Scoliosis has been a part of my life since the age 12. My curve progressively increased throughout my teenage years and resulted in extensive back surgery in 2013 to fuse and straighten my spine. My scoliosis journey has not been easy but the life lessons I have learnt have been invaluable. It has taught me resilience, courage, strength and was the reason I became a physiotherapist – to support those in a similar position to where I was. I completed my studies at Bond University and graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy in 2014. Since graduating I have had wonderful opportunities working in private practice and now, I’m ready to follow my passion and open a clinic dedicated to patients with scoliosis.
Early in my career as a Physiotherapist, I quickly realised there was a big gap in the conservative management of scoliosis in Australia. Further, there was no scoliosis-specific training available in the country. My drive and passion to find answers and fill this gap in the treatment of scoliosis led me to many wonderful travel opportunities overseas. In 2017, I completed my Schroth certification in Barcelona, Spain and more recently have spent time living and working in Vancouver, Canada as part of the fouding ScoliClinic team. I was instantly drawn to The ScoliClinic’s talented team of therapists, their strong values, and drive to provide the highest quality experience and care for those with scoliosis and other spinal conditions. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring The ScoliClinic’s services to Australia as The Scoliosis Collective and be a part of the team – from the other side of the world!
The following courses support my practice as a Physiotherapist:
WHTA Women’s Health Physiotherapy Intensive Course (2018)
APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1,2,3,4 (2018)
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 (2017)
APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 course (2016)
Pilates Equipment 1,2 &3 for Physiotherapists, Pilates Institute of Queensland (2016)
Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry Needling Course, Combined Health (2015)
Rocktape Kinesiology and Power Taping course (2014)
Studio Pilates International Matwork Instructor Course (2014)
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University (2014)
Level 1 Sports Trainer course (2012)
Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bond University (2012)
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with scoliosis, or have mirrored my experience, or have had scoliosis for many years, I look forward to meeting you and helping you through your journey.
I distinctly remember that moment I realised that I wanted to work in the Scoliosis world – at age 13, I saw the X-ray of my own spine and my surgeon explained that I had a unique curve there. I was immediately intrigued – how did this curve appear, and what could I do to ensure it didn’t worsen? At the time, treatment options for Scoliosis were not well understood, so my curve did worsen. I was concerned about my physical appearance and my self-esteem was pretty low.
In my early 20’s, I began to feel pain which significantly impacted my quality of life. So, I decided to see whether soft-tissue therapy/massage could alleviate some of the pain. The treatment was highly effective and inspired me to pursue a career in Myotherapy, with the aim of eventually focusing on Scoliosis. Ever since completing my degree, I’ve been absorbing as much knowledge as possible from the leading professionals in this field.
It wasn’t long before I learned about The ScoliClinic in Canada! I was in awe of the difference they were making. The quality of service, vast knowledge, the rapport they build with patients, and the positive team environment was second to none. I emailed to ask Andrea for advice and funnily enough, The ScoliClinic was already on their way to Australia, opening as The Scoliosis Collective! I am so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside the teams of these two companies. It’s a dream come true to help others with Scoliosis.
The following courses support my practice as a Myotherapist:
ISICO World Online Scoliosis Master Course (2019)
Pilates Rehabilitation Course for Allied Health Professionals (2019)
Scolio-Pilates Professional Seminar & Workshop (2019)
Advanced Mobilisation Course (2018)
Dry Needling Advanced (2018)
Bachelor of Health Science – Musculoskeletal Therapy/Myotherapy (2015)
During my time as a general pediatric physiotherapist at Kids Physio Group, I became fascinated with scoliosis. Further exploration into the medical system exposed a huge gap in conservative management in the lower mainland for kids, teens, and adults with Scoliosis and other structural spinal conditions, so I sought further training in the Schroth Method and have now dedicated my whole career to Scoliosis by developing dedicated services through The ScoliClinic in Canada, and The Scoliosis Collective in Australia.
I’m a Schroth-certified physiotherapist who believes in arming families with the knowledge and skills to support you and your child in the best way possible. As one of the owners, I split my time between clinical appointments and managing the business – I’m continually learning how to provide the highest quality service in every way possible to families going through a challenging time.
