Meet the Active Living Physiotherapy Staff!
I always knew that I wanted to work in health care and therefore attended Guelph University for my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. During this degree, I volunteered in many different health care settings until I found my passion for neurological rehabilitation and geriatric physiotherapy. I attended the University of Toronto for my Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.
After graduating, I moved to Edmonton for an opportunity to work in several settings. I gained experiences in acute care hospitals, geriatric and neurological rehabilitation settings and private physiotherapy clinics. With these experiences, along with a multitude of post-graduate training courses, I decided to return to my hometown of Peterborough to open up my own private clinic.
I have pursued and continue to pursue professional development in several areas. I have advanced training in neurological and vestibular therapy. My passion remains in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation as well as geriatric care.
I have developed a clinic philosophy dedicated to providing superior treatment in a comfortable and supportive environment. My co-workers and I are passionate about maintaining the highest standard of care for our clients.
I spend all of my free time with my husband and twin boys. I love to watch hockey but am unfortunately a fan of a losing team.
I am a Registered Physiotherapist with special interests in neurological, orthopedic and vestibular physiotherapy. As an undergraduate student, I started volunteering at Active Living in effort to familiarize myself with physiotherapy. This ignited my passion for the profession and I decided to further my education, and eventually complete my Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University.
I focus my practice on providing guidance in setting reachable, individualized physiotherapy goals for my patients and strive to help them achieve these goals. I typically find the best outcomes in my treatments result from focused education and exercise, supplemented with manual therapy techniques.
I am passionate about fitness and health and am a bit of a geek in my free time.
I knew I wanted to go into a profession where I could help make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Through volunteering in different settings, I developed an interest in physiotherapy, especially in neurological rehabilitation.
As a result, I studied kinesiology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to gain a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, and health. I then attended the University of Toronto to complete my Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. During this time I was able to gain experience in many areas of the profession through placement opportunities. These experiences furthered my passion for neurological physiotherapy.
Since graduating, I have completed courses in neurological rehabilitation and persistent pain management and have also developed an interest in vestibular rehabilitation. I am very happy to be a part of the great team at Active Living.
Physical Therapy Assistant
I’ve always been passionate about utilizing movement as therapy. Having taught yoga since 2009, entering into the field of Physiotherapy just seemed like the most natural progression as a way to help a wider spectrum of people.
I first came to Active Living Physiotherapy in 2016 as a student from Fleming College on my final placement of the OTA & PTA program. After graduating with honors, I was then lucky enough to later be hired on to this amazing team!
Whether working one on one, or within a small class environment, I love the challenge of finding ways to adapt movements, exercises or even Yoga poses to each individual client's needs and current abilities. Seeing people become more aware of their movement patterns, reducing pain, gaining strength, and feeling more confident in their abilities, are some of the most rewarding parts of my job!
Outside of work I love to get outside with my husband and 2 year old son to hike, bike, swim, and garden. Traveling to warm places, snorkelling, practicing Yoga, and cooking are some other things I am passionate about.
Registered Massage Therapist
I graduated from the massage therapy program at Sir Sandford Fleming College and became registered with the College of Massage therapy of Ontario in 2003. I spent 4 years in Muskoka working at Sherwood Inn in Port Carling. In 2008 I returned to Peterborough and joined the Active Living Physiotherapy team and have loved it.
I have enjoyed learning to work along side our Physiotherapists to treat a wide variety of patients. I especially enjoy the challenge of removing barriers to receiving massage therapy.
I'm my free time I enjoy traveling, movies, baking and all things feline especially kitty videos
Being a small town girl, I decided to do my undergrad at Acadia University in the tiny town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition degree. I then moved back to Ontario and completed my Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. Since graduating I have had the pleasure of working at Active Living Physiotherapy which has developed my interest in working with seniors and individuals with neurological and vestibular conditions. I have had the opportunity to implement a post-stroke exercise class as well as facilitate several individuals with Parkinsons complete the LSVT BIG program. I will continue my professional development in the neurological and vestibular fields in order to bring new ideas and treatment methods to the clinic.
My passion for physiotherapy comes from a desire to help others achieve their goals, be it finally getting rid of that nagging shoulder pain, or optimizing recovery from a stroke. I take a functional approach to facilitating client’s in meeting their personal rehabilitation goals through education, exercise, and manual therapy techniques. I find being a physiotherapist rewarding, knowing I can enable clients to function at their upmost potential.
In my youth, I was a competitive gymnast and while practicing I acquired a knee injury. I needed Physiotherapy and this is where my love of the profession began. I spent many hours at physiotherapy and loved the desk freedom and problem solving the profession required. I graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and went south of the border to pursue my Doctor of Physical Therapy at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, although I will always be a Maple Leafs fan!
I am currently focusing on rehabilitation for orthopaedic and neurological disorders. I continue to develop my skills as a therapist by attending continued education courses on evidence based practice for orthopaedic care and NDT techniques for individuals who have had a stroke or brain injury. I am a certified NDT therapist through the Toronto Rehab NDT certification program and registered with the NDTA.
I enjoy spending my time in the outdoors exploring Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes regions with my growing family. Go Leafs Go!
Physical Therapy Assistant
My interest and curiosity to learn about how the body moves began during my time working as an acrobatic instructor. Having witnessed various sports related injuries, I wanted to know what could be done to restore physical health, as well as prevent further problems.
I began my studies at Cambrian College, taking an introductory health sciences course. This led me to attend the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Niagara College. After graduating in 2013, I returned to Sudbury to work in a long-term care environment.
In 2015, I moved to Peterborough to join the Active Living family. My creative side and love for fitness blended perfectly with the clientele. Being able to adapt exercises based on my client’s individual needs, and share in their progress and achievements, is incredibly rewarding to me!
Outside of work, I spend most of my time at the gym. I’m a sucker for the burn of a good workout! I also love dancing, playing games, random adventures, and really bad dad jokes. Did I mention I have a lot of energy?!
Whenever people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I was certain the answer was teaching. I always loved going to school and learning, and I even enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at Trent University. Halfway through the program however, I realized I was on the wrong path with no clue as to what the “right” path might be. I stuck it out and finished my degree, but I needed to come up with a new plan.
With my skills in organization and background in customer service, I thought a career in administration might be a good fit. I took a chance and completed the Hospital Nursing Unit Secretary Certificate through Fleming College and landed my first full time job right here at Active Living. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out and I am so thankful to be working alongside some amazing therapists! Every day I get to connect with our patients and witness their journey to heal and become stronger and it’s incredibly rewarding!
I like to spend my free time reading or watching tv and movies, and I love playing board games with friends and family! I have a love for hot drinks and cardigans – if you couldn’t tell, my favourite season is pumpkin season!
Registered Massaged Therapist
After completing an Honours Kin Degree, I wanted a more specialized career working with athletes, which led me to a second degree in Health Science, through Sheridan College with a specialization in Athletic Therapy. Working as a Certified Athletic Therapist I gained experience working with professional and amateur athletes both individually and in team settings. I began my Career at Trent University working with teams as well as within a clinical setting. While there I completed my diploma of Massage Therapy through the Ontario College of Health and Technology, as well as my National Exam to earn the title of Registered Massage Therapist.
After a hectic two years moving to and from Toronto and giving birth to two babies, my family and I returned to Peterborough to focus on a more family oriented lifestyle.
I feel that with my experience and strong back ground in therapeutic exercise prescription and injury prevention, I am able to create patient specific treatment plans that cater to each individual's needs.
In my free time you can usually find me outdoors bearing the cold to get my three-year-old on the slopes, or running on the rotary trail with my youngest.