An Experienced and Dedicated Team Serving You!
Inovo Medical’s strength lies in its team’s expertise and diversity. Under one roof you can find doctors of sports medicine, chronic pain, and regenerative medicine, as well as rehabilitative professionals. Together, we provide our patients with personalized management centred on their needs and the ongoing improvement of their quality of life.
Dr. Mathieu Bélanger
Founder and President
Dr. Mathieu Bélanger, MD, CCFP, CPSO Recognized Specialist (Chronic Pain), began his academic career by earning an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (i.e., the science of studying human movement, in particular physical activity and body mechanics) before enrolling in medicine at the University of Montréal.
Dr. Bélanger has always had a keen interest in physical activity. Having been injured himself several times, he is particularly interested in pain related to sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. This interest led him to the United States for various types of training on pain treatment given by leading experts. As a result, Dr. Bélanger became aware of just how widespread chronic pain has become and decided to dedicate his career to it. Since then, his objective has been to play an active role in the development and delivery of the most sophisticated and effective treatments for chronic pain.
By founding Inovo Medical, Dr. Bélanger hopes to deploy stem-cell technology in Canada, given that the results achieved with this technology are revolutionizing pain medicine. Similarly, regenerative medicine and innovation are the driving force behind Dr. Bélanger’s passion, which allowed him to offer solutions in other fields, including medical aesthetics and sexual wellbeing.
Dr. Ellen Thompson
Dr. Ellen Thompson, MBBS, FRCPC, Chronic Pain and Anaesthesiology, is the Medical Director of Inovo Medical. She finished her medical undergrad degree in the United Kingdom in 1970. Dr. Thompson spent a total of 5 years in general practice, for the most part in Canada. She refers to the inadequacy of education about chronic pain as the primary explanation for leaving general practice.
From 1978-1981 she finished a residency training program in anesthesia in Ottawa, where she picked up experience at the McMaster-Chedoke Pain Clinic in Hamilton. Since 1982, she has split her clinical practice between operating room anaesthesiology and treating patients with chronic pain.
Her extraordinary interest and research in pain have been displayed internationally, nationally and locally. They include: the utilization of ketamine in neuropathic pain, Botox injections into head/neck trigger points, multicentre trial of oxycontin versus codeine/acetaminophen in chronic low back pain, the utilization of IV lidocaine in patients with refractory neuropathic pain, advancement of a triage/treatment place for ideal and timely treatment of sub-acute spinal pain with the objective of avoiding chronicity and interpreting basic science data on chronic pain components into better patient care.
Dr. Mateo Lino
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Mateo Lino, BSc (Hons), PTS, DC is our Chiropractor on staff. He graduated from York University’s Specialized Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology & Health Science in 2011 and then graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2018, after having spent some time working in the Health and Fitness industry. Dr. Lino centers his chiropractic career around finding the best outcomes for patients recovering from medical procedures, surgeries, sports injuries, and looking to optimize their health and performance, with a hands-on approach. Dr. Lino did his Chiropractic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital Family Medicine clinic co-managing chronic pain patients, at CMCC’s Campus Clinic seeing athletic injuries, and at the Aptus Treatment Cente for Complex Disability seeing adults with neuro-developmental disabilities. He is also a CAN-FIT-PRO Personal Training Specialist, with over 7 years experience in the fitness industry.
Dr. Lino provides Diversified Chiropractic Adjusting, Spinal and Extremity Joint Mobilizations, Muscle Release Therapies, Instrument-Assisted Therapies, and is experienced in functional exercise programs. He is also a member of the Internal Chiropractic Pediatric Association, able to provide care for expecting and new mothers, and their children. Having been passionately involved with sports from an early age, he has seen his share of injuries and has gained a great perspective on the importance of a proper rehabilitative plan. He is currently involved with the running community in Ottawa and continues to compete in road races and marathons regularly.
He also works with Ontario Soccer Association‘s OPDL as Medical Therapist, providing on-site emergency support to injured athletes. In the past, he’s been involved with Toronto Rehab Institute‘s Acquired Brain Injury and Musculoskeletal Departments, providing care to patients recovering from brain and nerve injury due to stroke, motor vehicle accidents, or concussions, and patients recovering from hip and/or knee replacement surgeries.
Patients and clients find Dr. Lino to be very caring, encouraging, fun, safe, and motivating. If you have injuries, Dr. Lino can help you recover and exercise without fear of re-injury.
