Welcome back to the final installment of the Meet Our Physiotherapists blog series. We have loved being able to give our clients the opportunity to get to know each of our fantastic physiotherapists. This week we have a Q&A with Caitlin, who joined the clinic at the end of 2017. Caitlin has a number of specialties including training in Bone Fit, a program that uses physiotherapy principles to help Osteoporosis patients prevent further bone loss. Continue reading below to learn what makes Caitlin such a dedicated physiotherapist.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I studied Kinesiology and got my bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo; where I also participated in the co-op program. From there, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in physiotherapy. I applied and was accepted to McMaster University’s Master of Science program in Physiotherapy. I’m passionate about learning and have also continued to take a number of continuing education courses over the last four years. I have taken classes on IMS (intramuscular stimulation), soft tissue release, and Bone Fit. I have also started working my way through the different levels of manual therapy courses.
How long have you worked at Midtown Physio?
I started working part-time in December 2017 and moved to full-time in August 2018.
Why do you enjoy working at Midtown Physio? What makes it different from other clinics?
I love our team! Everyone gets along so well and everyone always seems so happy to be at work. Our clients are also great to work with and very motivated to improve their health and well being.
What made you want to become a Physiotherapist?
I had to go to physiotherapy for a couple of injuries as a teenager and I always thought it was so interesting that they could figure out what was wrong by asking me to move in certain ways and doing certain simple tests. I liked that there was a certain problem-solving aspect to it. I knew early on that I didn’t want a job where I sat at a desk by myself all day and I also knew I really wanted to work with people.
What is the most rewarding part of being a Physiotherapist?
Seeing people improve over time and achieve their functional goals.
Do you have a focus or specialty; areas of the body, certain types of injuries, or particular treatment methods?
I use my training in IMS to treat soft tissue injuries and I also have my Bone Fit certification so that I can help people with osteoporosis exercise safely and prevent fractures. Otherwise, I enjoy the challenge of treating a variety of different injuries.
What should a new patient expect on their first visit with you?
Aside from assessing and diagnosing the injury or pain, I always like to provide clients with a lot of education on the anatomy and physiology of the body in order to help them better understand the treatment I am prescribing. A new patient can also expect to get some homework in the form of exercises (stretches or strength exercises) to do at home between appointments.
Midtown Physiotherapy is a Toronto Physiotherapy clinic offering client-centred and evidence-based treatment to help you get back to what you love. We offer appointments at our Yonge and St. Clair location, as well as home services for those unable to come to us.