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Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Joel has a structural approach to Osteopathy aimed at addressing the source of pain, whether its related to spinal discs, nerves, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments or other structure of the body. Joel believes a key aspect to recovery is patient education. He will strive to help you understand what is causing the pain, alongside aspects that can facilitate healing and potential symptomatic relief of the condition. Joel prides himself on tailoring treatments and a management plan to complement the patient’s lifestyle.
Joel completed his Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Osteopathy at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Though the majority of his training took place in Melbourne, Joel has also studied under Osteopaths and Surgeons in Mumbai and Goa, India. There, he had the opportunity to observe several procedures such as ACL and PCL reconstructions, whilst working alongside Shoulder Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Radiologists and Sports Doctors. This experience helped Joel gain a greater understanding of the role an Osteopath can play in the recovery of common sports related injuries and surgeries.
Joel has spent the past year in Brisbane working alongside Physiotherapists, midwives and other health professionals in multimodality clinics. Joel’s treatment approach has been shaped not only by his university study, but by the many great mentors he has had. In addition to his training in Osteopathy Joel has completed further study regarding:
- Management of pregnancy related bio-mechanical pain
- The ways in which improper gym technique can cause musculoskeletal injuries
- Peripheral and spinal joint manipulation
- The application and benefits of Dry Needling, Cupping Therapy and Kinesio Taping
Joel has been fortunate to experience a healthy active lifestyle participating competitively in Volleyball and Aussie Rules Football from a young age. He shared his love of fitness by working as a competitive swimming coach for several years, and continues to be active himself as a long distance runner. After suffering from a torn PCL at the age of 22, Joel has seen first hand how devastating it can be to have reduced mobility and constant pain, and how vital treatment and a recovery plan is. Joel strives to enable all bodies to experience the benefits of an active lifestyle confidently and pain free. Joel is excited to broaden his knowledge and experience by working in Calgary. Ask him how he wound up here… it’s a good story!
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Valentine Planas De La Morena
Valentine recently graduated of the Institut Toulousain d’Ostéopathie in France. Since childhood, she has always wanted to help people. Long attracted to healthcare, she became interested in osteopathy and discovered a real passion for this practice.
During her studies, she was able to work in different areas such as public hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and has experience with a variety of patient groups, including children, athletes and seniors. Her final thesis in her Osteopathy degree was on improving the psychosomatic health of victims of domestic violence, which has taught her a lot about human relations and the important link between mind and body.
These different experiences have helped Valentine to develop a very gentle practice using facial, muscular and visceral techniques that she is particularly fond of. She also attaches great importance to the bio-psycho-social model, which allows her to have a holistic vision of the patient. However, she also practices manual therapy techniques where indicated and is particularly interested in posturology.
Valentine sees each client with a holistic approach, taking into account the way in which the various different aspects of our lives impact our health, from work, to lifestyle, to exercise habits. Her aim is to provide her clients with the tools they need to take charge of their own recovery and live happily and healthily to achieve great things.
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Antoine graduated from the Collège Ostéopathique Européen in France, 2016. After graduating, he spent 5 years practicing osteopathy in France before moving to Canada. His experiences led him to work with different types of patients such as infants, pregnant women, athletes and geriatric patients.
His practice of osteopathy is varied and adapted to each patient; utilizing a large scale of skills including deep tissue massage, myotensive, structural, functional/fascial, visceral and cranial techniques.
His passion for sports led him to pursue a specific certification to become a Sports Medicine Osteopath. Through the years, Antoine had the opportunity to work with his local running and soccer clubs in France. During this time he has helped athletes understand the cause of their injuries in order to provide them with adaptive and efficient osteopathic treatments.
Antoine values the idea of being healthy and using his skills and training to treat patients back into good health. For him, nutrition, mobility, physical exercise and life environment are essential to maintaining a good and healthy life. He believes strongly that osteopathy plays an important role in improving or maintaining your overall health.
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Acupuncturist & TCM Practioner
Heather found her passion for helping people early on in 2003 while working at a non-profit neuro rehabilitation clinic here in Calgary. During her journey there, Heather was first introduced to Acupuncture. Soon after this introduction in 2014, Heather found herself immersed in this medicine and was quickly enrolled in the doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) at the Canadian Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM). Heather has now gone on to become a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) and registered Acupuncturist (R. Ac). Heather is forever grateful to be in a career that speaks so closely to her heart and is excited to spread the word about this amazing medicine and its benefits. Heather looks forward to getting to know you and having you experience for yourself the benefits of this ancient Chinese wisdom. Some other tidbits of info about Heather. Heather is a sucker for a good “dad joke”, a strong shoe enthusiast and a lover of the “underdog”. Props to those who bring a good joke to her treatment table!
