Heather has been an Orthopedic Physiotherapist for 18 years and truly loves what she does for a living. Clinical diagnostics are her passion and problem solving and thinking creatively to get patients back to what they love quickly is something she takes great joy in. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2003 with her Physiotherapy Degree (BSc.PT Honors) and worked in Napanee and Kingston Ontario for a few years before returning home to “the rock” (NL) to raise her family.
Heather and her husband Ash founded Health and Performance Centre in 2005, originally a small multi-professional clinical, which grew exponentially each year, to become a full scale multi-disciplinary Rehabilitation clinic, Medical Centre, Pharmacy and 2 satellite clinics . Heather has completed a wide range of post-graduate courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise prescription, therapeutic taping, amongst many others and has mentored under an Orthopedic Specialist in Halifax, NS for early clinical detection, assessment and management of FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement) and pre and post-operative care for hips and shoulders. She has done advanced courses on the shoulder, hip, foot, and spine, but loves treating every joint and muscle in between. Heather has completed post-graduate education in swelling and lymphedema management, a less common niche for Physiotherapists, and provide post-breast cancer rehabilitation and breast cancer lymphedema management. Heather loves tackling orthopedic related swelling issues as well and works hard to eliminate swelling promptly to expedite healing and recovery, whether it be ankles or knees, or anything orthopedic that swells.
Heather also has a passion for sports, as she grew up an athlete in volleyball, track and field, swimming, running, snowboarding, mountain biking and road-cycling. Heather has been the trainer and Team Physiotherapist for many teams and events over the years, ranging from amateur sports up to professional, in many sports including Volleyball, Basketball, Triathlons and Competitive Gymnastics, and most recently was the Lead Trainer and Physiotherapist for a Oakville Rangers Hockey Rep team. Heather is also certified as a Developmental coach with Volleyball Canada and has coached Volleyball for several years in Newfoundland, including with the TEAM NL Provincial Training program. She is a certified Level 1 Pilates Instructor and taught Pilates for 5 years before discovering there are only 24 hours in a day 😊.
Heather has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for almost 5 years now as well, and in that role, her niche is working with individuals with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes who are interested in learning how to either stay active or become active following the diagnosis, and how to thrive in the presence of this challenging condition. Heather has worked closely with several insulin pump companies presenting to audiences of either physicians and health care providers or patients, regarding how to get optimal performance, minimal injuries and optimal blood sugars with insulin management and proper strengthening during training and competition.
Heather and her husband relocated back to the mainland to pursue further post-graduate education opportunities that are difficult to obtain in NL, but along the way, fell in love with the area. Heather is currently working towards several Sports Physiotherapy certifications, and in her spare time, Heather can be found with her husband, 2 teenagers and their chocolate lab either running/biking the beautiful trails or roads of Halton, on an ice rink or court somewhere in the GTA, or enjoying precious time with family and friends. She is already loving Oakville to its fullest and excited to join the team at Lakeside Physiotherapy and Massage.