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I have dedicated all my clinical and research career to treating children and adults with scoliosis and kyphosis. At the beginning I used classical kinesitherapy as taught as a part of my undergraduate training, then yoga, pilates, and other training modalities. At that time, I was working with a girl who had a severe scoliosis and was looking at having a surgery, but the family was strongly against it. Dissatisfied with the results we were receiving, I started to look for a different
treatment, which in 2008, finally, led me to Germany to the "Asklepios Katharina Schroth Clinic", the place where it all began..... Read more
Upon my return, after 4 months of dedicated daily work through Schroth curve specific mobilizations, training and modification of daily activities, "my girl" experienced a significant improvement.
At that time, I was finalizing my MSc. in Sports Medicine and Kinesitherapy, where I tested 869 school children looking at the differences in prevalence of spinal deformities between athlete and non-athlete population. Next, I wanted to test the Schroth exercises in a randomized controlled trial. The path led me to Edmonton, to UofA, where we demonstrated the positive effects of the Schroth treatment! The results were published in multiple scientific articles and have attracted public interest.
As a regional International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy (ISST) Instructor, I am excited to offer training for physiotherapists who wish to be trained in the ISST Schroth method.
I have always connected well with people with scoliosis, and I strongly believe that there is no such thing as one-treatment-fits-all. I believe in a personalized care on all levels. When I am with you, expect to see me hanging off of a wall bar trying to capture the best shot of your amazing alignment, or getting super excited about your perfect self-correction. When I come to the clinic, I feel motivated because I know I'll be able to help someone.
I am very excited to be part of the Curvy Spine team! Ever since a young age I have been fascinated by the intelligence, complexity and miraculous nature of the human body. My heart is also one of service. This led me to pursue a career in physiotherapy.
I am very passionate about providing clients with education and resources to help increase their understanding of their body and posture, and with this understanding, empowering clients to know that change is possible. My curiosity has made me a life-long learner. I have been a student of yoga and meditation for the last 20 years. This has influenced the type of therapist I am today. Since learning about Schroth and training with Sanja I feel I have found my home. I am strong believer in the mind-body connection, which is an essential component of Schroth philosophy and treatment.
I am a strong believer in using our gifts, knowledge and skills to help people who may not have access otherwise, locally and globally. I have volunteered as a physiotherapist at Families For Children, an orphanage in southern India, and I continue to support the orphanage by fundraising here in Canada. I am currently pursuing a Master's in psychotherapy and art therapy here in Edmonton.
At Curvy Spine I am excited to have the opportunity to integrate my diverse experience and knowledge to provide the most valuable and personalized treatments for clients. I look forward to meeting you at the clinic very soon!
During my Physical Therapy program, scoliosis was only briefly mentioned, and I felt that there was so much more than that. Shadowing Sanja at Curvy Spine and observing the benefits from the Schroth therapy that patients were experiencing, sparked my interest
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in helping individuals with scoliosis. This led me to complete my training as a ISST Schroth Therapist with Sanja. I am passionate about education, and during my undergraduate studies, I have worked with grade 4 to 6 children with disabilities and their parents trying to find the best ways for them to succeed academically. Education is an important part of the Schroth treatment, and I am excited to be a part of the Curvy Spine team, where we focus on educating patients with scoliosis how to best manage their condition.
Previously, I was working with individuals with various injuries return to work and improve their functional tolerances through active rehabilitation programs. I also have extensive experience in working with people with low back pain using different modalities, from movement to biomedical dry needling, which may help releasing tight muscles that may be restricting range of motion of a joint.
My hobbies/activities include crafts, painting, yoga, racket sports, and being out and about with my Golden Retriever, Yoshi.
I enjoy working with children of all ages in addition to the adult population. I believe in individualized treatment plans based on curve patterns and your personal rehabilitation goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey!