Jen Bladon (BSc. PT, FCAMPT, RYT 300, ISM Practitioner, CIDN) graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She then completed her post-graduate orthopaedic exams becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physical Therapists in 2005. This process focused on developing the most detailed of skills in assessment, analysis, manual therapy, and exercise prescription. Jen has also completed her Yoga Teacher Training allowing the integration of her yoga therapy with her practice. Recently, Jen completed a mentorship in the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) with Diane Lee, a highly respected physiotherapist and researcher, to further advance her skills to treat the most complicated of patient conditions. Jen is also certified in dry needling, a technique using acupuncture needling as a tool to resolve myofascial trigger points.
Jen has worked at Southlake for the past 16 years, and also practices out of Orthopaedic Associates Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine in Newmarket. As an Advanced Practitioner working with Dr. Randle, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions, she has a special interest in shoulders, as well as in treating the spine and pelvis. Along with loving Crossfit, Jen also teaches TRX Suspension Training classes, a “bootcamp” style class, and therapeutic yoga through her company Better Than Fit: Physiotherapy, Fitness, and Yoga. Her biggest passion is to bridge rehabilitation with fitness performance - finding optimal movement and strength both in the gym and for real life.
Stephanie Michieli graduated from Western University with both a BSc Honours Kinesiology in 2013 and Masters of Physical Therapy in 2015. Over the past couple years Stephanie has grown to embrace orthopedics as evidenced by her advancement in learning. Stephanie has completed her Level 2 of the Orthopedic Division’s manual therapy program, and is working towards becoming a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Steph has completed a number of post-graduate courses to expand her knowledge base and hands on manual skills. Steph is currently practicing Acupuncture, Soft Tissue Release, and Mulligan Concepts. Steph also is a qualified TRX instructor and often incorporates these exercises as part of her rehabilitation programs for clients.
Steph is also working in the community at clinics in Aurora and Nobleton with sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons. Steph also works as an advanced practitioner with Dr. Lindsay, an orthopedic surgeon at Southlake Regional Health Centre who specializes in hips and knees. Her passions aside from physiotherapy include being as active as she can through TRX, yoga, spin class, weight training, and enjoying the outdoors in cottage country. Steph believes that it is important to keep moving, stay active and do what you love. The body was made to move, and physiotherapists can help you feel better, move better, and be better.
1. What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Personal Training?
• Physiotherapy involves a detailed assessment followed by treatment directed at the patient goals - whether addressing a specific injury, a weakness, mobility, or performance concern.
• Physiotherapists are not only movement experts, but are authorized to clinically diagnose injury, and conditions that involve the neuromusculoskeletal system.
• Physiotherapy includes manual (hands on treatment) such as mobilizations or manipulation of joint, soft tissue work, acupuncture/dry needling, and exercise prescription.
• Physiotherapists have a university degree in Physical Therapy and are a Regulated Health Professional. Physiotherapists operate under a broad scope of practice that is regulated by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.
• Physiotherapy services are eligible for reimbursement by extended health care benefit plans.
• Physiotherapists as part of the health care team can collaborate with the patient’s doctor by making recommendations for diagnostic testing (i.e. MRI) and specialist consultation as needed.
• Physiotherapists are direct access health care professionals - you do not need a referral from your doctor to see a Physiotherapist.
• Personal training at CFNAC is a fitness and training based service for training/exercise programming that the coach provides and supervises.
• Personal trainers/coaches have an excellent movement training background, but are unable to diagnose and “treat” injury, pain, or dysfunction.
• Personal training is an unregulated service that is reflective of the trainer/coaches knowledge base and skill set, and is rarely covered by extended health care benefit plans.
2. How do the Physiotherapists and coaches of CFNAC work together?
• With a physiotherapy assessment and treatment plan completed, the therapist and the patient will determine the best approach to reaching the patient’s goals. This includes regular follow up by the therapist (manual therapy, exercise prescription, education, etc.), and will include delegated exercise sessions to work with the coach as appropriate. With this approach, the sessions with the physio and the coach both become physiotherapy treatment.
• The physiotherapist and coach will (as regulated by the College of Physiotherapists) keep a detailed patient file with the assessment and treatment notes that support the patient’s improvement and progression.
• The physiotherapist and coach will work as a team, communicating regularly to modify the class programming and WOD’s to ensure minimal set back and barrier to recovery.
3. Do I need to have suffered an injury to see a Physiotherapist?
• No! It can be in your best interest to consult with a physiotherapist before injury. Signs of potential/increased risk of injury include stiffness in a joint or area or limited mobility, weakness (or compensations) with a certain movement, limited strength progression, or trouble recovering from specific movements, exercises, or activities.
• Other conditions (such as headaches, stress urinary incontinence) may not be “painful” or an “injury” but may benefit from physiotherapy.
• Individuals new to exercise and CrossFit can benefit from physiotherapy to identify current abilities, challenges, and goals in order to set up a successful plan to minimize injury risk and maximize exercise benefit.
4. My child participates in sports and/or CrossFit kids. Is there a role for kids Physiotherapy?
• Yes! Physiotherapy assessment and treatment can help screen and identify any early posture, movement, mobility, and strength concerns that can become bigger concerns later.
• Physiotherapy can identify and address any sports related imbalances that may be problematic over time for the athletic child.
5. Do I have to be a member to see the Physiotherapist at CFNAC?
• No - The CFNAC Physiotherapy services are available to anyone looking for comprehensive care physiotherapy care.