I am a mama, wifey, climber, physio
I am a Saskatchewan girl at heart who fell in love with the mountains when I moved to Alberta in 2002 to work at Nakiska Ski Resort. This was also the year that I discovered what physiotherapy was by visiting a clinic in Canmore, as I had friends with various snowboard and ski injuries. I fell in love with the idea of helping people return to their activities and sport, and decided that summer that this was what I truly was meant to do!
I spent the next 5 years working at Nakiska, followed by a winter working for CMH Heli Skiing, all the while obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. After a few year's off from school while working as a kinesiologist and group personal trainer, I received entry into the physical therapy Master's program at the University of Alberta, and graduated in 2013 with my Master's of Science in Physical Therapy.
Since practicing as a registered physiotherapist in Calgary, I have worked extensively in private practice working with various musculoskeletal conditions. My experience ranges from motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries and preventative work injury management, post-operative, general sprains and sprains, and sport-related injuries. I currently treat a lot of climbing related and shoulder injuries in my caseload.
My treatment philosophy is simple:
EDUCATE. EMPOWER. MOVE.
Educate to empower my patients to take charge of their recovery and actively participate in their rehab to reach their goals. This includes a lot of education so they are aware of what their road to recovery looks like and they can be their own best therapist. Treatments also include a combination of manual therapy, and patient specific functional exercises.
Additional post graduate courses I have taken include advanced manual therapy, anatomical acupuncture, dry needling techniques, and diagnostic imaging. I have taken additional courses in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, and pelvic conditions, functional movement screening, running assessment, climbing movement assessment, and blood flow restriction training. I am authorized to order diagnostic imaging (private pay only as per new Government legislation), perform spinal manipulation, and use needles in practice.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, 2 little girls, and our black lab. We enjoy exploring local trails, water-sports, time at the lake, hanging out at the motocross track, and bouldering. I enjoy running for some "me" time!
I have a special interest in shoulder and elbow injuries, and enjoy working with my fellow climbers and other athletes!