Certified Athletic Therapist of Canada
Irene is a Certified Athletic Therapist who has been working professionally with the active population since 2001. Athletic Therapy is a health care profession that specializes in care of musculoskeletal disorders (muscles, bones, joints), especially as they relate to active individuals pursuing an active lifestyle. This includes assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and education of the injured person.
Irene graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Physical Education where she went on to successfully complete the three year athletic therapy program (Dip.SIM) at Sheridan College in Oakville,ON. Irene successfully completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Science from the University of British Columbia in 2013. She has taken many continuing education courses to advance her knowledge with manual therapy techniques, tissue release, functional movement systems, and improved rehabilitation programs. Irene is also in her Second Year of studies at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver working towards her Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice. Osteopathic Manual Practice is an astonishing form of therapy that addresses the whole body and uses palpation to determine the position, mobility and quality of the tissues. Therapists will use many manual therapy techniques to remove barriers that prevent the body from healing.
Irene has worked in several university clinics, three Greater Toronto clinics, and provided in-home therapy. She moved to Vancouver Island in 2007 and has been predominantly working for Catalyst Paper in Crofton at their pulp and paper mill, running an onsite injury clinic for 'industrial athletes'. This environment has provided her with a great deal of experience resolving chronic injuries and issues related to repetitive movement and postures. Irene has worked with a lot of different populations including elderly clients, children, WCB claims, motor vehicle accidents,post-surgical knees and hips, post disease, and of course athletes. Irene has a lot of experience working with rugby teams in Ontario, England, the Velox Valhallians and the Cowichan Piggies. She has delivered on field services to many other sports teams including hockey, soccer, field hockey, football, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, and individual athletes in gymnastics and running.
Irene still plays rugby and also enjoys running, snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, adventure racing, and any other race that inspires challenges, fun, or costume wearing.
View Irene's website www.cowichantherapy.com to find out more about Irene and the services she provides.
You can learn more about Athletic Therapy and Osteopathy by looking at these sites:
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association: https://www.athletictherapy.org
Canadian College of Osteopathy: http://www.osteopathiecollege.com/
Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy: http://www.osteopathybc.ca/