About Us

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy provides occupational therapy services to clients living in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. Services are located near the St. Laurent/ Elmvale Acres area, Westboro, at your child’s school or in your home. Occupational therapy assessment and intervention can be provided to children and youth in either English or French.  Learn more about us by reading out biographies below.

Please contact Expanding Horizons by phone at 613-897-4820 to book an appointment and/or to discuss any other questions.


Meghan Topolnisky B.A., MScOT Reg (Ont.)

Meghan is the founder of Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy which began in 2009. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a focus in Linguistics and French. Presently she is practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa-Carleton Region and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Meghan is bilingual, providing services in both English and French.

Meghan brings experience from hospital based pediatric services, as well as school based care. She has a particular interest in working with children and youth with complex mental health disorders as well as school aged children who are having challenges meeting the demands of the curriculum. Some of these difficulties that these children may face include fine and gross motor delays, concerns around sensory processing, difficulty with written output, and with self-regulation, among other areas.

In addition to being an occupational therapist, Meghan is also a wife and mother to two young children, and understands the demands that everyday life poses on children and their families. She enjoys traveling, reading, physical activity and appreciates the simple things in life.

Meghan has training in various areas of pediatric occupational therapy including:

  • Self-Regulation
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Personality Disorder Treatment, Anxiety Traps, Strengths-Based CBT, Building Core Therapist and Client Skills Using Mind Over Mood-2, CBT for Depression and Suicide Best Practices, Action-Packed CBT More Walk Less Talk
  • Musical Thinking: Simple Steps to Teaching Children How They Think
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Collaborative Problem Solving -Tier 1, Tier 2
  • Sensory Processing
  • Motor Right Along
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Anxiety and Children
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Keyboarding Without Tears
  • Assistive Technology
  • Complete Home Safety Assessments
  • Supporting Better Sleep/Sleep Hygiene
  • Complex Mental Health Needs
  • Developmental Milestones for Babies and Toddlers
  • Motivational Interviewing 

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Courtney Barton, B.A., MscOT Reg (Ont.)

Courtney completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. Prior to achieving her master’s degree, Courtney graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. Presently she is practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa Carleton and Brockville region. Courtney is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Courtney began her career as an Occupational Therapist (OT) with Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. Her most recent experiences include school-based and private OT services for children and youth, as well as community-based OT services for the adult population. Courtney is a motivated and passionate OT who strives to enable people of all ages to live to their full potential. Courtney has a keen interest in working with pediatrics in the areas of fine motor, gross motor, self-regulation and sensory processing.

Courtney has training in various areas of pediatric occupational therapy including:

  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Promising Practices and Inspiring Solutions in School-Based Occupational Therapy
  • Handwriting Intervention Training
  • Keyboarding Without Tears


Catherine Cullwick, MHScOT Reg (Ont.)

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Catherine received her Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa, and her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University. Catherine is presently practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa area and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Catherine has experience working with children, youth and adults. Her most recent experience includes working in schools and in the community with children, as well as working with adults with mental health needs in a hospital setting. Catherine is an energetic OT who has experience with fine and gross motor assessments and interventions, as well as with self-regulation and sensory processing. Catherine has a special interest in the area of child and youth mental health.

  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Becoming a Behavioural Detective: Understanding, Surviving and Supporting Complex Behaviours
  • Emergent Literacy Development For Students with Complex Communication needs
  • Motivational Interviewing

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Carolyn Hall, BScHK, MScOT Reg. (Ont.)

Carolyn was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Human Kinetics.

Presently, Carolyn is practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa-Carleton Region and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario. She also holds membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Carolyn has experience working with children, youth and adults. She gained experience in mental health while working with adolescents in a hospital setting, and continues to work with youth with mental health issues in the community setting.She also continues to work in school health, addressing issues related handwriting and written output difficulties, sensory processing issues, self-regulation and attentional difficulties.

Carolyn has training in various areas of pediatric occupational therapy, including:

  • Handwriting Without Tears: Pre-K Literacy and Math; Pre-K; Readiness and Writing; K-5 Handwriting
  • Keyboarding Without Tears
  • Collaborative Problem Solving- Tier 1
  • Sensory Processing and Self-Regulation: Evidence Based Practices for Everyday Life
  • Complex Mental Health Needs
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Action-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: More Walk, Less Talk


Mark is the co-owner of Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. He studied at the University of Ottawa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in psychology. Mark began his career as a behavioural rehabilitation therapist working with individuals with traumatic head injury and as a personal support worker and teacher.

Mark currently works as a psychometrist and does neuropsychological testing with children and youth in the community. Mark brings many years of experience from a hospital based setting in addition to completing psychometry in private practice. Mark is fully bilingual, providing services in both French and English. 

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Stéphanie received a Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. In 2017, she was recognized for her contributions to her community and received the Bourse nationale d’excellence. She is presently practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa area and Prescott-Russell region and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Stéphanie began her career as an Occupational Therapist (OT) with Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. Her most recent experiences include private OT services for children with sensory processing and fine motor difficulties. She also has over 10 years of experience coaching children and youth in gymnastics. Empathetic and curious, Stéphanie has a special interest in the area of child and youth mental health, self-regulation and sensory processing.

Stéphanie has training in various areas of pediatric occupational therapy including:

  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Keyboarding Without Tears
  • Self-Regulation: Pathways to Learning
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Practices in Post-Trauma Community Re-Integration
  • Spiritual and Cultural Care: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Care for Refugees
  • Motivational Interviewing


Ella is presently practicing occupational therapy in the Ottawa area and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She provides occupational therapy services to children from kindergarten to grade 12 with fine motor, gross motor, written output, sensory processing and/or self-regulation challenges in schools. She has received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University. She has a passion for children and youth mental health as well as animal assisted therapy.

Ella believes in taking a holistic approach in the services she provides to children, parents/guardians, teachers, etc. and strives to empower individuals to be their best selves. Ella models this philosophy in attempting to maintain her own balanced and healthy lifestyle (both physically and mentally) and is constantly learning and growing as a person. 

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Félicia Latulippe, BHSC., MHScOT Reg (Ont.)

Félicia Latulippe is currently practicing occupational therapy in the region of Ottawa and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Félicia completed her Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy at the University of Ottawa after completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honors Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University.

Félicia began her career with Expanding Horizons Occupational therapy as an administrative assistant where she continued on as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Félicia is a passionate and empathetic OT and has a special interest in working with children and youth in the area of fine and gross motor skills, sensory regulation, sensory processing, and mental health. Félicia is fully bilingual, providing services in French and English.


Sivah (Certified Therapy Dog and CEO)

Sivah is an eight year old Labrador Retriever. She is mild mannered and loves to participate in OT sessions. She is great at reading social cues and adapts her approach to each child or adolescent's personality and needs. Sivah truely loves her work and all she asks for is a belly rub from time to time and or a delicious treat.

For some individuals, using a pet as part of the therapeutic process can be very beneficial to their mental health. When partaking in therapy sessions, therapy dogs have the potential to encourage communication, lessen depression, provide comfort, decrease anxiety, reduce self-consciousness, reduce agitation and increase focus.

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