Hi There! I’m Ibbie – Physiotherapist, Owner, and Clinical Director at The Mama’s Physio.
One thing you should know about me is this: I absolutely love what I do. I consider it an honour and a privilege that you would allow me to work with you to help optimize your pelvic health and and overall wellness.
My interest in women’s health began when I was completing my Master’s degree in physiotherapy at Queen’s University. I completed a rotation in international health and travelled to a rural hospital in Uganda, East Africa. As I worked in the maternity ward of the hospital, I saw first hand how meaningful and essential it is to women to have a health advocate and coach on their team, especially when it came to childbirth and the postpartum period. It was a profound experience which planted a seed in me that would grow over time and be birthed six years later.
The Mama’s Physio came into being because I saw a need for new, expecting, and experienced mothers – and all women really – to be informed with basic knowledge and skills that can truly transform their pelvic health. There is so much that women are capable of – and we often don’t realize it. My goal is to walk alongside women in their journey towards greater health – and celebrate with them when they did more than they thought they could do!
I live with my incredibly supportive hubby (couldn’t do this without him!) in London, Ontario and I have five little ones ages 7, 6, 4, 2, and an infant. They are the ones who have taught me about what is truly important in this life. They are the reason why I’m so passionate about women’s health.
Life is full. Life is zany. Life is beautiful. As a busy mom and a working woman, I can certainly appreciate the many challenges that women face – from breastfeeding, to fatigue, to having such limited time, to feeling very inadequate sometimes. I completely understand what my clients are experiencing because truly, we are in the same boat. There is no judgement here – just grace. I strive for excellence in all that I do and I treat the women in my care the way I would like to be treated.
I look forward to working with you and helping you have a better experience living well in your body.
Education, Interests, & Associations:
I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in Kinesiology in 2005, and completed my Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University in 2007. I have worked in Ottawa and London in both private and public settings, and have attended a number of national and global conferences to keep current with my knowledge base. My clinical interests include women’s health, perinatal care, pelvic and sexual health, pain neuroscience, integrated, collaborative and holistic treatment of the whole person, and women’s global health issues. Post-graduate training and certifications completed related to my current clinical interests include:
- The Physiotherapy Approach to Female & Male Incontinence – Pelvic Health Solutions Level 1
- The Physiotherapy Approach To Female & Male Pelvic Pain – Pelvic Health Solutions Level 2
- Treating Pain. A New Model of Care – Pelvic Health Solutions Level 3
- Exercise Reframed & Sensorimotor Cortex Remapping – Carolyn Vandyken
- Discover Physio & The Integrated Systems Model – Diane Lee & Linda Joy Lee
- The Female Athlete – Antony Lo
- Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist – Sarah Ellis-Duvall
- Core Confidence Specialist – Bellies Inc.
- Addressing Sexual Function With Your Patients – Karen Brandon
- Cultural Implications of Sex, Shame, and Vulnerability – Pelvic Health Solutions
- Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches for Treating Pain – Allison Sims
- Special Considerations for Caesarean Section: Preparing for and Recovering from Belly Birth – Katie Kelly
- K-Taping Certification – OrthoCanada
- MelioGuide Osteoporosis Treatment – Margaret Martin
- Certifying Postpartum Doula – Doula Canada
- Pushing Power Workshops for Health Pros – Chantal Traub
- Physiotherapists in the Delivery Room – Physiodoula Training – Trish Brunelle & Pelvic Health Solutions
- Reframe Pelvic Girdle Pain – A 21st Century Approach – Sinead Dufour & Reframe Rehab
- I’ve completed many more orthopaedic focused courses during the first 5 years of my career
I’m a definite geek when it comes to learning, so you can always find me reading up on the most recent research evidence in the world of women’s health, or sharing in a local pelvic health journal club which I founded early in my pelvic health career.
I also really enjoy offering talks, seminars, and workshops on all things pelvic and perinatal health. I have presented to post-secondary students, provided inservices on labour and delivery units, shared at fitness gyms, and been invited to speak to a wide variety of large and small community groups. I am a certified childbirth educator, certifying postpartum doula, and an instructor with Doula Canada where I teach pelvic health courses to birth professionals.
I am registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a member of:
- The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
- The Ontario Physiotherapy Association
- The Canadian Society for Pelvic Medicine
- The International Urogynecological Association
- Evidence Based Birth Professionals
- The Women’s Health Division of the CPA
I served as an executive member of the Global Health Division of the CPA for two years. During my career, I’ve participated in a couple medical rehabilitation volunteer trips overseas and it’s something I hope to resume once my children are a little older and are able to join in.
Please reach out at anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org