What problems/issues do you see most frequently? Chronic back/neck/pelvic pain, often due to longstanding older injuries/trauma, dysfunctional breathing mechanics.
Favourite thing about your job? Being able to help people understand the underlying cause of their pain. Osteopathy provides a personalized approach and addresses issues by treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms. It’s very rewarding to help someone get back to doing the things they enjoy. I also love that every day is different; each patient is a unique puzzle to work out!
If someone at a party asks you what you do, how do you respond? First, I have to ask if they want the long or short answer! As most people have never heard of osteopathy, this can be a long-winded answer. Usually I will say, “I am an osteopathic practitioner, osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the whole body functions as a unit, including the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs. Osteopathy provides a unique approach to treating the whole body, not only the area of pain, but also the underlying cause of the problem.”
What are your biggest frustrations in running your practice? Mostly around the fact that osteopathy is not regulated in Canada yet. Unfortunately, this means a lack of funding for some people seeking osteopathic treatment, if they are not covered by their extended healthcare plan.
How do you manage work and life? Stress management/avoiding burnout. Balance in life is so important and not always easy to create and maintain. I love spending time with my husband, and catching up with friends and family while enjoying the outdoors. If not in the sunshine, then I can be found developing my yoga practice.
What was the most interesting case you have ever worked on? I’m pretty lucky that I get to see a lot of interesting cases. One particular case that stands out, I was treating a woman experiencing severe pelvic pain. She had been to several specialist doctors and had many different tests all of which had been negative. It turned out she had a bad fall from her horse when she was a teenager, where her leg had been caught up in a stirrup and dragged her, this had created a twist in her pelvis and dysfunction around her sacroiliac joint. Her body had been trying to compensate for this problem for over 15 years and finally was unable to do so, resulting in severe pain. Once figuring out the underlying issue, over the course of treatment, we were then able to make a significant improvement in her symptoms and her daily function.
What was your first job? I was a cabana girl making cotton candy and scooping ice creams, and slide operator at Mariner’s Reef Waterslides in West Kelowna- so sad it’s no longer there!
If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do? I learned to scuba dive last year and got hooked! I would love to go back to Bali and finish the dives for my advanced certification.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A nurse, I always knew I wanted to do something in healthcare.
What is on the top of your bucket list? Traveling to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Is there something unique that people might not know about you? (hobbies, hidden talents, etc.) I lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 7 amazing years, where I completed my osteopathic training and worked afterwards. I loved traveling around the country, hiking, camping and exploring the stunning beaches there.