Meet Our Management Team

Marie Hren
Co-Founder/Director, NRS
Occupational Therapist, Case Manager, Certified Life Care Planner

Marie Hren graduated with a diploma in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 1973, and later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.  In 1980, she obtained her certification in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, and in 2011, she achieved certification as a Canadian Life Care Planner through the International Commission on Health Care Certification.

Marie has worked with adults and children with neurological, medical, orthopedic, chronic pain, and psychological conditions, and has worked extensively with individuals with acquired brain injury, initially in a hospital-based rehabilitation setting, and since 1985 in home, school, workplace and community settings.  She co-founded NRS in 1987.

Marie has lectured on various topics related to brain injury rehabilitation to occupational and physical therapy students at the University of Toronto and Queens University, and presented at local and national brain injury conferences and symposia.  In addition to managing NRS, she continues to provide direct Occupational Therapy, Case Management and Life Care Planning services.

Harriette Brown
Co-Founder/Director, NRS
Occupational Therapist, Case Manager

Harriette Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1981.

Harriette has worked extensively with adults and children with traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions, complex orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and psychological conditions, initially working in hospital-based rehabilitation settings in Toronto and Israel, and since 1985 in home, school, workplace and community settings.  Together with Marie Hren, she founded Neuro-Rehab Services Inc. in 1987.

Harriette’s research experience includes standardizing the Riverdale Hospital Home & Community Skills Assessment tool.  She has lectured on various topics related to brain injury rehabilitation to occupational therapy students at the University of Toronto, and has presented at brain injury conferences and workshops.   In addition to managing NRS, she continues to provide direct Occupational Therapy and Case Management services.

Patricia Howell
Manager Development and Communications,
Occupational Therapist, Case Manager, Certified Life Care Planner

Patricia graduated with a B.Sc.O.T. (Occupational Therapy) from Queen’s University in 1982 and subsequently completed a Masters in Business Administration at York University in 1990.  In 2011, she achieved certification as a Canadian Life Care Planner, through the International Commission on Health Care Certification.

Patricia has worked in various acute care and rehabilitation facilities, including (now named) Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked in the area of pediatric neurology.  Since joining NRS in 1995 she has provided community based Case Management and Occupational Therapy services for adults and children with acquired brain injury and other serious injuries.  Patricia’s experience also includes program management, clinical research, staff and intern supervision and organizing, chairing and presenting at major symposia.  As Manager of Development and Communications at NRS, she is also responsible for ensuring that the company is responding to the needs of its various community partners. 

Patricia is also one of the founding Board Members of the Alliance of Community Medical and Rehabilitation Providers and is currently actively involved a number of initiatives aimed at improving access to benefits and supports for the seriously injured.

Trisha Cooke
Intake Coordinator
Case Manager, Registered Massage Therapist

Trisha Cooke graduated with a Diploma in Massage Therapy from Sir Sanford Fleming College in 1998, and a Bachelor of Health Studies (Honours) from York University in 2005. 

Trisha has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings including hospitals and community based agencies, providing massage therapy to children and adults with neurological and/or orthopedic injuries.  Trisha joined NRS in 2005, initially as a massage therapist, Rehab Coach and Assistant Rehab Coach Program Manager.  In 2009, Trisha moved into a Case Management role with NRS and has been working extensively with adults and children with brain injury, burns, spinal cord injury, amputations and complex orthopedic and chronic pain conditions.   Since 2009, she has also been working as NRS’s Clinical Intake Coordinator. Feel free to contact Trish directly at intake@neurorehab.ca or 416 667-3422 (ext. 224) if you would like to initiate a referral or you require help with rehab planning.

Ann George
Coordinator, Rehab Coaching Department
Case Manager, Rehab Coach

Ann George graduated from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program at Seneca College in 1993, and is registered as a rehabilitation worker with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada).  

With a background as a teaching assistant and support for a family member who had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, Ann joined NRS in 1989 as a Rehab Coach.  Between 1990 and 1994 she helped develop and coordinated NRS’s Head Injury Day Program.  Since 1995, she has been the Coordinator of the Rehab Coaching Department, and in this role is responsible for Rehab Coach recruitment, training and supervision, as well as ongoing program development.  In addition, she provides active Case Management and Rehab Coaching services to adults and children who have sustained serious injuries.

Who we are

NRS is a Canadian owned company servicing Ontario.  It was started in 1987 by Marie Hren and Harriette Brown, Occupational Therapists who, after many years working in hospital based neuro-rehabilitation, recognized that their clients needed ongoing support in their community in order to reach their fullest potential.

Although NRS is now one of the largest private rehabilitation companies in Ontario, Marie and Harriette continue to supervise each client’s program, from intake to discharge- ensuring you receive the support you need to achieve your personal goals.

Our adult and pediatric rehabilitation professionals have on average 10 years experience, and are highly skilled in working with people with neurological, orthopedic and/or psychological/psychiatric difficulties, injuries, amputations, burns and other complex injuries.

Assessment and treatment services are offered in the home, workplace or school, as well as at our clinic in Concord, Ontario.

Our commitment/approach

To those lives we touch, we make these commitments:

We strive to meet these commitments by providing the highest quality coordinated and functional, client and family centered, evidence based and culturally sensitive programs.  We also offer services in a number of languages other than English.

Our Philosophy

Coordinated and functional programming

At NRS, we:

Client & family centered practice

NRS is a leader in the area of client and family centered programming, which involves:

Evidence based practice

Evidence based practice entails helping clients and families make informed decisions about their health and rehabilitation by integrating the latest clinical research findings with practitioner expertise and other resources, while taking into consideration their unique characteristics, state, needs, values and preferences.

NRS not only attracts some of the most skilled and experienced rehab professionals in the industry, it also ensures staff keep up to date through the following:

Culturally sensitive programming

We recognize the importance of respecting each client’s unique experiences, perspectives and values. To this end, wherever possible, we strive to provide a “cultural match” between the therapist and client.

We are also able to provide a number of programs and services in languages other than English, including:

Please do not hesitate to contact our intake department should you have a specific need.