Dana graduated “cum laude” with a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Vancouver and began working in private practice orthopaedics. She achieved her Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT) in 1999, with distinction. She also completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and earned her Advanced Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, both in 2008. Dana has also been an assistant and then teacher in the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA since 1999. She has also mentored physiotherapists involved in the post graduate orthopaedic manual therapy courses and exams for many years, as well as mentorship in Sports Physiotherapy.
Dana is passionate about sport and helping people achieve their goals. She is an avid cyclist, cross country skier, soccer player, occasional triathlon competitor and former high level competitive fastball player. During the course of her career Dana has been able to combine her love of sport and her skills as a physiotherapist while treating competitive athletes at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, the Women’s National Soccer Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place in 2012, the Figure Skating World Championships, the Canada Cup Fast Ball International Tournament as well as working with the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team and youth development teams.
Also through her sporting and work experience, she experienced her own injuries. Through working with patients and working through her own body’s injuries, Dana became very interested in a whole body assessment model, which led her to the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) of treatment. Dana’s ability to integrate the whole body was really magnified through taking the ISM Series course in 2011. Since that time, it has dramatically changed how she practices and has made a huge difference in her approach to treating all patients, including athletes.
Dana demonstrates a passion for her work which is evident to all of her clients and she also shares this passion with her colleagues. This continued passion has pushed her to continue to help others through being honoured to assist with Diane Lee’s teaching of the Integrated Systems Model to help empower others to learn how to integrate the body for better function and better outcomes. Thank you Diane!