|Number of years of physiotherapy experience:
||17 years in total, 8 years at NBS
| Dance background/ experience working in a dance environment:
||I danced in different styles growing up and about 8 years ago started to work here at NBS.
|Common physiotherapy exercises practiced on dancers:
||Foot strengthening exercises.
Turnout strengthening exercises.
Fascia mobilizing exercises to address restriction in flexibility.
|Describe the importance of physiotherapy in a professional dancer’s career:
||There are three key areas: preventing injuries, rehabilitation from injuries, and optimizing potential.
Preventing Injuries: I identify areas of tightness and weakness – noticing things that are not yet problems, but can become them.
Rehabilitation: I help students get back into the studio faster. I work to keep them dancing by teaching them how to modify their movements (to prevent further injury).
Optimizing Potential: I work with students to improve their turnout, flexibility, point etc.
|Something unique you bring to this program:
||By creating relationships with teachers we can work together to help optimize a dancer’s potential.
|Something we may not know about you:
||I have two children who both are dancers.
|Someone who influenced you growing up:
||Martine Lamy was an inspirational dancer to me growing up. She embodied such power and strength, combined with grace, which I found fascinating.
|Describe your approach to physiotherapy in 3 words:
||Educational. Empowering. Compassionate.
|Favourite aspect about being a physiotherapist in this environment:
||The dancers. It is so amazing to work with people who are so body aware and whose bodies have unlimited potential. They are so motivated and exceptionally talented.
|Favourite part about the Ideas Exchange program:
||The sharing of knowledge.