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 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 later as a Professor. Along with assisting and leading practical lab portions in the classroom she instructed courses on Medical Sciences and Osteopathic thought process, Orthopaedics, 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. 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 5 times with the Canadian National Age Group Triathlon Team recently placing 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, recently being crowned the 2015 US International Masters Singles Champion and receiving a bronze medal in singles at the 2015 Canadian Nationals Badminton Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.
She 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 and the Men's Elite Cyclissmo Cycling Team. Heather was selected as a Lead Medical Practitioner for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and will be working in the badminton and wheelchair tennis events. She was also selected to represent the Durham region as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Vancouver, 2010 Winter Olympics.
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