Inovo Medical – 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.
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.
Kurt has worked with a variety of patients both in sports medicine and chronic pain management. For both athletes and patients dealing with chronic conditions, he takes an active, hands-on approach to help patients deal with their pain. From a “hands-on” perspective, Kurt likes to use a mix of Soft Tissue Release, Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Technique, Joint Mobilizations as well as Acupuncture to help with pain relief. However, he puts a strong focus on using an exercise-based protocol to help patients deal with their issues on a long-term basis.
Kurt had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of Canada’s Paralympic athletes prior to the Rio Olympic games, which enabled him to learn about the type of patients who have chronic conditions but are also looking to compete at a high athletic level. He has also taken a keen interest in chronic and inflammatory shoulder problems and has taken several courses to ensure his patients are getting the most up to date treatment and advice.
Kurt graduated with a degree in human kinetics from the University of Guelph in 2007. He then worked as a kinesiologist and rehabilitation specialist for a 4 years before returning to school to complete a master’s physiotherapy at the Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.