About Us: 

Health Locator supports ALL Ontario health regulators in driving awareness of their membership to the public to ensure that safety and quality care standards are monitored and upheld throughout the healthcare industry.

Our Mission: 

  1. Create a powerful results driven and exclusive online network where ALL Regulated Professionals are in one location – searchability, credibility, efficiency.
  2. Make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of Ontarians by simplifying access to Public Registers, Regulated Health Care Professionals/Services in local communities across Ontario.
  3.  Build a sustainable tool for the healthcare industry to use for referrals of Regulated Health Care Professionals and services – raising the bar on quality care and contributing to the well-being of Ontarians.

Our Vision:

To ensure that every single Ontario citizen receives the highest quality of care from accredited and licensed  health care professionals who are accountable and monitored by Ontario’s health regulators.

 

Our Story… Why we started health locator. 

Our family experienced three serious motor vehicle accidents in 17 months.  During this period of rehabilitation, we found it very challenging to locate the regulated health professionals we required.  Resorting to telephone calls and internet searches was an exhausting and time consuming process that often yielded limited results.

Sure…we could find a list of clinics, that was easy, but without canvassing each website and calling each individual clinic and asking lots of questions we were unable to determine the most basic, yet important facts.  It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Was the health professional’s license active with their regulatory body? What certifications did they have? What services did they offer? Did the clinic they work for accept WSIB or MVA clients?

From a patient’s perspective, the current system at the time was simply…a headache.  We found that referrals seemed to be primarily by word of mouth, (a limited who knows who), so instead of obtaining the care you needed, you obtained the care from the network of professionals your service provider knew.  We had a difficult time accepting the fact that our rehabilitation efforts were determined by a small resource of practitioners, who were often far from our home.

As a result of our personal experience of eight years in the Health Care system, we decided to create, Health Locator.

Therapies we Used

Because of the severity of our accidents, we used a wide variety of therapies and services to rehabilitate.  Read more

“It is not the nature of the injuries that pose the problem, it is the lack of practical resources available to you from others that have successfully completed the journey you are about to commence that pose the greatest threat to your success.” Health Locator Team, 2016

Our Founders:

Joanne Moore: Social Work Diploma, Non Profit-Executive Office Administration, 2 years of Nursing

Cycling in Aylmer, 2017

Joanne’s desire to help and work with people started at a young age.  She studied Social Work for 2 years and obtained her Diploma, then began working on her Nursing degree.  While studying nursing she started a family and decided to become a full-time mom.  After raising her family, Joanne began working for a Non-Profit organization helping troubled youth obtain the care and health based services they required to make a new start in life.  These early skills played a huge role in her life when she found herself both directly and indirectly involved in 3 motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) in seventeen months. (July 2009-December 2010)

These accidents compelled her to do some very serious thinking about what happens to individuals and their families following accidents with injuries.  Since she was involved in an MVA, she thoroughly studied the auto accident system and acquired information on accident benefits and services that were available to her and her family through her automobile insurance policy.  After several conversations with friends, family and acquaintances, she realized just how little people actually knew about the basics of an auto insurance policy and the lack in understanding of the benefits available to them once they’re injured in an MVA accident.

Joanne has first-hand experience recovering from an MVA and fully supported her son during his 7.5-year rehabilitation from a near-fatal motorcycle accident.  She understands how important it is for individuals to be informed about the various therapies and services that are available to help them to achieve a full recovery .

With the encouragement of friends and members of the auto insurance industry, Joanne wrote an MVA Consumer’s Guidebook and is the co-founder of www.healthlocator.ca.

She presently lives in Ontario’s Ottawa valley and spends her free time gardening, cycling and travelling.

Luc Moore: B.SC. (Hon) in Human Kinetics 

Chasing wind on Vancouver Island with my brother, 2017.  Windsurfing played a huge role in my recovery.

Luc has been involved in the health field since he was 16 years old.  He started his first business at the age of 18 selling exercise equipment and developing training programs while working at the Almonte Fitness Centre.  His combination of excitement and curiosity about how the body works and his athletic training brought him to study at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a B.SC. (Hon) in Human Kinetics.

In 2008, he completed a life goal of cycling across Canada in 57 days. Upon returning, he started his second business of providing Kinesiology services to his local area and then nine months later, in 2009, he was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident.  He sustained numerous life threatening injuries including an unstable open-book pelvic fracture which required intensive surgeries to repair.  With the help of family and friends, he closed his business and started rehabilitation as his new full-time job.  Nearly one year later to the day, he was involved in a car accident that totaled his VW Golf and rehabilitation continued.  The next 8 years were spent rehabbing from these two accidents.

On the positive side, as there are always two ways to view a situation…..he was granted a unique opportunity to:

  1. Learn and acquire a vast amount of knowledge about the rehabilitation process fro a patient’s perspective.
  2. Access and benefit from numerous rehabilitative therapies and rehabilitation equipment.
  3. Have an inside view of our Ontario Public Health system and see what services were needed to help others in similar situations.

This first-hand experience uncovered two fundamental components that he felt were lacking in the field of health care:

First, there seemed to be little in the way of communication tools for health professionals to collaborate with one another regarding the shared goal of rehabilitation for a patient.  Forming a health care team that consulted with one another concerning care outside of the hospital seemed to be near impossible.  It appeared that no one had the time to collaborate.

Second, there were many occasions when he needed specialized care. This required endless telephone calls and internet searches in order to find someone that could help him.  This process was very arduous and discouraging.  Finding health professionals who provided the type of services that he required was not always easy.

As a result, he co-created Healthlocator.ca to meet these two needs. The website’s directory serves as a tool to help health professionals collaborate with one another and also assists Ontarians in finding care close to their homes.

Luc presently lives in Ontario’s Ottawa valley and spends his spare time, windsurfing with friends, cycling and travelling.

Public Speaking Engagements: 

Best Practices in Post-Trauma Community Re-Integration – Nov 23, 2018

See Post by Apollo Physical Therapy Centres.  November 20 at 8:58 AM

Luc Moore, co-founder of Health Locator

In 2009, Luc was involved in a near fatal motorcycle #accident. He underwent two life saving surgeries at the #Civic #Hospital in Ottawa. At the time he was a #Kinesiologist running and operating his own high end #fitness company. With the help of his family, he closed down his company and started his new job rehabilitating. Eight years later, fully recovered, he co-founded #Health Locator to help others find health based therapies and services they require for #optimal health.

#bestpracticesinposttrauma

 

 

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