With over 15 years of clinical experience, I treat everyone including infants, athletes, and seniors.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have highly trained palpation skills and the ability to feel and correct restrictions within the various systems of the body (musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, vascular, visceral, reproductive and lymphatic). Through treatment practitioners work to improve the mobility of the tissues which allows the body to become balanced again and essentially heal itself. Thus providing not only an alleviation of the symptom, but more importantly, a return to full health..
1. The structure of the body governs the body’s function.
If a structure is compromised, ultimately the body will not function optimally. Mechanical problems often precede physiological changes in the body that can lead the tissues to an unhealthy state.
2. The flow of the fluids in the body must be maintained and preserved.
If an artery or vein is restricted, the tissue will not function to its full capacity.
3. The body functions as a unit.
All of the systems of the body work together and are interrelated. If one system or part of the body is compromised, then essentially the whole body cannot live in its healthiest state.
4. The body has the inherent ability to heal itself.
An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner works to find the restriction, free it up with the help of the body, and allow the body to live to its full potential/optimal health.
I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1996 with an Honors Physical Education degree. I worked as a Certified Kinesiologist for several years in physiotherapy clinics prescribing corrective exercises, evaluating functional capacities, and establishing return to work programs for many clients. In 2000, I returned to the University of Western Ontario and earned my Bachelor of Education degree and graduated with distinction.
While working as a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board, I began studying part time at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. The Canadian College of Osteopathy is a rigorous five year part-time program that involves two years of independent research to graduate. I graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2007 and presented my research to an international research board. My research was on the Validation of the Downing Test. This research project enabled me to develop expertise in pelvic and low back dysfunction.
As a life-long learner who is passionate about providing the best client care, after graduating from the Canadian College of Osteopathy, I have taken extensive training in concussion management and the treatment of endocranial spasms. I have also taken postgraduate courses in treating the fascia, in biodynamics and fluid treatment, how embryology affects the body, and the effect of emotions on the physical body. I pride myself on staying at the forefront of the most current research and treatment within this profession.
In addition to my ongoing professional development, I am an active member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Practitioners and I sit on the board of directors of their association.
As an individual who strives to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle, I enjoy distance running and participating in various outdoor activities and sports. With this personal lifestyle, I am eager to broaden my clinical experience in treating high performance athletes.
An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner’s approach is often quite different from other forms of therapy. The treatment is a more gentle approach. Time is spent with the client to gain an in depth history to better understand how the body has lived up to the point before treatment. Based on the client’s condition, treatment is provided through the use of myofascial release, osteoarticular adjustment, visceral manipulation, and functional, cranial and/or muscle energy techniques. Often supportive exercises are also prescribed to further improve their overall well being.
A thorough survey or interview of your past medical history will be recorded. A physical examination will be conducted using orthopaedic tests and assessment tools. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will palpate the body and scan for restrictions. Lastly, a treatment plan will be devised and carried out. The body needs time to adapt between treatments. Often treatments are given once a week or bi-weekly until the condition starts to improve. Once improvement is made, treatments are required less often until healed.What do I wear for a treatment session or assessment?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in i.e.: yoga wear for women and athletic pants or shorts for men.Does OHIP cover treatment?
No, however, many group health insurance (extended health) benefits include coverage for services provided by Osteopathic Manual Practitioners who are members of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.What methods of payment are accepted?
Cash, cheque, debit, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted forms of payment.