Vicki is originally from New Brunswick and has been living in Ottawa for 19 years. Her laid-back and friendly approach carries over to her patients in the clinic. Vicki first came to the University of Ottawa to do a degree in Human Kinetics. She found this was a great foundation for exercise and wellness. Afterwards, Vicki headed back to the Maritimes to attend Dalhousie University in their School of Physiotherapy. She has since completed a research master’s degree about long-term shoulder problems after breast cancer surgery. Vicki is currently working towards a PhD in neuroscience with an interest in concussion and mental health.
Since graduating in 2003, she has been working as a physiotherapist in private practice in Ottawa. She has focused on sports physiotherapy and has volunteered many hours helping athletes and providing event coverage at community, national, and international sport events. Some of the sports she has worked with include figure skating, lacrosse, soccer, hockey, track and field, and even Irish dancing.
Vicki has a special interest in treating post-concussion symptoms from sport-related concussions. She has taken several introductions and advanced levels from different instructors. These courses included teaching the use of specialized outcome measures and assessment techniques as well as exercises that focus on balance, vision, and return-to-play. One other course taught her to use neurostimulation to improve the function of the brain. This unique and innovative method has been shown to improve cognitive and physical symptoms. Vicki has taken several post-graduate courses to continue to learn new skills that will benefit patients, to name a few:
- Active Release Techniques (ART)
- Advanced Targeted Exercise Prescription
- Pre/post-natal exercise
- McKenzie – Low Back
- Chronic pain
- Neuro-Rehabilitation Refresher course
- Concussion rehabilitation
- Several taping courses
- Member of the Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) Professional Network
Her treatment style includes education, soft tissue work, manual therapy, and exercise. She welcomes patients of all ages with all types of injuries and chronic diseases whether the problem is new or has been bothering you for years!