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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Anglophone only) Laura Schaefer B.Sc.Kin, M.Sc.Pht, graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and is a member of l’Ordre Professionnel des Physiothérapeutes du Québec (OPPQ) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). For the last 7 years she has focused her practice in the area of Women’s Health with experience in pelvic and perineal rehabilitation for women. She has taken numerous post graduate courses to assist in treating patients with pregnancy and post-partum pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse and anal-rectal disorders.In 2013 she certified as a Doula to expand her knowledge in pregnancy and birth and in 2014 certified in John F. Barnes Pelvic Myo-Fascial Release.
Pamela is a therapist who is passionate about healthcare. She has been working for many years as a home support and personal care worker for the elderly population. In 2013 she completed a course in massage therapy, at Kiné-concept, in order to learn more about the muscular system and how to help people relax. Pamela is active in sport and thus, in September 2013, she continued her education with Kiné-concept's course in Sport Massage Therapy. In this course she learned many more important techniques for working with athletes, such as postural mobilisation and fascial therapy. Pamela now has a total of 715 hours of training in massage therapy and has done several internships with athletes, including with circus school, ringette, diving, swimming and ultimate Frisbee. She plans on continuing to improve her skills with further courses in reflexology and lymphatic massage. On top of being a passionate massage therapist, Pamela is a very good listener and will give you advice regarding posture, relaxation techniques and stretching.