Note: Ibbie is currently on maternity leave but will be returning in the fall.
Hello, I'm Ibbie.
Physiotherapist and Owner of The Mama's Physio.
One thing you should know about me is this: I absolutely love what I do. I consider it an honour and a privilege that you would allow me to work with you to help optimize your overall health and wellness.
My interest in women's health began when I was completing my Master's degree in physiotherapy at Queen's University. I completed a rotation in international health and travelled to a rural hospital in Uganda, East Africa. As I worked in the maternity ward of the hospital, I saw first hand how meaningful and essential it is to women to have a health advocate and coach on their team, especially when it came to childbirth and the post-partum period. It was a profound experience which planted a seed in me that would grow over time and soon be birthed.
The Mama's Physio came into being because I saw a need for new, expecting, and experienced mothers to be informed with essential knowledge and equipped with practical skills to take their health from mediocre to amazing. I don't believe that just because you had a baby you are doomed to suffer embarrassing problems for the rest of your life. Quite the contrary - as we experience the joys and challenges of motherhood, we grow stronger and hopefully begin to thrive in all areas of life - definitely in body, but also in heart, mind and spirit.
I live with my incredibly supportive hubby (couldn't do this without him!) in London and I have three little ones ages 3, 2, and under 1. I'm in the thick of zany-ness on a daily basis so I better appreciate the many challenges that mothers face - from breastfeeding, to fatigue, to having such limited time, to feeling terribly inadequate sometimes. I completely understand what my clients are experiencing because truly, we are in the same boat. There is no judgement here - just grace. I strive for excellence in all that I do and I treat the women in my care the way I would like to be treated.
I look forward to working with you and helping you have a better experience living in your body.
I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in Kinesiology in 2005, and obtained my Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University in 2007. I have since worked in Ottawa and London in private and public settings, and have attended a number of national and global conferences to keep up with my knowledge base. I have also completed many post-graduate courses, including certification levels in pelvic health. And I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to learning, so you can always find me reading up on the most recent research evidence in the world of women's health.
My clinical interests include women's health, peri-natal care, pelvic health, integrated, collaborative and holistic treatment of the whole person, and global health issues. I am a 2013 graduate of the full intensive Discover Physio Postgraduate Course - taught by the world renowned Diane Lee and Dr. Linda-Joy Lee - which uses the Integrated Systems Model as a framework for assessment and treatment of the whole person.
I am registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and Ontario Physiotherapy Association. I am also a member of the Women's Health Division of the CPA and past a executive member of the Global Health Division of the CPA.