I saw a Physiotherapist for the first time when I injured my shoulder while I was in my first year of undergrad at the University of Waterloo. I was amazed by how the Physiotherapist approached my shoulder injury and I was inspired to learn more. Although my undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering, I found that by the end of it, I was much more passionate about health and rehabilitation than engineering so I went on to complete my Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University. I have since worked in a variety of settings, from musculoskeletal rehab in a community clinic, to interdisciplinary teams providing rehab for people with COPD and for people with chronic pain. I have also run group programs at various Community Health Centres for falls prevention and low back pain management.
My mission is to improve the quality of life of people in pain by listening to their stories, helping them better understand their pain, providing non-judgmental self-management support, and working with other health care providers as needed. I believe strongly in empowering people to help themselves and to feel confident with their bodies again.
I know that changing habits is not easy so I also have a particular interest in helping people become more active in a sustainable way, whether they have a recent injury, chronic pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Or perhaps they don’t have a specific injury or chronic disease but are simply not yet meeting the recommended 150 minutes/week of moderate-vigorous physical activity.
My clinical interests include pain science, exercise therapy, chronic disease management, health promotion, mindfulness, and hands-on therapy. I value staying up to date with current research to ensure that my clients are receiving evidence-informed care.
When I’m not in the clinic, you can often find me with my nose in a book, playing badminton, strength training, or bouldering. I enjoy staying active and will often venture to try new activities – in the past, these have included hip-hop dancing, ballroom dancing, and Ultimate Frisbee .