Established in 1996, TRAC Group is unique in its ownership, structure and service offering to clients.
Founded by two Regulated Health Professionals, Registered Speech-Language Pathologist Christine McCool and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and Certified Life Care Planner Ruth Leppard know what disability management research proves: Clients with access to coordinated, inter-professional care have better outcomes when compared to services provided in isolation.
Committed to clinical excellence combined with an exceptional level of client and customer service, TRAC Group offers a complete range of health and disability management services under one roof. This breadth and depth of expertise enables our professionals to effect positive and enduring change in the lives of our clients.
TRAC is an abbreviation for Traumatic Rehabilitation @ Community
Contact us today and experience the TRAC Difference.
Following years of independent practice, Christine, formerly of C.A. McCool Rehabilitation Services and Ruth, formerly of R. Leppard & Associates, formed TRAC Group Inc. to better serve catastrophically injured clients with complex care needs in the community by developing the TRAC Group programs.
TRAC Group was a pioneer in establishing community based, multidisciplinary programs for individuals with catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and chronic pain. Adopting features from hospital rounds, Designated Assessment Centres (DAC’s) and traditional community care models, Ruth and Christine designed a delivery of care model that also incorporated best practice guidelines, communication protocols and functional outcome measures with the ultimate goal of improving care and reducing costs for clients.
Since inception, Christine and Ruth have assembled a highly skilled and experienced team now counting over 65 clinicians throughout Ontario with an expanse of expertise to meet the needs of diverse client populations. Dedicated to the development and delivery of integrated programs and services, Ruth, Christine and the TRAC Group Clinicians strive to meet the unique needs of each and every client entrusted to our care.
Christine A. McCool M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Founder, CEO & Registered Speech Language Pathologist
Christine McCool has more than 25 years’ of clinical experience in adult nervous-system-related communication disorders, with an emphasis on cognitive-communication rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury. She operated C. A. McCool Rehabilitation Services, which provided occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and behavior therapy services to adults and children from 1996-2006 and co-founded the TRAC Group Programs in 2001.
Christine was a member of the steering committee for the Rehabilitation Network of Champlain Traumatic Brain Injury Integration Pilot Project and participated in the standardization of a new tool to evaluate functional verbal reasoning and executive strategies after brain injury. She is the author of Communication Quarterly, an educational publication about cognitive-communication issues following traumatic brain injury, and is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and seminars.
A Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Christine has a Master of Health Sciences degree from the University of Toronto and is a member in good standing of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Ruth Leppard R.N.,C.R.R.N., C.C.L.C.P.
Founder, Registered Nurse, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse & Certified Life Care Planner
Ruth Leppard has more than 20 years’ experience in the combined disciplines of nursing and rehabilitation. She operated R. Leppard and Associates Rehabilitation Consulting, which provided rehabilitation and vocational consulting, from 1999 to 2007 and co-founded the TRAC Group Programs in 2001.
Committed to helping clients develop the skills and techniques they need to reintegrate into the community and employment, Ruth developed and implemented comprehensive, goal-oriented, proactive and effective rehabilitation plans. Over the past 19 years, Ruth has acquired a specialty in rehabilitation nursing, as well as expertise in working with adults and children who have suffered multi-faceted, catastrophic injuries and impairments from vehicle and work-related injuries. Ruth’s objective and cost-effective approach, as well as her thorough understanding of vehicle insurance legislation and long-term disability requirements, assisted in bringing about successful closure for her clients, funding sources and other stakeholders.
A Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, Ruth has served as a Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Certified Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (CARP), volunteer patient advocate at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, and member of the board advisory committee for the Robin Easey Centre. Ruth is a frequent speaker at educational conferences and seminars.
Using her expertise and experience as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse/Case Manager/Rehabilitation Consultant, Ruth as a Canadian certified life care planner, developed a superior product for life care plans and future cost of care reports that is second to none. All aspects of the client’s injuries, present and future functional limitations and associated costs are identified. A report that is objective, defendable and credible is considered an invaluable tool for both defense and plaintiff counsel. More importantly, the client has a plan for their future medical/rehabilitation needs and expenditures.
The TRAC Group has a core roster of registered professionals in:
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Cognitive-Communication/Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
- Physiotherapy (PT)
- Mental Health & Addictions Therapy
- Registered Nursing (RN) Case Management
- Future Care Needs & Life Care Planning
- Behavioural Therapy & Counselling
- Rehabilitation Assistance
- Student Success Services
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Disability Management
- Individuals recovering from:
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Complex injuries including concussion, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury
- with progressive degenerative diseases or chronic conditions including pain
- with developmental, speech or language delays
- who want to effect a career change
- Employers & Employees
- Academic Institutions
The TRAC Group offers bilingual programs and services at locations throughout Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Pembroke, Barrie, Sudbury and North Bay.
Please contact us to discuss services available in your area.
Head Office Address:
161 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, ON
Satellites in: Kingston & Barrie