Growing up in Toronto I was passionate about two things - sports and classical music. I excelled as a French horn player and pursued a Bachelor in Music Performance at the University of Toronto until I acquired focal dystonia - a neuromuscular condition which would eventually end my music career (but not until I had completed most of a Masters in French Horn Performance at the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec).
Wanting to pursue a career in my second passion - sports, I embarked upon a new Bachelor's degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy at Camosun College. By a happy coincidence I realized shortly thereafter that I would be able to use this new career to help musicians with their injuries.
However, the next few years would not be easy. I unfortunately experienced a rash of major injuries, which while difficult, also allowed me to become intimately familiar with all aspects of injury and physical limitation from the perspective of my patients.
It is from these experiences that I have formed the concept for the Performance Conditioning and Rehab clinic. My moto:
Live. Move. Perform.
reflects my belief that everyone needs to be able to perform physically in their daily lives, and not just athletes. In other words....
In order to live we move, and when we move, we perform.
So at PCR I strive to understand the unique needs that are faced by any individual, from the professional musician required to maintain a specific posture all day, to the amateur mountain biker shredding the trails on the weekend, or the mom, dad, or grandparent who just wants to pick up the kids without pain. Whatever it is that you do, my goal is to help you perform pain-free and with greater ease.
Experience and Expertise
As both a Certified Athletic Therapist and Certified Exercise Physiologist I have over 1400 hours of experience treating and rehabilitating injuries and prescribing exercise. I have worked for the UVic Biomedical Lab, the Camosun College Women's Volleyball Team, the BC Soccer Association, the UVic Vikes Men's Rugby Program, the Omni Rehab clinic, and the Camosun College Athletic and Exercise Therapy Clinic, among other organizations.
During my studies I had the pleasure of being able to work extensively with David Laurin, an Athletic Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner whose osteopathic assessment and treatment techniques have had considerable influence on my own practices. For more information on osteopathy click on this link: Osteopathy BC website.
Additionally, I regularly pursue continuing education courses in both athletic therapy and exercise physiology in order to provide the best possible care and guidance for my clients.