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Dapne Mercado, Registered Physiotherapist

Dapne Mercado

M.Sc. in Human Kinetics

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by the human body's mechanics. Growing up, I was not just intrigued by science but also deeply moved by the possibility of alleviating pain and helping people feel their best. This curiosity laid the foundation for my future journey as a physiotherapist.

Hailing from Venezuela, my experience spans over 13 enriching years, in which I’ve sharpened my understanding of the human body and nurtured my empathetic approach to patient care. My commitment to helping a person feel whole or overcome a health challenge is stronger than ever.

Driven by the need to always give the best to my patients, I pursued an M.Sc in Human Kinetics specializing in Biomechanics at the University of Ottawa and I have also done studies in Global Postural Re-education, Neuro-musculoskeletal Manual Therapy, Myofascial Induction, Craniosacral Therapy and Functional Dry Needling, among others.

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My approach 

"Every individual is a world unto themselves, and no two worlds are alike." - Henry David Thoreau
Dapne Mercado, Registered physiotherapist

In a world where healthcare often feels impersonal and detached, my mission is to provide one-on-one treatment. No cold packs or TENS machines – just tailored interventions designed to address your specific challenges and aspirations.


These are some of the techniques and methods I use in my practice:
Manual Therapy

Skilled hands-on techniques performed by trained therapists to assess, diagnose, and treat musculoskeletal conditions. This approach can involve precise manipulation of joints, muscles, and soft tissues to relieve pain, enhance mobility, and facilitate the body's innate healing mechanisms.

Myofascial Induction

A technique that involves applying gentle pressure and manipulation to the fascia – a connective tissue surrounding muscles and organs. This method aims to release tension, improve mobility, and alleviate pain by addressing restrictions or adhesions within the fascial network. 

Gobal Postural Re-education
Global Postural

A specialized approach that focuses on improving posture and alignment of the body as a whole. This method considers the interconnectedness of various body structures and systems, aiming to address imbalances that may contribute to pain, discomfort, or movement limitations.

Dry needling
Dry Needling

A specialized technique consisting of the precise insertion of thin needles into specific points within muscles aiming to alleviate pain, and improve muscle function and blood flow (among other benefits) by targeting dysfunctions within the tissue. 

"Dapne is a true professional and her approach is incredibly effective. After just a few sessions, I felt a significant improvement in my low back mobility and overall comfort. She's attentive, knowledgeable, and genuinely cares about her patients. Highly recommend her for anyone seeking top-notch physiotherapy."


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The Movement Union

The Movement Union 

268 Durocher St, Vanier, ON K1L 7S6


First Step Physiotherapy

First Step Physiotherapy

73 Aberdeen St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J5

(613) 724-8001 

Dapne Mercado Physiotherapist

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