Physiotherapy uses a combination of exercise, education and hands-on techniques to help resolve a variety of musculoskeletal, vestibular, neurological, pelvic floor and perineal problems.
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Eduardo grew up and did his physiotherapy studies in Brazil, graduating from EBMSP in 2007. In 2010, he took a major step in his career and immigrated to Canada where he went through a curriculum equivalence program at McGill University in order to be licensed from OPPQ, which was granted in 2011. He has followed many continuing education courses since his graduation with a particular interest in subgroup classification of musculoskeletal disorders. In 2009 he was granted a certification in manual therapy from Manual Concepts from Perth, Australia and he has completed up to level 3 lower quadrant with the APMO. In 2008 he started his studies in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)/McKenzie obtaining his certification in 2012. In 2016 he will start the Diploma program in MDT, which is highest level of education in this method. His background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu was what lead Eduardo to become a physiotherapist, but was his avid interest in an evidence based practice that has kept him motivated to find solutions for the vast complexity of problems presented by his patients. With an active approach as a solution to musculoskeletal problems, the main goal of his approach is to provide independence to his patients by ways of education, exercise prescription and self-treatment.
After receiving her diploma as a Physical Rehabilitation Therapist from the CEGEP Marie-Victorin in 2011, Dana decided to continue her studies at the University of Montreal in order to improve her independence and her knowledge in the field of physiotherapy. She received her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy where she excelled, receiving the Award of Excellence in Clinical Internship from the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec. Dana chose this profession as a result of an internal need to help others. She discovered that the primary goal, beyond decreasing pain, was to help her patients recover function and regain control of their body in their daily life, sports, activities and work. In her first continuing education courses in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), she understood the power of this treatment approach to accomplish her goal. She has now finished the courses in MDT for the neck, the back and the upper and lower extremities and is working towards her certification. Thus, she is focusing on using this approach as she works with her clients suffering from various musculoskeletal problems. In her opinion, education is the heart of rehabilitation. It permits the individuals to have a better understanding of their problem and increases their control over their condition. Dana advocates the promotion of health through the use of all forms of arts and/or sports. She believes that health is not just a functional body, but a body and a mind that are open to new experiences and personal growth.
Kalem graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy in 2004 and has been working in Montreal ever since. He started his studies in the McKenzie Method/MDT immediately after graduating and received his certification in 2012. He completed his McKenzie Institute International Diploma in 2014, which involved a two-year specialisation process including university coursework, a two-month full-time international internship and a final exam. He is one of two diploma level McKenzie physiotherapists in the province of Quebec. Kalem has also taken courses in vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, and from the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute. Kalem has been extremely involved in sport, which was one of the driving factors in him becoming a physiotherapist. He was a member of the National Team in Judo for over a decade. He is a 5 time National Champion and won international medals in North and South America, Europe and Asia and participated in three World Championships. Kalem’s therapeutic approach involves an emphasis on exercise, postural advice and education. He focuses on teaching self-management principles and exercises, in order to allow the patient to take control of their pain or dizziness and understand how to reduce and often eliminate it from their lives. He also includes manual treatment to help progress towards the goal of a return to activity. Although he works with all types of injuries, Kalem has a special interest in treating headaches and spinal pain, especially those that have become more chronic in nature, as well as vestibular and related problems.
Growing up as a competitive soccer player in the West-Island, Kim was first exposed to physiotherapy at a young age for various sports-related injuries. As such, she has an affinity for treating athletic injuries. Following her interest in physical activity, Kim graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology in 2012. After working in the field for a year, she returned to McGill and obtained her M.Sc. in physiotherapy in 2015. Over the course of her studies, Kim developed a passion for treating problems related to the pelvic floor, and completed several courses and certifications post-graduation to further her knowledge in this domain. Kim is proficient in treating urinary dysfunction in both men and women, but has a special interest in treating pelvic pain syndromes. When you consult with Kim, you can expect a dynamic, yet empathic approach, with an emphasis on patient education, postural advice and proper movement patterns. As a physiotherapist with an expertise in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Kim uses a combination of manual techniques, biofeedback, muscle stimulation and home exercise to ensure optimal results.
