At Sitka Physio & Wellness our registered physiotherapists specialize in providing a comprehensive treatment approach. We are passionate about what we do, and strive to give you the care that you deserve. Our staff has a wide range of skills and experiences that can assist you on recovering from the specific physical challenges that you are currently facing while helping you find ways to lead a fuller more active life. Once a month we will profile one of our team members to help you make connections between your needs and their expertise.
FCAMPT – Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist- Australian Physiotherapy Association
Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (University of Queensland)
Master of Physical Therapy (University of British Columbia)
BSc (Honours) in Exercise and Health Physiology (University of Calgary)
What brought you to physio? How did you end up pursuing a career in the field?
As a kid I was injured a lot. The combination of not being too graceful and a “put it all on the line” kind of athlete made me a frequent flyer into the physio clinic. Between practices, games and all of the injuries I experienced, I discovered a passion for learning about the body and decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy.
Fast forward through 3 degrees in two countries and several injuries later and I’ve now been practicing for 8 years between Canada and Australia. I love my career, and I’ve been lucky to have been able to physio around the world. As a result, I have learned a variety of different perspectives, skills and techniques from many different colleagues, patients, and students.
What has kept me engaged with physiotherapy is that it’s a career where I can help my patients in an active and engaging way. As physios we have the luxury of longer appointments compared to our medical counterparts, which gives us the time to really delve into figuring out each patient’s injury. I feel that this allows us create a better understanding of how their issue affects them as an individual, and be able to tailor an active and more sustainable strategy to than I would have the opportunity to do in other fields of medicine.
Why do you have two Masters degrees in Physiotherapy?
After working for a few years, my thirst for learning wasn’t quenched from shorter courses, so I decided to return to university and really commit to studying for a year. My physiotherapy philosophy matched the Australian paradigms, and so I decided to return and undertake my Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist designation in Brisbane. This program was great for my professional development and really allowed me to focus on spinal related injuries where I found a passion for neck related headaches and dizziness under the guidance of several world-renowned physios. Headaches and dizziness are often problems that have a significant impact on a patient’s day-to-day activities, and if I can help give them their world back I can potentially make a profound impact on their life.
How would you describe your approach to physiotherapy?
I will always recognize that you are not your injury, nor the person who your headache, pain or dizziness turns you into. I will work my hardest to help you overcome that hurdle through active rehab and get you back to living. Because really, who wants to be sidelined with an injury?!
In our appointment I will ask you a lot of questions. I’m a believer that “all patients come into the clinic and tell you what you need, you just need to learn to decipher it.” More information will help me more accurately identify what I think is going on so that I can have the most effective and efficient treatment possible to help you get better faster.
My goal is to empower every patient through their rehab to keep them independent and as active as possible. I try to avoid being a ‘can’t do’ physio and try to keep you involved in your activities (with or without modifications) to keep your bodies and brains active.
What other passions do you have?
Similar to most physios, sitting still isn’t my forte. My current activities include ultimate frisbee, climbing, salsa dancing, West Coast swing dancing, and skiing. But I can’t forget my other loves of squash, golf, running, hiking, snowshoeing, field hockey, basketball, soccer… the list goes on. Jack of all sports, master of none. The benefit of my many athletic pursuits is that I am aware of many of the nuances and common injuries with each activity and can give my patients sport specific cues and rehab techniques.
Important additional training & courses:
- Integrated Dry Needling (IDN): A. Hutton
- AAP Assessment and Management of Concussions– Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test: Dr B Willer, Dr. J Treleaven
- Dynamic Approach to the Hip/Pelvis: J. Hynes
- Assessment and Management of Cervical Spine Disorders: Dr G Jull * Course assistant
- Australian Physiotherapy Association Spinal 1 * Course assistant
- Mulligan Concept- Upper Extremity: J. Miller
- Lumbar Assessment and Interventions: O. Grimsby