in Kinesiology from Université de Montréal as well as extensive experience in the field of adapted physical exercise. She has worked with the elderly, with people living with particular health conditions and with children at school
Sonia has led the PIED (programme intégré d’équilibre dynamique — Integrated Programme for Dynamic Balance) program at CISSS Laurentians for the last few years. She has designed outdoor trails and leads a walking group at Argenteuil RMC. In addition to her experience in group instruction, Sonia has worked as a private kinesiologist in the home. Alongside her work at NeuroMotrix, Sonia is involved in several projects in her region.
Sonia is responsible for private NeuroMotrix sessions in the Lower Laurentians. She is also involved in the development and planning of group sessions offered in St-Jérôme.
Léa Lemay Lapointe
Léa joined the NeuroMotrix team as a kinesiologist in June 2021. She has a degree in kinesiology from UQAM and a certification in rehabilitation in chronic pain context from the Institut de kinésiologie du Québec.
She worked for over 10 years at Nautilus Plus as a level 3 personal trainer and assistant manager. She also worked at the CHUM with a clientele living with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and in a rehabilitation clinic with people living with chronic pain, health mental problems, musculoskeletal injuries …
Very active in her daily life, she practices hiking and running. She has already done a marathon and several half-marathons. Her dynamism and her experience will make you want to be physically active. She is responsible for some private and group sessions. She likes to make her customers laugh.
Kassandra has a degree in Kinesiology from Université of Montreal.
Kassandra joined the NeuroMotrix team as an intern in September 2020. She quickly made her place within the team and she was hired at the end of his internship, as a kinesiologist. Very involved with the elderly, she volunteered in CHSLDs and rehabilitation centers. She also worked in a private seniors’ residence. Kassandra has chosen to become even more involved with this population by joining NeuroMotrix.
She leads group sessions by videoconference and private sessions at home. Our participants appreciate a lot her kindness and benevolence and the sessions she gives them with great professionalism.
Grégory has a degree in Kinesiology from Université of Montreal and joined the NeuroMotrix team as a kinesiologist.
After an experience in information and multimedia technologies, Grégory decided to reorient himself to become a kinesiologist and take care of his participants. He has had the opportunity to work with a diverse population as a fitness instructor at the YMCA, group class trainer at Cardio Plein Air and through a cardiac rehabilitation internship at Richardson Hospital. He also occasionally works with the elderly in a non-profit organization. Since December 2020, he has added Swedish massage to his practice and it is a passion that he wishes to continue to develop alongside kinesiology.
It is by promoting listening and communication that he accompanies you with good humor and professionalism during his home visits or online training.