I believe in lifelong learning, and am constantly thinking about how to integrate this information into our practice and bring the newest research to the families of British Columbia. Here are some of my relevant certifications:
ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 2 – February 2018
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C2 (Advanced) – June 2016
ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 1 – January 2016
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 (Basic) – February 2015
Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) Member
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2011
I also have a passion for global health work, and coordinated a 5-month project in rural South India just prior to opening The ScoliClinic.
If you have any questions about how The ScoliClinic can help your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine, and wore a brace for the following seven years. Throughout this process, my family and I were consistently frustrated with the limited therapy options available and consequently the lack of control over the progression of my curve.
I work at The ScoliClinic because I want to provide reassurance to my clients by providing education, and by being an example of how my scoliosis significantly affected my life for the better. After all, my personal experience with scoliosis is what drove me to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.
I do this work to positively impact teens with scoliosis who are experiencing unique, but similar challenges to those I faced. For my adult clients, I love sharing education about their spines, and connecting adults with each other for emotional support.
My Scoliosis-focused practice is strengthened by the following certifications:
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 2 – November 2018
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – November 2016
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – August 2016
UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2015
Each day, I look forward to the new challenges that encourage me to grow. From unique client circumstances, to mind-bending questions from fellow therapists, I appreciate all aspects of my work and am thankful for the many opportunities for personal and professional development.
Initially, I was drawn to The ScoliClinic because of the opportunity to work with teens AND adults who have spinal conditions. Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed participating in sports and going on outdoor adventures. Inevitably, my active lifestyle has led me to experience several injuries along the way, all of which have taught me to deeply value physical independence and mobility.
Over the past two years with The ScoliClinic, I’ve developed a passion for helping those with lifelong conditions by utilizing conservative treatment approaches. The long-term therapeutic relationships that I’ve developed with my clients have been rewarding in countless ways. I believe that knowledge really is power, so I love that our Physiotherapy sessions allow the time and space to focus on scoliosis education, which helps clients address their symptoms and prevent their spinal curves from progressing with age.
Teamwork and collaboration are high on my values list, and our team’s Wisdom Wednesday meetings and weekly mentoring sessions allow me to exchange ideas and gain support from others on our team.
The following courses have expanded my skill set for working with people with scoliosis and other spinal conditions:
Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – October 2018
International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 2 – January 2018
International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 1 – October 2017
After graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2010, I worked for four years as a Physiotherapist at the Hungarian Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Centre. During my time there, I participated in several international conferences on spinal deformities and scoliosis rehabilitation treatment.
I moved to Canada in 2015, and worked with teens and adults with scoliosis in Ottawa, Ontario. I was able to use my passion for research and wrote scientific case studies on adolescents with scoliosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I enjoy combining my scoliosis knowledge to help people who also have other conditions such as acute and chronic low back pain, sport injuries, musician and dancer injuries, and pre and postpartum conditions.
Schroth 3-D Scoliosis-Therapie® according to Katharina Schroth
Maitland Concept of Manipulative Physiotherapy
Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Mulligan Manual Therapy
Fit-Ball Concept during pregnancy and after childbirth
Physiotherapist Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hungary
Contemporary Jazz Dance Teacher, Hungarian Dance Teachers’ Association, Hungary
Why do I love my work? Because of the opportunities.
Receiving a diagnosis of scoliosis at age 13 spurred many unanswered questions for my family and I. Many years later, while on a Physiotherapy practicum, I attended a presentation by The ScoliClinic team which sparked a realization that Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of scoliosis. It was an easy decision to undergo Scoliosis-specific training.
At The ScoliClinic, I love the opportunity I have to create connections with people of all ages who have scoliosis. I witness empowering moments, where clients transform anxiety into confidence, which allows them to participate in meaningful activities and live their best lives. It’s a privilege to be a part of someone’s long-term journey with scoliosis.
I love the opportunity for endless learning. Our team encourages each other to grow, and I’m expanding my understanding of scoliosis as a condition, and of myself as a person. By deepening my self-awareness, I’m able to provide a higher level of holistic care of my clients.
Lastly, being part of The ScoliClinic team allows me to be a part of a bigger cause, as I feel that my work is contributing to the improved management of scoliosis in our corner of the world.
