Your Host: Renee Simons
Renee’s interest in kinetics and functional muscle movement began with Kinesiology studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In 2004, she graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the Massage Therapists Association of Alberta. Since becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Renee has focused her post-graduate training and clinical practice around Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation techniques and is committed to providing patients with individualized treatments to discover and resolve the underlying reasons why they may have pain and dysfunction in their bodies. Since having two children, Renee has developed a passion for eating real food, fermentation and doing things the way great granny would have done them, leading her to expand her knowledge around holistic nutrition.
Through Myofascial Release and Visceral Manipulation, Renee’s goal is to collaborate with her patients and other health practitioners to balance soft tissues, improve body mechanics and movement through strength, flexibility, and postural awareness with the goal of restoring functional pain-free living. These techniques are effective for those suffering from a wide range of chronic pain, including: back and joint pain, digestive and reproductive complaints and the discomfort and tension caused by traumatic & surgical scarring. Through a combination of assessment, manual therapy and education, Renee will work closely with you to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal and help you reach your body’s optimal potential.
Dr Erin Brennand
Erin Brennand is an Assisstant Professor in the Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Calgary. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta, her Obstetrics & Gynecology residency in Calgary, and her two-year Fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the Foothills Hospital. She is currently the Fellowship Program Director for Urogynecology at the U of C. Her academic interests include medical education, and research in the areas of obesity & exercise as they relate to pelvic floor health.
Gayle Hulme – Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, IMS, Pelvic Health
In 2000, Gayle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation, Gayle set about fulfilling her desire to travel and experience the world of people, places, and physiotherapy. These travels took her across Europe and Eastern Canada, before settling in Calgary in 2003. Along the way, she gained valuable knowledge in pediatric physiotherapy, seniors health, orthopedics, and found passion and intrigue in the practice and powers of acupuncture. Always pursuing academic and professional achievement, Gayle is a qualified IMS and acupuncture practitioner. She is proud to be a physiotherapist in Calgary certified to treat pelvic health disorders such as urinary and fecal incontinence, prolapse, dyspareunia and other types of pelvic pain. She is also a certified practitioner of Rost Therapy treating pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and has a real passion for helping the pre-natal and post-natal patient. Gayle is also one of the few pelvic health physiotherapists in Canada certified to teach patients the Hypopresive Method – designed to assist with recovery of pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence. Gayle succeeds as a physiotherapist in private practice and prides herself in empathetic, personalized patient care. – See more at: http://www.lakeviewphysio.ca/Physiotherapists-Calgary/a~1444/article.html#sthash.VhEXLvN1.dpuf
Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI
Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist & Pilates Instructor, is a highly respected pioneer in the area of PhysioYoga Therapy, a combination of Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998, her Medical Therapeutic Yoga training through Professional Yoga Therapy Studies in North Carolina & her Pilates Certification through Professional Health & Fitness Institute in Maryland.
Since 1998, Shelly has been integrating yoga into her physical therapy treatments. She has worked with a wide variety of women’s health issues including pelvic health conditions such as incontinence and pelvic pain dysfunctions, while working in physiotherapy clinics and long term care facilities across North America.
Currently, she resides in Sylvan Lake, AB. Her mission is to educate, inspire & empower people to create health by authentically sharing her skills, knowledge & expertise as she travels across Canada & the U.S. offering specialty PhysioYoga Therapy workshops, presenting at international conferences, lecturing at University Medical College programs, teaching medical therapeutic yoga to health care professionals, instructing at Yoga Therapy Trainings & offering individual assessments & treatments.
Her ‘Explore Your Pelvic Floor’ and ‘Sexual Health & Yoga‘ workshops have been well received across North America by health care professionals, yoga therapists/teachers & yoga students of all levels. Shelly has a unique ability of sharing her passion of blending the science of yoga with the art of physical therapy in an engaging & valuable way.
For more information please visit www.physioyoga.ca