BScKin, MPT, CST, CAFCI, CGIMS, Registered Physiotherapist
A love of sports and movement was sparked for me at a very young age, when I fell in love with artistic gymnastics and competed provincially in Ontario. After a few persistent injuries I ended up in physiotherapy as a patient, my first introduction to the profession. It was there that I became fascinated by how the body worked and all the systems that functioned seamlessly together. Over the years, this spark of interest would continue to grow and become my lifelong passion to learn about the body, injuries and how to best recover from them.
I attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, first completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2003, followed by a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2005.
I have always wanted to live surrounded by the mountains and the ocean, so it was only a matter of time before I would relocate to the west coast. During a vacation in 2008 to British Columbia, I fell in love with the beauty and outdoor adventures British Columbia could offer. A few short months later, I drove across Canada and Squamish was my new home.
Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work with high caliber and professional athletes in a wide variety of sports: snowboarders, skiers, ballerinas, gymnasts, rock climbers, runners, and mountain bikers (to name a few). In 2010, I worked with the Olympic and Paralympic athletes training and competing during the Olympics in Vancouver, BC.
Since graduating from university in 2005, I have continued to further my education and expertise in a wide variety of diverse treatment techniques, allowing for a more holistic and integrated approach to injury prevention and recovery. I have taken courses in orthopedic manual and manipulative physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy, visceral mobilization, nerve manipulation, acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), body control pilates, custom wrist splinting, custom orthotics assessment & casting, acute & chronic pain rehabilitation and custom knee ligament bracing.
In 2014, my passion for understanding complex injuries further grew after I developed a chronic pain condition (complex regional pain syndrome) and nerve pain while recovering from a knee injury. In my own journey to recovery, I have spent years researching chronic pain, the brain and body connection, pain rehabilitation and how to best recover from complicated injuries. In 2018, I began guest lecturing at UBC, to the Physiotherapy students, on chronic pain rehabilitation and my unique perspective on pain gained from years of research, working with chronic pain patients as a therapist, and my own personal recovery. This experience has led to a deeper understanding on the complexities of pain, the unique ways each patient recovers and how to optimize recovery from complex injuries.
Through my post graduate training, I have received additional certifications in acupuncture (CAFCI), intramuscular stimulation (Gunn IMS), and craniosacral therapy (Upledger). Currently, I am working towards certifications in nerve manipulation and visceral manipulation. My research into pain rehabilitation and chronic pain recovery still continues.
In my free-time, I am involved in many recreational sports and activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, Pilates, snowboarding, adventure motorcycle riding, photography and travelling.