Training as a health care provider began at Brock University in Southern Ontario, where I received my Bachelor of Physical Education Honors (with a specialty in disability studies) in 2001. I continued my education at McMaster University and in private training for rehabilitation services where I explored courses in kinesiology, exercise rehabilitation, and myofascial integration therapy. I have been in private practice since 2001.
In search of a more efficient means of treating patients, I began my manual osteopathic training with the Canadian College of Osteopathy in 2004. I completed my Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice, passed all of my exams in 2009, and defended my thesis 2011 (a quantitative clinical trial on the effectiveness of Osteopathic Manual Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). I'm a member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)
I am continually seeking to expand my knowledge in order to provide the best care to my patients. I regularly attend postgraduate training in Osteopathy as well as other complementary therapies.
Osteopathy is a 'hands on' manual therapy and one of the oldest approaches to the treatment of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue (fascia/lymph). In treating these structures, the functions of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and also the circulatory, respiratory and immune systems of the body are able to heal more effectively.
Founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician sought a different approach to health care. Osteopathy was born; a therapy where non-medicinal and non-surgical ways of healing would promote the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
Various stresses and strains on the body through aging, trauma, illness, surgical scarring, childbirth, or the cumulative effects of mental, emotional, physical stresses impede the natural efficiency of our body’s health. Treatments take into account how the whole body moves and adjusts to pain.
Osteopathic manual practitioners work with the patient to facilitate good structural alignment, tissue health and organ functions that will alleviate pain and prevent symptom re-occurrence. Osteopathy aims to improve the patients' acute dysfunctions and provide long-term health and vitality.