Maria graduated with a degree in general sciences (Biology and Psychology joint major) from Trent University in 2013. She then graduated from Fleming College with a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotions in 2015. Since then, Maria has worked in a variety of gyms as a coach and personal trainer. She became a trainer because she believes that motion is one of the best medicines for preventing chronic pain and diseases. Her drive comes from having multiple family members who have died due to chronic diseases.
Her goals are to prevent chronic pain and illness from developing, and to help in the rehabilitation of those who are recovering. In her experience, the goals of Maria’s clientele have varied greatly. From significant weight loss, to muscle growth (both for strength, as well as aesthetic purposes). As well as, pain reduction (in joints and spinal regions) and to increasing mobility and flexibility for ease of movement. One of her objectives during her personal training sessions is to help clients strengthen their minds, bodies and muscles. Not only for aesthetic purposes, but so that daily tasks can become simple and pain free.
Maria is the type of person who will go above and beyond. To help you reach your true fitness potential and so that you can live a long and healthy life. Your goals will become her goals and she will provide you with all of the proper tools. On top of this, she wants fitness and exercise to become a fun and enjoyable part of your life. We are extremely confident that by working together, you will be able to increase your overall health and wellness. Most importantly, enjoy your time achieving your goals.
Receptionist and Office Administrator
Joanne attended Mohawk College, in Hamilton, and graduate from their Office Administration – Health Services program. Joanne then worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Hamilton, for 15 years. Throughout those years she worked as an Office Administrator for many departments at the hospital, including: day surgery, pre-opt, out patients, microbiology, and health records.
Joanne has always had an interest in the medical field due to her father. When she was a young girl Joanne’s father became ill, which meant she spent most of her days in the hospital. Knowing how trying visits to the doctors can be for both the patient and their family, Joanne’s goal is to make such visits as stress free as possible. Always putting the care of the patients first. As the Office Administrator at INOVO Medical she will be the first of many friendly faces you’ll see in our clinic.
Michel’s goal is to lead the marketing, growth, and expansion of INOVO Medical. He’s responsible for the branding, marketing, content, and digital campaign management of the clinic. For 30 years, Michel has been a successful marketing specialist and digital marketing expert. The better part of those 30 years were spent mostly in the medical, health, and cosmetic fields working for, among others, cosmetic surgeons, hair transplant surgeons, skincare clinics, dermatologists, chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapists, and many others.
Well-versed in all aspects of marketing, his greatest success is as a marketing copywriter and business consultant specializing in digital marketing strategy, including branding, web design, SEO, SEM, and SMM. As a public speaker, he has trained thousands of people around the world and shared the stage with the likes of Mark Victor Hansen, Jay Conrad Levison, Jay Abraham, Gary Halbert, and Dan Kennedy, just to name a few.
He’s often featured in the media as an expert, and the author of several books and hundreds of published articles. He’s also a member of several industry associations, and in addition to speaking at WordCamp Ottawa and other industry events, he was also a part-time faculty member of Algonquin College’s School of Business within their Business Marketing program, teaching classes in Marketing Principles, Marketing Management, Professional Selling, eCommerce, and Web Design.
Maria’s academic career began at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India. There she earned a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and then a Bachelor of Science. Maria then enrolled in a post graduate programme, at Mahatma Gandhi University of India, in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of lumbar spine. She completed a second post graduate programme in mechanical diagnosis of therapy of the cervical and thoracic spine (McKenzie method).
Since then, Maria has been quite busy attending workshops and training courses. These workshops and training courses consist of: development of education of children with Down Syndrome, Vestibular Rehabilitation workshop, radiology for physical therapist, clinical decision making for stroke rehabilitation, Systematic Ergonomic, Positional Release Therapy, Pelvic Physiotherapy, K-Taping, and MyoFascial release.
Maria has also attended conferences such as: XXXII Annual Conference of Indian Association of Physiotherapists, IInd Annual Conference of Indian Association of Physiotherapists, Bahrain German Symposium on Sports Sciences, Sports Medicine & Physical activity, and II G.C.C Physical Therapy Conference. She has also presented papers, Role of Physical Therapy in Pulmonary Surgeries and Motor Relearning Programme in Hemiplegics, for these conferences.
Throughout her career as a Physiotherapist, Maria has worked in a diabetes center, sports institute, and health clubs. Since coming to Canada, Maria has worked at Stone Road Mall Physiotherapy Centre, Ajax Health Clinic, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, and Brockville General Hospital.
Maria has proven to be a strong addition to the INOVO Medical team with her passion for learning and patient care.