What is your role at the GSSMC?
Part time clinic physiotherapist, Lead physiotherapist for the Knee Interdisciplinary Team, Facilitator for the Functional and Agility Strength Training (F.A.S.T.) Knee Programs at the Prevention and Return to Activity Centre (PRAC).
Do you hold any positions outside the clinic?
Teaching assistant for physiotherapy for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine; PhD Rehabilitation Science student, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta.
What is your main area of practice?
I have a special interest in traumatic knee injuries and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. I am also interested in injury prevention, strength and conditioning and return to sport, particularly relating to the knee.
What did you study and where?
I am currently a PhD student in the Faculty to Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Jackie Whittaker. I received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2011 from the University of Alberta and also received my undergraduate degree in a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2009 at the University of Alberta. I have been a physiotherapist for 6 years and part of the Glen Sather team since 2008. I was given the opportunity to spend many years working with various disciplines (surgeons, sports medicine physician, physiotherapists) to help improve patient outcomes after an ACL injury and ACL reconstruction. I was involved in the development of the Glen Sather ACL rehabilitation protocol and help pioneer the development of our F.A.S.T. Knee Program classes offered at the Prevention and Return to Activity Centre. This motivated me to pursue a PhD in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine with a specialization in looking at patients needs and beliefs related to rehabilitation and return to sport after a youth-related sport knee injury. My vision with my educational pursuits is to develop research that will help optimize knee rehabilitation after a sport-related injury and eventually develop a sustainable medical model to deliver these rehabilitation programs. (e.g. rehabilitation classes).
My clinical certifications include being on the acupuncture roster since 2013 and completing my Level 3 Certification of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2015. I also received my Certificate in Sports Physical Therapy in 2015.
Do you have any specific research interests & publications?
Protocols & Guidelines
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Rehabilitation Protocol, 2017. https://www.ualberta.ca/https://cloudfront.ualberta.ca/-/media/glensatherclinic/forms/acl-gssmc-protocol-31052017.pdf
Macedo, L, Hum, A, Kuleba, L, Mo, J, Truong, L, Yeung, M, Battié, MC. Physical Therapy Interventions for Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Systematic Review, Physical Therapy, 2013. 93(12): 1646–1660, https://doi.org/10.2522/ptj.20120379
Do you work specific days/hours?
Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.