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Alyssa is originally from Ontario but has lived in Calgary for over five years now. She has a background as a registered yoga teacher as well as personal training. This includes powerlifting coaching as well as being an assistant head coach for the Special Olympics Powerlifting Team and running fitness classes for adults with Parkinson’s Disease. Alyssa has also spent years as a Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST), an approach that targets the connective tissue (fascia), muscles and joint capsule to improve range of motion as well as joint health. In her free time, she competitively power-lifts and spends a lot of time at the dog park with her rescue puppy. She believes in a holistic approach to a happy, healthy life, with a main goal to help people live and move pain-free.
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Twyla is a compassionate individual who is focused on treating soft tissue injuries, chronic pain, headaches and migraines with the general goal of helping people to improve their quality of life and stay active, pain-free. She is an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist with 3000hrs training from Makami College and specializes in Rapid Neurofascial Reset – a movement based, therapeutic soft tissue technique that addresses the central nervous systems role in alleviating tension and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Using Rapid NFR as the foundation for her practice, her treatments often combine Myofascial Release, Dynamic Cupping, Active Isolated and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Trigger Point Therapy, Orthopedic Massage, and gentle Joint Mobilizations.
As a former Technical Trainer & Quality Assurance Coach, Twyla leverages her interpersonal skills and passion for helping people by incorporating dynamic movements, stretching and muscle conditioning in conjunction with her regular treatments. She is experienced with treating chronic painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, shin splints, carpal tunnel, patellofemoral knee pain, frozen shoulder, injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, sacroiliac joint pain, post surgery scar tissue mobilization and providing quality of life treatments to those suffering from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic pain or autoimmune conditions. Throughout her career she has collaborated with Chiropractors, Acupuncturists and Athletic Therapists. She spent 2 years as an RMT onsite at Calgary Police Headquarters, where she gained a lot of experience working with those in high stress, physically demanding jobs.
Twyla was originally born in New Zealand and came to Canada with her family in ’98. In 2008 she embarked on a solo road trip across Canada from Nova Scotia, landing her in Calgary where she has called home ever since. In 2015 she left her corporate job behind in search of a more meaningful career and found Massage Therapy was a great way to pursue her passion for helping people on their healing journey. Her aim is for clients to leave with feeling a noticeable positive difference after every treatment with incremental improvement.
Outside her massage practice Twyla enjoys hiking with her dogs, dodgeball, fostering rescue dogs, yoga, canoeing, camping, SciFi and tabletop gaming.
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Sarah completed her Doctor of Chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario. She previously achieved a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology, from Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. During her years in Toronto, Sarah worked a clinical rotation at a downtown inner city hospital. There, she had the opportunity to provide chiropractic treatment to patients suffering from chronic illnesses and high risk individuals from the local community. Following her placements in Toronto, she completed her clinical experience in Calgary and decided to make Alberta home.
Throughout her career in Calgary, Sarah has worked with a variety of clients from babies to seniors, those healing after motor vehicle accidents, as wells those dealing with chronic pain. After becoming a mother, Sarah developed a special interest in working with women throughout all stages of motherhood, beginning in pregnancy and continuing with healing and rehab in the post partum period. She uses a variety of gentle chiropractic techniques and exercises to help women achieve their optimal state of health.
Sarah has completed several continuing education courses including Webster technique promoting proper pelvic alignment in pregnant mothers, BirthFit certification, GrowCo Rehab, as well as special training in chiropractic care for infants and kids.
Sarah originally hails from a small town in Nova Scotia and although she misses the ocean, she has come to appreciate all Alberta has to offer. When not at work, Sarah enjoys exploring all Calgary with her two young daughters and husband. To stay healthy, Sarah enjoys attending barre classes and walks with the family dog, Walter.
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Physiotherapist [Bike FItter]
Kristie is a pelvic health & orthopedic Physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and Certified Yoga Therapist. Her extensive training in Physiotherapy & Yoga have helped build a bridge between conventional western health care and a more holistic and all-inclusive healing approach. Kristie’s goal is to help people heal, strengthen, and better understand their bodies in a whole new way so they can flourish in life.
