Brainworks History

Clinical and professional beginnings

With a strong clinical and professional backdrop and with encouragement from other professionals, Arden McGregor launched Brainworks in August 2003 with husband Russell Temple. From day one, Arden has handled the clinical side, while Russell has taken care of administration.

As a result of much hard work and perseverance, it was not long before Brainworks became well known to the rehabilitation community. The first motto for Brainworks was “A small company eager to make a great first impression!” And that they did! Growing mainly by word of mouth referrals, only a year after its founding, Brainworks was no longer able to operate from a home office and the need for professional office space became more pressing. In February 2005, Brainworks moved to its Waterloo Street offices in London. The staff complement was about twelve at that time and clientele was still growing.

To meet the needs of its growing clientele Brainworks expanded its services by offering new programs and adding more staff. Consistent growth prompted yet another move forward. In April of 2007 Brainworks moved its central offices to the Ridout Street in London. In June of 2007, Dr. Emilie Newell officially opened a new chapter in Brainworks’ history by ceremoniously “cutting the ribbon” during our open house.

From its heritage head office in London, Brainworks coordinates service delivery to the residents of Southwestern Ontario. In addition to our London location, we have expanded our services to include a team of therapists in Essex & Kent counties and other staff scattered across the area. Services to the Muskoka area were offered starting in 2008, with the opening of a Huntsville office.

Spreading throughout Ontario

Today, Brainworks’ professional staff members live and work in many different communities in Ontario. They come from over fifteen different disciplines and have a combined professional work experience of over 300 years. To date, several hundred clients have been served by Brainworks’ twelve services and programs. We provide direct services throughout Southwestern and Southcentral Ontario, and north of Toronto to north of North Bay. We have case management, consultation and education service capabilities throughout the province.

Expansion of Services

Brainworks has been out front since its inception. Initially Brainworks provided Psychological Services and Rehabilitation Therapy. Over a short period of time, to meet the demands of the community and to complement existing services Brainworks offered more to meet the needs of its growing clientele. From specialized services that include a Pain Management program to comprehensive services such Psychovocational Assessments and Case Management, Brainworks has grown to provide unique solutions to rehabilitation problems.

Brainworks going Forward

Brainworks’ outlook on the future is bright! We look forward to what opportunities may come and what skills and knowledge we will need to attain, to provide new and exciting services to best suit the needs of our clients. Being client-centred is at the heart of everything we do and it will be in the years to come.