Elizabeth de Jong Westman

Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Therapy

Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic: Elizabeth de Jong Westman


What is your background & training?

My activity background includes competitive equestrian show jumping, dance (namely ballet), track and field, Olympic lifting and yoga. I have taught yoga since 2009, though I am no longer reaching regular public yoga classes in Vancouver, at least for now! I have a Bachelors of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario and am currently completing my Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal (Manip) Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia. I have done numerous courses in pelvic health physiotherapy: I treat men and women for bowel and bladder issues, pelvic pain, complex lower back and sacroiliac pain, post-surgery and more! I also practice all aspects of Physiotherapy and have specialized training in MSK (Musculoskeletal) Physio.

What inspired you to choose this career path?

Being active, outdoorsy and a dancer of 15+ years led me to have countless injurious, many of which required major assistance. This initially gave me the idea of a career in physiotherapy as my own physios helped me so much. My previous ‘career’ as a yoga instructor also led to a succession of issues that were only resolved when I totally changed direction and started olympic lifting and CrossFit. All of this combined has shaped my interest in human movement as well as spurring my keen desire to keep people moving and doing what they want to do. To me the human body is a puzzle, and part of my job is to problem solve the individual factors driving a client’s issue – attempting, where possible, to determine the root of the problem.

On a different note, though I’ve practiced Pelvic Health Physiotherapy since 2014, recently having had a kid of my own has renewed my passion for this area of practice and has given me a huge breadth of personal experience to draw from working with clients throughout their pregnancies and into the postpartum period.

Why do you choose to work at Treloar?

The collective expertise at Treloar is incredible and it’s amazing to be surrounded by so many devoted clinicians whom I can freely pester with questions! Similarly, the clients that we see are so much fun and they really make my job easy to enjoy. Treloar is such an open and accepting environment to work in, and I hope it shows in our work with our wonderful clients.

What are you personally passionate about?

Work-wise, I’m passionate about education as I crave a never-ending stream of new information, and though I feel it is somewhat inherent in being a Physio, I have a genuine desire to help people in whatever way I can.

Outside of work I am an outdoor activity junkie and thrive outdoors rain or shine. Usually on the weekends I’m trekking about in the forest somewhere with my husband, son and dog. Other interests/obsessions include my never-ending war on the inevitable accumulation of stuff, constantly trying to convince my husband to renovate our house, and baking.