Her post-graduate studies include certification in therapeutic yoga, pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction, and a variety of courses on movement system impairments, yoga biomechanics, breath, and pain science. Kristie loves taking a holistic approach to her clients’ wellness. She has a passion for integrating the philosophy of yoga into her physiotherapy practice, looking at injuries or illnesses in the context of an individual’s life, and building awareness of the body-mind connection.
Kristie loves the mountains and has been living and working in Golden, BC for the past 10 years. She is really excited to have made the move to Calgary to join the Intrinsi family!
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Kara completed her Master’s of science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. Kara’s passion for Physiotherapy started when she was young while competing in ringette and volleyball. She now enjoys being active outdoors, hiking, snowboarding and biking.
As she pursued her education in Physiotherapy, she had the opportunity to work and volunteer in many areas of physiotherapy giving her a wide range of experiences from pediatrics to neural conditions. Throughout her education she found a passion for treating pelvic health conditions, understanding the impact that the pelvic floor can have on overall health and specific injuries. Kara plans to continue her education in this area learning to treat conditions such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse and others.
Kara believes in using a holistic approach to healing with the goal to help her patients learn and understand their injury to allow them to take control their rehabilitation process. She uses a combination of exercises and manual therapy to help her patients achieve their goals.
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Clinic Director/Physiotherapist #6312
Having originally trained as a Physiotherapist in Manchester, England, Jon worked in Acute Neurology at North Middlesex Hospital in London; he also built on his skills of sports medicine and rehabilitation working for the youth academy at Manchester City Football Club. Jon then moved to Canada and spent several years working in Neurological Rehabilitation at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary.
He has further moved into the field of education spending four years as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta’s Calgary campus teaching the next generation of physiotherapists across Alberta. As well as being a registered Physiotherapist having practiced in both hospital and sports settings, and in the United Kingdom and Canada, Jon has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice, Intra-Muscular Stimulation (IMS) training, running Injury Prevention and Neurokinetic Therapy courses, is a certified manipulative therapist, as well as the basic and full-certificate NDT/Bobath Neurological Rehabilitation course. Jon’s professional athletes have ranged from soccer players now representing club and country, as well as leading the injury prevention team for the Junior-Elite high-performance triathlon program in Calgary. Furthermore, Jon has consulted for professional cycling team Bora/Argon 18 during their Tour of Alberta campaign. Jon’s holistic approach comes from a substantial understanding and passion for the clients it support; Jon trains regularly and is a member of the Talisman Triathlon Club in Calgary; he participates in triathlons, has run a marathon and enjoys team sports such as soccer.
He knows firsthand, how important correct training technique is and how rehabilitation after an injury can be a lifeline to those affected. By tailoring each treatment course to the individual, Jon is able to support clients to progress and achieve their goals.
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Alex is our “Canadian from abroad physio” obtained her Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney. She spent a few years working at one of the leading physiotherapy clinics in Sydney, Australia before moving back to Canada. While her passions are treating runners, adventurers, & lower limb injuries, much like Alex’s background, her clinical experience also has an element of variation. Alex has provided coverage for the Australian productions of The Wizard of Oz & Chicago; some of her patients have gone on to compete in Australia Ninja Warrior; & she ended up as the go-to gal for a local Krav Maga club. So no matter what you love doing, if you can’t participate due to an injury or you just want to be better at participating, book in to see Alex. Her active-based style of physiotherapy will get you back on track to smashing your goals!
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Physiotherapist [Pelvic Floor Therapy]
Claire is a physiotherapist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. Several years of volunteer work with children and families dealing with Developmental Coordination Disorder during her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology initially sparked Claire’s interest in physiotherapy. The tremendous motivation and compassion of these young individuals inspired her to pursue a career where she could empower people to improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals.
After graduating with her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta, Claire worked with a variety of clients experiencing different musculoskeletal dysfunctions ranging from motor vehicle accidents to injuries sustained in high performance athletics. Through her treatment of chronic low back and sacroiliac pain, she developed a special interest in pelvic health. Her passion in this area stems from the fact that the impact of the pelvic floor is often under-appreciated, and the pelvic floor under-treated. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can affect a variety of people and have a major impact on quality of life.
Her post-graduate certifications include:
Orthopedic level 1 Mulligan Concept Lower Extremity Functional Dry Needling (FDN) level 1 and level 2 The Physical Therapy Approach to Female and Male Urinary Incontinence. As competitive ballet was an integral part of Claire’s youth, she appreciates the importance of taking the time to thoroughly assess a dysfunction, and learn about her client’s occupations, activities, and hobbies to provide a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. Claire now enjoys running, spinning, and has a keen interest in animal rehabilitation.
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