I worked at Kids Physio Group as a general pediatric physiotherapist for 4 years, and during that time I became fascinated with scoliosis. I identified a huge gap in conservative management in the lower mainland, sought further training, and have now dedicated my whole career to these kids and teens by opening The ScoliClinic.
I’m a Schroth-certified physiotherapist who believes in arming families with the knowledge and skills to support your child in the best way possible. As the owner, I split my time between clinical appointments and managing the business – I’m learning how to provide the highest quality service possible to families going through this challenging time.
I believe in lifelong learning, and am constantly thinking about how to integrate this information into our practice and bring the newest research to the families of British Columbia. Here are some of my relevant certifications:
ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 2 – February 2018
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C2 (Advanced) – June 2016
ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 1 – January 2016
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 (Basic) – February 2015
Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) Member
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2011
I also have a passion for global health work, and coordinated a 5-month project in rural South India just prior to opening The ScoliClinic.
If you have any questions about how The ScoliClinic can help your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine, and wore a brace for the following seven years. Throughout this process, my family and I were consistently frustrated with the limited therapy options available and consequently the lack of control over the progression of my curve.
I work at The ScoliClinic because I want to provide reassurance to my clients by providing education, and by being an example of how my scoliosis significantly affected my life for the better. After all, my personal experience with scoliosis is what drove me to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.
I do this work to positively impact teens with scoliosis who are experiencing unique, but similar challenges to those I faced. For my adult clients, I love sharing education about their spines, and connecting adults with each other for emotional support.
My Scoliosis-focused practice is strengthened by the following certifications:
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 2 – November 2018
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – November 2016
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – August 2016
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2015
Each day, I look forward to the new challenges that encourage me to grow. From unique client circumstances, to mind-bending questions from fellow therapists, I appreciate all aspects of my work and am thankful for the many opportunities for personal and professional development.
That’s easy! The nature of scoliosis treatment allows me to build quality, long term relationships with clients. I love learning about the complex nature of scoliosis and using this knowledge to provide holistic care. I have the opportunity to support teenagers and adults in their journey, assisting them as they discover their confidence and develop their self-awareness. I love my role in helping clients understand their scoliosis and showing them that their curve does not define who they truly are. Becoming a Schroth Physiotherapist allows me to share my passion for movement and exercise while developing strong therapeutic relationships.
At The ScoliClinic I feel challenged yet supported, continuously being afforded opportunities to develop a deeper awareness of myself.
As a teenager in competitive Irish Dance. I remember looking up to my troop’s physiotherapist as a career role model. My exposure to physiotherapy as a teenager inspired my career path. Along my journey as a physiotherapist, I was exposed to scoliosis-specific treatment and was inspired to learn more.
To best support my clients, I’ve completed the following courses:
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C2 – January 2018
Thoracic Ring Approach – September 2017
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – November 2016
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1 course and certification
The Canadian Bobath Instructors Association Human Movement Course and certification
Level 1 in Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2013
I’m grateful that my journey has led me to this career & team. I feel constantly inspired to continuing to develop my skillset and self.
Initially, I was drawn to The ScoliClinic because of the opportunity to work with teens AND adults who have spinal conditions. Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed participating in sports and going on outdoor adventures. Inevitably, my active lifestyle has led me to experience several injuries along the way, all of which have taught me to deeply value physical independence and mobility.
Over the past two years with The ScoliClinic, I’ve developed a passion for helping those with lifelong conditions by utilizing conservative treatment approaches. The long-term therapeutic relationships that I’ve developed with my clients have been rewarding in countless ways. I believe that knowledge really is power, so I love that our Physiotherapy sessions allow the time and space to focus on scoliosis education, which helps clients address their symptoms and prevent their spinal curves from progressing with age.
Teamwork and collaboration are high on my values list, and our team’s Wisdom Wednesday meetings and weekly mentoring sessions allow me to exchange ideas and gain support from others on our team.
The following courses have expanded my skill set for working with people with scoliosis and other spinal conditions:
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – October 2018
International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 2 – January 2018
International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 1 – October 2017
After graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2010, I worked for four years as a Physiotherapist at the Hungarian Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Centre. During my time there, I participated in several international conferences on spinal deformities and scoliosis rehabilitation treatment.
