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 care and 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.
More recently Heather returned to the University of Western Ontario and completed her Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (2019) and also completed advanced Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy certification attaining the FCAPMT designation with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Her research project involved ACL Reconstruction risk factors for re-rupture along with return to sport testing and as a result she has a special interest in ACL rehabilitation and return to sport. In addition, she has attended several rehabilitation courses and symposiums pertaining specifically to cycling, running, triathlon and golf.
As a therapist, Heather has worked with a number of athletes, teams and various high-level sporting events. She was selected as a Lead Medical Practitioner for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games working at the badminton and wheelchair tennis events. She was also a Lead Medical Practitioner for the sitting volleyball event for the 2017 Invictus Games. As a result of these experiences, Heather was the Medical Manager and Chief Therapist for the 2017 Jr Pan Am Badminton Championships and the 2018 BWF World Juniors Badminton Championships. She received a prestigious recognition award presented by the BWF president for her efforts with the World Junior Championships.
Heather continues to be an avid athlete and enjoys competing at a national and international level in a variety of sports. She has competed internationally 6 times with the Canadian National Age Group Triathlon Team with a personal best of 9th in the World Sprint Championships in 2014. She has also competed internationally for badminton achieving championships at the US International Masters and European Masters in 2015. More recently she has been competing in squash winning provincial and national titles and was selected to represent Ontario at the 2020 Canadian Masters Team Championships.
In her spare time, Heather enjoys travelling and being active with her family. A highlight for Heather was being selected to represent the Durham region as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Vancouver, 2010 Winter Olympics. She now aims to be a therapist at future Olympic Games and hopes to help athletes achieve their athletic goals!