"I AM LISTENING, I AM HERE! "
I am a UBC graduate with HONOURS, with a BSR (Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences - combined Occupational and Physical Therapy) . As a new grad, I worked as the first ever combined PT/OT therapist for the Arthritis Society, next as a Neurological Physiotherapist at Vancouver General Hospital, then for 7 years as a Pediatric Physiotherapist for the Okanagan Child Development Centre.
To honour my personal philosophical goals and provide comprehensive, hands-on treatment, I began my own private practice in 1991.
My varied life experiences, in conjunction with my training and practise as both a PT and OT enable me to reach out to all clients and parents seeking someone to listen to them, to understand and to offer hope to alleviate the problems. It is most important for you as the client to be empowered, to know you are in control and that YOU can make a difference. I only facilitate this process.
As a registered physical therapist, I use an eclectic, holistic approach to therapy. The youngest client I have ever treated was 3 hours old, the oldest is 102 years young! I love my work; to be able to help facilitate the lessening of pain, increase mobility, ease emotional stresses which so often impact our physical beings, all are a blessing to me.
As a result of having had a difficult baby myself years ago, I am now dedicated to helping newborns, babies and toddlers (and thus parents!) find relief from the inner tension of poor functioning CranioSacral systems.
I have a great deal of life experience, having taught swimming, diving, piano, did my solo flight in a small plane, owned my own horse, did scuba diving. A friend and I started the Association for Learning Disabled Children in Kelowna (as a result of dealing with my son's issues) which became one of the most active groups in BC.
Personally, I love to spend time with my 2 grandkids, skiing, bike riding (the Seawall is a favorite), swimming, camping, even playing hockey and soccer with them! I've done Wild Play with my grandson and aerial trapeze with my granddaughter. Two years ago, I renewed my interest in Scuba Diving, completing my PADI SCUBA course. I run regularly, at 70, have just taken up Acro yoga (picture below is my 3rd session of Acro yoga!) as well as ball therapy yoga. I am also active in my church and recently went to Whistler with a group where we went ziplining!! Reading, gardening, spending quality time with friends are also important to me.
Now, at 73, I have taken up hiking, backpacking, and kayaking! I have replaced downhill skiing with snowshoeing (requires much higher fitness level and far less risk of falling). And I am doing more cycling again. I have expanded my circle of friends to include a wonderful 21-year-old gal with whom I LOVE to play, plus others in their 40' and 50's who do the outdoor activities as well.. This year, I am planning a trip to Nairobi Kenya to work with one of the schools in the slums supported by the organization Hope for the Nations. I hope to be able to teach some of the techniques that I use to the leaders of the school so that they will be able to pass them on. Because it is all hands on treatment, there is no cost or equipment needed. And I am still working full time and have NO plans to retire!!