Heather graduated from McMaster University with a Kinesiology degree in 1999, and then obtained her Physical Therapy degree from Queen's University in 2003 achieving the Dean's Honour List, OUA Academic All-Star for varsity squash and receiving the Helen Chan Award of Merit. Shortly after she entered the Osteopathy program at The Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her Diploma in 2008 and then her Masters Diploma in Osteopathic Sciences in 2010. Heather further completed the 3 year CAO student teacher training program from 2008-2011 and then accepted a position as an Assistant Professor and then a Professor. Along with assisting and leading practical lab portions in the classroom she instructed courses on Medical Sciences and Osteopathic thought process, Orthopaedics and Ethics and Professionalism.
Heather has also completed additional osteopathic training from the John Wernham School in Maidstone, England and has attended numerous lectures and workshops instructed by international osteopathic practitioners from Spain, UK and USA. During her osteopathic educational studies, Heather worked in a variety of rehabilitation clinical settings including institutional, community and on-field sports medical and later opened Scugog Physiotherapy Centre, a private outpatient physical therapy and osteopathy clinic, in Port Perry, Ontario in 2007. In 2018 the clinic re-located to Uxbridge Ontario and is now named North Durham Physiotherapy. She believes in treating the cause and root of the problem and not just the symptoms.
Heather is an avid athlete and enjoys competing and assisting as a therapist with a variety of sports. She has competed internationally 6 times with the Canadian National Age Group Triathlon Team (2006-2015) travelling to Switzerland, Hungary, Australia, USA and placing as high as 9th in the World Sprint Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, 2014. In 2013, she was crowned the World Masters Champion in Duathlon for her age group at the World Masters Games held in Torino, Italy. In addition to Triathlon she also competes internationally in Badminton acheiving titles at the 2015 US International and US Senior International Badminton Championships (2014, 2016 & 2018), 2015 European Masters Games in Nice, France and the 2016 USA Masters Games. She also earned bronze medals in women’s singles at the Canadian Nationals Badminton Championships (2013, 2015 & 2016). Currently, Heather has broadened her interest to competing in other racquet sports including squash and Racketlon. In the past year Heather has been working part-time as a Squash Pro at Richmond Hill Squash Club instructing primarily Junior athletes and working on building a women’s program. She is currently nationally ranked in the sport of Racketlon.
Heather has attended several rehabilitation courses pertaining specifically to cycling, running, triathlon and golf. As a therapist, Heather has worked with the Canadian National Age Group Triathlon Team, The Dragon Flies Breast Cancer Dragonboat Team, Skate Canada Synchronized Skating, Canadian Artistic Gymnastics and the Men’s Elite Cyclissmo Cycling Team. Heather was selected as a Lead Medical Practitioner for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games working at the badminton and wheelchair tennis events. She was also a Lead Venue Medical Practitioner during the 2017 Invictus Games for Sitting Volleyball. Heather has worked along side Badminton Ontario and Badminton Canada as Chief Therapist for the 2017 Junior Pan Am Badminton Championships and is the Medical Manager and Chief Therapist for the upcoming 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships. She has been a student preceptor for the CAO and has been an Examiner for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam for several years. As a result of her involvement within the community she was also selected to represent the Durham region as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Vancouver, 2010 Winter Olympics.
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