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
MD, CCFP, CPSO Recognized Specialist (Chronic Pain)
Founder and President of Inovo Medical, Dr. Mathieu Bélanger began his academic career by earning an undergraduate degree in kinesiology (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.
Maria graduated with a degree in general sciences (Biology and Psychology joint major) from Trent University in 2013. She then graduated from Sir Sandford 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, as well as to aid in the rehabilitation of those who are recovering. The goals of her clientele have varied greatly, from significant weight loss, to muscle growth (both for strength, as well as aesthetic purposes), to pain reduction (in joints, as well as 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 in order to help you reach your true fitness potential 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, knowledge and motivation in order to help you reach them. 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, and enjoy your time spent doing it.
Dr. Ellen Thompson
MBBS, FRCPC, Chronic Pain and Anaesthesiology
Dr. Ellen Thompson 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.