Having participated in various sports since high school, Monica has always had an interest in the human body and how it works. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physiology, Monica continued her studies in physical therapy, graduating from McGill University with a Masters in Science Applied in Physical Therapy in 2012. Problem-solving and analytical thinking as well as the promotion of physical activity are some of the factors that led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Since graduation, Monica has specialized in the field of orthopedics in the pediatric and adult population. Working at the Shriners Hospital for Children has allowed her to work with children and adolescents with all types of musculoskeletal conditions, including torticollis, developmental gross motor delay, Legg-Calves-Perthes, toe walking, and flat feet. It has allowed her to develop the skills necessary to develop a treatment plan with the individual as well as with their family. Having taken Manual Therapy courses up to Level II and McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) courses, she is particularly interested in the therapeutic approach of the latter, which is based on education and exercises to provide the individual with the tools necessary to self-manage their pain. She is interested in reaching the highest level of education in this method. Monica believes that as a physiotherapist, it is her role to guide people in their path to recovery, finding active solutions to empower her patients to be in better control of their condition.
Isabelle was introduced to the world of physiotherapy through the sport of judo, where she was on the national team for a decade. Her interest in the profession lead her to complete a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at McGill University in 2004. She also completed a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation at McGill University in 2008. Since graduating in 2004, she has completed numerous continuing education courses in the fields of orthopedic and sport physiotherapy, such as manual therapy (levels 3), Mulligan techniques, sports first responder, taping, FMS, running course and many more. She completed her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2014 in order to further specialise herself in this field. Finally, she obtained her certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) in 2016. She began her MDT training as soon as she graduated. However, her interest in this method solidified while she was working as the head therapist for the national judo team. Athletes are always looking for solutions to be able to return to play as quickly as possible and Isabelle was able to achieve good results with elite athletes using this method. In addition to her work as the head therapist for the national judo team over many years, she has worked for numerous years in private practice with an orthopedic and sport clientele. She has treated athletes from all ages, all levels and from a variety of different sports in addition to an adult orthopedic clientele. She has also covered multiple sport events as a physiotherapist including multiple World Championships and major Games with the national judo team, including the 2012 London Olympic Games. Finally, Isabelle is a faculty member of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. She has been teaching physical therapy students in the orthopedic and sport curriculum since 2008. She has also participated in research projects in these fields of physiotherapy. Her therapeutic approach focuses on exercises, quality of movement and education in order to provide tools to her patients so that they can take control of their problems. She incorporates manual techniques and tapings when appropriate. She also has an interest in injury prevention and can provide tools to help minimise the risk of injury.
Laetitia studied the physiotherapy in United States where she received her Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Central Arkansas. Throughout her studies, she worked as a physio assistant in a hospital in acute, intensive, postoperative and rehabilitative care. After obtaining her doctorate, she worked as a physiotherapist in several fields both in hospital and private clinics. Her experience in these multiple fields allowed her to have a better understanding on how pathologies evolve and how to accompany her patients through their treatment. Laetitia moved then to Quebec and after obtaining her membership of the of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec, she has worked in private clinic for since 2015. She continues her professional education and attended to the McKenzie method courses to obtain her certification in 2018. She worked with Dr. Santaguida, a neurosurgeon specializing in the spine, so she continued to develop her knowledge of lumbar and cervical problems. Loving sports in general, as a tennis player Laetitia obtained an athletic scholarship for four years to represent her university. Her passion for physical activities grew and became the reason why she chose to be became a physiotherapist. Her goal is to enable to her patients to regain the pleasure of practicing their favorite activities and to promote their independence with physical activities adapted to their condition.
Olga Sofia Ramos Da Silva Vieira
Olga is a Portuguese physiotherapist that obtained her Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy from a renowned Portuguese school (ESTSP) in 2011. During this time she had 4 internships in major hospitals and rehab units. After graduating, Olga decided to challenge herself and embarked on a journey to work as a Massage Therapist on a cruise ship for a major international provider of Health, Wellness and Fitness services at sea. Here, she not only developed her manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques through continuous training, but also developed her interpersonal skills by working with an international clientele. Two and half years later, she returned to Portugal where she worked in a Physiotherapy clinic as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team, treating conditions ranging from acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions to neurological and respiratory dysfunctions in children, adults and elderly. In her time in Portugal, she undertook continuing education courses to help her better care for her patients such as, International Kinesio Taping (KT1 & 2), Clinical Pilates Matwork M1 (APPI), Respiratory Physiotherapy guided by Pulmonary Auscultation with Guy Postiaux and several Soft Tissue Release Techniques courses. Her thirst for learning brought her to McGill University in Montreal, where she obtained her Physiotherapy Equivalency Certificate and she is a member of the OPPQ - Ordre Professionnel de la Physiothérapie du Québec. She has been working in Montreal since and is currently pursuing her studies in the McKenzie Method/MDT. Having suffered several injuries herself, she understands the importance of being an active participant in your own recovery. She is a practical physiotherapist with a passion for helping people. Olga will be by your side and guide you through the process of recovering from your injury and work with you to achieve your goals.
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