I moved to Canada in 2015, and worked with teens and adults with scoliosis in Ottawa, Ontario. I was able to use my passion for research and wrote scientific case studies on adolescents with scoliosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I enjoy combining my scoliosis knowledge to help people who also have other conditions such as acute and chronic low back pain, sport injuries, musician and dancer injuries, and pre and postpartum conditions.
Schroth 3-D Scoliosis-Therapie® according to Katharina Schroth
Maitland Concept of Manipulative Physiotherapy
Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Mulligan Manual Therapy
Fit-Ball Concept during pregnancy and after childbirth
Physiotherapist Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hungary
Contemporary Jazz Dance Teacher, Hungarian Dance Teachers’ Association, Hungary
I have always been interested in health and wellness and was previously a Nutritionist before studying physiotherapy at the University of Toronto. I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis when I was 25 years old and was frustrated by the lack of education and treatment I received to manage it. Consequently, I developed an interest in scoliosis-specific Physiotherapy and pursued Schroth BSPTS C1 training in February 2018.
My focus is now specifically on spinal X-ray analysis and communicating X-ray results with our team. I love analyzing clients’ scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis X-rays in detail and collaborating with our team of physiotherapists to improve client care. I’m so happy for this specialized and unique opportunity and to be part of the ScoliClinic team!
My certifications are:
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (C1), February 2018
University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy, 2015
Why do I love my work? Because of the opportunities.
Receiving a diagnosis of scoliosis at age 13 spurred many unanswered questions for my family and I. Many years later, while on a Physiotherapy practicum, I attended a presentation by The ScoliClinic team which sparked a realization that Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of scoliosis. It was an easy decision to undergo Scoliosis-specific training.
At The ScoliClinic, I love the opportunity I have to create connections with people of all ages who have scoliosis. I witness empowering moments, where clients transform anxiety into confidence, which allows them to participate in meaningful activities and live their best lives. It’s a privilege to be a part of someone’s long-term journey with scoliosis.
I love the opportunity for endless learning. Our team encourages each other to grow, and I’m expanding my understanding of scoliosis as a condition, and of myself as a person. By deepening my self-awareness, I’m able to provide a higher level of holistic care of my clients.
Lastly, being part of The ScoliClinic team allows me to be a part of a bigger cause, as I feel that my work is contributing to the improved management of scoliosis in our corner of the world.
My practice is supported by a growing list of courses, to better help my clients:
ISM 3-Day Course: The Thorax and Pelvis – 2019
Schroth-Barcelona Institute – C1 – Sept 2018
Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – 2018
Aquatic Therapy for Pain Management Workshop – 2018
Soft Tissue Release Workshop – 2018
University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy – 2018
I believe in the use of natural methods to facilitate the body’s intelligence to heal itself so I’m happy to be a part of a team who does just that! Using my human anatomy & physiology knowledge and massage skills to help community members live naturally active and pain-free lifestyles is my passion.
I use active listening, empowerment and strategic application of massage techniques to achieve treatment goals and build strong therapeutic relationships. I use a combination of massage modalities to cater to the specific concerns, bodies, and preferences of each individual, such as:
I have experience forming treatment plans addressing various concerns to do with the spine, including: scoliosis, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, postural dysfunction and more.
I’m a Registered Massage Therapist, hold a Diploma in Marketing Management, and am currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science.
I come from a sports background, which is what started my career path into physiotherapy. As with any sports team, working together and supporting each other is a vital component to team success. It is this that has drawn me to start my career with the team at the ScoliClinic. I have a keen interest in all things spine; what I like about working with scoliosis specifically is that every curve is unique and as such, requires an individualized approach to treatment. The intricacy and complexity of scoliosis requires a more intensive treatment approach than other conditions and injuries. This provides an opportunity to form quality relationships with clients as we work together toward their individualized goals.
