Osteopathic Practitioner, former athlete, adventure addict and lover of all things science.
I am extremely passionate about the human body and helping people improve their quality of life. When you’re able to function well physically, your mental state improves as well, and my goal is to send people back out feeling positive, capable and ready to tackle their daily lives.
My love for health and wellness is driven by my love for sports and fitness. I grew up a tom-boy playing just about every sport, trying everything and loving it all (my parents had to convince me I wouldn’t like certain sports in an effort to stop me from joining everything). My primary sports were baseball and basketball. I went on to play baseball at Wilfrid Laurier University where I was a pitcher and a center fielder. And now I dabble in any new activity I can. I tried Muay Thai for 3 months, took up yoga and rock climbing, and I recently completed my first 50k Ultramarathon in September 2019.
On my days off you can find me out in the woods, reading psychology and anatomy books, or looking for the next mountain to climb (this isn’t a metaphor… I literally mean mountains). I’m always searching for that next mental and physical challenge and using each experience as a learning tool to help me better understand my patients.
If we get to work together, I hope to inspire you to take control of your own health, so you get to live and experience life the way you want to!
WHAT DOES AN OSTEOPATH DO?
Osteopaths use manual therapy to facilitate the natural healing capabilities of the body, strengthen the overall framework, and provide stability within all systems of the body. The body is self healing and self regulating, and your structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. We use manual techniques to adjust the skeletal framework, remove obstruction to the skin, muscles and fascia connecting all of it, to allow for proper blood supply and nerve supply to all parts. When this is accomplished, the body is then able to heal itself.
Osteopathy is a holistic manual practice that is founded on the philosophy that the body a dynamic unit of function, it is self-healing and self-regulating, and your structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Diagnosis and treatment are both done via manual palpation/movement and are dictated by the motion capability of the tissues and joints collectively. It was founded by American Physician, Dr. A.T. Still, in 1874. He realized that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal and should not rely on medication to function. He also noticed that there were structural connections to the physiological symptoms and that if these structural dysfunctions were corrected, then the symptoms would alleviate, and the body could heal itself.
Something unique to Osteopathy is that we are increasing your body’s ability to function and heal on its own. We are technically not doing the work, your body is, and we are just facilitating the ability for your body to heal. Treatment is also dosed. You will notice that even as a new patient, I likely won’t be having you come in three times a week unless it’s a severely acute injury that requires more attention. As treatment progresses, time between visits will increase. The end goal is to have you function independently and not rely on treatment to get through your days.