NBS has a physiotherapy department on hand, to assist students with the best way to care for their body, stay strong and prevent injury. Our physiotherapy department boasts two physiotherapists, Jen Denys and Larissa Tutert. Below is an ongoing series of articles with tips and suggestions from our physiotherapists on how to take best care of your body.

Meet Jennifer Denys, one of the NBS physios


Jennifer Denys

Jennifer’s experiences at NBS began as a physiotherapy student in 2003 when she completed a preceptorship at NBS with Physiotherapist Joanna Speller. Jennifer was invited into her official role in 2005 and has been a Physiotherapist here ever since. Her role has become increasingly integrated with the artistic staff, not only to treat injury, but also through strategic initiatives aimed at preventing injury and optimizing the dancers’ potential.

Jennifer has been a Registered Physiotherapist since 2003. She holds a Master of Science (Physiotherapy) from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University along with several top awards for academic achievement and citizenship.  She has completed post-graduate advanced training in Manual Therapy (Level 4, Orthopedic Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association); Contemporary Acupuncture (McMaster University); Diaphragm/Pelvic Floor Piston (Level 2, Julie Wiebe PT); and Certification as a PfilatesTM (Pelvic Floor Pilates) Instructor via Dr. Bruce Crawford.  Jennifer treasures the mentorship she has received in dance-specific physiotherapy through Joanna Speller, Irene Dowd, and Lisa Howell.

Jennifer’s professional practice also takes place at ellephysio in Oakville, ON. With a focus on active, empowering care, and with a dance studio built into the clinic, Jennifer is grateful to have found the ideal venue for sharing her elite experience with local dancers and anyone looking for greater physical well-being.  With a passion for empowering people to help themselves, in 2014, Jennifer became the co-creator of the BE CALM protocol and co-author of the document “Reasons to think twice before icing and what to do instead,” along with Rebecca Dietzel, a biochemist and NBS’s nutrition consultant.  Jennifer also teaches proactive workshops in the areas of dance, posture, breath, pelvic floor fitness, and the BE CALM protocol.    

 Jennifer continues to be active in a lifelong passion for dance via classes, improvisation, choreography and performance.  Past credits include performances with Corps Bara Dance Company (Calgary, AB), the Hamilton Dance Company (Hamilton, ON), Clearwater Theater (Mississauga, ON), and The Meeting House (Oakville, ON).   She lives in Oakville, ON with her husband and 2 stepchildren.

Meet Larissa Tutert, one of the NBS physios

Larissa TutertLarissa Tutert

Larissa is honoured to be serving the physiotherapy needs of the dancers and artistic staff at NBS. She grew up dancing ballet and was actively involved in musical theatre, piano, choir and figure skating. Larissa is thrilled to unite her passion for the arts with her commitment to health and well-being. The ability to integrate anatomical knowledge, hands-on treatment, and pro-active injury prevention is what drew Larissa to this holistic and rewarding career.
Larissa graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Kinesiology. With an ongoing commitment to continuing education, Larissa has completed training in Contemporary Acupuncture at McMaster University, Manual Therapy Level 2 of the Orthopaedic Division, and Progressing Ballet Technique - Junior, Senior and Advanced Programs. She has also completed courses in osteopathic assessment, soft tissue release, sport taping, advanced motor control training, and mindfulness. In addition, Larissa applies her understanding of proper breathing, posture, and pelvic health as part of her overall approach. Larissa feels fortunate in receiving extensive dance-specific physiotherapy mentorship from Jen Denys.
Before her physiotherapy career, Larissa worked at camps for children of all ages. Her positions included: a bilingual art instructor at Oakville Galleries, a one-on-one special needs counsellor, and a dance and musical theatre instructor. Larissa is also proficient in the French language.
Larissa also works at ellephysio, located in Oakville, Ontario, where she treats individuals of all ages and backgrounds, including dancers from local dance studios. She truly enjoys empowering clients as they work to achieve their goals, optimize their physical potential, and live a healthy, active life.

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