accepting kids, teens, adults, elder adults
speaks English (fluent), Kutchi/Gujarati/Urdu/Hindi (limited proficiency)
A little bit about me:
I was born in Calgary, AB to a set of caring first-generation Tanzanian immigrant parents. I was raised in a middle-class Ismaili household heavily influenced by South Asian culture, which instilled within me the values of working hard and serving the community. My personal experience managing my mild scoliosis in early adulthood intensified my curiosity in how the body works, and led me to apply to physiotherapy school.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults alike. Specifically, I have been fortunate to be able to support people from diverse communities including but not limited to: people preparing for or recovering from surgery, LGBTQ2S+ folks, Indigenous people, and individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. My background in psychology makes me particularly interested in the possible effects of postural conditions on self esteem, body image, and chronic pain.
What you can expect in a treatment session with me:
I am optimistic about the autonomy that each person has in taking their health into their own hands. My role as a therapist is to provide you with meaningful guidance and tools towards developing more body awareness through activity management. As a practitioner, my approach is informed by evidence-based theories prioritizing exercise and education within an empathetic, culturally connected, and trauma-informed context. I believe that learning new movement strategies has the the power to influence a person’s relationship to their body through the process of neuroplasticity, whereby connections between the brain and body are re-organized over time. Overall, I would describe my approach as collaborative, creative, and holistic. Throughout my scoliosis journey I developed interests in yoga, breathwork, mindfulness, and weight training, which may also influence my treatment perspective.
I am passionate about creating a safe and inclusive environment for all people, and inviting a sense of curiosity and empowerment in my clients. I recognize that employing an intersectional lens is essential for welcoming clients to show up authentically in our space. I believe that fostering better physical health is a lifelong discovery process — I look forward to working with you at this point of your journey and supporting you as you progress towards your goals!
Certifications that support my work:
- Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School, Basic Course – 2020
- Orthopedic Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Level 1 – 2020
- University of Western Ontario Master of Physical Therapy – 2020
- University of Calgary Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology – 2016