What is your background & training?
Growing up in the prairies (Winnipeg MB), I am still getting used to the hills and mountains of BC. I completed my Bachelor of Kinesiology with a double major in cellular biology from the University of Manitoba. I then moved out East to complete my Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2019 at the University of Toronto. Since then, I have completed continuing education courses in manual therapy, medical acupuncture, dry needling/IMS, electro-IMS, myofascial cupping and spinal manipulation to add to my toolbox for clinical care. I have a special interest in the upper quadrant – especially TMJ (jaw), neck, and shoulder patients.
What inspired you to choose this career path?
Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology were my favourite courses in my undergraduate degree; with this in mind, physiotherapy was a great fit! I’ve always loved anything hands on, whether it be playing the piano, racket related sports or painting, so physiotherapy was a great ‘hands on’ health profession that jived with my academic interests. It has been a great choice ever since!
Why do you choose to work at Treloar?
Coming from Manitoba and having completed my physiotherapy Masters in Ontario, Treloar is well-known across the entire country for having a high standard of care for their patients. With continuing education and mentorship being a strong pillar for the clinicians working at Treloar, there is always opportunity for growth and taking things to the ‘next level’ in clinical care and practice. Such a great environment to be in!
What are you personally passionate about?
One aspect of physiotherapy that really sparks passion in me is clinical instructing and educating. I’ve worked intimately with the University of Toronto in mentoring new graduates in their transition from academic life into the professional working life, as well as clinical instructing University of Manitoba students on clinical internships. There is always a sense of satisfaction when they get the ‘Aha!’ moments. I have a clinical faculty appointment with UBC as a clinical instructor, taking physiotherapy Masters students on their internships to expose them to orthopaedic practice.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll probably find me trying out new places to eat or checking off another location on my list of dessert places to try. Being new to the B.C. area, I have a lot of food places to explore!