My practice is supported by a growing list of courses, to better help my clients:
ISM 3-Day Course: The Thorax and Pelvis – 2019
Schroth-Barcelona Institute – C1 – Sept 2018
Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – 2018
Aquatic Therapy for Pain Management Workshop – 2018
Soft Tissue Release Workshop – 2018
University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy – 2018
With a 14-year background as a physiotherapist, I have encountered many people with scoliosis and always wanted to help them but had limited access to scoliosis-specific knowledge. Several years ago, my teenage daughter developed scoliosis and this motivated me to focus my career on scoliosis. I’ve seen the impact that scoliosis can have on different people, which made me eager to further develop my skills.
When I noticed my daughter had scoliosis, I brought her to The ScoliClinic. Going through this experience with her made me compassionate and empathetic towards the other teenagers and parents who are in similar situations.
As I’m originally from Iran, I am able to provide treatments in Farsi.
The following experiences have helped me develop my practice:
7 years ago, I decided to set sail from Ireland and move to beautiful Vancouver BC. I have always been passionate about working with people and acting as a liaison to support a teams needs, all the way from the Clinicians rooms to the front desk. Supporting people’s needs is my number 1 priority.After 12 years of working in the optical industry and operations management I decided to venture out and pursue a new opportunity while trying to remain within a clinical setting with a strong Mission. This is what drew me to The ScoliClinic. For years I have always had a keen interest to learn more in the field of physiotherapy, and I became more intrigued when read more of The ScoliClinic. It is truly inspiring to see their outreach in educating people more on scoliosis, the techniques used and how the company has evolved over the short few years already. I am super excited in having the opportunity to join the team as office manager and work alongside such a dedicated passionate team. I look forward to contributing efforts to spread awareness with the ScoliClinic’s treatment methods and therapy for rehabilitation.
After completing a 4 month business development co-op internship at The ScoliClinic back in April 2018, I quickly realized the endless opportunities from working here. During that period I got to see our Surrey location grow while gaining a better understanding on how to enable people looking for our services to find us. I hope to increase the visibility of The ScoliClinic to enable people living with scoliosis to fulfill their daily lifestyles.
I recently completed my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and minor in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. I am very grateful to be able to continue working at The ScoliClinic after my co-op position, as well as settle into the operations coordinator position!
I worked with Hodgson Orthopedic Group for about 8 months as a co-op student, and during my time there, I heard about The ScoliClinic. During my initial days, I wasn’t aware of what exactly The ScoliClinic does and as time went by I learned more about Scoliosis. I noticed my interest in wanting to know more about the treatments and issues with Scoliosis, and throughout the process I realized I wanted to be a part of The ScoliClinic team.
I’m an International Student from Kenya currently in my third year of my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Kinesiology. I aspire to be a physiotherapist in the upcoming years, and helping our clients at The ScoliClinic is a wonderful place for me to gain valuable experience.
I am currently a student at UBC in the journey of completing a Microbiology and Immunology Major, with aspirations to enter medical school to pursue a career path in orthopaedics.Having been diagnosed at age 13 with idiopathic scoliosis myself, I received spinal fusion at BCCH in the summer of 2019 at the age of 19, and have ever since been living a healthy lifestyle. I truly believe in individual empowerment and rising beyond any physical label or perceived limitations — which is why I wanted to be part of The ScoliClinic, where each and every team member truly stands by the statement: “stand tall from the inside out”.My goal is to learn more about nonsurgical options such as Schroth that are rapidly advancing and becoming more prominent. I also would like to better understand the biopsychosocial aspect of healthcare– especially the importance of mental health and its role in patient care and recovery. Ultimately, I strive to contribute to the positive, supportive and growing community here at The ScoliClinic to better support you and your family.
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operations assistant & social media designer
As a long term client, I have been able to watch The ScoliClinic grow and flourish into the bustling business it is now. From one physio in one little clinic space, to a whole team across the globe, the ScoliClinic has truly been an inspiration to me throughout my high school years. So, when the opportunity to join this amazing team arose, I was super excited and hopped on without a doubt!
My position mainly revolves around design, but this constantly evolving work environment also allows me to get a taste of all the different aspects of the business. I get to try out marketing, social media, branding… even getting to model a bit for product sales! Though I mainly work behind the scenes, being a part of improving the lives of fellow Scoli-Peeps is the best part of the job. As well, being able to sustain my passion for graphic design in a field relating to health sciences, which I plan to pursue in post-secondary, is definitely a huge plus. Catch me in the clinic tending to our little plants! And absolutely feel free to chat about anything, I’ve been there!