About us

Self-Sufficient Seniors offers an innovative approach to senior care and provides the cornerstone for a continued independent lifestyle. Our philosophy of wellness is grounded in a holistic approach, which is implemented in every program developed.

Our team

Our team consists of experienced health care professionals committed to ensuring that our clients are given the best personalized care for their individual needs. We look forward to working with you!

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Karen Spanner-Lauzon


Karen graduated with honours from the University of Ottawa Human Kinetics undergraduate program and continued to pursue her passion at the University of New Brunswick where she received her Masters in Science. Her thesis focused on implementing physical health programs for vulnerable populations and measuring the physical and mental outcomes, which lead her back into senior care upon returning to Ottawa. She continued her education and became a certified Cognitive Stimulation Therapist.

Since 2008, Karen has been working to upgrade the quality of life for seniors in the Ottawa area. Karen’s deep understanding of senior care needs and a passion for helping other lead her to establish Self-Sufficient Seniors in 2014. Since then, Karen has been providing innovative programs that are tailored specifically to the individual needs of her clients providing them with the independence seniors deserve.

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Ariel Pelletier

Exercise Trainer

Ariel completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy in Australia in 2019 after finishing her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Science at Lakehead University. She has comprehensive understanding of the importance of evidence based, individualized and goal-oriented patient care and brings a compassionate and collaborative approach to the team. She has demonstrated her skills by being a Physiotherapy Assistant and an Activity Aide and brings a myriad of clinical experiences with her. Ariel’s work has been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal and presented at international conferences in Japan and France.

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Stephanie Faulds

Recreation Therapist

Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge in recreation therapy to the team having obtained her Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma along with her Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation. She has been working with the senior community across Ontario since 2018 and continues to sharpen her skills in effective communication and individualized programming. If you ever need a keen eye for your flower arrangements, Stephanie is your girl having also completed a course in Wedding Flower and Design!

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Amii Holmes

Recreation Therapist

Amii holds her certificate in Recreation Therapy and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation. She has been working with the senior population since 2018 holding roles including Recreation Manager, Activity Aide and Inclusive Recreation Specialist. When Amii is not spending her time helping seniors, you can find her singing and playing her ukulele.

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Yujia Sun

Seniors Health & Wellness Therapist

Sun possesses both a Personal Support Worker certificate along with an Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma. Since 2017 Sun has applied her skills in the roles of Personal Support Worker, Rehabilitation Assistant, Restorative Care Aide and Cognitive Stimulation Therapist. She has ample experience implementing restorative care programs and educating on preventative measures. Her inspiration to work in this field came from living with her grandparents who instilled her with the optimism and passion to make a difference in the senior’s community.