To broaden my treatment skills I have trained in the following courses:
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – October 2019
Level 1 in Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma
Mulligan Mobilizations with Movement – Lower Extremity
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2019
Prior to embarking on my physiotherapy journey I worked as a strength and conditioning coach for collegiate and professional athletes in basketball, soccer and tennis. I was also a kinesiologist for 3 years in Vancouver where I worked with my clients to achieve their rehabilitation and general fitness goals. These experiences have highlighted how powerful a tool exercise is. I am excited to bring that experience to the team at the ScoliClinic.
lead client coordinator
vancouver & north vancouver
I started at The ScoliClinic in August of 2017 and have loved growing in my various roles within the company. My favourite aspect of my job is interacting with every client that visits The ScoliClinic, and getting to hear each of their unique stories!
I recently completed my Bachelors of Kinesiology at UBC while working flexible hours at TSC. I am beyond grateful for the experience and relationships I have built while working with such a dedicated team of healthcare professionals.
With a thorough fitness and dance background, I am passionate about fostering services that enable clients to live active and pain-free lifestyles. Feel free to chat with me while you wait for your appointment – I love to talk about travelling, cooking, hiking, and of course, scoliosis!
After completing a 4 month business development co-op internship at The ScoliClinic back in April 2018, I quickly realized the endless opportunities from working here. During that period I got to see our Surrey location grow while gaining a better understanding on how to enable people looking for our services to find us. I hope to increase the visibility of The ScoliClinic to enable people living with scoliosis to fulfill their daily lifestyles.
I recently completed my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and minor in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. I am very grateful to be able to continue working at The ScoliClinic after my co-op position, as well as settle into the operations coordinator position!
After working as a Registered Nurse for four years, I’ve returned to school at Simon Fraser University where I am in the Masters of Public Health program, specializing in Population Health. I’m passionate about health promotion and believe in the importance of viewing health in a holistic manner. In my free time, I enjoy staying active through yoga and taking in the beautiful views that BC has to offer!
I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a passionate team. It’s rewarding to work in an environment that takes such a holistic approach to health and scoliosis. I’m thrilled to be able to continue working in a health care setting, supporting clients throughout their health journey. Working as a Client Coordinator, I understand that everyone’s scoliosis journey is unique. I want to create a positive experience for each and every client as well as their families, so I’m happy to provide support at the front desk in any way that I can!
Scoliosis has been a part of my life since the age 12. My curve progressively increased throughout my teenage years and resulted in extensive back surgery in 2013 to fuse and straighten my spine. My scoliosis journey has not been easy but the life lessons I have learnt have been invaluable. It has taught me resilience, courage, strength and was the reason I became a physiotherapist – to support those in a similar position to where I was. I completed my studies at Bond University and graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy in 2014. Since graduating I have had wonderful opportunities working in private practice and now, I’m ready to follow my passion and open a clinic dedicated to patients with scoliosis.
Early in my career as a Physiotherapist, I quickly realised there was a big gap in the conservative management of scoliosis in Australia. Further, there was no scoliosis-specific training available in the country. My drive and passion to find answers and fill this gap in the treatment of scoliosis led me to many wonderful travel opportunities overseas. In 2017, I completed my Schroth certification in Barcelona, Spain and more recently have spent time living and working in Vancouver, Canada as part of the fouding ScoliClinic team. I was instantly drawn to The ScoliClinic’s talented team of therapists, their strong values, and drive to provide the highest quality experience and care for those with scoliosis and other spinal conditions. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring The ScoliClinic to Australia and be a part of the team – from the other side of the world!
The following courses support my practice as a Physiotherapist:
WHTA Women’s Health Physiotherapy Intensive Course (2018)
APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1,2,3,4 (2018)
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 (2017)
APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 course (2016)
Pilates Equipment 1,2 &3 for Physiotherapists, Pilates Institute of Queensland (2016)
Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry Needling Course, Combined Health (2015)
Rocktape Kinesiology and Power Taping course (2014)
Studio Pilates International Matwork Instructor Course (2014)
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University (2014)
Level 1 Sports Trainer course (2012)
Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bond University (2012)
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with scoliosis, or have mirrored my experience, or have had scoliosis for many years, I look forward to meeting you and helping you through your journey.