Hello! I’m Sophia – Registered Physiotherapist at The Mama’s Physio.
A low back injury in my late teens redirected my aspirations from dancing ballet professionally to physiotherapy. Physio was part of the interdisciplinary care I received that helped me get back on my feet (literally and figuratively). I loved that it was a mix of technical, mechanical knowledge of how the body works and an opportunity to journey personally and meaningfully with someone in front of you; I still love it for those reasons.
The area of pelvic health came to my attention in my final year of physiotherapy school. I was struck by how difficult issues in this area can be, and how empowering and hopeful the right knowledge and restored function in this area are for people, especially women. I did a final clinical rotation in pelvic health to explore it further, loved it, and it has been part of my practice ever since.
Since graduating with my Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2013, in efforts to approach the body as a whole, I have worked in different practice settings with a variety of populations—from new mothers in a women’s hospital, to active people of all ages in a private clinic, to workers in a factory setting.
My professional learning has also been diverse, from specializing further in pelvic health and perinatal care to learning more manual orthopaedic skills, including dry needling. Further, in efforts to approach the person as a whole, I recently completed a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Regent College. My studies focused on bringing together evidence-based clinical insights and theological reflections regarding the intersection of pelvic and sexual health, embodiment, and faith.
To remain current, I am registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and am a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Women’s Health Division of the CPA, and the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.
From my experiences and studies so far, I have learned how nuanced and unique every health journey is as an interplay of physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors. Both enduring an injury and healing from it are experienced holistically, thus time and tending reveal resiliency in our bodies as much as our beings.
I am honoured to come alongside you in your health journey to help you get back on your feet (literally or figuratively)!