Melissa is a compassionate and integrative manual osteopath, she uses hands on techniques to reduce pain, increase range of motion and return the body back to pain-free and optimal functioning. Her goal is to "move" you in a healthy direction
Hardworking, compassionate individual. Passionate about health/wellness. A big foodie.
Describe your role as an osteopath.
As an osteopath, I gather a detailed health history, assess the way your body moves and analyze connections between the bony framework (affected by muscles/fascia) and the symptoms you present with. At each visit, I reassess/monitor your mind-body changes to ensure that treatment is progressing well and you are indeed improving.
Osteopaths facilitate the natural healing capabilities of the body. It is my goal to help everyone reach a point where they no longer depend on treatment, they are fully functional and they understand their bodies better including how to help themselves.
Top 5 most treated health concerns/goals in the past month?
Low back injuries (i.e. Lumbar disc herniations)
Pain due to arthritic changes
Sciatic nerve pain (true & pseudo-sciatica)
Stress induced pain/issues
Most common or most favourite health concern and why?
One of my favourite health concerns (and also one of the most common complaint amongst all demographics) is SLEEP issues. This is a favourite health concern because:
- The majority of people I see have sleep issues - this is rarely part of or the main health concern they are seeking support for. However, they indicate how it’s been an issue for a long time and poor sleep has become their “normal”. Post-treatment, a better sleep is a significant difference my patients notice almost right away and they soon realize how good sleep impacts their day-day and overall wellbeing.
- Good quality sleep is one of the biggest influencers in overall health of the body. It is imperative for proper hormone functioning which regulates all systems and it is good sleep that will help you heal!
- Sleep is heavily influenced by our musculoskeletal framework/functioning; when all parts are moving as they should in coordination with one another, it’s amazing how the internal environment begins to regulate and function properly as well.
What are 3 future aspirations?
1. Become a mountaineer and travel the world hiking and climbing tall peaks to see incredible views
2. Create my own charitable organization providing competitive athletic training to inner-city kids who are unable to afford it, with the hopes of allowing them to develop skills and values through sport and giving them the opportunity to excel in something they love.
3. Improve my photography skills, take amazing shots of nature/life in different countries
How has your education or past experiences contributed to your clinical skills?
Throughout my whole life, I have been heavily involved in competitive sports and with this comes the inevitable risk of injury. My interest in the human body began with my personal experiences of repetitive traumas from sports. I spent so much time getting treated and going through the rehabilitation process, needing cortisone shots and braces, etc. I have experienced many different issues because I played many sports. I am grateful to have had these experiences because I understand the frustrations of trying to heal and trying to heal with a deadline ahead. I also understand the different types of pain patients are experiencing. These experiences allow me to empathize with patients and connect on a different level.
These experiences also led me to Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. I attended my undergrad at Laurier - part of what makes Laurier so great is the emphasis on community involvement/volunteering. For my program I was required to volunteer with a number of different organizations (outside of classroom requirements) to complete my education. This allowed me to gain clinical experience in athletic therapy and physiotherapy clinics, experience coaching and training young athletes. Real learning occurs with hands on experiences and I have gained many different perspectives on injuries and healing through these opportunities, as well as the patient interaction which is invaluable.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes – I would be happy to be of support!
For treatment bookings or to gain more information, contact Vivo! (519-267-8486) or email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-746-9330