Physio Therapist

Julie grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, working as a student athletic therapist for various sports teams during her Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) degree at Brock University. While achieving her Masters Degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2012, Julie spent much of her time volunteering and focusing her research on pediatrics. During this program, Julie also received the CanChild Research Award for exploring important issues in childhood disability.Julie has been working at Kids Physio Group since 2014 at both the North Vancouver and Vancouver clinic locations.Julie has extensive experience working with children and infants with neurological disorders including: cerebral palsy (CP), developmental delay, genetic disorders and complex multisystem diagnoses. She also has experience with children with sensory processing conditions, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), acquired brain injuries as a result of accidents, and working with babies with torticollis and plagiocephaly. Julie’s current clinical focus is rehabilitating the general pediatric population (ages 8 and up) and athletes with musculoskeletal (muscle/tendon/ligament/bone) injuries and concussions. This includes but is not limited to competitive gymnasts, skaters, dancers, swimmers, and hockey and soccer players.She has received certifications and attended a variety of courses including:– Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR): treating dysfunctions in the muscles, ligaments, and joints at the receptor level, to provide more immediate changes in the signalling pathways to the brain. This can contribute to more immediate pain relief and improved muscle activation during strength testing. Currently doing Foundations (Sept 2017-Jan 2018), registered for Intermediate (Feb&March 2018);– Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1, 2 & 3 course and certification: finding muscle compensation patterns and improving motor control and body awareness;– Complete Concussion Management Certification (2017): evidence-based course on multisystem, comprehensive, concussion assessment and management;– Concussion Management Workshop (2016): including vision, balance, and vestibular rehabilitation, as well as post-concussion treatment and manual therapy techniques for the cervical spine (bones of the neck);– Barefoot Training Summit conference including components of (2016): Animal Flow (variety of core strengthening and bodyweight movements), proprioceptive (body awareness) training, primal movement (reflex-based, developmental movement patterns) and fascial tensioning (to assist with balance, alignment, and foot/ankle stability);– Primal Movement Chains Workshop (2016): working along fascial chains, rotational muscle patterns and effective force generation to improve stability, performance, and reduce injury– Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI): Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration course (2015): manual techniques to assist with regulating the sensory system and integrating automatic reflexes to promote development and treat sensory concerns (http://masgutovamethod.com/about-the-method); – Sensory and Motor Processing for Postural Control course (2014): inner and outer core activation, development and treatment of postural control in children with ASD, CP, and DCD;– Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT) Problem-Solving Workshop (2014): postural reactions and facilitation of normal developmental movement patterns;– Therapeutic RockTaping Certification (2013): muscle, joint, ligament, and fascial taping to improve movement and reduce pain;Julie is very passionate about human movement, and empowering her clients to learn about their bodies and reach their physiotherapy goals.Outside of work, Julie loves being in nature hiking, camping, skiing, or exercising!